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Apple upstages Amazon in new locations

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly ...

Starbucks to expand delivery in U.S., China

By DEE-ANN DURBIN The Associated Press NEW YORK — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China as it tries to accelerate growth in those two markets. The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with Uber ...

People in the news

Host apologizes for homophobic slur NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump attacked MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Thursday for using a homophobic slur on the air and tweeted that if a conservative person had said it, “that person would be banned permanently from television.” “She will ...

The Trump campaign flap

By Jonah Goldberg Let’s imagine that President Trump gave a White House news conference in the nude. “As you can see,” he might say, paraphrasing the semi-apocryphal quip Winston Churchill made when FDR accidentally encountered him emerging from a hot bath in the White House, disrobed. ...

Up against the Pelosi wall

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY Congressional Democrats are butting heads with President Donald Trump over his demand for $5 billion to continue building a wall along the southern border. Rep. Nancy Pelosi vows not one dollar will go for a wall. She calls the idea of a wall “immoral.” Not building ...

Liberty gifts

By JOHN STOSSEL Struggling to find gifts to get for loved ones? How about a book? I just made a video about some books that shaped my thinking. First, Friedrich Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” recounts how government trying to centrally plan an economy often leads to ...

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally. Although the resolutions ...

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

By JESSICA GRESKO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released today. The report by the ...

Flu is in season

JOHNSTOWN — According to the Fulton County Department of Public Heath, last year’s flu season was rough. The Center for Disease Control classified 2017-2018 a high severity season with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness, high ...

Trump lashes out at Cohen

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK — President Donald Trump offered a simple defense Thursday to accusations he broke campaign finance law by directing attorney Michael Cohen to orchestrate hush-money payments to conceal Trump’s alleged affairs: He was following terrible advice ...

Israel destroys border tunnels

By SARAH EL DEEB The Associated Press MAYS AL-JABAL, Lebanon — As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch. The mood was light as the crowd observed what Israel says is a military operation ...

Ex-Trump lawyer gets 3 years in prison

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s ...

N.Y. city council holds a hearing on Amazon move

NEW YORK — New York City Council members grilled Amazon executives about the company’s plan to build a secondary headquarters in New York during a contentious hearing Wednesday that was interrupted several times by jeering protesters. The council members, who have no vote on the project ...

State news in brief

Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers. Authorities say the passenger carrying the songbirds arrived Saturday from Guyana. The New York ...

What’s France’s endgame?

Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson moved from Malibu to Marseille recently and made a trenchant observation on Twitter about the recent fuel tax protests by “Gilets Jaunes” (“Yellow Vests”) motorists. “I despise violence,” Anderson tweeted, “but what is the violence of ...

Mass murder money

The Department of Justice has announced it’s sending the last installment — nearly $17 million of a total $20 million — to aid survivors of the October 2017 deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The toll was 58 dead and some 600 physically injured after a lone gunman took up a high ...

The lost and the entitled

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off. He slid a canister of Endust toward me. “Spray the cloth,” he said, “not the machine.” I started choking on my sense of humiliation. This poor baby was covered with dust. How could I be so ...

Cuba health mystery: Study shows diplomats had ear damage

By JENNIFER KAY and LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press MIAMI — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized ...

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‘A Star Is Born’ tops awards nominations NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Cooper’s romance revival “A Star Is Born” has led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble. Nominations were announced Wednesday morning in West Hollywood, Calif., ...

French police want suspect dead or alive

By SYLVIE CORBET The Associated Press PARIS — French security forces were trying to catch the suspected Strasbourg gunman dead or alive, an official said Thursday, two days after an attack near the city’s Christmas market. Local authorities, meanwhile, increased the death toll to ...