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Caribbean expecting heavy rain

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds today as remnants of the new season’s first hurricane provided an initial test of how far they’ve recovered from last year’s devastating storms. Tropical Storm Beryl disintegrated ...

Pakistan head unveils election plan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s opposition leader and former cricket star who has set his hopes on becoming the country’s next prime minister unveiled today his party’s ‘manifesto’ ahead of this month’s parliamentary elections. Imran Khan is promising 10 million new jobs, better ...

Tesla makes 5,000 Model 3s per week, but can it continue?

DETROIT — Tesla Inc. made 5,031 lower-priced Model 3 electric cars during the last week of June, surpassing its often-missed goal of 5,000 per week. But the company still only managed to crank out an average of 2,198 per week for the quarter. Tesla reported making 28,578 Model 3s from April ...

Whiskey company in Michigan plans renovation of new facility

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City Whiskey Co. is buying the former Cherry Growers Inc. fruit processing facility in Leelanau County. The Leelanau plant and another facility in Grawn were sold to different purchasers this year after Cherry Growers declared bankruptcy and liquidated its ...

Pact made among deploying WWII soldiers finally carried out

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A group of World War II soldiers from Michigan made a pact when they deployed: Give a bottle of whiskey to the last survivor. The 126th Infantry Regiment was comprised of men from around southwest Michigan, and its Company C was made up of 94 young men just from ...

Body found in Clinton River

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A body has been pulled from the Clinton River in Macomb County. Police say the body was found Monday afternoon in Sterling Heights, north of Detroit. Authorities began canvassing the river Saturday afternoon after witnesses told police that a kayaker had ...

Doctor charged with more crimes

DETROIT (AP) — A former University of Michigan doctor charged earlier with receiving and possessing child pornography now is accused of inappropriate conduct with young patients. MLive.com reports Monday 46-year-old Mark Hoeltzel of Ann Arbor has been charged with transfer of obscene ...

Police: Motive unclear in birthday party stabbing attack in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — Several families who had fled danger and violence overseas were enjoying a 3-year-old's birthday party in Boise, Idaho, when the unthinkable happened: A man ran up and began chasing and stabbing the children, turning his knife on the adults who tried to intervene. The attack ...

Choreographer Gillian Lynne of ‘Cats’ fame dies at age 92

LONDON — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said ...

Gunman attacks journalists at Maryland newspaper, 5 dead

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man firing a shotgun and armed smoke grenades killed four journalists and a staffer at Maryland’s capital newspaper, then was swiftly taken into custody by police who rushed into the building. Thursday’s attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis came amid months of ...

Michigan Republicans spar in 2nd gubernatorial debate

DETROIT— Republicans running for Michigan governor on Thursday welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to halt his policy of separating migrant children from parents detained at the border and avoided criticizing him for imposing steel and aluminum tariffs that the home-state auto ...

Prof protesting pipeline arrested

BRUSH MOUNTAIN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Tech professor who locked herself to a piece of construction equipment to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been removed and arrested. The Roanoke Times quotes Virginia State Police Sgt. Rick Garletts as saying Emily Satterwhite will likely be ...

Parents charged in infant’s death

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing couple will stand trial in the death of their 2-month-old son. The Lansing State Journal reports that Teaya Johnson and Kaam Stricklin, both 28, were bound over to circuit court Thursday on involuntary manslaughter charges. Kameo Stricklin died in November ...

Trump-Putin meeting to follow NATO gathering at tense moment

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin firmed up plans Thursday to meet in Helsinki next month for a closely watching sit-down that will play out just days after what is likely to be a tense meeting between Trump and some of the United States’ closest ...

VP Pence tells Central America to do more to stop migrants

GUATEMALA CITY — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the leaders of three Central American nations Thursday that they must do more to stop the flow of migrants who enter the United States illegally. He made the comments to the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where ...

EU leaders claim breakthrough deal on migrants

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders claimed a breakthrough deal today on how to deal with the pressures of migration after all-night talks helped accommodate Italian demands for more help. The EU leaders said the agreement would bolster the bloc’s external borders and improve the solidarity ...

Bulgarian gov’t survives vote

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s ruling coalition has survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition, which accused the government of failing to deal with surging crime or to guarantee the rule of law. The 240-member parliament on Friday rejected the motion in a 131-104 vote. ...

Iraq hangs 12 prisoners

BAGHDAD (AP) — The office of the Iraqi prime minister says authorities have executed 12 prisoners convicted on terror charges, following a recommendation by the premier to speed up the executions. Haidar al-Abadi’s office announced today that the convicts were hanged the previous evening ...

Large army veteran protests in China pose challenge for Xi

BEIJING — On Chinese state television broadcasts, President Xi Jinping is often shown clad in battle fatigues inspecting troops, praising their service, and hailing the People’s Liberation Army as key to the country’s rising global power. But the nationalist drumbeat rings hollow for ...

Japan space explorer arrives at asteroid to collect samples

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese space explorer arrived at an asteroid Wednesday after a 3¢-year journey to undertake a first-ever experiment: blow a crater in the rocky surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth. The unmanned Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached its base of operations about ...