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The name — HillbillyHippie — isn’t all that’s unique about this new Champaign County shop

Once she got her first business in downtown Mechanicsburg off the ground, Sarah Blair said coming up with a name was easy. “I’m a hillbilly and I’m OK with it,” Blair joked about her new store, HillbillyHippie. The new store, at 19 N. Main St., opened just a few weeks ago. The business provides space for about 10 local vendors who sell all locally made products that include...
Waffle House shooting: Search continues for man suspected of killing 4 in Tennessee

Waffle House shooting: Search continues for man suspected of killing 4 in Tennessee

Authorities continue to search for a man suspected of stripping at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday before opening fire on customers and employees, killing four people. Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; Akilah Dasilva...
Memorial service held for woman killed during Southwest Airlines flight

Memorial service held for woman killed during Southwest Airlines flight

Nearly 2,000 mourners paid tribute to the New Mexico woman killed during last week’s Southwest Airlines engine explosion, KRQE reported. Jennifer Riordan, 43, of Albuquerque was killed while flying from New York to Dallas on Tuesday. The plane’s engine exploded, shattering her window. Riordan, 43, was remembered for her compassion and ““boundless energy” and...
Unfazed while being shot with Taser, unruly passenger forcibly removed from American Airlines flight

Unfazed while being shot with Taser, unruly passenger forcibly removed from American Airlines flight

Police used a stun gun and forcibly removed an unruly passenger Sunday who started a fight with a couple aboard a plane at Miami International Airport, police said.  Jacob Garcia, 28, touched a female passenger without her permission, screamed and insulted her and her boyfriend before attendants on the American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago moved him to another seat, according to...
Police try to use dead man’s fingerprint to unlock phone

Police try to use dead man’s fingerprint to unlock phone

Police in Florida tried an unusual means recently to unlock a cellphone. They visited a funeral home in Clearwater to use a dead man’s finger to open his phone as part of the investigation into his death, as well as another case they were working on, The Tampa Bay Times reported. But while legal, not everyone is agreeing that they should have used Linus Phillip’s body to try to open the...

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

A Baltimore hospital says a wounded U.S. veteran has received the world's most extensive penis transplant. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the transplant included the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. They say the patient had the highly experimental transplant last month in a 14-hour operation. They say he is recovering well, and expected to leave the hospital later this week. The patient...
Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial adviser known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him. The case involves the Securities and Exchange Commission's administrative law judges, who conduct hearings on alleged securities law violations and issue initial decisions. The...
What we know about the alleged SunTrust data breach

What we know about the alleged SunTrust data breach

Another day, another data breach… And another instance of a bank taking the weak posture of offering free identity protection as a post-breach Band-Aid when there’s a better solution out there! RELATED: Credit Freeze Guide — The best way to protect yourself against identity theft On April 20, SunTrust Bank announced that an insider may have stolen...
Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships

Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships

Beyoncé has partnered with Google to give more scholarships this year. The singer’s BeyGOOD initiative initially announced a $100,000 donation to four historically black colleges April 16, just after Beyonce’s Coachella headlining set. >> Read more trending news  The announcement last week said that $25,000 each will go to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama...
Have romaine lettuce in your fridge? Here’s why you might want to get rid of it

Have romaine lettuce in your fridge? Here’s why you might want to get rid of it

In recent days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded a warning about romaine lettuce, telling people to stay away from it for now. At least 53 people in 16 states have been sickened over the past few months, the CDC said Friday in an updated advisory to consumers. The illnesses are due to an outbreak of E. coli, which was initially traced to bagged, chopped lettuce...
First lady chooses lamb and opera for Macron state dinner

First lady chooses lamb and opera for Macron state dinner

Melania Trump is serving rack of lamb and nectarine tart at Tuesday's White House state dinner for President Emmanuel Macron of France, the first of the Trump administration. The first lady also chose the Washington National Opera to entertain the approximately 150 guests after dinner. On Monday, she released details of the affair being planned to dazzle Macron and his wife, Brigitte. The Macrons...
Dodgeball tournament raises money to fight leukemia

