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  • Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina’s muck in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck. The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house looks, again, […]
  • California man, 96, found in home with hundreds of rats

    OJAI, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman is in custody after deputies discovered her 96-year-old father and multiple pets living in a home stinking of feces and infested with up to 700 rats, authorities said Tuesday. Catherine Ann Vandermaesen, 65, was arrested on suspicion of felony elder abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect, the Ventura […]
  • Long resistant metro-Atlanta county votes down transit plan

    ATLANTA (AP) — A contract with Atlanta’s public transportation provider that would have brought a significant expansion of mass transit has been voted down by a north-metro county. Gwinnett County’s referendum Tuesday asked if voters wanted to authorize a contract with MARTA and impose a 1 percent sales tax for transit expansion. Unofficial results from […]
  • Research, technical workers to strike on California campuses

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A union representing research and technical workers says it will strike at 10 University of California campuses and 5 hospitals in a one-day walkout after contract negotiations failed. Spokesman Dan Russell says some 10,000 members of University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America will take to picket lines statewide on […]
  • What Disney gets as its $71.3B buy of Fox assets closes

    It’s finally complete. Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets on Wednesday, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed . Disney gets far ranging properties ranging from Fox’s film studios, including “Avatar” and X-Men, to its TV productions such as “The Simpsons” and networks including National Geographic. The acquisition […]
  • ‘All is not lost’: For many, Mueller is now an unlikely icon

    Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At Christmas, her teenage son brought home a 10-week-old chocolate […]
  • Justices take up racial bias in Mississippi jury selection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Mississippi prosecutor’s decision to keep African-Americans off a black death row inmate’s jury in a murder trial. The appeal before the court Wednesday comes from inmate Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Three convictions were tossed out, including […]
  • Ahead of 2020, Trump returns to Ohio, GOP’s gem in Midwest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. Trump’s visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year’s midterm election campaign, when the state was a rare bright spot for Republicans in […]
  • Fed is likely to stay ‘patient’ and project fewer rate hikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to end its latest policy meeting Wednesday by refining its new overarching message that it plans to be “patient” about any further interest rate hikes. The Fed is all but sure to keep its key short-term rate in a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent, still […]
  • Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

    Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” ”The Simpsons,” ”Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof. The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. […]