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Peter Tuchman, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Investors are in wait-and-see mode hours ahead of a widely anticipated Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
June 19, 2019 - 11:43 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were higher on Thursday, with the Shanghai benchmark up 2.6%, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed that it's prepared to cut interest rates if needed to shield the U.S. economy from trade conflicts or other threats. The Thursday tracked modest gains on Wall Street. The...
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June 19, 2019 - 11:14 pm
VERMILION CLIFFS, Ariz. (AP) — A baby California condor has been spotted in far northern Arizona. The Peregrine Fund says one of its biologists confirmed the nestling last week at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. It's the first hatching of a bird in the wild during the current breeding season...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016, file photo illustration, a person types on a laptop in Florida. Riviera Beach, Fla., agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. Spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that the city of 35,000 residents has been working with outside security consultants, who recommended the ransom be paid. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
June 19, 2019 - 10:51 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, a man sunbathes in view of the Space Needle, partially obscured by wildfire smoke covering the region from British Columbia fires, in Seattle. After subsequent years marked by thick smoke hanging over the city from summer wildfires, Seattle officials say they will retrofit five city facilities to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 19, 2019 - 10:11 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. The move is in response to several years marked by thick...
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Director of the National Police, General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, projects a photograph taken of former Boston batter David Ortiz, second from right, with others on the night he was shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday June 19, 2019. According to Bautista Almonte, Ortiz was shot by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, Sixto David Fernández, not in the projected photo, who was seated at the same table with the former baseball star on the night of June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
June 19, 2019 - 9:51 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday. The Dominican Republic's attorney general and...
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Two Beluga whales touch down at Keflavík Airport in Iceland, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, where they are being re-homed in an open-water sanctuary after spending years in captivity in a Shanghai aquarium. The Cargolux Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft carried Little White and Little Grey 6,000 miles as part of a groundbreaking project by Sea Life Trust. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 9:32 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, maker of the maker of painkiller OxyContin, in Stamford, Conn. The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it will discontinue two publications on opioid painkiller prescribing, in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines - viewed around the world as best practices in public health - comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue. The lawmakers’ report claimed the guidelines were crafted by organizations with financial ties to the company, who worked to downplay risks addiction and overstate the benefits of opioids. Purdue has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
June 19, 2019 - 9:08 pm
The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps...
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, at podium, surrounded by city officials and LA Sanitation and Environment employees, addresses the city's homelessness problem at a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall campaign. The low-key mayor who in 2016 helped convince voters to borrow $1.2 billion to construct housing for the homeless has found himself forced to explain why the problems have only gotten worse. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
June 19, 2019 - 8:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't create the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, but he owns it. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall...
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June 19, 2019 - 8:35 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — McDonald's has started a trans-Atlantic barbecue feud with the introduction of a Kansas City-themed hamburger in the U.K. Outgoing Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James said Tuesday that the fast-food chain should "stay in your lane" in a tweet that included a picture of...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Kimberly Loring stands in her grandmother's home in Browning, Mont., holding a photo of her sister, Ashley Heavyrunner Loring, who went missing on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. A key congressional committee is holding a hearing on a slate of legislation aimed at addressing the deaths and disappearances of Native American women. The bills before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs would require law enforcement to submit annual reports to Congress to give lawmakers a better handle on the number of cases. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
June 19, 2019 - 8:01 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on a slate of...
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