National

Remnants of hurricane help crews in Colorado, Wyoming fires

Western Wildfires

A welcome dose of rain spawned by a hurricane that churned through the Pacific has given a boost in...

National

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018. There are 194 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother. On this date: In 1782,...


Government

Trump says he'll be 'signing something' on detained children

Trump Immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has drafted an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. She was at the White House where Trump told reporters he would be “signing...


Business

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

Amazon Berkshire JPMorgan Health Care

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have picked well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees. The three corporate titans said Wednesday that Gawande will lead an independent company focused on a mission they announced...


National Business

Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than $70.3B

Battle For Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — The mouse is chasing the fox. Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox’s entertainment businesses following Comcast’s $65 billion offer for the company. The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and...


Business

Central bank chiefs of 4 major nations raise trade concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the central banks of four major economies are expressing alarm that multiple trade conflicts are threatening to slow global growth. The officials say the escalating trade fights involving the United States, China and Europe could erode business confidence, lead...


Business

Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties are criticizing tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says the tariffs are damaging the economy,...


Business

Tech companies lead US stocks higher as trade fears ease

Financial Markets Wall Street-3

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher Wednesday as global markets let go of some of their fears about the growing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Technology companies are making some of the largest gains. Twenty-First Century Fox is jumping after it agreed to a new deal with...


Business

Fed chair signals gradual rate hikes in tame inflation era

Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal Reserve will likely keep raising short-term interest rates at only a gradual pace, Fed chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday, partly because there are few signs, so far, that the ultra-low U.S. unemployment rate is pushing up inflation. In a speech in Portugal,...


National

Lawsuit: Georgia is denying equal access for deaf inmates

Deaf Inmates Lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia isn’t doing enough to help deaf and partially deaf people communicate while they’re locked up and after they’re released, which can lead to longer incarceration and more returns to prison, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. The complaint filed by the American...


Government

Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy

APTOPIX Sessions Sheriffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ church have denounced him over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border. Members of the United Methodist Church from across the...


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