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Lawyers seek to halt Purdue Pharma political contributions

By Geoff Mulvihill The Associated Press OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should not be able to make any more political contributions without a judge's permission, lawyers for its creditors said in a court filing. The issue came up this week after it was reported that the company, which has a ...

Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

By Tamara Lush and Mike Schneider The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — "The Most Magical Place on Earth" has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening ...

Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of "paramount importance" and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger ...

Court rules 1st federal execution in 17 years can proceed

By Michael Balsamo The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Sunday that the first federal execution in nearly two decades can proceed as scheduled today. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court order that had put the ...

21 injured on naval ship

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Twenty-one people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Surface Force, US ...

Trump, Biden try to outdo each other on tough talk on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — China has fast become a top election issue as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who's better at playing the tough guy against Beijing. The Trump campaign put out ads showing Biden toasting China's Xi Jinping, even though Trump did ...

Chatham announces plan to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy

NEW YORK (AP) — Hedge fund Chatham Asset Management plans to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy out of bankruptcy, ending 163 years of family control. The companies did not put a price on the deal in an announcement Sunday. The agreement still needs the approval of a bankruptcy judge; a ...

Stocks slump on economy worries, erase much of week’s gain

By Stan Choe and Damian J. Troise AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slumping on Wall Street Thursday amid worries that recent improvements in the economy may be set to stall as coronavirus cases continue to climb. The S&P 500 was 0.9% lower, as of 2:00 p.m. ...

Missing Seoul mayor’s body found after massive search

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The missing mayor of South Korea's capital, reportedly embroiled in sexual harassment allegations, was found dead early Friday, more than half a day after giving his daughter a will-like message and then ...

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forget about up-close "meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or parades — those would draw too many people together — and both visitors and employees will be getting temperature ...

Court rules in favor of prosecutors seeking Trump’s tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a prosecutor's demand for President Donald Trump's tax returns as part of a criminal investigation that includes hush-money payments to women who claim they had affairs with Trump. The court ruled 7-2 in a case in which it heard ...

Washington, Athens counties elevated to level 2 COVID risk level

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced increased risk levels assessed to Ohio counties Thursday during his daily press conference. Both Washington and Athens counties in southeast Ohio have been elevated to the second risk level. See the Friday edition of the Times for the full story.

Supreme Court sides with Trump in birth control opt-out case

By Jessica Gresko The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the Trump administration in its effort to allow employers who cite religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women as required by the Affordable Care ...

58 people dead in Japan floods

By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 ...

Monuments and statues are falling. But what comes next?

By Russell Contreras The Associated Press TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (AP) — The dusty town of Tierra Amarilla perches in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, five decades ago, this poor northern New Mexico community saw one of the most violent clashes in civil rights history ...

Months into crisis, Americans face frustrating test delays

By Christopher Weber The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — For two weeks, Rachel Weeks has stayed home, going without a paycheck while waiting and waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test from a pharmacy near Philadelphia. "I'm just so disappointed. I just don't know how -- with ...

Walgreens dives into primary care with clinic expansion

By Tom Murphy AP Health Writer Walgreens will squeeze primary care clinics into as many as 700 of its U.S. stores over the next few years in a major expansion of the care it offers customers. The drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will partner with VillageMD to set up doctor-led ...

Famed clothier Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — The storied Manhattan clothier Brooks Brothers is filing for bankruptcy protection. The company that says it's put 40 U.S. presidents in its suits survived two world wars and navigated through casual Fridays and a loosening of dress standards even on Wall Street, but the ...

Allstate acquires National General for $4 billion in cash

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Allstate is buying National General Holdings for $4 billion in cash, expanding the scope of its insurance holdings. National General shareholders will get $32 per share that they hold, plus closing dividends of about $2.50 per share, for a total of about $34.50 ...

Doctors say experimental treatment may have rid man of HIV

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported ...