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U-M can ban guns on campus

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The University of Michigan can ban guns on its campuses, the state appeals court said, rejecting arguments that the school is stepping on turf controlled by the Legislature. In a 2-1 decision, the court said a 2001 ban doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution. The court also ...

Alabama to execute man tonight

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is preparing to execute an inmate for the shooting deaths of three fast food restaurant workers during a 1994 robbery. Robert Bryant Melson, 46, is scheduled to die by lethal injection this evening at a south Alabama prison. State prosecutors said Melson ...

US productivity flat in first quarter, while labor costs up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The productivity of American workers was flat in the first three months of this year, while labor costs rose at the fastest pace since the second quarter of last year. Productivity growth was zero in the January-March quarter after rising at a 1.8 percent annual rate in ...

Home sales fell in April amid supply squeeze

WASHINGTON — Americans pulled back their pace of home-buying in April, as the shrinking number of houses for sale and rising prices are putting them in a bind as their options dwindle. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes declined 2.3 percent last ...

He’s dreaming about one who got away

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our late 50s and met in high school. “Barb” was the girl of my dreams, a cheerleader, popular and athletic. We began dating as seniors and married after I graduated from college. After we married, I noticed that Barb had little interest in sex. I was always ...

Urban wins big, Underwood makes history

After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” The country star also won male ...

Police increase patrols in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Police increased their patrols in the streets and subway stations of Tehran today, a day after a pair of stunning Islamic State-claimed attacks on Iran’s parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader killed at least 16 people and wounded over 40. Commuters in the ...

Michigan panel OKs prison cuts; no deal — yet — on pensions

LANSING— Michigan would cut spending at all but one of its 30 prisons under a legislative compromise reached Wednesday without the support of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, which Republican leaders have excluded from key budget decisions because of Snyder’s opposition to closing the ...

Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

RALEIGH, N.C. — Officials in some states are trying to figure out whether local election offices were targeted in an apparent effort by Russian military intelligence to hack into election software last fall. The efforts were detailed in a recently leaked report attributed to the U.S. ...

Islamic State claims attacks on Iran parliament, shrine

TEHRAN, Iran — The Islamic State group claimed a pair of attacks today on Iran’s parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which have killed two security guards and wounded more than 30 people, with the siege at the legislature still underway. It marks the first attack in ...

White House, allies look to offset potential damage from Comey

WASHINGTON — With fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated congressional testimony just a day away, the White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage. Asked Tuesday about the testimony, President Donald Trump was tight-lipped: “I wish him ...

Tesla rides high but faces issues

DETROIT — Tesla Inc. was riding high as it hosted its annual shareholders’ meeting Tuesday. The automaker’s shares are trading at record levels, and it has surpassed General Motors and Ford in market value. It’s about to introduce its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3 sedan, ...

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 ...