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The three big lessons we didn’t learn from the late economic crisis

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn’t, to our ...

International

Woman in critical condition after Barrier Reef shark attack BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A woman was in a critical condition Thursday after she was mauled by a shark on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, officials said. The 46-year-old tourist from Tasmania state was swimming Wednesday from ...

National

Georgia state House primary voided over error; redo ordered ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge has ordered a redo in a state House primary election where dozens cast their ballots in the wrong race. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Chris Erwin had appeared to have won the House ...

Minnesota

Wetterling family offers apology before files release ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The parents of Jacob Wetterling apologized to anyone affected when investigative files on the 1989 abduction and killing of their son are released.  The Wetterling family issued a statement Wednesday saying, ...

People in the News

Judge partly dismisses Judd lawsuit against Weinstein LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out part of a lawsuit Ashley Judd filed against Harvey Weinstein that alleges he deliberately derailed her career when she turned him down sexually. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ...

Similar slayings draw vastly different political reaction

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The cases are strikingly similar: Two talented young women were stabbed to death by male strangers while doing athletic activities alone in normally safe parts of Iowa. But politicians who quickly expressed outrage about the ...

Minnesota couple works to restore native plants on 100 acres

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A couple is bringing back native prairie grasses, plants and flowers on nearly 100 acres (40 hectares) of land in southern Minnesota. Ken Trom, 83, and Gloria Trom, 78, planted a mix of more than two dozen species around their land near the Cedar River in June, The Post ...

New policing agreement reached for Mille Lacs

MILACA, Minn. (AP) — Mille Lacs County and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have reached an agreement for policing the tribe's reservation in east-central Minnesota. The agreement that took effect Tuesday resolves a dispute that came to a head two years ago when the county terminated its law ...

Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

By ZARAR KHAN Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings. The Islamabad High Court made the ...

Kim, Moon head to North Korea’s sacred volcano on final day

By ERIC TALMADGE and FOSTER KLUG Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The two Korean leaders took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, heading to a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and used in its propaganda to legitimize the Kims' three ...

How 65 women came to Kavanaugh’s defense in matter of hours

By JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they ...

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

By LINDSAY WHITETHURST Associated Press DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 years after the chilling crime. Wanda Barzee, 72, ...

Judge: US can’t deny passport over refusing to pick gender

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department's varied explanations for ...

Reasoning about race

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided ...

The late hit on Judge Kavanaugh

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation, and possibly his career on the nation’s second highest court. And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and ...

International

Venezuela doubles down on Chinese money to reverse crisis CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that new investments from China will help his country dramatically boost its oil production, doubling down on financing from the Asian nation to turn around ...

National

Suspect in California deputy's killing has past gun charges SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 38-year-old man on probation for a gun crime has been accused of killing a sheriff's deputy and wounding another in a shootout that started with an argument at an auto parts store in the Sacramento ...

Minnesota

Line 3 pipeline protesters block bridge near Bemidji BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Protesters have conducted a water ceremony and blocked a bridge near Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement pipeline in northern Minnesota. An American Indian woman conducted the ceremony on the banks of ...

People in the News

Chen leaves daytime's 'The Talk' in taped message NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Chen announced Tuesday that she was leaving the cast of the CBS daytime show "The Talk" a week after her husband, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves, was ousted from the company due to sexual misconduct allegations. Chen ...

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