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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 …

‘General Hospital’ Actor Geary to End Role on July 27

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York — Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer’s marriage to Laura in 1981 on General Hospital was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month. ABC announced in May that …

Incomes Rise for Bottom 99%; U.S. Inequality Still Widens

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez and …

Britain in Shock Over Deaths in Tunisia Attack

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

London — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday called the fight against the Islamic State “the struggle of our generation,” as Britain grappled with the aftermath of a beach massacre in Tunisia, the worst terrorist attack on British citizens since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. Britain …

Experts: Shooting Escapee Was Lawful

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York — A state trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed prison escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as the convicted killer ran toward a forest near the Canadian border. State and federal law allows the use of deadly force to prevent …

Puerto Rico To Seek Debt Moratorium From Bondholders

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

San Juan, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor said Monday night he will form a financial team to negotiate with bondholders on delaying debt payments and then restructuring $72 billion in public debt that he says the U.S. island can’t repay. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla made the announcement …

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on the …

Justices Say EPA Erred on Emissions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court dealt a major blow on Monday to the Obama administration’s efforts to keep toxic mercury out of the nation’s air and waterways, saying U.S. officials failed to properly consider economic costs when it imposed expensive pollution controls on coal-burning power plants. The court, …

High Court OKs Use of Death Drug

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — A bitterly divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld a drug combination used by Oklahoma to execute death row inmates. In the most closely watched capital punishment case of the court’s term, and one that provoked strong feelings from both sides, a conservative 5-4 majority rejected a …

Study Finds Fermented Foods May Reduce Social Anxiety

Monday, June 29, 2015

You know that coffee perks you up. And when you’re sad, mac and cheese can make you feel better. But could miso soup or sauerkraut help you feel less tense at parties? Yes, according to a new study, published online in the journal Psychiatry Research. Psychologists from the …

Advances Save Child Cancer Patients

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orlando — When Ben Watson, 14, had trouble breathing, his doctors suspected he had pneumonia and put him on a couple of rounds of antibiotics. One day, his pain got so bad that his parents took him to the emergency room, where his diagnosis changed: It was non-Hodgkin …