US tells UN it is bidding adieu to Paris climate deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for one year.
Pompeo’s statement touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the Paris deal an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy.
Nearly 200 nations signed the climate deal in which each country provides its own goals to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that lead to climate change.
The U.S. is the first nation to pull out of the deal. Agreement rules prevented a country from pulling out in the first three years after the Nov. 4, 2016, ratification.
The Latest: Giuliani associate will cooperate with inquiry
WASHINGTON (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is charged with federal campaign finance violations is willing to cooperate with Congress in its impeachment inquiry.
That’s according to an attorney for Lev Parnas.
Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested last month on charges that they used foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions. Prosecutors say the men made the donations while lobbying U.S. politicians to oust the ambassador to Ukraine.
The lawyer, Joseph Bondy, says Parnas is prepared to comply with a subpoena from impeachment investigators and will turn over documents. That’s in contrast to the stance taken by a different, previous lawyer for Parnas, who had said Parnas would not cooperate.
Bondy says his client still has a Fifth Amendment interest against self-incrimination.
Turkey says it captured slain IS leader’s sister in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Turkish official says Turkey has captured the older sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria, calling the arrest an intelligence “gold mine.”
Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said that the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad was captured in a raid Monday on a trailer container she was living in with her family near the town of Azaz. The area is part of the region administered by Turkey.
The official said the sister was with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children. The adults are being interrogated, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity In line with government protocol.
Al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in the nearby province of Idlib last month.
CANADA’S LEAD PROBLEM
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint
MONTREAL (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan.
That’s according to an investigative project published Monday that involved testing drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewing thousands of previously undisclosed results.
A consortium of journalists collected test results that properly measure exposure to lead in 11 cities across Canada. Out of 12,000 tests since 2014, one-third — 33% — exceeded the national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion; 18% exceeded the U.S. limit of 15 ppb.
Canadian officials where levels were high said they were aware that lead pipes can contaminate drinking water and that they were working to replace aging infrastructure.
Lawyer: Trump’s phone records back details of woman’s claim
NEW YORK (AP) — A court filing says President Donald Trump’s cell phone records show a call to a former “Apprentice” contestant on a day when she says he subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping.
Records filed in Summer Zervos’ defamation suit and obtained Monday by The Associated Press indicate that Zervos got a call from Trump’s phone on Dec. 21, 2007, when she says he rang to invite her to dinner. She says she went for career advice and was sexually assaulted.
The records also show a call to Zervos from Trump’s phone the next afternoon and calls from her to his phone in the following months.
Her lawyers say the phone calls support that she’s telling the truth.
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz said Monday that Zervos’ claims “are entirely meritless and not corroborated by any documents.”
Xi meets Lam in ‘vote of confidence’ over Hong Kong protests
HONG KONG (AP) — A senior Hong Kong official says Chinese President Xi Jinping’s surprise meeting with the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, is a “vote of confidence” in her government’s ability to tackle five months of anti-government protests.
Xi met Lam on the sidelines of a trade event in Shanghai on Monday night amid signals from China’s central government that it may tighten its grip on Hong Kong to quell the unrest that had at times challenged Chinese rule.
Hong Kong Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said Tuesday the fact that Xi found time to meet Lam “really is a vote of confidence in ourselves.”
He said Xi has “a high degree of confidence” in Lam and her team and “all these are pretty reassuring to us.”
The Latest: Germany says Iran risking entire nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Iran’s latest step away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers risks completely breaking the entire agreement.
Maas said Iran’s decision Monday to operate a greater number of advanced centrifuges “unacceptable.”
Speaking to reporters in Hungary, he said “ultimately Iran is doing nothing less than putting the entire nuclear agreement at risk.”
Iran has said its centrifuge decision is a direct result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement more than a year ago.
Maas added that Germany expects Iran to “return to full compliance with the commitments” made in the deal.
Under the accord, Tehran limited its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
But since the deal collapsed, European nations have been unable to give Iran a way to help it sell its oil abroad as it faces renewed U.S. sanctions.
APNewsBreak: Airbnb agrees to provide host records to Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Airbnb Inc. is agreeing to provide Hawaii with records for many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven’t been paying their taxes.
Airbnb and the state Department of Taxation reached the agreement after negotiating the scope of a subpoena sought by the state. First Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe approved the deal last week.
Agreement details filed in state Circuit Court say Airbnb will provide the records of 1,000 hosts who received the most revenue from 2016 through 2018.
Airbnb will give the state anonymized data for hosts who had more than $2,000 in annual revenue during those years. The state may then request individual records for these hosts.
Roger Penske buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series have been sold to Penske Entertainment Corp. in a stunning announcement that relinquishes control of the iconic speedway from the Hulman family after 74 years.
Tony Hulman bought the dilapidated speedway in 1945 and brought racing back to 16th St. and Georgetown Ave. after a four-year hiatus following World War II.
The speedway spun off multiple other subsidiaries, including the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions, which are also part of the deal to Penske Entertainment. That group is a subsidiary of Penske Corp., which is owned by billionaire Roger Penske.
Penske is the winningest team owner in Indianapolis 500 history with 18 victories.
The speedway announced a Monday news conference to discuss the deal.
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Trump plugs son’s book while accusing Bidens of self-dealing
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promoting his son’s book on Twitter as he accuses the Biden family of self-dealing.
Trump has said former Vice President Joe Biden committed major ethical lapses, and he’s railed against Biden’s son for allegedly profiting off his father’s office.
But on Monday, Trump used his Twitter feed to publicize a new book by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., telling his 66.5 million followers that they should “Go order it today!”
The director of public policy at a nonpartisan government watchdog group says that kind of promotional tweet would be a violation of ethics rules if it had come from any federal employee other than the president.
But the tweet also highlights a well-practiced tactic of Trump trying to turn a weakness into an attack on his opponents.