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This photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office shows a perfume bottle that caused an evacuation of the Hamilton County courthouse in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Perfume Bottle Leads to Court Evacuation

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cincinnati (ap) — A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told reporters that the bottle was shaped like a “pineapple” hand grenade and was in a woman’s suitcase. The building was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and then closed …

U.S., Cuba Will Open Embassies

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes. For President Obama, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in the heart of Havana …

Feds Probe Possible Airfare Price-Fixing

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the possibility of improper collusion between several major U.S. airlines that could have resulted in higher airfare prices in recent years, a spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times. Emily Pierce, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in an email that the agency is “investigating possible unlawful coordination by some airlines.” She would not say which …

Clinton Raises $45 Million

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton raised a record $45 million in political contributions since entering the race in April, powered primarily by donations of less than $100, her campaign said Wednesday. The figure represents money donated for Clinton’s use during the primary election, although she …

Democrats Cheer Trump’s Surge

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty …

Islamic State Makes Assault Against Egypt

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cairo — Militants linked with the Islamic State unleashed a wave of attacks on the military in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, briefly seizing key checkpoints and signaling a bold new campaign by insurgents in one of the region’s most stable countries. As many as 70 soldiers and …

Church Fires Stir Fears, Questions

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thousands of social media users are tweeting the same question: Who is burning black churches? Fires at six black churches in the South over the last 10 days have stirred fears that racial violence on houses of worship is making a comeback — perhaps as a backlash to …

N. Carolina Sees 7th Shark Attack in a Month

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Raleigh, n.c. — A 68-year-old man was bitten by a shark on Ocracoke Island on Wednesday afternoon — the seventh attack off the North Carolina coast in the past month. The man, who has not yet been identified, was swimming 25 to 30 feet offshore in waist-deep water …

Deadline With Iran Extended

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vienna — The deadline for an agreement in the Iran nuclear talks was officially pushed back by a week on Tuesday as negotiators extended a temporary accord that limits Iran’s nuclear program. Without the last-minute extension, the interim agreement known as the joint plan of action would have …

Supreme Court to Consider Redistricting, Union Dues

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will consider next term whether public employees can be compelled to pay fees to unions they do not want to join, a provision that union leaders say is vital to their continued success. The justices will consider a case …

Greece Defaults As Bailout Expires

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Athens — Greece lost its financial lifelines on Tuesday, as the country missed a crucial payment to the International Monetary Fund amid growing questions about whether it would be able to remain in the eurozone. Greek leaders had made a last-ditch attempt to come up with the necessary …

U.S., Cuba Agree to Open Embassies, Restore Diplomatic Ties

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Washington — In the most significant move yet toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the Obama administration said Tuesday that the two had agreed to open embassies in each other’s countries. The diplomatic development is the most authoritative move the Obama administration can make unilaterally without …

12 Prison Staffers Put On Leave After Escape

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Albany, n.y. — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it …