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Pope, from hospital, sends condolences to Haiti after attack

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday sent his condolences to Haiti following what he said was the “heinous assassination” of President Jovenal Moïse.Francis, who is recovering at a Rome hospital from intestinal surgery, condemned “all forms of violence as a means of resolving crises ...

Critics: Postal Service plans imperil community newspapers

The U.S. Postal Service's plan to raise mailing rates could present one more damaging blow to community newspapers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and advertising declines, a trade group says.Rates on periodicals would increase by more than 8% as of Aug. 29, according to agency ...

Hutchinson takes over governors group as virus resurges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican whose state is <a target="—blank" href="https://apnews.com/article/ar-state-wire-arkansas-coronavirus-pandemic-health-11f9b5224fc703be83bac5e3dc29ffcd">struggling with a ...

German court delays far-right party ruling, citing election

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany said Thursday that it won't decide before the country's national election in September whether the domestic intelligence agency can put the far-right Alternative for Germany party under observation due to suspicions of extreme-right sympathies.The Cologne ...

SC officer fired after body cam video shows confrontation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police department on Thursday announced the firing of an officer involved in the arrests of two brothers last month that prompted several days of protests after Facebook video showed police wrestling and throwing punches at the men.Jonathan Moreno, the ...

Idaho courts offer new tool for renters facing eviction

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has a new online tool to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords that could help renters avoid becoming homeless.The court announced the tool Wednesday ahead of the ending of an <a target="—blank" ...

Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay repeats as Cup champion

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quieting the din inside Amalie Arena for just a moment, Gary Bettman looked over to the Tampa Bay Lightning and reached back into the dark days of the pandemic perhaps one last time.The NHL commissioner beckoned not just captain Steven Stamkos but the entire team over to ...

First Democrat announces run for Missouri’s 2nd District

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area Democrat said Thursday he plans to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner.Ben Samuels, 30, of Creve Coeur, is the first Democrat to enter the race for the suburban St. Louis seat.Wagner, who has been ...

Alabama officer still getting paid after murder conviction

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer is still getting paid two months after he was convicted of murder.Huntsville officer William Ben Darby was stripped of his law enforcement certification after a <a target="—blank" ...

Business groups, unions join together on infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major business and union groups have formed a new coalition designed to add momentum for a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that the Senate is expected to take up this month.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, along with trade groups representing manufacturers ...