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Excavator causes Puerto Rico blackout for 1.4 million

By DANICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven...

Trump says U.S. and N. Korea talking at ‘extremely high levels’

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at “extremely high levels” in preparation for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But White House...

U.N. security team visits alleged attack site

By BASSEM MROUE and PHILIP ISSA Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian media said international chemical weapons inspectors on Tuesday entered the town of Douma, where an alleged poison gas attack was carried out earlier this month, but a Syrian diplomat said later that only a...

Suspect in Iceland’s ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ escapes prison

By EGILL BJARNASON Associated Press REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness said...

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO won’t testify

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON — Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, has refused to testify before the U.K. Parliament’s media committee, citing British authorities’ investigation into his former company’s alleged misuse of data from millions of Facebook...

Browns still undecided on No. 1 pick

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — As the NFL draft nears, the Cleveland Browns are still doing their homework on quarterbacks. The final exam is quickly approaching, but the No. 1 pick remains an unknown to everyone, including coach Hue Jackson. On Tuesday, Jackson...

Lindor, Tribe topple Twins 6-1

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 62/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night. Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each had three hits...