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Britain's May hopes to assure Chinese over nuclear plant

Britain's May hopes to assure Chinese over nuclear plantOn her first visit to China as Britain's prime minister, Theresa May will try to reassure Beijing that she wants to strengthen ties despite her delay on a decision over whether to approve a Chinese-backed ...


Asian markets waver on mixed signals from China, Japan data

Asian markets waver on mixed signals from China, Japan dataAsian markets were mixed Thursday as China and Japan, the region's two biggest economies, reported contrasting data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 percent to 16,896.53. Hong Kong's Hang Seng ...


Madeline weakens to tropical storm as nears Hawaii; Hermine approaches Florida

Handout photo of satellite image of two tropical depressions over the Gulf of Mexico and along the Carolina coastBy Karin Stanton KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hurricane Madeline weakened to a tropical storm on Wednesday as it advanced toward Hawaii's Big Island, while a hurricane warning was issued for another storm approaching the Gulf Coast of Florida, where the governor has called an emergency. Strong winds and driving rain pounded both northwest Florida and Big Island as residents braced for even wilder weather.


Mexican president likely hurt by 'ill-advised' Trump meeting

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, Alicia Lopez Fernandez paints a pinata depicting Donald Trump at her family's store "Pinatas Mena Banbolinos" in Mexico City. In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's original immigration policy and compared his language to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying it had hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto's decision to meet with possibly Mexico's most-disliked man is turning into a public relations disaster for him, with social media posters and politicians calling it a national humiliation likely to lower the president's already historically low popularity ratings.


Johnson's double send Mets to 5-2 win over Marlins

New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) greets Travis d'Arnaud (18) and Yoenis Cespedes (52) after all three scored on Kelly Johnson's eighth-inning double in a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Even when things are starting to fall into place for the surging New York Mets, another impactful injury casted a dark cloud over what should have been a jubilant clubhouse following one of the biggest wins of the year.


Driverless van hits 2 pedestrians, killing 1, in New YorkNEW YORK (AP) — A driverless van hit two pedestrians, killing one of them, before crashing into a food cart in New York City.Trump returns to hardline position on illegal immigration

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in PhoenixBy Emily Stephenson PHOENIX (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday that anyone who is in the United States illegally would be subject to deportation if he is elected, sticking with his hardline position after flirting with a softer approach. In a major speech in the border state of Arizona, Trump took a dim view of the 11 million people who crossed into the United States illegally, a week after saying many were "great people" who had lived in the country for years and contributed to American society.


Indonesia screens travelers from Singapore for ZikaJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is screening travelers from neighboring Singapore for the Zika virus as the city-state reports a growing number of infections and its first case of a pregnant woman testing positive.Open and shut! US Open closes roof for 1st time during match

With the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Andreas Seppi, of Italy, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open closed its new, $150 million retractable roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium during a match for the first time Wednesday night.


Brazil impeachment opens diplomatic rift in Latin AmericaBy Alonso Soto and Lisandra Paraguassu BRASILIA (Reuters) - The dismissal of Brazil's president upset relations with leftist Latin American governments on Wednesday as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia recalled their ambassadors to protest what they called a "coup" and Brasilia responded in kind. The Brazilian Senate voted 61-20 to convict the country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, of illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending. The vote ended 13 years of progressive Workers Party rule and brought to power her conservative former vice president, Michel Temer.AP reporter returns to Cuba on 1st commercial flight from US

JetBlue flight 387 passengers hold up representations of Cuba's national flag, just before touching down at the airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. JetBlue 387, the first commercial flight between the U.S. and Cuba in more than a half century, landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War. (AP Photo/Michael Weissenstein)SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — It took an hour and a $330 paper check to buy the printed blue ticket for my one-way charter flight from Havana to Miami, the last I will ever take.


