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HELENA, Mont | APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack



HELENA, Mont | APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year.

The request by the party’s executive director, Nancy Keenan, comes exactly one year after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed” him for asking a question the day before Gianforte won a special election for Montana’s only U.S.

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Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in April 2018



Fla. Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices, New Listings Up in April 2018

ORLANDO, Fla./ May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — In April, Florida’s housing sector reported more closed sales, higher median prices and more new listings from owners ready to enter the market, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

“Not enough for-sale inventory, especially in the range for first-time homebuyers, is an ongoing challenge for many local housing markets,” said 2018 Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen, broker-owner with Century 21 Hansen Realty in Fort Lauderdale.

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NEW YORK | Stocks slide as Trump says North Korean meeting is canceled



NEW YORK | Stocks slide as Trump says North Korean meeting is canceled

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Thursday after President Donald Trump said he is canceling a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Energy companies are falling along with oil prices as investors respond to reports the nations of OPEC may start producing more oil. Car companies including Fiat Chrysler and Toyota are falling as the Trump administration considered tariffs on imported cars and car parts, a move the governments of China, Japan and the European Union condemned.

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US home sales fell 2.5 percent in April



US home sales fell 2.5 percent in April

WASHINGTON/May 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — U.S. sales of existing homes tumbled 2.5 percent in April — with the costs of buying a home jumping and would-be buyers facing a persistent shortage of properties on the market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.46 million, down from 5.60 million in February. Home sales have dropped 1.4 percent over the past year, largely because the number of sales listings has declined 6.3 percent.

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BEIRUT | The Latest: Kurdish group says it has French IS fighter



BEIRUT | The Latest: Kurdish group says it has French IS fighter

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):
6:45 p.m.

A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group says it has detained a French Islamic State group fighter linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016.

The Syrian Democratic Forces say they captured Adrien Lionel Kiyali on Saturday in a region in north Syria that was recaptured in 2017 from IS control.

In a statement Thursday, the SDF said Kiyali was hiding in the region around Raqqa, the former Syria capital of the IS group, and waiting to cross into Turkey and then travel on to Europe.

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US average mortgage rates at 7-year highs; 30-year 4.66 pct.



US average mortgage rates at 7-year highs; 30-year 4.66 pct.

WASHINGTON/May 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, continuing at their highest levels in seven years amid the peak home buying season.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages was 4.66 percent, up from 4.61 percent last week. Pushing toward the significant 5 percent level, the new average benchmark rate was the highest since May 5, 2011. By contrast, the 30-year rate averaged 3.95 percent a year ago.

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Pennsylvania; Governor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers Program



Pennsylvania; Governor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers Program

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that his administration has secured a $1.6 million, 5-year Troops to Teachers grant.  The program, managed by the Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), makes federal funding available to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching.

“Pennsylvania has a proud military heritage and is home to many tremendous veterans who want to continue serving their community,” said Governor Wolf. 

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RE/MAX Realtor Tuesdi Arrotta Educates Buyers and Sellers on Golden Rules of Real Estate



RE/MAX Realtor Tuesdi Arrotta Educates Buyers and Sellers on Golden Rules of Real Estate

WESTMINSTER, COLO./ MAY 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) –In life, the Golden Rule states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In real estate, however, there are three Golden Rules.

“Basically, sometimes less is more,” said Tuesdi Arrotta, Broker Associate at RE/MAX Alliance. “Consumers get pounded with so much information online. Much of it is inaccurate, confusing and overwhelming. Delegate to your agent to pull properties for your review. Trust your agent.

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BOSTON | Judge suspended for courthouse affair with social worker



BOSTON | Judge suspended for courthouse affair with social worker

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court has indefinitely suspended a judge who admitted to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse.

The Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday that Judge Thomas Estes is suspended without pay effective June 15.

The court says the Commission on Judicial Conduct can share documents in the case with the Legislature, which can decide whether to remove him from the bench.

