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Michigan city rejects payment, says 2,700 pennies aren’t from heaven

JACKSON (AP) — A man who owes $270 for trash in his yard wants to pay with lots of pennies, but a Michigan city isn’t taking the change. Brian McGonegal has tried to pay off his debt by making a series of $27 payments with 2,700 pennies. The Jackson city treasurer, however, has ...

Beijing lashes out over report on Chinese military

BEIJING — Beijing says it is “firmly opposed” to a Pentagon report that highlighted China’s construction of military facilities on man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea and speculated that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas. The annual report made ...

Teen shot to death over sneakers

DETROIT (AP) — A 17-year-old has been shot to death near a Detroit high school after setting up an online meeting to supposedly buy Nike Air Jordan sneakers. The teen and a 21-year-old picked up a third man Tuesday afternoon and were driving to another location to get the shoes when a fight ...

Police: Toddler fatally shot 7-year-old cousin in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a toddler apparently shot a 7-year-old cousin to death at an apartment. Nashville police said in a news release that Harmony Warfield died at a hospital after being shot Tuesday. The statement says four other relatives were inside the ...

US says Raqqa fight to ‘accelerate’

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official says the fight for Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital, will “only accelerate” as the militants lose their grip on Iraq’s Mosul. Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, says the U.S. and its local allies, the ...

Accused leaker was anti-Trump

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Before she was charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter, Reality Leigh Winner shared sometimes scathing opinions on President Donald Trump and his policies for the whole world to see. The 25-year-old U.S. government contractor has worked since February ...

Cosby accuser to resume testimony in sex assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s chief accuser said she shot down the actor’s casual advances twice before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills that he convinced her were safe herbal supplements. Andrea Constand emerged from 12 years of silence ...

Survivors reflect on year after fatal bike crash in Michigan

KALAMAZOO (AP) — The four survivors of a Michigan bike crash that killed five cyclists say they’ve been dealing with lasting physical and psychological trauma in the year since the accident. Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the crash in which cyclists with the Chain Gang Bicycle ...

Daughter much troubled by guilt

Dear Annie: I feel torn and guilty that I’m not doing enough to take care of my mom. My stepdad and I are the only ones taking care of my mom, who needs daily assistance. I thank the Lord for my stepdad every day. I have a sister and brother, but they don’t visit often. I’ve spent 4 1/2 ...

Arrest made in Manchester case

LONDON (AP) — Greater Manchester Police say a man has been arrested at London's Heathrow Airport in connection with the investigation of the May 22 bombing of a Manchester concert arena. Police said the 38-year-old man was arrested late Tuesday night. He has not been identified or charged.

Police find body in Thames, likely 8th London Bridge victim

LONDON (AP) — Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police says the body was found Tuesday downstream from the bridge. The force says formal identification has not yet ...

Ordinance to remove ‘homestays’

MARQUETTE — A story about the Marquette City Commission that appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Mining Journal contained inaccurate information about an upcoming public hearing. The commission at its May 30 meeting scheduled a public hearing for Monday to consider an ordinance that would ...

Roger Smith, star of ‘77 Sunset Strip,’ dies at age 84

LOS ANGELES — Actor Roger Smith, who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on “77 Sunset Strip,” has died. He was 84. Jack Gilardi, who is the agent of Smith’s widow, actress Ann-Margret, said the actor died Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital after ...

San Giants starting pitcher baffles Milwaukee Brewers in 7-2 win

MILWAUKEE — Early on, it looked like Jeff Samardzija was headed for yet another rocky night at Miller Park. The Giants pitcher steadied himself quickly enough, though, and pitched San Francisco to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. The right-hander entered 0-3 with a 6.00 ...

Infrastructure push faces cold shoulder

WASHINGTON — Repairing the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump’s proposed $1 trillion overhaul, the White House is signaling plans to ...

Area around London Bridge remains cordoned off, investigation continues

LONDON — Much of the area around London Bridge remained cordoned off as police continued to investigate Saturday’s attack that killed seven people. The area around Borough Market was not expected to reopen today. The nearby London Bridge station was operational though one of the exits ...

Getting past a double life

Dear Annie: I am a 29-year-old intensive care nurse. I have been blessed with what many people would want, an amazing husband and daughter. But inside I am at a loss for words when it comes to facing how I can help my mother or surpass this hardship that my family has dealt with for so many ...

Sheriff: Man had plan to kill former co-workers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A recently fired worker from an awning company in Florida followed through with a plan to kill his former colleagues, singling out five and fatally shooting them in the head before taking his own life, authorities said. John Robert Neumann Jr. shot and killed himself at ...

Judge OKs part of Flint lawsuit

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss portions of a sweeping lawsuit against state and local officials in the Flint water crisis. Residents who drank lead-tainted water can continue to press ahead with their claim that their right to “bodily integrity” was spoiled by the ...

US-backed Syrian force attacks IS-held capital of Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian force said today it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, after months of clearing operations. Raqqa was among the first cities captured by IS, in January 2014, and has been the home ...