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Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

Bolton Submitted his Resignation Tuesday Morning

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did…

Foxconn Executive Steps Away From Wisconsin Project

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Foxconn Technology Group says Louis Woo has stepped down as the executive who has represented the Taiwanese company in Wisconsin. Foxconn tells the Journal Times that Woo has “relinquished his project responsibilities to focus on addressing some personal matters.” Foxconn wasn’t specific on the personal matters or say if the change was permanent or temporary. Woo was…

America is Running out of White Claw Hard Seltzer

Sales of the Drink Grew 283% to $327.7 Million in July

NEW YORK – White Claw is a victim of its own success: The hard seltzer brand confirmed a nationwide shortage in the United States, sparked by the drink’s rising popularity. “We are working around the clock to increase supply given the rapid growth in consumer demand,” Sanjiv Gajiwala, White Claw’s senior vice president of marketing, told CNN Business. “White Claw…

Minnesota First Responders Head for North Carolina

15 Ambulances Are Headed to North Carolina to Help

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Three dozen first responders and 15 ambulances from Minnesota are headed to North Carolina to help with Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Tim Walz authorized the emergency response when North Carolina asked for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement between all 50 states. The first responders are divided into three teams which…

Walmart to Stop Selling Handgun Ammunition

Walmart Will Also Discontinue Handgun Sales in Alaska

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it. The announcement comes after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart…

Pentagon Sidelines 127 Military Building Projects to Fund Border Wall

Defense Secretary Mark Esper Approved the Transfer of Funds on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) – A total of 127 military construction projects are being sidelined by a Pentagon decision to shift $3.6 billion to build part of President Donald Trump’s border wall. Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the transfer of funds on Tuesday. The Pentagon will cut funding from military projects like schools, target ranges, daycare centers for military families, and maintenance…

CDC: Nearly 200 in 22 States Sick After Vaping

Officials Say it's not Clear if There's a Common Cause

CHICAGO (AP) – Health officials say the number of severe breathing illnesses reported in people who vape has grown to nearly 200 in 22 states. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new figures Friday and confirmed that an adult in Illinois is being counted as the first death in the investigation. An Illinois official said…

Trump Announces New Retaliatory Tariffs on China

Products Being Taxed at 25% Will now be Taxed at 30% as of October 1

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says products coming from China that were slated to be hit with a 10% tariff on Sept. 1 will now face a 15% tariff. Trump also says goods and products currently being taxed at 25% will be taxed at 30% starting Oct. 1. Trump’s comments come after China said it…

Billionaire Conservative Donor David Koch Dies at age 79

Koch Tied 11th Place on Forbes List of the Nation's Richest Men

WASHINGTON (AP) – Billionaire David Koch has died at age 79. Koch was a major donor to conservative causes and educational groups. His older brother, Charles Koch, said on Friday, “It is with a heavy heart that I now must inform you of David’s death.” The Kochs were best known for a vast political network they built that became popularly…

Omar, Tlaib Host News Conference on Travel Restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are hosting a news conference on travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel last week. At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott…

Medical Examiner Rules Epstein Death a Suicide by Hanging

He was Found Dead August 10

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s medical examiner has ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death a suicide. The medical examiner’s office said in a statement Friday that an autopsy and other evidence confirms the 66-year-old financier hanged himself in his cell at a federal jail. Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. Epstein was placed on…

Tlaib Says she Won’t Remain Silent During Trip

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is Granted Entry to the Israeli-Occupied Territory on ``Humanitarian Grounds.''

JERUSALEM (AP) – Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she will not let down the Palestinian people by remaining silent about their condition on a visit to the West Bank. That’s the case despite a letter she submitted earlier to the Israeli government in which she promised to respect any restrictions imposed on her visit to the West Bank. Tlaib tweeted…

Israel PM Says US Reps Barred Over Boycott Calls

Netanyahu's Office Issued a Statement Thursday

JERUSALEM (AP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel “is open to all visitors and all criticism,” but will bar entry to two U.S. Democratic congresswomen over their support for boycotts. Netanyahu’s office issued a statement Thursday saying that based on Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar’s itinerary for an upcoming visit to the West Bank and Jerusalem, “it became…