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MADRID | Spain issues arrest warrant for rapper convicted over lyrics



MADRID | Spain issues arrest warrant for rapper convicted over lyrics

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain issued arrest warrants Thursday for a Spanish rapper sentenced to prison for lyrics that praised terror groups and insulted the royal family.

Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, a 24-year-old rap singer and composer from Palma de Mallorca best known as Valtonyc, was being sought, a prosecutor’s statement said.

The rapper was supposed to turn himself in voluntarily to serve a two-year sentence, the statement said, adding that Spanish, European and international arrest warrants have been issued in his name.

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INDIANAPOLIS | Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics



INDIANAPOLIS | Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Emails show USA Gymnastics in 2015 came up with false excuses to account for the absence of a sports doctor who had been accused of sexually assaulting female athletes.

Larry Nassar suggested that USA Gymnastics tell people that he couldn’t attend two major events because he was sick or needed to focus on his work at Michigan State University. A lawyer for the Indianapolis-based group agreed to the cover stories.

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WASHINGTON | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US received no responses from North Korea to outreach on Singapore summit planning BC-US–APNewsAlert



WASHINGTON | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US received no responses from North Korea to outreach on Singapore summit planning BC-US–APNewsAlert

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US received no responses from North Korea to outreach on Singapore summit planning.

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DETROIT | Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian but didn’t brake



DETROIT | Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian but didn’t brake

DETROIT (AP) — Federal investigators say the autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but didn’t stop because emergency braking was disabled.

In a preliminary report on the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while Uber’s cars are under computer control, “to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.”

Instead, Uber relies on a human backup driver to intervene.

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Existing-Home Sales Slide 2.5 Percent in April



Existing-Home Sales Slide 2.5 Percent in April

WASHINGTON/ May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — After moving upward for two straight months, existing-home sales retreated in April on both a monthly and annualized basis, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity last month.

Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 2.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million in April from 5.60 million in March.

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MOSCOW | Putin names ex-Cabinet member as new space chief



MOSCOW | Putin names ex-Cabinet member as new space chief

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has named an ex-Cabinet member to lead the Roscosmos state space corporation.

Putin told Dmitry Rogozin Thursday that his job would be to implement the streamlining proposals he had put in place as a deputy prime minister in charge of military and space industries.

Rogozin, who lost his job in a recent Cabinet reshuffle, had failed to stem a steady decline of the Russian space program dogged by launch failures.

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LOS ANGELES | Survivor’ final vote deadlocks, tiebreaker vote needed



LOS ANGELES | Survivor’ final vote deadlocks, tiebreaker vote needed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — History was made on the CBS reality series “Survivor.”

For the first time in 36 seasons, the season finale ended in a deadlock, and a tiebreaker was needed to crown a champ.

Host Jeff Probst on Wednesday night revealed jurors on “Survivor: Ghost Island” in Fiji were deadlocked at five votes apiece for Wendell Holland and construction supervisor Domenick Abbate of Nesconset, New York.

It was up to the third member of the final three, Laurel Johnson, to break the tie.

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High Consumer Demand Continues to Propel Showing Activity to Near-Record Levels



High Consumer Demand Continues to Propel Showing Activity to Near-Record Levels

CHICAGO/ May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Showing activity across the U.S. increased 4.6 percent year over year in April, according to the ShowingTime Showing Index®, as buyer demand continues to rise throughout most of the country.

The South Region experienced the highest regional year-over-year increase for the second consecutive month, jumping 9.3 percent, while the Northeast (4.9 percent) and Midwest (4 percent) regions also saw a rise in showing activity.

Activity in the West Region dropped 8.3 percent compared to April 2017, marking the region’s third consecutive year-over-year monthly decrease.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | NBA defends quest for ‘integrity fee’ payment in sports bets



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | NBA defends quest for ‘integrity fee’ payment in sports bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting.

