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‘Multiple Victims’ Reported in Maryland Shooting

Active Shooter Situation Reported

PERRYMAN, Md. (AP) — Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an “active shooter situation.” The Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the Perryman area that involves “multiple victims.” They warn that the situation is still fluid and ask people to avoid the…

Drifter Charged in Stabbing Death of Champ Golfer in Iowa

1/3 (Luke Lu/Iowa State University via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (Barb Malchow/Iowa State University via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (Story County (Iowa) Jail via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption AMES, Iowa (AP) — A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round alone near her university campus in…

Survey Finds 2 Million US Teens are Vaping Marijuana

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)(AP) – A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics mean a little more than 2 million middle and high school students have used the devices…

Sen. Johnson Says Panel Should Hear From Kavanaugh Accuser

Voting Will Take Place Later This Week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the Senate Judiciary Committee should hear from a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. Johnson said in a Monday interview on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee that “this woman is willing to come forward and tell her story and…

Two Dead as Florence Drenches the Carolinas

Another 20 to 25 Inches of Rain on the way

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A mother and infant in North Carolina are dead after a tree fell on their home – the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence. The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment. No other information was given….

GM Recalls 1.2M Pickups, SUVs for Power Steering Problem

GM Recalled 2014 Model Year Trucks Last Year for the Same Problem

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 1.2 million big pickup trucks and SUVs mainly in North America because of power-assisted steering problems that have been cited in a number of accidents. GM says the power steering can fail momentarily during a voltage drop and suddenly return, mainly during low-speed turns. Such a failure increases the…

Florence Rolls Ashore in Carolinas, Tears Buildings Apart

Top Sustained Winds Have Dropped to 85 mph

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central South Carolina as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 21 mph on Friday morning in Columbia. That’s about 220 miles from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category…

Calling Teen Vaping ‘Epidemic,’ Officials Weigh Flavor ban

Recent Data Points to a Sharp Increase in Underage use of Handheld Nicotine Products

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about rising teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an “epidemic” and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. The warning from the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cited recent data that points to a sharp…

Families Gather at World Trade Center Site

Nearly 3,000 People Were Killed in the Attacks

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are commemorating the Sept. 11 terror attacks with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims. Thousands of victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected at Tuesday’s ceremony at the World Trade Center. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived at the airport in Johnstown on Tuesday shortly…

Carolinas Brace for Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Florence

Florence has Strengthened to Potential Category 4 Hurricane

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern…

Trump Aide Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days in Prison

Defense Lawyers Asked for Probation

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI. The sentence was imposed Friday in federal court in Washington. He is the first former campaign aide to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he…

Four Dead in Cincinnati Bank Shooting

The Gunman is Deaceased

CINCINNATI (AP) – Police in Cincinnati say the suspect in a downtown shooting that left four dead and two wounded didn’t work for the bank where the gunfire took place. Police Lt. Steve Saunders says Fifth Third Bancorp says the man was not a current or past employee. The gunman was among the four who died. Two other people were…

Major Opioid Maker to pay for Overdose-Antidote Development

Purdue is Making a $3.4 Million Grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics

(AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)(AP) – A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost…

Jet Quarantined in New York After Reports of Sick Passengers

100 of the 520 People on Board Were Being Evaluated

NEW YORK (AP) – A plane was quarantined at New York’s Kennedy Airport amid reports of numerous ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai. There were conflicting reports about how many people were sick aboard the Emirates flight, which landed around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday. The airline says about 10 passengers were ill and got medical attention “as a precaution.” The…

Midwest Economic Conditions Take Leap Forward

The Survey Covers Nine States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey report suggests economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states took a leap forward last month. The report released Tuesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 61.1 in August, compared with 57.0 in July. It’s the 21st straight month that the index remained above growth neutral 50.0. Creighton University economist Ernie…

At least 8 injured after Chicago explosion, roof collapse

The Cause of the Explosion is Still Unclear

CHICAGO (AP) — At least eight people were injured Thursday when an explosion caused a section of roof to collapse at a Chicago water reclamation plant, trapping some of the injured people inside, authorities said. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt told the Chicago Tribune that eight people had been taken to area hospitals and were in serious-to-critical condition. At…

Bubble gum Flavored Children’s Advil Recalled

THe Doseage Cups Were Marked Teaspoons Instead of Milliliters

(AP) – Pfizer Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling one lot of children’s Advil suspension bubble gum flavored medication in the four ounce bottle due to consumer complaints that the dosage cup could lead to overdose. Pfizer says they received customer complaints that the dosage cup on the bottle was marked by teaspoons and the label instructions are in milliliters. The…

