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Colorful self-made billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at 89

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, has died. He was 89. The cause of death was leukemia, a family spokesman said Tuesday. Perot, whose 19% of the ...

Memoir recalls misbehaving stars, moguls

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Hollywood executive Harris Katleman has an eclectic, five-decade track record that could only be the result of skill, moxie and luck. He championed the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the WWII novel “From Here to Eternity,” made the impresarios behind “The ...

Locals worry about Woodstock 50 coming on short notice

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — Holding the Woodstock 50 festival at a horse track on short notice could be a safety risk, a sheriff says, although promoters said Tuesday that they remain confident. Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol is among the local officials and residents expressing concerns about ...

Man drowns in West Virginia lake after cliff dive

SUMMERSVILLE (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man has drowned in Summersville Lake. WSAZ-TV reports rescue crews recovered the body of 24-year-old Colin Wayne Harris of Ronceverte on Friday night. Nicholas County Sheriff William Nunley says Harris had jumped off a cliff into the lake ...

Wyoming coal miners left wondering after bankruptcy filing

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coal workers who were locked out of their jobs after Blackjewel LLC filed for bankruptcy protection are wondering whether they’ll ever be called back to work. The West Virginia-based company has 580 employees at two open-pit mines in northeastern Wyoming, ...

Officials recover helicopter that crashed in Bahamas

HAVANA (AP) — Accident investigators in the Bahamas say they have recovered the helicopter that crashed after taking off from a remote private island on July 4, killing coal billionaire Chris Cline and six other Americans, as well as a British citizen. The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation ...

Man arrested in Washington mobile home fire that killed four

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected in a mobile home fire in Washington state that killed four people. His wife and three young children who lived with them have not been seen since the blaze. Police booked Matthew Timothy Wetherington, 34, into jail Saturday ...

Police arrest teen accused of gunfire at mall

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested one of two teenagers they say opened fire at a San Francisco Bay Area shopping mall days earlier, wounding two people. San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini announced the arrest Saturday of a 16-year-old San Francisco boy on suspicion of attempted ...

The assault on Western civilization

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. Judeo-Christian morality has ...

‘Spider-Man’ soars with $185.1M over six-day holiday weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the first Marvel movie after “Avengers: Endgame,” swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening Tuesday ...

Stevie Wonder to get kidney transplant

LONDON (AP) — Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall. The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement after performing “Superstition” at the end of a ...

Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to World Heritage list

CHICAGO (AP) — The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Los Angeles’ Hollyhock House and the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage ...

Remembering baby they lost an annual ritual for couple

DEAR ABBY: Thank you for responding to “Crystal in Nevada’s” June 7 question about her aunt and her aunt’s baby who was stillborn. Few people talk openly about pregnancy loss, yet I worry your response might discourage parents from remembering their children out loud, for fear it might ...

Iran steps further from nuke deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran increased its uranium enrichment Sunday beyond the limit allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, inching its program closer toward weapons-grade levels while calling for a diplomatic solution to a crisis heightening tensions with the U.S. Iran’s move, ...

DHS official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, a trademark issue for his ...

Dems care more about illegals than vets, middle class

It’s official. Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez confirms the Party fully endorses free health care for illegal immigrants. That puts illegals ahead of veterans struggling to qualify for civilian care, middle-class working stiffs priced out of Obamacare and baby boomers facing the likelihood ...

Biden’s vulnerability or the Democrats’?

Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate — managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of “hurt” instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much as ...

Man arrested in Oregon in death of Mouseketeer

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon have arrested a man in the death of an original member of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Daniel James Burda, 36, was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal ...

Authorities: Explosion at Florida shopping plaza injures 21

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale. ...

Officials: Searches find nobody in blast-damaged Nevada dorm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say thorough searches of a University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory building that was heavily damaged by an explosion found nobody inside and all students are accounted for. Officials said during a news conference Saturday that the cause of the Friday explosion ...