On Wednesday, New Jersey’s state Senate president called on all 50 states to reject so-called “integrity fees” as part of any sports betting legislation that might be enacted.

In a statement late Wednesday night, the NBA defended its position, saying its games are the foundation of what will be bet on.

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Prevent Tick-Borne Illness



Prevent Tick-Borne Illness

PIERRE, S.D. –Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather this Memorial Day weekend but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.

“We see cases of tick-borne illness every year in South Dakota,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health.  “You can protect yourself when you’re outside by checking yourself and young children often and removing any ticks you find right away. 

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MILAN | Bartoli returns to La Scala for 3-year Baroque project



MILAN | Bartoli returns to La Scala for 3-year Baroque project

MILAN (AP) — Mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli is returning to Milan’s famed La Scala opera house next year for a three-year Baroque music collaboration, the opera house announced Thursday.

The program is part of general manager Alexander Pereira’s focus on bringing neglected Italian musical traditions back to La Scala’s stage, this time leveraging on his long friendship with Bartoli and her love of Baroque music repertoire.

“Baroque music has been in a certain sense somewhat forgotten in Italy.

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Strong Demand Pushes Up Rents Ahead of Peak Rental Season



Strong Demand Pushes Up Rents Ahead of Peak Rental Season

NEW YORK/ May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Ahead of peak rental season, apartment shoppers can expect to see slightly higher rent prices than last year, particularly in areas with lower-priced homes, according to StreetEasy’s April 2018 Market Reportsi. However, those searching for rentals at higher price points and in areas of the city with large quantities of new development are likely to have greater negotiating power.

In Manhattan, rents increased in all submarkets, and rose 0.9 percent borough-wide to $3,159 per month, according to the StreetEasy Manhattan Rent Indexii.

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California Real Estate Market Will Remain Strong For The Next Two Years, According to John W. Simonse



California Real Estate Market Will Remain Strong For The Next Two Years, According to John W. Simonse

CONCORD, Calif./ May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — “Economic projections for the residential real estate market in California indicate that the market will remain strong for at least the next two years,” according to long time real estate investor and fund manager John W. Simonse of Lodgepole Fund No. I LLC.

“This prediction is based on the expectation that the economy will continue to strengthen, due to tax cuts and increased consumer spending, as a result of gains in jobs and wages,” says John W.

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Homes.com Introduces a Smarter Way to Find Your Perfect Home



Homes.com Introduces a Smarter Way to Find Your Perfect Home

NORFOLK, Va./ May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Let’s face it: online home search usually sends you down endless rabbit holes instead of quickly guiding you to the three-bedroom equivalent of Mr. or Ms. Right. Homes.com now solves this problem with a brand new site, built from the ground up in partnership with digital agency Grow, to make the process smarter, faster, more personalized, more shareable, easier to organize and more mobile-friendly than ever before – thanks to the human-like search that thinks like you do.

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ARLINGTON, Texas  | Yankees delayed by plane trouble after Texas loss



ARLINGTON, Texas  | Yankees delayed by plane trouble after Texas loss

ARLINGTON, Texas  — Travel problems have delayed the New York Yankees from getting home from Texas.

Newsday reports the team’s charted Delta flight took off after Wednesday night’s 12-10 loss to the Rangers. But the flight had to return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport because of a mechanical problem.

The plane safely landed and the flight resumed early Thursday morning.

Last week, the Yankees were forced to spend the night at Dulles International Airport outside Washington because of a mechanical problem, rough weather and rules that limit the number of hours that a flight crew can work.

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PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea  | North Korea demolishes nuclear site ahead of Trump summit



PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea  | North Korea demolishes nuclear site ahead of Trump summit

PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea  — Just weeks ahead of a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish North Korea’s nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on.

The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were centered on three tunnels at the underground site and a number of buildings in the surrounding area.

