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November 10, 2017 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Trump begins full days of meetings in Vietnam

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump is beginning a day full of meetings at an economic summit in Vietnam.

He arrived Saturday morning at a leaders retreat at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting being held in the coastal city of Danang.

Trump was expected to attend a series of larger meetings and private audiences with other world leaders. He was not expected to have a formal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, though aides have said an informal encounter is possible.

Trump has pulled the United States out of the Pacific Rim trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He says he wants one-on-one agreements with other nations. On Saturday, the 11 remaining TPP nations announced they had reached a trade pact without the U.S.


The Latest: Accuser's lawyer criticizes Moore's supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for one of the women cited in The Washington Post's story about sexual misconduct by Senate candidate Roy Moore says it is "reprehensible that so many Alabama Republican officeholders" have rejected the evidence.

Gloria Deason told the Post she went on dates with Moore in 1979, when he was 32 and she was 18. Deason told the Post that Moore ordered her alcoholic drinks even though she was under the legal drinking age.

Deason's lawyer, Paula Cobia, has released a statement blasting Moore for "incendiary statements about the women." She says Deason stands to gain "no glory, no financial compensation, no justice."

Cobia says Deason has no affiliation with either the Republican or the Democratic party, and has never contacted Moore's election opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.


The Latest: Lebanon minister says probe 'libelous' Saudis

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Justice Minister has asked the country's prosecutor general to launch an investigation against two Saudi citizens who appeared on a TV talk show and branded the Lebanese president and parliament speakers as "terrorists."

Salim Jreissati wrote in a two-page letter Friday to the prosecutor that the two men, Ibrahim Al Merhi and Adwan al-Ahmari, have engaged in libel against top officials including President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

The move comes at a time when tensions are high between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia over last week's resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, announced from the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Al Merhi and al-Ahmari appeared Thursday night on Kalam Ennas, one of the most watched weekly TV programs in Lebanon.


The Latest: Talks on Pacific trade pact still ongoing

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump remains in limbo, judging from differing reports on the status of Cabinet level talks on pushing ahead without the United States.

Officials from Japan suggested a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal was reached late Thursday. Leaders from New Zealand and Australia said the discussions were continuing.

The Australian trade minister, Steve Ciobo, told reporters there was "still more work to do, but we're inching closer."

The 11 remaining members of the TPP are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and before Trump took office one of its most assertive supporters.


'How do I spend the rest of my life without my daughter?'

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a Chinese scholar allegedly abducted and killed in Illinois had hoped to stay in the United States until the remains of their daughter were found. But after months of agony, they are ready to return to China, where they will wait for answers half a world away.

Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang (ying ying zahng), a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, disappeared June 9. A former graduate student has been charged with kidnapping and killing her. Zhang's body has not been found.

Zhang's parents, brother and boyfriend arrived in Illinois after she vanished, hopeful she'd be found alive. After authorities discovered evidence leading them to believe she'd been killed, they decided to stay until her remains were found. Now they plan to return Sunday to China.


Anger rises as toxic air chokes India's capital

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thick smog has constricted India's capital this week, smudging landmarks from view and leaving residents frustrated at the lack of meaningful action by authorities.

The air was the worst it has been all year in New Delhi, with microscopic particles that can affect breathing and health spiking to 75 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organization.

Experts have compared breathing the air to smoking a couple of packs of cigarettes a day. The Lancet medical journal recently estimated some 2.5 million Indians die each year from pollution.

Twenty-nine-year-old Nikunj Pandey says the smog made his eyes and throat burn. He stopped doing his regular workouts and says he felt tightness in his lungs.


The Latest: Producer denies 'ER' actor's molestation claim

NEW YORK (AP) — A spokesman for a producer accused of molesting Anthony Edwards is denying the "ER" actor's claims.

Sam Singer is a spokesman for producer and director Gary Goddard. He says in a statement issued Friday night that the producer unequivocally denies Edwards' claims that were published in a post on the website Medium earlier in the day.

The actor accused Gary Goddard of molesting him when he was 12-years-old. He also alleges a friend was raped by the older man but he and his friends remained silent about the abuse.

Singer says Goddard was a "mentor, teacher and friend" to Edwards and worked as his personal manager. Singer says Goddard has great respect for the actor, but is saddened by what he called "false allegations."

Edwards in his post said he's been in therapy for years over the assault and confronted Goddard over it 22 years ago at an airport, in which "he swore to his remorse."


The Latest: Abusive drill instructor sentenced to 10 years

RALIEGH, N.C. (AP) — A Marine Corps drill instructor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing young recruits, especially Muslims, one of whom killed himself.

The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on Friday also sentenced Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix to forfeiture of all pay, reduction of his rank to private and a dishonorable discharge.

The military jury convicted the 34-year-old Iraq veteran Thursday of maltreatment of recruits at the Marine Corps' Parris Island, South Carolina, boot camp.

The jury of five sergeants and three officers determined that Felix punched, kicked and choked recruits, zeroing in on three Muslim military volunteers he insulted as "terrorist" for special mistreatment.

Felix was one of six drill instructors at Parris Island charged with abuse after the March 2016 suicide of one of those three Muslim recruits.


Split between House, Senate on taxes poses a big challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied.

And then there's the ambitious timetable of finishing in time to get legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas.

The most politically challenging decisions involve dealing with popular and widely used tax deductions, structuring tax cuts for business, and balancing personal income tax rates between middle-class families and the rich.

All of these decisions come against a generous — but firm — 10-year, $1.5 trillion cap on the measure's cost to the federal deficit. Both House and Senate have adopted accounting gimmicks to squeeze tax cuts that appear larger into the $1.5 trillion allotment.


The Latest: Uber appeals UK ruling on drivers' labor rights

LONDON (AP) — The ride-hailing app Uber says it will appeal a U.K. decision that would in effect give drivers rights such as guaranteed minimum wage and holiday pay.

Tom Elvidge, the company's acting general manager in the U.K., says that taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, "long before our app existed."

He says in a statement that the drivers use Uber because they value the "freedom to choose if, when and where they drive and so we intend to appeal."

Lead claimants Yaseen Aslam and James Farrer were seeking minimum wage and paid holiday in line with U.K. employment law.

Based in San Francisco, California, Uber describes itself as a technology company that links self-employed drivers with people who need rides.

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