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Iran envoy warns of major conflict if hit for Saudi attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “all-out war,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom’s oil industry that shook ...

Police: Mom left child in car while working at strip club

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — Police say they found a 3-year-old girl wandering in a parking lot while her mother worked inside a South Florida strip club. Lauderhill police Lt. Michael Santiago says in a news release that someone called 911 early Tuesday after seeing a child roaming ...

Trump: Gun bill negotiations going ‘very slowly’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales. In a Fox News interview, Trump said no ...

Exercise rehearses for the worst in city fun zone

CINCINNATI (AP) — On the eve of Cincinnati’s boisterous annual Oktoberfest celebration, hundreds of people, some covered in fake blood, and first responders Thursday rehearsed for the worst — a terror attack in the riverside entertainment area. The morning-long exercise at The Banks ...

Cultural appropriation is a tedious subject

Fashion brand Carolina Herrera has been unfairly dragged on the carpet of shame for creating an elegant gown adorned with Mexican motifs. The charge, “cultural appropriation,” was made by no less a person of authority than Mexico’s cultural minister. Cultural appropriation is typically ...

Anti-Kavanaugh campaign could be just beginning

The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn’t required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn’t required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn’t even really required any elected Democratic officials. The campaign has been carried out by an ...

Hong Kong stands athwart an increasingly nasty regime

HONG KONG — Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material and moral, to Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland, where it was ...

New company enters possible deal for idle Wyoming mines

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Another buyer has entered a potential bankruptcy deal that could allow two idle Wyoming mines to reopen but would in effect pay the coal company to do so. Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy said Wednesday it reached a tentative deal to pay Jasper, Alabama-based FM ...

Hospital cuts 25 workers, cites drop in revenue

FAIRMONT (AP) — A West Virginia hospital announced that it is laying off 25 employees due to a reduction in patients and revenue. News outlets report Fairmont Regional Medical Center made the announcement Wednesday in a statement. Alecto Healthcare Services, the hospital’s parent ...

Magistrate resigns following suspension over education

CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia magistrate has resigned after it was discovered that she never finished high school, officials said Thursday. The resignation of former Ohio County Magistrate Janine Varner comes after the state Supreme Court of Appeals suspended her without pay on ...

Outburts spoiling debates

DEAR ABBY: I frequently socialize with friends who like to participate in debates. We share different opinions on topics such as politics, geopolitical events, etc. Sometimes we agree; sometimes we don’t. The problem is “Bob.” When others don’t see things the way he does, he throws a ...

Brad Pitt space odyssey in ‘Ad Astra’

* “Ad Astra” — Having stayed rigorously close to his native New York for much of his career, writer-director James Gray has lately been making up for lost time. His last film, “The Lost City of Z,” journeyed into the Amazon, circa early 20th century. His latest, “Ad Astra,” ...

‘Middle of the herd’ no more: Amazon tackles climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company, which ships more than a 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes and ...

17 charged in California-to-West Virginia drug operation

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 17 people have been charged with distributing methamphetamine and heroin in shipments from California to West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the charges in a statement Wednesday. The statement says packages containing meth were ...

More than 1K rescues, evacuations as Imelda soaks Texas

CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dangerously flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, scrambling rescue crews and volunteers with boats to reach scores of stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that ...

Trump presents medal to Ohio mass shootings responders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented the nation’s highest award for public safety Monday to six Ohio police officers who responded swiftly to reports of gunfire last month in Dayton, confronted the shooter in under a minute and prevented more deaths. Trump also recognized ...

PG&E plan offers billions to victims, others after fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. released a plan Monday to offer nearly $18 billion to victims, insurance companies and cities and local governments in Northern California that battled wildfires sparked by electrical equipment. The preliminary plan filed in federal court is part of its ...

Waititi’s ‘Jojo’ finds mixed response

TORONTO (AP) — It’s just a few hours before “Jojo Rabbit” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. “I’m still learning, really, how to describe it,” Waititi ...

‘Dolemite Is My Name’ a return to form for Murphy

TORONTO (AP) — It took Eddie Murphy more than a decade to get a movie made about Rudy Ray Moore. Judging by the response to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the wait was worth it. “Dolemite Is My Name” drew some of the best reviews of Murphy’s career, following the ...

Vaping Stop using potentially unsafe devices

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. We now know they are not a “safe” alternative to cigarettes. (And that they certainly should not be ...