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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...
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 ...
Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren Advance for Navajo Presidency
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Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren Advance for Navajo Presidency

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated PressFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voters from the Navajo Nation will see familiar faces in the tribe's general election: their current president and a former vice presidential candidate, both of whom were on the ballot in 2018.President Jonathan Nez and Buu Nygren garnered the most votes in Tuesday's primary among a field of 15. Whoever wins will oversee the largest Native American reservation in the U.S., and the second-highest tribal population.Both have talked about the need for economic development and extending running water and electricity to the thousands of Navajos without it. Where they differ is on the approach to moving through the coronavirus pandemic.The Navajo Nation once had one of the highest infection rates in the United States. Nez's administr...
Asian Shares Mixed on US Rally, China Economic Growth Woes
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Asian Shares Mixed on US Rally, China Economic Growth Woes

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business WriterTOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday, as Chinese shares sank after leaders acknowledged the official 5.5% growth target for this year won't be met.Investors appear to have grown more convinced that the Federal Reserve may temper its aggressive interest rate hikes aimed at taming inflation after the Commerce Department reported the U.S. economy contracted at a 0.9% annual pace in the last quarter. That followed a 1.6% year-on-year drop in the first quarter.Investors were also cautiously eyeing regional tensions over China’s stance on Taiwan after President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spoke for more than two hours on Thursday. China left no doubt it blames the U.S. for a deteriorating relationship, but the White House said call's aim was to ...
Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns
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Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns

By SUSAN HAIGH and JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Appearing bare-shouldered in a TV ad, Connecticut Democrat Dita Bhargava looks directly into the camera and promises, if elected, to “lead the crusade" for abortion rights.Photos of other women flash on the screen, also with no clothes showing. “This is who have freedom over their own bodies stripped away,” Bhargava says in the commercial, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion. “This is who the Supreme Court left completely vulnerable.”It would make sense to think Bhargava is running for governor, state legislature or Congress — positions that could play a direct role in future abortion laws. She's not. She's a candidate for state treasurer.Bhargava,...
UN Extends Libya Mission for 3 Months at Russia’s Insistence
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UN Extends Libya Mission for 3 Months at Russia’s Insistence

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated PressUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend its political mission in Libya, but at Russia's insistence for only three months rather than a year-long mandate.The council's three African members abstained to protest Russia’s blocking the longer extension they say is needed to help the divided country move to elections and stability.Russia’s deputy ambassador, Dmitry Poyansky, reiterated Moscow's position that the U.N. mission must get a new special representative before it has a longer mandate.U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis resigned last Nov. 23 after 10 months on the job, and a number of candidates proposed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have been rejected either by council members, Libya or neighboring countries...