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Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents’ briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about ...

Analysis: Trump’s two Russias confound coherent US policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to Russia, the Trump administration just can’t seem to make up its mind. For the past three years, the administration has careered between President Donald Trump’s attempts to curry favor and friendship with Vladimir Putin and longstanding deep-seated ...

Background checks, a metric for gun sales, hit all-time high

Historic numbers of background checks to purchase or possess a firearm were done in June, a trend in a year marked by uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, a subsequent economic recession, protests over racial injustice and calls to reduce police funding. FBI numbers released ...

Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

WASHINGTON (AP) — States can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax ...

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling raises stakes for election

NEW YORK (AP) — Supporters of abortion rights are elated, foes of abortion dismayed and angry, but they agree on one consequence of the Supreme Court’s first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office: The upcoming election is crucial to their cause. Both sides also ...

Time to update regulations that hurt UP job providers

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the ...

Trump attacks seen undercutting confidence in vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a startling declaration about one of the pillars of American democracy, all the more so given its source. The president of the United States last week publicly predicted without evidence that the 2020 presidential election would be "the most corrupt election in the ...

Dickinson economy draws national attention

When the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance welcomed 2020, we certainly did not anticipate where this year would take us. As we all continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that it has created, we know that a solid economic development program is needed now more ...

Iron County sees growth in jobs, tourism

IRON RIVER — The world is facing some challenging and uncertain times. It takes a willingness to innovate, collaborate, and invest if a community is to withstand the storms of the times, and Iron County is doing just that. Over the past three years — and through this pandemic — ...

Forest industry, recreation a winning combination for Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — Who would have thought that 2020 would bring so many struggles when the economy was booming, unemployment was at record lows and the Florence County business community was looking forward to another big summer tourism season. But then COVID 19 shut down all but the ...

Facebook to label all news posts that break rules — even Trump’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook said Friday that it will flag all “newsworthy” posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump. Separately, Facebook’s stock dropped more than 8%, erasing roughly $50 billion from its market valuation, after the ...

Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A presidential campaign that has largely been frozen for several months because of the coronavirus took on a degree of normalcy on Thursday when President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden swung through critical battleground states presenting starkly ...

As COVID cases rise, White House seeks to scrap ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases rise in more than half of the states, the Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The administration's high court filing at 10:30 p.m. Thursday came the same day the government reported that close to half ...

Contact the NRC to support deer hunting changes in UP

Upper Peninsula deer hunters can improve their chances of success this fall and return U.P. deer harvest regulations to the same as the rest of the state by taking the time to send a letter or email to the state Natural Resources Commission or call commissioners before their July 16 meeting. ...

With student gathering, Trump gets a more boisterous crowd

PHOENIX (AP) — It wasn’t quite one of his signature big-stadium rallies. But President Donald Trump drew something closer to the jam-packed audience of political supporters he’s been craving as hundreds of young conservatives filled a Phoenix megachurch Tuesday to hear his call for ...

Trump: ‘Learn from history’ rather than remove statues

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America grapples with racism in its past, President Donald Trump lined up squarely Tuesday with those who argue that the pendulum has swung too far in favor of removing statues and other symbols of that flawed history, saying mistakes will be repeated if not learned from ...

Poll shows nearly all in US back criminal justice reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly want clear standards on when police officers may use force and consequences for officers who do so excessively, according to a new poll that finds nearly all Americans favor at least some level of change to the nation’s criminal justice ...

Does a COVID-19 ‘support bubble’ work?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 “support bubble” with friends? Yes, if done correctly. Support bubbles, also known as quarantine pods, may help fend off loneliness and anxiety after months of social distancing. The idea, which originated in New Zealand, calls for two people or households ...

Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests roil nation

They say he hires protesters and rents buses to transport them. Some say he has people stash piles of bricks to be hurled into glass storefronts or at police. George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, is now being falsely ...

Did TikTok teens, K-Pop fans punk Trump’s rally?

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Did teens, TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music troll the president of the United States? For more than a week before Donald Trump's first campaign rally in three months on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, these tech-savvy groups opposing the president mobilized to ...