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  • Mattis pledges closer defense cooperation with Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday pledged closer defense cooperation with Argentina. Standing beside his Argentinian counterpart, Oscar Aguad, Mattis said the military partnership can be strengthened. He alluded to the help the U.S. Navy provided Argentina last November when one of its submarines went missing with 44 sailors […]
  • Watchdog probes military burning of ammunition, explosives

    RADFORD, Va. (AP) — The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Defense has launched an investigation into the open burning of ammunition and explosives at military sites across the country, including at a sprawling Army ammunition plant in Virginia. The inquiry announced last week was prompted by a congressional request and comes about a […]
  • Cleveland police reform will likely extend beyond 5 years

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to complete scheduled reforms of the city’s police department is expected to exceed the five-year period both sides anticipated. Cleveland.com reports a semi-annual report released Wednesday by the independent monitoring team overseeing the agreement called a consent decree says “significant” work remains in completing […]
  • US House rivals in Ohio deadlocked, but regrouping for fall

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s rare that two candidates for a coveted open congressional seat get a do-over. But for campaigns, party strategists and outside groups, that’s what back-to-back contests for central Ohio’s sprawling 12th District seem to make possible. The race for former Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi’s unexpired term ended in a deadlock […]
  • New storms form over Atlantic, Pacific

    MIAMI (AP) — New named storms have formed far out over the Atlantic and Pacific, though neither poses a threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Atlantic’s Subtropical Storm Ernesto had maximum sustained winds Wednesday near 40 mph (65 kph) with some additional strengthening is possible over the next day. […]
  • Police: Toddler found safe after search for missing car

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Buffalo say they’ve found a 2-year-old child safe inside a stolen car. Police say the girl was in a car on Chester Street that was stolen around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, prompting a three-hour search. Officials say Keiliana Overton was found safe inside the car early Wednesday. Police have not […]
  • Ex-Trump campaign manager says Bloomberg is 2020 threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager said Wednesday Democrats need to nominate a Washington outsider to compete in 2020. Corey Lewandowski said he believes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg would instantly become a serious challenger to Trump if he ran as a Democrat. Lewandowski, now an adviser to Vice President […]
  • The Latest: Prosecutors call out Manafort’s attorneys

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Federal prosecutors trying former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort say his defense attorneys violated several of the judge’s orders in their closing arguments in his financial fraud trial. Prosecutor Greg Andres told the judge […]
  • Stocks tumble as investors fret about China’s growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech giant Tencent has global stock indexes falling Wednesday as investors worry about demand for high-tech products as well economic growth. Technology and energy companies are taking some of the worst losses in the U.S., while retailers are also falling after Macy’s said its […]
  • Oklahoma school reopens after transgender student threatened

    ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) — Officials have reopened a rural Oklahoma school system after an investigation into comments authorities deemed threatening to a transgender student. Achille (A’-chil-ee) Public Schools, near the Texas border, reopened Wednesday after being closed for two days while the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Sheriff Johnny Christian says the investigation started over […]
  • Markets Right Now: Tech weakness pulls stock indexes lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are ending broadly lower on Wall Street led by declines in technology companies. A surprise drop in profits for the Chinese internet giant Tencent Wednesday led to widespread declines for technology stocks. The drop got investors worried about […]
  • Soccer coach accused of having sex with minor, sending nudes

    IRVINE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky high school soccer coach is accused of having sex with an underage student and sending multiple students nude photographs. WKYT-TV reports 28-year-old Andrew Hatton was arrested Tuesday on charges of third-degree rape, distribution of obscene matter to minors and possession of matter portraying sexual performance of a minor. His […]
  • St. Louis couple charged in drug overdose death of baby

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple has been charged in the drug overdose death of their 8-month-old daughter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 52-year-old Robert Hasenfratz and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Samantha Poppleton, were charged Tuesday with child endangerment resulting in a child’s death. Hasenfratz also is charged with illegal gun possession. Bond […]
  • Feds say Atlanta corruption investigation is expanding

    ATLANTA (AP) — On the heels of another guilty plea, the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta said Wednesday that an ongoing investigation into corruption at City Hall has expanded in scope and more resources are being added. The additional staff from the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and the IRS are needed “to bring a […]
  • Investigators focus on 5 areas in search for Iowa student

    BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities investigating the disappearance of an Iowa college student are focusing on five areas in and near her hometown. Twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was last seen July 18, jogging in Brooklyn in central Iowa. The areas of interest are: her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn; a carwash; a truck stop; a farm more […]