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Man scales down high-rise to escape from smoky fire

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man scaled several floors down the side of a 19-story building in Philadelphia to escape a fire that injured four residents and three police officers. The fire at the Holden Tower apparently began in a trash chute about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, causing flames to shoot out ...

Ruling keeps alive drug lawsuit

HARRISBURG (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday kept alive a lawsuit brought by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, that alleges his rights were violated when he was denied hepatitis C drugs. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Charges dropped in case of alleged forced birth control

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charges were dropped Friday against a woman accused of forcing her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant without the mother’s permission. Online court documents show two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor ...

Project to focus on Move Over law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol in Ohio and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project will be collaborating on education and enforcement of the Move Over law. The patrol says the high-visibility enforcement begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and ends July 27, at 11:59 p.m. It ...

Democrats want another chunk of your hard-earned paycheck

Democrats see your paycheck as fair game for their endless social improvement projects. Every Democrat vying for the White House backs federal legislation that would guarantee workers nearly three months of paid family medical leave every year to care for newborns and the sick. Sounds ...

American Express sees 2Q profits rise 9 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express posted a 9% gain in second-quarter profits on Friday, helped by more of its cardmembers carrying a credit card balance and increased spending on its namesake cards. The New York company said it earned a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.07 a share. That’s up ...

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions drop US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May. Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the ...

China calls on US to ‘correct’ Iran sanctions

BEIJING (AP) — China urged Washington on Friday to “correct” sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program. U.S. pressure on Iran and its “long-arm jurisdiction” against companies in third countries is the “root cause” ...

Give your small car the horn it deserves

Dear Car Talk: Why is it that car manufacturers have decided that the smaller the car, the wimpier the horn should be? My pickup has a nice, deep, loud horn. But my imported crossover almost sounds apologetic. When you have to use your horn to warn someone that they’re coming over into ...

How to handle heated situation

Dear Heloise: It’s hot in most parts of the country now, and the temperature inside a car is much hotter than that — it’s deadly. What should you do if you come across a dog in a hot car when out and about? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.PETA.org) has these hints: 1. ...