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  • Texas group sorry for likening Hindu deity to GOP elephant

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican leaders in suburban Houston have apologized for an advertisement likening the Hindu deity Ganesha to the GOP’s elephant symbol amid a congressional race featuring an Indian-American Democrat. The ad was sponsored by the Fort Bend County Republican Party and published last week in a newspaper popular with area Indian-Americans. It […]
  • Missouri 5-year-old meets city leaders over ice cream

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 5-year-old Missouri girl is on mission to have ice cream with some influential people throughout the state. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that kindergartener Taylor Duncan met Tuesday with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin over orange sherbet. Tuesday’s visit was part of a project […]
  • Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

    LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained. The agency said Wednesday the Mendocino Complex — twin fires that erupted in July in Lake County — killed a firefighter and destroyed 157 homes while scorching 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers) of brush […]
  • Injuries reported in shooting at Pennsylvania judge’s office

    MASONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — At least four people have been injured in a shooting outside of a judge’s office in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports a 911 dispatcher said the shooting happened about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the office of District Judge Daniel Shimshock. The dispatcher said multiple medical helicopters had been sent to the […]
  • Trump’s tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

    SPANGLE, Wash. (AP) — In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he’s no fan of President Donald Trump’s trade policy. “We get him elected into office and he pulls us out of trade agreements,” Dube said last week as local farmers gathered to hear Democratic House candidate Lisa Brown. Dube […]
  • Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s trial judge is rejecting a defense motion to step down from the sex assault case before Monday’s sentencing hearing in suburban Philadelphia. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill has seen the case through two trials, hard-fought pretrial hearings and 15 defense lawyers since Cosby’s arrest in late 2015. Camille Cosby […]
  • Democrat Ben Jealous struggles in blue Maryland

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Ben Jealous compared his decisive Maryland Democratic primary victory in June to climbing the world’s second-highest mountain. He described it as a prelude to ascending a political Mount Everest to knock off popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Instead, Jealous has had to reverse course in recent weeks after some highly publicized […]
  • Court allows reporters to inspect slain family’s autopsies

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Reporters on Wednesday viewed preliminary autopsy reports in the still-unsolved slayings of eight Ohio family members in one of the state’s most notorious crimes, following a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court. The reports provided few new details. The court ruled unanimously in favor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, saying Ohio law […]
  • Texans fire back at educator for comments about QB Watson

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have fired back on Wednesday at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” in the comment section of an online news article where he was criticizing quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney […]
  • Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Sept. 11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, renewed his resolve to push for his stalled southern border wall. Trump tells Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that he marveled at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a visit last week. Trump tells the outlet, “They built this gorgeous […]
  • Delta joins United, JetBlue in raising checked-bag fees

    ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States. Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag — increasing the previous fees by $5 each. The changes match increases recently […]
  • Navy: Sailor was struck by propeller on carrier flight deck

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a sailor who died aboard an aircraft carrier was struck by the turning propeller of a plane. The Navy said in a statement on Wednesday that Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak had just secured an E-2C Hawkeye radar plane to the flight deck. Naglak’s death occurred Monday […]
  • Editor of The New York Review of Books out after uproar

    NEW YORK (AP) — The editor of The New York Review of Books has abruptly left his post following an outcry when the magazine published an essay by a former radio host accused of sexual misconduct that many deemed self-serving. Ian Buruma, who was appointed to lead the magazine last year, is “no longer the […]
  • US, Canada resume talks on revamped NAFTA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working long hours to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc. The Canadian envoy — Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland — resumed talks Wednesday with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. “Our negotiators have been really hard at it, including an all-night session last night that […]
  • GOP goes back to the immigration well in Arizona

    ARIVACA, Ariz. (AP) — Jim Chilton stood before the four strands of barbed wire that separate his ranchland from Mexico and pointed at a nearby ridge. “Very often, I see scouts on that mountain, right there,” he told Rep. Martha McSally. McSally, a Republican who represents a stretch of the Arizona border in the House […]