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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, Russian National Anti-doping Agency RUSADA head Yuri Ganus speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. The number of Russian athletes accused of receiving banned treatments from a doctor could rise to 70, the country's anti-doping agency said Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 19, 2019 - 7:45 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The number of Russian athletes accused of receiving banned treatments from a doctor could rise to 70, the country's anti-doping agency said Wednesday. The agency, known as RUSADA, previously said Monday it would file cases against 33 athletes from numerous sports suspected of...
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A currency trader talks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 19, 2019 - 7:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global markets were mixed Wednesday amid some optimism about U.S.-China trade talks and ahead of an interest rate decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Fed isn't considered ready to announce its first rate cut in more than a decade, but many expect the central bank to signal an...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a conference involving its review of its interest-rate policy strategy and communications in Chicago. The slightest hint that the Federal Reserve might lower interest rates often puts investors in a buying mood, stoking their expectations of greater stock market returns. But it doesn’t always work that way. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 19, 2019 - 5:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 5:05 a.m. Stock markets are subdued as investors look ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting, where the central bank is expected to indicate it could cut interest rates in coming months...
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In this Tuesday, June 18, 2019, photo, pro life demonstrators gather outside the Victorian State Parliament, opposing the voluntary assisted dying laws, in Melbourne. Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday, June 19, more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 4:49 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria...
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President Donald Trump speaks during his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 19, 2019 - 3:06 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term. On Tuesday night in Orlando,...
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In a Thursday, May 30, 2019 photo, Sonja Houston expressed dismay that someone dumped a large pile of trash in her yard to Kansas City mayoral candidate Quinton Lucas, who was going door-to-door in the Ruskin Heights neighborhood. Quinton faces Jolie Justus in the mayoral election Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:56 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a conference involving its review of its interest-rate policy strategy and communications in Chicago. On Wednesday, June 19, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement and updated economic projections. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 19, 2019 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve seems poised to pivot from keeping interest rates steady to holding out the option of cutting rates if it were to decide that the economic expansion needs support. The Fed isn't considered ready to announce that it's reducing rates for the first time in more...
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Trader Neil Catania works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street following big gains in Europe after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide more economic stimulus if necessary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
June 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to 21,321.17 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.0% to 6,637.70...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, an opponent of a measure to toughen the rules for vaccination exemptions gives a thumbs down as the bill's author, state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, makes his closing statements in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Pan have agreed to limit the role of public health officials in approving doctors' vaccine decisions. But the health officials will increase their oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions. Sen. Richard Pan announced the changes Tuesday, June 18 after Newsom said he had doubts about giving state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 18, 2019 - 9:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on...
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In this Monday, June 17, 2019, photo, Joshua Ni, 24, and Fritz Ramirez, 23, vape from electronic cigarettes in San Francisco. San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes in an effort to crack down on youth vaping. The plan would ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, as well as prohibit e-cigarette manufacturing on city property. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado)
June 18, 2019 - 8:18 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth vaping. In a unanimous vote, supervisors approved a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes. They also endorsed...
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