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US oil prices top $70 a barrel for the first time since 2014

By DAVID KOENIGAP Business Writer DALLAS (AP) – U.S. oil prices crashed through the $70-a-barrel mark on Monday for the first time since late 2014, foreshadowing costlier gasoline and consumer goods. It’s not clear that pricey crude will slow down the economy, however. The stock market closed slightly higher as …

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Some Ohioans seek pro-gun sign near anti-NRA billboard

CINCINNATI (AP) – A political action committee’s billboard calling the National Rifle Association a “terrorist organization” isn’t sitting well with some nearby Ohio residents, who are raising funds to put a pro-gun message on an adjacent billboard. WCPO-TV reports the billboard over northbound Interstate 75 in Middletown was funded by …

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Outlook for vital Southwestern US river remains grim

By DAN ELLIOTTAssociated Press DENVER (AP) – The outlook for the most important river in the Southwestern U.S. remains grim this summer after April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Colorado River …

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Agency’s top cop retires amid Limbaugh police escort probe

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The top law enforcement official at the agency that runs New York’s airports and bridges has retired amid an investigation after radio host Rush Limbaugh told listeners he received a police escort. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday Michael Fedorko will …

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Candidates for California governor jockey for 2nd place

By JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – In California’s first incumbent-free race for governor since voters switched to a new primary system where the top two candidates advance regardless of party, nearly two dozen candidates are jockeying for a spot in the runoff, including five Democrats and two …

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‘It just fell out of the sky’: Frantic calls followed crash

By RUSS BYNUMAssociated Press SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Moments after a military cargo plane crashed into a Georgia highway, rattled motorists began dialing 911 to report the large aircraft plunged nose-first into the blacktop before erupting into flames and thick smoke. “It just fell out of the sky and it’s …

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Cynthia Nixon seeks live television debate with Gov. Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – “Sex and the City” star and New York governor’s race candidate Cynthia Nixon has accepted an invitation to participate in a prime-time televised debate with two-time incumbent Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh). Nixon on Monday released a video announcing she was seeking a one-on-one TV debate with Cuomo …

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Serious charges dismissed in Penn State frat pledge death

By MARK SCOLFOROAssociated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge Monday threw out the most serious counts against a second set of defendants in a Penn State fraternity pledge’s death last year, leaving in place only hazing and alcohol charges that would likely result in little or no jail time. …

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Waffle House hero raises more than $225,000 for victims

By SHEILA BURKEAssociated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A man being hailed as a hero for wrestling an assault-style rifle away from a gunman at a Tennessee Waffle House has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the victims. James Shaw Jr., 29, was dining with a …

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Appeals court: Stories on Minnesota cop death were protected

By AMY FORLITIAssociated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of two media organizations that covered the 2012 killing of a police officer, saying news stories that named a man as a suspect were protected because they accurately summarized official law enforcement statements. The …

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