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Court orders ban on harmful pesticide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Space Force details outlined

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020. The proposal taps into the American public’s long ...

First lady’s parents sworn in as citizens

The Associated Press NEW YORK — First lady Melania Trump’s parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ...

Shootout footage released

EASTON — Newly public dash camera video shows a harrowing shootout between a man pulled over for speeding and two Pennsylvania state police troopers. The Morning Call of Allentown on Thursday posted the recording of the November roadside battle that left an officer badly hurt with wounds to ...

Wildfire woes

Bree Seville uses a small brush to sweep the stairs leading to the burned out ruins of her fiance’s mother’s home in Redding, Calif., on Thursday. California is seeing earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather and home construction deeper into ...

Nation briefs

Virginia Focus shifts in Manafort trial ALEXANDRIA — After three days of dramatic testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors on Thursday returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars ...

World briefs

Puerto Rico Report: 1,400 died from hurricane SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out ...

Rite Aid merger nixed

Rite Aid shares plunged Thursday as the company headed into an uncertain future after calling off its merger with the grocer Albertsons. Analysts and retail insiders questioned the drugstore chain’s prospects after it ended a planned takeover by Albertsons before Rite Aid shareholders could ...

Tribune’s $3.9B buyout collapses

NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News. Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion ...

Indian IKEA

Customers stand outside IKEA’s first store in India before the sprawling, 13-acre location opened in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. The Swedish home furnishings giant plans to open 25 stores in India by 2025. The Associated Press

Business Highlights

Samsung new phone shows limits of innovation Samsung’s new smartphone illustrates the limits of innovation at time when hardware advances have slowed. The Galaxy Note 9 will be faster and last longer without a recharge, but won’t offer earth-shattering new features. The new phone will ...

Ticker

Concern in Arkansas town highlights US trade fears State and local officials worried about President Donald Trump’s trade dispute with China are trying to reassure a Chinese company that has delayed building a major paper mill outside a rural Arkansas college town. The Sun Paper project ...

Ford celebrates production of 10M Mustang sports cars

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations Wednesday at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the present day rolled into the parking ...

CVS Health tops 2Q forecasts

CVS Health detailed a better-than-expected second quar­­ter Wednesday and then reassured investors that it doesn’t depend heavily on much-criticized prescription drug rebates that regulators may eliminate. Shares of the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager climbed after CEO Larry ...

Dave Swearingen, former AP chief of bureau, dies at 73

GREENFIELD, Ind. — Dave Swearingen, a former Associated Press bureau chief who led coverage of Indiana’s first execution in more than two decades and the arrests of more than 1,000 demonstrators at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hamp­shire, has died at age 73. Swearingen died ...

Woman found slain in basement

PHILADELPHIA — A missing New York City woman was found shot to death in a Philadelphia basement, and a man found driving her car last week is in custody in Virginia, authorities said Tuesday. An autopsy confirmed the decomposing body found in the home in the Feltonville neighborhood was ...

NY GOP congressman charged

NEW YORK — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology company to his son, helping family and friends dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses ...

US braces for cyber threat from Iran

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks that Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyber threat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the ...

Emergency declared ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville on Wednesday declared a state of emergency ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens of others injured. Officials said the declaration would ...

Teen pleads in football game shooting

YORK — A teenager accused of endangering thousands by shooting two men outside a high school football game in central Pennsylvania almost two years ago has been freed after pleading guilty to lesser charges. Now-17-year-old Stephon Brown, of Reading, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession ...