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Shots fired at Nashville mall, suspect in custody

Authorities responded to reports Wednesday afternoon of shots fired at a mall in Nashville. In a tweet, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

LGBT group at Justice Department honors transgender teen

A transgender teen who sued to be able to use the boys' bathroom has been honored by an organization of LGBT Justice Department employees. The case had been destined for the Supreme Court, which decided not to hear it after the Trump administration reversed an Obama-era directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. DOJ Pride, an organization of LGBT Justice Department employees, on Wednesday...
South Korean leader aims to reconcile differences with Trump

South Korean leader aims to reconcile differences with Trump

South Korea's new leader, on a four-day visit to Washington, was aiming to reconcile differences with President Donald Trump after advocating a softer approach to North Korea and delaying U.S. plans for the full deployment of a missile defense system in his country. President Moon Jae-in was elected last month after his conservative predecessor — who, like Trump, took a hard line toward the...
Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia

Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia

Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia, a fear that is feeding rising tension and military competition between the former Cold War foes, the Pentagon's intelligence arm has assessed. The unclassified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which will be publicly released later Wednesday, portrays Russia as increasingly wary of the United States. It cites Moscow's...
The Latest: Officials finalizing criteria for travel ban

The Latest: Officials finalizing criteria for travel ban

The Latest on the Trump administration's revived travel ban for visitors from six mostly Muslim countries (all times local): 12:06 p.m. Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalizing criteria that visitors from six mostly Muslim must meet to avoid the Trump administration's revived travel ban. The White House deliberations come as U.S. embassies and consulates...

The Latest: Plea in mannequin attack avoids murder charges

The Latest on a guilty plea in Las Vegas by a man who admits trying to kill a mannequin that police posed as a sleeping homeless person (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A man facing eight to 20 years in a Nevada state prison after pleading guilty to trying to kill a mannequin that police posed as a sleeping homeless person will avoid charges in three similar downtown Las Vegas attacks. Shane Allen Schindler...
Woman facing charges after overdosing while 7 months pregnant, police say

Woman facing charges after overdosing while 7 months pregnant, police say

A Pennsylvania woman is facing charges after police said she overdosed while seven months pregnant. Kasey Dischman, 30, overdosed in her East Butler home on Friday, days after getting out of jail for retail theft, authorities said. In order to try to save her baby, doctors had to deliver the girl by performing an emergency cesarean section. Pennsylvania State Police said they are charging Dischman...
Experts encourage more public awareness of Russian meddling

Experts encourage more public awareness of Russian meddling

The United States will get hit again by Russian cyberattacks if the country doesn't pay closer attention and work more closely with European allies who are also victims, international elections experts warned on Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, experts described extensive Russian interference in European elections and encouraged more awareness among the American of...
Baby born on Spirit flight gets free flights for life

Baby born on Spirit flight gets free flights for life

A woman who was 36 weeks pregnant gave birth to a baby boy on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Spirit gave him a big birthday present.  The Miami Herald reported that Christina Penton’s baby now has free Spirit flights for life after Penton went into labor within 30 minutes into the Dallas-bound flight on Saturday.  When Penton notified flight attendants...

Bail set at $6.4M for surgeon charged with child rape

A judge set bail at $6.45 million on Wednesday for a Northern California brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children. Prosecutors had opposed bail for Dr. James Kohut, saying the neurologist is a public danger who recruits women to help find child victims. The Santa Cruz district attorney's office said Kohut also discussed impregnating women to give birth to children he could sexually abuse...
Ohio Politics Today: Budget vote Wednesday; JD Vance opens up

Ohio Politics Today: Budget vote Wednesday; JD Vance opens up

Ohio Politics Today is your catch-all for the best stories affecting national, local and state politics.  The Ohio legislature’s conference committee was working late into Tuesday evening to mesh the differences between the Ohio House’s $122.9 billion budget and the $132.7 billion budget approved by the Ohio Senate. Key to the process is a $1 billion budget shortfall over the...
Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House

Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House

President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House. Trump met with manager Joe Maddon and some Cubs on Wednesday, and he calls the Cubs a "great team." They gave him a team jersey printed with "45" in recognition of his status as the 45th U.S. president. Maddon had said the visit was voluntary for players...
What is fentanyl? 10 things to know about the potentially deadly drug

What is fentanyl? 10 things to know about the potentially deadly drug

The powerful drug fentanyl claimed the life of music legend Prince in 2016 and has, in recent years, largely contributed to the next wave of America’s opioid crisis. Fentanyl, also known as Actiq, Duragesic or Sublimaze in its prescription form, is an especially potent painkiller developed in the 1960s used to treat extreme pain. According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and...
Champaign wind farm may move forward after nearly decade-long fight

Champaign wind farm may move forward after nearly decade-long fight

A controversial Champaign County wind farm could begin construction by the end of this year after a nearly decade-long legal fight that divided community members. The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a pending legal case after the wind farm’s developers and members of Union Neighbors United, a group opposed to the wind farm, said they have reached a settlement. That deal sets the stage for the...
Don't worry, Whataburger isn't closing all its stores in 2018

Don't worry, Whataburger isn't closing all its stores in 2018

That sound you just heard was all of America letting out a collective sigh of relief. Despite what you may have seen on social media, Whataburger is not closing all its stores next year. Joining the battle against fake news, the beloved Texas-based fast-food chain addressed the article Wednesday, reassuring Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit-lovers that their favorite late-night or early-morning or...
Woman faints after breaking $44K jade bracelet at China market

Woman faints after breaking $44K jade bracelet at China market

A Chinese tourist was so amazed at the price of a jade bracelet, in her haste to take it off, she dropped it and broke it, fainting at the shock of the broken bangle. The woman was visiting a market in Ruili, near the border of Myanmar, on Tuesday when the vendor told her the bracelet she was wearing cost $44,000, according to the BBC. She quickly tried to take it off and that’s when it fell...
UN Ambassador Haley says she's 'not moving to Trump Tower'

UN Ambassador Haley says she's 'not moving to Trump Tower'

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley closed the door Wednesday to the possibility of moving the ambassador's residence to Trump Tower, telling Congress she'll remain at a New York hotel "until it's time for me to leave." The U.S. moved its longtime ambassador's residence in New York out of the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel after a Chinese-owned company purchased it. Haley confirmed that...

Oregon boy, 6, found in car trunk; critically injured

A 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition with severe heat exhaustion after he was found locked inside his family's car trunk on a hot day, police said. Police hope to review surveillance video from a camera attached to a neighbor's house to figure out how the boy got into the trunk, said Lt. Kerry Curtis, a spokesman for the Medford Police Department. The child was...

Trump attacks Washington Post, Amazon over 'internet taxes'

President Donald Trump attacked The Washington Post and Amazon on Twitter Wednesday, arguing that the online retailer was not paying "internet taxes." Trump stated on Twitter Wednesday: "The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by "internet...

White House reporter says he's tired of being bullied

The reporter who accused White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders of inflaming the public against the media at a press briefing says he did it because he's tired of being bullied by the administration. Brian Karem, an editor at the Washington-area Sentinel newspapers, became an instant symbol in the tense relationship between the president and journalists when he interrupted Sanders on Tuesday...
House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas. Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee...
Trump compliments Irish reporter on her 'nice smile'

Trump compliments Irish reporter on her 'nice smile'

President Donald Trump interrupted a telephone conversation with Ireland's prime minister to compliment an Irish journalist on her "nice smile." Caitriona Perry is a Washington correspondent and U.S. bureau chief for RTE News-Ireland. She was in the Oval Office with other journalists to document the Tuesday call. Trump was congratulating Leo Varadkar on becoming prime minister, and mentioned...
Dems want Pentagon to give breakdown of Trump's travel costs

