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South Korea NKorea pressures US over nukes SEOUL — North Korea said it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul’s rosier presentation of the North ...

Dow sinks 464 points as slowdown fears worsen

NEW YORK — Stocks went into another slide Thursday in what is shaping up as the worst December on Wall Street since the depths of the Great Depression, with prices dragged down by rising fears of a recession somewhere on the horizon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 464 points, ...

Walgreens starts fiscal 2019 better than analysts expected

Walgreens Boots Alliance topped Wall Street forecasts for its fiscal first quarter, helped partially by a sales boost provided by stores acquired from smaller rival Rite Aid. The company also said Thursday that it started a cost-management program that aims to achieve at least $1 billion in ...

Judge upholds talc powder verdict

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri judge denied Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $4.7 billion jury verdict awarded to nearly two dozen women who said the company’s talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, in a ruling Wednesday, cited evidence ...

Ticker

Mnuchin says market’s reaction ‘overblown’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the negative market reaction after the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.” Mnuchin said the market overreacted and that computerized program trading took over ...

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia. The vote, held at a closed-door ...

Judge blocks asylum limits

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednes­day blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that ...

Illinois AG: 500 clergy accused of abuse

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois have not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. The preliminary report found that the ...

US pulling all troops from Syria

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, officials announced Wednesday as the president suddenly declared victory over the Islamic State, contradicting his own experts’ assessments and sparking surprise and outrage from his party’s lawmakers who ...

Senate to vote to keep government running

WASHINGTON — The Senate was prepared to vote Wednesday on legislation to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico. Senators were poised to approve the measure, ...

Nation

Florida Judge rules in favor of BuzzFeed MIAMI — A federal judge has ruled in favor of BuzzFeed, which had been sued by a businessman for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian ...

World

United Kingdon Gatwick Airport shut after drones seen LONDON — London’s Gatwick Airport had been shut down while officials urgently investigate reports that two drones were flying above the airfield. The airport suspended all flights late Wednesday, causing severe disruptions just ...

Stocks slide to 15-month low

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Stocks gave up a big rally and took a dive in afternoon trading Wednesday after the Fed­eral Reserve raised interest rates again and signaled it’s likely to keep raising them next year. The market finished at its lowest level since September 2017. The ...

DC sues Facebook over privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia has fired the latest legal salvo against Facebook with a lawsuit seeking to punish the social networking company for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Ana­lytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users. The complaint filed ...

Business highlights

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel Elon Musk has unveiled his underground transportation tunnel, allowing reporters and VIPs to take some of the first rides in the subterranean tube. The tech entrepreneur said the tunnel is the answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.” ...

Wolf calls for ‘serious’ look at legalizing pot

The Associated Press HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf cast aside his unwillingness to discuss the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes and on Wednesday signaled that he is open to taking a look at it. Wolf, a Democrat, made the comment while answering questions from the public on ...

Probe into pipeline begins

HARRISBURG (AP) — A county prosecutor in Penn­sylvania said Wed­nesday that he has opened a criminal investigation into construction on three natural gas liquids pipe­lines that have drawn blame for causing sinkholes and polluting drinking water and waterways across southern ...

State briefs

HARRISBURG Form online to report opioid misuse State officials are making it easier for health professionals and the wider public to report suspicions about misuse of prescription drugs, an effort designed to lessen the harm from opioid abuse. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called the online ...

Driverless cars delivering groceries

The nation’s largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Tuesday, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer’s home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel. Although limited to delivering within about a mile of one Arizona supermarket owned by Kroger Co., it ...

Trump’s Foundation dissolves

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation reached a deal Tuesday to go out of business, even as Trump continues to fight allegations he misused its assets to resolve business disputes and boost his run for the White House. New York’s attorney general and lawyers for ...