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VW to pay over $157M to settle emissions claims by 10 states

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:57:02 -0700

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DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits over the company’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The company says the money will go to Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. All 10 states follow California’s clean air standards. The settlement covers […]



Illinois considers strengthening internet privacy rights

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:53:05 -0700

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are considering several measures that advocates say would enhance internet privacy rights at a time when federal protections are being rolled back. An Illinois House committee is scheduled to consider legislation Thursday related to the personal data collected by companies such as Facebook and Google and by smartphone applications. […]



Judge denies motion on murder charges in bicyclists’ deaths

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:53:03 -0700

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A motorist accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others in southwestern Michigan will stand trial on second-degree murder charges. A Kalamazoo County Circuit judge has denied Charles Pickett Jr.’s motion to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder charges. The judge also denied Pickett’s efforts to suppress statements […]



Senate passes reversal of Obama rule for cities, counties

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:52:14 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has sent to President Donald Trump legislation to scrap a regulation encouraging cities and counties to set up retirement savings plans for some private-sector workers. The White House has said Trump will sign the resolution into law. The measure passed 50-49 Thursday would reverse a 2016 rule under President Barack […]



Historian: NY town’s blade-embedded ‘Scythe Tree’ needs trim

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:49:07 -0700

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WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A poplar tree in upstate New York dating back to before the Civil War has grown around three farm tool blades and is in need of a trimming. The “Scythe Tree,” as it’s called, is located in Waterloo, midway between Rochester and Syracuse. It was planted in front of a farmer’s […]



When a tax refund means bankruptcy

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:48:03 -0700

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For many people, a tax refund means a chance to fund a vacation or splurge on a big purchase. For some, though, it’s a way to wipe out crushing debt — not by paying it off, but by giving them enough money to pay for bankruptcy. A review of the past four years supports what […]



Senate panel approves agriculture secretary nomination

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:42:10 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved President Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, moving the nomination to the Senate floor. The panel backed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on a voice vote on Thursday. In his confirmation hearing last week, Perdue stressed that he has worked with Democrats in the past and […]



Nature groups want role in suit challenging marine monument

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:36:06 -0700

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the ocean off of New England are asking to intervene in a lawsuit. They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has “extraordinary scientific and ecological importance,” including its rare deep-sea corals and endangered whales. Obama […]



Pakistan: Suspected militant kills lawyer over blasphemy

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:31:06 -0700

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a suspected militant has killed a lawyer from the country’s minority Ahmadi sect over blasphemy allegations. Local police officer Nazim Ali says security forces have arrested the attacker following the killing in eastern Punjab province on Thursday. The slain lawyer, Saleem Latif, is from a prominent Ahmadi family and […]



US stock indexes edge higher in early trading; oil rises

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:31:04 -0700

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U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. Financial stocks led the gainers. Energy companies also rose, getting a boost from rising crude oil prices. Real estate companies and other high-dividend paying stocks fell as bond yields headed higher. KEEPING […]



Michael J. Fox speaks out against cutting health care

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:28:04 -0700

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Michael J. Fox is speaking out on efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare. The actor who suffers from Parkinson’s disease tells AARP The Magazine that Parkinson’s patients spend thousands of dollars out of pocket in health care expenses. He said a potential cut in benefits isn’t politics, but rather, “that’s our […]



Amazon.com announces 10th fulfillment center in Texas

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:24:03 -0700

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KATY, Texas (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. has announced plans for a 10th fulfillment center in Texas. Seattle-based Amazon on Wednesday announced the site in Katy, near Houston, will have about 1 million square feet of space and create 1,000 full-time jobs. Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship larger-sized customer items, such as music equipment, […]



Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.14 percent

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:21:07 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.14 percent from 4.23 percent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.71 […]



Jeff Bezos is second-richest person in world — behind Bill Gates

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:19:54 -0700

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The Amazon boss has $75.6 billion, trailing only Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates with $80 billion, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire index.



Rescued Filipino says he survived on rain, fish for 2 months

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:17:03 -0700

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A young Filipino fisherman returned home Thursday after getting lost at sea in a storm and drifting for nearly two months, during which he said his uncle starved to death, before he was rescued by a passing ship near Papua New Guinea. A smiling Rolando Omongos, 21, told reporters at Manila’s […]



With all the 100 mph pitchers, how long will the arms last?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:12:06 -0700

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even Jose Canseco is uncertain he could take the heat. With all those 100 mph fastballs flying through the strike zone these days from Aroldis Chapman, Noah Syndergaard and others, flame-throwers are the norm rather than the exception — in rotations and bullpens alike. “We had big, strong, powerful characters. We […]



Chilean president chides protectionism, isolationism

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:07:03 -0700

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EVORA, Portugal (AP) — Chile’s president criticized isolationist foreign policies and protectionism in trade Thursday, saying during a state visit to Portugal that multilateralism is “crucial” to address global challenges. Michelle Bachelet said during a news conference that “we must have coordinated and cooperative responses to make the voices of the many heard.” She said […]



Army ranger, policeman shot dead in southern Thailand

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:06:02 -0700

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HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — An army ranger and a policeman were shot dead in Thailand’s deep south in the latest killings in a region troubled by violent Muslim separatism. Police Capt. Pracha Haedhak said the body of army ranger Saifru Hasimae was found Thursday in Yala province. No motive for his killing has been […]



Nigeria summons Indian diplomat over attacks on students

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:01:04 -0700

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria’s foreign ministry has called in India’s top diplomat to protest attacks on African students and demand arrests and prosecutions of perpetrators, Nigeria’s official news agency said Thursday. Mobs have repeatedly attacked Africans in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that Nigerians had kidnapped a local boy who then […]



New biographies writers who lived outside the lines

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

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Recent biographies of Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Carter and George Harriman, among others, prove once again that truth can be stranger than fiction, writes Mary Ann Gwinn.