Dems want Pentagon to give breakdown of Trump's travel costs

Two House Democrats want to compel the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips that President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties that he and his family own. Arizona Reps. Tom O'Halleran and Ruben Gallego planned to introduce an amendment Wednesday to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Air Force to regularly submit presidential travel expense...
Woman 'personally offended' TSA took photo with lobster

Woman 'personally offended' TSA took photo with lobster

The woman whose lobster has reached internet fame after a TSA agent took a photo with it is telling the agent to "mind his own business." "When is it okay to go through someone's checked baggage and take photographs?" Lisa Feinman wrote on the Atlantic Seafood Market's Facebook page.  Feinman, owner of the Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, said...

Minnesota scientist: EPA pressured her to change testimony

A Minnesota scientist who leads an Environmental Protection Agency scientific advisory board says she was pressured by the agency's chief of staff to change her testimony before Congress to downplay the Trump administration's decision not to reappoint half of the board's members. Emails show that EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson asked Deborah Swackhamer, an environmental chemist who recently retired...
Mississippi man takes Confederate flag fight to high court

Mississippi man takes Confederate flag fight to high court

A black Mississippi citizen is taking his case against the state's Confederate-themed flag to the U.S. Supreme Court. In papers filed Wednesday, attorneys for Carlos Moore said lower courts were wrong to reject his argument that the flag is a symbol of white supremacy that harms him and his young daughter by violating the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection to all citizens. His attorneys...

Chaffetz, leaving Congress this week, heading to Fox News

A Republican who is quitting Congress at the end of the week is heading to Fox News. Fox News Channel announced on Wednesday that five-term Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah will be a contributor effective July 1, offering political analysis on various Fox programs. Chaffetz said earlier this year that he would not seek another term, then announced he would leave the House on June 30. Chaffetz has served...
UK's weakened government passes first vote since election

UK's weakened government passes first vote since election

Britain's Conservative minority government passed its first test in Parliament since an election wiped out its majority, with lawmakers Wednesday narrowly rejecting an opposition demand for an end to public spending cuts. The House of Commons voted 323 to 309 against a call by the main opposition Labour Party for a pay raise for public-sector workers and the reversal of cuts to police and firefighting...
Niagara Falls daredevil might have died in plunge with snake

Niagara Falls daredevil might have died in plunge with snake

A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride. After Kirk Jones' death, New York State Park Police found a website with a photo of him and the 7-foot snake named Misty previewing his plans and selling T-shirts and photos, the Niagara Gazette reported Wednesday. "Believe in the Impossible...

Russia scraps plans to ban Telegram messaging app

Russia has ditched plans to ban the Telegram messaging app after its owner agreed to register the company in the country, authorities said Wednesday. Telegram, which provides end-to-end encrypted messaging, has prided itself on privacy and has protested the Russian government's demands to get it to keep and share users' chat histories and encryption keys. Alexander Zharov, head of the Russian communications...
Urbana building awarded historic tax credits

Urbana building awarded historic tax credits

A downtown Urbana commercial building will receive about $30,000 for improvements that could attract more retail, according to information from the Ohio Development Services Agency this morning. The agency announced the site at 115 to 117 S. Main St. downtown will receive $31,250 in Ohio Historic Preservation tax credits, as part of a $222,868 renovation project. Investor John Doss previously told...

GOP-controlled House subcommittees reject Trump budget cuts

Two Republican-controlled House subcommittees Wednesday soundly rejected President Donald Trump's proposals to slash the Agriculture Department, overseas food aid and water projects. The unanimous votes by the House appropriations panels show the depth of opposition to Trump's budget plan to make widespread cuts at most domestic agencies. One subcommittee has rejected Trump's proposal to eliminate...