Police: Active Gunman Shooting at Police Officers in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Authorities say several Philadelphia police officers have been injured in an “active and ongoing” shooting situation in the city. Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted there was at least one suspect firing at police officers Wednesday afternoon. A police spokesman confirmed the shooting in the Nicetown section of the city but offered no other information. Temple University tweeted that…

Trump Changes Endangered Species Act Protections

The Trump Administration Finalized Major Changes Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) – California and Massachusetts say they’ll go to court to fight the Trump administration’s overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday that they planned to sue. It came hours after the administration announced broad changes to the way the government would enforce endangered species protections. Both…

Walmart Removes Images of Violence in Stores, but Will Still Sell Guns

There is no Change to the Company's Policy Regarding gun Sales

(AP Photo, File) (AP) – Walmart is removing from all of its stores signs, displays or videos that depict violence following a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, store that killed 22 people. The retailer instructed employees in an internal memo to remove any marketing material, turn off or unplug video game consoles that show violent games, and to…

FedEx to end Ground Delivery Business with Amazon

The Announcement was Made Wednesday

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx says it will no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon as the online shopping giant builds its own fleet and becomes more of a threat to delivery companies. The announcement Wednesday comes two months after FedEx terminated its air delivery contract with Amazon. FedEx said dumping Amazon is part of…

Pet Sitter Caught on Video Slamming Puppy to the Ground

Luckily the Puppy did not Suffer any Broken Bones or Bruises

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (FOX 9) – A woman pet sitting a puppy in Victorville was caught forcefully throwing the pet to the ground inside its owner’s home. The incident happened Sunday afternoon while the owners were away, according to The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. The nonprofit shared the video and said the pet sitter worked for the Rover mobile app….

Walgreens to Shut 200 US Stores as Part of Cost-Cutting Plan

The Company Announced Plans to Close 200 Stores in the UK in May

NEW YORK (AP) – Pharmacy chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the United States as it seeks to cut costs. The company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday the closings are part of its previously announced plan to trim costs by $1.5 billion in a few years. In May, the company announced plans to close 200 stores in…

Perkins & Marie Callender’s Files for Bankruptcy, Again

This is the Second Filing in Eight Years for the Company

MEMPHIS, TN – Perkins & Marie Callender’s Holding LLC announced on Monday that they have filed for bankruptcy and plan to sell most of its Perkins assets and some of its Foxtail bakery assets. The Chapter 11 filing is the second in eight years for the Memphis-based company. In a recent press release, the Company said, “As part of the…

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Dead at 88

Morrison was the First Black Woman to Receive the Nobel Literature Prize

(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias, File) NEW YORK (AP) – Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88. She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary…

Another El Paso Victim Dies; Death Toll at 22

The Gunman has Been Booked on Capital Murder Charges

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -A hospital official says another victim of the weekend mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, has died. Dr. Stephen Flaherty, of the Del Sol Medical Center, says the patient was one of two victims of Saturday’s attack to die at the hospital on Monday. Police earlier announced the death of one of the patients. The new…

LIVE: President Trump Addresses the Nation Following Mass Shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is calling the recent mass shootings “evil attacks” that are crimes “against all humanity” and says unity must replace hatred in society. Trump gave a speech from the White House on Monday following weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 29 people dead and dozens wounded. He called the shootings…

Trump Claims he Wants ‘Strong Background Checks’ on Guns

Trump Says Washing "Must Come Together" After two Weekend Mass Shootings

(AP) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says Washington “must come together” in the wake of two mass shootings this weekend to “get strong background checks” for gun users. But he is providing no details on what sort of legislation he would support. Trump, who will make remarks later Monday, tweeted about the weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio that…

The Latest On The Deadly Mass Shooting In Dayton, Ohio

(AP Photo/John Minchillo) DAYTON, Ohio (AP)  – The Latest on a deadly mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The popular nightlife area where a gunman killed nine people and injured dozens of others has reopened to the public. The Oregon District was reopened Sunday afternoon, hours after the second mass shooting in the U.S. within 24…