Wisconsin DNR to Relocate 300 Ruffed Grouse to Missouri

The Goal is to Capture 100 Birds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to relocate 300 ruffed grouse to Missouri. The Department of Natural Resources plans to move about 100 birds annually over the next three years to east-central Missouri’s River Hills region. DNR officials say ruffed grouse are native to Missouri but the population there has declined over the last several decades as forests…

Texan Says he’s Selling 3D-Printed gun Plans, Despite Ruling

Tuesday Morning Wilson had Already Received 400 Orders

(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, despite a federal court order barring him from posting the plans online. Cody Wilson said at a news conference that…

Pruitt Center Hopes to Better UWS Mental Health

New Mindfulness and Wellbeing Center Opens at University of Wisconsin-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As fun as college may be, those 4 years are no walk in the park. A 2016 UCLA study found that in over 100 different institutions, 33% of students had considered suicide in college, due to stress. Today, the University of Wisconsin-Superior opened up a safe place for stressed students to go. Different faculty, staff and members of…

Bear Attack Injures 10-Year-old boy in Yellowstone Park

Initital Investigations Allege the Bear was a Grizzly Bear

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bear charged a family hiking in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday, knocking down and injuring a 10-year-old boy before his parents were able to drive the animal off with bear spray, park officials said. The unidentified boy from Washington state was transferred to a hospital for puncture wounds to his back, wounds around his buttocks…

Ex-CDC Director Thomas Frieden Arrested on sex Abuse Charge

He is Charged With Forcible Touching, sex Abuse and Harassment

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been arrested in New York on a sex abuse charge. The New York Police Department says Thomas Frieden was arrested on Friday morning in Brooklyn. WABC says Frieden surrendered to face charges that he grabbed the buttocks of a…

Iowa Student Killed by ‘Sharp Force Injuries’

No Details About What Caused the Injuries

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – Preliminary autopsy results show that Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries.” The state medical examiner has determined that Tibbetts’ death was a homicide. No details were released about what caused the sharp force injuries. The agency says further examination may result in additional findings. The Division of Criminal…

Sears to Close Another 46 Stores in November

As of May 5, Sears had About 894 Stores

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow. The ailing company said Thursday that liquidation sales at the 46 unprofitable stores marked for closure will start Aug. 30, and the stores will close in November. The company said it informed its workers. The move…

Manafort Juror Says one Holdout Prevented 18-Count Conviction

The Federal Jury Found Manafort Guilty on Eight Counts

(Dana Verkouteren via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts. Jurors repeatedly tried to persuade the holdout to “look at the paper trail” but she insisted there was reasonable doubt, juror Paula Duncan told Fox News. “We…

Herbalife Distributors Claim in $1B Suit Events Were a Sham

Herbalife’s Website Says it has About 2.3 Million Distributors

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)MIAMI (AP) — Patricia and Jeff Rodgers figured they did everything right to get rich beyond their wildest dreams selling Herbalife health and personal care products. They attended all of the “Circle of Success” events, brought in new recruits, met their quotas on buying Herbalife goods to sell and even set up a storefront shop. But they…

Flight Attendant Mistakes air Marshal for Passenger With gun

The Airline is Working With Investigators

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A federal air marshal was removed from a United Airlines flight in Minneapolis after a flight attendant mistook him for a gun-carrying passenger. The Transportation Safety Administration says the marshal was apprehended along with another marshal after Flight 3531 landed Monday night at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. According to the agency, the marshal was on official business….

Minnesota Task Force Addresses Affordable Housing Shortage

They Suggest Building 300,000 new Homes by 2030

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota housing task force is recommending broad changes in funding, technology and regulation to meet a statewide demand for affordable housing. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the task force has made 30 recommendations and identified six goals to improve access to housing. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed the task force last year. The task…

Immigrant Charged With Murder of Iowa College Student

The Charge Carries a Manadatory Life in Prison

(Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP) MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a rural field, authorities said Tuesday. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree…

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Charges Involving Hush Money

Sentencing Could be From 46 to 63 Months

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal. The 51-year-old Cohen said in federal court in New York on Tuesday that he made the payments in coordination with Trump,…

Ex-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Guilty of Eight Charges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump’s winning presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes Tuesday in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president’s associates. A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on. The verdict was part…

Officials Believe Body of Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts Found

Information is not Available Regarding the Location of the Body

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Investigators believe they have found the body of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who has been missing for more than a month. The 20-year-old woman was last seen July 18, jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn in central Iowa. Greg Willey, the vice president of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says a body…

PepsiCo Buys SodaStream for $3.2 Billion

JERUSALEM (AP) — PepsiCo bought carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion on Monday, a move the beverage giant hopes will further help it adjust as consumers drink less traditional soda and opt more for flavored waters and other drinks. The deal is also a boon to SodaStream, which has enjoyed a resurgence after being targeted by anti-Israel boycotters in…

Pence’s Return Highlights White House’s Focus on Minnesota

The White House is Focused on Minnesota Ahead of Election

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is heading back to Minnesota. Minnesota Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan announced Monday that Pence will return to Minnesota Aug. 30 and will be stopping in Bloomington for a fundraising event. It’s the latest evidence of the White House’s keen focus on Minnesota ahead of an election filled with competitive races…

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

(AP) – Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people’s homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses happened Wednesday….

