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Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today at her home in Washington, the court says. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. For more on this developing story, read Saturday's Vindicator.

James Reardon federal trial pushed back to December

YOUNGSTOWN -- The trial date for James P. Reardon, 21, of New Middletown is now 10 a.m. Dec. 8 after a federal judge on Monday pushed it back from Sept. 28. Reardon also was supposed to have a final pretrial hearing Thursday, but that is now set for 10 a.m. Nov. 23. Reardon is accused of ...

Woman expected to plead guilty in murder case

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury indicted 14 people Thursday, but a person bound over to the grand jury months ago is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week without being indicted. Courtney Hall, 30, of Akron was bound over to the grand jury March 27 on complicity ...

Fri. 9:40 a.m.: More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks. The 39-year-old woman from Cuba was told only that she would ...

Fri. 9:30 a.m.: US bans WeChat, TikTok citing privacy, national security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will ban the downloads of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, with a total ban on the use of the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns. A total ban on the use of TikTok will follow on Nov. 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said ...

Thurs. 2 p.m.: Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter. Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus ...

ACLU report says reducing cash bail could save Ohio millions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio could save up to $264 million a year by reducing the use of cash jail to house defendants before their case is resolved, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio released today. That figure follows an 18-month analysis of court and jail ...

Thurs. 1:45 p.m.: Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin

Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal ...

Big Ten to open season Oct. 23-24

Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. All 14 teams ...