Teen accused in accidental shooting death of 2 Florida teens

MIAMI (AP) — Police in South Florida say two teenagers are dead and their 15-year-old friend is accused of shooting them.

Miami-Dade police detective Alvaro Zabaleta tells news outlets the shooting happened Monday while the teens were visiting a friend’s house.

Zabaleta says the 15-year-old grabbed a gun that discharged, accidentally killing another 15-year-old and a 14-year-old. He said one bullet killed both teens. They both died at the scene.

He says the teen was taken into custody and faces manslaughter charges. The names of the teens haven’t been released. No further details were immediately available.


Police investigating discovery of 5 dead goats in trash bags

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say five goats were found dead in trash bags in the town of Gilford.

WMUR-TV reports the police say the goats were found near an old cell tower. They say the animals were dumped there within the last day or two. Several appeared to be malnourished.

Police are asking the public for help with any information on what happened.


Biden nets congressional endorsement from an early state

LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada is endorsing Joe Biden, becoming the first sitting member of Congress from an early voting state to endorse a presidential candidate.

Titus says in a statement Monday that she feels Biden is the candidate best prepared to defeat President Donald Trump. The five-term congresswoman says she saw the former vice president help turn around the nation’s economy after the Great Recession and help get President Barack Obama’s signature health care law passed.

She also says Biden will give Democrats their best chance to pass progressive reforms and won’t need any on-the-job training.

Titus represents the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas. She’s one of the few members of Nevada’s congressional delegation that has not pledged to stay neutral ahead of the state’s February caucuses.


Germany probing if navy demining operation killed porpoises

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they are investigating whether the deaths of 18 porpoises in the Baltic Sea is connected to a navy demining operation earlier this year.

A spokesman for Germany’s Defense Ministry said Monday that “so far no direct link has been established” between the detonation of 42 WWII-era mines and the deaths of the endangered marine mammals.

Frank Faehnrich told reporters that should a link be found “we obviously regret it.”

The mines were blown up in August during a NATO maneuver, after civilian authorities warned they were becoming increasingly unsafe with age.

Environment Ministry spokesman Stephan Gabriel Haufe said the detonation took place in a marine reserve and that porpoises in the Baltic enjoy “particularly strict protection.”


Greece: EU ignored request to help refugee children

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says European Union nations have failed to respond to a request to take in 3,000 unaccompanied minors currently living in refugee camps and other facilities around the country.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking in parliament Friday, said there had been no response to his government’s request, adding that partner nations “had not acted honorably” on the issue.

Mitsotakis outlined plans by his conservative government to overhaul the asylum and reception system in Greece, moving around 20,000 refugees and migrants by the end of the year from the Greek islands to the mainland, and creating detention centers aimed at speeding up deportations back to Turkey.


Stocks head lower over mixed signals on trade negotiations

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved lower in morning trading Monday as investors assessed mixed signals from the latest round of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.

Media reports early Monday suggested that China is pessimistic about a deal because of U.S. reluctance to ease existing tariffs. That conflicted with a report from China’s state media over the weekend that said negotiators had constructive discussions.

Trade negotiations between the world’s two largest economies have become the main focus for the market as the latest round of corporate earnings comes to a close. The broader market has been rallying for weeks and major indexes are still trading near record highs set on Friday.

Energy stocks made some of the biggest declines. Exxon Mobil fell 1% and Chevron fell 1.4%.

Technology and industrial stocks also fell. Broadcom fell 1.4% and General Electric slipped 1.2%.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.80% from 1.83% late Friday.

Investors leaned toward safe-play holdings. Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola both rose 1.2%. Utilities and real estate companies also held up better than the rest of the market.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.1% as of 10:55 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2 points to 28,003. The Nasdaq fell 0.2%. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks fell 0.4%.

European markets moved lower and Asian markets made gains.

WEEK AHEAD: Several important retailers will report earnings this week and close out the latest round of corporate results. More than 90% of companies in the S&P 500 have reported their latest earnings.

Home improvement retailer Home Depot will report results on Tuesday. Target and Lowe’s will report results on Wednesday. Macy’s and Gap will release their earnings on Thursday.

Investors will get a more detailed look at the Federal Reserve’s latest decision to cut interest rates when the central bank releases minutes from its October meeting on Wednesday.

LOW INK: Computer and printer maker HP fell 1% after rejecting Xerox’s roughly $33.5 billion takeover offer, saying it was too low.

HP also said it was concerned about Xerox’s debt. Both companies have faced difficulties as the demand for printed documents and ink have waned. Xerox fell 1%.

KEEPING UP: CoverGirl owner Coty rose 2.3% after buying a majority of reality TV Star Kylie Jenner’s beauty business.

Jenner is part of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” reality show family. She founded Kylie Cosmetics in 2015, relying on her hundreds of millions of social media followers to promote the brand.


Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales.

Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to resupply La Paz face challenges because pro-Morales demonstrators have cut off some transport routes.

Blockades around the major city of Santa Cruz have also disrupted commerce. Producers say fruit and vegetables are rotting on trucks that have been unable to reach markets.

The public defender’s office in Bolivia says at least 23 people have been killed in street violence that erupted after a disputed election on Oct. 20.

Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, claimed victory after the vote, but opponents alleged fraud and massive protests began. An international audit concluded there were election irregularities and Morales resigned Nov. 10.


Czechs to impose 7% tax on global internet giants

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a plan to adopt a tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.

Joining France and some other countries, the measure would impose a 7% annual tax on companies’ digital business revenues in the Czech Republic. It would apply to companies with global sales worth more than 750 million euros ($830 million) and Czech revenue exceeding 100 million Czech crowns ($4.3 million).

The finance ministry has estimated the tax could bring in some 5 billion crowns ($216 million) a year, starting in 2020.

The tax still needs parliamentary approval.

Monday’s move comes as some 130 countries try to find a way to more fairly tax global internet giants, with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development leading the project.