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BRUSSELS  | EU imposes sales conditions on Russia’s Gazprom



BRUSSELS  | EU imposes sales conditions on Russia’s Gazprom

BRUSSELS  — The European Union on Thursday imposed obligations on Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom to improve the flow of gas at competitive prices in eastern EU nations, but did not fine the company.

EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom will have to ease its hold on the market there, giving consumers “an effective tool to make sure that the price they pay is competitive.”

Following three years of legal action, the decision means Gazprom will have to remove restrictions on customers to resell gas across borders and improve gas flows to members like Bulgaria and the Baltic nations.

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NEW YORK  | Scottoline has new publisher, writing book inspired by Roth



NEW YORK  | Scottoline has new publisher, writing book inspired by Roth

NEW YORK  — Lisa Scottoline, the best-selling crime writer, has a new publisher and is working on a different kind of book.

A book inspired in part by Philip Roth.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons told The Associated Press on Thursday that it had reached a six-book deal with Scottoline, who previously published with St. Martin’s Press.

The deal includes her first historical fiction, a planned trilogy set in Italy during the fascist reign of Mussolini.

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Wisconsin News: Fox Crossing Officer Involved Death Investigation



Wisconsin News: Fox Crossing Officer Involved Death Investigation

FOX CROSSING, WI – On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 23 the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) responded to a critical incident in Fox Crossing, Wis. at the request of Fox Crossing Police Chief Tim Seaver.

Law enforcement received calls from numerous people that a male subject was acting erratically with a knife and approaching members of the public in Fritse Park.  Law enforcement arrived on scene and located the individual and over the course of the incident, one Fox Crossing police officer fired their weapon and struck the man.

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MILWAUKEE | Bucks’ Brown decries ‘police intimidation’ during arrest



MILWAUKEE | Bucks’ Brown decries ‘police intimidation’ during arrest

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting “inappropriately” after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January.

Brown, who is African-American, said in a statement Wednesday that the incident was “an attempt at police intimidation” and that it “shouldn’t happen to anybody.” Community groups in Milwaukee have criticized police for how they handled Brown.

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BUNNIK, Netherlands | Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17



BUNNIK, Netherlands | Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

BUNNIK, Netherlands — Detailed analysis of video and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday.

It is the clearest link yet published by the team of the involvement of Russian military in the deadly missile strike.

Prosecutors said they have presented their findings to Moscow and are seeking answers, but so far have not received a response.

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BANGKOK | Global stocks subdued as US mulls auto import tariffs



BANGKOK  | Global stocks subdued as US mulls auto import tariffs

BANGKOK — World stock markets were subdued Thursday as carmakers’ shares fell after the Trump administration said it was investigating imposing new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was flat at 12,975 and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.4 percent to 5,589. The FTSE 100 in Britain was down 0.1 percent at 7,782. Futures for the S&P 500 were flat while the Dow futures edged down less than 0.1 percent.

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WASHINGTON | Trump: No immigration deal unless ‘real wall,’ good security



WASHINGTON  | Trump: No immigration deal unless ‘real wall,’ good security

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he opposes any immigration legislation that doesn’t include “a real wall” along the Mexican border and “very strong border security.”

Moderates House Republicans are pushing a deal that could lead to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally.

But Trump tells “Fox & Friends” that unless any bill “improves a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it improves very strong border security, there’ll be no approvals from me.”

Trump’s also taking issue with the immigration court system, saying other countries have “security people” who “stand there and say you can’t come in” rather than judges who decide immigration claims.

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PARIS | Macron wants to make France gateway to Europe for tech firms



PARIS | Macron wants to make France gateway to Europe for tech firms

PARIS— French President Emmanuel Macron says his innovation policies aim to make France the gateway to Europe for tech companies.

Speaking in English in front of CEOs and other leaders of the tech industry, Macron said “France is changing like crazy so that we can say that France is back and you could choose France.”

He said his labor changes have boosted investment in the country over the past year. Macron also pushed for tougher EU regulations and a European digital tax.

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LONDON | London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body



LONDON | London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

LONDON — A London couple delusionally obsessed with a boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard.

A jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted 35-year-old Sabrina Kouider and 40-year-old Ouissem Medouni after six days of deliberation.

The French couple denied killing Sophie Lionnet, though they admitted disposing of the body. Each defendant blamed the other for the death of the 21-year-old Frenchwoman.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says Comey among ‘rotten apples’ in FBI



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says Comey among ‘rotten apples’ in FBI

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):

7:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump says that the FBI is a “fantastic institution” but that “some of the people at the top were rotten apples.” He says, “James Comey was one of them.”

In an interview aired Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” Trump was asked to respond to a tweet a day earlier from former FBI director Comey, who had asked how Republicans would explain attacks on the FBI and lying about its work to their grandchildren.

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KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumors



KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumors

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s Ministry of Health said Thursday the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including eight deaths in the three affected health zones in the country’s Equateur province.

The ministry gave the toll after surveillance teams in the capital, Kinshasa, were deployed along the Congo River to monitor people coming in there.

Health brigades have also been set up at various entry points to Kinshasa and other cities as part of prevention, said the World Health Organization’s Congo representative Allarangar Yakouide.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: EU says US car tariffs would break trade rules



WASHINGTON | The Latest: EU says US car tariffs would break trade rules

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the Trump administration’s interest in putting tariffs on auto imports (all times local):

6:50 a.m.

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen says that any U.S. plan to unilaterally raise tariffs on auto imports “obviously would be against” rules of the World Trade Organization.

Katainen said Thursday the EU was still studying reports that President Trump asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether auto and auto parts imports threaten U.S.

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PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea  | North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts



PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea  | North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts

PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea  —

North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday, setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists.

The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were centered on three tunnels into the underground site and a number of observation towers in the surrounding area.

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BEIJING  | China calls US withdrawal of drills invite ‘unconstructive’



BEIJING  | China calls US withdrawal of drills invite ‘unconstructive’

BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday criticized as “unconstructive” Washington’s withdrawal of an invitation for it to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer.

A statement on the ministry’s website said the move would do nothing to change China’s resolve to “play a role in maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The U.S. move raises the prospect of a renewed chill in military relations between the two countries amid high-stakes maneuvering over North Korea’s nuclear program, which is scheduled to be the subject of a meeting in June between President Donald Trump and the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

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BEIJING  | Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs



BEIJING  | Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs

BEIJING  — China, Japan and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration’s decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States.

President Donald Trump invoked a provision authorizing the president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs on national security grounds.

The move is seen as an effort to gain a bargaining chip in stalled talks with Canada and Mexico over the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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WASHINGTON  | Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem



WASHINGTON  | Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump says the NFL is “doing the right thing” with a policy banning kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump spoke to “Fox & Friends” in an interview airing Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams.

Trump says he doesn’t “think people should be standing in locker rooms,” but he praised the plan overall.

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Missouri Lottery News: Club Keno Win Helps West Alton Woman, Susan Saale Repair Her Business



Missouri Lottery News: Club Keno Win Helps West Alton Woman, Susan Saale Repair Her Business

ALTON, MO – Susan Saale, the owner of West Alton Bar and Grill, purchased a few Club Keno tickets one afternoon before the dinner rush at the establishment on May 11.  But when she scanned her tickets later that evening, she didn’t believe what she saw.

“I started screaming and shaking real bad,” said the West Alton resident.  “The bartender on duty came over and held me up because I just couldn’t believe it. 

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BEIJING  | China’s Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat



BEIJING  | China’s Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat

BEIJING  — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said Beijing welcomes German companies to do business.

Li made the comments Thursday during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel that gives Beijing an opportunity to try to recruit an ally in its trade feud with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Both China and Germany are embroiled in disputes with Washington, though German officials say Merkel is committed to trans-Atlantic ties and isn’t looking for new alliances.

