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For-profit school wins in court

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Private schools that operate for a profit can qualify for certain tax exemptions under Michigan law. The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the owner of Sanford-Brown College, a school that provided medical training in Kentwood, near Grand ...

Finnish tiremaker creates US jobs

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) — Finnish tiremaker Nokian plans to build a new $360 million plant in Tennessee, creating 400 new jobs. State economic development officials said Wednesday the project in Dayton represents the largest investment in the history of southeastern Tennessee’s Rhea ...

Auto sales fall 4.7 pct.; 7-year win streak may be coming to an end

DETROIT — U.S. auto sales fell 4.7 percent last month, the most pronounced slowdown of the year and a strong indication that 2017 will put an end to seven straight years of growth. Auto executives and analysts, who have been anticipating a slowdown, saw no cause for panic. Many expect sales ...

Police say Chicago officers were targeted

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded late Tuesday when two vehicles pulled up alongside their car and someone started firing indiscriminately in what authorities believe was a targeted attack. One officer was shot in the arm and hip and the other in the back, ...

Philippine mine closer rejected

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress rejected today the appointment of the country’s acting environment chief who ordered the closure and suspension of dozens of mines that she says harm the environment and local communities. The rejection of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ...

Man shot outside Greek school

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece say gunmen killed a man outside a primary school near Athens as parents were still dropping off their children. Police say at least two armed men attacked the victim today outside the side entrance of the school in the Glyka Nera area, east of the ...

Australian leader says N Korea will dominate his talks with Trump

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said today that he and U.S. President Donald Trump will engage as two seasoned businessmen-turned-politicians when they meet for the first time, focusing on North Korea, security and economic issues. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was ...

IS attack on US convoy kills 8 Afghans, wounds at least 3 US soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy in the Afghan capital today, killing at least eight Afghan civilians and wounding three U.S. service members in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior ...

Trump, Putin look to work together on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. The Kremlin said the ...

Stark French choice: Fiery Le Pen or novice Macron

PARIS — France’s presidential candidates could hardly be more different: Pro-European progressive Emmanuel Macron is facing far-right, anti-immigration Marine Le Pen in their only direct debate today ahead of Sunday’s runoff election. They differ on Europe, terrorism and in their ...

Thousands rally in US marches on May Day

SEATTLE — Tens of thousands across the country peacefully chanted, picketed and protested Monday against President Donald Trump’s immigration and labor policies on May Day, despite a small pocket of violent unrest in the Pacific Northwest. Peaceful protesters flocked to the streets in ...

Eminem song composer: New Zealand ad is ‘blatant rip-off’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The composer of the opening guitar riff for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” says the soundtrack of a New Zealand political ad is a “blatant rip-off.” Jeff Bass told the High Court in Wellington today that the song titled “Eminem Esque” that was used by ...

Gunman shoots paramedic

DALLAS (AP) — A gunman opened fire on emergency responders treating a gunshot victim in a Dallas street, critically injuring a paramedic and prompting police to lock down the area until the suspect — and another person — were found dead in a local home, authorities said. Police believe ...

$14.5M aviation factory opens in west Michigan

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — An aviation manufacturer has opened a $14.5 million factory in west Michigan so Muskegon-area workers can build engine parts for Boeing 777 airplanes. Johnson Technology’s Brilliant Factory in Norton Shores held a grand opening Monday, the Muskegon Chronicle ...

Families dealing with a dying loved one

Dear Annie: Our family is going through the end-of-life challenges of my husband’s final illness. We have always been close, and our children, who live nearby, have really stepped up to assist him — and me — in these final months of home hospice care. In all the important ways, we are ...

Writers strike averted

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production and inflicted harm on the wider California economy. The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers ...

Defiant rallies for worker rights mark May Day around world

ISTANBUL (AP) — Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and ...

Motive unclear in University of Texas stabbings

AUSTIN, Texas — A student with a large hunting knife stabbed at least four people on the University of Texas campus, killing one and seriously wounding the others before surrendering to police, authorities said. There was no immediate word about a motive. Student Rachel Prichett said she ...

Seoul: THAAD can defend against NKorean missiles

SEOUL, South Korea — A contentious U.S. anti-missile system in southeastern South Korea is now operating and can now defend against North Korean missiles, a South Korean official said today. The Terminal High Altitude Defense system set up at a converted golf course in Seongju has “early ...

World briefing

Blasts, smoke hit Toronto TORONTO (AP) — Loud blasts echoed in Toronto’s financial district Monday and smoke billowed from under a busy street, disrupting car traffic and subway service. Fire department officials said a fire in an underground vault holding transformers was to blame. The ...