Aides say Hawaii senator's surgery successful

Aides to Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is being treated for kidney cancer, say surgery to remove a lesion on her rib went well. The surgery was Tuesday. Aides tweeted on her account late Tuesday, "Sen. Hirono is in the recovery room after a successful surgery. Mahalo for your well wishes." Hirono announced in May that she was being treated for kidney cancer. She said on the Senate floor...
Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council's refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a man-made crisis that left the supply contaminated with lead. The Department of Environmental Quality had threatened legal action if the council did not approve Mayor Karen Weaver's recommendation...

Florida Supreme Court hears death penalty-prosecutor dispute

The Florida Supreme Court scrutinized a prosecutor over her refusal to seek the death penalty in two dozen murder cases, and a justice suggested during arguments Wednesday that Gov. Rick Scott had the power to suspend the state attorney. The case involves whether the Republican governor violated the state constitution by taking 24 murder cases out of the hands of Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis...
Florida mother ignored 4-year-old’s gunshot wound for weeks, police say

Florida mother ignored 4-year-old’s gunshot wound for weeks, police say

A Florida mother is accused of not taking her 4-year-old daughter to the hospital until weeks after the child accidentally shot herself, authorities said.  >> Read more trending news Shanquisha Lashay Upshaw, 23, of Lehigh Acres, and her daughter were staying at a friend’s house when police said the child shot herself in the leg, according to News-Press.  However, Fort Myers...
Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy

Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy

Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms. But since Addison's occupational therapist went out of business this winter, the child with a rare genetic disorder has regressed in her fight to do even that much. "I don't know where to go from here," said English, who has been unable to find a replacement therapist...
Russia probe boosts bill to crack down on shell corporations

Russia probe boosts bill to crack down on shell corporations

Bipartisan legislation to limit the influence of so-called shell corporations in the U.S. could get a boost as Congress probes the ways that Russia influenced last year's election. The bill, intended to crack down on international and corporate corruption, stalled in the last Congress. But Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is renewing his push for restrictions on companies or countries that hide assets...

Missouri man cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA evidence

A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared after retesting of genetic evidence excluded him as a suspect. Jasper County's prosecutor dropped the case against 58-year-old Mike Wilkerson last Friday, citing recent DNA testing of a cigarette butt and a condom found at the scene. The victim, who...
Pound jumps on Carney remarks about timing of rate hike

Pound jumps on Carney remarks about timing of rate hike

The British pound rose sharply Wednesday after the country's top central banker pondered the prospect of higher interest rates, a day after his counterpart at the European Central Bank sent the euro soaring with a relatively rosy economic assessment of the 19-country eurozone. The big moves in the currency markets show the extent to which traders are on alert for anything that may signal that the...
Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, Palin's lawyers say the Times "violated the law and its own policies"...
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers: 3 things to know

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers: 3 things to know

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opens its first Dayton-area location today at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. Raising Cane’s joins an increasingly competitive chicken-restaurant market, with most of the recent growth focused on Dayton’s south suburbs. CHECK OUT THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RAISING CANE’S
Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

President Donald Trump plans to celebrate Bastille Day in France. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to help celebrate France's national holiday on July 14. Macron invited Trump to visit when they met for the first time at a NATO summit in Brussels in late May. On Tuesday, the French president extended the invitation again when...
US to seek more security on international flights

US to seek more security on international flights

The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports. Industry and U.S. officials briefed on the announcement said airlines flying directly to the United States will be required to implement the enhanced...

