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Probe opened in Los Angeles explosion

LOS ANGELES — Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes division were ...

Israel swears in government

JERUSALEM — After three deadlocked and divisive elections, a year and a half of political paralysis and another three-day delay because of political infighting in his Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally swore in his new government on Sunday. The Knesset, Israel’s ...

COVID-19 relief struggles with no leader

WASHINGTON — Seven weeks after Congress unleashed more than $2 trillion to deal with the coronavirus crisis, an oversight commission intended to keep track of how the money is spent remains without a leader. Four of the five members of the Congressional Oversight Commission have been ...

Delays complicate Georgia shooting case

ATLANTA — There was an abundance of evidence when officers arrived at the scene on a February afternoon in coastal Georgia: A man, apparently unarmed, lying on the street, soaked in blood. The suspected shooter, a shotgun, eyewitnesses. And video of the incident. But no arrests were made in ...

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TENNESSEE Graceland to open MEMPHIS — Elvis Presley’s Graceland said it will reopen Thursday after it shut down tours and exhibits due to the new coronavirus outbreak. The tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, said Sunday that it has adjusted its tours, and restaurant and retail ...

World briefs

EGYPT Pirates attack tanker CAIRO — Pirates attacked a U.K.-flagged chemical tanker off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, Stolt Tankers said. The vessel’s armed guards exchanged fire with two skiffs manned by six armed pirates, who approached the vessel Stolt Apal at high speed, ...

Biden’s VP search puts spotlight on potential for one term

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has longed to win the White House for more than three decades. If he finally makes it there after November’s election, he’s already talking about leaving. In an effort to ease concerns about his age, the 77-year-old presumptive Democratic nominee has said he ...

Virus upends brewers

MARSHFIELD, Vt. — Sales of wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages have risen during the coronavirus pandemic like foam in a freshly poured glass of beer. Just not for some craft brewers. Craft beer, particularly brews made by small, artisan producers, is often consumed in bars, ...

Virus restrictions to ease in 12 counties

HARRISBURG — Another 2.6 million people across western Pennsylvania began to emerge from pandemic restrictions Friday as Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 12 more counties soon will join them in a partial easing. Wolf said that Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, ...

Businesses restructuring setups in response to virus

LONDON — Office jobs are never going to be the same. When workers around the world eventually return to their desks, they’ll find many changes due to the pandemic. For a start, fewer people will go back to their offices as the coronavirus crisis makes working from home more accepted, ...

Limitations for trucker drive hours relaxed

The Trump administration eased rules Thursday that limit working hours for truck drivers, and the changes brought immediate protests from labor and safety groups. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin­istration extended the maximum working day for short-haul drivers from 12 hours to 14 ...

Trump hotel lawsuit reinstated

RICHMOND, Va. — A lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel was revived Thursday by a divided federal appeals court. The lawsuit brought by the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia alleges that Trump has ...

US Sen. Burr steps down as Senate Intelligence Committee chairman

WASHINGTON — A Repub­li­can senator with access to some of the nation’s top secrets became further entangled in a deepening FBI investigation as agents examining a well-timed sale of stocks during the coronavirus outbreak showed up at his home with a warrant to search his ...

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Vets homes oversight will be probed WASHINGTON, D.C. — A congressional watchdog agency has agreed to investigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of homes for aging veterans following a surge of coronavirus deaths at the state-run facilities. The Government ...

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World Trade chief to step down early GENEVA, Switzerland — The head of the World Trade Organization said Thursday he will leave his post a year before his term expires, an unprecedented mid-term resignation at the WTO that he called a “personal decision.” Roberto Azevedo, a former ...

NYSE to partially reopen trading floor after Memorial Day

NEW YORK — The New York Stock Exchange will partially reopen its normally busy floor later this month after closing it in late March due to the coronavirus. Stacey Cunningham, president of the NYSE, said Thursday the trading floor will reopen to a subset of brokers the day after the ...

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April job losses fall hard on restaurants, retailers Who remembers their last meal at a sit-down restaurant? Better yet: who knows when their next one will be? That’s the question bedeviling not just diners but Wall Street, where analysts and investors have seen investments in publicly ...

Civic leader Fred L. Davis dies in Memphis; marched with MLK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred L. Davis, a businessman and civic leader who supported the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tennessee, and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 86. Lynn Norment, a representative for the family, said Davis died Tuesday at his home ...

Michigan woman in transgender rights case dies

DETROIT — A Detroit-area woman who was fired by a funeral home after she no longer wanted to be recognized as a man died Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court could rule on whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people. Aimee Stephens’ death was announced by the American ...

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US appeals sexual listing on passports DENVER, Colorado — Under a ruling from a federal appeals court, the U.S. State Department is once again being ordered to consider whether to grant an intersex person a passport if they do not specify a gender. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the ...