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  • Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent

    NEW YORK (AP) — When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn’t charge President Donald Trump. But in stark contrast to the Mueller inquiry, federal prosecutors […]
  • Microsoft and Gannett rise while American Express falls

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: Microsoft Corp., up 20 cents to $136.62 The technology company’s cloud computing business helped it beat Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter financial forecasts. Gannett Co. Inc., up $1.56 to $9.46 The owner of USA Today is in talks to combine with GateHouse […]
  • Trump says he’s trying to bring rapper A$AP Rocky home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said Friday he is trying to help free rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks. “I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to […]
  • Court deals major blow to hydropower transmission line

    The New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt a possibly fatal blow Friday to plans for a hydropower transmission line that has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it would harm tourism and property values. In its unanimous ruling, the court upheld a state committee’s rejection of the Northern Pass project. The court didn’t accept the […]
  • Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar’s body

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student in physics at the University […]
  • Cost of Raiders stadium in Las Vegas rises to $1.9 billion

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials have raised the budget to $1.9 billion for the 65,000-seat Las Vegas Stadium being built for the NFL’s relocated Raiders and UNLV football. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the stadium authority board on Thursday approved $40 million in construction additions. They include 20 more suites and a field-level club area […]
  • Police: Man kicked out of store returns, sets off explosive

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man kicked out of a store returned and detonated an explosive. Cleveland police say the blast Friday afternoon damaged a small front window and a parked car’s windshield. A woman was treated for back injuries after she jumped out of her car. Cleveland.com reports that Deputy Chief Harold Pretel […]
  • Carnival pledges steps ongoing to curb ocean pollution

    MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. executives pledged anew Friday that steps are being taken to curb ocean pollution, which was the subject of a recent $20 million federal penalty imposed because of continued environmental violations. Carnival outlined some of those steps at a hearing before a pair of skeptical Miami federal judges. CEO Arnold Donald […]
  • 1 dead after police shooting in west Alabama town

    ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A police shooting has left one person dead in the west Alabama town of Aliceville. Police Chief Tommie Jones tells news outlets the shooting happened about noon Friday. He says an officer fired to stop a vehicle near the city’s downtown area. Authorities haven’t said who was in the vehicle or […]
  • Agency says mining near Okefenokee poses ‘substantial risks’

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that manages the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp says a private company’s plan to mine minerals near the swamp edge could pose “substantial risks” to the environment, and some damage may be irreversible. The written comments from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were provided to […]
  • Russo brothers field questions from Avengers at Comic-Con

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday. The brothers reflected on their blockbuster being so close to matching “Avatar’s” all-time box office record and even fielded questions from some unlikely fans. “Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark […]
  • Teen rapper Tay-K convicted of murder in Texas home invasion

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has convicted a teenage rapper of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a man during a home invasion. The Tarrant County jury on Friday found 19-year-old Taymor McIntyre of Arlington guilty for his role in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker at Walker’s home in Mansfield, […]
  • Mueller probe witness now faces child sex trafficking charge

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, 60, with transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe […]
  • Defense in murder case can obtain private social media posts

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the defense in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private postings from social media companies. The court on Wednesday lifted a stay of a ruling by the judge overseeing the San Francisco trial and noted that the judge’s findings strongly justify access in […]
  • Report urges new board, funding model for US Olympic system

    DENVER (AP) — A report examining the U.S. Olympic system urges a move away from the “money for medals” funding system and a reconfigured board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee that would give more power to athletes. The document was requested by the USOPC and was delivered this week by a committee led […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Harris both wrong about auto sector

    DETROIT (AP) — Renaissance or ruin? Americans are being presented with two starkly different accounts of the state of the auto industry, one from President Donald Trump and the other from California Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate. Neither is accurate. Trump claims to be a one-man spark for the enormous industry, which grew […]
  • 2 workers die after being trapped in grain silo

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A shipping business in Ohio says two workers died after they were trapped in a silo filled with grain. The workers became trapped Friday morning inside the silo operated by The Andersons in Toledo. A Toledo fire department spokesman says rescue crews spent nearly two hours trying to reach the men. […]
  • Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West. The plan that was announced this summer and presented at public open houses, including one in Salt Lake City […]
  • Charges dropped in case alleging girl’s forced birth control

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charges were dropped Friday against a woman accused of forcing her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant without the mother’s permission. Online court documents show two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person were withdrawn against 29-year-old Valerie Fullum. […]
  • Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to ‘Obamacare’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration’s expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the potential downside of expanding short-term plans is “minimal” and “benefits are undeniable” […]

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