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  • US House moves to reverse order to aid salmon

    The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge's order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored by Republican...

  • Michigan township to sell Marquette cross after complaints

    A northern Michigan township has agreed to sell land where a large cross honors a famous Catholic missionary. Pere Marquette Township in Mason County lately has been criticized for spending public money on a religious symbol, a 40-foot memorial cross built in 1955 near Lake Michigan. The township...

  • Central American asylum seeking caravan reaches US border

    About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump . Two busloads arrived late Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana at two migrant shelters just...

  • E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grows to 84 cases

    The E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. At least another 31 cases are believed to be tied to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said. Those infected range...

  • Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

    "You did it, Michelle." Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday. Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to catch a man responsible...

  • Trump lawyer says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case

    President Donald Trump's personal attorney said Wednesday he will assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a civil case brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump. Michael Cohen has been asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay Stormy Daniels' case...

  • Paramount chair says 'A Quiet Place' sequel in the works

    "A Quiet Place" is getting a sequel. Jim Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures . He says Wednesday that the studio is developing a follow-up to the buzzy John Krasinski-directed thriller that's currently in theaters. "A Quiet Place" has earned over $135 million from North American...

  • DOJ probing decisions regarding a proposed Islamic cemetery

    The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating claims that leaders of a Virginia county effectively blocked a proposed Islamic cemetery. The Free Lance-Star reported Wednesday that a Justice Department official, Shina Majeed, wrote that the inquiry will scrutinize how the Stafford County's zoning...

  • Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate

    Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate

    The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, a move that would hand the president a major victory on a controversial signature policy. In the court's first full-blown consideration of a...

  • Michael Brown's mother, attorneys to speak at Harvard panel

    The mother of Michael Brown and the maker of a documentary about his death will be speaking at Harvard University. Brown was an unarmed, black 18-year-old when he was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer was not charged. Brown's death touched off widespread...

  • Caesars Entertainment plans to manage hotel in Baja, Mexico

    The Caesars Entertainment Corp. casino company says it plans to build a beachfront non-casino hotel in the Mexican city of Puerto Los Cabos. Company president and chief executive Mark Frissora announced Wednesday that the $200 million Caesars Palace resort will be the company's first Mexico property....

  • School counselors sued in sexual assault case

    The family of a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a Stratford teacher's aide is claiming the school's counselors knew about the assaults and didn't report it. Two separate lawsuits, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court Wednesday, claim the counselors at the Boys & Girls Village in Milford and...

  • Lawyers say others were hurt in Copperfield illusion show

    Lawyers for a British tourist who claims he was badly hurt taking part in an illusion by Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield told a judge on Wednesday that they've found three other people who were injured in Copperfield shows over the years. The three women came forward after hearing that...

  • ConocoPhillips wins $2 billion arbitration against Venezuela

    ConocoPhillips said Wednesday that it won a $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuela's state oil company, compounding the financial woes of the socialist-run nation as it struggles to feed its population. The award represents the equivalent of more than 20 percent of the cash-strapped government's...

  • Bill Cosby's lawyers get slammed by advocates for women

    The sexual assault case against Bill Cosby went to the jury Wednesday as his lawyers came under heavy criticism for what some called a blatant attempt to "victim-shame" the parade of women who have leveled accusations against the 80-year-old comedian. In the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo...

  • Musicians to raise funds for Waffle House shooting victims

    Nashville's musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House with a special T-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman. James Shaw Jr., lauded as a hero during the shooting that left four dead and more injured early Sunday, met with country...

  • Legal experts: Greitens not entitled to charity donor list

    While building a national nonprofit for military veterans, former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens solicited millions of dollars from hundreds of wealthy individuals, corporations and foundations. While later launching a Missouri gubernatorial campaign, Greitens again raised millions from many of...

  • 3 days after fatal shootings, Tennessee Waffle House reopens

    The Tennessee Waffle House where four people were fatally shot reopened Wednesday amid tears and solemn remembrance of the dead, as the company said it will donate a month of the restaurant's sales to help the wounded survivors and the families of the slain. Employees wore orange ribbons and hugged...

  • Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

    French President Emmanuel Macron drew sharp contrasts with President Donald Trump 's worldview Wednesday, laying out a firm vision of global leadership that rejects "the illusion of nationalism" in a candid counterweight to Trump's appeals to put "America first." In the spotlight of a speech to...

  • Sides agree to drop rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons

    A lawsuit from a Los Angeles woman who alleged music mogul Russell Simmons raped her at his home in 2016 is being dropped, according to a federal court filing Wednesday. The two sides have agreed that the suit, filed in January, should be dismissed, with each side bearing its own attorneys' fees....