Muguruza, Raonic crash as roof shuts on US Open

Rafael Nadal eased past Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-0, 7-5, 6-1French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic crashed out of the US Open as the $150 million roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium rolled smoothly into action for the first time. Third seeded Spaniard Muguruza, who has struggled in the aftermath of her Roland Garros breakthrough in June, slumped to a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, the world number 48. A horribly out of sorts Muguruza rallied from 1-5 down in the second set, saving three match points, but Sevastova, who briefly quit the sport in 2013, held her nerve for the victory.


Toles hits grand slam, Dodgers rally for DH split with Rox

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andrew Toles watches his grand slam off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino during the ninth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Denver. Los Angeles came from behind to win 10-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts had his speech all ready to go — the one he was prepared to deliver after being swept out of Coors Field.


Grand jury to mull case of Marine vet charged with murderSOLON, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury will consider the case of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman following a traffic accident near Cleveland.Brown shines, Redskins beat Buccaneers in preseason finale

Washington Redskins running back Mack Brown (34) runs away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Keith Tandy (37) on a 60-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The stands were mostly empty, but the soggy show went on.


Hit by cramps, Raonic loses to qualifier Harrison at US Open

Milos Raonic, of Canada, returns a shot to Ryan Harrison, of the United States, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)NEW YORK (AP) — The cramping became so debilitating, Milos Raonic said, he couldn't grip his racket properly.


Malaysia reports 1st Zika case imported from SingaporeKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Health Ministry says a woman who traveled to Singapore has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, the country's first case of the mosquito-borne disease.The Latest: Nadal first match winner with the roof closed

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hits a return to Andreas Seppi, of Italy, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):


Gabon security forces attempt to storm opposition HQ

Protesters accuse the government of "stealing" the Gabon presidential election and have clashed with policeGabon security forces were attempting to storm the opposition headquarters early Thursday, leaving several people injured, party leaders said, hours after President Ali Bongo claimed victory in contested polls. There are 19 people injured, some of them very seriously," said opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping, who was not at the party headquarters himself. The president of the opposition National Union party, Zacharie Myboto, who was inside the besieged building, said security forces were hurling tear gas canisters and had opened fire.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump on immigration

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Wednesday was supposed to be the day Donald Trump clarified his immigration stance. But in a key speech on that subject, he misstated facts about immigration policy, life for those in the country illegally and their impact on the U.S. economy.


Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island

Giuseppe Manone boards up the windows of a store in Hilo, Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline approached the Big Island on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Drier air and strong upper atmosphere winds are weakening Hurricane Madeline as it approaches Hawaii. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Forecasters on Wednesday downgraded Hurricane Madeline to a tropical storm as it veered past Hawaii's Big Island, but officials reiterated warnings to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds.


Mexico president says Trump policies pose threats to Mexico

U.S. presidential nominee Trump and Mexico's President Pena Nieto finish a press conference in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - President Enrique Pena Nieto said late on Wednesday some of U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's policies posed grave threats to Mexico, just hours after a controversial meeting in which they sought to repair strained relations. A stern-looking Pena Nieto, who has come under fire for hosting Trump, said in a television interview he invited the candidate to Mexico precisely to confront those threats. The president's tone was markedly different from the more positive note the pair had struck after their meeting earlier in the day. ...


Trial drug shows 'impressive' Alzheimer's action: study

The outcome raised hopes that a treatment may finally be within reach for the memory- and independence-robbing Alzheimer's diseaseAn experimental drug cleared protein buildup in the brains of people with mild Alzheimer's disease and slowed their mental decline, the results of a preliminary trial showed. "Although potentially this is an exciting story, it is important to temper any excitement with considerable caution," said Robert Howard, a professor of old age psychiatry at University College London. Researchers in the United States and Switzerland tested aducanumab, developed by biotech firm Biogen, on 165 people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease for a period of one year.