Dodgeball tournament raises money to fight leukemia

University students, faculty and community members in Pennsylvania teamed up for a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament Friday night that raised funds for blood cancer awareness and research for cures. Robert Morris University was picked by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to be the first college to pilot "Dodge The Dark." "We wanted to find a way where college students could become...
Woman held in 2 deaths likely to be extradited to Florida

Woman held in 2 deaths likely to be extradited to Florida

A Minnesota woman arrested in Texas in the killings of two people in separate states, including her husband, will likely be sent to Florida for prosecution. Fifty-six-year-old Lois Riess is being held in the Cameron County jail in South Texas on Florida charges that include murder with a firearm. Cameron County prosecutor Edward Sandoval says Riess will attend an extradition hearing Monday to send...
Houston woman arrested for allegedly setting fire to car with 3 kids inside

Houston woman arrested for allegedly setting fire to car with 3 kids inside

A Texas woman was arrested after allegedly setting a car on fire while sitting inside it with her children, KTRK said. According to Houston police, witnesses reported seeing the woman revving up her engine until it caught fire. The woman’s three children -- ages 9, 11 and 13 -- were inside the car, KTRK reported. A witness intervened and the woman fled on foot her with her children, according...
What will royal baby be named?

What will royal baby be named?

Now that the latest royal baby’s been born, what will his name be? The royal parents, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, may already know, but the rest of us don’t, yet. At it will probably be a few days until they make the official royal proclamation, CNN reported. Bookmakers say that the favorites for a boy were Arthur, Albert or James. >> Read more trending news ...
When should I book a refundable flight?

When should I book a refundable flight?

If you’re ever been burned when travel plans change and you have to pay a big change or cancellation fee to the airline, you’re probably more likely to entertain the idea of booking a refundable ticket. After all, that’s why refundable tickets exist — to give you the flexibility of knowing that if you have to change your plans, you can do so without penalty. But here&rsquo...
NRA: Yeti won't do business with us

NRA: Yeti won't do business with us

Add Austin-based Yeti to the list of companies severing ties with the National Rifle Association. According to published reports, the NRA sent an email to its members over the weekend claiming that the maker of coolers and thermal mugs had “suddenly, without prior notice” indicated it no longer wished to do business with the NRA Foundation. “That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike...

EU launches probe of Apple's takeover of digital app Shazam

The European Union is opening an investigation into Apple's acquisition of song-recognition app Shazam to make sure it doesn't limit consumer choice too much. Apple said in December it would buy the maker of the popular song-recognition app, which Apple's digital assistant Siri had been competing with. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the initial investigation hopes to "ensure...
Steel rods to blame for flat tires to 30 cars on Florida highway

Steel rods to blame for flat tires to 30 cars on Florida highway

A truck and trailer dropped steel rods onto Interstate 95 in South Florida early Monday, causing flat tires to 30 vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Crews have removed debris from the roadway and troopers are looking on the shoulders of the highway to make sure all of the rods have been collected, said Lt. Alvaro A. Feola, a FHP spokesman. No one was injured, Feola said. A few cars also sustained...
Elderly woman found pushing dead body in shopping cart, Chicago police say

Elderly woman found pushing dead body in shopping cart, Chicago police say

Chicago police found an elderly woman pushing a shopping cart with a dead body inside it Saturday night, WGN reported. Police said they received a call around 8 p.m. for a well-being check, The Chicago Tribune reported. When they arrived at the scene, police said they saw a woman pushing a shopping cart that contained the body of a black woman, WGN reported.  Police called the woman...
Clinton: Free press is under 'open assault' in Trump era

Clinton: Free press is under 'open assault' in Trump era

Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are "under open assault" in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime. "We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason," Clinton said at the PEN America World Voices Festival, in Manhattan...
Sears CEO offers tentative deal to buy Kenmore, real estate assets

Sears CEO offers tentative deal to buy Kenmore, real estate assets

Sears shares are jumping after CEO Eddie Lampert offered to buy one of its units through his hedge fund, ESL Investments. In a letter to the company’s board of directors, Lampert said he would buy the unit through his hedge fund. The letter notes that Kenmore, SHIP and PartsDirect have substantial value and that divesting one or more of them would enable the company to improve its debt...

Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned. A former technology employee of the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow said he told the Ohio Department...
Victim knocked unconscious after offering to pay for man’s beer, police say

Victim knocked unconscious after offering to pay for man’s beer, police say

A man was punched unconscious after he offered to pay for the beer of a customer who was ahead of him in line at a gas station convenience store, police said.  Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department recently released surveillance images that show the suspect and another man walking into the Valero gas station at 1:55 a.m. March 24 to buy beer.  When the victim offered to pay for...
'The excitement faded away,' Florida school shooter says 

'The excitement faded away,' Florida school shooter says 

Police in Florida plan to have a school resource officer at every school in Ocala as students return to class for the first time since a gunman opened fire inside a school Friday morning, injuring a student. Deputies said 19-year old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun in a guitar case into Forest High School and opened fire through a door.  In a jailhouse interview with ABC News, Bouche said...

18 Syracuse students out of classes after offensive videos

Eighteen Syracuse University students face disciplinary charges after videos emerged showing fraternity members using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person. Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado announced Sunday that investigators had filed complaints against the students. He said the investigation into the Theta Tau videos was continuing and others "may...
With Elder-Beerman closings, can local malls survive?

With Elder-Beerman closings, can local malls survive?

The closure of six area Elder-Beerman locations in the next few months could spell trouble for area malls who have relied on customer traffic and high-price leases from the longtime department store. Bon Ton Stores Inc., the parent company of Elder-Beerman, announced last week it was going out of business after it could not attract a buyer during its bankruptcy proceedings. The closure will mean more...
Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely apologizes for 'joke' prom date gun photo 

Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely apologizes for 'joke' prom date gun photo 

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely said he was trying to be funny when he posed in a Twitter photo standing between his daughter and her prom date holding a pistol, but in the wake of the Parkland shootings in February, social media posters did not appreciate the joke, WFLA reported. Feely, who played in the NFL from 2001 to 2014 and is an analyst for CBS Sports, apologized Sunday.  In the photo...
US stocks rise and bond yields set four-year highs

US stocks rise and bond yields set four-year highs

U.S. stocks are rising Monday with health care and technology companies and retailers leading the way. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is getting close to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn't reached since January 2014. Aluminum producers are sinking after the Treasury Department moved to ease sanctions against Russian aluminum company Rusal. KEEPING SCORE: The...
US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March

US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March

U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March, which suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.60 million, up from 5.54 million in February. This sales rate is higher than the 2017 total, but...
Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain has apologized for comments she said were in response to a question that caught her off guard. The country-pop singer was quoted in an interview with The Guardian published Sunday in which she said she would have voted for President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” Twain...
Vectren to be acquired by a Houston energy company

Vectren to be acquired by a Houston energy company

A large Ohio natural gas supplier will be acquired by a Texas energy company. Vectren Corp., based in Evansville, Ind., service area covers about 20 percent of Ohio, including the Dayton area. CenterPoint Energy, headquartered in Houston, announced this morning that it had entered into an agreement to join with Vectren to form a company with more than 7 million customers in 40 states. RELATED: Vectren...
HURRICANE HARVEY: Bait shop owner’s insurance payout thwarted by a typo

HURRICANE HARVEY: Bait shop owner’s insurance payout thwarted by a typo

Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape.” The real value of Offshore Adventures was the equipment...
Kroger completes $2 billion sale of convenience stores

