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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump thanks first lady for work on state dinner


WASHINGTON|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on the first state dinner of the Trump administration (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump has thanked his wife, Melania, for pulling together the first state dinner of his administration. In a toast before Tuesday’s dinner honoring France, Trump described his wife as “America’s absolutely incredible … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump thanks first lady for work on state dinner

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LAS VEGAS | ‘A Star is Born’ steals show in starry Warner Bros. slate


LAS VEGAS — Warner Bros. Pictures brought out the big names for its CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, from stars like Sandra Bullock to movies like “Wonder Woman 2,” but it was Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born” that stole the show. Cooper showed the emotional first trailer for the film to conference attendees in Las Vegas … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | ‘A Star is Born’ steals show in starry Warner Bros. slate

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NEW YORK | Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter


NEW YORK |  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Pop star Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair. Last year, a judge ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull … Continue reading NEW YORK | Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. | AP source: Florida’s Callaway fails drug test at NFL combine


GAINESVILLE, Fla.  | April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine, a mistake that could damage his draft status. A person with knowledge of the situation says NFL teams were made aware of the result Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of … Continue reading GAINESVILLE, Fla. | AP source: Florida’s Callaway fails drug test at NFL combine

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LAS VEGAS | Bradley Cooper teases “A Star is Born” at CinemaCon


LAS VEGAS | April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Bradley Cooper has unveiled the first trailer for his directorial debut “A Star is Born” for CinemaCon attendees Tuesday evening to hearty applause. Cooper stars in his remake of “A Star Is Born” alongside Lady Gaga as a burgeoning singer.  He says his co-star is a revelation in the … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Bradley Cooper teases “A Star is Born” at CinemaCon

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PHILADELPHIA | Rapper Meek Mill, just freed from prison, rings bell before start of Game 5 of Sixers-Heat series in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Rapper Meek Mill, just freed from prison, rings bell before start of Game 5 of Sixers-Heat series in Philadelphia . By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC(U.S)

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After a death, how much can ‘broken heart’ hurt survivors?


April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush’s hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner’s … Continue reading After a death, how much can ‘broken heart’ hurt survivors?

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PHOENIX | Arizona lawmakers haggle over funding before teacher strike


PHOENIX | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Arizona policymakers have yet to agree how to increase teacher pay or education funding ahead of a first-ever statewide walkout this week, prompting calls from Democrats and even one Republican to generate new tax revenue in the conservative state. Republicans who control the state Legislature have yet to … Continue reading PHOENIX | Arizona lawmakers haggle over funding before teacher strike

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US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March


WASHINGTON/April 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000. The two prior months had their sales revised upward with the annual rate … Continue reading US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

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WASHINGTON | In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as ‘very honorable’


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been “very open” and “very honorable,” a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as “Little Rocket Man.” The United States … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as ‘very honorable’

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PHOENIX | Democrat vying for House upset in Arizona GOP stronghold


PHOENIX | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Voters in a Republican-heavy Arizona congressional district headed to the polls Tuesday as a Democratic newcomer looked to pull off an upset victory for an open U.S. House seat held by Republicans since the early 1980s. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician and a cancer research advocate, is … Continue reading PHOENIX | Democrat vying for House upset in Arizona GOP stronghold

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PHILADELPHIA | Rapper Meek Mill freed after high court order


PHILADELPHIA | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Rapper Meek Mill walked out of prison Tuesday after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions. Following a five-month campaign by his supporters to get him out, the state Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Rapper Meek Mill freed after high court order

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SAN FRANCISCO | Study: California gun deaths declined between 2000 and 2015


SAN FRANCISCO | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Gun deaths have fallen in California over a 16-year period ending in 2015, driven largely by a decline in gang violence and falling homicide rates among black and Hispanic men, a recent study of firearm violence has found. Researchers at the University of California, Davis published their … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Study: California gun deaths declined between 2000 and 2015

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TORONTO | Manfred encouraged by impact of mound visit rules


TORONTO | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he’s encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings at major league games this season. Speaking in Toronto before the Blue Jays hosted the Boston Red Sox, Manfred said the new rules have sped up … Continue reading TORONTO | Manfred encouraged by impact of mound visit rules

