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  • Hair Club for Men founder — and client – Sy Sperling dies

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling, famous for the TV commercials where he proclaimed “I’m not only the Hair Club president but I’m also a client,” died in Florida. He was 78. Sperling died Wednesday in Boca Raton after a lengthy illness, spokeswoman Terri Lynn said Thursday. In the […]
  • Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

    When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on doors. “I was […]
  • Democrat Tarver formally launches Senate campaign in Georgia

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor appointed by President Barack Obama formally launched his campaign Thursday in the crowded race to take on Georgia’s newest U.S. senator. Democrat Ed Tarver, 60, of Augusta is the third Democrat to officially announce he’s challenging newly appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who also has a GOP […]
  • Teenager charged in slaying of Maryland police officer’s son

    LA PLATA, Md. (AP) — Maryland authorities have charged a 17-year-old suspect with fatally shooting the teenage son of a Washington, D.C., area-police officer during adrug-related encounter. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office charged Darryl Edward Freeman as an adult on first-degree murder and other related charges in the slaying of Bradley Alan Brown, 17, the […]
  • Fishmonger’s finale: The Codfather’s boats are sold

    Most of what’s left of the boats owned by a fishing magnate known as the Codfather, who was forced out of the industry after committing an elaborate fraud, have been acquired by a Massachusetts company, it said Thursday. Blue Harvest, a fishing and processing company in New Bedford, announced it has reached an agreement to […]
  • Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on renewed virus fears

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea refueled investor anxiety about China’s disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Traders shifted money into bonds and gold, a traditional safe haven. Bond markets are “sounding a warning on […]
  • Carbon monoxide blamed in deaths of 4 at Arkansas home

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Four adults who were found dead in a home in central Arkansas over the weekend died from carbon monoxide poisoning, police said Wednesday. Officers who were conducting a property check Sunday found an open door and discovered the bodies of three men and a woman, North Little Rock police […]
  • Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party’s urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was once a Republican, […]
  • WH report says economy accelerated under Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House report says the U.S. economy is growing faster than expected, even though the annual gains of 3% that President Donald Trump promised to voters have yet to be achieved. The annual economic report of the president released Thursday said the economy added more jobs, experienced a lower unemployment […]
  • Authorities: Virginia farmer holds goat thief at gunpoint

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — AVirginia man held a suspect who was trying to steal goats from his farm at gunpoint until authorities could arrive to make an arrest, authorities said. Stafford County deputies responded to a call Friday night from the property owner, who said he was holding a thief in the middle of a […]
  • Feds: 4 charged in steroid import conspiracy

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Four people have been arrested in connection with what federal authorities say was an extensive scheme to import large amounts of steroids primarily from Hong Kong for redistribution to customers across the U.S. David Esser, 46, of North Attleborough, Massachusetts, was the ringleader, the U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island said. […]
  • Domino’s Pizza delivers better-than-expected fourth quarter

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Domino’s Pizza said strong carryout sales helped it achieve better-than-expected results in the fourth quarter despite increasing competition from food delivery companies like DoorDash. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company — which has 17,000 stores worldwide — said Thursday that its fourth-quarter earnings rose 16% to $129.3 million. Adjusted for one-time […]
  • Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for visit focused on Iranian threats

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the crown prince on Thursday to discuss shared security interests in the Gulf and threats from Iran. He also toured a sprawling desert air base in Saudi Arabia where a few thousand U.S. troops are deployed as […]
  • Bloomberg nabs three new congressional endorsements

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg picked up three new congressional endorsements on the heels of his rocky debate performance, underscoring his staying power in the Democratic primary race despite an onslaught of attacks from opponents. Bloomberg has built extensive political ties to members of both parties on Capitol Hill after years of hefty political contributions […]
  • Google updates terms in plain language after EU scrutiny

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is attempting to make sure people know exactly what they’re signing up for when they use its online services — though that will still mean reading a lengthy document. The company updated its terms of service on Thursday — its largest update to the general use contract since 2012 — […]
  • German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people

    HANAU, Germany (AP) — A 43-year-old German man who posted a manifesto calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst” shot and killed nine people of foreign background, most of them Turkish, in an attack on a hookah bar and other sites in a Frankfurt suburb, authorities said Thursday. He […]
  • Lawsuit over Virginia Tech hazing suspension settled

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been settled between Virginia Tech and a former student who was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school’s hazing policy. The federal lawsuit filed last month “has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both parties,” Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski told The Roanoke Times on […]
  • Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

    BOSTON (AP) — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse. Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments save lives. In the […]
  • Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi Gras. Police are still investigating the accident, spokesman Juan Barnes said Thursday. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified her Thursday as Geraldine Carmouche, 58, […]
  • Mississippi man accused of killing 8 tears up during trial

    MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — Testimony from a woman whose son and nephew were killed in a shooting rampage that claimed eight lives in a small Mississippi community was so emotional that the defendant ended up in tears. Willie Cory Godbolt is a man with a long history of abusive behavior, according to his relatives who […]

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