Kroger completes $2 billion sale of convenience stores

The Kroger Co. announced it has completed the sale of its convenience store business unit to EG Group for $2.15 billion. Kroger announced in October 2017 its intention to explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business, including a potential sale, in conjunction with Restock Kroger. In February, Kroger and EG Group announced an agreement for the sale of Kroger’s convenience...
Sears' biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

Sears' biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

Sears' biggest shareholder appears to be pushing for a breakup of the 125-year-old company that has survived two world wars and the Great Depression. Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert — whose hedge fund has forwarded millions in funding to keep the ailing chain afloat — has asked the struggling retailer to sell its prominent Kenmore appliance brand and its home improvement business, the...
Memphis boy found after not coming home from school

Memphis boy found after not coming home from school

Update 9:33 a.m. EDT April 23: The child has been found, Fox13Memphis reported. Original: Police in Memphis, Tennessee, need your help finding a 9-year-old boy.  A City Watch was issued for Dewayne Alexander on Saturday night. Police told WHBQ that Alexander was walking home from school Friday in the 3300 block of Ford Road, but he never made it home....
The Latest: 2 Democratic senators line up behind Pompeo

The Latest: 2 Democratic senators line up behind Pompeo

The Latest on the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Mike Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state has received a boost because two Democratic senators announced they would support his confirmation before the full Senate. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana both backed Pompeo when he was confirmed as CIA director. But other...
The Latest: Prosecutors downplay Cosby travel records

The Latest: Prosecutors downplay Cosby travel records

The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Prosecutors are highlighting gaps in Bill Cosby's travel records. Defense lawyers say the travel records prove he wasn't at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004 — the month his chief accuser alleges he drugged and molested her there. But prosecutors say there are multiple stretches of time that month...
Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They'll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week internship. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker says it will teach the interns how to ride...
Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

A Washington family is warning others, after their boxer somehow got poisoned by meth.  They noticed something was off with their two-year-old pup “Allie” and rushed her to the pet ER Friday.  The Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynwood – where they brought Allie - says cases where pets get poisoned by pot or illicit drugs is going up. Now about 25 percent of its cases...

US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats' families

The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests. The State Department says it's raising the threat level for Nicaragua and encouraging Americans to reconsider plans to travel there. Family members of U.S. diplomats who also work at the embassy are being ordered out of the country until security...

Shipwreck found in Lake Erie could be nearly 200 years old

Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago. Its size, design and location point toward it being a sailing ship called the Lake Serpent, which sunk in 1829, the National Museum of the Great Lakes said Monday. That would make it one of the oldest wrecks ever discovered on Lake...
Elaine Wynn asks shareholders to oust board member

Elaine Wynn asks shareholders to oust board member

The ex-wife of Steve Wynn, who is also the biggest shareholder and co-founder of Wynn Resorts, is seeking the removal one of the company directors overseeing an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the casino magnate. Elaine Wynn said in a filing Monday with U.S. regulators that John Hagenbuch is allied too closely with Steve Wynn. She asked shareholders to reject his...
New report: The 10 best used cars to buy in 2018

New report: The 10 best used cars to buy in 2018

If you’re looking to buy a used car this spring, CarGurus is out with a brand new list of vehicles that you may want to consider. The automotive research and shopping website identified the best used car models by analyzing factors like projected value retention, driver satisfaction, expert reviews, and model popularity and availability. Here are the winners of the 2018 CarGurus Best...
Police reports in Illinois paint disturbing profile of Travis Reinking

Police reports in Illinois paint disturbing profile of Travis Reinking

Travis Reinking, the man police are seeking in connection with the killing of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, was well-known to police in the Illinois county where he lived, the Journal Star of Peoria reported. Police reports present a disturbing picture of the man who allegedly opened fire at the restaurant.  Tazewell County Sheriff Bob Huston distributed reports at...
Royal baby: New addition to the royal family will be fifth in line for the throne