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YORK, Pa | Black woman golfer: It was like we had targets on our backs


YORK, Pa | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Black people have long complained about getting pulled over by police for “driving while black,” or being eyed suspiciously by store security guards for “shopping while black.” Now a group of women says it got into trouble for golfing while black. Officials at the Grandview Golf Club in … Continue reading YORK, Pa | Black woman golfer: It was like we had targets on our backs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Royals send Perez, Gordon from DL to starting lineup


KANSAS CITY, Mo. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Salvador Perez carried his own suitcase up the stairs when he arrived home from a stint at Triple-A Omaha, never once thinking about how perilous the trek was the last time he tried it. The Royals’ All-Star catcher was toting his bags up the stairs after … Continue reading KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Royals send Perez, Gordon from DL to starting lineup

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WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s oft-told tale of US payout to Iran


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump likes to tell a story about the U.S. paying out billions of dollars to Iran as part of the multinational deal freezing its nuclear program and easing sanctions against it. What he doesn’t say is that most of that money was Iran’s to begin with. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s oft-told tale of US payout to Iran

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NASHVILLE, Tenn | Waffle House gunman’s troubles began years before attack


NASHVILLE, Tenn | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Travis Reinking’s erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle. The onetime construction crane operator bounced between states and suffered from delusions, sometimes talking about plans to marry singer Taylor … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn | Waffle House gunman’s troubles began years before attack

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CLEVELAND | Cubs 3B Kris Bryant out of lineup vs. Indians after beaning


CLEVELAND | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the lineup against the Cleveland Indians two days after being hit on the head by a pitch. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Tuesday night’s game that the 2016 National League MVP has a cut above his left eye … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Cubs 3B Kris Bryant out of lineup vs. Indians after beaning

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WASHINGTON | First lady embraces moment in spotlight during state visit


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Melania Trump is embracing her moment in the spotlight for the French president’s state visit. She traded in her usual dark sunglasses for a white wide-brimmed hat that quickly became a trending topic on social media. She has thrown herself into planning the state dinner for President Emmanuel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | First lady embraces moment in spotlight during state visit

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LIVERPOOL, England | Salah magic leads Liverpool to 5-2 win over Roma in CL semis


LIVERPOOL, England | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Mohamed Salah produced two world-class finishes and set up goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to lead Liverpool to a 5-2 win over former club Roma on Tuesday, leaving the English team in sight of the Champions League final. Salah’s display was as exquisite as Roma’s … Continue reading LIVERPOOL, England | Salah magic leads Liverpool to 5-2 win over Roma in CL semis

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CHICAGO | Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse


CHICAGO | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s. Letters obtained by The … Continue reading CHICAGO | Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

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PHOENIX | Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out


PHOENIX | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections. Educators who are among the lowest-paid in the U.S. have organized weeks of protests seeking … Continue reading PHOENIX | Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out

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PHOENIX | Correction: Hotshots Statue story


PHOENIX | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — In a story April 21 about a statue honoring Arizona wildland firefighters who died in a 2013 fire, The Associated Press reported erroneously, in one instance, the last name of the sculptor. He is Matt Glenn, not Glass. A corrected version of the story is below: Statue unveiled … Continue reading PHOENIX | Correction: Hotshots Statue story

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NBA great Ray Allen talks about being ‘clutch,’ new book


April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —NBA great Ray Allen tells the “AP Sports Weekly” podcast that the players who step up to take the big shots in the playoffs do so because they refuse to be overwhelmed by the moment. Allen propelled Miami to an NBA title in 2013 with a 3-pointer in Game 6 of … Continue reading NBA great Ray Allen talks about being ‘clutch,’ new book

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YORK, Pa. | Black woman golfer: It was like we had targets on our backs


YORK, Pa. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Black people have long complained about getting pulled over by police for “driving while black,” or being eyed suspiciously by store security guards for “shopping while black.” Now a group of women says it got into trouble for golfing while black. Officials at the Grandview Golf Club … Continue reading YORK, Pa. | Black woman golfer: It was like we had targets on our backs

