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Japan records trade surplus in June despite US tariffs

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has recorded a trade surplus in June, including with the U.S., despite tariffs put in place by President Donald Trump. The Finance Ministry reported Thursday that Japan’s exports in June rose 6.7 percent from the same month a year ago, as exports...

Arcadia school board hires security director

ARCADIA Prompted by a school shooting earlier this year in Florida, the Arcadia school board on Wednesday hired a security director who will be armed. Tim Saltzman, a former Hancock County sheriffs deputy, was given a two-year contract. Four school board members voted in favor,...

Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel’s piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating a milestone Wednesday night. Springsteen surprised the audience — who loudly cheered “BRUCE” — at Madison...

FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to “spin up” Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States. Wray stood behind the...

Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it’s beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally. The company’s “enhanced detection processes” will apply to new...

Chemical Plant Explodes, Catches Fire; Wide Area Evacuated

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it. The Akron Beacon Journal reports an Akron Fire Department spokeswoman says there are no reported injuries from the Wednesday afternoon...

NCAA Announces Women’s Regional Hoops Sites For 2021, 2022

Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington, will be a host site for NCAA women’s basketball regionals in 2021 and 2022. The NCAA announced regional sites for both years on Wednesday. Other hosts for 2021 are Times Union Center in Albany, New York, H-E-B Center in Cedar...

Ohio State Assistant Coach Facing Criminal Trespass Charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State assistant coach has been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass stemming from a dispute with his ex-wife. According to court records, wide receivers coach Zach Smith was served with the misdemeanor complaint May 12 in the north Columbus...

White House, State at odds over Putin’s interview proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes....

Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A measure that would divide California into three parts won’t appear on the November ballot, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday, marking the latest defeat for a long-shot push to reimagine the nation’s most populous state. The...