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Man who disarmed Waffle House shooter hailed by lawmakers

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle away from a gunman at a Nashville restaurant told Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday he faced "the true test of a man," drawing a standing ovation during his brief address. As the House hailed him as a hero, James ...

First responder punished because he asked for help

Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who put their lives on the line for us every day? I'm talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis: gruesome car accidents, raging ...

Rampage suspect may have resented women

By The Associated Press TORONTO —The suspect in the deadly van attack in Toronto posted a chilling Facebook message just minutes before plowing into a crowded city sidewalk, authorities said Tuesday, raising the possibility that he may have nursed grudges against women — a possible echo ...

Politics Polarize; Community Unites

News outlets are routinely filled with commentary and analysis suggesting that 21st-century America is a deeply polarized nation. Countless stories are presented as a battle between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, private sector and public. Political activists fan the ...

In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as ‘very honorable’

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as ...

After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

By Kelly P. Kissel The Associated Press Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday. The drought is rooted in a dry spell ...

Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

By Julie Carr Smyth The Associated Press COLUMBUS — Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of ...

US stocks wobble and bond yields set four-year highs

By Marley Jay AP Markets Writer NEW YORK — U.S. stocks couldn't hang on to an early gain and finished mostly lower Monday as technology companies slipped. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note drew closer to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn't reached since ...

Sears’ biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

By Damian Troise and Anne D’Innocenzio AP Business Writers NEW YORK — Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer. The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it ...

US brands suffer collateral damage in Chinese corporate war

By Erika Kinetz The Associated Press SHANGHAI — It was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 percent jump in online sales on Alibaba's Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant's massive reach. But executives soon learned that what ...

Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research come amid ...

New national lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

By Kim Chandler The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 souls who lost their lives in lynchings between ...

Pompeo facing opposition from Sen. panel

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one ...

Van kills 9, injures 16 on Toronto street; driver in custody

By Charmaine Noronha The Associated Press TORONTO — A rented van jumped onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said. Witnesses said the driver was ...

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt

By Sheila Burke The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said. Police and ...

Study shows no drop in pollutants feeding Lake Erie algae

By John Seewer The Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Research into Lake Erie's toxic algae shows no clear decrease in the pollutants feeding the persistent blooms during the past five years, according to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report. The review also finds that ...

Mnuchin optimistic trade standoffs can be resolved

By Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank repeatedly warned at their meetings this week that intensifying trade tensions could jeopardize a healthy global economic expansion. But U.S. Treasury Secretary ...

‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Rampage’ lead newcomers at box office

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — It's another weekend of buzz versus pure star power at the box office as the word of mouth sensation "A Quiet Place" finds itself neck-and-neck again with Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage." This time buzz had the slight advantage. Studio estimates on Sunday ...

China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions

By Joe MacDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING — The biggest global auto show of the year showcases China's ambitions to become a leader in electric cars and the industry's multibillion-dollar scramble to roll out models that appeal to price-conscious but demanding Chinese drivers. Auto ...

Trump says North Korea agreed to denuclearize. It hasn’t.

By Jill Colvin The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that's not the case. North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and ...