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‘Toy Story 4’ opens big but well below Disney’s expectations with $118M

NEW YORK (AP) — “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels, but the Pixar film’s below-expectations debut didn’t quell continuing concerns about a rocky summer movie season. The “Toy Story ...

Lake house vacation tradition changes after mom’s passing

DEAR ABBY: Every summer, my husband and I, our two boys and my parents would take several vacations at Mom and Dad’s lake home. This is where Dad grew up and where we spent countless vacations as children. It holds much sentimental value to us all. We were lucky enough to have our own space ...

Pompeo: U.S. ready for N. Korea talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the U.S. was prepared to resume talks with North Korea “at a moment’s notice” if the North signaled it wanted discussions about denuclearization. Pompeo said he hoped that a letter recently sent by President Donald Trump to ...

Average U.S. price of gasoline drops 11 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline dropped 11 cents per gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.73. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that lower crude oil prices contributed to the drop at the pump. Oil prices rose last ...

Buttigieg hears criticism at emotional town hall after shooting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced criticism Sunday from angry residents of South Bend, Indiana, at an emotional town hall meeting a week after a white police officer fatally shot a black man in the city where he is mayor. Buttigieg said he would ...

WWII veteran takes to the air again

MOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah (AP) — A World War II veteran mourning his wife of 73 years has honored her memory with a flight in a plane like he once flew over France and Germany. Bill Willis’s wife, Julia, had always encouraged her husband to reflect on his war stories and fly again, but he ...

Pompeo seeks a global coalition to combat Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran. Pompeo spoke as he left ...

Trump says he’d rather face Biden in 2020 election

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he’d prefer to run for re-election against Joe Biden, suggesting that the former vice president won’t be the “great candidate” Hillary Clinton was in 2016. Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Clinton was “very ...

Bikers bid goodbye to seven motorcyclists killed in crash

COLUMBIA, N.H. (AP) — A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a scene of mourning and reflection Sunday as about 400 people paid tribute to seven bikers killed in a devastating collision with a pickup truck . The victims of the wreck Friday evening ...

Dems’ agenda: Kill jobs; pander to freeloaders

Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, including front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, flocked to the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress on Monday, each trying to outpander their rivals and promise the most government handouts. It was an alarming spectacle for anyone ...

Will Biden repudiate his segregationist friends?

“Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body.” Thus did a stung Joe Biden answer rival Cory Booker’s demand he apologize for telling contributors, in a southern drawl, “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland, He never called me ...

Murderer in Charlottesville attack asks for ‘mercy’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Adolf Hitler admirer who plowed his car through a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge to show mercy and sentence him to a prison term shorter than a life ...

Public’s help sought after seven bikers die in crash with pickup

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Investigators issued a plea Saturday for the public to come forward with information as they try to determine what caused a pickup truck hauling a trailer to collide with a group of 10 motorcycles on a rural highway, killing seven bikers and leaving their community ...

Skydiving plane crashes in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — A skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff from a small seaside airfield on the island of Oahu, killing 11 people, officials said Saturday. Authorities initially reported that nine people died in the crash Friday evening and that three of them were ...

Sen. Inouye’s widow christens warship bearing his name

BATH, Maine (AP) — A Hawaiian delegation brought a tropical flair to a state known for cold weather as a U.S. Navy destroyer bearing the name of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was christened Saturday at Bath Iron Works. There were flowery leis around the necks of dignitaries and a giant one on ...

HIV cluster rises to 53 cases in Cabell County

HUNTINGTON (AP) — West Virginia health officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 53. The Herald-Dispatch reports the total increased by four cases in the past four weeks and nine cases in the past nine weeks. The cluster has spread primarily among intravenous drug ...

Restaurants could be first to get genetically modified salmon

NEW YORK (AP) — Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year. The salmon ...

Long-term mortgage rates little changed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week. The key 30-year, fixed-rate loan hovered around an average 3.8% for the third straight week. Before leveling off, rates marked six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels during this ...

Student plans to take on college by herself

DEAR ABBY: My niece, “Amelia,” was a straight-A student in high school. She took advanced placement courses from 10th grade through 12th and was in all honors classes. She talked about going into the medical field after she got her college degree. Before starting college she wanted to take ...

Joy Harjo is first Native American U.S. poet laureate

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time. “I’ve been an unofficial poetry ambassador — on the road for poetry for years,” the 68-year-old Harjo wrote in a recent email to The Associated Press. “I’ve often ...