• US: Russian hackers use Iranians to mask their identities
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 9:41 am

    LONDON (AP) — The United States and the U.K. say they have exposed how a group of Russian hackers hijacked the tools of their Iranian counterparts to attack dozens of countries around the world. The so-called Turla group, also known as Waterbug or Venomous Bear, is widely reported to be associated with Russian actors. The […]

  • 2nd Sesame Street Place park opening in San Diego
    by MIKE SCHNEIDER on October 21, 2019 at 9:34 am

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There are plenty of sunny days to sweep the clouds away where SeaWorld is opening its next theme park. Officials with SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced Monday that they are opening the country’s second Sesame Place park in San Diego in spring 2021. The first Sesame Place theme park opened […]

  • Outcry in Ukraine over song mocking ex-central bank chief
    by NATALIYA VASILYEVA on October 21, 2019 at 8:57 am

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials on Monday lashed out at a parody song targeting Ukraine’s former central bank chief and mocking a recent arson attack on her home. Kvartal 95 is arguably the country’s most beloved comedy show and was led by Volodymyr Zelenskiy before he was elected president in April this year. On […]

  • UK’s Boris Johnson set to push for vote on EU divorce bill
    by JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA on October 21, 2019 at 7:57 am

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to push for a vote on his European Union divorce deal on Monday, as Parliament geared up for a week of guerrilla warfare over Brexit. With just 10 days to go until the U.K. is due to leave the bloc on Oct. 31, Johnson’s government […]

  • World shares gain on upbeat comment on China-US trade talks
    by YURI KAGEYAMA on October 21, 2019 at 5:52 am

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares are mostly higher after China’s top trade negotiator said over the weekend that Beijing and Washington were making progress in trade talks. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 7,164.64 amid uncertainties over the UK’s exit from the European Union. France’s CAC 40 rose 0.3% in early trading to 5,651.10, while […]

  • Illegal vapes traced to California woman who was CBD pioneer
    by HOLBROOK MOHR on October 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun. What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizures. More than 50 people […]

  • ‘Abominable’ to skip Malaysia theaters over disputed sea map
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 4:33 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The animated movie “Abominable” will skip Malaysian theaters after producers decided against cutting out a scene showing a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. Vietnam already pulled the U.S.-Chinese production from theaters over a fleeting image of the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline […]

  • American ambassador defends rules for Chinese diplomats
    by JOE McDONALD on October 21, 2019 at 4:30 am

    BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China defended plans to require Beijing’s diplomats to report contacts with some Americans and said Monday that Washington is considering additional rules for employees of entities controlled by the ruling Communist Party. The change comes as the United States, Australia and some other governments are looking at possible […]

  • 1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution
    by GEOFF MULVIHILL and JULIE CARR SMYTH on October 21, 2019 at 4:28 am

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland. The counties are looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while […]

  • Asian shares mixed amid uncertainties on Brexit, China trade
    by YURI KAGEYAMA on October 21, 2019 at 3:38 am

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Monday amid uncertainties about Britain’s exit from the European Union and the ongoing trade conflict between the U.S. and China. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained nearly 0.3% in early trading to 22,548.07. South Korea’s Kospi picked up 0.2% to 2,065.68, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.2% to […]