CANADA-US-FREE TRADE-THE LATEST The Latest: Official says basis of Canada-US deal reached TORONTO (AP) — A senior Canadian government official says the U.S. and Canada have reached the basis of a free trade deal. The…
CANADA-US-FREE TRADE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Official says basis of Canada-US deal reached
TORONTO (AP) — A senior Canadian government official says the U.S. and Canada have reached the basis of a free trade deal.
The official says the agreement preserves a NAFTA dispute-resolution process that the U.S. wanted to jettison.
The official also says it exempts tariffs on 2.6 million cars and on diary it preserves supply management in Canada and agrees to give similar market access like the Trans Pacific Partnership that President Donald Trump scrapped.
South Korea begins removing mines, expects North to do same
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul says South Korea has begun clearing mines from two sites inside the heavily fortified border with North Korea under a package of tension-reduction deal between the rivals.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry says North Korea is expected to do the same on Monday.
Ministry officials say South Korean troops entered the Demilitarized Zone on Monday morning to remove mines around the border village of Panmunjom and another frontline area where they plan their first joint searches with North Korea for soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War.
The Koreas’ militaries agreed on a range of deals aimed at lowering their decades-long military animosities on the sidelines of a summit between their leaders in Pyongyang.
The move comes amid renewed international diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program.
The Latest: Indonesia’s president authorizes foreign help
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president has authorized for the country to accept international help for the earthquake and tsunami disaster on the central island of Sulawesi.
Thomas Lembong, chair of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board, tweeted Monday morning that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made the authorization.
It wasn’t immediately clear what type of help was being authorized.
The toll of 800 dead in Friday’s disaster is expected to grow as areas inaccessible since the disaster are reached. The quake and tsunami damaged airports, hospitals and other crucial infrastructure.
SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Yale friend says Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Yale University classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s says he is “deeply troubled” by what he says has been a blatant mischaracterization by Kavanaugh of his drinking at Yale.
Charles “Chad” Ludington now teaches at North Carolina State University. He says in a statement released Sunday that he was a friend of Kavanaugh’s at Yale and sometimes drank with him.
Ludington described Kavanaugh as “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker.” He says that on many occasions he heard Kavanaugh slur his words and saw him stagger from alcohol consumption, and was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk.
Ludington says he plans to speak to the FBI, which has reopened its background investigation of Kavanaugh in light of allegations of sexual misconduct brought against the Supreme Court nominee.
KAVANAUGH-CAMPUS SEX ASSAULT RULE
Kavanaugh case unfolds as DeVos readies sexual assault rule
WASHINGTON (AP) — She choked back tears and testified that he sexually assaulted her. He angrily swore that he didn’t.
The dramatic Senate testimony last week by Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS’) considers new guidelines that could change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated on college campuses.
DeVos says the system put in place under President Barack Obama is skewed against the accused. She’s expected to issue new rules in the near future.
At stake is the evidence that universities should require when investigating sexual misconduct allegations, the use of mediators and the possibility of the accuser and the accused cross-examining each other.
DeVos has said she wants to honor the rights of the victim and the accused.
APNewsBreak: Pentagon’s immigrant recruit program stymied
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens.
The decade-old program has been on hold since 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened well enough, and security threats were slipping through the system.
Defense officials shored up the screening process, and planned to relaunch the program earlier this month.
But officials say there was an unexpected barrier when the Department of Homeland Security said it wouldn’t be able to protect new immigrant recruits from being deported when their temporary visas expired after they signed a contract to join the military.
CAR EXPLOSION-PENNSYLVANIA-THE LATEST
The Latest: 3 dead after Pennsylvania car explosion
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says three males are dead after a car explosion in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said at a news conference Sunday that authorities are working to identify the victims.
Authorities say the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead on the investigation. The FBI and local authorities are assisting.
Officials say they are seeking tips from the public to solve the crime.
Authorities say the blast happened on a city street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. They had earlier confirmed at least one fatality.
T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
AP Top 25: Ohio State up to 3, Notre Dame at 6; 5 new teams
After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll. For the second straight week, there was major turnover at the bottom of the Top 25.
No. 1 Alabama and Georgia still hold the top two spots in the media ranking. The Crimson Tide received 58 first-place votes on Sunday. Ohio State moved past Clemson after rallying in the fourth quarter at Penn State. Clemson slipped to No. 4 after a close victory at home against Syracuse. The Buckeyes and Tigers each received a first-place vote.
LSU held steady at No. 5 and Notre Dame moved up two spots after beating Stanford. Oklahoma fell to No. 7 and No. 9 West Virginia is in the top 10 for the first time since 2012, when it reached No. 5 early in the season. Washington also moved into the top 10 after routing BYU.
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The Latest: Macedonian PM says vote shows will of people
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has described a referendum on changing the small European country’s name to North Macedonia and thereby pave the way to NATO membership as a clear success, despite lower than hoped for voter turnout.
Zaev said he had no intention of resigning as the “vast majority” of those who voted Sunday approved the name change, part of a deal with Greece to end a nearly three-decade-long dispute over what the country is called.
Before the referendum was held, he had said he would resign if a vast majority said no the deal.
Results from 93 percent of polling stations showed 91.4 percent approval for the deal, with 36 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Opponents to the deal had called for a boycott of the vote and celebrated in the street outside parliament when initial turnout figures were announced.
Zaev said the result was a clear indication of the will of Macedonia’s people. He called on lawmakers to support the next step need to finalize the deal, which is ratification of necessary constitutional changes.
He stressed that there was “no better deal with Greece, and there could not be a better deal.”