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Rejection Of Mail-In Ballots Raises Alarm

ATLANTA (AP) — Drawing on her years of military experience, Maureen Heard was careful to follow all the rules when she filled out an absentee ballot in 2016. Heard, 57, discovered last year that she was among roughly 319,000 voters across the country whose absentee ballots were rejected ...

The Show Will Go On for WWE in Saudi Arabia

(AP) - WWE is set to hold its Crown Jewel event Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That’s a nondescript way to describe a spectacle — headlined by major stars including The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar — that WWE would usually blitz fans with bombastic hype to promote. Bigger! Badder! And ...

Guitarist Jimmy Page Looks Back on 50 Years of Led Zeppelin

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Page once painted a dragon, and used it to slay. The guitar guru was so bursting with creative inspiration 50 years ago that he felt compelled to pick up a brush and use his skills from art school to take poster paints to his favorite instrument, a 1959 Fender ...

Administration Wants Delay in Census Suit Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to postpone a trial over the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The request submitted to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Monday says a federal judge in New York should not move forward with a Monday trial ...

N.C. School Shooting Kills 1

The Associated Press A North Carolina high school student shot and killed a fellow student during a fight in a crowded school hallway Monday, officials said, calling the incident a case of bullying that “escalated out of control” which had students scurrying to escape and parents rushing ...

Some Say Iran Sanctions Are Too Weak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president’s biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next month won’t be tough enough. As President Donald Trump prepares to re-impose a second ...

ACLU: Vagrancy Ordinance Is Unconstitutional, Discriminatory

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia says a city’s proposed vagrancy ordinance is unconstitutional and discriminates against people for being homeless. The local ACLU sent a letter to St. Albans officials Friday asking city council members to ...

WWII Marine Buried in W.Va.

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — A U.S. Marine from West Virginia whose remains were identified more than a half-century after he was killed during a World War II battle on a Pacific island has been buried with full military honors. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Joe Lukie was buried Saturday in Oak Hill. ...

Students’ Mini Satellite Going Into Space on NASA Launch

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Ten students from Brookhaven and Cheat Lake elementary schools are slipping the surly bonds of Earth next month. A mini-satellite they crafted is going up on a NASA launch to resupply the International Space Station. The students are members of the “Monongalia ...

Activists Demand Closure Of Puerto Rico Zoo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Animal rights activists demanded Friday that Puerto Rico permanently close its only zoo and relocate all animals to sanctuaries following reports of deaths and improper care. The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund and local organizations accused the U.S. ...

Man Arrested Trying to Steal Magna Carta

LONDON (AP) — A man suspected of trying to steal a Magna Carta from its display case at Salisbury Cathedral has been arrested after he was wrestled to the ground by cathedral employees, British authorities said Friday. Wiltshire Police said cathedral alarms sounded Thursday afternoon in the ...

Indian Authorities Brace For Worst Air Pollution Season

NEW DELHI (AP) — With air quality reduced to “very severe” in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major Hindu festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust. The government’s Central Pollution Control Board on ...

A Sweeping Legacy: Broom-Making Lives on in West Virginia

KIRBY, W.Va. (AP) — In 2017, West Virginia Public Broadcasting featured one of West Virginia’s last remaining broom makers; Kanawha County resident Jim Shaffer. The story ended with a question: would this dwindling art continue once Shaffer retired? Well, it turns out, a whole family in ...

Future Remains in Doubt, But Railroad Days Returns

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — On a cold October morning, as the church bells rang the noon hour and tourists and locals alike roamed Temple Street in Hinton bundled in coats and winter hats, Railroad Days was in full effect. Two weekends a year, the town at the conjunction of three rivers comes ...

Pats on the Back

n To Moundsville police officers involved in the “We’re not shaving ’til December” campaign to raise money for the Weekend Backpack meal program at Central Elementary School. A cut in grant funding forced suspension of the program, which provides food for some children to take home ...

Unwise and Unconstitutional

After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl. One of his opponents was an African American, who he and his friends knocked unconscious. Metcalf repeatedly kicked him in the head and, according to a witness, said, “Die, [N-word], die.” Metcalf was ...

Blowing the Whistle on Cheating

Is the INF Treaty so important that the Russians should be allowed to cheat on it without consequence? That’s the implication of the criticisms of President Donald Trump for saying that he’s pulling out of the Cold War-era arms-control agreement. Mikhail Gorbachev deemed Trump’s stated ...

Democrats Finding That Hating Trump Not Enough to Win

Are Republicans finally getting the message? Polls (notoriously inaccurate, as Hillary Clinton, MSNBC and The Young Turks can attest) that earlier showed Democrats taking the House — and possibly even the Senate — are now wobbling with less certainty. Some leftward-leaning pundits are even ...

Trump Administration Orders 800 Troops to Mexican Border

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its ...

United States Sanctions Singapore Companies for Dealings With N. Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on the Singapore-based director of a commodities company accused of laundering money for North Korea through the U.S. financial system. The Department of Justice also unsealed criminal charges against the person, Tan Wee Beng, ...