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September 15, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has condemned the drone attack on Saudi oil installations, describing it as an escalation that could widen conflicts in the region. Hariri said in a statement on Sunday that the attack the day before in Saudi Arabia should push the international community to rein in “all the arms of aggression and terrorism that are striking Arab countries.”

DETROIT (AP) – Negotiations are continuing after a four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers has expired. Union officials told GM they would let the contract lapse just before midnight Saturday, increasing the risk of a strike as early as Sunday night. Meanwhile, the union says about 850 UAW-represented janitors who work for Aramark, a separate company, went on strike Sunday after working under an extended contract since March of 2018.

MIAMI (AP) – Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Humberto to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday as it stays well offshore of Florida’s east coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Humberto is continuing to travel away from the Bahamas, which was decimated by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago. Officials expect the storm to veer northeast, away from the U.S., on Sunday or Monday.

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – The idling of two coal mines has taken a toll on the region straddling northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, where coal has quietly supported the economies of both states for decades. Negotiations that could reopen the two Wyoming mines under new ownership are stalled more than two months later. And some 600 employees remain off the job. The turmoil comes as U.S. coal production is down more than 30 percent since peaking in 2008.

HONG KONG (AP) – Police have fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. A mixed crowd of hardcore protesters in black and wearing masks, along with families with children, spilled into the roads of the Causeway Bay shopping belt and marched for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the central business district.