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Manchin says he will not leave Senate to join administration

FAIRLEA, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not join Republican President Donald Trump’s administration. The Register-Herald reports Manchin addressed speculation that Trump was considering appointing him as energy secretary during a town hall meeting at the State ...

Suspect in killings of two Florida cops arrested

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar. Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon at a hospital ...

Two troopers wounded in Pennsylvania

FAIRCHANCE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper was critically injured when he was shot by a suspect in a robbery investigation before officers returned fire killing the shooter, state police said Saturday. A second trooper also was shot by the suspect Friday night outside a grocery ...

Case dismissed against man in beating of Chicago officer

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors dropped a gun charge against a Chicago man implicated in the 2014 beating of an off-duty police sergeant after the case unraveled amid questions about the actions of the sergeant and two other officers who were with him. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cook ...

Beleaguered Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Acknowledging that he has become a “political distraction,” President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over ...

‘Free speech rally’ cut short after massive counterprotest

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned “free speech rally” a week after a gathering of hate groups led ...

Charlottesville incident spurs Ohio cities to remove Confederate markers

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio cities have removed Confederate markers in the wake of last week’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Va., over the planned removal of a statute of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Police in Franklin on Saturday asked businesses near the site of a former marker to close ...

Sen. Capito criticizes Trump, says president should unite country

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from one of Donald Trump’s most popular states says the president’s comments about the violent white supremacist rally in Virginia has created a firestorm and that he should unite the country against racism. West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore ...

Suspects in stabbing death extradited

CHICAGO (AP) — Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, ...

Trump orders money available for flood victims

CHARLESTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made federal funding available to help people in four West Virginia counties recover from severe flooding, landslides and mudslides. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the money is available for people in Harrison, Marion, Marshall ...

State workers can attend conference at Gov. Justice’s resort

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission says state employees can attend a business conference at a resort owned by the Republican governor. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission says state workers can attend the conference at The Greenbrier, but they can’t spend ...

New MOV airport manager named

WILLIAMSTOWN — Glen Kelly— a retired special forces colonel, current Washington County Emergency Management director and former director of the Morgantown Municipal Airport — has accepted an offer to become the next manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. Kelly, who also served ...

U.S. officials claim confrontation with North Korea not imminent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea’s is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago. CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President ...

Teenager joins race to be governor of Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — He won’t even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he’s serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas. Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another ...

North Korean tensions aren’t deterring tourists from Guam

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been at the center of North Korean and U.S. threats during the past week. Won Hyung-jin, an official from Modetour, a large South Korean travel agency, said ...

Is a college education worth it?

August is the month when parents bid farewell to not only their college-bound youngsters but also a sizable chunk of cash for tuition. More than 18 million students attend our more than 4,300 degree-granting institutions. A question parents, their college-bound youngsters and taxpayers should ...

High cost of our American Empire

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the American ...

Husband’s vices may be linked

DEAR ABBY: I am married to a great guy. We’ve been together 27 years, so I know him well. He recently stopped smoking after 30 years of nicotine addiction. He did it cold turkey, and he’s been smoke-free for three months now. I’m proud of him and tell him so. The problem is, when he ...

‘Annabelle’ prequel scares up $35M

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle: Creation” scared up an estimated $35 million in North American theaters over the weekend, making it easily the top film and giving the lagging August box office a shot in the arm. The opening came close to matching the film’s ...

Lion rescued from Syria gives birth in Jordan

SOUF, Jordan (AP) — The odds had been stacked against Hajar, a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, rescued from a defunct zoo in war-torn Syria, was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan. Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions, two bears and two tigers, had ...