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APNewsBreak: Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:29am
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A U.S. official says rigorous testing of prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico has found their heights should stop border crossers....
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Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported....
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Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:29am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space....
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Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:29am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue....
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Former employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:29am
NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who worked for Michael Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her - an allegation the actor has vigorously denied....
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Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met - who would do that?...
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Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials....
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Thailand's ruling generals running out of time

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:28am
BANGKOK (AP) -- Entering their fifth year in power, Thailand's ruling generals may be running out of time and it's not for a lack of watches....
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Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights....
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Clues sought in copter crash that killed Zimbabwean leader

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:26am
RATON, N.M. (AP) -- A husband and wife who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area in the U.S. state of New Mexico....
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Not-household-name players get All-Star votes from NBA peers

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:26am
Semi Ojeleye, Cedi Osman and Royce O'Neale have never started in an NBA game. Cameron Payne last played in April. Matt Costello has scored two points in his NBA career....
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Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:22pm
With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office....
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Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:22pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart....
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Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:22pm
DETROIT (AP) -- For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised not make the same kind of promises to just anyone....
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In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:19pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- As he does during every papal visit, Pope Francis produced plenty of surprises in Chile: He married a couple during a flight, stopped his motorcade to help a fallen police officer and wept with victims of sex abuse by priests....
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Tourism booming in Cuba despite tougher new Trump policy

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:19pm
HAVANA (AP) -- On a sweltering early summer afternoon in Miami's Little Havana, President Donald Trump told a cheering Cuban-American crowd that he was rolling back some of Barack Obama's opening to Cuba in order to starve the island's military-run economy of U.S. tourism dollars and ratchet up pressure for regime change....
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LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:19pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA's new All-Star matchup....
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Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:19pm
Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now....
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Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:18pm
LONDON (AP) -- A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday....
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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:10pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country....
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