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FILE - In this April 26, 2015, file photo, Anthony Geary accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “General Hospital,” at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Burbank, Calif. After 37 years, Geary finishes his role as Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital" on Monday, July 27, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

‘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 Geary decided to leave the show after nearly three decades, saying his character would be written out of the series later this …

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 released Monday by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. “For the bottom 99 percent of …

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 is in a state of mourning after a gunman on Friday sprayed bullets at European …

Report: ISIL Kills 200 in Syrian Town

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beirut — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday. …

Flag Protest Draws Arrest

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Columbia, S.c. — The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and — despite calls by police to get down — removed the banner. Bree Newsome, 30, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was about halfway …

Loss of Hamilton on $10 Bill Spurs Outcry

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — The gain for women in landing a promised spot on U.S. paper currency stands to be a big loss for one founding father — and his supporters aren’t pleased. The announcement that a woman would appear on U.S. currency for the first time in more than …

CIA ‘Black Site’ Photos Surface

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Military prosecutors earlier this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials. The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another …

The ‘Black Route’ to Europe

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Evzonoi, Greece — They’ve made it 1,600 miles by boat, train, car and on foot. Now the light is fading as they finally reach the edge of Greece. “Let’s move,” Ahmed Jinaid beckons, his family trailing him up …

Gay Rights Supporters Turn to Broader Legal Protections

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fresh off their biggest legal victory, gay rights supporters began to expand their efforts beyond same-sex marriage to a broad push to rewrite civil rights law and extend protections to other personal and financial actions. A liberal coalition spanning gay rights groups and traditional African-American leaders turned its …

Researchers Discover Why Last Year’s Flu Vaccine Was Weak

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Philadelphia — Despite the heat of summer, some researchers are still preoccupied by cold and flu season, especially Scott Hensley of Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute, who hopes that vaccines being developed for the 2015-16 flu season will provide more protection than last year’s versions. Last year’s vaccine was only …

Coffee Consumption Seen Falling in U.S.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A few months ago, the leading nutritional panel in the United States shared an encouraging bit of news. Not only did its members arrive at the conclusion that drinking coffee was a perfectly fine thing to do—they suggested that drinking more might even be ideal. Well, that seems …

Deformed Mutt Quasi Modo Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Petaluma, Calif. — A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest. The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the …

Fan’s MLB Odyssey a Renewal And a Hoot

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. — Moses had his desert. Magellan had the high seas. Chuck Booth, less renowned but equally driven, has more than 200 baseball games to conquer - one or two a day, across all 30 MLB opera houses in the course of a single season. This week, …