BC-SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST The Latest: More executives pulling out of Saudi conference DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — More major players in international finance and industry are pulling out of a high-profile business conference…
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The Latest: More executives pulling out of Saudi conference
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — More major players in international finance and industry are pulling out of a high-profile business conference in Saudi Arabia in the wake of reports that a Saudi writer critical of the government disappeared and is feared dead after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.
The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Jamie Dimon, had been a featured speaker at the conference in Riyadh. The Wall Street Journal reports that Dimon has backed out.
Ford Motor Co. confirms that Executive Chairman Bill Ford will not attend. He too had been scheduled to speak.
Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The kingdom has called such allegations “baseless” but has not offered any evidence Khashoggi ever left the consulate.
Koreas hold high-level peace talks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Koreas are holding high-level talks to discuss engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with the North.
South Korea said Monday’s talks will be aimed at finding ways to carry out peace agreements announced after last month’s summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.
Moon and Kim then committed to reviving economic cooperation when possible, voicing optimism that international sanctions could end and allow such activity, and holding a groundbreaking ceremony by year’s end on an ambitious project to connect their roads and railways.
The North and South also announced measures to reduce conventional military threats.
The chief delegates to the talks are South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and his counterpart, Ri Son Gwon.
Trump says climate change not a hoax, not sure of its source
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing off his claim that climate change is a hoax but says he doesn’t know if it’s manmade and suggests the climate will “change back again.”
In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Trump says he doesn’t want to put the U.S. at a disadvantage in responding to climate change.
Trump called climate change a hoax in November 2012 and in years since. As far as the climate “changing back,” temperature records show that the world hasn’t had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985.
The president also expressed doubt over scientists’ findings linking the changing climate to more powerful hurricanes. He is scheduled on Monday to visit areas of Georgia and Florida damaged by Hurricane Michael.
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The Latest: FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he’s seen
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he’s ever seen.
Long toured several towns in Florida’s Panhandle on Sunday with Gov. Rick Scott. Long said afterward the storm damage will require officials to help meet housing needs of displaced residents for the next several months.
Long previously said that he has expected the death toll to rise due to the deadly storm. But both he and Scott sidestepped questions on whether they anticipate more deaths to be announced in the days ahead.
Long also added that FEMA employees were going to start going through shelters and in damaged neighborhoods to start registering people for federal assistance that is available to residents after a disaster.
Trump on rally blitz as he tries to stave off Dem gains
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s rallies once were the cornerstone of an unconventional, star-powered presidential campaign that didn’t rely on traditional organizing and defied every expectation.
Now they’re being deployed with gusto as Trump and his team work frantically to defy polls and historic precedent and save his Republican majority in Congress in next month’s elections.
Trump has been aggressively campaigning across the county to try to boost vulnerable Republicans before Election Day.
Trump’s team believes his appearances fire up his loyal base, countering the wave of Democratic enthusiasm that polls suggest will lead to significant Democratic gains, especially in the House.
But after more than 350 rallies since he first began his presidential run, some things have changed.
The Latest: ‘Intense effort’ didn’t seal UK-EU Brexit deal
LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s top Brexit negotiator says urgent talks with Britain’s point person did not result in their reaching agreement on outstanding issues.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said: “Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open” in the divorce talks between the European Union and Britain.
Barnier and his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, met in Brussels for surprise talks on Sunday.
The discussion prompted rumors that a full agreement might be imminent, but Barnier says the future of the border on the island of Ireland remain a serious obstacle.
He says the need “to avoid a hard border” between Ireland and the U.K’s Northern Ireland is among the unsettled issues.
An EU official says no further negotiations are planned before an EU leaders summit on Wednesday.
The Latest: Exit polls: Top party losing Bavaria majority
BERLIN (AP) — Exit polls indicate German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies are losing their absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament by a wide margin.
The ARD and ZDF public television exit polls had the Christian Social Union winning 35.5 percent of the vote in Sunday’s regional election, down from 47.7 percent five years ago.
That would be the party’s worst performance in Bavaria, which it has traditionally dominated, since 1950.
The polls said the Greens were making major gains to secure second place with up to 19 percent of the vote. They showed the far-right Alternative for Germany entering the state legislature in Munich with 11 percent.
The center-left Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partners in Berlin, are on course to win some 10 percent, half their score in 2013.
Price, Red Sox bounce back, beat Astros 7-5, tie ALCS 1-1
BOSTON (AP) — David Price was good enough, the Red Sox bullpen was even better, and Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a go-ahead, three-run double off the Green Monster on Sunday night to lead Boston to a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros and tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece.
Price fell one out short of his first career postseason win as a starter but still went back to the winning clubhouse for the first time in 11 playoff starts.
Craig Kimbrel gave up an RBI single to Jose Altuve with two outs in the ninth before Alex Bregman hit a flyball that was caught on the warning track in left field to end it, handing Houston its first loss in five playoff games this year.
Astros starter Gerrit Cole, so dominant in his Division Series start against Cleveland, gave up a season-high five runs.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston, followed by two more at Minute Maid Park and a chance for the defending World Series champion Astros to clinch a second straight AL pennant at home.
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US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say
GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — The lack of historical markers and preserved historical sites connected to Latino civil rights worries scholars who feel the scarcity is affecting how Americans see Hispanics in U.S. history.
Sites historically linked to key moments in U.S. Latino civil rights lie forgotten, decaying or endanger of quietly dissolving into the past without acknowledgement.
The birth home of farmworker union leader Cesar Chavez sits abandoned in Yuma, Arizona. The Corpus Christi, Texas, office of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, where the Mexican American civil rights movement was sparked, is gone.
Preservation activists say more needs to be done to save sites.
University of Texas journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez says people want to see and feel history.
She says markers are a daily reminder.
Migrant caravan swells in Honduras as group nears Guatemala
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds more Hondurans have joined a caravan of migrants moving toward the country’s border with Guatemala with hopes of getting to the United States.
Dunia Montoya is a volunteer assisting the migrants. She said Sunday that the group has grown to an estimated 1,600 people.
The group numbered just 160 Friday morning when it formed at a bus station in San Pedro Sula. Numbers quickly swelled amid local media coverage as Hondurans looking for the right moment to depart wagered that a mass exit could improve their chances.
Caravan participants plan to spend the night at a community center in Ocotepeque before attempting to cross into Guatemala on Monday.
Montoya expressed concern that many in the group might not be allowed to enter Guatemala because they lack official identification documents.