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Tennessee governor tours flooded crops, promises support

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee took an aerial tour of flooded fields in western Tennessee on Wednesday, promising support to distressed farmers who warn they haven't seen such conditions in nearly a century. Flooding that has refused to leave since October is now spilling over into ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press On July 19, 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. On this date: In 1553, King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after Lady Jane Grey was deposed. In ...

Myanmar Full Moon Day

AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo An elephant minder, or "mahout", feeds a white elephant in the compound of Upatasanti Pagoda during the Full Moon day of Waso, Tuesday, July 16, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The Full Moon Day of Waso marks the start of the Buddhist Lent, which lasts for three full months ...

France fixing Notre Dame

Stephane de Sakutin/Pool via AP Parts of a destroyed ribbed vault and scaffolding are pictured at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Wednesday, July 17 in Paris. The chief architect of France's historic monuments says that three months after the April 15 fire that devastated Notre Dame ...

Why Ebola is now an international emergency?

By CARA ANNA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration ...

Pennsylvania’s gambling industry revenue reaches record high

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Revenue from regulated gambling in Pennsylvania climbed to a new record high above $3.3 billion in the just-completed fiscal year. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that revenue rose by nearly $60 million, or almost 2%, over the 2018 fiscal ...

School announces job cuts linked to pending hospital closure

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Drexel University says roughly 40 percent of its physicians and clinical staff will lose their jobs as a result of the planned closure of a Philadelphia hospital that's slated for closure hospital. University President John Fry made the announced in an email sent to ...

Penn State board keeps in-state tuition flat in coming year

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is keeping in-state college tuition flat across the sprawling university system for a second year and for the third time in five years. The school's board, meeting in the Philadelphia suburb of Media, voted Thursday for a plan that will maintain full-time ...

Philadelphia moves to fire 13 officers over Facebook posts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Police Department is suspending 13 officers with intent to fire them following an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening Facebook posts, the police commissioner announced on Thursday. The department had placed 72 officers on ...

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK — A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying he poses a danger to the public and might use his "great wealth and vast resources" to flee the country. Epstein, with ...

Brothers, ages 1 and 3, drown in swimming pool

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say two brothers, ages 1 and 3, have drowned in their swimming pool in western Pennsylvania. Uniontown Police were called to the home on Whiteman Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say adults were at home. Authorities are investigating how the boys ...

House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, showcasing the progress and challenge of a signature issue for the party ahead of the 2020 ...

Iran FM not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved

By IAN PHILLIPS Associated Press NEW YORK — Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, but the diplomat said he remains hopeful that escalating tensions might somehow ...

Facebook’s Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs

By THOMAS ADAMSON Associated Press CHANTILLY, France — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and ...

Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime ...

Armstrong’s famous “one small step” quote – explained

By The Associated Press What did Neil Armstrong really say when he took his first step on the moon? Millions on Earth who listened to him on TV or radio heard this : "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But after returning from space, Armstrong said that wasn't ...

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Collins had the spotlight to himself this time - Armstrong has been gone for ...

Hurricane Barry’s rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the ...

Hawaii watershed rehabilitation work shows signs of success

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii watershed rehabilitation project is showing signs of success as former dirt slopes on Kahoolawe Island are now covered in green, a report said. The Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission has overseen the Hakioawa watershed project since August 2018, The Honolulu ...

Hong Kong elders march in support of young demonstrators

By ALICE FUNG Associated Press HONG KONG - Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, marched Wednesday in a show of support for youths at the forefront of monthlong protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The ...