• NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death
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    NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

    NEW YORK — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of

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    Dunleavy OKs 'partial' oil-wealth check of about $1,600

    JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he is approving the roughly $1,600 oil-wealth fund check for residents passed by lawmakers this year but views it as a partial payment and plans to press for additional funding.Dunleavy, in a video message released Monday, said majorities in the House and

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    Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

    LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent

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    Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

    TAMPA, Fla. — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago.Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge. The State Attorney's Office released a statement saying

  • Nevada governor says state won't back Vegas monorail bonds
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    Nevada governor says state won't back Vegas monorail bonds

    LAS VEGAS — Plans may be derailed to extend the Las Vegas Monorail to within walking distance of a new 65,000-seat football stadium, after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak declined to promise state backing for $200 million in new tax-exempt bonds, a newspaper reported.Monorail Co. administrators sought the

  • It's official: Publisher announces Mark Halperin book
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    It's official: Publisher announces Mark Halperin book

    NEW YORK — Mark Halperin's planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn't earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.Regan Arts announced Monday that "How To Beat Trump&

  • Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts
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    Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts

    TRENTON, N.J. — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis.After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the analysis of

  • US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death
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    US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.Hugh Hurwitz's reassignment comes amid mounting evidence that guards at

  • Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui
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    Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

    KULA, Hawaii — Musician Paul Simon joined environmentalists trying to reinvigorate a Hawaii forest on Maui and planted a tree during a ceremony, a report said.The singer-songwriter visited Auwahi Forest Restoration Project with volunteers who are trying to revive plant life in the area, The Honolulu

  • In Venezuela talks, Maduro allies said they would consider fresh elections: sources
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    In Venezuela talks, Maduro allies said they would consider fresh elections: sources

    Allies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had discussed holding a presidential election in the coming months during talks to find a breakthrough in the country's political crisis, four sources told Reuters on Monday. Opposition politicians will travel to Washington to speak to U.S. officials

  • In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child
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    In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child

    A Salvadoran court on Monday acquitted a woman accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby in a case that drew international attention to the socially conservative nation's strict abortion ban. Evelyn Hernandez, 21, was previously convicted of intentionally inducing an abortion and

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    Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan

    LONDON — Singer Elton John says he's "deeply distressed" by media accounts that criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for taking a private jet to go on vacation despite the flight's carbon impact of the planet.John took to Instagram on Monday to slam stories that suggested that

  • Twitter, Facebook accuse China of using fake accounts to undermine Hong Kong protests
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    Twitter, Facebook accuse China of using fake accounts to undermine Hong Kong protests

    Twitter said it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China. Facebook said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from Twitter. The Hong Kong protests, which have presented one of the biggest challenges

  • Vince Gill weighs hard truths with emotional depth on 'Okie'
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    Vince Gill weighs hard truths with emotional depth on 'Okie'

    NASHVILLE — Vince Gill might make people break down in tears when they listen to his vulnerable new record in which he sings about regret, marriage, faith, sexual abuse and hard choices. But then again, so did he.When the country singer recorded his song "When My Amy Prays," about his relationship

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    Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Award

    NEW YORK — Tommy Orange's novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart's biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year's winners of American Book Awards, given for works that highlight the diversity of the country's literature.The awards were announced

  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 25-31
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    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 25-31

    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 25-31:Aug. 25: Actor Sean Connery is 89. Actor Page Johnson ("Finnegan's Wake") is 89. Talk-show host Regis Philbin is 88. Actor Tom Skerritt is 86. Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter is 86. Singer Walter Williams of The O'Jays is 76. Actor Anthony

  • Trump calls on Federal Reserve to cut interest rates
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    Trump calls on Federal Reserve to cut interest rates

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by at least a full percentage point "over a fairly short period of time," saying that such an action would make the U.S. economy even better and would also "greatly and quickly" enhance the

  • 74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021
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    74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021

    WASHINGTON — A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021.The economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics

  • U.S. attorney general shakes up prison bureau after Epstein death
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    U.S. attorney general shakes up prison bureau after Epstein death

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday shook up the leadership at the federal Bureau of Prisons, removing its acting chief following the suicide of financier Jeffrey Epstein in a New York City jail. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, a veteran of the Bureau of Prisons, will

  • Ohio man, one of three alleged thwarted mass shooters, denies charges in court
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    Ohio man, one of three alleged thwarted mass shooters, denies charges in court

    At an arraignment in Struthers, Ohio, where he faced charges of aggravated menacing and online harassment, James Reardon entered his plea by video link from a county jail in Youngstown, 10 miles (16 km) away, Municipal Court Clerk Lorraine Sciortino said by telephone. Reardon, 20, who was arrested on

  • Italy's PD has 'good' initial talks with 5-Star: PD source
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    Italy's PD has 'good' initial talks with 5-Star: PD source

    Italy's opposition Democratic Party (PD) has had good, initial contacts with the ruling 5-Star Movement over the possibility of forging a coalition, a PD source with knowledge of the talks said on Monday. The 5-Star's current coalition partner, the far-right League, has said it will present

  • UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit
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    UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

    Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration. Under Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, the government had said only that if Britain

  • Brad Paisley out; Reba, Dolly, Carrie Underwood to host CMAs
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    Brad Paisley out; Reba, Dolly, Carrie Underwood to host CMAs

    Carrie Underwood, who has hosted the Country Music Association Awards since 2008 with Brad Paisley, is losing her partner-in-crime.But she won't be on her own: The CMAs announced Monday that "special guest hosts" Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire will join Underwood during the Nov. 13 event

  • Uzbekistan launches new probe against ex-leader's daughter
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    Uzbekistan launches new probe against ex-leader's daughter

    Uzbek prosecutors have launched a fresh criminal case against Gulnara Karimova, an already imprisoned daughter of late president Islam Karimov, over allegations of illegal privatization, the Prosecutor General's office said on Monday. Karimova, 47, was jailed in March this year for violating the

  • The Rock announces wedding on Instagram
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    The Rock announces wedding on Instagram

    NEW YORK — With a simple "We do," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced his wedding to his longtime girlfriend on Instagram.A photo of the movie star and Lauren Hashian was posted on the social media site. Both were wearing white, and they were standing overlooking the ocean. The post