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Global Shares Mostly Higher Amid Risks, Volatility Worries
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Global Shares Mostly Higher Amid Risks, Volatility Worries

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business WriterTOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Tuesday, despite investor risk reflected in negative economic data out of China, and analysts warned that volatility may lie ahead.European shares gained in early trading. The benchmark in Tokyo finished little changed, while indexes in South Korea and Australia gained. Hong Kong's benchmark slipped, while Shanghai shares rose.France's CAC 40 added 0.4% in early trading to 6,598.28. Germany's DAX rose 0.6% to 13,904.68. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.4% to 7,539.93. U.S. shares were set to drift moderately lower with Dow futures inching down to 33,869.00. S&P 500 futures fell nearly 0.1% to 4,295.00.Falling oil prices are one positive factor for the region. In Japan, recent economic data have shown a recovery, bu...
Abortion Foes Tap Credit Cards to Get Partial Kansas Recount
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Abortion Foes Tap Credit Cards to Get Partial Kansas Recount

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political WriterTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to do a partial hand recount that won't change the outcome of this month's decisive vote in favor of abortion rights after abortion opponents charged almost $120,000 to credit cards Monday to cover the cost.The Kansas secretary of state's office said the recount will occur in nine of the state's 105 counties that account for more than half of the votes cast on the Aug. 2 abortion ballot question, including four of the state's five most populous counties. Voters who want to keep the abortion rights allowed under the Kansas constitution prevailed in eight of the nine counties.The recount request came Friday from Melissa Leavitt, an election conspiracy promoter from Colby in far western Kansas, but Mark Gietzen, a hard-righ...
US Offers More Monkeypox Vaccine to States and Cities
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US Offers More Monkeypox Vaccine to States and Cities

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical WriterNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials said they are able to ship out more monkeypox vaccine doses than previously planned — because of a strategy shift that allows more shots to be drawn from each vial.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously anticipated allowing 221,000 doses to be ordered starting Monday. But officials said they would release 442,000 doses for order by state, local and territorial health departments.The accelerated release was only possible because U.S. health officials said last week that they would stretch the nation’s limited supply of Jynneos monkeypox vaccine by giving people one-fifth the usual dose, injected just under the skin. Previously, each vaccine dose required a full vial injected into deeper tissue. They ...
Senior Liberian Officials Hit With U.S. Financial Sanctions
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Senior Liberian Officials Hit With U.S. Financial Sanctions

By FATIMA HUSSEIN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. imposed sanctions Monday on three high-ranking Liberian government officials for engaging in alleged public corruption.President George Weah's chief of staff, the nation's chief prosecutor and the current managing director of the national port authority have been designated by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for sanctions.Liberia was battered by back-to-back civil wars that left 200,000 people dead and displaced half of the country’s population. Public corruption has been a persistent problem, which has prevented economic development in an otherwise resourceful country of more than 5 million people.A Treasury Department statement reads that the U.S. is “committed to working with the people and Gover...
‘China Threat’ Emerges in Elections From UK to Australia
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‘China Threat’ Emerges in Elections From UK to Australia

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated PressLONDON (AP) — It's not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of voters, another issue is popping up in political campaigns from the U.K. and Australia to the U.S. and beyond: the “China threat."The two finalists vying to become Britain's next prime minister, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, clashed in a televised debate last month over who would be toughest on China.It's a stark departure from outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s business-focused “Sinophile” approach and part of a hardening of anti-China rhetoric in many Western countries and other democracies, like Japan, that is coming out in election campaigns.Nations for years have sought to balance promoting trade and investment with the world’s second-largest e...
Prosecutor Mosby Violated Gag Order With Online Post
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Prosecutor Mosby Violated Gag Order With Online Post

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge held Baltimore’s top prosecutor in contempt of court on Friday, finding that she willfully violated a gag order with an Instagram comment about a high-profile murder case involving a defendant set to be tried a fifth time.Circuit Judge John Nugent fined city State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby $1,500, but ruled that she can avoid paying the fine by following an even more restrictive gag order about the case for the next 90 days, The Daily Record reported.The case involves the 2015 shooting death of Kevin Jones, a security guard at Pimlico race track. Prosecutors have unsuccessfully tried Keith Davis Jr., 31, for murder four times. Two of Davis’ trials ended in mistrials. He was convicted in two other trials, but both convictions were overturned. Davis’ case has been ...
UN Chief Affirms Support for Denuclearized North Korea
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UN Chief Affirms Support for Denuclearized North Korea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday proclaimed unwavering U.N. commitment to a fully denuclearized North Korea, even as a divided Security Council allows more room for the isolated country to expand its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.Meeting South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul, Guterres said he affirms the U.N.’s “clear commitment to the full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and DPRK,” using the initials of North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.“There’s a fundamental objective to bring peace, security and stability to the whole region,” he told Yoon, while also praising South Korea’s participation in internatio...
Cause Sought for Indiana House Explosion That Killed 3
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Cause Sought for Indiana House Explosion That Killed 3

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities worked Thursday to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized.The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes and crews had not yet completed thorough searches of all of them due to instability of the structures, Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters Thursday morning.Eleven of the damaged homes were uninhabitable and will have to be demolished, Connelly said, and finding a cause is expected to be a “very tedious process — and lengthy."Names of the dead hadn't been released as of Thursday morning. Injuries to the fourth victim weren't considered life-threatening, Connelly said.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was...
Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis
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Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law.San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy chain “continually violated what they were required to do under the federal Controlled Substances Act,” failing to track opioid prescriptions, preventing pharmacists from vetting prescriptions and “nor did they see the many red flags of physicians and others who were dramatically over-prescribing.”“Pharmacists were pressured to fill, fill, fill," he said, “and as a result, Walgreens filled our streets with op...
Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban
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Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway.Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho Legislature is asking for permission to intervene in the federal case, just as it has done in three other abortion-related lawsuits filed in state courts.“If allowed to go into effect, the Idaho law will cause significant irreparable harm, including to the public health of patients across Idaho,” Justice Department attorney Lisa Newman wrote in court documents filed Monday.The Justice Department sued Idaho last week over the state's strict abortion ban, saying it would force doctors ...