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Flood’s Death Toll Rises To 18 In West Virginia

(AP) – The death toll from the floods that ravaged West Virginia has risen to 18, and officials fear the number will continue to climb.  Chris Stadelman, chief of staff for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, said 14 deaths have been confirmed by the state medical examiner. But local sheriffs and rescue workers across the state […]

UPDATE: US Stocks Plunge After British Vote

(AP) – U.S. stocks are plunging in early trading after Britons voted to leave the European Union.  The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 500 points, or 2.8 percent, to 17,515 in the first few minutes of trading Friday.  The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 57 points, or 2.7 percent, to 2,056x. The Nasdaq composite […]

Central California Fire That Burned Homes Grows

(AP) — An explosive wildfire that has destroyed 80 homes and is threatening some 1,500 other residences in the central California mountains has grown to more than 12 square miles.  Fire officials said Friday that the blaze also has destroyed about 20 other buildings around Lake Isabella, a major outdoor recreation destination in the southern […]

UPDATE: Crews Begin Evacuating Hundreds Stranded At Mall

(AP) — Kanawha County Sheriff’s Sgt. B.D. Humphreys says rescue crews have begun evacuating an estimated 500 people who were trapped by high water in a West Virginia shopping center.  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s communications director, Chris Stadelman, said the people were trapped at the Crossings Mall in Elkview after a culvert bridge washed out. […]

Trump Says Britain Has Taken Back Independence

(AP) — Donald Trump says the British people have “taken back their independence” with a vote to leave the European Union.  Trump is talking to reporters in Scotland, where he is visiting two of his golf courses.  He is drawing parallels between the so-called Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential campaign, saying people want to […]

Clinton Says EU Vote Shows Importance Of US Race

(AP) — Hillary Clinton says economic uncertainty sparked by the Britain’s choice to leave the European Union “underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House.”  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says the United States’ “first task” is to ensure economic uncertainty created by the move doesn’t hurt American families. She released […]

UPDATE: Obama Says US Respects UK Decision To Leave EU

(AP) — The United States respects the decision of the people of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, President Barack Obama said Friday, insisting that the special relationship between Washington and London will endure.  In his first public reaction to the vote, Obama said the people of the U.K. had spoken. Obama had […]

Obama To Encourage International Entrepreneurs To Think US

(AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs from more than 140 countries to connect their ideas with U.S. businesses. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit has become an annual event that tries to link entrepreneurs with investors from across the world. Obama is scheduled to speak to the gathering today at Stanford University. White House […]

Ryan Promises Simpler Tax Code

(AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising a simpler tax code with lower rates for both families and businesses as he unveils the sixth and final installment of his “Better Way” campaign agenda for House Republicans. But the Wisconsin Republican can’t match the 25 percent top rate for individuals that he promised not long […]

Clinton’s State Dept. Calendar Missing Scores Of Entries

(AP) — An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state finds at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or were listed without the names of those she met. The missing entries raise new […]