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

May 17, 2019 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former high school wrestler told investigators that an Ohio State University team doctor sexually abused him when the student was 14. The unnamed student went on to attend Ohio State. An investigative report released Friday says the abuse occurred while the late Dr. Richard Strauss was conducting a body-fat testing study at a Columbus-area high school in 1982 or 1983. The student asserted that Strauss molested other minors during the course of the doctor’s work with high schools and the Ohio State wrestling camp.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump has decided against declaring commercial war on America’s friends. The White House says that he is delaying for six months any decision to slap import taxes on foreign cars, a move that would hit Europe and Japan especially hard. Trump is hoping to use the threat of auto tariffs to pressure Japan and the European Union into making concessions in ongoing trade talks.


WASHINGTON (AP) — An official with Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard is stoking tension with the United States, warning on Friday that Iranian missiles can “easily reach warships” in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East. President Donald Trump is running a maximum pressure campaign on Tehran over its nuclear program and other activities he says destabilize the region. But when asked if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, he told reporters on Thursday: “I hope not.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn has told the special counsel’s office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress contacted him about his cooperation with the Russia investigation. That’s according to a court filing from prosecutors Thursday that describes former White House national security adviser’s cooperation with the probe. The document says Flynn and his attorneys received communications from unidentified people that could have affected “his willingness to cooperate.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a spate of state laws that drastically restrict women’s ability to terminate pregnancies. Democrats have decried the new laws as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Warren’s abortion rights platform was released Friday by her 2020 presidential campaign and centers on the establishment of rights that would block states from interfering in medical decisions.