  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Four people were killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee early Sunday, according to police, who credited a bystander with saving many lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said via their Twitter account that authorities...

  • Archaeologists find bust of Roman emperor in Egypt

    Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan. The Antiquities Ministry says Sunday the head was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater. It says archaeologists have also unearthed artifacts...

  • Facebook advertisers shrug off its privacy scandal

    Facebook's troubles with Russian election meddlers , "fake news " and misused data have dominated headlines globally. But they don't seem to be affecting Facebook's bottom line, so far, as advertisers continue to flock to the service in droves. Facebook's revenue, which largely derives from ads,...

  • Ex-cop arrested in sadistic crime spree from '70s and '80s

    A man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused Wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of California's most feared serial killers and rapists in the 1970s and '80s before leaving a cold trail that baffled investigators for more...

  • Corrections officers charged with bribery, racketeering

    More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions, a case that was announced a week after a deadly prison riot. The indictments against 14 Department of Corrections employees,...

  • Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair

    Massachusetts' highest court will decide the fate of a judge who admitted to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse. The Commission on Judicial Conduct is asking for Judge Thomas Estes to be suspended indefinitely without pay to give lawmakers...

  • Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

    Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid to a White House military staff member, according to a summary of accusations compiled by Democratic...

  • Democrats demand more details on CIA nominee's covert work

    Three Democratic senators on Wednesday stepped up their demands for more information about the former undercover spy President Donald Trump has picked to lead the CIA, and said the public has a right to know about her role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists after 9/11 as well as...

  • Troubled German Social Democrats elect combative new leader

    Germany's center-left Social Democrats on Sunday elected a combative new leader to spearhead their recovery from a disastrous election result while guiding them through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel 's conservatives. Andrea Nahles, who heads the party's parliamentary...

  • Sports car maker plans production at Purdue business park

    A British company is planning to build what it calls the fastest U.S. street-legal cars at Purdue University 's research and business district. Keating Supercars says about 100 Vipera Berus sports cars will be built a year at Purdue's Discovery Park in West Lafayette. The company says the cars...

  • House already threatened, could GOP also lose Senate grip?

    Republicans have known for months that their House majority is in genuine peril. But after another bruising showing in a special election, some in the party are reconsidering the once inconceivable notion of losing the Senate. It's a sobering possibility, particularly given Republican' confidence...

  • Embiid, Simmons led 76ers from Process to postseason success

    Kevin Hart laughed as he tried to floss dance with a kid as they were both egged on by rapper Meek Mill. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie awkwardly waved his arms around the way any 60-something-year-old man would attempting to look hip next to star entertainers. This postseason potpourri...

  • Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress

    Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, a family spokesman said. The nation's 41st president is expected...

  • Comcast challenges Murdoch with rival bid for UK-based Sky

    U.S. media giant Comcast on Wednesday offered 22 billion pounds ($30.7 billion) for Sky PLC, topping a bid from Rupert Murdoch 's 21st Century Fox and setting up a bidding war for Britain's biggest satellite television company. Comcast said it would pay 12.75 pounds for each Sky share, 16 percent...

  • Stocks close mixed; Dow industrials end a losing streak

    A late round of buying erased early losses on Wall Street, leaving major indexes mixed at the close of trading. Bigger companies managed to eke out modest gains, while smaller companies mostly fell. A big gain in Boeing pushed the Dow Jones industrial average higher, breaking a five-day losing...

  • New Chipotle CEO plans menu 'tweaks,' and maybe drive-thrus

    The new CEO at Chipotle plans to make "simple menu tweaks," redesign its restaurants and expand its delivery service in the coming months. Another longer-term possibility: drive-thrus, which CEO Brian Niccol said are an "interesting proposition for Chipotle." Niccol didn't offer specifics on his...

  • Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate

    The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump 's ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, a move that would hand the president a major victory on a controversial signature policy. In the court's first full-blown consideration of...

  • Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol

    The deadly van rampage in Toronto is training attention on an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny after the suspect invoked an uprising by "involuntary celibates" and gave a shoutout to a California killer who seethed at women for rejecting him. The world of self-described "incels,"...

  • Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid maid abuse dispute

    Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country. The highly unusual move came as a surprise in the typically sedate and oil-rich...

  • Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

    Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to take him to Italy and continue his life support against the wishes of his doctors and judges. Doctors say the 23-month-old boy suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that...

