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A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic, opens up a modern era

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry’s royal heritage, Meghan Markle’s biracial roots and the pair’s shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the ...

Bishop brings U.S. flair to royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday’s royal wedding as much as the guest preacher whose sermon brought American fire and flair to a very English church service. The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in ...

Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian ops

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia. She’s sure to tap that latter experience as she takes ...

Feds OK 55 West Virginia ‘opportunity zones’

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal officials have approved 55 locations across West Virginia to become “opportunity zones,” an economic development designation created under President Donald Trump’s tax law. In a news release Friday, Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announced ...

Gunman blasted through door, lingered for about 30 minutes

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses said. Dmitrios Pagourtzis fired again through ...

Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors ‘critical’

HAVANA (AP) — The only three survivors of Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet crashed in a fireball in Havana’s rural outskirts with 113 people on board. In the first official death toll provided by authorities, ...

Before and after welfare handouts

Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the streets because they could not find food or basic ...

Are Netanyahu and Bolton in the wheel house now?

Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that ...

Teen keeps dangerous late hours

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is 19 and lives with me. She is seeing a 26-year-old man who has a child with another woman he didn’t marry. When my daughter goes out with him, he keeps her out until 3:30 a.m. or later. He has done this twice that I know of. I had a conversation with him, and he ...

Movie moms no match for mighty ‘Avengers’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Avengers: Infinity War” is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theaters, easily beating out the mom-themed fare. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that “Infinity War” has added $61.8 million from North American theaters bringing its total ...

With exposes, book and TV deals, Farrow on run of a lifetime

NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps the least surprising aspect of The New Yorker magazine’s story on abuse allegations against New York’s attorney general last week was Ronan Farrow’s name on it as one of the authors. Farrow has been on a head-spinning run that started in October with an expose ...

Lava fissure prompts evacuations

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A new fissure emitting steam and lava spatter spurred Hawaii officials to call for more evacuations on Sunday as residents braced for an expected eruption from the Kilauea volcano. The Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an alert after the fissure was discovered along a ...

France digging into attacker’s life

PARIS (AP) — Investigators are following the trail of a 20-year-old Frenchman born in Chechnya who rampaged through a festive Paris neighborhood slashing passers-by with a knife, raising anew the specter of terrorism in France after less than two months of calm. Using a knife, the man ...

Trump says U.S. will help penalized Chinese firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising overture to China, President Donald Trump said Sunday he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get “back into business,” saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers. At issue is ...

Couple, company clash over pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — George Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start. The natural gas pipeline is routed to run through the southwest Virginia farm his family has owned for seven generations. The 88-year-old Navy veteran never considered signing an easement agreement ...

Starbucks changes bathroom policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starbucks has adopted an open-bathroom policy following the arrest last month of two African American men at a coffee shop in Philadelphia. Chairman Howard Schultz says he doesn’t want the company to become a public bathroom, but feels employees can make the “right ...

Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is reporting another quarterly loss. That’s because strong gains in package deliveries were outweighed by an unrelenting decline in mail volume and the costs of its health care and pension obligations. The financial report released Friday comes ...

April consumer prices up 0.2 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — American drivers paid more for gas, but overall consumer prices rose only modestly in April, a sign that inflation remains mild. The modest pace of consumer inflation may send a reassuring signal to the Federal Reserve, which is considering how quickly to raise interest ...

Flower town’s shift to pot produces odor

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (AP) — This picturesque coastal town cradled by mountains and sandy shores is a scene out of a Southern California postcard. Residents of Carpinteria say they feel lucky to live in what they consider a slice of paradise. But change is in the air. And sometimes, they say, ...

Officials announce Hepatitis A efforts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have announced enhanced efforts to prevent more hepatitis A cases in Kanawha and Putnam counties. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that part of those efforts include embedding an ...