Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk next to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, before a meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The European Union and Japan are signing a widespread trade deal Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs, seemingly defying the worries about trade tensions set off by U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. (Martin Bureau/Pool Photo via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade.

MT Innocence Project has changed 7 lives in 10 years

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 14-15 - In this Feb. 26, 2016 photo, Larry Mansch, the legal director of the Montana Innocence Project, sits in his office in Missoula, Mont. The Montana Innocence Project works to exonerate individuals convicted of crimes who the group believe to be innocent through extensive research and investigation. (Tom Bauer/The Missoulian via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Larry Mansch was back and forth from the Missoula County jail, having meetings with a man who had just learned that a judge overturned his homicide conviction.

County prepares for effects of lizard conservation

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 14-15 - This May 1, 2015 photo shows a dunes sagebrush lizard. The little lizard is the center of controversy again, with a Chaves County, N.M., administrator vowing to work if need be to keep lands in the county available for business use. The dune sagebrush lizard is again a matter of concern after two national conservation groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on May 8 to reclassify the lizard as either endangered or threatened and to protect its habitat in southeast New Mexico and West Texas. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A little lizard is the center of controversy again, with a Chaves County administrator vowing to work if need be to keep lands in the county available for business use.

WY machine shop turns out components for NASCAR clients

In this Thursday, June 14, 2018 photo, Tony Woodward shows a pair of power steering components manufactured by his shop during an anniversary celebration open house at Woodward Machine Corporation in Casper, Wyo. "I'm the guy who draws visionary pictures on a computer screen of parts that the skilled people make and put together," he said. Woodward moved the business to Casper in 1993. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — When Tony Woodward came to Casper in 1993, the town had suffered nearly a decade of an oil bust. Empty yards of scrap metal rusted in the dusty sunlight and two of the town’s three oil refineries had closed.

Trump backs off siding with Russia over U.S. intelligence

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsinki that he doesn't see why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

State lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct run again

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, attorney Thomas Clay, center, Yolanda Costner, left, and Cassaundra Cooper, right, leave a Legislative Research Commission meeting in Frankfort, Ky. Costner and Cooper filed sexual harassment complaints against western Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold. Cooper wonders why voters would re-elect public officials accused of sexual misconduct, or simply choose to ignore the allegations. (AP Photo/Roger Alford)

ATLANTA (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide.

Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

FILE - In this Sunday, June 17, 2018, file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas. Immigrant children described hunger, cold and fear in a voluminous court filing about the facilities where they were held in the days after crossing the border. Advocates fanned out across the southwest to interview more than 200 immigrant parents and children about conditions in U.S. holding facilities, detention centers and a youth shelter. The accounts form part of a case over whether the government is complying with a longstanding settlement over the treatment of immigrant youth in custody. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP, File)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken.

Official: Escaped jaguar bit through steel cable barrier

REMOVES NUMBER OF FOXES ATTACKED - A makeshift memorial is seen outside the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Monday, July 16, 2018. The death of a wounded fox brings to nine the number of animals that have died as the result of the weekend escape of a jaguar from its enclosure at the zoo in New Orleans. Audubon Zoo officials say on the zoo's website that Rusty, one of the foxes attacked by the big cat, died Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo’s managing director said Tuesday.

Prosecutor in girl’s 1988 killing hails genealogy databases

In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 photo, April's Garden receives balloon decoration and a fresh bouquet in Fort Wayne, Ind. Police on Sunday, July 15, 2018, arrested John Miller, of Grabill, Ind., in connection with the death April Marie Tinsley. Authorities say Miller agreed to speak with police in Fort Wayne and made incriminating statements about abducting, assaulting and killing Tinsley. An affidavit released by the Allen County prosecutor says investigators have DNA evidence linking Miller to the girl. (Brett Luke/The Journal-Gazette via AP)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana prosecutor is crediting genealogy databases with helping identify a suspect in the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl, saying criminals should be worried about these powerful new crime-fighting tools.

Intense government bombing of Syria opposition holdout

A Syrian soldier stands guard at his post overlooking the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the central Syrian town of Rastan, Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town that killed a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday.

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