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News executive, ex-US Rep Keating

CINCINNATI — Bill Keating is remembered widely as gentlemanly, considerate and modest. Underneath that genial exterior was a fiercely competitive and driven athlete, lawyer, politician and news executive. He was highly successful in all those fields. Keating, who died Wednesday at age ...

Evangelist who built global ministry

ATLANTA — Evangelist Ravi Zacharias, who built an international ministry that strives to defend Christianity on intellectual grounds, has died in Georgia. He was 74. Zacharias died Tuesday at his home in Atlanta after a brief battle with sarcoma, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries said ...

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Workers returning to jobs pose big safety concerns The new challenge for businesses as their employees slowly start to return to work will be how to keep them safe during the pandemic. A variety of new protocols are being implemented, including temperature checks, contact tracing, social ...

Michigan flood displaces thousands

MIDLAND, Mich. — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds ...

Pompeo denies watchdog ouster as retaliation

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday adamantly denied that he recommended firing the State Department’s independent watchdog in retaliation for investigations into Pompeo’s conduct as America’s top diplomat. But Pompeo again declined to provide specific reasons for ...

Trump threatens blue states

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to hold up federal funds for two election battleground states that are trying to make it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. He backed away from that threat but stuck with his unsupported claim that widespread ...

Nation

MARYLAND Stolen baby goat reunited with owners BALTIMORE — A stolen baby goat was returned home to its community garden in Baltimore late Tuesday night, police said. Baltimore police were notified just before 10 p.m. that the young Nigerian Dwarf goat named Ed had been “anonymously ...

World

VENEZUELA Iranian tankers to be escorted CARACAS — Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation’s armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country in case of any U.S. aggression. Defense Minister Vladimir ...

Man’s body found

LEHIGHTON (AP) — Authorities said the body of a man has been recovered from an eastern Pennsylvania river in the area searchers were looking for a man who went into the river while fleeing from police the night before. The (Allentown) Morning Call reported that the Carbon County coroner ...

States accused of fudging coronavirus data

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. The risk is that politicians, business owners and ordinary Americans who are ...

Trump tells Senate GOP to ‘be tough’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for perhaps one of the larger social gatherings still happening in Washington amid the coronavirus — the weekly Senate Republican lunch. Behind closed doors, Trump was unscripted and freewheeling with the 53 GOP ...

Asia braces for large cyclone

NEW DELHI — A powerful cyclone was moving toward India and Bangladesh on Tuesday as authorities tried to evacuate millions of people while maintaining social distancing. Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall on this afternoon, and forecasters warned of extensive damage from high winds, ...

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Pier 1 permanently closing all stores Pier 1, the seller of wicker chairs and scented candles, said it will go out of business and permanently close all 540 of its stores. The Fort Worth, Texas- based company said Tuesday that it was unable to find a buyer for its business after filing for ...

Annie Glenn, astronaut’s wife, dies at 100

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Annie Glenn, who was thrust into the spotlight in 1962 when her husband became the first American to orbit the Earth, but who shied away from the media attention because of a severe stutter that later moved her to advocate for people with speech disorders, died Tuesday. She ...

Gov. Tom Wolf discourages beach-going amid coronavirus

HARRISBURG — With the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday questioned the wisdom of beach-going, even as governors in other states reopen their beaches despite worries that the coronavirus outbreak could surge again. Beaches up and down the East Coast will be ...

Ken Osmond, Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies

LOS ANGELES — Ken Osmond, who played the two-faced teenage scoundrel Eddie Haskell on TV’s “Leave It to Beaver,” died Monday, his family said. Osmond died in Los Angeles at age 76. No indication of the cause was given. “He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” son Eric ...

FBI: Naval shooter tied to al-Qaida

The gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida last year repeatedly communicated with al-Qaida operatives about planning and tactics in the months leading up to the attack, U.S. officials said Monday, as they lashed out at Apple for failing to help them open the ...

Nation briefs

Trump says he’s taking malaria drug WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the new coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due ...

World briefs

Syrian envoy calls for Russia-US talks UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. special envoy for Syria called Monday for talks between Russia and the United States to help end the more than 9 year old war, saying the two major powers could play “a key role.” Geir Pedersen’s encouragement to ...

JC Penney to close 240 stores

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney will permanently close nearly 30% of its 846 stores as part of a restructuring under bankruptcy protection. The Plano, Texas, retailer said Monday that it plans to close about 192 stores by February 2021, and then 50 additional stores in the year after that. That ...