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Suspect in fire that killed 7 is denied bond
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Suspect in fire that killed 7 is denied bond

AKRON, Ohio -- A man accused of setting a house fire that killed seven of his neighbors was denied bond Wednesday at his first court appearance. Stanley Ford, 58, appeared by video in court in Akron.

By Dake Kang Associated Press
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Today in History

Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of 2017. There are 220 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 25, 1977, the first "Star Wars" film (later renamed "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope") was released by 20th Century Fox.

By The Associated Press
GOP health bill leaves 23M more uninsured
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

GOP health bill leaves 23M more uninsured

WASHINGTON -- The health care bill that Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront many others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said Wednesday.

By Alan Fram And Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar Associated Press
UK investigates 'network' of alleged attackers
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

UK investigates 'network' of alleged attackers

MANCHESTER, England -- British security forces raided an apartment building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated a network of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing.

By Jill Lawless, Maggie Michael And Gregory Katz Associated Press
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Trump budget chief defends plan despite opposition
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Trump budget chief defends plan despite opposition

WASHINGTON -- The White House budget chief on Wednesday delivered a spirited defense of President Donald Trump's proposal to slash programs from food stamps to health care for the poor in the face of strong Democratic opposition and Republican skepticism.

By Andrew Taylor Associated Press
'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet

VATICAN CITY -- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

By Jonathan Lemire, Nicole Winfield And Julie Pace Associated Press
Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents

WASHINGTON -- Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House intelligence committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

By Deb Riechmann And Chad Day Associated Press
Islamic State-linked militants besiege Philippine city
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Islamic State-linked militants besiege Philippine city

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines -- Islamic State group-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS, authorities said Wednesday.

By Jim Gomez And Teresa Cerojano Associated Press
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Hate crime charges filed after swastikas painted on home

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A man accused of spray painting swastikas and the phrase "white power" on a biracial couple's Cincinnati home has been indicted on federal hate crime charges.

Florida Georgia Line, Chainsmokers to perform at CMT Awards June 7
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Florida Georgia Line, Chainsmokers to perform at CMT Awards June 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The duos of Florida Georgia Line and the Chainsmokers will pair up for a cross-genre performance at the CMT Awards, which will also include performances by Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, and Lady Antebellum with Earth, Wind & Fire.

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HBO scraps Jon Stewart venture
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

HBO scraps Jon Stewart venture

NEW YORK -- HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold.

By Frazier Moore Associated Press
'Dead Men' shows signs of life
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

'Dead Men' shows signs of life

It's been six years since the fourth movie in the amusement park ride-inspired "Pirates of the Caribbean," that one subtitled "On Stranger Times," sailed into local theaters.

By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (tns)
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Ohio opens new crime lab to test opiates, other drugs

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Ohio is opening a new crime lab focused exclusively on testing drugs such as opiates following the state's deadliest-ever year for overdoses. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in Springfield will test drugs like heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

Ex-CIA chief warned Russians against meddling
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Ex-CIA chief warned Russians against meddling

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election.

By Eileen Sullivan And Deb Riechmann Associated Press
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

EPA rejects declaring Lake Erie's waters in Western Ohio impaired

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it won't declare Ohio's western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae.

May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017. There are 221 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 24, 1775, John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, succeeding Peyton Randolph.

By The Associated Press
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Artichoke hearts fry up crisp, delicious and pretty enough for prom

Flowers, though quiet, have a lot to say. For instance: I'm sorry. I like you. And, at prom: You're mine. The tradition, one tradition has it, dates back to the damsel who ripped a swatch from her gown and pressed it into the armored fingers of her departing knight. He was hers.

By Leah Eskinchi Chicago Tribune (tns)
Think small for grilling
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Think small for grilling

Empty-nesting opens new doors. I've come to appreciate a mostly empty fridge -- no pressure to cook. Grocery shopping takes less time, especially with an expanded budget. The menu contains new additions -- all quick-cooking and much of it indulgent.

By Jeanmarie Brownson Chicago Tribune (tns)
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More for the military and less for the poor
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

More for the military and less for the poor

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.

By Andrew Taylor And Martin Crutsinger Associated Press
Why Trump's budget plan wouldn't likely accelerate growth
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Why Trump's budget plan wouldn't likely accelerate growth

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's budget plan for 2018 assumes that a mix of sharp spending and tax cuts can both shrink the deficit and fuel economic growth of 3 percent a year -- a level it hasn't achieved in more than a dozen years.

By Josh Boak Associated Press