Mortgage Rates Wednesday, June 28: Higher Again Today

Mortgage rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed loans, along with 5/1 ARMs, all moved higher again today, according to a NerdWallet survey of mortgage rates published by national lenders Wednesday morning.
Hugh Jackman hits big top with ‘The Greatest Showman’

Hugh Jackman hits big top with ‘The Greatest Showman’

Hugh Jackman has retired the claws of Wolverine and is returning to the stage, partially. Jackman is staring as P.T. Barnum in a new movie musical and biopic, “The Greatest Showman.” >> Read more trending news The first trailer dropped Wednesday. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day. Along with Jackman, it stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya. Jackman...
Blue Apron slices share price range, hinting at tough market

Blue Apron slices share price range, hinting at tough market

Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron on Wednesday slashed the price it expects to sell its shares in an initial public offering, a sign that it may be having trouble attracting investors. The price chop for Blue Apron's IPO comes as competition to deliver groceries heats up. Blue Apron already has many meal kit competitors, including HelloFresh and Plated, which ship boxes to customer's doorsteps...

The 20% Mortgage Down Payment Is Dead

For first-time home buyers, the challenge of coming up with a 20% mortgage down payment is often difficult enough to keep them out of the market. But the fact is, the 20% down payment is all but dead — and has been for quite some time, especially for first-time buyers. “It’s been my experience that about half of my clients know that there are loans and/or programs that require less...

Samsung investing $380M in South Carolina, creating 950 jobs

Samsung is investing $380 million in South Carolina to manufacture home appliances, creating an estimated 950 jobs over the next three years, state and company officials announced Wednesday. The South Korean-based company is opening a "state-of-the-art" facility in the former Caterpillar plant in Newberry. Production is expected to start early next year. "Premium home appliances"...
Banks lead US stocks higher in afternoon trading; oil rises

Banks lead US stocks higher in afternoon trading; oil rises

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 22 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,441 as of 2:19 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 154 points, or 0.7 percent, to 21,464. The Nasdaq composite added 78 points, or 1.3 percent, to 6,224. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks picked up 21 points, or 1.6 percent, to 1,425. The market was coming off a broad sell-off led...
US pending home sales slip for 3rd straight month

US pending home sales slip for 3rd straight month

Americans signed fewer contracts to buy homes in May, the third straight monthly decline and evidence that a shortage of homes for sale has suppressed home-buying. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index fell 0.8 percent in May to 108.5. That's down from 109.4 in April and 111.3 in March. The index has slipped 1.7 percent over the past 12 months. Would-be...
Wrestling villain 'Progressive Liberal' wears Hillary on his shirt, irks conservative crowds

Wrestling villain 'Progressive Liberal' wears Hillary on his shirt, irks conservative crowds

A wrestler on the Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountain Wrestling circuit is drawing attention and, in some places, scorn for his own brand of political speech. Daniel Harnsberger, who wrestles under the name of the “Progressive Liberal” Daniel Richards, regularly irks crowds through Appalachia with taunts about country living and conservative politics, according to a Washington Post story...
ABC, meat producer settle in $1.9B 'pink slime' libel suit

ABC, meat producer settle in $1.9B 'pink slime' libel suit

ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime." The terms of the settlement are confidential. Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued ABC in 2012, saying ABC's coverage misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe...
Deputies: Mother locks 11-year-old in car, sets it on fire

Deputies: Mother locks 11-year-old in car, sets it on fire

Authorities arrested a 48-year-old woman on Tuesday after she was accused of binding her 11-year-old son’s wrists, locking him in a car and setting it on fire at a Michigan cemetery, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and firefighters were called around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday by the suspect’s 50-year-old husband, who was worried that his wife might have harmed...
Record travel expected for July Fourth weekend in Ohio, U.S.

Record travel expected for July Fourth weekend in Ohio, U.S.

