Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen’s time is up. President Donald Trump ex-lawyer and fixer is due to start a three-year prison sentence Monday for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf. He’ll be at a minimum-security prison camp that has become a haven for white-collar criminals including “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland.
MOSCOW (AP) — A fiery airliner accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport kills more than 40 people, Russian officials say. The fire aboard the Sukhoi SSJ100 regional jet flown by Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot broke out after the plane made a hard emergency landing. Video on Russian television shows fire bursting from the plane’s underside as it landed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. defense official says the deployments of an aircraft carrier strike group and land-based bombers to the Middle East are in response to indications that Iran and its proxy forces were preparing to possibly attack U.S. forces in the region. The defense official tells The Associated Press that the Pentagon approved the deployments. The official says U.S. forces at sea and on land were thought to be the potential targets.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has turned up the pressure on China ahead of trade talks this week by threatening to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The talks scheduled to resume in Washington on Wednesday are aimed at resolving a trade war that has cast gloom over the world economy. Trump said he would raise import taxes on some Chinese products to 25% from 10% on Friday.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants have fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel, killing at least four Israelis and bringing life to a standstill across the region in the bloodiest fighting since a 2014 war. As Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes, the Palestinian death toll rose to 23, including two pregnant women and two babies. The leader of Hamas says his group is not interested in a new war with Israel.