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The Latest: CBC says Trudeau will have minority government

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is projecting Justin Trudeau's Liberals will win a minority government.

Trudeau appeared to overcome a challenge in Monday's national elections from the rival Conservatives four years after he channeled his father's star power to become prime minister.

CBC projects Trudeau's Liberals won't win the majority of seats in Parliament and will have to rely on another party to pass legislation.

Handsome and charismatic, Trudeau reasserted liberalism in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative Party government in Canada, but a series of scandals combined with high expectations have damaged his prospects.


The Latest: 70,000 children displaced by NE Syrian violence

BEIRUT (AP) — An international aid group says about 70,000 children have been displaced since the start of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria. The United Nations has said more than 176,000 people have been uprooted.

Save the Children says many of the displaced have sought shelters in two dozen schools in Hassakeh city, southeast of the area where Turkey had launched an offensive earlier this month.

The aid group says power lines of a water station have been damaged by fighting, so there is no steady flow of water to the city and its surrounding areas. That's left both the displaced and city residents dependent on water trucks.

The organization's Syria response team director, Sonia Khush, called for unrestricted access to children in need. She said in a statement late Sunday that residents of northeastern Syria had already been reliant on humanitarian aid before the violence and were in acute need.

A cease-fire has been negotiated by the United States, securing a reduction in violence. However, it ends Tuesday.


Israel's Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ended his quest to form a new coalition — a step that pushes the country into new political uncertainty.

Netanyahu fell short of securing a 61-seat parliamentary majority in last month's national election. But President Reuven Rivlin gave Netanyahu the first opportunity to form a government because he had more support, 55 seats, than any other candidate.

Netanyahu had hoped to form a broad "unity" government with his chief rival, former military chief Benny Gantz. But late Monday, Netanyahu announced he came up short.

Rivlin says he will now give Gantz a chance to form a government, though Gantz does not appear to have enough support either.

If Gantz fails, Israel could hold its third election in less than one year.


The Latest: National opioid settlement could be hard sell

CLEVELAND (AP) — A group of state attorneys general is pushing officials from other state and local governments to accept a $48 billion deal to settle all the opioid-related lawsuits against two drugmakers and the three biggest distributors.

But it's not going to be an easy sell.

In a statement Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the deal, described as a framework, is "a pile of lumber that's been dropped on the construction site."

The attorneys general reiterated the key points Monday of a deal that was in the works but not completed last week.

Their public push for it came hours after four of the five companies involved announced a narrow settlement with the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga and Summit to avert a trial that would have begun Monday.


Illegal vapes traced to California woman who was CBD pioneer

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — A pioneer in marketing CBD as a health product has acknowledged selling large quantities of synthetic marijuana which was secretly added to vapes, sickening dozens of people.

Janell Thompson helped popularize CBD, the cannabis extract that isn't supposed to get users high.

CBD products from a Southern California company Thompson co-founded were in Oscar nominee gift bags in 2014. Federal prosecutors say that's also when she started selling synthetic marijuana, known as spice or K2.

Thompson pleaded guilty last month to allegations of supplying synthetic marijuana nationwide.

Vapes spiked with the street drug poisoned more than 40 people in North Carolina, including around military bases. Prosecutors also tied Thompson to a product called Yolo!, which sickened at least 33 people in Utah.

Thompson didn't respond to requests for comment.


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Contributing to this report were Reese Dunklin in Dallas; Krysta Fauria in Carlsbad; Justin Pritchard in Washington; Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Rhonda Shafner in New York.


Trump laments G-7 move from Doral after bipartisan pushback

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lamenting that he was forced to move next year's Group of Seven summit from his private golf club in Florida after bipartisan criticism that he was trying to profit off the presidency.

Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Monday, Trump says it would have been the greatest G-7 ever if held at his Doral resort outside Miami.

Trump dismissed concerns that he was trying to get free publicity for his resort. He says, "You don't think I get enough promotion?"

Trump reversed course Saturday on hosting the G-7 at Doral after Republicans joined Democrats raising alarm.

Trump is claiming that he put his business interests in trusts, but the underlying assets — his family owned business — are well known to him.


The Latest: South African pleads not guilty in Alaska death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the death of a second homeless Alaska Native woman.

Brian Steven Smith entered his pleas through a public defender Monday in the death of Veronica Abouchuk. Police say he confessed to shooting a woman in 2017 or 2018, provided them the location where he said he left the body, and confirmed Abouchuk was that woman when shown her picture.

Smith earlier pleaded not guilty to similar charges in the death of Kathleen Henry. Authorities allege Smith photographed and videotaped the brutal death and kept the imagery on a memory card he lost.

The person who found it turned it over to police. Detectives recognized the man's accent on the tape, which led them to arrest Smith, who is originally from South Africa.


The Latest: UK speaker deals new blow to govt Brexit plan

LONDON (AP) — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons has turned down the government's bid for a new vote on its Brexit divorce deal, in a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to take the country out of the European Union at the end of the month.

Speaker John Bercow says the vote the government wants is "in substance the same" as one held on Saturday and so breaches Parliament's rules. He said it would be "repetitive and disorderly" to allow a new vote Monday.

Johnson struck a deal with the 27 other EU countries last week. But on Saturday, lawmakers voted to delay their backing for the agreement until the legislation needed to implement has been passed.

The government plans to introduce its key Brexit bill later Monday, with lawmakers holding a first round of debates and votes on Tuesday. Johnson hopes to get the bill approved by Parliament before Oct. 31, the date when Britain is due to leave the EU.

But it's unclear whether the government has either the votes or the time to meet the Brexit deadline.


Bolivia's Evo Morales likely forced to presidential runoff

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales has come out ahead in the first round of the presidential election, but he appears to have failed to get enough votes to avoid the first runoff in his nearly 14 years in power.

The preliminary results released late Sunday have dealt a harsh blow to South America's longest serving leader in what has become the tightest political race of his life. But Morales, who is seeking a fourth term, still declared victory and told supporters at the presidential palace that "the people again imposed their will."

The official returns put Morales in first with 45.3%, trailed in second by former President Carlos Mesa with 38.2%.

If the results hold, the two will face off in December and Morales could be vulnerable to a united opposition.


Report: US public land workers assaulted, threatened on job

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Congressional watchdog agency says federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period.

The Government Accountability Office report highlights simmering tensions between anti-government groups and law enforcement, including the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016 and similar instances in Montana and Nevada.

The Associated Press obtained the report ahead of its public release.

It cataloged incidents ranging from threatening phone calls to the stabbing of a Bureau of Land Management worker outside a federal building. An unspecified number of assaults triggered FBI domestic terrorism investigations.

The attacks are set against a backdrop of declining numbers of law enforcement officers patrolling the nation's vast forests, parks, wildlife refuges and other open spaces.

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