  • NCAA begins work of implementing complex basketball reforms

    The most difficult part of the NCAA 's attempt to clean up college basketball begins now. Hours after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the Commission on College Basketball's sweeping recommendations for reforming a sport weighed down by corruption, NCAA leaders set in motion...

  • Warrant: Suspect's suspicious behavior drew police attention

    The gunman accused of opening fire at a Dallas home improvement store — killing one police officer and critically injuring two others — was initially detained because he was acting suspiciously and may have tried to steal from the store, an arrest warrant revealed Wednesday. An off-duty officer...

  • DeLorean widow sues for 'Back to the Future' payments

    The widow of maverick automaker John DeLorean has alleged in a lawsuit that a Texas company illegally received money from the "Back to the Future" movies that used his iconic car. The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors known simply as "the DeLorean," was featured in the 1985 movie starring...

  • Former students recall 1968 protests that shut down Columbia

    Fifty years ago Monday, Columbia University students angry about racism and the Vietnam War began a rebellion that fed a sense the country was in turmoil. Starting at noon on April 23, 1968, student militants occupied Hamilton Hall, the main classroom building, and took a dean hostage for 24 hours....

  • Iraq says its strikes in Syria killed 36 IS militants

    A spokesman for Iraq's military says 36 Islamic State militants have been killed in Thursday's airstrikes by Iraq's air force in Syria. In a statement issued on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool says that the airstrikes hit a location where IS militants were meeting, among other targets. Rasool added...

  • Without Trump nomination, judges vote to keep US attorney

    Federal judges in New York have taken the unusual step of voting to keep U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in his job as the chief prosecutor in Manhattan in the absence of a nomination by President Donald Trump . Berman's Jan. 3 interim appointment by the Justice Department to oversee an office of...

  • Florida Republicans may be forced to act on voting rights

    Confronted with a federal judge's looming deadline, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called an extraordinary late-night meeting of top state officials Wednesday to decide what to do about the state's process for restoring voting rights to former prisoners. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker gave Florida until...

  • Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no US

    Fox's World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the tournament. And many of the game broadcasters will be based in the U.S. The network announced Wednesday that eight of its 12 match commentators will be American, headed by the lead team of...

  • Waffle House suspect: Erratic behavior years before shooting

    Travis Reinking's erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle. The onetime construction crane operator bounced between states and suffered from delusions, sometimes talking about plans...

  • AP Exclusive: '93 Amtrak crash survivor relives each new one

    In the dark of night, three travelers advanced inexorably toward tragedy. Accompanied by her parents on her first train trip, 11-year-old Andrea Chancey couldn't sleep despite the steady rocking of the Amtrak coach. Aboard the same train after missing a flight, Ken Ivory lounged nearby. Miles away,...

  • Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    As President Donald Trump 's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess. That sentiment was evident Tuesday on Capitol Hill after senators...

  • GOP unsettled by narrow win in US House race in Arizona

    It took a big money push from the Republican Party , tweets by the president and the support of the state's current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered endangered in any other year. Tuesday's narrow victory by Republican Debbie...

  • White House condemns ruling on Trump's 'Dreamers' program

    The White House on Wednesday sharply criticized a federal judge's ruling that the Trump administration must resume a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. While the government has 90 days to restate its arguments before the order takes effect, presidential...

  • Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit

    Kim Jong Un will be in uncharted territory when the third-generation autocrat crosses into the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone separating the rival Koreas on Friday, possibly on foot, and greets South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Cameras wielded by one of the most aggressive media contingents...

  • Turkey opposition OKs party switch in challenge to Erdogan

    More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties Sunday in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 's rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule. A year ago, Erdogan narrowly won a referendum to change Turkey's form of...

  • High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported

    A fire broke out Sunday atop a prominent skyscraper in Dubai, sending smoke billowing from its roof and those inside fleeing into the streets before firefighters extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported. An Associated Press journalist saw smoke pour out of the spire that crowns the Almas...

  • Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

    French authorities evacuated tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and searched houses Sunday on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services. The exceptional evacuation of one of France's most-visited tourist sites came after...

  • Oh, Yeezus: Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

    Trump - West 2020? In a moment that seemed to encapsulate 2018's social media-driven blurring of celebrity and politics, President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West on Wednesday for his recent and perhaps unexpected online support. "Thank you Kanye, very cool!" the president...

  • 'BlacKkKlansman' star hopes Lee film starts a conversation

    Denzel Washington 's son John David Washington has technically worked with Spike Lee before. When he was 7-years-old he had a bit part in " Malcolm X ," which his dad starred in. The younger Washington is now getting his own chance to star in a Spike Lee joint in "BlacKkKlansman," which CinemaCon...