A record-breaking number of travelers will hit the road in Ohio and across the U.S. for the July Fourth weekend, crowding highways and airports. More than 44 million Americans and nearly two million Ohio residents will travel for the holiday weekend, according to an analysis by AAA. That’s the highest July Fourth travel volume on records, and represents a nearly 3 percent increase compared to...
Spider-Man drops in on Starbucks customers for prank

Spider-Man drops in on Starbucks customers for prank

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man just had to drop in to a New York City Starbucks to get a refreshing cold brew. During the prank, set up by Sony as a promotion for the upcoming film, one of the stunt doubles for Tom Holland dropped into the shop from the ceiling, dressed in his full Spidey garb, reaching for his drink, Entertainment Tonight reported. >> Read more trending news The customers...
OHIO IMPACT: More Ohio Kmart, Sears stores to close by September

OHIO IMPACT: More Ohio Kmart, Sears stores to close by September

Sears Holdings will close 20 more Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S., on top of the 245 closings already announced early this year — and the latest round of cuts will affect Ohio locations. The company announced the latest closures to store employees early this week, according to Business Insider. The new list of closures include Sears department stores in in Sarasota, Florida; Roseville...
The Latest: Supervisors suspended after NY subway derailment

The Latest: Supervisors suspended after NY subway derailment

The Latest on a subway train derailment in New York City that left more than 30 people injured (all times local): 12:30 p.m. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says two supervisors have been suspended while officials investigate a Harlem derailment that injured more than 30 people. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz says the supervisors were responsible for oversight of work where the derailment...
Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Syria's government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no such attack since the White House issued a surprise statement Monday night that threatened President Bashar Assad's government with "a heavy price" if it...
TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

The TSA is testing a new policy under which passengers will be asked to separate their reading materials from the rest of their carry-on luggage so agents can fan through the pages to see if anything dangerous is hidden inside. >> Read more trending news  Right now, the book searches are happening at just a few airports, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly ...
Lin-Manuel Miranda issues ‘Hamilton’ challenge to raise money for immigration charities

Lin-Manuel Miranda issues ‘Hamilton’ challenge to raise money for immigration charities

You know every word. You’ve listened to it for hours on end. And maybe never have seen the show itself, but now here’s your chance to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and help a dozen charities working for aiding immigrants. >> Read more trending news “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has issued a challenge. Post a video of yourself singing one of...

Ditching Cash for P2P Payment Apps? 3 Things to Know

Person to person — or P2P — payment apps allow users to quickly and easily transfer money from their bank account or credit card to another person’s account through the internet or a mobile phone. And according to a new NerdWallet survey, most Americans (63%) would be willing to use one. Here are three ways to make the most of a P2P payment app. A little fewer...

Foundation to award about $24 million to fight racism in US

One of America's largest philanthropic foundations announced Wednesday that it will award about $24 million in grants to organizations in 13 cities and one state to help fight racism. The grants are part of a foundation program intended "to improve our ability as communities and as a country to see ourselves in each other, so that we can share a more equitable future for all children to thrive...
STORE CLOSINGS: 9 things that happened in retail in June

STORE CLOSINGS: 9 things that happened in retail in June

In a changing shopping landscape, retailers are fighting each other to stay relevant to consumers through shopping innovation — and 10 of them are doing it better than all the rest. THESE ARE THE COMPANIES MADE THE CUT BCBG Max Azria Group announced its reached an agreement on its restructuring plan and is set to sell its assets to another company. BCBG Max Azria Group, the parent...
Decomposed body found at B&B; troopers say woman dead ‘weeks or months’

Decomposed body found at B&B; troopers say woman dead ‘weeks or months’

The badly decomposed body of an elderly guest was found last week in a room at a Pennsylvania bed and breakfast, and investigators in the case said that the woman had been dead for “weeks or months.”   Patricia Richey, 80, was a longtime guest of the Harvest Inn Bed & Breakfast in Honesdale. According to the Times-Tribune in Scranton, she moved into the room in 2013 with...
German Cabinet approves plan to boost spending next year

German Cabinet approves plan to boost spending next year

Germany's Cabinet has approved a budget plan that foresees a 2.6 percent increase in spending next year and a balanced budget over the next four years. The plan presented by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday foresees 337.5 billion euros ($383.4 billion) in spending next year. However, Germany holds an election on Sept. 24 and the next government will make the final decisions on the...
Bulgaria, Romanian leaders: we're not opposed to Russia