Royal baby: New addition to the royal family will be fifth in line for the throne

A new British prince was born on Monday and that means a new line of succession to the British throne. Move over, Prince Harry, your new nephew will bump you one step down the line, and shake up everyone who follows you. The British line of succession was established in the 17th century after James II left the country and the throne in 1688. By 1701, the Act of Settlement established that the country&rsquo...
Sears to close another store in Ohio

Sears to close another store in Ohio

Sears will close another store in Ohio. The stores will close in July and liquidation sales will begin on Friday at most stores, Business Insider reported. Sears at 7401 Market St. in Youngstown, Ohio will close. The latest closures add to the list of the 166 stores that Sears had previously said it would shut down this year. » STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers Sears Holdings, which...
Wegmans recalls herbal tea

Wegmans recalls herbal tea

Wegmans grocery store chain has announced a recall of an herbal tea that’s carried in its stores. Traditional Medicinals has issued a voluntary recall of EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea and Organic Throat Lemon Echinacea Caffeine Free Tea. The teas are being recalled because of a possible salmonella contamination, Wegmans said. EveryDay Detox Lemon has the lot number 19461 with UPC number: 03291700197...
AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research come amid recent teacher strikes and other protests over low pay, tough classroom conditions and the amount of money allocated to public schools in several Republican-led...
Police officer takes 84-year-old man to hospital to visit sick wife

Police officer takes 84-year-old man to hospital to visit sick wife

A police officer in Pennsylvania has the serve portion of “to protect and serve” perfected. Roger Baker, 84, had to get to his local hospital after his wife had a medical emergency. No friends or family could take him, so he called police for help, WHP reported. >> Read more trending news  Deputy Chief Bentley from Montoursville Police Department responded, taking...
EU trade chief says Merkel, Macron will push Trump on steel

EU trade chief says Merkel, Macron will push Trump on steel

The EU's trade chief said Monday that the bloc's two most powerful leaders will tell U.S. President Donald Trump to back off on plans to impose steel and aluminum tariffs when they visit Washington this week. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet separately with Trump and are bent on safeguarding trans-Atlantic unity to face common challenges, from Iran to...
Sweeping EU trade deal with Mexico seen as signal to US

Sweeping EU trade deal with Mexico seen as signal to US

The European Union says a sweeping new trade deal with Mexico is a signal to the rest of the world — including the Trump administration. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malstrom said Monday that the preliminary deal, agreed on Saturday and to be finalized this year, is a "powerful signal to the whole world." She said it shows that "with increasing protectionism in certain parts...
Teens stop basketball game to take knees, pay respect during funeral procession

Teens stop basketball game to take knees, pay respect during funeral procession

A group of teens hitting the hoops near Baton Rouge are going viral for a simple gesture of respect. They stopped their basketball game in Franklinton, Louisiana, on Friday to take a knee, paying respects to the recently departed during a funeral procession, WAFB reported. >> Read more trending news  Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud attended the funeral for their cousin, Velma Kay...
With lights from Toys R Us dimmed, sales plunge at Hasbro

With lights from Toys R Us dimmed, sales plunge at Hasbro

The repercussions from the demise of Toys R Us have begun to ripple outward beginning with Hasbro, which reported a loss and plunging revenue Monday for its first quarter. Toys R Us, hammered by shifting consumer trends, is shuttering the 700 stores it has left, depriving Hasbro, Mattel and other toy makers of prime display space nationwide. "We are working to put the near-term disruption from...
Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

A personal finance expert launched a lawsuit against Facebook in Britain on Monday, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name. Martin Lewis, who founded the MoneySavingExpert website, says his name has appeared on more than 50 advertisements in the last year, many of them get-rich-quick scams to con people. "It's affecting my reputation, but...
Greece beats budget target as it looks to post-bailout era

Greece beats budget target as it looks to post-bailout era

Greece has beaten its budget targets for a third year and trimmed its massive debt burden, according to data released Monday. But the economy has not yet grown back to its level of 2014, before its last recession. As the country prepares to exit its international bailout program in August, the independent statistics agency on Monday reported long-awaited data for 2017. The results will affect ongoing...