  • Chemical weapons team gathers more samples from Syrian town

    Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog made a second visit Wednesday to a Syrian town hit by an alleged chemical attack, collecting samples from a new location that will be sent to designated labs for analysis. The suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7 has sparked an ongoing...

  • Thousands protest in Armenia's capital as talks falter

    Tens of thousands of opposition supporters surged into the central square of the Armenian capital again on Wednesday, calling for the leader of their protests to become prime minister as the country labored through a dramatic political crisis. The Kremlin is watching with concern as its small but...

  • Meek Mill: People going through same ordeal depending on him

    Rapper Meek Mill said Wednesday that now that he's out of prison, a lot of people facing similar battles with the criminal justice system are depending on him. "I got a lot of responsibility," he said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News. He said the men counting on him are "going...

  • Facing Congress, EPA chief doesn't appear ready to apologize

    Even with Republican lawmakers' patience running short, President Donald Trump 's environmental chief appears to be in no mood to apologize as he faces Congress for the first time since a deluge of ethics allegations has consumed his tenure. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will...

  • Ford promises more savings as 1Q earnings rise 9 percent

    Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will shed most of its North American car lineup as part of broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace. The changes include getting rid of all cars in the region during the next four years except for the Mustang...

  • Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

    A man scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges Wednesday killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store, officials said. The fatal shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole around 1:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock triggered an intensive manhunt...

  • Handshakes and kisses aside, some issues split Trump, Macron

    With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear agreement , Syria and more. Hosting Macron for the first state...

  • North Texas forecast: Drafty. And no one knows what's next

    Anyone who thinks the draft pundits and even some team general managers have no clue what will happen in Thursday's opening round of the draft should talk to the guys likely to get selected early. You won't get much clarity. You will get the same shrugs, the same "it's not in my control" replies....

  • Visa 2Q profits jump, helped by more spending on its network

    Payment processing giant Visa on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in its fiscal second-quarter profits from a year earlier on Wednesday, as more shoppers spent money on Visa's network across all its major markets. The San Francisco-based company said it earned $2.61 billion in the period ending...

  • Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Bill Clinton offered oil and reactors. George W. Bush mixed threats and aid. Barack Obama stopped trying after a rocket launch. While Seoul and Washington welcomed Pyongyang's declaration on Saturday to suspend further intercontinental ballistic missile tests and shut down its nuclear test site,...

  • Sessions defends Trump pardons of Joe Arpaio, Scooter Libby

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump 's right to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Both of those pardons were issued by Trump and bypassed the involvement of the Justice Department and its pardon...

  • Man charged with toppling Jewish cemetery headstones in 2017

    Authorities said Wednesday that a man confessed to knocking over about 120 headstones at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last year and that it doesn't seem to have been motivated by hatred. The vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City in February 2017 caused more than $30,000...

  • US, Jordan troops practice response to hazardous materials

    U.S. and Jordanian forces in protective suits have practiced how to handle chemical, biological and nuclear materials. In Sunday's scenario, the materials were detected in a simulated smuggling incident. Mobile laboratory teams surveyed the area, collected samples and then went through decontamination....

  • MSNBC's Reid says homophobic posts were result of hack

    MSNBC 's Joy Reid insists that homophobic language in one of her old blog posts is the work of a computer hacker and her security expert said Wednesday they have a strong suspicion of who did it, although he would not name the suspect. The bizarre tale involving the news network's rising star is...

  • Governors form group to study gun violence, offer solutions

    The governors of six northeastern states and Puerto Rico have formed the nation's first consortium to conduct gun violence research and recommend policy changes. Scholars and law enforcement officials will collect data and analyze gun violence information to pass on to policymakers. Their work...

  • Matt Kenseth returning to NASCAR with Roush Fenway Racing

    Roush Fenway Racing wants to be among NASCAR's elite again and recognized it needed help for its ongoing rebuild. The organization called on Matt Kenseth , one of its cornerstone former drivers, and asked him to come back. When Kenseth took the call from team owner Jack Roush, he had just one question:...

  • Baseball document, thought worth millions, spurs court fight

    One of the most valuable pieces of baseball memorabilia — a copy of the 1876 National League constitution that established business practices that remain the norm today — is at the center of a legal dispute between the family of a late baseball executive and an auction house they say is holding...

  • Tennis corruption report: 'Tsunami' of problems at low level

    An independent review of corruption in tennis found that the sport "faces a serious integrity problem" at its lower levels — a "tsunami," according to one person interviewed — but did not determine there are widespread problems at ATP , WTA and Grand Slam tournaments. The report released Wednesday...

