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  • PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Alex Jones, Infowars

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — You won’t be able use PayPal anymore to buy fluoride-free toothpaste or a bottle of The Real Red Pill Plus from right-wing conspiracy promulgator Alex Jones. The digital payments company is the latest platform to ditch Jones and his Infowars site, which along with conspiracy theories peddles “I Stand With Trump” […]
  • Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mission to rebuild the depleted wolf population at Isle Royale National Park is getting underway in Michigan and Minnesota, as specialists prepare to trap six to eight of the predators on the mainland and fly them to the Lake Superior archipelago, officials said Friday. The initial relocation this fall […]
  • Alzheimer’s opera ‘Sky on Swings’ opens in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Frederica von Stade sat on a table singing, her face filled with fear and wonder, her character unsure where she was going and where she had been. Nearly a half-century after her professional debut, the 73-year-old teamed with fellow mezzo Marietta Simpson for a mesmerizing performance Thursday night in the world premiere […]
  • First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House. In recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Friday. The bronze life-size statue will remain in the Newseum, just steps away from the National Mall […]
  • ‘IllumiNations’ pyrotechnic show ending next year at Epcot

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After almost two decades, Walt Disney World is ending the pyrotechnic, light and fireworks show which nightly lights up the sky above its Epcot theme park. The theme park resort said on its blog this week that the “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” show would be replaced with a new show once […]
  • Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

    NEW YORK (AP) — Check out the upcoming events at Chicago’s United Center and you’ll see Bulls games, Blackhawks games and concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Nicki Minaj and Cher, among others. And former first lady Michelle Obama, to launch her book tour in November. Just for the scale of its venues, there has never been […]
  • Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans said Friday nothing has been decided in behind-the-scenes discussions. But Henry […]
  • US agency endorses plan to block new mining near Yellowstone

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials recommended approval on Friday of a plan to block new mining claims for 20 years on the forested public lands that make up Yellowstone National Park’s mountainous northern boundary. Regional Forester Leanne Marten submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management endorsing the plan to withdraw 30,000 acres […]
  • Paddlers sue over limited Potomac access while Trump golfs

    STERLING, Va. (AP) — Paddlers are suing the U.S. Coast Guard in an attempt to reverse a policy that closes a stretch of the Potomac River when President Donald Trump is playing golf at his course outside Washington. The lawsuit filed Thursday says Trump has visited his eponymous Loudoun County golf course more than three […]
  • Model sentenced to at least 25 years for murdering rival

    LONDON (AP) — A British fashion model has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for murdering a more successful rival during a fight over a love interest. At London’s Old Bailey courthouse on Friday, Judge Wendy Joseph sentenced George Koh, 24, after he was convicted of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart […]