Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The two countries are sparring over U.S. allegations that China steals technology and pressures American companies into handing over trade secrets _ part of an aggressive campaign to turn Chinese companies into world leaders in robotics, electric cars and other advanced industries. U.S. officials are insisting that any deal be strictly enforced so that China lives up to its promises _ something they say Beijing has repeatedly failed to do in the past.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it seized a North Korean cargo ship that was used to violate international sanctions, a first-of-its kind enforcement action that comes tense moment in relations between the two countries. The “Wise Honest,” North Korea’s second largest cargo ship, was detained during an April 2018 stop in Indonesia and will be moved to American Samoa. Officials made the announcement hours after the North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s “very surprised” that the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed his eldest son. Trump spoke Thursday after the Associated Press and other news outlets reported the panel is calling in Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his 2017 testimony to the panel as part of its probe into Russian election interference.
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has sentenced fake German heiress Anna Sorokin to four to 12 years behind bars for defrauding New York banks and hotels. Judge Diane Kiesel says she was “stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception” at the sentencing Thursday afternoon in Manhattan state court. The 28-year-old was found guilty last month of swindling some $200,000 through a series of scams. She was convicted of grand larceny and theft of services.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is requiring priests and religious sisters to report “well-founded” suspicions about child sex abuse in the Catholic church. Francis issued a church law on Thursday that includes confidential reporting systems at every diocese and preliminary investigative procedures when the accused is a superior such as a bishop. Victims’ advocates said the law was a positive step but missed key protections such as requiring outside police to be notified about suspected sex crimes by clergy.