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  • Bad review? Owners should address online reviewers’ concerns

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions. Many business owners have faced the […]
  • Al Helfer, radio pioneer, wins Hall of Fame’s Frick Award

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Al Helfer, who broadcast games on radio for the “Mutual Game of the Day” in the 1950s, has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting by baseball’s Hall of Fame and Museum. Helfer, who died in 1975, will be recognized on July 20 at Cooperstown, New York, as […]
  • California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public Utilities Commission, the Mercury […]
  • Governor: Norfolk Southern moving headquarters to Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) — Railroad company Norfolk Southern Corp. is moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta, bringing with it 850 jobs and more than $500 million in economic investment, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday. The company plans to build a new headquarters campus with 750,000 square feet (69,600 square meters) of office space […]
  • US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal. He also urged the council to prevent […]
  • Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

    MIAMI (AP) — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday. The detailed findings were published in a medical journal nearly two years after what the U.S. calls “health attacks” began […]
  • Obituary of man who shot himself calls for change in gun law

    ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — The obituary of a 23-year-old Vermont man who killed himself with a gun he’d bought the same day included a call to change the state’s gun laws. Andrew Black died by suicide in Essex last week. In his obituary , his family remembered him as kind and adventurous — and requested […]
  • Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died. State Sen. Matt Little convened an informal discussion at the state Capitol on Tuesday to […]
  • FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An FBI corruption investigation that became an issue in the Florida governor’s race led to a 44-count federal indictment Wednesday against a city commissioner who once ran the state’s Democratic Party. The indictment charges Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox with bribery, extortion, bank fraud, racketeering and other crimes. Not mentioned in the […]
  • Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

    Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including making illegal hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign. 
  • Timing is perfect for Florida Georgia Line’s 1st Grammy nom

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the genre for eight years and setting historical records in sales, airplay and streaming, and they’ve finally landed a coveted acknowledgement from the Recording Academy with their first-ever Grammy nomination. The two are nominated with pop singer Bebe Rexha […]
  • Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse. The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down. Officials have been discussing the plaque’s future since a letter requesting its removal was sent to county […]
  • Witness says he and Florida woman were ‘partners in crime’

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The confessed killer of a Florida man contends he and the man’s wife were “partners in crime” and compared the couple to famed outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Brian Winchester completed his testimony Wednesday during the second day of the trial of Denise Williams. Winchester said the two plotted the December 2000 […]
  • Mom whose toddler was yanked by police resolves another case

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A mother who was violently separated from her toddler by New York police in a widely viewed videotaped encounter agreed on Wednesday to do community service to resolve a separate legal case. A judge told Jazmine Headley, 23, that the charges will be dropped in her credit card fraud case in […]
  • McCaskill says she won’t run again but will stay active

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she won’t run for another office after her term expires next month, but that she will remain active in Democratic politics. The veteran senator sought re-election to a third term last month but lost to Republican state Attorney General Josh Hawley. On Thursday, she will give […]
  • Arrest in South Carolina hit-and-run death of crossing guard

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged nearly two months after a 73-year-old crossing guard who died after being struck while directing traffic outside a South Carolina elementary school. State troopers say 27-year-old Kenneth Sullivan was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony leaving the scene of a death, driving under suspension […]
  • Michigan governor signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday establishing a panel to oversee construction of an oil pipeline tunnel in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, while opponents insisted the battle isn’t over and could widen from the state Capitol to the courts. Snyder also appointed the three members of the […]
  • China suspected in huge Marriott data breach, official says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators believe hackers working on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency are responsible for a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information from as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel chain, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese […]
  • 3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

    CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said. The three were located Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek, the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said in a statement. The […]
  • 2nd person charged in domestic terrorism probe in Ohio

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A second person charged Wednesday in a domestic terrorism investigation had a duffel bag in his car filled with ammunition, a tactical vest, a trench coat and a T-shirt that said “society failed us,” federal authorities said in court documents. While no attack took place and authorities didn’t suggest one was […]