Icelandic fugitive in bitcoin heist arrested in Amsterdam

Amsterdam police have arrested an Icelandic fugitive suspected of masterminding the theft of hundreds of computers used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Police spokesman Rob van der Veen confirmed Monday that Sindri Thor Stefansson was arrested Sunday night in downtown Amsterdam. He declined to give further details, saying that prosecutors will now work on Stefansson's extradition. Stefansson...
Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on. According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to...
Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns. Major Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. showed off several robots Monday, including one already in use at construction sites that picked up a big...
Global stocks looking for direction in flat start to week

Global stocks looking for direction in flat start to week

Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Monday as investors awaited fresh drivers following a volatile couple of months that has seen many shares take a pounding on a series of concerns, including fears of a trade war between the U.S. and China, and then recover amid a rebound in risk appetite. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 was almost unchanged at 7,367 while Germany's DAX was...
Eurozone interest rates could stay frozen well into 2019

Eurozone interest rates could stay frozen well into 2019

When will the European Central Bank join the U.S. Federal Reserve and start raising interest rates? This much is clear: It won't be soon. Weaker signals from the economy and worries about a possible trade war between the United State and China have left the top monetary authority for the 19 countries that use the euro in no hurry to start withdrawing its monetary stimulus. And that means the central...
Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

The sprawling network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republican control of Congress. Tax cuts are now signed into law. A conservative judge is seated on the Supreme Court. And many governmental regulations, including those on labor and environmental practices, are facing rollbacks. That success is starting to get...
GM, Korean union reach tentative agreement on wages, workers

GM, Korean union reach tentative agreement on wages, workers

General Motors said Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with its South Korean labor union on measures to cut costs and allocate new car models to GM Korea factories. The agreement between GM and its union steers the American carmaker away from filing for bankruptcy protection for its loss-making Korean unit. It also paves the way for support from the Korea Development Bank, which holds...
Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis

Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis

Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest Saturday against white supremacists. And the irony...
New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 souls who lost their lives in lynchings between 1877 and 1950. Each pillar is 6 feet (2 meters) tall, the height of a person, and made of steel that weathers to different shades of brown. Viewers enter at eye level...
Korean Air heiresses to resign as smuggle probe widens

Korean Air heiresses to resign as smuggle probe widens

Korean Air Lines said Monday that two daughters of its chairman will resign from their executive positions amid mounting public criticism over the women's behavior and allegations that the family engaged in smuggling. An official at the Korea Customs Service, meanwhile, confirmed that authorities raided the airline's headquarters in Seoul seeking evidence on alleged smuggling and tariff evasion. Chairman...
Missing brothers found: Pittsburgh police locate 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Missing brothers found: Pittsburgh police locate 2 boys who disappeared Friday

UPDATE, 10 a.m. April 22: The two brothers who went missing Friday have been found, police said.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, have been located. Pittsburgh police thanked all involved for their assistance in finding the boys.  ORIGINAL STORY: Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12...
In Denver, trying to put a price on the value of a newspaper

In Denver, trying to put a price on the value of a newspaper

Across the street from the Colorado Capitol rises an 11-story building emblazoned with The Denver Post's logo. No reporters work out of the building any more, only executives of Digital First Media, whose cuts at the Post triggered an unusual plea from the paper's own editorial page to be sold to another owner. Five hundred miles to the west, the Salt Lake Tribune newsroom takes up one floor of the...
Where is Travis Reinking? Search continues for Waffle House shooting suspect

Where is Travis Reinking? Search continues for Waffle House shooting suspect

A massive hunt to capture the man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, outside Nashville, continues. Travis Reinking, 29, is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List, and law enforcement said he is armed, dangerous and hiding, WHBQ's Greg Coy reports.  Police said Reinking returned to...
Waffle House suspect armed and unstable, still on the run

