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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:45 pm

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

'Toy Story' lives on, but should it have?
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Like "Casablanca," ''Toy Story 3" concluded with the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Tax money funds campaigns of unlikely Seattle candidates
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:46 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — On a muggy spring morning, Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami weaves through front yards and porches, knocking on doors in a gritty but gentrifying neighborhood.

Biden draws ire in recalling 'civility' with segregationists
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

Joe Biden is under fire from rival Democratic presidential hopefuls for saying the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists.

Correction: Boy Fatally Shot-Wisconsin story
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — In a story June 18 about a 5-year-old Wisconsin boy who was left at a hospital with a fatal gunshot wound, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the child's grandfather said one of the two men who dropped off the boy was the child's father. Curtis Cannon said the men were his sons, but he didn't identify either as the boy's father and police confirmed that neither man was.

Hicks rebuffs questions on Trump White House in interview
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks on Wednesday refused to answer questions related to her time in the White House in an interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump as part of their investigation into obstruction of justice.

Pilots criticize Boeing for mistakes on its grounded jet
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

Airline union leaders and a famed former pilot said Wednesday that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so pilots could train for it.

US stocks rise after Fed signals future rate cuts
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

Stocks brushed off a muted start on Wall Street and notched modest gains Wednesday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed that it is prepared to cut interest rates if needed to shield the U.S. economy from trade conflicts or other threats.

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad:

New rally called while Phoenix police chief promises change
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:01 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix police chief promised change in her department after being booed by people gathered to discuss the video of officers who pointed guns and shouted obscenities at a black family they suspected of shoplifting.

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed.

EPA defies climate warnings, gives coal plants a reprieve
Posted: June 19, 2019 - 3:35 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite scientists' increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America's sagging coal industry.

The Latest: Officials say munitions not on derailed cars
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment that closed U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada for more than an hour (all times local):

Self-help guru convicted in lurid sex-trafficking case
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 3:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted heiresses and Hollywood actresses was convicted Wednesday of manipulating his female devotees through shame and humiliation and turning them into what prosecutors called his sex slaves.

Fed leaves its key rate unchanged but hints of future cuts
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday but signaled that it's prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the U.S. economy from trade conflicts and other threats.

Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 3:03 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal marine biologists have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet.

The Latest: Fed sees no risk to dollar from cryptocurrencies
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

Train derails near Nevada-Utah line, closing interstate
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — A 60-mile stretch (96 kilometers) of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada has been closed while emergency crews respond to a train derailment. Authorities were investigating whether any hazardous materials were aboard the train.

Correction: Pregnant Woman Slain-Baby Taken story
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — In a story June 18 about a hospital being largely cleared for its handling of a Chicago woman accused of cutting a baby from a mother's womb, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Chicago Sun-Times, misattributed a quote to Jassen Strokosch, a Department of Children and Family Services spokesman. Despite Figueroa showing "no signs consistent with a woman who had just delivered a baby" should have been attributed to prosecutors.

Self-improvement guru whose teachings seduced actresses and heiresses is convicted in New York sex trafficking case
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-improvement guru whose teachings seduced actresses and heiresses is convicted in New York sex trafficking case.

Biden anti-cancer groups could pose influence concerns
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was on friendly turf when he appeared in January 2018 at a San Francisco health care conference to tout the work of his Biden Cancer Initiative, the nonprofit that has been his defining venture since leaving the Obama White House more than two years ago.

Text of the Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

AP-NORC poll: Majority worry about 2020 foreign meddling
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans are concerned that a foreign government might interfere in some way in the 2020 presidential election, whether by tampering with election results, stealing information or by influencing candidates or voter opinion, a new poll shows.

Old spy images reveal Himalayan glaciers are melting fast
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to.

The legacy of Denzel: Key moments from Washington AFI honors
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 12:45 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A night dedicated to an artist as prolific as Denzel Washington is bound to be an emotional one. The Oscar-winning actor, director, and producer is the face of some of the best-known films of the last few decades, including "Fences," ''Training Day," ''Malcolm X," and "Philadelphia." Naturally, he's touched a few lives along the way.

Senate panel approves emergency aid for migrant refugees
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A modified version of President Donald Trump's $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at the southern border swept through a key Senate panel on Wednesday after senior lawmakers removed "poison pills" that Democrats objected to.

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats 'radical'
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 11:32 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 as he kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a possible second term.

Study Links Use of the Baylis Medical RF Transseptal Needle to Procedural Cost-Savings
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

TORONTO, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - A cost-effectiveness analysis completed by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Baylis Medical has shown that use of Baylis' RF transseptal needle results in cost savings per procedure, compared to use of a mechanical transseptal needle.

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert.

The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.

Trump administration rolls back Obama rule targeting coal-fired power plants, issues less ambitious replacement
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 10:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration rolls back Obama rule targeting coal-fired power plants, issues less ambitious replacement.

Edmunds: Fun-to-drive new cars for a quarter-life crisis
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 9:31 am

You're likely familiar with the stereotype of a middle-aged person who impulsively splurges on an expensive new car. But there's also a similar experience at a different life stage: buying a flashy and fun vehicle right after you get your first well-paying job. You might call it a quarter-life crisis car.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 7:16 am

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

$4.5M in settlements over deaths tied to doc in murder case
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached nearly $4.5 million in settlements so far over the deaths of patients who allegedly received excessive painkiller doses ordered by a doctor now charged with murder.

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 3:16 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second term.

The Latest: Trump protesters rally at Orlando gay bar
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on planned protests of President Trump's reelection announcement in Florida (all times local):

The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Active shooter scare at Honolulu airport delays flights
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:33 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Flights were being delayed and hundreds of people were waiting to go through security screening at Honolulu's airport on Tuesday after an active shooter scare.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 11:46 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert.

Today in History
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 11:02 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan.

Attorney: Man killed at Costco was mentally ill, off meds
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 10:45 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man fatally shot in a Southern California Costco store was mentally ill and off his medication when he pushed or slapped an off-duty police officer who opened fire and killed the man and critically wounded the man's parents, the lawyer for the man's family said Tuesday.

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing 'painful' past
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 10:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal."

Trump protesters rally at gay bar blocks from arena speech
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 10:30 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Opponents of President Donald Trump's reelection announcement Tuesday in Florida rebuked his administration's policies at a rally outside a gay bar with performances by a mariachi band and a drag queen, speeches by a transgender woman and women who had abortions and the appearance of a 20-foot-high (6-meter-high) blimp of a scowling Trump in a diaper.

Wayne Newton tells Vegas jury he fired shot as burglars fled
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 9:45 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a Nevada jury on Tuesday that he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and their teenage daughter encountered during a second burglary in 10 days at their home a year ago.

With Hope Hicks interview, Dems breach Trump's inner circle
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 9:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will interview former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks behind closed doors Wednesday, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president's inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Prosecutor: Navy SEAL bragged about killing captive in Iraq
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 9:01 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in a politically charged court-martial.

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 8:01 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines.

San Francisco moves closer to nation's 1st e-cigarette ban
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 8:01 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth vaping.

33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 7:15 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds, or 15,000 kilograms, of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia's port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history.

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