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Minnesota News: Pathways to Prosperity Awards $17.8 Million for 57 Workforce Training Programs


Workers with employment barriers receive training for in-demand careers ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded 57 grants statewide totaling $17,884,007 under the Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity program. Pathways to Prosperity Competitive Grants fund programs and services designed to provide workforce development and training opportunities to adults … Continue reading Minnesota News: Pathways to Prosperity Awards $17.8 Million for 57 Workforce Training Programs

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NEW YORK | AP Interview: Iran says if US exits deal, it likely will too


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Iran’s top diplomat warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that a U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal would undermine talks with North Korea by proving that America reneges on its promises, telling The Associated Press that Iran would “most likely” abandon the deal as well. In a … Continue reading NEW YORK | AP Interview: Iran says if US exits deal, it likely will too

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Georgia News: InComm expansion to create more than 150 jobs in Georgia


ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal today announced that InComm, a leading prepaid product and payment technology company based in Atlanta, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus. “In addition to being the No. 1 state for business, Georgia is now a … Continue reading Georgia News: InComm expansion to create more than 150 jobs in Georgia

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RALEIGH, N.C. | Commission to unveil ideas to fix college basketball’s woes


RALEIGH, N.C. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — College basketball played an entire season amid a federal corruption investigation that magnified long-simmering troubles within the sport, from shady agent dealings to concerns over athletes who’d rather go straight to the pros. Now it’s time to hear new ideas on how to fix the complex, wide-ranging … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C. | Commission to unveil ideas to fix college basketball’s woes

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Inlanta Mortgage Named Top 10 Medium Mortgage Company by SocialSurvey


PEWAUKEE, WIS. / APRIL 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — SocialSurvey’s Top Performers Awards recognize loan officers and mortgage companies who are best at managing the mortgage game and are making the most of their online reputation. In addition to being named a top mortgage company, three of Inlanta’s top producers have also been individually honored as … Continue reading Inlanta Mortgage Named Top 10 Medium Mortgage Company by SocialSurvey

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TRENTON, N.J | First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease


TRENTON, N.J. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque (jihn-AR’-kew), from Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of … Continue reading TRENTON, N.J | First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

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ATHENS, Greece | Greece to investigate claims over UNICEF branch’s finances


ATHENS, Greece  | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A Greek prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement in the local branch of UNICEF. UNICEF said last week it was “terminating its arrangements” with its national committee in Greece “due to concerns arising out of a recent independent audit.” UNICEF said in a statement … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece to investigate claims over UNICEF branch’s finances

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NEW YORK | Caterpillar forecast sends stocks plunging; Dow down 500


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  U.S. stocks are sinking Tuesday as investors fear that growth in company profits will slow down. The worries began to set in after construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar said it doesn’t expect to top its first-quarter profit for the rest of this year. Industrial and basic materials … Continue reading NEW YORK | Caterpillar forecast sends stocks plunging; Dow down 500

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BERLIN | Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest


BERLIN | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The new leader of one of Germany’s governing parties said she supports a protest against working conditions at Amazon during CEO Jeff Bezos‘ visit to Berlin on Tuesday. Andrea Nahles, the chairwoman of the center-left Social Democrats, said she would take part in the demonstration held outside publisher Axel … Continue reading BERLIN | Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest

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LAS VEGAS | Copperfield returns to stand in British man injury lawsuit


LAS VEGAS | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield is due to return to the witness stand in a lawsuit by a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in one of Copperfield’s signature illusions in 2013. The magician resumes testimony Tuesday after last … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Copperfield returns to stand in British man injury lawsuit

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NEW YORK | First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Melania, or more specifically Melania’s hat, what were you saying? The media and the Twitterverse had a big time Tuesday with the first lady’s I-spy chapeau, a wide-brim number designed by Herve Pierre that would have been perfect had the sun been out in Washington. It was a … Continue reading NEW YORK | First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

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Sports Weekly | NBA great Ray Allen talks about what it means to be ‘clutch’


