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  • FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ pirate flagship radio station

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station that served as the flagship outlet for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The Austin American-Statesman reports the FCC also has fined the station’s operators $15,000 — a fine the FCC says in a lawsuit the operators are refusing to pay. The […]
  • Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the “least restrictive to energy and mining development.” The Bureau of Land Management listed four options […]
  • Officials unveil plan to replace Rikers with smaller jails

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four smaller lockups located in densely populated neighborhoods, including turning an Art Deco government building that went up in lower Manhattan in 1930 into a tower for up to 1,500 inmates. Mayor Bill […]
  • Trump yanks ex-CIA chief’s clearance, hitting vocal critic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision, citing Brennan as […]
  • Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

    Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or […]
  • A look at the handling of Pennsylvania clergy abuse claims

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A grand jury report documenting seven decades of child sexual abuse by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania found that most of the bishops who served in the state during that period mishandled at least some of the allegations. In some cases, they failed to pass accusations on to law enforcement […]
  • After Brennan, 9 others face losing security clearances, too

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security clearance, as is custom, but had also become an increasingly sharp critic of […]
  • Swimmer suffers puncture wounds in shark attack on Cape Cod

    TRURO, Mass. (AP) — A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012. The victim was a 61-year-old man, who suffered puncture wounds to his torso and legs, […]
  • Tighter regulations could take bite out of Airbnb profits

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits, and on Wednesday the short-term rental company offered a counter-measure designed to appease hostile politicians: a $10 million contribution to charities. At a Manhattan news conference, officials of the San Francisco-based company said […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Fed rate policy unintentionally pressures emerging economies WASHINGTON (AP) — By ratcheting up U.S. interest rates, the Federal Reserve has — unintentionally — led investors to pull money out of emerging markets like Turkey, strengthened the dollar’s value and made it harder for foreign companies to repay their dollar-denominated debts. ___ Turkey increases tariffs […]
  • Sturgis motorcycle rally sees more than 500K vehicles

    STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — More than half a million vehicles rolled into the small western South Dakota city that hosts the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, a jump from last year but well short of the crowds that flooded the area in 2015, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation. This year’s traffic was […]
  • Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof of citizenship requirements and […]
  • The Latest: Ex-union boss at NY jail convicted of corruption

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of the former head of New York City’s jail guard union (all times local): 5 p.m. A former union official who was once thought of as the king of New York City’s jails may be headed to federal prison. A jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted […]
  • Attorney weighs insanity defense in newspaper shooting

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with killing five people at The Capital newsroom has asked a Maryland court for more time to consider an insanity defense for his client. William Davis, a public defender, asked the court to find “good cause” to grant an extension of time limitations for his […]
  • Another judge tosses lawsuit over LL Beans’ return policy

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Another federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit targeting outdoors retailer L.L. Bean’s new limited-time return policy, this one in California. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on Tuesday granted the Freeport, Maine-based retailer’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit while leaving an opening for the plaintiff to amend the complaint. A federal judge […]