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Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical ...

U.S., Canada hold high-stakes talks amid turmoil with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Canada began high-stakes talks on Friday amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbors. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian ...

Indian court rejects probe into 36 Rafale fighter jet deal

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Friday rejected petitions by activists seeking a probe into the government purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there was no reason to doubt the government’s decision-making process in the multibillion ...

Starbucks to expand delivery in U.S., China

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China as it tries to accelerate growth in those two markets. The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with Uber Eats. It isn’t yet saying which stores ...

Boy Scouts’ struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring “all options” as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling ...

Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and ...

U.S. wholesale prices rise 0.1 pct., a sign inflation in check

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices barely rose last month as a sharp decline in the cost of gas offset pricier freight trucking services and mobile phone plans. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the producer price index — which tracks cost changes before they reach the consumer ...

Shadyside shop under new ownership

SHADYSIDE — A shop catering to children and families is operating under new ownership. The Bird’s Nest, located at 3985 Central Ave. in Shadyside, held a grand opening to celebrate the change in management on Nov. 24. Tom and Dana Mullen purchased the business on Nov. 1. The shop ...

Fixer Michael Cohen portrayed as greedy opportunist

NEW YORK (AP) — For weeks, Michael Cohen sought to portray himself as a man who’d found his “true north” after years of shady business dealings and pit-bull loyalty to President Donald Trump. Prosecutors offered a vastly different assessment Friday of the president’s former fixer, ...

Dunfee named to state suicide prevention board

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Lorrissa Dunfee, family & consumer sciences educator, has been selected as a board member of Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. She said there were more than 80 applicants. She will serve a three-year term and the board meets three times a year. “I wanted to ...

Pipeline owners trespassed, but work can continue

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge ruled Thursday that a company building an oil pipeline through south Louisiana trespassed on the land of three people opposed to the project, but he allowed the work to continue while awarding the three only $150 apiece in compensation and damages. Judge ...

Sears’ biggest holder bids $4.6B for rest of bankrupt chain

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock in a move to stave off liquidation. The Sears chairman and ESL founder own just under half of the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, according to ...

Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades. Protesters celebrated the victory, but some said Macron’s surrender came too late and is no longer ...

Canada arrests CFO of China’s Huawei Technologies

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who is facing extradition to the United States. Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia, on ...

Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A key congressional voice on agriculture, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, said Tuesday that he’s optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week after a delay caused by the break for the funeral of former President George H.W. ...

French protesters clash with police in Paris; 107 arrested

PARIS (AP) — Protesters angry about rising taxes clashed with French police for a third straight weekend and more than 100 were arrested Saturday. Pockets of demonstrators built makeshift barricades in the middle of streets in central Paris, lit fires, sprayed graffiti on the Arc de Triomphe ...

Marriott security breach exposed data of up to 500M guests

NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers stole information on as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel empire over four years, obtaining credit card and passport numbers and other personal data, the company said Friday as it acknowledged one of the largest security breaches in history. The full ...

Dakota Access company says it complied with settlement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Texas-based developer said it complied with the terms of a 2017 agreement settling allegations it violated North Dakota rules during construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but state regulators want more details. Energy Transfer Partners in October filed ...

Powell: U.S. economy healthy and rate hikes aren’t automatic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes next year to assess the impact of its credit tightening. Powell’s comments ignited a huge ...

U.S. farmers store record soybean crop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed. Usually by this point in the year, ...