Woman Sues Surgeon who Wrongly Removed her Kidney

The Surgery was Supposed to Remove an Adrenal Gland and Mass

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An Iowa woman is suing a South Dakota surgeon and his practice for wrongly removing one of her kidneys. The lawsuit filed by Dena Knapp alleges that Dr. Scott Baker erroneously removed her healthy right kidney instead of removing an adrenal gland and a mass on the gland during a surgery in Sioux Falls in…

Student Stabbed on First day of School in Oklahoma

The Student has Been Airlifted to a Hospital

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) – Investigators say a student has been airlifted to a hospital after a stabbing at a central Oklahoma high school. Oklahoma County sheriff’s spokesman Mark Opgrande says deputies were called to Luther High School in the small town of Luther following the reported stabbing Thursday morning. Opgrande says a student suspected in the attack is in custody….

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Franklin was 76 Years old

(AP Photo/Shea Walsh, file)DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ″I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a…

Researchers Look Into Lake Superior Algae Bloom

Researchers Will Know by end of Week if Bloom is Toxic

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it’s toxic. Minnesota Public Radio reports that kayakers and other visitors to the popular lake shore along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae last week on Lake Superior’s surface. Robert Sterner directs the…

Vermont Nominates 1st US Transgender Candidate for Governor

Hallquist Defeated Three Other Democrats

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WASHINGTON (AP) – A former utility executive from Vermont has become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor. Christine Hallquist defeated three other Democrats en route to victory in Tuesday’s primary. The former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative says she’s running because she feels she has the best plan to help…

Jury Awards $289M to man who Blames Roundup for Cancer

Monsanto has Denied a Link Between Glyphosate and Cancer

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto’s Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, the man’s lawyers said. “I’m glad to be here to be able…

Devastating Toxic Algae Bloom Plagues Florida’s Gulf Coast

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida’s southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. “I’ve never seen it this bad,” said 31-year-old Heather Lamb of Venice. She’s…

Cars Plunge as Highway Bridge Collapses in Italy; 22 Dead

A 260 Foot Stretch of the Bridge Collapsed

(Vigili Del Fuoco via AP)MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging  nearly 150 feet into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eight injured in the tragedy. A…

Lawmakers vow Action on Google Location Tracking

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation shows that using Google services on Android devices and iPhones allows the company to record your whereabouts as you go about your day, even if you’ve used privacy settings that are supposed to prevent it from doing so….

Florida Parking lot Shooter Charged in “Stand Your Ground” Case

Drejka has Been Charged with Manslaughter

(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida prosecutors have charged a white man in the death of an unarmed black man whose videotaped shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida’s “stand your ground” law. The Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe said Monday that 47-year-old Michael Drejka has been charged…

Trump Tweets About Harley-Davidson Boycott

New Tariffs Could Cost the Company $100 Million Annually

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump is backing calls for a Harley-Davidson boycott amid an ongoing steel tariff dispute. Harley-Davidson drew Trump’s wrath in June after the manufacturer announced it is moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe to facilities outside the U.S. The company blames the decision on tariffs imposed by the European Union to retaliate for tariffs…

Crocs to outsource manufacturing of clogs, other footwear

They are Also Focusing on More Online Sales

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) NIWOT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado-based footwear company Crocs Inc. is closing company-owned manufacturing plants in Italy and Mexico by year’s end and replacing its chief financial officer. The company announced the outsourcing of additional manufacturing and the closure of a distribution facility in Mexico Tuesday while reporting a second-quarter profit of $30.4 million, or 35 cents…

NFL Players Protest During Anthem, Drawing Rebuke From Trump

There has Been no Change in the NFL’s Policy Regarding the National Anthem

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)(AP) – NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem at several preseason games Thursday night, protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump said Friday players “make a fortune doing what they love,” and those who refuse to stand “proudly” for the anthem should be suspended…

Trump Going Ahead With Taxes on $16B in Chinese Imports

The new Tariffs are in Addition to Existing Tariffs

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will go ahead with imposing 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports. Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax Aug. 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said. The list is heavy on industrial products such as steam turbines…

General Electric Laying off 200 Workers at Turbine Plant

GE Laid off 130 Workers in January

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its upstate New York plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit. Boston-based GE announced Tuesday that the layoffs include unionized manufacturing and assembly employees at its facilities in Schenectady, where Thomas Edison co-founded the company in 1892. Another 25 unfilled…