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UK health service to use Alexa to give medical advice

LONDON — Alexa will see you now. Britain’s health care service is teaming up with Amazon’s digital voice assistant to help answer medical queries with advice from the service’s official website. Critics, however, warn about risks to data privacy. The British government said ...

Trade rep to investigate tech tax

WASHINGTON — The White House is launching an investigation into France’s proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — a move that could lead to U.S. taxes on French imports. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer ex­pressed concern that the tax, expected to ...

Recall

Mazda is recalling more than 262,000 SUVs and cars in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the engines to stall unexpectedly. The recall covers certain Mazda6 midsize sedans and CX-5 SUVs from the 2018 and 2019 model years. Also included are Mazda3 small cars from 2019. Mazda ...

Ticker

Report finds companies wanting on climate A report produced for some of the world’s biggest institutional investors finds many companies in high-emission industries aren’t doing enough to respond to climate change. The report published Wednesday by the London-based Transition Pathway ...

Britain’s ambassador to US steps down

Leaked documents had Darroch’s views of administration The Associated Press LONDON — Britain’s ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday after being branded a fool and made a diplomatic nobody by President Donald Trump following the leak of the envoy’s unflattering ...

Acosta defends Epstein deal

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Insisting he got the best deal he could at the time, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex-trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein as Acosta tried to stave off intensifying Democratic calls for his ...

Powell to Congress: Rate cut likely soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to a weaker global economy, rising trade tensions and chronically low inflation, Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Wednesday that the Federal Reserve is likely to cut interest rates late this month for the first time in a decade. Delivering the central bank’s ...

Nation briefs

FLORIDA Strippers will be caddies at tourney MIAMI — President Donald Trump’s golf resort near Miami is hosting a tournament where strippers will serve as caddies. The Shadow All Star Tournament is organized by a Hialeah strip club, Shadow Cabaret. The club is advertising that the ...

World briefs

United Kingdom Flights suspended at Gatwick Airport LONDON — London’s Gatwick Airport has suspended all flights as a result of “an air traffic control systems issue” in the control tower. In a tweet at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday, the airport said it was working with Air Navigation ...

Deputy accused of planting drugs during traffic stops

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy in the Florida Panhandle was arrested Wednesday on charges that he routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, planted drugs and then arrested them on made-up drug charges, including one victim who lost custody of his child ...

Drivers get surprise at broken toll machine

MULVANE, Kan. (AP) — Some drivers got a surprise windfall when a malfunctioning toll machine spat out coins instead of accepting money near a Kansas casino. The Wichita Eagle reported that Kansas Turnpike Authority spokeswoman Rachel Bell said the agency learned Tuesday morning about the ...

State budget touts stronger fiscal health

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf and state Treasurer Joe Torsella celebrated Tuesday with what they said will be Penn­syl­va­nia’s largest deposit into its budgetary reserve account in nearly two decades. The expected $317 million comes after strong corporate and sales tax collections drove ...

Amazon, Microsoft battle over Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’

Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first “war cloud” computing system. But Amazon’s early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away. Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infra­structure plan, or ...

Mountain goats moved

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — For the second straight summer, mountain goats are flying in Olympic National Park. Officials this week began rounding up the sure-footed but nonnative mammals from remote parts of the park, where humans introduced them in the 1920s, to relocate them to the ...

Venezuelan farmers worry about crops

LA GRITA, Venezuela — Growing potatoes and carrots high in the wind-swept mountains of western Venezuela had always proven a challenge for Luis Villamizar. But as oil production in the South American country has collapsed under years of mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, many in the industry ...

Trump loses Twitter fight

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump lost a major Twitter fight Tuesday when a federal appeals court said that his daily musings and pronouncements were overwhelmingly official in nature and that he violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint. The effect of ...

Poll: Many still financially insecure

WASHINGTON — Americans are generally satisfied with their personal finances, but many lack confidence in their ability to afford retirement, an emergency expense or even their daily living costs. Roughly two-thirds, 67%, describe their financial situation as generally good, up slightly from ...

US returns first group of asylum seekers

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — The so-called Remain in Mexico program for U.S. asylum seekers expanded to another Mexican border city Tuesday with the arrival of a first group of migrants to Nuevo Laredo. The 10 migrants had crossed the border to seek U.S. asylum Monday and will now have to wait in ...

Nation

Minnesota Six injured in bus stop crash MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities are investigating why and how a van driver slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis on Tuesday, injuring at least six people. The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla ...

World

Canada Gas leak sends 46 to hospital WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Nearly four dozen people were taken to a hospital, at least 15 of them in critical condition, after carbon monoxide leaked inside a hotel in Winnipeg on Tuesday, but no fatalities were expected, officials said. John Lane, chief ...