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Four fired in black man’s death

MINNEAPOLIS — Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a handcuffed black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a by­stander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ...

Medicare enrollees might see cheaper insulin

WASHINGTON — Many Medi­care recipients could pay less for insulin next year under a deal President Donald Trump an­nounced Tuesday in a pivot to pocketbook issues important in November’s election. “I hope the seniors are going to remember it,” Trump said at a Rose Garden ceremony, ...

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GOP govs offer states for convention WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor does not ...

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30 deported; ex-strongman still in US PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government ...

Weather better for SpaceX launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the weather looking up, SpaceX and NASA officials vowed Tuesday to keep crew safety the top priority for the nation’s first astronaut launch to orbit in nearly a decade. Veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were set to make history this ...

Wall Street up on recovery hopes

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Tuesday, driving the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to their highest levels in nearly three months as optimism over the reopening of the economy overshadowed lingering worries about the coronavirus pandemic. The S&P 500 rose 1.2%, for a ...

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Worry, retail therapy: What have we bought and why? Some people have gone shopping mad during the pandemic. Blame it on worry, haste, technical glitches. Or the need for retail therapy, or shopping amnesia. Online retail sales have surged as consumer spending fell rapidly. Wacky ...

Murder suspect’s family pleads for him to surrender

A lawyer for the family of a Connecticut murder suspect pleaded Monday for his surrender as police involved in a multi-state search for the 23-year-old college student circulated a photo of a person matching his description walking along railroad tracks in Pennsylvania. Peter Manfredonia, a ...

Nation

oregon Disease hits Northwest cherry crop PORTLAND — Cherry industry officials in Oregon and Washington state estimate a tree infection has substantially depleted the fruit for this year’s harvest. The infection known as little cherry disease has chopped an estimated 40 million ...

World

Israel Leader vows to annex West Bank JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies. The ...

Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ drummer for Miles Davis, dies at 91

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Mile Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday. His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home ...

Fire destroys Calif. landmark

SAN FRANCISCO — A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control. One firefighter ...

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LOUISIANA Trooper dies of injuries suffered during pursuit HAMMOND — A Louisiana state trooper injured last week during a vehicle pursuit died Sunday morning, state police and the governor’s office said. Trooper George Baker, 33, was assisting the Hammond Police Department with the ...

World

NEW ZEALAND CEO buys struggling media company for $1 WELLINGTON — One of New Zealand’s largest media organizations will be sold for a single dollar to its chief executive, the owners announced Monday. The organization Stuff prints many of the nation’s daily newspapers and runs a ...

Bear found in Erie yard

ERIE — State game commission wardens in northwestern Pennsylvania tranquilized and removed a 127-pound bear from a neighborhood in the city of Erie over the weekend. Erie police and game wardens were called to the east Erie neighborhood at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday after the animal was ...

Memorial Day tempts outdoor gatherings

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring back. Medical ...

Joe Biden makes controversial statement on black voters

ATLANTA — Joe Biden declared he “should not have been so cavalier” on Friday after he told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump “ain’t black.” The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee quickly moved to address the fallout from ...

COVID-19 reopens physical money debate

BEIRUT — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the ...

Jet crashes near Pakistan airport

KARACHI, Pakistan — A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were two survivors from the plane but they also found at least 57 bodies in ...

Weekly dinners brighten convent locked down during virus

In Milan, in the midst of the lockdown to mitigate one of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, seven men in their 20s have been cloistered in a 15th-century convent. Nobody was let in, nobody was let out. There, where Leonardo da Vinci painted “The Last Supper,” the men who are ...