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Thu. 9:03 a.m.: European Central Bank joins Fed in paving way for stimulus

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank joined the U.S Federal Reserve in making clear that more stimulus could be coming soon to support an economy weakening in the face of global tensions over trade. The ECB said today after a policy meeting that it could cut interest rates as ...

Thu. 8:57 a.m.: China makes first successful private orbital rocket launch

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing-based rocket developer sent two satellites into orbit today, becoming China's first private company to successfully complete an orbital launch, state media said. The launch took place from a satellite center in northwest China today, Xinhua state news agency ...

Thu. 8:52 a.m.: What’s next after Mueller? Lawsuits, investigations and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of anticipation, Congress finally heard testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller. So what now? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Mueller's appearance was "a crossing of a threshold," raising public awareness of what Mueller found. And Democrats after ...

Wed. 9:28 a.m.: Mueller: I did not clear Trump of obstruction of justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller told lawmakers this morning he could not exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice and that the president's claims that he had done so in his report are not correct. "The president was not exculpated for ...

Wed. 9:16 p.m.: FTC fines Facebook $5B, adds oversight for privacy mishaps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. The fine is the largest the Federal Trade ...

Wed. 9:11 a.m.: ICE releases US citizen, 18, wrongfully detained near border

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S.-born 18-year-old has been released from immigration custody after wrongfully being detained for more than three weeks. Francisco Erwin Galicia left a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, Texas, on Tuesday. His lawyer, Claudia Galan, ...

Wed. 9:04 a.m.: Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect today in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day temporary ...

Wed. 8:59 a.m.: Indian celebrities protest attacks on dissent, minorities

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dozens of Indian celebrities have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and stop rising incidents of attacks on minorities, misuse of religion by Hindu hard-liners and intolerance against dissent in the country. In a joint letter of protest to Modi released today, ...

Wed. 8:55 a.m.: Iran’s president hints at quid pro quo for seized UK ship

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani suggested today that Iran might release a U.K.-flagged ship if Britain takes similar steps to release an Iranian oil tanker seized by the British Royal Navy off Gibraltar earlier this month. His remarks could create an opening to reduce tensions ...

Tue. 1:07 p.m.: Senate confirms Army veteran Mark Esper secretary of defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump finally has a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation today by a vote of 90-8. He was to be officially sworn by the end of the day, ...

Tue. 12:51 p.m.: County issues emergency proclamation for Kinsman

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners voted today to issue an emergency proclamation, expected to be ratified at Wednesday's meeting, for the area where 55 people were displaced when the Kinsman Lake dam broke Saturday, washing out the only access road to numerous properties on Lakeview ...

Tue. 9:19 a.m.: IMF sees a weaker global economy but upgrades US forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for the world economy because of simmering international trade tensions. But at the same time, the fund is boosting its forecast for U.S. economy this year, citing expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut ...

Tue. 8:59 a.m.: All-girls school becomes 1st in US with varsity esports

SHAKER HEIGHTS — As a liaison at the U.S. Department of Education, J Collins watched as colleges by the dozen rolled out varsity esports programs, complete with scholarships, coaches and even some arenas. Collins had a gnawing concern: Gaming was beginning to have an impact on education, and ...

Tue. 8:47 a.m.: Pope gives West Virginia diocese new leader after scandal

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston diocese in West Virginia this morning following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan ...

Tue. 8:23 a.m.: Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s next prime minister

LONDON (AP) — Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson won the contest to lead Britain's governing Conservative Party today and will become the country's next prime minister, tasked with fulfilling his promise to lead the U.K. out of the European Union. Johnson resoundingly defeated rival Jeremy ...

Tue. 8:19 a.m.: S. Korea’s claim on warning shot firings disputed by Russia

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots today after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea's airspace off the country's east coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia. South Korea said ...

Mon. 10:43 a.m.: Amazon coming to northeast Ohio

WARREN - Global online retailer Amazon will open two new fulfillment centers in Ohio, including one at the former Rolling Acres Mall in Akron. The company announced the plans today for the distribution hubs in Akron and in Rossford near Toledo. The centers will create more than 2,500 ...

Sun. 6:09 p.m.: Heat and humidity grip East Coast, Midwest getting reprieve

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast sweated today through another day of heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a road race, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. "Sunday has been canceled," the NYPD ...

Sun. 5:27 p.m.: US notes advance in Mexican migration enforcement

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged during a meeting today that Mexico has made significant progress on migration enforcement, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said. Ebrard said in a statement that due to these advances, Mexico sees no need to ...