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House Approves 9/11 Victims Bill, Advances It to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 402-12 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a vote before Congress goes ...

Trump Citizenship Plan Will Face Logistical Hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population “or more.” But his plan will likely be limited by ...

EPA Allows Pesticide Opposed by Beekeepers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday’s EPA ...

FTC OKs Roughly $5B Fine for Facebook

The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Facebook and the FTC declined to comment. The Journal said the 3-2 vote broke along party lines, ...

Appeals Court Gives Trump A Win in Sanctuary City Case

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court gave President Donald Trump a rare legal win in his efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” Friday, upholding the Justice Department’s decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with ...

Washington A.G. Opens Inquiry Into NRA’s Financial Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington D.C. has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association and its related charitable foundation as part of an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct inside the powerful gun lobbying organization. The subpoenas add to a ...

Prosecutors Fear Epstein May Influence Witnesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars until trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls, labeling him a “serial sexual predator” and saying he might try to influence witnesses after sending $350,000 recently to ...

Tropical Storm Starts Lashing Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in, threatening an epic drenching that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened its flood protections in the 14 years since ...

New Orleans Residents Debate Evacuation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Go or stay? It is a question people in and around New Orleans ask themselves every time a threatening storm lurks in the Gulf: a major hurricane like Katrina, which devastated the area in 2005 when levees failed, and now Tropical Storm Barry , which forecasters said was ...

Patching Up Relations

When Sir Kim Darroch’s secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration “dysfunctional ... unpredictable ... faction-riven ... diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the odds on his survival as U.K. ambassador plummeted. When President Donald ...

Uncertainty Clouds Mueller Testimony, Delay Possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — The timing of a highly-anticipated July 17 hearing with special counsel Robert Mueller was thrown into doubt Friday as Democrats negotiated a possible one-week delay with Mueller’s representatives and the Justice Department. The negotiations are ongoing, but an agreement ...

Dems, Republicans Spar Over Migrants’ Conditions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House Democratic freshmen who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas “in front of the American flag” and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT From 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, officers handled 15 traffic stops, four accidents and one miscellaneous call. At 8:04 a.m., Center Wheeling, sweep. At 8:36 a.m., Euclid Avenue, abandoned vehicle. At 8:49 a.m., Eagle Avenue, burglary. At 9:32 a.m., ...

Acosta Exits Amid Criticism

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to the lengthy list of departures from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with ...

Clean Greens

Dear Heloise: What’s the best way to SAFELY WASH GREENS? I love a fresh, delicious salad this time of year. -- Kelly T. in San Antonio Kudos, Kelly, for eating greens! Here are a few hints: ∫ Wash greens immediately before eating, not when you first bring them home. ∫ From a head ...

Wanted: Real Service For Customers

DEAR ANNIE: Am I the only one who feels that life is too complicated these days and that I feel absolutely powerless when it comes to calling a big company to get service? I am old enough to remember the days when we bought a television, put it in the car, drove home, plugged it in, played with ...

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Leaves A Legacy

NEW YORK (AP) — From corrupt, brutal overseers to the fraught world of inmate hierarchy to unlikely friendships and romances, “Orange is the New Black” told deeply rich and complex stories about life for women behind bars that resonated far beyond prison walls. While it was originally ...

Swift Shakes Off Drama With Fun Performance

NEW YORK (AP) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she’s not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn’t directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first ...

Morgan, U.S. Women’s Team Honored at the ESPYS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. women’s national soccer team celebrated its Women’s World Cup victory on both coasts Wednesday, honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City before jetting to the West Coast and collecting trophies at The ESPYS in the evening. Alex Morgan won female ...

‘Robot Umpires’ Have Arrived

YORK, Pa. (AP) — “Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in ...