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Spat over Vanderbilt family mansion gets public and nasty

AP Photo/Steven Senne NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Vanderbilt family, once synonymous with American wealth and power, has fallen into a full-blown public spat with the organization that now owns their spectacular Rhode Island mansion. The conflict includes intimations that the...
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U.N. report on Gaza: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes

AP Photo/Hatem Moussa JERUSALEM (AP) — A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. Both Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers quickly...
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Carter: U.S. to provide weapons, aircraft, commandos for NATO

AP Photo/Martin Meissner MUNSTER, Germany (AP) — The U.S. will contribute weapons, aircraft and forces, including commandos, for NATO’s rapid reaction force, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, to help Europe defend against security threats, including Russia...

Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart’s empire of recipes, spatulas, pots and books is heading to a new place. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will be acquired by Sequential Brands in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $353 million. Martha Stewart will remain as chief...

High court won’t hear Ford appeal of tax overpayment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from Ford Motor Co. seeking to recover about $450 million in interest on taxes the company overpaid the Internal Revenue Service. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld the...

Dorsey would have to give up Square to be Twitter CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Dorsey would have to give up his post at Square if he’s to become CEO of Twitter. The company he helped found and now leads on an interim basis said Monday that it is only considering candidates who can make a “full-time commitment to...

High court voids routine police check of hotel registries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a Los Angeles ordinance that allowed police to inspect hotel guest records on demand. The justices voted 5-4 Monday to reject the city’s argument that the measure was needed to help fight prostitution, drug...

Book Review: Dick Wolf delivers exciting new thriller

“The Ultimatum” (William Morrow), by Dick Wolf Dick Wolf, a producer whose credits include the “Law & Order” TV franchise, is also a terrific novelist. His latest book, “The Ultimatum,” is the third thriller to feature New York police...

Review: Country singer Kacey Musgraves wows on 2nd album

Kacey Musgraves, “Pageant Material” (Mercury Nashville) Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic `60s country sound on her second album, “Pageant Material.” Ditching the loops and other contemporary flourishes of her ground-breaking, Grammy-winning 2013...

Weather Channel taking active stance on climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — The Weather Channel is looking beyond cold fronts and summer showers with a project featuring the voices of 25 prominent people talking about the need to take action on climate change. The network says its “The Climate 25” series is about...