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President’s decision sparks new GOP divide

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive ...

Gunman kills five in Illinois

AURORA, Ill. — An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire at its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary ...

President’s decision sparks new GOP divide

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive ...

Nation briefs

Payless ShoeSource to close all stores NEW YORK — Paylesss ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have been shuttered in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said ...

Pence makes first Auschwitz visit

WARSAW, Poland — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the ...

Allred contacted authorities about R. Kelly VHS tape

CHICAGO — Attorney Gloria Allred said Friday she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Allred, who represents ...

‘Entertain and educate’

Organizers of the Altoona International Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation,are celebrating its 20th anniversary with special selections, including its “gift to the community” the multi-award winning, 1993 classic “Schindler’s List.” The festival ...

Recall

437K Honda vehicles for fuel-pump issue Honda said it is recalling 437,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix a fuel-pump issue. The recall covers model-year 2016-18 Acura MDXs, 2015-19 Acura TLX V6s and 2015-17 Honda Accord V6s. The automaker said the vehicles’ software needs to be updated, ...

Ticker

Stock indexes finish mixed over weak retail sales U.S. stock indexes clawed most of the way back from an early slide Thursday to finish mostly lower, ending a four-day winning streak for the benchmark S&P 500 index. Losses in banks and retailers and consumer products makers offset gains ...

Amazon drops NYC headquarters

NEW YORK — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, ...

Border deal OK’d; Trump emergency next

WASHINGTON — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions ...

Average refunds down 23 percent

WASHINGTON — The average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued declined for the second straight week, potentially intensifying a political flashpoint seized by Democrats as proof that the Republican-written tax law hurts the middle class. The average refund in the second week of ...

Mudslide sweeps houses off hill

SAUSALITO, Calif. — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. The powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed ...

Nation briefs

Facebook, FTC discussing large fine NEW YORK — A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a “multibillion dollar” fine for the social network’s privacy lapses. The Washington Post said Thursday that the fine would be the largest ever imposed on a tech ...

World briefs

UN condemns ‘heinous’ terrorist attack UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is condemning “in the strongest possible terms” the bombing in Iran that killed 27 people, calling it a “heinous and cowardly terrorist attack.” All 15 members, including the United States, ...

Migrants held in police scuffle

MEXICO CITY — Police briefly scuffled with some of the 1,600 Central American migrants who have been confined at an improvised shelter in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas. Video of Wednesday’s incident shows some migrants tearing down a temporary ...

Islamic State clings to last square mile in eastern Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square mile of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants’ outposts in and around ...

Depression may speed brain aging

WASHINGTON — Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in ...

Lawmakers question special fund tranfers

HARRISBURG — It didn’t take very long for House lawmakers from both political parties on Thursday to question Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to tap special funds to pay for Department of Environmental Protection operations. The first two legislators to pose queries to DEP Secretary Patrick ...

Ambulance rides may not end at ER

WASHINGTON — Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday. Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor’s office, or even treatment at ...