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Florida tax collector will allow employees to carry firearms - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:54am -

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A Florida tax collector says a new policy will allow his employees to openly carry firearms while they work.

Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg tells the Orlando Sentinel that according to Florida law, he and his employees are considered "revenue officers" and are exempt from ...



South Korean leader to dine with Trump, meet top lawmakers - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:47am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Korea's president plans to meet with congressional leaders and have dinner with President Donald Trump - as he looks to reassure Washington that he'll coordinate closely on dealing with the threat from North Korea.

President Moon Jae-in (MOON JAAH IHN) has long advocated engagement with North ...



'Obamaphone' program riddled with fraud: Audit - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:38am -

The controversial "Obamaphone" program, which pays for cellphones for the poor, is rife with fraud, according to a new government report Thursday that found more than a third of enrollees may not even be qualified.

Known officially as the Lifeline Program, the phone giveaway became a symbol of government waste ...



Novak Djokovic advances to semifinals at Eastbourne - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:32am -

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) - Novak Djokovic converted his fourth match point to beat Donald Young 6-2, 7-6 (9) Thursday and advance to the semifinals at the Eastbourne International.

The top-seeded Djokovic saved two set points, on Young's serve at 5-4 and on his own serve in the tiebreaker, and clinched ...



French police raid Paris Saint-Germain facilities - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:26am -

PARIS (AP) - French police raided Paris Saint-Germain's soccer academy on Thursday, acting on a request from the body responsible for collecting taxes.

A person with knowledge of the case, who is not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, told The Associated Press that police officials searched the facilities ...



UND, Montana to continue rivalry after UND leaves Big Sky - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:22am -

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota and University of Montana have agreed to play a home-and-home series in football during the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

The teams will play in Grand Forks on Sept. 7, 2024, and in Missoula on Sept. 13, 2025.

The Fighting Hawks ...



Trump slams Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinkski in Twitter rant - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:07am -

President Trump slammed two news anchors on Thursday in a pair of tweets.

"I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..." he tweeted continuing, "...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's ...



Wisconsin Supreme Court rules in favor of open meetings law - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:59am -

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously sided with open government advocates Thursday in a closely watched case over whether the meeting of a committee charged with reviewing course material in the Appleton school district was lawfully closed.

The court overturned earlier rulings in favor of the district ...



Ex-Penn St athletic director has cancer, seeks house arrest - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:34am -

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Ex-Penn State athletic director Tim Curley wants a judge to modify his sentence for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities, saying he has incurable lung cancer and liver damage.

The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2u1WU2U ) Curley wants to serve his seven- ...



Short aborts attempts to sell relegated Sunderland - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:34am -

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) - American businessman Ellis Short has aborted his attempt to sell English club Sunderland after talks with a potential buyer collapsed.

Sunderland, which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, says "Short will continue his commitment to the club, both financially and ...



Woman accused of spending association money on herself - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:26am -

EARLVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A woman has been accused of making unauthorized payments from the account of a youth sports organization in northeast Iowa.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2t46Et5 ) that 42-year-old Kimberly Snyder, of Earlville, is charged with fraudulent practice. Online court records don't list the name of ...



Montpellier hires teenage striker Porsan-Clemente - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:04am -

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - Montpellier has bolstered its attack by signing teenager Jeremie Porsan-Clemente, the third player recruited by the French club this offseason.

The 19-year-old center forward came through the academy ranks at Marseille. Porsan-Clemente played in only two matches with the nine-time champions and is looking for more ...



Americans for Prosperity expands ad push to pressure Senate Republicans on ta... - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:04am -

Americans for Prosperity is expanding a six-figure digital ad campaign pushing Congress to act on tax reform to target about a dozen Senate Republicans, the conservative advocacy group announced Thursday.

"Taxpayers are counting on Congress to deliver them a significant victory with comprehensive tax reform this year," said AFP President ...



Joe Manchin says the Senate can come to bipartisan solution on health care - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:00am -

Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that he feels the Senate can come to a bipartisan agreement on a health care bill.

"I have not spoken with Mitch McConnell and I've heard him say that Democrats just don't want to work with him. That's not factual and that's not accurate. I'm ...



Shelley Moore Capito says Donald Trump is engaging in health care talks - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:45am -

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Thursday that President Trump is engaging Republican senators in the health care debate, but doesn't get bogged down with the details.

"I think he understands the broader concept of fixing the exchanges. As you know, it's very complicated. He doesn't engage in the minutiae of ...



Officials urge caution using rivers, trails after flooding - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:39am -

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Officials say people using rivers and trails for recreation should be cautious following recent flooding in mid-Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park in Mecosta County has been temporarily closed this week ...



Murray withdraws from another exhibition with sore hip - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:38am -

LONDON (AP) - Andy Murray has pulled out of another exhibition match ahead of Wimbledon because of a sore hip.

The top-ranked Murray was scheduled to play at the Aspall Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club in London on Friday but says he needs to rest his hip. He withdrew ...



Anthony Scaramucci says CNN story about him is the 'politics of personal dest... - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:03am -

Former Trump transition aide Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday that CNN's false story about him is another example of the "politics of personal destruction" happening in Washington.

"I thought the whole thing was unfair. Sen. [Elizabeth Warren] questioned Steve Mnuchin about it at his confirmation hearing. Again, it's more of this ...



William Morva case: Group delivering petitions urging Va. Gov. Terry McAuliff... - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:46am -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Advocacy groups are preparing to deliver petitions asking Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt the execution of an inmate who killed two men during an escape in 2006.

The groups say they will deliver almost 30,000 petitions Thursday asking McAuliffe to call off William Morva's July ...



Ehud Olmert, Israel's former prime minister, granted early release from prison - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:27am -

JERUSALEM (AP) — The parole board of Israel's Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with ...



Activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier freed in China - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:22am -

GANZHOU, China (AP) — After a month behind bars, three Chinese investigators who went undercover at a factory that made Ivanka Trump shoes walked freely out of the local police station Wednesday. But they still face an uncertain future and the threat of a trial.

Chinese authorities released the three, ...



Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule in open meetings case - 29 Jun 2017 at 5:00am -

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule in a case that could have broad implications on the public's access to meetings by governmental bodies.

Open government advocates have warned that an adverse ruling could provide a means for school boards and others to get around ...



Analysis: For GOP Congress, an imperative on health care - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:58am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans are stymied over health care. But after seven years of promising to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's law, they risk political disaster if they don't deliver.

Republicans anticipate a major backlash from GOP voters if they don't make good on the promises that ...



Arizona regents to discuss possible action over court ruling - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:44am -

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting Thursday about a court decision involving the state's largest community college district.

The Maricopa County Community College District board is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling last week that says young immigrants ...



AP FACT CHECK: Warped reality in health debate - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:39am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The superheated argument over the Republican drive to overhaul health care has not been the finest moment for accuracy.

Here's a sampling of claims from both sides as Senate Republicans struggle to revive their stalled legislation:

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "Democrats purposely misstated Medicaid under new Senate bill ...



Limits on travel to US issued after Supreme Court ruling - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:23am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is putting new criteria in place Thursday for visa applicants from six mostly Muslim nations and all refugees, requiring a close family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that ...



GOP ponders whether Trump helps sell health care - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:19am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was a platform most politicians can only hope for: A captivated, 6,000-person crowd and more than an hour of live, prime-time television coverage to hype the Republican vision for a new health care system.

But when President Donald Trump got around to talking about the Republican ...



UK government delays Murdoch takeover of Sky - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:15am -

LONDON (AP) - Britain's government stalled Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid of the Sky pay television and broadband network Thursday after media regulators expressed concern about the influence of Rupert Murdoch and his family.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told the House of Commons that the takeover "potentially raises public interest ...



Little progress evident as GOP hunts health bill votes - 29 Jun 2017 at 4:01am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill, even as he confronts an expanding chorus of GOP detractors.

That is deepening the uncertainty over whether the party can resuscitate its promise to repeal President Barack Obama's overhaul.

A day ...



Ronaldo leaves Portugal team to be with baby twin sons - 29 Jun 2017 at 3:31am -

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo has left the Confederations Cup in Russia to join his twin sons who were born before the tournament began.

Ronaldo says on his Facebook page after Portugal's semifinals loss to Chile that "I'm very happy to finally be with my children for the first ...



WIMBLEDON '17: Still without full strength, Kvitova favored - 29 Jun 2017 at 2:48am -

Petra Kvitova still has not regained full strength in her left hand, the one she uses to swing a tennis racket so well that she won Wimbledon twice - and the one that was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic late last year.

Just seven ...



Wednesday's Sports In Brief - 29 Jun 2017 at 2:33am -

BASEBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - John Tumpane can't explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

The woman told Tumpane she just wanted to get a better view of the Allegheny River below. The look on her face and the tone of ...



LEADING OFF: Kershaw starts for Dodgers - 29 Jun 2017 at 2:13am -

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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KERSHAW DAY

The Los Angeles Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound for the finale of their four-game Freeway Series against the rival Angels. Kershaw is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last 10 starts. The three-time NL ...



Revere gets wacky winner in Angels' 3-2 victory over Dodgers - 29 Jun 2017 at 1:34am -

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ben Revere reached base on an error, advanced on a wild pitch and then scored the winning run on a passed ball and a throwing error caused by Cameron Maybin's walk-off strikeout.

Yeah, Revere could scarcely believe it either.

"That's the game of baseball, I guess?" ...



A major week for the LPGA and the seniors - 29 Jun 2017 at 1:34am -

So Yeon Ryu goes into the LPGA Tour's second major on quite a roll.

By winning last week in Arkansas, the 26-year-old Ryu became the first player to win multiple times on the LPGA Tour this year. It also was enough for the South Korean to rise to No. 1 ...



Marshall University expands beer sales at football stadium - 29 Jun 2017 at 1:18am -

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Beer sales will be allowed throughout Marshall University's stadium for home football games starting this fall.

The school's Board of Governors approved the new policy Wednesday. It includes designation of multiple alcohol-free seating sections.

The athletic department also unveiled plans for two construction projects on the ...



Wainwright, Molina, Gyorko help Cardinals beat D-backs, 4-3 - 29 Jun 2017 at 1:15am -

PHOENIX (AP) - A night after giving up two runs in a loss, the St. Louis Cardinals turned to Trevor Rosenthal again out of the bullpen with the game on the line.

Rosenthal held on for the win, though it was adventurous. The veteran right-hander survived a rocky ninth inning ...



Padres beat Braves 7-4 as Colon struggles again - 29 Jun 2017 at 1:11am -

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Luis Perdomo is making up for the odd beginning to his season.

Perdomo pitched five scoreless innings and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg contributed two RBIs apiece to help the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Wednesday night.

San Diego's Carlos Asuaje and ...



Reddick and Springer lead Astros over Athletics 11-8 - 29 Jun 2017 at 12:44am -

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston manager A.J. Hinch didn't even take a second to think about it when he was asked about how well Josh Reddick has been playing lately.

"We should talk more about how good a baseball player Josh Reddick is," Hinch said. "He is really good at virtually ...



July 4th citizenship ceremony being held at Saratoga park - 29 Jun 2017 at 12:14am -

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) - A group of new United States citizens will be sworn in during a ceremony being held on the Fourth of July at the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle.

The National Park Service says a citizenship ceremony and traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence ...