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Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Trump

President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space...

National

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018. There are 194 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother. On this date: In 1782,...


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Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

EPA Water Containment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday. The...


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Stocks finish mostly higher as tech and media companies lead

Financial Markets Wall Street-3

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet that technology companies and small, domestically-focused firms will continue to do well even if the trade dispute between the U.S. and China gets worse. Media companies jumped after Disney reached a new deal with Twenty-First Century Fox....


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Net neutrality backers fume as California bill watered down

Net Neutrality California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislation that was billed as one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to revive net neutrality was watered down during a tense legislative hearing Wednesday, leading the author to repudiate what he called a “mutilated” bill. The legislation has been closely...


National

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

AP Explains Separating Families

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it’s not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so. Throughout American history, during...


Business

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

Russia Soccer WCup Burger Bungle

MOSCOW (AP) — Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players. Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning. The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King’s social media...


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Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

Amazon Berkshire JPMorgan Health Care

Three corporate giants seeking to attack rising health care costs have turned to a Harvard professor who has written books about the system’s many flaws. Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have named Dr. Atul Gawande CEO of a venture the companies announced earlier this year: an...


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The Mouse chases the Fox: Disney makes $71B counteroffer

Battle For Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — The mouse is chasing the fox. Disney is offering more than $71 billion for Fox’s entertainment businesses in a counterbid to Comcast’s nearly $66 billion offer . The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. They...


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Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to damage done to home-state companies, lawmakers from both parties Wednesday criticized tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security. The Trump administration has turned to a little-used weapon in...


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Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

Migrant Children Airlines

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and United Airlines said Wednesday that they asked the Trump administration not to use their flights to carry migrant children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities. Facing growing opposition to his administration’s recent policy of...


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