Waffle House suspect armed and unstable, still on the run

A mentally unstable gunman stole a BMW from a dealership and escaped capture days before killing four people at a Waffle House, police said Monday as their manhunt intensified more than 24 hours after the attack. "The crime he committed, a quadruple murder, there's nothing more urgent than that, to find the person responsible," Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said. "Given his exhibited...
Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. But the rare rebuke expected...
Asian shares mostly lower, tracking tech sell-off on Wall St

Asian shares mostly lower, tracking tech sell-off on Wall St

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Monday following Friday's steep slide in technology shares on Wall Street. Markets had only a muted reaction, if any, to North Korea's announcement that it would stop nuclear and missile testing. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 percent to 22,091.73 and South Korea's Kospi shed 0.2 percent to 2,471.25. Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined 0.4 percent to 30,288...
It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was tending to grievously injured military personnel in Iraq when he was summoned to Washington to interview for a job he barely knew existed. He didn't see a way to get there. "I thought this was it — this is where the road stops," he told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal this month. Instead, Jackson managed to catch a ride on a transport plane that steered the...
Travel ban case is justices' first dive into Trump policy

Travel ban case is justices' first dive into Trump policy

The Supreme Court has so far had little to say about Donald Trump's time as president, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change. The justices' first deep dive into a Trump administration policy comes in a dispute over the third and latest version of the administration's ban on travel from some countries with majority Muslim populations. Opponents of...
Michigan water activist, 6 others win environmental prize

Michigan water activist, 6 others win environmental prize

A woman who played a key role in exposing the lead-tainted water disaster in Flint, Michigan, is among seven people from around the world to be awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmental activism. LeeAnne Walters was repeatedly rebuffed by Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, even as she confronted regulators with bottles of brown water that came from her kitchen tap. Finally...

Survey: Economists' outlook is sunny but not due to tax cuts

America's business economists are sketching a bright picture for the coming months, with a survey finding that more of their companies foresee rising sales and expect to continue hiring and raising pay. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of respondents in the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics say President Donald Trump's tax cuts, which were promoted as likely to spur...
2-year-old pelted 9 times with paintball, mother says

2-year-old pelted 9 times with paintball, mother says

A mother said her 2-year-old was pelted nine times with paintballs while they were outside their west Charlotte home. The 2-year-old had marks all over her body after someone shot paint at her. Paintball wars have been gaining national traction since the beginning of the year. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has received more than 150 calls since the beginning of the year involving...
As trial winds down, DA downplays Cosby travel records

As trial winds down, DA downplays Cosby travel records

Prosecutors highlighted gaps in Bill Cosby's travel records on Monday as they sought to downplay their significance to the comedian's defense on sexual assault charges. Cosby's lawyers introduced the records in an attempt to show he couldn't have been at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, the month his chief accuser alleges he drugged and sexually molested her there. But prosecutors...
Loyal dog stays with lost 3-year-old overnight, police say

Loyal dog stays with lost 3-year-old overnight, police say

A family’s loyal dog stayed with a lost 3-year-old girl until search crews found them Saturday, according to police. Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler that is deaf and partially blind, walked off with the girl Friday afternoon. He stayed with her through the cold, rainy night until they were located about 15 hours later, more than a mile from home, on a remote part of the family’s property...
At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

It was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 percent jump in online sales on Alibaba's Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant's massive reach. But executives soon learned that what Alibaba gives, it can also take away. The company refused to sign an exclusive contract with Alibaba, and instead participated in a big sale promotion with its archrival...
'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle from a gunman at a busy Tennessee restaurant says his was a "selfish" act of self-preservation and he doesn't consider himself a hero. Never mind that he is being credited with saving several other lives. "When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn't care. It was life or death," said James Shaw Jr., a 29-year-old Nashville...
California couple tortured, burned Vietnam veteran as children watched, police say

