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Trump has no plan to block scheduled release of JFK records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn’t plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “Subject to the receipt of further information,” he wrote in a Saturday morning tweet, “I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified […]

Comments - 1:56 pm - updated: 4:06 pm.

Pennsylvania florist’s shop robbed while owner was giving flowers to veterans

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania florist’s shop was robbed earlier this month while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center, according to a report in the Tribune-Review. The shop owner, Carrie South, says the thief made off with $1,400 from Bloomin’ Genius Exotic Flowers and Gifts in […]

Comments - 10:03 am

NRA criticized for ‘murder insurance’

ATLANTA — The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later. Some are calling it “murder insurance,” and say that rather than promoting personal […]

Comments - 12:49 pm - updated: 12:51 pm.

‘You are my slave:’ School ends Civil War dress-up activity

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Officials at a Georgia elementary school say there will be no more Civil War-related student dress-up activities after its “Civil War Day” sparked conflict among students, parents and others. Big Shanty Elementary School, part of the Cobb County School District, last month invited fifth-graders to dress up as characters from the […]

Comments - 8:43 am

503 men and women run the largest U.S. public companies. Only two are black.

The number of African-American chief executives among the largest U.S. public companies — already a tiny group — decreased by one this week when American Express announced the retirement of its longtime CEO, Kenneth I. Chenault. When he leaves the credit-card issuer’s corner office on Feb. 1, only two black chief executives will remain at […]

Comments - 5:45 pm

Climate change at work? Weather Service calls for 3rd straight mild winter

If you’re itching for outbreaks of the polar vortex and waist-deep snow, the upcoming winter might not be to your liking. And, thanks to climate change, the odds of brutally cold winters are decreasing. For the third consecutive year, the nation — on balance — should expect warmer-than-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service, […]

Comments - 4:42 pm - updated: 8:52 am.

Pennsylvania teacher hit in face with brick after dispute, police say

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say an elementary school teacher was hit in the face with a brick and dragged from her car in the city after a dispute with the parents of one of her students. According to police, the attack happened at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday as 46-year-old teacher Janice Watkins was leaving Pittsburgh […]

Comments - 9:00 am

Gord Downie, lead singer of iconic band The Tragically Hip, dead at 53

KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band’s website said Downie died Tuesday night […]

Comments - 10:22 pm - updated: 11:44 am.

Judge denies new trial for Jerry Sandusky on child sex charges

HARRISBURG — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid Wednesday for a new trial and a second chance to convince a jury he is innocent of the child sexual abuse charges that landed him in state prison to serve a lengthy sentence. Judge John Foradora denied Sandusky’s requests for a new trial or for dismissal of charges. […]

Comments - 4:17 pm - updated: 5:39 pm.

Two suspected in Pennsylvania bank heist while dressed as nuns

TANNERSVILLE (AP) — Two women charged with robbing a pair of banks in New Jersey are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns. Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Conn., and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before a judge in Newark, N.J., […]

Comments - 6:11 pm

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