The Latest: Forecasters issue hurricane warning in Florida

Giuseppe Manone boards up the windows of a store in Hilo, Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline approached the Big Island on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Drier air and strong upper atmosphere winds are weakening Hurricane Madeline as it approaches Hawaii. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather systems threatening Hawaii and the Southeast (all times Hawaii local):


Apple case highlights huge untaxed profits of corporate giants

The European Commission has told tech giant Apple to pay $14.5 billion in back taxesThe huge back-tax bill European authorities slapped on Apple has put a spotlight on $2.4 trillion in untaxed earnings parked offshore by US companies, a tempting target for governments seeking to strengthen their finances. While Washington lays claim to rights to tax the money, critics say it represents profits transferred out of other countries' jurisdictions by accounting tricks. On Tuesday the European Commission ruled that Ireland's deep tax breaks for Apple were not allowed under EU rules and told the company to pay $14.5 billion in back taxes.


Brady to be honorary captain at Michigan during suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady works out on the field during an NFL football training camp practice, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tom Brady has found at least one thing to do during his suspension.


Lawmakers urge US crackdown on Afghan child sex slavery

Afghan police commander Seddiqullah has voiced concern about Taliban insider attacks carried out by child sex slavesUS lawmakers are pressing Washington to get tough on institutionalized sexual slavery of boys by Afghan forces, with some invoking a human rights law that prohibits American aid to foreign military units committing such violations. The call follows an AFP report in June which revealed the Taliban are exploiting the entrenched practice of paedophilic "bacha bazi" -- literally "boy play" -- in the Afghan police to mount deadly insider attacks in the country's volatile south. The revelation prompted congressman Duncan Hunter to demand US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter take "immediate steps to stop child rape" amid an American military presence in Afghanistan.


Hamilton targets more Italian GP glory to aid title push

British driver Lewis Hamilton placed third at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on August 28, 2016Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton heads to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix knowing that a hat-trick of successive wins at Monza will put him in charge of the title race after one of the most rollercoaster seasons of his career. The Briton has a nine-point lead ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ahead of the final race of the European season, leaving seven overseas contests remaining. "The result in Spa, at the Belgian Grand Prix, was as good as damage limitation can be, for me -- a fantastic result for me and for the team," said Hamilton.


Trump insists 'Mexico will pay' for border wall

"Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me," US presidential candidate Donald Trump said in PhoenixRepublican White House hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that Mexico will pay for the border wall he plans to build if he is elected, in a speech delivered after talks with Mexico's president. "Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me," Trump said in Phoenix. Speaking in Phoenix, the billionaire candidate also laid out his immigration plan that includes deporting immigrants with criminal records and cancelling President Barack Obama's executive orders protecting millions of undocumented immigrants.


Donald Trump says his immigration plan will not offer path to legal status or citizenship: 'There will be no amnesty'PHOENIX (AP) — Donald Trump says his immigration plan will not offer path to legal status or citizenship: 'There will be no amnesty'USDA offices to reopen after closure due to security threatWASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says all its offices will be open Thursday after facilities in five states were briefly closed due to an unspecified email threat.AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protestSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond ...


LEADING OFF: Light schedule includes Samardzija, deGromA look at what's happening all around the majors Thursday:Governor, lawmakers reach deal for California climate fundsCalifornia lawmakers approved a $900 million spending package devoted to environmental programs Wednesday, hours after Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders agreed to spend nearly two-thirds ...Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by SenateBrazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America's largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people ...Husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson charged with assaultSEATTLE (AP) — The husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson has been charged with assault in an alleged attack on two relatives during the group's show in suburban Seattle.The Latest: Rousseff supporters smash windows in BrazilBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):Donald Trump says only core issue in immigration debate is 'the well-being of the American people'PHOENIX (AP) — Donald Trump says only core issue in immigration debate is 'the well-being of the American people'Grandma who lost savings wins $15M in case against insurersLOS ANGELES (AP) — A California grandmother who lost her life savings in a real estate investment scam offered by an insurance agent was awarded more than $15 million Wednesday in a lawsuit against MetLife and two subsidiaries, attorneys said.Gabon president re-elected; buildings are looted, burnedLIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's president has narrowly won re-election, election officials said Wednesday, keeping alive a family dynasty in this oil-rich Central African country that reaches back to the 1960s. Clashes quickly broke out in the capital as opposition supporters claimed election fraud, looting and burning buildings.

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