California couple tortured, burned Vietnam veteran as children watched, police say

A couple tortured a Vietnam War veteran in order to gain access to his financial and personal information and then took their children with them when they burned his body in a rural field, police said.  Kenneth Coyle, 70, a Vietnam War veteran and contractor at Naval Air Station Lemoore, became friends with Stacie Mendoza, a restaurant server who befriended him and later killed him with her husband...
Florida man asking for help to get back his stolen firefighter training gear

Florida man asking for help to get back his stolen firefighter training gear

A Jacksonville man said all of his firefighter training gear was inside his car when it was stolen for the second time in just a few months. Anel Muratovic wants to join the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He is just a few months away from finishing a firefighter training program at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine. “So close, so close. I finished my EMT last year. That...
Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

Jurors weren't allowed to hear testimony that Bill Cosby's chief accuser was once hooked on hallucinogenic mushrooms or had her sights set on becoming a millionaire, but that hasn't stopped the defense from airing the explosive claims about Andrea Constand in the court of public opinion. With Cosby's sexual assault retrial heading for deliberations this week, the 80-year-old comedian's lawyers and...
Melania Trump poses with Bushes, Clintons and Obamas at Barbara Bush funeral

Melania Trump poses with Bushes, Clintons and Obamas at Barbara Bush funeral

The current first lady posed for a picture with former first ladies and past presidents Saturday at Barbara Bush’s funeral. First Lady Melania Trump is seen in the image, taken by photographer Paul Morse, with the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas. Trump, who attended the funeral without her husband, is seen standing alongside Michelle Obama. “It was my honor to travel to Houston to give...
Man fought gunman: He 'was going to have to work to kill me'

Man fought gunman: He 'was going to have to work to kill me'

The man who wrestled the gun away from the Waffle House shooting suspect in Tennessee said Sunday if he were going to die, the gunman would "have to work to kill me." Police are calling James Shaw Jr. a hero for saving lives in the busy restaurant, but the 29-year-old Nashville resident said he only made a split-second decision to challenge the shooter and called it a "selfish"...
The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

The Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking's state firearms card was revoked last year by state police, but his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn't be shared with his son. Police in Tennessee are searching for the 29-year-old Reinking, saying he's suspected of fatally shooting...

Correction: Midterms 2018-Replacing Ryan story

In a story April 22 about Bryan Steil running for House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional seat, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Beloit is in the district. It is not. A corrected version of the story is below: Bryan Steil becomes GOP front-runner to win Paul Ryan's seat A former personal driver for House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been active in Republican politics in Wisconsin for years...
Hundreds mourn New Mexico woman killed in Southwest flight

Hundreds mourn New Mexico woman killed in Southwest flight

Family and friends gathered Sunday to mourn an Albuquerque bank executive who died after the Southwest Airlines plane she was on blew an engine in midair. Nearly a thousand people attended the evening service for Jennifer Riordan, 43, the Albuquerque Journal reported . The service was held at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, her alma mater. "We appreciate the outpouring of...
Fire Mueller? Don’t do it, Ohio Republicans say

Fire Mueller? Don’t do it, Ohio Republicans say

Most Ohio lawmakers on Capitol Hill — including Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton — say it would be a mistake for President Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, though taking action to block the president from doing so has more opposition among local Republicans. “We need to let Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation go forward,&rdquo...
Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress

Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress

Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP...
White Sox pitcher in critical condition after suffering brain hemorrhage

White Sox pitcher in critical condition after suffering brain hemorrhage

Chicago White Sox officials said reliever Danny Farquhar remained in critical condition Sunday after suffering a brain hemorrhage during Friday night’s game, The Chicago Tribune reported. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said he has kept his players advised of Farquhar’s condition but did not go into too much detail out of respect for the pitcher’s family. “We made sure...
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