Everyone Accounted for After Enbridge Pipeline Explosion in Kentucky

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (AP) – Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Don Gilliam said the fires are out from a gas line explosion early Thursday that killed a person and sent five others to a hospital. The explosion happened on an Enbridge Texas Easter natural gas pipeline near Danville. He says six structures were impacted and some destroyed altogether by the…

Trump Says he Will put 10% Tariffs on Remaining China Imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified pressure Thursday on China to reach a trade deal by saying that beginning Sept. 1, he will impose 10% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn’t already taxed. The move immediately sent stock prices sinking. The president has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products, and…

Survey Suggests Slower Economic Growth in Midwest, Plains

It's the Lowest Figure in More Than Three Years

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says a July survey of business supply managers suggests economic growth will slow over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Thursday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 52.0 in July from 55.4 in June. It’s the lowest figure in more than three…

Senate Confirms Kelly Craft as US Ambassador to UN

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed Kelly Craft to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ending a more than seven-month vacancy in the position. Craft was confirmed despite Democratic concerns about her inexperience and conflicts of interest. Craft is a longtime GOP activist from Kentucky who is currently U.S. ambassador to Canada. She and her husband,…

US Plan to Allow Prescription Drugs From Canada

The Announcement was Made Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says it will set up a system allowing Americans to legally access lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Wednesday morning. Azar, a former drug industry executive, says U.S. patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively, with oversight from the Food and Drug…

Loophole Allows Families to get aid Meant for Needy Students

An Independent Watchdog is Recommending a Change to Close the Loophole

(AP) – The U.S. Education Department is being urged to close a loophole that has allowed some wealthy families to get federal aid meant for low-income students. Federal authorities have been notified that some parents in Illinois were transferring guardianship of their children to friends or relatives to make it appear they came from poorer backgrounds, making them eligible for…

Capital One Target of Massive Data Breach

The Breach Will Cost Capital One up to $150 Million

SEATTLE (AP) – Capital One says a hacker broke into a database containing details likes home addresses and birth dates. The bank reported the breach is affecting 100 million people that tried to open credit cards. Investigators say 140,000 social security numbers have been compromised and 80,000 bank account numbers were also stolen. The company claims that based on their…

Three Killed in Garlic Festival Shooting, Including 6-Year-old

Police Have Killed the Suspect

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy described by his grandmother as always kind and happy was one of three people killed and at least 15 others injured when a gunman heard to be “really angry” opened fire during the closing moments of a popular weekend garlic festival in Northern California. Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the gunman was…

Justice Department OKs T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint Deal

Sprint and T-Mobile Combined Would now Approach the Size of Verizon and AT&T

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators are approving T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts. Friday’s approval by the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a fourth wireless company, so the number of major U.S. providers…

Bernie Sanders Calls for Shutdown of Enbridge Line 5 oil Pipeline

Gov. Jay Inslee has Also Endorsed a Line 5 Shutdown

DETROIT (AP) – Bernie Sanders has become the second Democratic presidential hopeful to call for shutting down an oil pipeline that crosses a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. The Vermont senator said in a tweet Thursday that Enbridge’s Line 5 should be decommissioned and new fossil fuel infrastructure banned. Line 5 carries oil and natural gas liquids from…

Man who Kidnapped Jayme Closs Moved To Prison In New Mexico

Patterson is Listed on the National sex Offender Registry

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents in northern Wisconsin has been moved to a prison in New Mexico. Press-Gazette Media reports the New Mexico Corrections Department has confirmed Jake Patterson has been transferred to one of its prisons from Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Wisconsin corrections officials recommended Patterson be sent to…

Justice Department Will Execute Inmates for First Time Since 2003

Five Inmates Will be Executed Starting in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. The department says five inmates will be executed, starting in December. In 2014, President Barack Obama directed the department to conduct a review of capital punishment and issues surrounding lethal injection drugs. That review resulted in what…

UPS to Begin Delivering on Sundays, Seeks to fly More Drones

UPA Says it Will Also add 12,000 new Package Pickup Locations

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS is responding to the growth in online shopping and pressures for speedy delivery by seeking to expand its drone deliveries and adding thousands of new spots where customers can pick up packages. The Atlanta-based package delivery giant says it is adding 12,000 new package pickup locations inside CVS, The Michaels Co. and Advance Auto Parts…

