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‘Rogue One’ Takes Off With $29 Million Opening Night

LOS ANGELES  – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” blasted into theaters with a $29 million opening night, according to Friday estimates from Disney. It’s the biggest Thursday preview of 2016, narrowly topping “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s” $27.7 million and “Captain America: Civil War’s” $25 million. But it doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s Star Wars installment…

‘Best If Used By’ Labels Will Reduce Food Waste, USDA Says

PORTLAND – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food sellers who use product dating labels should switch to the phrase “Best If Used By” to help reduce confusion and food waste. The agency says consumers are less likely to find such labels confusing than other widely used ones such as “Sell By” and “Use By.” Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree…

White House Unloads On Trump Over Russia Hacking

WASHINGTON – The White House is sharply criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for his response to allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Trump should stop attacking the U.S. intelligence community. He says instead, Trump should be supporting the investigation into what occurred that President Barack Obama has ordered. Trump’s transition team has complained…

Mitsubishi Recalls 50K SUVs; Rear Hatches Can Fall On People

DETROIT – Mitsubishi is recalling more than 50,000 Outlander Sport SUVs because the rear hatch lift gate can suddenly fall on people. The company says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the recall covers certain SUVs from the 2011, 2012 and 2016 model years. Mitsubishi says the outer tube on the lift gate supports may not have…

New North Dakota Governor In Favor Of Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. – New North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he supports completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Republican took office Thursday. He said in a Facebook video that the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline is a “legally permitted project” that has been stalled by the Obama administration. The pipeline is on hold while developer Energy Transfer Partners and…

Jurors Convict Dylann Roof In Church Slayings

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A federal jury has convicted Dylann Roof of all 33 counts in the racially motivated slayings of nine black church members in South Carolina. The jury reached its verdict after less than two hours of deliberations. They convicted the 22-year-old white man of hate crimes and other charges. They will reconvene next month to decide whether he…

US Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Rises To 4.16 Percent

New High For the Year After Trump Victory

WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the seventh straight week following Donald Trump’s election victory, again marking new highs for the year. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan rose this week to 4.16 percent from 4.13 percent the previous week. The benchmark rate is well above its 3.97 percent level…

Cosby Hearing Adjourns, No Decision On Accusers

A Judge Will Take Some Time Before Deciding On Allowing More Woman To Testify Next Year

NORRISTOWN, Pa – A Pennsylvania judge says he’ll take some time before deciding whether to allow more than a dozen women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them to testify at his trial next year. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill heard arguments Wednesday from Cosby’s lawyers, who say the 79-year-old comedian’s accusers should be barred from taking the witness…

Report Finds Flaws In Mental Health Care At St. Louis VA

Health Care Officials Insuffciently Investigated The Death Of a Mental Health Patient

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Veterans Administration health care officials insufficiently investigated the death of a mental health patient who killed himself, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General. The OIG launched an investigation in 2014 after concerns were raised by Dr. Jose Mathews, the St. Louis VA’s former chief of psychiatry. Mathews alleged in a…

DOJ Reviews St. Anthony Police Department After Shooting

St. Anthony Police Officer Yanez Faces Manslaughter Charge For Fatally Shooting Castile July 6th

MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. – The Department of Justice is planning to announce a review of the St. Anthony Police Department in the wake of the shooting of Philando Castile. The DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is expected to announce the review Thursday, alongside U.S. Attorney Andy Luger and St. Anthony Police Chief Jon Mangseth. The office works to help…

Obama Signs Bill Boosting Spending On Cancer Research

The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed the bill at a ceremony on the White House campus flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and key lawmakers. The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research “moonshot” that is strongly supported by…

6 Months Later, 49 Killed At Pulse Are Remembered In Orlando

Candles Lit Behind Stars With The Names Of Each Patron Killed

Relatives, friends and survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre stood outside Pulse where candles were lit behind stars with the names of each of the 49 patrons who were killed. They hugged each other outside the shuttered gay club in the early morning hours Monday to mark the six-month anniversary of the massacre. Many wore black and others wore rainbow-colored…

Some Dakota Access Protesters Are Beginning To Leave

BISMARCK – Harsh winter weather is forcing some protesters against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to leave a vast camp in North Dakota. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office estimates between 1,800 and 2,200 people remain at the camp on federal land. That’s down from the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 protesters before a couple of winter storms brought heavy snow…