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Yesteryear

Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. On this date: In ...

Conway firing recommended

WASHINGTON — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thurs­day that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office of ...

Tankers struck near Strait

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the ...

Trump press head quits

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Trump ...

Religious exemption to vaccine mandates ended

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thurs­day, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted ...

Nation

GEORGIA Officials: 5-year-old shoots toddler GRAY — Authorities said a 5-year-old shot a 2-year-old sibling at a Georgia home while playing with a gun and now the children’s uncle has been charged. News outlets report the children found the gun in the home Wednesday and were playing ...

World

CHILE Magnitude-6.5 earthquake hits coast SANTIAGO — A powerful magnitude-6.5 earthquake has shaken Chile’s Pacific coast but there were no immediate reports of major damages or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 7:19 p.m. local time Thursday at a depth of 6.21 ...

Survivor, 98, visits Normandy

By Allen G. Breed The Associated Press COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Ray Lambert was waiting at the baggage carousel at Raleigh-Durham International Airport when a woman asked if she could kiss him. Of course, the World War II veteran said. “That was the 1,456th kiss I’ve gotten this ...

Trump Jr. glad testimony over

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, spoke to the Senate intelligence committee for about three hours Wednesday, following up on a 2017 interview with the same panel as part of its two-year-long Russia investigation. Trump Jr. said after the interview that he is ...

Maine legalizes assisted suicide

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednes­day, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it. Oregon ...

Vegas ammo supplier wants trial by judge

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Arizona man who has acknowledged selling bullets to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has asked to be tried by a judge on his federal ammunition-manufacturing charge. The attorney for Douglas Haig argued that the connection to the massacre ...

Protesters fight extradition law

HONG KONG — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in ...

Trump sending 1,000 more US troops to Poland

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will send 1,000 more U.S. service members to Poland as part of his broadening security and economic alliance. Trump made the announcement during a White House news conference with Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda. Trump said the ...

Group: Abuse is not reported

WASHINGTON — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it’s a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail ...

Nation briefs

CALIFORNIA Teen cited for leaving baby in dumpster STOCKTON — A teenager accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a building’s dumpster in Northern California in scorching heat was cited for child abuse and will be released to her parents after she leaves the hospital, police said ...

World briefs

ALGERIA Former Prime Minister jailed ALGIERS — Former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has been imprisoned by a Supreme Court judge investigating corruption, taken in a police van to a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Numerous journalists saw the van leave the Supreme Court ...

Uber tests drone food deliveries, launches SUV

WASHINGTON — Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone. The company’s Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald’s and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year. Uber says the service should decrease food delivery times. It works this way: Workers ...

Bank, technology stocks drag market to second straight loss

Stocks closed modestly lower on Wall Street Wednesday, handing the market its second straight loss. Banks and technology companies accounted for much of the slide as investors shifted money into U.S. bonds, precious metals and other holdings considered safe havens after more than a week of ...

Recall

Ford vehicles Ford is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles mainly in North America to fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems. The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011-17. Ford said a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension ...

Ticker

Businesses unhappy with Trump’s trade policies Business groups, already uncomfortable with Trump’s attempts to stem immigration, are struggling to figure out where to stand in the fast-shifting political climate. They have happily supported Trump’s corporate tax cuts and moves to ...