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Tree Some Say Inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ Topples

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” has fallen in a coastal San Diego park. Officials are investigating why the wind-swept Monterey cypress toppled in ...

Man Standing Trial in 2018 Burglaries at Wayne Newton Home

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton and his wife were due to tell a jury on Tuesday about encountering two burglars fleeing their home a year ago, including one who attacked their dogs with a crowbar before escaping over a wall. “Panic. Sheer panic,” prosecutor ...

The Swarm: Billions of Skeeter Lookalikes Plague New Orleans

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. They’re aquatic midges, often called “blind mosquitoes.” They don’t bite and they’re good for the ...

Lawmakers Will Hear From Pilots Who Have Criticized Boeing

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer The president of the pilots’ union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane. Daniel Carey says Boeing’s zeal to minimize pilot-training costs for ...

Five New York City Anchorwomen Allege Age Discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) — Five anchorwomen at a New York City news channel sued their company Wednesday, saying they were marginalized and cast aside to make room for younger women and men. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court blamed Charter Communications and its 2016 takeover of the local news ...

U.S. Navy Expert: Tanker Attack Mine Resembles Iranian Mines

U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said today, stopping short of ...

U.N. Expert Urges Probe Of Saudi Prince in Reporter Death

GENEVA (AP) — An independent U.N. report into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Wednesday there is “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and suggested sanctions on his personal ...

S. Korea to Send 50K Tons of Rice to North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said today it plans to send 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea through the World Food Program, in its second aid package announced in past weeks as it seeks to help with North Korean food shortages and improve bilateral relations. South Korean ...

Trump EPA Is Closer to Gutting Obama Rule on Coal Power Plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump ...

Dems Get Inside Trump Inner Circle With Hicks Interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closed-door interview that House lawmakers have with Hope Hicks, a former communications director for President Donald Trump, marks the first time they are hearing from someone linked to his inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ...

House Panel Set to Debate Reparations

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade’s absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and ...

Pack Attacking Biden Over Allegations About Character

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The Democratic contest for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination has begun to pivot from the competition among self-identified progressive candidates to cutting Joe Biden’s wide early lead in the polls among the 23-candidate pack. It comes after ...

Reforming Legal Immigration Laws

With so many immigrants crossing the border illegally, Congress is overlooking another growing crisis in America’s legal immigration system. The central finding of a new study this week shows that legal immigrants are waiting longer than ever before for the chance to apply for green cards. ...

Finding Colleges, Universities Where Free Speech Matters

When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find “disagreeable.” If that’s your ...

Special Effects Artist Creates Escape Room in Charleston

CHARLESTON (AP) — The first thing you need to know about Robert Haddy’s Outta Time Excape Rooms on Charleston’s East End is that your experience begins the moment you open the door. You’ll be greeted by a mad scientist of sorts — and don’t expect him to leave his character ...

Gloria Vanderbilt, Heiress, Jeans Queen, Dies at 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ‘80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died ...

Author Uses First-Hand Accounts in WWII Book

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — Local author Mark Zangara is on a mission to keep the history of World War II alive. Through interviews and research, Zangara and the other volunteers of his nonprofit, WW2 History Archive, travel across the country — and the world — interviewing World War II ...

Franchise Fatigue Continues With ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brand familiarity isn’t everything when it comes to attracting audiences to the multiplex, and Hollywood is learning that lesson the hard way this summer with a slew of underperforming sequels and reboots. That so-called franchise fatigue came to a head this weekend with ...

Shania Twain Returns to Vegas with New Residency

NEW YORK (AP) — Since Shania Twain launched her first residency in Las Vegas seven years ago, Sin City has been invaded with contemporary pop stars, from Lady Gaga to Drake to Christina Aguilera, jumping on the residency trend. Even Cardi B has plans for a short-term Vegas residency this ...

Employers Don’t Deserve Credit

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about employers having access to a potential employee’s credit score. “Dear Heloise: I applied for a job with a large company and was turned down for the position after three interviews. I have a solid track record, with plenty of experience and ...