Bulgaria, Romanian leaders: we're not opposed to Russia

The presidents of Bulgaria and Romania insisted Wednesday that they weren't opposed to Russia, despite both Eastern European countries being members of NATO and the European Union. The EU recently agreed to extend sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula three years ago. And Moscow views NATO with suspicion, after the alliance has beefed...
Man destroys new Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol

Man destroys new Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol

A man yelled "Freedom!" as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma's monument at its state Capitol, authorities said. The privately funded Arkansas monument had been in place outside the state Capitol in Little Rock for less than 24 hours before it was knocked from its plinth...
Ten Commandments monument destroyed in less than 24 hours after installation

Ten Commandments monument destroyed in less than 24 hours after installation

A two year battle came to an end in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, but the controversy over a monument to the Ten Commandments has not. In less than 24 hours after the installation of the monument, someone destroyed the display by knocking it down, breaking chunks of granite off, KARK reported. >> Read more trending news  The Ten Commandments were unveiled after state Sen. Jason...

EU prolongs Russia economic sanctions by 6 months

The European Union has officially extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months for destabilizing Ukraine. EU headquarters said Wednesday that the decision was unanimous among all 28 EU nations. EU leaders endorsed the move last week, agreeing that Russia had not done enough to respect the peace agreement aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The EU first slapped sanctions on...
'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to juvenile charges

'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to juvenile charges

9:30 a.m. Update: Danielle Bregoli pleaded guilty to charges of grand theft, grand theft auto, possession of marijuana and filing a false report Wednesday morning in Delray Beach, Florida, court. She will likely be sentenced for the crimes at a hearing July 22. In three separate occasions last year, Bregoli is accused of stealing her mother’s purse, stealing her mother’s car and calling...
The Latest: Trump promises 'big surprise' on health care

The Latest: Trump promises 'big surprise' on health care

The Latest on Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says the Republican health care effort is "working along very well" and suggested there could be a "big surprise coming." The White House did not elaborate on what Trump meant. Earlier Wednesday, Trump told reporters getting approval of a Senate...
Sausage helps bring missing pups home

Sausage helps bring missing pups home

Drones couldn’t do it, and neither could 120 searchers. But the smell of cooking sausages was apparently the key to bringing two lost dogs home.  John Hampson was on a walk with his family’s two miniature schnauzers when the dogs ran off in thick fog on Red Pike fell near Buttermere, Cumbria, U.K. >> Read more trending news  Liz and Graham Hampson, John’s parents...
7 things to know now: Manafort registers as agent; health care vote; Palin sues NY Times

7 things to know now: Manafort registers as agent; health care vote; Palin sues NY Times

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today. What to know now: 1. Manafort registers as agent: Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, registered on Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Manafort registered with the department for political consulting work he did for the ruling Ukrainian political party between 2012 and 2014...
Police say Narcan prevented them from charging man with DUI

Police say Narcan prevented them from charging man with DUI

Roswell police say they couldn’t charge an obviously impaired driver with DUI because officers had to use NARCAN to revive him. Michael Willis told WSBTV’s Mike Petchenik he was driving home from work on June 9 on Highway 92 near Mountain Park Road when he saw a car driving erratically. “I saw him start driving up on the sidewalk and he was driving on the wrong side of the road on...
Greece eyes market return as debt dispute still simmering

Greece eyes market return as debt dispute still simmering

Greece is on target to tap bond markets for money again by the end of this year and exit its bailout program next summer, European creditors said Wednesday. But a spat with the International Monetary Fund over how to deal with the country's enormous debt showed no sign of being resolved swiftly. Officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank, and a eurozone rescue fund said recent austerity...
Macron's government kicks off controversial labor reform

