Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a “provisional agreement” over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in recent years, with the Vatican agreeing to […]

GOP to Kavanaugh accuser: Reach deal or panel votes Monday

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman rejected key conditions Friday that Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser wants if she is to testify about her claim of sexual assault, and said his panel would vote Monday on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination without an agreement. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he was giving attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford […]

As he considers 2020, Biden airs regrets of Thomas hearings

Weighing a 2020 campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden says he should have protected Anita Hill from what he called “character assassination” during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas more than a quarter century ago. Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during the contentious 1991 hearings. As sexual misconduct again […]

UK leader May hits back on Brexit plan; pound falls

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an “impasse” in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound falling as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared. With British newspapers declaring that May had been “humiliated” by […]

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

KAMPALA, Uganda — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared […]

Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

WASHINGTON — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement. Trump’s change in tone — and apparent shift in tactics — came as Christine […]

Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with […]

Four dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

ABDERDEEN, Md. — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded. The suspect was a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center in northeastern Maryland, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news […]

Ex-guard at women’s prison acquitted of bribe charges

DOVER — A former Delaware prison guard has been acquitted on federal charges of accepting bribes to smuggle contraband to inmates. A jury acquitted Lorraine Mosley on Tuesday after a four-day trial. Mosley was accused of taking a $100 bribe to smuggle a cellphone to an inmate at Delaware’s women’s prison. She was charged with […]

Koreas summit kick-starts stalled nuclear talks with US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A better-than-expected outcome of the summit between the two Koreas immediately kick-started stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, boosting President Donald Trump’s high-stakes push to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons by the end of his first term in office. But it left open a burning question: Will the […]