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Wednesday February 19th, 2020 8:52AM

AP Top News at 12:01 a.m. EDT

By The Associated Press
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Top China envoy: US 'fanning flames' of Hong Kong protests
China's top diplomat is accusing the U.S. and other Western nations of "fanning the flames" of street protests in Hong Kong targeting Beijing and Hong Kong's leadership
12:10AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Japan downgrading South Korea trade status, raising tensions
Japan's Cabinet has approved the removal of South Korea from a "whitelist" of countries with preferential trade status, a move sure to fuel antagonism already at a boiling point over recent export controls and wartime labor
11:47PM ( 40 minutes ago )
North Korea fires weapons again in possible pressure tactic
South Korea says North Korea fired what appeared to short-range ballistic missiles twice into the sea in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week; increased activity seen as pressure tactic
11:41PM ( 46 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Boris Johnson's party suffers defeat in UK special election
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's governing Conservative Party has a lost a special election, leaving it with a wafer-thin working majority in Parliament of just one vote
11:25PM ( 1 hour ago )
At rally, Trump laces into Democrats but avoids race
President Donald Trump used a revved-up rally Thursday in Cincinnati to tear into Democrats, but mostly avoided racial controversy
11:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: S. Korea, Japan ministers trade barbs at ASEAN
South Korea's foreign minister has slammed Tokyo's decision to remove South Korea from a "whitelist" of countries with preferential trade status, but her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono says the move was legitimate
11:00PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
North Korea fires projectiles in 3rd weapons test in 8 days
South Korea's military says North Korea fired unidentified projectiles twice into the sea off its eastern coast in its third weapons tests in just over a week
9:46PM ( 2 hours ago )
Katy Perry, others ordered to pay $2.78M for copying song
A jury has decided that Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a Christian rap song
9:12PM ( 3 hours ago )
North Korea fired projectiles into sea in 3rd weapons test
South Korea's military says North Korea fired unidentified projectiles twice into the sea off its eastern coast in its third weapons tests in just over a week
8:35PM ( 3 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Top China envoy: US 'fanning flames' of Hong Kong protests
China's top diplomat is accusing the U.S. and other Western nations of "fanning the flames" of street protests in Hong Kong targeting Beijing and Hong Kong's leadership
12:10AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Japan downgrading South Korea trade status, raising tensions
Japan's Cabinet has approved the removal of South Korea from a "whitelist" of countries with preferential trade status, a move sure to fuel antagonism already at a boiling point over recent export controls and wartime labor
11:47PM ( 40 minutes ago )
North Korea fires weapons again in possible pressure tactic
South Korea says North Korea fired what appeared to short-range ballistic missiles twice into the sea in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week; increased activity seen as pressure tactic
11:41PM ( 46 minutes ago )
Vexed with minority status and rancor, GOP lawmakers retire
Texas Rep. Will Hurd says he won't seek re-election next year. It's yet another early retirement for a House Republican.
11:38PM ( 49 minutes ago )
Cardinals beat Cubs 8-0, move into 1st place in NL Central
Jack Flaherty struck out nine in seven strong innings and Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 in a matchup of NL Central leaders
11:31PM ( 56 minutes ago )