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President: NGOs setting fires?

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wed­nes­day, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil’s National ...

Residency of W.Va. governor debated

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Can a governor be forced to live in the state capital? A lawsuit seeking to do just that with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was back in court Wednesday. The Republican billionaire has been frequently criticized by members of both major parties for being absent from ...

Epstein’s will puts $577M in trust fund

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages. Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open ...

President scraps trip to Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Escalating an international spat, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a “nasty” statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland as an absurdity. “You don’t talk to the United States ...

Trump looks at ending birthright citizenship

Proposal would spark battle of 14th Amendment rights WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was looking “very seriously” at ending the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil. Trump spoke to reporters as he departed the White ...

Nation briefs

RHODE ISLAND Alex and Ani drops $1.2 billion suit CRANSTON — Jewelry maker Alex and Ani has dropped its $1.2 billion discrimination lawsuit against Bank of America that had alleged “gender bias and greed.” The Providence Journal reported the Rhode Island company agreed to ...

World briefs

GREECE Power partially restored on island ATHENS — Greek authorities said they have restored electricity to much of the island resort of Poros, a day after a private helicopter hit its main power line and crashed into the sea, killing all three men on board. Tuesday’s crash killed ...

Retailers see solid earnings

The Associated Press Strong earnings reports from several big retailers helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as the market bounced back from its first loss in four days. Target notched its biggest-ever gain, while Lowe’s had its best day in more than a year, leading ...

Nevada towns plan for invasion

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that’s home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the ...

Ticker

Economic twilight zone: Bonds charge for lending Imagine lending money to someone and having to pay for the privilege of doing so. Or being asked to invest and informed of how much money you’ll lose. Sounds absurd, but increasingly that’s the global bond market these days. A rising ...

Facebook rolls out tool to block data gathering

SAN FRANCISCO — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it ...

Hasbro to cut plastic packaging

NEW YORK — Hasbro is giving plastic packaging the boot. The toymaker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble ...

Wolf pushes for new gun law

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law requiring Pennsylvania gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms, suggesting Tuesday that it could have prevented the shooter in last week’s wounding of six Philadelphia police officers from getting such firepower. A lost or ...

Nation briefs

Tennessee FBI: Trucker threatened mass shooting MEMPHIS — A truck driver who threatened to “shoot up” a church in Memphis and said he was haunted by “spiritual snakes and spiders” people put in his bed was arrested in Indiana, less than a week before the day of the planned ...

Dogs, cat seized from filthy home

GETTYSBURG (AP) — Animal welfare officers in Pennsylvania say they removed 23 Chinese Crested dogs and one cat from a filthy home near Gettysburg over the weekend. Pennsylvania Humane Society Police Officer Abby Avery said the agency got an anonymous call about the home in New Oxford and ...

Philly police head resigns

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police commissioner of Philadelphia is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department, the mayor announced Tuesday. Commissioner Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department ...

Rep. Ryan plan would tax retirement income

HARRISBURG — A Lebanon County lawmaker said Tuesday the fate of his proposal to replace school property taxes with a mix of revenue from a new state/local tax on “retirement income” and local sales and personal income taxes rests with senior citizens. Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, plans ...

Most economists see US recession coming

WASHINGTON — A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National Association for ...

Drug prices rising slower

TRENTON, N.J. — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the ...

Planned Parenthood leaves federal program

NEW YORK — Planned Parent­hood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO, said the ...