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  • Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela’s legacy

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader’s example of persevering in the struggle for democracy and equal rights for all. The speech […]
  • Woman goes on trial in blaze that killed 2 firefighters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nail salon worker accused of starting a fire that killed two Kansas City firefighters is going on trial. The Kansas City Star reports that the case against 46-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen will be heard Monday by a judge, not a jury. She is charged with arson, second-degree murder and […]
  • Sears closes its final store inside Chicago’s city limits

    CHICAGO (AP) — Sears has closed its final store in Chicago, ending its retail legacy in the city. Sears Holdings Corp. announced this year that the store in the Portage Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side would close. The store that closed Sunday had opened in 1938. The retailer now based in suburban Hoffman Estates […]
  • US retail sales rise at a healthy 0.5 percent pace in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, following a big 1.3 percent gain the previous month. May’s figure was revised […]
  • Former UK Cabinet secretary seeks new Brexit referendum

    LONDON (AP) — A former U.K. Cabinet minister from the ruling Conservative Party on Monday called for a new Brexit referendum, an idea long assailed by the prime minister. Former Education Secretary Justine Greening told the BBC that Parliament is “gridlocked” over Britain’s exit from the European Union. She said that she and other senior […]
  • Grave of Constitution signer Gilman gets a facelift

    EXETER, N.H. (AP) — The grave of a New Hampshire man who signed the Constitution has been restored with the help of his descendants. WMUR-TV reports the refurbished headstone honoring Nicholas Gilman was unveiled Sunday in Exeter. Descendants traveled from as far away as Alaska for the ceremony. Gilman signed and helped ratify the Constitution, […]
  • Review: Ace Atkins’ ‘The Sinners’ is action-packed

    “The Sinners: A Quinn Colson Novel” (Putnam), by Ace Atkins Mississippi’s rural Tibbehah County — the evocative setting for Ace Atkins’ superior series about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff — is the crossroads of all things good and evil. Here, ordinary people too often intersect with members of the crime syndicate and […]
  • Bank of America 2Q profits jump 33 percent due to tax law

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America’s second-quarter profits jumped 33 percent from a year earlier, the company said Monday, as it cut expenses and, like nearly all other big banks, benefited greatly from the new tax law. The banking giant, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday reported earnings of $6.78 billion, or 63 […]
  • Financial forum: Virtual currencies need close monitoring

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An international forum on financial regulation say virtual currencies such as bitcoin do not currently pose a threat to global stability but require “vigilant monitoring” as the market is changing rapidly. The Financial Stability Board added Monday that that the highly volatile currencies raise concerns about consumer and investor protection and […]
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP-PUTIN READY FOR ONE-ON-ONE SUMMIT The meeting in Finland is playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the probe into Russian election meddling and fears in some quarters that Moscow’s aggression […]