Sep. 11, 2019

REUTERS

Hong Kong activists called off protests on Wednesday in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and denounced a Chinese state newspaper report that they were planning "massive terror" in the Chinese-ruled city.

President Donald Trump called on the Federal Reserve to push down interest rates into negative territory, a move reluctantly used by other world central banks to battle weak economic growth as it punishes savers and banks' earnings in the process.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia.

Republican Dan Bishop won a special U.S. congressional election in North Carolina on Tuesday, turning back a vigorous Democratic challenge to save a longtime stronghold for President Donald Trump's party.

Having once branded John Bolton a "war maniac", North Korean officials could see U.S. President Donald Trump's removal of his national security adviser as a chance to resume denuclearization talks without facing an unyielding hawk on the other side.

While 10 Democratic presidential contenders debate in Houston on Thursday, the party is eyeing gains farther down the ballot in Texas next year in races for the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislature, party strategists and political experts say.

Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday, as forest fires raged at the height of the dry season.

China announced its first batch of tariff exemptions for 16 types of U.S. products, days ahead of a planned meeting between trade negotiators from the two countries to try and de-escalate their bruising tariff row.

U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in August and underlying producer inflation rebounded, but the data on Wednesday did not change financial market expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again next week to support a slowing economy.

AP Top Stories

Over 18 years, the rubble left by the destruction of the World Trade Center has given way to a gleaming new complex of office towers, a museum, a transit hub and a memorial that draws millions of visitors each year. But though it no longer looks like a construction site, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center is still incomplete.

At least 50 people have died as a result of Hurricane Dorian, a number that is expected to rise as search operations continue. Nearly two weeks after the category five storm devastated parts of the island chain, thousands have been left without homes and essentials such as water and electricity.

A black market for everyday items like bread developed in the Bahamas due to food shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. An estimated 17% of Bahamians are now homeless

A new report claims 489 illegal immigrants with detainers were released across North Carolina over the past 10 months.

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to combat mass shootings which suggests phones and smartwatches may be used to track people with mental health problems.

The National Rifle Association filed suit Monday against the city of San Francisco in response to city's board of supervisors labeling the gun-rights group a "domestic terrorist organization."

A 73-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly beating her neighbor, 82, to death with a brick at a home for senior citizens in Maryland, authorities said Monday.

Anti-Israeli chants rang through the streets of a Hezbollah bastion in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday as thousands of black-clad Shiites commemorated the seventh-century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

More than 30 pilgrims were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala on the Shiite holy day of Ashura.

- Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church,a church in Detroit, canceled an anti-Muslim event scheduled for Wednesday's 9/11 anniversary after facing condemnation from politicians and organizations.

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on Tuesday warned against trusting Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Moscow freed him from jail in a historic prisoner swap with Kiev this weekend.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on Tuesday that there has been a "significant decrease" in U.S.-bound immigration through Mexico, especially from Central America, and he expects the trend to continue.

Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the city's sprawling homeless encampments and efforts to control them, while President Donald Trump directed his staff to develop policy options to address the national crisis of people living on the streets.

BBC

Bolivian wildfires have destroyed almost five million acres of forest and grassland since August. Almost half of the losses are in "protected" areas, known for high biodiversity. Scientists estimate that regeneration of the local ecosystem will take about 300 years.

WND

A California church was vandalized after its pastor and members publicly opposed the presentation of a "Drag Queen Story Hour" in a local public library.

New Jersey's Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that will leverage the state's purchasing power to coerce gun retailers, manufacturers, and financial institutions to comply with a more stringent gun-control regime.

Nearly four of five post-9/11 veterans have been deployed, compared to 58% for pre-9/11 service members. 60% have served in a combat zone, up from about 30% for those who served pre-9/11.

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