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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan’s Union Square on Wednesday. They waved Puerto Rican flags and followed him to a drumbeat, chanting in Spanish, “Viva Puerto […]
  • Georgia senator hospitalized after apartment fall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has been hospitalized after he fell and fractured four ribs. In a news release Wednesday evening, the senator’s spokeswoman Amanda Maddox said the 74-year-old fell in his Washington apartment Tuesday night. Maddox says Isakson is “in pain, but resting and doing well.” The Republican has been a […]
  • L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96

    WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday […]
  • Birmingham officer shot, suspect killed in downtown shootout

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama police officer has been shot multiple times by an armed robber who was then killed in a shootout in downtown Birmingham. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith tells news outlets that officers were responding to a convenience store robbery Wednesday evening when they spotted the male suspect. […]
  • House blocks maverick Democrat’s Trump impeachment effort

    The House easily killed a Democrat's effort to impeach President Donald Trump for what people are calling racial insults against lawmakers of color
  • No ‘manpower’: Berkeley bans gender-specific words in code

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley, California, has adopted an ordinance to replace some terms with gender-neutral words in the city code. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that “she” and “he” will be replaced by “they.” The words “manpower” and “manhole” will become “workforce” and “maintenance hole.” The City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed the […]
  • Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company’s trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Senator Chuck Schumer says in the letter Wednesday to the FBI and Federal […]
  • Supreme Court to hear ‘Bridgegate’ appeal in 2020

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The legal saga from New Jersey’s most notorious traffic jam will stretch into next year. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the ‘Bridgegate’ case in early 2020. The high court decided last month to hear the appeal of Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former associates of […]
  • US detains immigrant after he spends year in Seattle church

    TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — An immigrant who has spent the past year inside a Seattle church to avoid being deported to Mexico was detained Wednesday after presenting himself to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The arrest prompted protests from a crowd of supporters who had accompanied Jose Robles, 44, to ICE offices in the […]
  • US sets tight travel limitations for Iran’s UN diplomats

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the United Nations, sparking concern from the world body. Visiting officials, Iranian diplomats posted at the country’s U.N. mission and their families now can now travel only among Kennedy airport, the mission, the Iranian ambassador’s residence, and a […]
  • Chicago firm to lead Virginia Beach shooting investigation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Chicago consulting firm has been chosen to lead an independent investigation into the Virginia Beach mass shooting that left 12 dead. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports security risk management firm Hillard Heintze can start the probe immediately after entering into a contract with the city. City Auditor Lyndon Remias, […]
  • California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency overseeing California’s legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy for the nation’s largest cannabis economy, an audit found. About two-thirds of the 219 staff positions authorized for the Bureau of Cannabis Control remain unfilled, according […]
  • Authorities ID Denver man who died after lightning strike

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have identified the Denver man who died after he was struck by lightning while hiking on a mountain. The Daily Camera reported Wednesday that the Boulder County Coroner’s Office identified the 36-year-old man as Peter Jornroth. Authorities say Jornroth and his wife were a quarter-mile (0.4 kilometers) up from the […]
  • The Latest: Trump complains at rally about 4 congresswomen

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is going after four freshman Democratic lawmakers one by one after previously tweeting that they should “go back” to their home countries if they have complaints about the U.S., even though they […]
  • House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that’s a symbol of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The so-called “Cadillac tax” never went into effect, since lawmakers kept delaying it. Wednesday’s 419-6 vote increases […]
  • Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

    BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85. The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a hospital in San Leandro, near Oakland; no cause […]
  • Tennessee governor tours flooded crops, promises support

    DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee took an aerial tour of flooded fields in western Tennessee on Wednesday, promising support to distressed farmers who warn they haven’t seen such conditions in nearly a century. Flooding that has refused to leave since October is now spilling over into mid-July, alarming local communities and state officials […]
  • Owners of record-setting cats killed in fire sue chair-maker

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The suburban Detroit owners of two record-setting cats killed in a house fire have filed a lawsuit blaming the maker of a massage chair for the blaze. William and Lauren Powers of Farmington Hills seek more than $1 million in damages from Fremont, Calif.-based American Crocodile International Group Inc. The […]
  • Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and […]
  • Ex-CIA operative Plame’s House bid gets many small donors

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of small campaign contributions have helped propelled former CIA operative and author Valerie Plame to the financial lead in a crowded primary competition for an open New Mexico congressional seat in 2020. The Democrat raised $236,000 in May and June, with nearly 3,700 donations from people who gave less […]

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