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US budget deficit jumps 23% through June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of this budget year to $747.1 billion as government revenues and spending both hit records. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit for the current fiscal year through June is ...

Hospital fires 23 workers in case of excessive doses, deaths

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 more employees Thursday and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far ...

Sturgeon, America’s forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

By BEN FINLEY, PATRICK WHITTLE and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, ...

Pennsylvania trying anew to auction mini-casino licenses

By MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania will try again to award licenses for five more mini-casinos, part of an aggressive gambling expansion authorized in 2017 by a cash-hungry state government. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved a motion ...

Wolf says state doesn’t plan to help fund refinery restart

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says his administration doesn't plan to spend any state money to help restart a massive Philadelphia refinery shut down since explosions and a blaze damaged it last month. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that his administration is ...

Powell’s message to Congress: Rate cut is likely coming soon

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — Pointing to a weaker global economy, rising trade tensions and chronically low inflation, Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Wednesday that the Federal Reserve is likely to cut interest rates late this month for the first time in a ...

‘A floodier future’: Scientists say records will be broken

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The federal government is warning Americans to brace for a "floodier" future. Government scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year because of rising ...

Biden earned more than $15 million after leaving White House

By STEPHEN BRAUN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, took in more than $15 million since leaving the Obama White House, according to newly released documents, catapulting the Democratic presidential candidate into millionaire status and denting the working-class ...

Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday revamping care for kidney disease so more people whose kidneys fail can have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis, and others don't get that sick in the first ...

Whispers, suspicion about Epstein on Caribbean island

By DANICA COTO Associated Press CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands — Ask about Jeffrey Epstein on St. Thomas and rooms go quiet. Some people leave. Those who share stories speak in barely audible tones. The 66-year-old billionaire bought Little St. James Island off this U.S. ...

State universities freeze tuition, first time in 2 decades

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania students who attend one of the 14 state-owned universities won't see higher tuition next year as a result of a board vote Wednesday, the first such freeze in more than 20 years. The State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors voted unanimously ...

Rip Torn of ‘Larry Sanders Show,’ ‘Men in Black,’ dies at 88

By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in television, theater, and movies, such as "Men in Black," and win an Emmy in his 60s for "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 88. Torn ...

Today in history

By the Associated Press On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union began play in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Fischer won after 21 games.) On this date: In 1798, the U.S. Marine ...

‘The Lion King’ cast talks reimagining the Disney classic

By KATIE CAMPIONE Associated Press LOS ANGELES- Disney's "The Lion King" has received no shortage of remakes and spinoffs in the years since its original 1994 release. Now, as the film reaches its silver anniversary, Disney delivers a new take on the animated musical. Cast and crew ...

‘Orange is the New Black’ leaves legacy for women of color

By LEANNE ITALIE AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - From corrupt, brutal overseers to the fraught world of inmate hierarchy to unlikely friendships and romances, "Orange is the New Black" told deeply rich and complex stories about life for women behind bars that resonated far beyond ...

Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press WAPAKONETA, Ohio — A small Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son's history-making walk 50 years ago this month. The hometown of Neil Armstrong has expanded its usual weekend "summer moon festival" to 10 days of Apollo 11 ...

Great Lakes water levels continue surge; 2 set records

DETROIT (AP) — Water levels in two of the Great Lakes are the highest ever recorded. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that Lakes Erie and Ontario last month reached their highest points since record-keeping began in 1918. Also setting a new mark was Lake St. Clair, which is ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press On July 10, 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic. President George H.W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa. On this date: In 1509, theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the ...

From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It's the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since ...

Sheetz puts Bitcoin ATMs in 6 shops

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain is putting Bitcoin ATMs in six shops around the state and one in North Carolina, giving customers the ability to buy and sell the cryptocurrency with U.S. dollars. Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, announced Tuesday it ...