  • Giants' Manning more concerned with new offense than draft

    Eli Manning isn't paying much attention to the NFL draft , even with the possibility of the New York Giants using the No. 2 overall pick to take an heir apparent to the two-time Super Bowl MVP. Manning doubted that he would watch the first round of the draft on Thursday, saying it wouldn't be hard...

  • Raptors honor victims of van attack before Game 5

    The Toronto Raptors honored the victims the deadly van attack Monday with a moment of silence Wednesday night before Game 5 of their playoff series against the Washington Wizards/ Players from both teams held up banners with the hashtag #TORONTOSTRONG as they stood on the court during the tribute...

  • Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

    Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies. Russia has ordered the popular Telegram messaging app to shut down because it won't share its encryption key with intelligence...

  • Maryland reaches $33.5 million settlement with Volkswagen

    Maryland officials announced Wednesday that they had reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with Volkswagen AG and two of its affiliates for using devices in cars that violated the state's environmental laws. The "defeat devices" installed in vehicles enabled them to pass emissions tests. But...

  • China auto show highlights industry's electric ambitions

    The biggest global auto show of the year showcases China's ambitions to become a leader in electric cars and the industry's multibillion-dollar scramble to roll out models that appeal to price-conscious but demanding Chinese drivers. Auto China 2018, which opens this week, follows Beijing's decision...

  • Florida editorial roundup

    Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 24 The Ledger of Lakeland says relationships with Cuba should be further pursued: Although Cuba has a new leader, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio still is not impressed by the internal politics of Florida's tiny island neighbor. Last week, after Cubans...

  • Vukmir, Nicholson to meet in GOP Senate primary debate

    Republican U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson are meeting for their first debate ahead of the August primary. The contest Thursday night is hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity and will be livestreamed by the group on its Facebook page. The debate comes...

  • World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

    The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki said. She had been hospitalized since January. Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born...

  • Universal promotes films with Cher performance, new footage

    From a surprise Cher performance to new footage of everything from Damien Chazelle 's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" to M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" and Jamie Lee Curtis 's return to "Halloween," Universal Pictures pulled out all the showstoppers for CinemaCon attendees Wednesday morning. Cher...

  • EPA awards Indiana $2.3M in grants for industrial cleanups

    Six Indiana communities have landed a combined $2.3 million in federal funding to either clean up former industrial areas or redevelop those sites. The largest of the Indiana grants announced Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is $600,000 the Michigan City Sanitary District will...

  • GOP governor hopefuls clash in TV debate over TV attack ads

    With three weeks until the primary election, a live TV debate Wednesday night between the three Republicans seeking the party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November got tough quickly, as they clashed over their increasingly sharp-elbowed attack ads on TV. Early in the hour-long...

  • North Carolina editorial roundup

    Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ April 22 The Winston-Salem Journal calls for leaders to work for the release of a pastor held in Turkey: A 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, Andrew Craig Brunson, is facing up to 35 years in prison in Turkey on obviously trumped-up...

  • Jones and Goodell chatty and chummy at draft event

    As Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones sat side by side chatting, then grabbed shovels at a junior high school to dedicate a new field, they sure seemed chummy. Then again, this was for a worthy cause, so any and all past animosities over suspensions and lawsuits and contract extensions were, uh, buried...

  • Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

    Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus...

  • Jeb Bush calls father 'stronger than an ox,' talks politics

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talked family and politics on Wednesday at Brown University , calling his father, former President George H.W. Bush , "stronger than an ox," and admitting that he does not think President Donald Trump is a good role model. Bush mentioned the recent death of his mother,...

  • Illinois Democrats' plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles

    Illinois Democrats ' hopes of overriding a veto of firearms-dealer licensing fizzled Wednesday, swamped by the inaction of a Senate and House afraid to take the vote without cover from the other. Democrats in the Senate, where the veto had to occur by Wednesday's deadline, said they had enough...

  • West Virginia editorial roundup

    Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 20 The Charleston Gazette says Don Blankenship is trying to confuse voters: What excellent timing Don Blankenship has. Just weeks before the primary election, he has made a splash asking a federal judge to throw out his criminal conviction...

  • Racing group buys Virginia's Colonial Downs for over $20M

    Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing has bought Virginia's Colonial Downs racetrack for upward of $20 million, touting the purchase as a major step toward reopening the shuttered facility. The new owners tell The Richmond Times-Dispatch the deal closed Wednesday and resulted from the decision to...

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