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Fri. 9:11 a.m.: Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural water district that had employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lawyer and lobbyist. Environmental groups and a California Democratic lawmaker ...

Thurs. 4 p.m.: GM sells Lordstown plant to electric truck startup

LORDSTOWN — General Motors has sold its massive assembly plant in Lordstown to electric truck startup Lordstown Motors Co. In a statement posted to GM’s website, the automaker says it is committed to future investment and job growth in Ohio and believes Lordstown Motors’ plan to build ...

Thu. 9:31 a.m.: Greta Thunberg plans to join North Carolina climate strike

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg says she plans to attend a youth-lead climate rally in North Carolina this week. Thunberg tweeted Wednesday that she will join the strike Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Thunberg gained ...

Thu. 9:24 a.m.: Immigration opens ideological fault lines for 2020 Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, a proposal that's further exposing deep ideological divides in the Democratic primary and may prove politically treacherous for the party ...

Thu: 9:12 a.m.: Escape tunnel underneath Berlin Wall opens to public

BERLIN (AP) — An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall has been opened to the public for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of East Germany's border. The tunnel at Bernauer Strasse, near the main Wall memorial, was opened today by Mayor Michael ...

Thu. 9:08 a.m.: Hong Kong court convicts teen for carrying laser pointer

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court ruling today that a laser pointer carried by a teenager was an offensive weapon marked a tougher stance by the judiciary after months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, with a lawmaker warning it could lead to more ...

Wed. 10:40 a.m.: Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not ...

Wed. 10:18 a.m.: US productivity falls for first time in nearly 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015. The Labor Department said this morning that productivity, a measure of economic output for each hour worked, fell 0.3 percent in the third ...

Wed. 9:43 a.m.: Democrats promise swift action after win in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats promised swift action on a host of liberal policy proposals now that they've won full control of state government for the first time in more than two decades. Democratic leaders said Virginians should expect a higher minimum wage, new gun restrictions ...

Wed. 9:38 a.m.: Beshear claims victory in Kentucky; Bevin refuses to concede

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's bitter race for governor went into overtime as Democrat Andy Beshear declared victory while Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, a close ally of President Donald Trump, refused to concede with results showing he trailed by a few thousand votes. Kentucky has some ...

Wed. 9:33 a.m.: Poles to travel visa-free to US starting Nov. 11

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said today that Poles will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa starting next week, a move by the Washington administration that has been long awaited by the Poles who saw it as a matter of national dignity. Duda said he was ...

Wed. 9:35 a.m.: American fugitive shoots self, wife as Thai police close in

BANGKOK (AP) — An American man who was among three prisoners who staged a violent escape from a courthouse in Thailand shot and wounded himself and his Thai wife today as police surrounded them. Police Lt. Gen. Satawat Hirunburana said as officers approached the couple seeking their ...

Tues. 9 p.m.: Greathouse holds commanding lead in Warren ward race

WARREN - Greg Greathouse, seeking election to Warren's 3rd Ward, is leading his opponent, Scott Brown, by a 71-28 percent vote with more than half of the votes counted, according to the Trumbull County Board of Elections. There is no incumbent in the ward race. For more election updates, ...

Tues. 7:40 p.m.: Early election results have Franklin ahead in Warren

WARREN - Warren Mayor Doug Franklin has an early lead of more than 2-1 over challenger Randy Law in very early elections returns reported by the Trumbull Board of Elections moments ago. Absentee vote results just released show Franklin, the Democratic incumbent, with 900 votes. Law, a non-party ...

Tues. 7:55 p.m.: Mayor Hill leads in Lordstown

WARREN - Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill is leading the race to keep his seat by an early vote count of 130 to 51 over challenger Robert Bond. Very few absentee votes have been counted, according to early results by the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Tue. 10:53 a.m.: Stocks wobble in early trading, but remain near record highs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks wobbled between small gains and losses in early trading this morning as investors paused following several record-setting rallies. The S&P 500 index is just below the record it set on Monday, its fourth in six days. The Nasdaq and the Dow Jones Industrial ...

Tue. 10:46 a.m.: US trade deficit falls to $52.5 billion in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in September to the lowest level in five months as imports dropped more sharply than exports and America ran a rare surplus in petroleum. The Commerce Department said this morning that the September gap between what America buys from abroad and ...

Tue. 9:16 a.m.: Hong Kong leader says she has Xi’s backing to tackle unrest

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader, Carrie Lam, said today that she has received the backing of Chinese President Xi Jinping in her handling of five months of anti-government protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Xi and Lam held talks in a surprise ...

Tue. 9:06 a.m.: EU hopes US will rethink choice to pull out of climate pact

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has voiced regret at the U.S. government's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and expressed hopes that one of the world's biggest CO2 emitters will backpedal on its decision and rejoin. European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said ...