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Manufacturer says corrosion caused ride to break apart

COLUMBUS (AP) — Excessive corrosion on a support beam caused a “catastrophic failure” of a thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair that killed an 18-year-old man and injured seven others, the ride’s Dutch manufacturer said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook. The statement said KMG ...

‘Friend’ always wants help

DEAR ABBY: My husband has been so-called friends with a man I’ll call “Roy” for almost 30 years. During the 23 years I have been in the picture, I have noticed their friendship seems one-sided. We hear from Roy only when he’s down on his luck or needs help moving or lifting something. ...

‘Dark Tower’ tops slow weekend at theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — After a decade of development and several postponements, the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” debuted with an estimated $19.5 million in North American ticket sales, narrowly edging out the two-week leader “Dunkirk.” The modest result for “The ...

Taylor Swift expected to testify in groping case

DENVER (AP) — A few moments at a backstage photo session four years ago are about to be relived, as lawyers for pop star Taylor Swift and a former disc jockey she accuses of groping her begin picking jurors today in their dueling lawsuits. Radio host David Mueller sued the singer-songwriter, ...

Would-be rap star seizes office in ABC comedy ‘The Mayor’

NEW YORK (AP) — An unlikely outsider wins political office: Sound familiar? ABC’s new sitcom “The Mayor” has its own version, set in an economically depressed town where a young rapper runs for mayor just to generate publicity for his music — but much to everyone’s shock — ...

Rolling Stones guitarist feared the worst with cancer call

LONDON (AP) — Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that he feared the worst after being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. The 70-year-old guitarist says he thought it might be “time to say goodbye,” after a doctor performing routine tests offered the news that he ...

Four newspapers top WVPA editorial honors

DAVIS, W.Va. — Four West Virginia newspapers earned first-place General Excellence awards, which honor outstanding achievement by circulation division, in the 2017 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The General Excellence Award winners were The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

WVPA honors excellence in advertising

DAVIS, W.Va. — Four West Virginia newspapers earned first-place General Excellence awards, which honor outstanding achievement by circulation division, in the 2017 West Virginia Press Association’s Advertising Awards Competition. The General Excellence Award winners are Charleston ...

Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will keep fighting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies with a federal lawsuit alleging it’s illegal for the federal government to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday. The mayor said Chicago ...

Floods raise questions in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy weekend rainfall in New Orleans overwhelmed the municipal pump stations, leaving parts of the community flooded, and some officials say they’re not satisfied with the city’s response. “Are our city pumps working as they should?” Councilman Jason Williams ...

Minnesota mosque explosion ‘deeper,’ ‘scarier’ than threats

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Minneapolis, like other U.S. mosques, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. But leaders say they’re more frightened after a weekend attack in which an explosive shattered windows and damaged a room as worshippers ...

Rare August tornado sends 30 to hospital in Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A rare late summer tornado smashed into a shopping district of Tulsa early Sunday just hours after it was packed with people, sending more than two dozen people to hospitals including two with life-threatening injuries, many of them from restaurants that were either ...

Pence slams report on possible 2020 presidential bid

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has pushed back against a news report suggesting he is laying groundwork for a possible presidential bid in 2020 if President Donald Trump does not run. In a statement released by the White House, Pence said Sunday’s story in The New York ...

Bucs get home run insurance

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams allowed one hit over seven dominant innings to outduel Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory on Monday night. Williams (5-4) struck out five and walked two, giving up only a leadoff single to James McCann in the ...

Browns’ Brock Osweiler named preseason starter

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Brock Osweiler has risen from trade throw-in to preseason starter. The Browns’ quarterback saga has produced another surprise. Osweiler was picked by coach Hue Jackson over Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan to start Thursday’s exhibition opener ...

Reds offense explodes in a victory over the Padres

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto homered for the third straight game and pulled into a tie with Ted Kluszewski on the Reds’ career list Monday night, leading Cincinnati to an 11-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Reds homered four times in all, with Patrick Kivlehan hitting his first ...

Average U.S. mortgage rates steady; 30-year at 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were little changed this week after declining for two straight weeks. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages inched up to 3.93 percent from 3.92 percent last week. While historically low, that’s ...

Unemployment rate falls

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, a second straight month of robust gains that underscore the economy’s vitality as it enters a ninth year of expansion. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate slipped to 4.3 percent, matching a 16-year low ...

Workplace death rate higher for older workers

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of ...

Companies taking steps to keep older workers safe on job

When managers at Bon Secours Virginia Health System started analyzing workers’ compensation cases, they noticed a bad combination: Older nurses were having problems from lifting heavy and sicker patients. “We saw an increase in back injuries and older workers were more likely to suffer ...