April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  NBA great Ray Allen tells the “AP Sports Weekly” podcast that the players who step up to take the big shots in the playoffs do so because they refuse to be overwhelmed by the moment. Allen propelled Miami to an NBA title in 2013 with a 3-pointer in Game 6 of the … Continue reading Sports Weekly | NBA great Ray Allen talks about what it means to be ‘clutch’

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WASHINGTON | Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

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RALEIGH, N.C | Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells


RALEIGH, N.C. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Jurors in North Carolina are getting a round-up of testimony in a lawsuit filed by more than 500 neighbors of an industrial-scale swine operation. The plaintiffs contend that open-air cesspools inflict them with intense, putrid smells that can’t be removed from clothing or household fabrics for years. Lawyers … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells

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LAS VEGAS | MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites


LAS VEGAS | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The new chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America says he is optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business. Rivkin and John Fithian, the president and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners delivered a state of the industry speech Tuesday morning at … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

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LONDON | Cambridge Analytica fights back on data scandal


LONDON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Cambridge Analytica unleashed its counterattack against claims that it misused data from millions of Facebook accounts, saying Tuesday it is the victim of misunderstandings and inaccurate reporting that portrays the company as the evil villain in a James Bond movie. Clarence Mitchell, a high-profile publicist recently hired to represent … Continue reading LONDON | Cambridge Analytica fights back on data scandal

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ROME | Italian police seize weapons from Spain-bound rental car


ROME | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Police in northern Italy found a small arsenal of Kalashnikovs, pistols and ammunition hidden in the trunk of a rental car and arrested the Bosnian man who was driving it. The ANSA news agency says police believe the car, which had Swiss license plates, was headed to Barcelona when they … Continue reading ROME | Italian police seize weapons from Spain-bound rental car

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NEW YORK | US stocks tumble, erasing an early gain; bond yields climb


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Major U.S. stock indexes have surrendered an early gain and are falling sharply Tuesday as investors sell technology, industrial and retail stocks. Bond yields continue to rise and the 10-year Treasury note reached 3 percent for the first time in more than four years. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is … Continue reading NEW YORK | US stocks tumble, erasing an early gain; bond yields climb

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LAS VEGAS | McConaughey fears March for Our Lives will get ‘hijacked’


LAS VEGAS | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A month after speaking at the March for Our Lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas, Matthew McConaughey says he supports some gun control but fears the youth-led movement could be “hijacked” by those hoping to eliminate all guns in the United States. McConaughey spoke about his support … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | McConaughey fears March for Our Lives will get ‘hijacked’

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WASHINGTON | First ladies Trump, Macron tour National Gallery’s Cezannes


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron ditched the White House Tuesday for a visit with the works of Paul Cezanne. The first ladies of the United States and France headed across town to the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit of about 60 portraits by the French post-impressionist painter. They paused … Continue reading WASHINGTON | First ladies Trump, Macron tour National Gallery’s Cezannes

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WASHINGTON | Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is warning bankers that legislation rolling back financial rules put in place after the 2008 economic crisis could stall. Warner says legislation revamping the law known as Dodd-Frank “will not pass if it comes back to the Senate” for another vote. Warner’s comments … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall

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RUTLAND, Vt | Committee hits pause on solar project over visual concerns


RUTLAND, Vt. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A regional planning committee has refused to sign off on a proposed solar project in Rutland amid concerns over its visual impact on a neighboring home. The Rutland Herald reports the commission refused to endorse one of the three 500-kilowatt projects proposed near Thomas Dairy after resident Eileen … Continue reading RUTLAND, Vt | Committee hits pause on solar project over visual concerns

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LONDON | UK judge to hold new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans


LONDON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A British judge is set to hear a new appeal Tuesday from the parents of a terminally ill British toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment — something British courts have ruled is not in the child’s interest. The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the … Continue reading LONDON | UK judge to hold new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans

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Feb. home prices soar 6.3 pct in a fierce competition to buy


WASHINGTON/April 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — U.S. home prices jumped in February as buyers compete fiercely over a dwindling number of properties for sale. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index released Tuesday jumped 6.3 percent in February from a year earlier, matching December’s increase. That jump was the largest in nearly three years. Steady … Continue reading Feb. home prices soar 6.3 pct in a fierce competition to buy

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