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Will signed 2 days before suicide

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier’s fortune. Court papers filed last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries ...

Pentagon conducts test of previously banned missile

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms ...

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Trump calls on Federal Reserve to cut rates President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by at least a full percentage-point “over a fairly short period of time.” He says such a move would make the U.S. economy even better and would also “greatly and ...

Courtroom canines — Therapy dogs bring smiles to proceedings

FREDERICK, Maryland — All kinds walk through the security checkpoints at the Frederick County Courthouse on any given day, but few manage to turn heads like Giuseppe, Welton, Zeke and Zoey. “We’re just the handlers. They call us ‘the dopes on the ends of the ropes,’” said Francina ...

Trump adviser dismisses recession fears

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession after last week’s sharp drop in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019. Larry Kudlow said in Sunday television ...

Islamic State claims bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and ...

Shuttered shelters may open for immigrant children

PHOENIX — The nation’s largest provider of shelters for immigrant children is looking to reopen two facilities that the state of Arizona forced it to shutter last year because of issues with employee background checks and allegations of abuse. Southwest Key filed applications to reopen a ...

State

State College Man killed while cutting trees; death ruled accidental Authorities said a man was killed while cutting down trees for firewood in central Pennsylvania. State police in Centre County said the man was cutting trees in Penn Township when a tree fell on him about 7 p.m. ...

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Tesla restarts solar business with rentals PALO ALTO, California — Tesla is trying to spark its solar-panel business by letting consumers rent rooftop systems rather than buy them. Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk announced the offering in a series of tweets Sunday. The company will allow ...

World briefs

Blast kills tribal elder near border PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police said a pro-government tribal elder was killed by a bomb planted in his vehicle in the country’s northwest, near the Afghan border. Senior officer Mian Naseeb Jan said Sunday’s explosion killed four others and ...

Iranian tanker sought by US leaves Gibraltar

GIBRALTAR — An Iran­ian supertanker hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects to be tied to a sanctioned organization has lifted its anchor and begun moving away from Gibraltar, marine traffic monitoring data showed late Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on ...

$2.3M of marijuana seized

SAN DIEGO — Officials seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeno peppers at a Southern California port. A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego. A CBP news ...

Memos warn of Brexit chaos

LONDON — Secret British government documents have warned of serious disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31, according to a report. The Sunday Times newspaper published what it said was what the British government ...

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor during Katrina

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by Hurricane Katrina, has died. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office confirmed Blanco had died Sunday in hospice care in ...

Funerals held for children killed in fire

ERIE — Residents of a Pennsylvania city gathered to mourn and remember four of the five children who died when fire swept through a home child care center. A funeral service was held Saturday in Erie for 8-year-old La’Myhia Jones, 6-year-old Luther Jones Jr., 4-year-old Ava Jones and ...

Spa event highlights trends

NEW YORK — Spa visits and the money they generate reached record highs last year in the U.S. with $18.3 billion in revenue driven by 190 million pampering trips, according to the International Spa Association. The leading industry group for spa professionals recently held its 25th annual ...

Businesses cautious to expand in weak economy

NEW YORK — Ron Pierce has one eye on expanding his information technology business and the other on something he can’t control: the economy. “I’m not afraid to expand my company, but I realize that a recession may be coming and that any expansion could have me reducing my staff,” ...

Tiffany introduces its first jewelry collection for men

NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as it seeks to diversify its traditional customer base. The line announced Thursday is part of the Tiffany’s strategy to attract younger shoppers and pump up sales, which have been ...

US pushes for graphic warning labels

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in 35 years. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new ...

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

NEW YORK — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as “Daughters” and “Brown Girl, Brownstones” drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother’s kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and ...