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  • Tax Cuts Seen Halting Retreat in U.S. Retail Sales

    Tax cuts have given a boost to Americans’ take-home pay this year. The question hanging over the U.S. economy is whether they are putting the extra cash toward savings and debt, or using it to go shopping. Retail-sales data due Monday from the Commerce Department will help provide an...
  • Feds indict former Atlanta official Mitzi Bickers in bribery probe

    ATLANTA – In handcuffs and leg irons, The Rev. Mitzi Bickers made her first appearance in federal court Thursday to face charges that she took $2 million in bribes to steer city of Atlanta contracts to at least two contractors from 2010 to 2015. Channel 2’s Richard Belcher was...
  • US Surgeon General just issued a medical advisory amid opioid epidemic

    In a rare move, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has issued a public health advisory urging more Americans to carry the opioid-overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Many first responders and medical professionals already carry naloxone, which is often sold under the brand name Narcan and can be administered as a nasal...
  • Americans reflect on Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy 50 years on

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Reuters) – A half century after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, visitors still flock to the Memphis, Tennessee, site where the civil rights leader was assassinated and say that while there has been progress in racial equality, more strides need to be made. “We still look...
  • McConnell wants hemp removed from controlled substance list

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The U.S. Senate’s top leader said Monday he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list that now associates it with its cousin – marijuana. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told hemp advocates in his home state...
  • Russia now stating five Russian citizens were killed by US airstrikes

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that five Russian citizens were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria on Feb. 7, the first government confirmation from Moscow or Washington of Russian nationals being killed by U.S. military action on the complicated Syrian battlefield. Russian and U.S. news organizations reported earlier this week that...
  • Supreme Court halts the execution of Alabama inmate with dementia

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of Alabama inmate Vernon Madison after attorneys argued that dementia had left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago. Justices issued the stay on the same evening that Madison was scheduled to receive a lethal...
  • Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole...
  • Judge narrows bribery case against New Jersey Democratic Senator Menendez

    (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday threw out several bribery charges against Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, five days after U.S. prosecutors announced they would seek to retry him after his first trial ended with a hung jury. The New Jersey politician, who is expected to run for...