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Wed. 10:04 a.m.: US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,400 more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred on by President Donald Trump's demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,400 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense officials said today, detailing a Pentagon plan that will cost billions of dollars and ...

Wed. 9:04 a.m.: Fed wrestles with its next moves as virus stalls US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials are grappling this week with the timing and scope of their next policy moves at a time when the raging viral pandemic has weakened the U.S. economy. No major changes are likely when the Fed releases a statement today after its two-day policy ...

Wed. 8:27 a.m.: Asia Today: China, SKorea, Japan see upticks in virus cases

BEIJING (AP) — China reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 today as the country continues to battle an outbreak in Xinjiang. The 101 new cases was China's highest daily increase in weeks. The northwestern region of Xinjiang accounted for 89, with another eight in the northeastern ...

Wed. 8:21 a.m.: Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles as part of an exercise involving a mock-up aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, state television reported today. It was the latest barrage in a drill that the previous day saw two ...

Child care centers can reopen at regular capacity Aug. 9

Child care centers in Ohio will be permitted to be at their regular capacity, effective Aug. 9, but full county fairs are banned starting Friday. With schools allowed to reopen — and some start as early as next month — Gov. Mike DeWine said today that the exiting system can no longer ...

State issues finding against Lordstown treasurer

LORDSTOWN -- The state Auditor's Office has issued a $1,648 finding for recovery against village Treasurer George Ebling and has noted public money was illegally spent. The finding was issued today following the release of Lordstown's 2019 state audit by Ohio Auditor Keith Faber's office. It ...

‘Watchmen’ leads all Emmy nominees with 26

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Watchmen" is the leading contender at the Emmy Awards with 26 nominations. The HBO series stars Regina King and is a dystopian superhero drama dealing with race, police and white supremacy based on a 1980s graphic novel. The Amazon comedy "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is ...

Tue. 11:17 a.m.: Mayors want US agents blocked from Portland, 5 major cities

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayors of Portland, Oregon, and five other major U.S. cities appealed Monday to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized agents to cities that don't want their presence. "This administration's egregious use of federal force on ...

Tue. 10:13 a.m.: Barr to condemn rioting at much-anticipated House hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is defending the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying "violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests" sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Barr will ...

Tue. 9:13 a.m.: Fauci says Marlins’ virus outbreak could endanger MLB season

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said this morning, although he doesn't believe games needs to stop now. More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, stranding the team ...

Tue. 9:06 a.m.: Vietnam locks down its 3rd-largest city as virus cases grow

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam today locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital, the government said. The new cases in the central city of Da Nang are the first confirmed to be locally transmitted in the country in over three ...

Tue. 9:01 a.m.: Malaysian ex-PM Najib given 12 years in jail in 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court sentenced former Prime Minister Najib Razak to serve 12 years in prison today after finding him guilty in the first of several corruption trials linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that brought down his ...

Tue. 8:56 a.m.: Iran fires missile at mock aircraft carrier amid US tensions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported today, an exercise aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. The ...

Cleveland will host first presidential debate

CLEVELAND (AP) — The first presidential debate will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced today. The commission has selected Cleveland Clinic as its health adviser for all three ...

Ohio prisons director tests positive for coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of Ohio’s prison system announced today she has tested positive for the coronavirus, making her the first member of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's cabinet to contract COVID-19. Annette Chambers-Smith told staff members that she received the results today after ...

Mon. 10:50 a.m.: US agents use gas, flash bangs to clear Portland protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A night that started with a reported shooting and a bag found with loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails amid a peaceful protest morphed into an intense early this morning confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement in Oregon's largest city. U.S. ...

Mon. 10:45 a.m.: Marlins’ home opener postponed as they deal with virus

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' home opener tonight against Baltimore has been postponed as the Marlins deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia. The Marlins postponed their flight home Sunday night after their series finale against the Phillies. A person familiar ...

3 states lose House seats with Trump order

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional seat each than if every resident were counted, ...

Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30

The Americans With Disabilities Act was a major turning point in opening large parts of U.S. society to disabled people, but three decades after its passage disabled workers still face higher unemployment than other adults -- a problem compounded by the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday marks 30 ...

Portland protests continue; tear gas used again

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents again repeatedly fired tear gas to break up rowdy protests in Portland, Oregon, that continued into the early morning today as demonstrations that have happened every night for two months showed no signs of letting up. Thousands gathered in front of the ...