Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

By The Associated Press | Updated - Aug 13th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Aug 12th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two music companies have canceled concerts by Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera says it will launch an investigation in response to an Associated Press story in which numerous women accused the opera legend of inappropriate behavior spanning decades. The upcoming shows were canceled by the San Francisco Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra. Domingo called the allegations "as presented inaccurate," adding that he believed his actions "were always welcomed and consensual."

UNDATED (AP) — Numerous women have told The Associated Press that celebrated opera superstar Placido Domingo tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and sometimes punishing them when they refused his advances. A half-dozen other women say suggestive overtures by Domingo made them uncomfortable. Domingo called the allegations "deeply troubling and, as presented inaccurate." The LA Opera, where the star is general director, said it would launch an investigation into the allegations.

HONG KONG (AP) — Check-in counters have reopened at Hong Kong's airport after being shut during protests the previous day. About three dozen protesters remained camped out in the arrivals area Wednesday morning. Flights appeared to be operating normally. The airport closed check-in for remaining flights late Tuesday afternoon as protesters swarmed the terminal. More than 100 flights were cancelled while still were trying to clear a backlog of more than 200 flights from Monday.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the probe of Jeffrey Epstein's death at a federal jail says guards are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in his unit every half hour, when they actually weren't. Surveillance video reviewed after the death showed guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, according to the person familiar with the investigation. The person wasn't authorized to disclose information and spoke to the AP Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

ATLANTA (AP) — The operator of the electric grid that serves most of Texas has declared an energy conservation emergency as temperatures across much of the state approached or exceeded 100 degrees (38 Celsius). The Energy Reliability Council of Texas appealed to all of the state's consumers of electric power to limit and reduce their usage during the peak demand hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday after reserve capacity fell below 2,300 megawatts.

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