Macron's government kicks off controversial labor reform

President Emmanuel Macron's government has launched an effort to redesign French labor rules, one of the most important and divisive promises of his presidency. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud told RTL radio Wednesday the government is "moving the rules of the game" in hopes of tackling unemployment, hovering near 10 percent. A draft labor law has been presented at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday...
Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. Manafort says in a Justice Department filing Tuesday that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17...
Kushner lawyer seasoned in navigating Washington scandals

Kushner lawyer seasoned in navigating Washington scandals

Abbe Lowell's clients have included some of the country's most prominent politicians, companies and celebrities. The latest addition to the lawyer's list: Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump. In selecting Lowell to represent him in Russia-related investigations before Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller, Kushner has turned to one of the best-known trial lawyers in the nation's...
Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill

Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill

Senate GOP leaders scrambled Wednesday for a deal to revive their health care legislation, but encountered new obstacles as recalcitrant senators doubled down on their opposition to the bill sought by President Donald Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was conducting non-stop negotiations behind the scenes, but publicly there was little evidence he would be able to get senators...
Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election. On Wednesday night, he'll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party's top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel down the street from the White House. He's already spent five evenings on the road at political rallies, always in states...
The Latest: FedEx cyberattack damage 'could be material'

The Latest: FedEx cyberattack damage 'could be material'

The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Logistics firm FedEx says deliveries by its TNT Express subsidiary have been slowed by the global cyberattack, another sign of how major companies are struggling to deal with the fallout from an especially virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software. In an announcement Wednesday...
The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence

The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence

The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The day after a particularly virulent strain of ransomware burst across the globe, the mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency. It's a possible hint at the shadowy spy games being played behind the scenes of the cybersecurity crisis...
Toshiba sues Western Digital in feud over memory unit sale

Toshiba sues Western Digital in feud over memory unit sale

Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it is suing its joint venture partner Western Digital over the U.S. company's opposition to a plan to sell the Japanese electronics and energy giant's memory chip unit. Toshiba said in a statement that it was seeking a permanent injunction and 120 billion yen ($1.1 billion) in damages for what it called interference in the effort to sell Toshiba Memory Corp. Financially...
No shots fired, but calls prompt lockdown at military post

No shots fired, but calls prompt lockdown at military post

Two 911 calls and a tweet about the possibility of an active shooter at a military installation set off a day of panic and confusion in Alabama. The emergency calls Tuesday came from within the Redstone Arsenal base near Huntsville and led the installation to tweet a warning to its 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors: "run hide fight." Police cars with flashing lights...
Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned vote this week on a proposal to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Some on the Hill blamed...
Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week. The court's final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there...
Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

2017 is not a good year to be an airline company, especially if that company’s name is United Airlines.  Passenger and mom Emily France said her baby became overheated recently on a delayed flight as the aircraft waited on the Denver International Airport (DIA) tarmac, reports the Denver Post. The 39-year-old said that passengers waited for more than two hours on the plane despite...
Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced hundreds of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago. The fire in the mountains about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Phoenix, fanned by 35 mph (56 kph) winds, has charred more than 28 square miles (73 square...

Philips says it has agreement to take over Spectranetics

Dutch electronics and health care technology company Philips says it has an agreement to buy The Spectranetics Corporation in a deal worth 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion). Spectranetics, based in Colorado Springs, makes medical devices used to treat arterial blockages in the heart and legs and to remove pacemaker and defibrillator leads. Philips said Wednesday it is offering $38.50 (33.86 euros)...
Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City's Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial "Julius Caesar" production. Moore says he's donating the money — his advance pay for the show "The Terms of My Surrender" — to the Public Theater program...
Global stocks fall on jitters over central bank policy

Global stocks fall on jitters over central bank policy

Global stocks edged lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over the prospect of tighter monetary policy from major central banks. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 12,618 while the CAC 40 of France lost 0.2 percent to 5,246. Britain's FTSE 100 edged almost 0.1 percent lower to 7,433. Dow and S&P futures were both up 0.1 percent, suggesting a tepid start to trading on Wall Street. CENTRAL...
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