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New Hampshire News: Employers to see Tax Reduction



New Hampshire News: Employers to see Tax Reduction

Concord, NH – Yesterday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis announced a 1.5% reduction in Unemployment Insurance taxes for all employers.  The last time the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund triggered a 1.5% tax reduction was during the 3rd quarter of 2002.

“Today, more people are working in the State of New Hampshire than ever before,” said Governor Chris Sununu.  “For the first time since 2002, employers will see a 1.5% reduction in their Unemployment Insurance taxes – a direct result of our pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda.”

“New Hampshire’s growing economy and low unemployment rates have meant fewer workers filing claims for unemployment benefits, and those that need to file are typically unemployed for fewer weeks,” said Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis. 

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Connecticut News: Connecticut Governor Malloy Applauds Continued Job Growth at UTC



Connecticut News: Connecticut Governor Malloy Applauds Continued Job Growth at UTC

HARTFORD, CT – Governor Dannel P. Malloy yesterday released the following statement regarding the announcement made yesterday that the United Technology Corporation (UTC) plans to create 35,000 new jobs, including 2,000 at their Connecticut facilities:

“United Technologies is a tremendous partner to the State of Connecticut, and thanks to the astute leadership of Greg Hayes, UTC continues to grow and innovate.  The historic agreement reached between UTC and Connecticut just a few short years ago has already grown thousands of good-paying jobs and secured billions of dollars of private investment and spending right here at home. 

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MADRID | Spain’s golden generation gets 1 last shot at glory



MADRID | Spain’s golden generation gets 1 last shot at glory

MADRID  — The elegance and precise passes of Andres Iniesta. The personality and stout defense of Sergio Ramos. The intelligence and scoring touch of David Silva.

It will all be on display at the World Cup, but most likely for the last time.

The remaining members of Spain’s golden generation, who helped La Roja go on a dominant run that began nearly a decade ago, are set to make one final appearance at soccer’s showcase event in Russia.

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Arizona News: Touchdown!! Arizona To Host Super Bowl LVII



Arizona News: Touchdown!! Arizona To Host Super Bowl LVII

PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday released the following statement on the selection of Arizona as the host of Super Bowl LVII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

“This is a huge win for our state! Arizona has continued to prove itself as a premier destination for spectacular sporting events, and we are thrilled to be hosting Super Bowl LVII.  Thank you to Michael Bidwill, David Rousseau and the entire Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee for working to make this a reality,” said Governor Ducey. 

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: German industry says car tariffs a ‘nasty blow’



WASHINGTON | The Latest: German industry says car tariffs a ‘nasty blow’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration’s interest in putting tariffs on auto imports (all times local):

5:55 a.m.

The head of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry says the U.S. intention to raise auto tariffs is “another nasty blow to our economic relations” with the United States.

Eric Schweitzer said in a statement Thursday: “We should almost regard this as a provocation.”

Some see President Donald Trump’s proposal for tariffs as an attempt to gain leverage in trade talks with neighbors: nearly half of vehicles sold in the U.S.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The International Space Station accepted delivery Thursday of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia.

A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Wallops Island. Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation.

NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Ricky Arnold used the station’s big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit, as the craft passed 260 miles above Africa’s Cape of Good Hope and swung out over the southern Indian Ocean.

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Molina Healthcare, Inc. is the Subject of a Legal Investigation



Molina Healthcare, Inc. is the Subject of a Legal Investigation

NEW YORK, NY– WeissLaw LLP, a national class action, shareholder rights law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, announces an investigation of Molina Healthcare, Inc. (the “Company” or “MOH”) (NYSE: MOH).  The investigation focuses on possible breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of federal securities laws.

On August 2, 2017, the Company reported net loss of $230 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  This announcement was the latest in a series of negative financial reports from the MOH that began as early as April 2016, when MOH revealed that, contrary to public statements made by its executives, the Company was not equipped, either in scale or infrastructure, to handle the demands to support growth in existing Medicaid markets, and in new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces.

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