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Tue. 8:37 a.m.: Virginia lawmakers to debate gun laws after mass shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are set to debate and vote on new gun laws after a gunman killed a dozen people in a local government building. Gov. Ralph Northam ordered lawmakers to return to the Capitol and called for passage of a wide range of gun-control measures. The Democrat ...

Tue. 8:34 a.m.: Police: Woman throws snake at woman in carjacking

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a nonpoisonous snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole vaulting exhibition in a South Carolina city. In a news release, Greenville Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Hilmary ...

Mon. 9:04 a.m.: UK hunts mole behind leak of envoy’s frank Trump missives

LONDON (AP) — The British government was hunting today for the source of a leak of diplomatic cables from Britain's ambassador in Washington that branded President Donald Trump's administration "dysfunctional" and "inept." British officials are embarrassed by the publication of Kim Darroch's ...

Mon. 8:51 a.m.: Justice Department shaking up legal team on census case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is shaking up the legal team fighting for the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census but offered no specifics on why the change was being made. The change announced Sunday comes days after the department vowed to continue to try to ...

Mon. 8:47 a.m.: Saudi carrier cancels troubled Boeing 737 order for Airbus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi budget carrier says it is ordering 30 Airbus planes in a deal that replaces a $6 billion agreement it had with Boeing for its troubled 737 MAX jets, which are grounded around the world after two crashes. Flyadeal, operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines ...

Mon. 8:41 a.m.: US toddler dies after fall from cruise ship in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities say a toddler apparently slipped from her grandfather's hands and fell to her death from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico. Police said today that the grandfather of the 1-year-old girl from Indiana told officers he lost his grip while holding her ...

Mon. 8:36 a.m.: Admiral picked to lead Navy is retiring; bad judgment cited

WASHINGTON (AP) — The four-star admiral set to become the Navy's top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship. The sudden move by Adm. William Moran, announced ...

Sun. 8:15 p.m.: Bills would reduce punishment for low-level drug possession

AKRON (AP) — Bills working their way through the Ohio Legislature would reduce punishment for some drug crimes while favoring treatment over automatic prosecution. The measures are part of a national debate over reducing prison populations while responding to the nation’s opioid addiction ...

Sun. 8:15 p.m.: Police look for vehicle that struck officer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities are searching for a vehicle they say struck and injured a Cleveland police officer and then fled the scene. Cleveland police say the officer was working near an intersection in downtown Cleveland’s Warehouse District about 4 a.m. Saturday when he was ...

Fri. 12:40 p.m.: Benched: Chief Wahoo not All-Star this time in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — An hour before the first pitch of a series opener against Kansas City, a steady flow of fans stream into the Indians' team shop at Progressive Field to buy new All-Star merchandise and other Cleveland gear — some bearing his unmistakable smiling face. Chief Wahoo still ...

Fri. 12:35 p.m.: US adds solid 224,000 jobs; Fed rate cut may be less certain

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy's durability after more than a decade of expansion. The strength of the jobs report the government issued earlier today could complicate a decision for the ...

Fri. 12:30 p.m.: Aftershocks follow Southern California earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aftershocks from Southern California's largest earthquake in 20 years rumbled beneath the Mojave Desert this morning as authorities tallied damage in the sparsely populated region. The strongest aftershock thus far hit shortly after 4 a.m., registering magnitude 5.4 and ...

Thu. 6:50 p.m.: Quake rattles Southern California; some damage far from LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada this morning, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing some damage in a town near the epicenter amid a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 ...

Thu. 6:11 p.m.: Drenched Trump supporters, protesters mark July 4 in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweltering capital threatened by storms, the traditional Fourth of July parade today served as a warm-up act to a distinctly nontraditional evening event at the Lincoln Memorial, where President Donald Trump planned to command the stage against the backdrop of a show of ...

Thu. 6:07 p.m.: We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title

NEW YORK (AP) — Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest this morning, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the ...

Thu. 6:03 p.m.: Carolina fire crew dodges rockets as store fireworks explode

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters had to dodge exploding rockets to douse a spectacular fire that destroyed containers of fireworks stored for sale on the Fourth of July. The blaze provided for an impressive, though sparsely attended show early today as shells and rockets burst through ...

Wed. 10:47 a.m.: Florida man killed in wrong-way crash on I-80

Tribune Chronicle LIBERTY --- A wrong-way driver died this morning after a collision with a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 80, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Dennis E. Roller II, 54, of Pensacola, Fla., was killed after his eastbound 2019 Ford Flex hit the left front side of a ...

Wed. 9:43 a.m.: Big farms find easy ways around Trump trade aid limits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, ...

Wed. 9:24 a.m.: Survey: Modest job gains in June hint at slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added just 102,000 jobs in June as small businesses and construction firms shed workers, a private survey found. Payroll processor ADP said this morning that the meager gains — after just 41,000 jobs were added in May — indicate a slowdown in the economy. ...

Wed. 9:16 a.m.: US trade deficit rises to 5-month high of $55.5B in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose to a five-month high in May as the politically sensitive imbalances with China and Mexico widened. The Commerce Department said this morning that the gap between the goods and services the U.S. sells and what it buys from foreign countries rose ...