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After wrecks, Atlanta bans scooters at night

ATLANTA — Atlanta is banning electric scooters in the nighttime hours during what’s been a deadly summer for riders. The ban comes as cities across the nation struggle to regulate the companies renting the devices and keep riders safe. In Atlanta, three riders have died since May in ...

Trump requests cuts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is not letting up on his attacks on the Federal Reserve, calling for “substantial” Fed rate cuts to allow the dollar to fall in value against foreign currencies. In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump said, “As your president, one would think that I ...

Pa. clerk of courts pleads guilty to fraud

SCRANTON — A longtime Pennsylvania clerk of courts has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he stole public money and then tried to hide his tracks by forging records. Former Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach Jr. of Nesquehoning pleaded guilty Thursday to mail fraud and ...

Dad charged in girl’s death

PLUM (AP) — A Pennsylvania man whose 3-year-old daughter drowned last week is now facing charges after police said he left his two young children alone in the pool to go inside and make a drink. Charles Mitchell, 27, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child ...

Trump vows stronger background checks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. At the same time, Trump said he had ...

Walmart pulls violent displays

NEW YORK — Walmart has ordered workers to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence from stores nationwide after 22 people died in a shooting at one of its Texas stores but will continue to sell guns. In an internal memo, the retailer told employees to remove any violent ...

Mural tells of the deported

TIJUANA, Mexico — Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana returned Friday to the Mexican beach where her father entered the U.S. illegally before she was born, this time to put final touches on a mural of adults who came to the U.S. illegally as young children and were deported. Visitors who hold up their ...

Nation

California Bear falls on, crashes patrol car HOOPA — A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in Northern California last weekend. Authorities said a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy was driving on State Route 96 on Aug. 3, answering a call in the community of Orleans, when the bear ...

World

South Korea NKorea accused of firing projectiles SEOUL — North Korea on Saturday extended a recent streak of weapons display by firing projectiles twice into the sea, according to South Korea’s military. Its fifth round of weapons launches in less three weeks was likely another ...

Plants ‘willfully’ employed unauthorized immigrants

JACKSON, Miss. — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets for previous immigration violations, ...

Tenn. inmate escapes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict on lawn mowing duty sexually assaulted and strangled a female corrections administrator before escaping prison grounds on a tractor, authorities said. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday it has received 250 tips but there have been ...

Puerto Rico calms, residents waiting

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s streets have remained so quiet since Gov. Wanda Vazquez took over as governor following weeks of turmoil that one can again hear the island’s famous coqui frog singing at night. The protests that led to the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello ...

Calif. suburb agrees to desegregate school

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A school district in one of California’s wealthiest and politically liberal counties has agreed to desegregate a flailing school that state officials found had been intentionally created for low-income minority children and then starved of resources. California ...

David Berman, founder of indie rockers Silver Jews

NEW YORK (AP) — David Berman, founder of the indie rockers Silver Jews, whose witty lyrics and deadpan delivery influenced scores of bands, has died. He was 52. Berman’s death Wednesday was confirmed by his father and his record label, Drag City. A cause of death was not ...

Kraft Heinz takes $1B hit

Kraft Heinz released its second quarter earnings report delayed by accounting problems and revealed continued fall-out related to those issues on top of weak sales. The company that makes Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Kool-Aid, Heinz ketchup and Velveeta took charges in excess of $1 billion in the ...

Aetna deal paying off for CVS

CVS Health swung back to a profit in the second quarter, thanks to an influx of health insurance revenue, and the company raised its 2019 forecast beyond Wall Street expectations. Shares of the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager outpaced the broader market in Wednesday trading after ...

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China imports from US fall 19% in July amid trade war China’s imports of U.S. goods plunged in July as a trade war with Washington intensified. Imports fell 19% from a year earlier, while exports to the United States fell 6.5%. Beijing has retaliated for U.S. tariff hikes in a dispute over ...

Senate won’t rush back for gun debate

WASHINGTON — Shifting the gun violence debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he now wants to consider background checks and other bills, setting up a potentially pivotal moment when lawmakers return in the fall. The Republican leader won’t be calling senators back ...

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District of Columbia McCabe sues over firing WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s ire, sued the FBI and the Justice Department on Thursday over his firing. The lawsuit, the second this week from an ex-FBI official ...

World

Mexico 19 killed in gang feud MEXICO CITY — Mexican police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass Thursday alongside a drug cartel banner threatening rivals, and seven more corpses hacked up and dumped by the road nearby. Just down the road were three more bodies, for a total of ...