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Another day of tornadoes in Midwest, but St. Louis spared

ST. LOUIS (AP) ” A dangerous storm system in the Midwest produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day Tuesday, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path.Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather that started in the Southern Plains Monday night and moved to the northeast. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas were in the crosshairs Tuesday. By […]

Portable speakers being recalled because they could possibly explode

An estimated 40,000 portable speakers are being recalled because they could possibly explode.The Consumer Product Safety Commission says hydrogen gas could leak from the ION speakers while the battery is charging, causing the speaker to burst.ION has, according to the safety commission, received five reports so far about exploding speakers. In […]

3 Minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes.Round 2 of the president’s consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash.Prospects for passing a large infrastructure bill evaporated Wednesday as Trump announced that he won’t work with Democratic lawmakers on policy while they continue to investigate him.Trump took umbrage at House […]

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

NEW YORK (AP) ” An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products from toys to clothing. But some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving consumers to carry the load.Analysts say big box giants like Target and Walmart who marked their latest quarter with strong performance are best positioned to absorb the higher costs because of their clout with suppliers.

Fugitive says he'll surrender if people like wanted poster

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ” A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical.Jose Simms, 29, who is believed to be somewhere in New York, has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on charges that range from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child.Torrington police Lt. […]

Judge refuses to block Trump bank subpoenas

NEW YORK (AP) ” A federal judge in New York refused Wednesday to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Donald Trump.U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said in a ruling delivered from the bench that Trump and his company were unlikely to succeed in a lawsuit arguing that the subpoenas seeking records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One were unlawful and unconstitutional.Ramos also concluded that the subpoenas have […]

Russian opposition leader's associate jailed for 20 days

MOSCOW (AP) ” A top associate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 20 days in jail in connection with an unsanctioned protest rally last year.Leonid Volkov was sentenced late Wednesday on charges of violating the rules for holding a rally.Navalny is an anti-corruption campaigner and the most prominent foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Volkov, who is Navalny’s chief of staff, helped organize a rally last September to protest the government’s […]

Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

NEW YORK (AP) ” Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off.Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. Only half of that money was paid back, prosecutors said.Daniels […]

Iran supreme leader criticizes politicians amid US tensions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ” Iran’s supreme leader publicly chastised the country’s moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers.The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he’s criticized both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington’s withdrawal from the accord.Khamenei has final say on all matters of […]