Markets reel as world absorbs shock of UK vote for Brexit LONDON (AP) - Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute. The U.K.'s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom. Britons absorbed the overwhelming realization that their anti-establishment vote has pushed the British economy into treacherous and uncertain territory and sparked a profound crisis for a bloc founded to unify Europe after the devastation of World War II. "Leave" campaigners hailed the result as a victory for British democracy against the bureaucratic behemoth of the EU.
Cheers, jeers and fears as Britain votes to exit EU LONDON (AP) - On its face Britain looked the same on Friday: The White Cliffs of Dover gleamed, the clamor of construction rumbled across London and bathers in the Hampstead Heath park took a dip in a murky pond while the rare sun lasted. Yet Britons woke up to a different country, after a historic referendum which is set to upend the island's relationship with Europe. The question raised for this kingdom of 65 million with a long and proud history: Who are we, and who do we want to become now? Slightly over half of voters backed a call to leave the European Union, and their delight spilled onto the streets in a display of emotion usually reserved for football victories.
North Korea: We won't abandon nukes with US gun to our head PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - The top North Korean official for U.S. relations told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. "It's the United States that caused this issue," Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, said in his first interview with an American news organization since assuming the post three years ago.
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The Latest: W.Va. man talks about wife's harrowing rescue A White Sulphur Springs man says his wife called him during the sudden deluge in West Virginia and said their house was filling up with water. Ronnie Scott told The Associated Press on Friday that his wife, Belinda Scott, fled to the attic. She smelled natural gas and the house blew up. He says she managed to escape through a vent and clung to a tree for more than four hours before she was rescued by state police. He says she is currently in the hospital with burns on 67 percent of her body. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says a deluge of 9 inches of rain damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and killed 14 people.
Pro-EU Scots, Northern Irish eye UK escape after Brexit vote EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - The United Kingdom's stunning vote to depart the European Union could end in the breakup of the U.K. itself. While majorities of voters in England and Wales backed the campaign to leave the 28-nation bloc, the U.K.'s two other regions of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. Hot on the heels of Friday's results, nationalist leaders in both countries vowed to leave the U.K. if that is the required price to keep their homelands fully connected to Europe. Scotland, where nationalists already in power narrowly lost a 2014 independence referendum, appears poised to be first out the U.K.
AP WAS THERE: Britain joins EU in 1973 LONDON (AP) - EDITOR'S NOTE: Britain voted in a referendum Thursday to leave the European Union. Britain was not included when the precursor to the EU was formed following World War II, but finally joined the group - known at the time as the European Economic Community, or the Common Market - on January 1, 1973. The Associated Press is making its original coverage from that day available with photos. --- Britain enters the European Common Market on New Year's day almost equally divided on whether the historic move is a good idea, the latest public opinion poll showed Monday. The survey appeared to indicate a belated swing toward public acceptance of the act of membership.
Californians get little time to flee fast-moving flames LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that roared across dry brush and trees in the mountains of central California gave residents little time to flee as flames burned homes to the ground, propane tanks exploded and smoke obscured the path to safety. David Klaippel, 78, a retired police officer, said Friday that he didn't see much of a threat after receiving an automated call advising him to leave. That changed dramatically within an hour Thursday afternoon. "I've never been so close to a fast-moving, ferocious fire. It was unbelievable," said Klaippel, who later learned his house had caught fire. "I almost didn't have time to get out." Entire neighborhoods of mobile homes were charred to their foundations.
Obama names Stonewall national monument; 1st for gay rights WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago. The Stonewall National Monument will be anchored by Christopher Park, a small park just across from the iconic Stonewall Inn tavern, and covers a 7.7 acre swath of Greenwhich Village where the uprising took place after police raided the gay bar in 1969. Obama said the monument would "tell the story of our struggle for LGBT rights" and of a civil rights movement that became a part of America.
Officials: No evidence Orlando gunman was gay WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation. The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men as saying that Omar Mateen had reached out to them on gay dating apps and had frequented the gay nightclub where the June 12 massacre took place. One man claimed to be Mateen's gay lover in an interview with Univision that aired this week, while another recalled Mateen as a regular at the Pulse club who tried to pick up men.
APNewsBreak: Few vets expelled under 'don't ask' seek remedy Less than 8 percent of veterans expelled from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have applied to upgrade their discharges to honorable or strip references to their sexual orientation from their record. In the nearly five years since the repeal of the policy that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, fewer than 1,000 people - out of the more than 13,000 people who were expelled - have sought corrections, according to data the military provided to The Associated Press. Many veterans simply don't know it's an option, said Scott Thompson, executive director of the Board for Correction of Naval Records.