Trump Calls Mueller Hearings ‘All Nonsense’

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the Russia probe created a “phony cloud” over his administration and says House committee hearings featuring testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller were “all nonsense.” He says Mueller’s performance was “obviously not very good” and is accusing him of not knowing about certain details of his investigation. Trump is calling…

WATCH LIVE: Mueller Testifies Before the House Intelligence Committee

Mueller set to Begin his Second of two Hearings Today

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former special counsel Robert Mueller told the House judiciary and intelligence committees that he would decline to quote from his report on the Trump-Russia investigation during his testimony before both panels on Wednesday. That’s according to a person involved with the negotiations who spoke about the confidential talks only on condition of anonymity. Mueller’s refusal to read…

WATCH LIVE: 7:30 a.m., Mueller to Take Center Stage at Russia Probe Hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) – The former special counsel in the Trump-Russia probe, Robert Mueller, will finally face congressional interrogators on Wednesday, testifying in televised hearings. Democrats hope Mueller’s testimony will weaken President Donald Trump’s reelection prospects in ways that Mueller’s book-length report did not. Republicans are ready to defend Trump and turn their fire on Mueller and his team instead. The…

USDA Rule Could Affect 3.1M Food Stamp Recipients

The Proposal is to Tighten Automatic Eligibility Requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is proposing to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program, a change that could affect about 3.1 million people. The Agriculture Department says the rule would close “a loophole” that enables people receiving only minimal benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be eligible automatically for food stamps. Under…

Senate Confirms Army Veteran Mark Esper Secretary of Defense

Esper won Senate Confirmation on Tuesday

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist Mark Esper as secretary of defense. Esper’s confirmation ends a stretch of seven months the Pentagon didn’t have a permanent leader. Esper won Senate confirmation on Tuesday by a vote of 90-8 and is to be sworn in by day’s end. The…

Salads, Sandwiches Sold at Target Recalled due to Listeria Concerns

Elevation Foods is Working With Retailers to get the Products off the Shelves

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Fox 10) – Elevation Foods is voluntarily recalling egg salad, tuna salad, and sandwiches due to listeria concerns. Elevations Foods says containers of Archer Farms-brand egg salad, Fresket-brand egg salad, tuna salad, and Thai lobster salad, and Archer Farms-brand deviled egg sandwiches produced on June 18 have been recalled…

House Republicans vow Tough Questions of Mueller at Hearing

Mueller Will Testify Before Congress This Week

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on House Judiciary Committee, said the American public is growing weary of the…

Epstein Denied Bail in sex Trafficking Case

The Judge Announced the Decision Thursday Morning

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge has denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. The judge’s decision Thursday comes after prosecutors argued Epstein should remain behind bars in New York City because he has the means to flee and is a danger to the public. Prosecutors fear Epstein also might try to…

Duffy Calls Four Minority Congresswomen ‘Anti-American’

The 7th Distrcit Congressman Defended Trump on Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin calls the four minority congresswomen targeted by President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets “anti-American.” The 7th District congressman defended Trump on the House floor Tuesday where Democrats asked that Duffy’s words be stricken from the record, calling them “defamatory.” All three Democratic representatives from Wisconsin joined party members in voting for…

NY Officer Won’t Face Charges in Eric Garner Chokehold Death

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Prosecutors announced Tuesday that it had decided not to bring civil rights charges against New York City police officer Pantaleo in connection with Eric Garner’s 2014 death. Officers were attempting to arrest Garner on charges he sold loose, untaxed cigarettes outside a Staten Island convenience store. Garner refused to be handcuffed, and officers took him down….

Two Republican Senators Take Issue With Trump Tweets

Democrats Condemned Trump's Tweets as Racist and Divisive

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Republican senators are taking issue with President Donald Trump’s tweet that freshman Democratic congresswomen of color “go back” to where they came from. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who is up for re-election next year, said Trump’s tweet was “way over the line and he should take that down.” Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said of…

Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Amid Epstein Deal Scrutiny

Move Comes After Criticism of his Handling of Epstein Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the…