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  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    NEW YORK — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said that the author died in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure. Author of more than 25 books, Roth was a fierce satirist and uncompromising realist, confronting readers in a bold, direct style that scorned […]

  • Stacey Abrams wins Democratic primary in Georgia gubernatorial race

    ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams won Georgia’s Democratic primary in the gubernatorial race Tuesday, becoming the state’s first woman nominee for governor from either major party. If the former state House minority leader wins the general election in November, she’ll become the first black woman governor in the U.S. Abrams got a last-minute boost with an endorsement — in the form of a 60-second robo-call — from Hillary Clinton. In the ballroom of a downtown Atlanta hotel, Abrams supporters trickled in […]

  • Supermarket censors ‘Summa Cum Laude’ on graduation cake

    CHARLESTON, S.C.  — A South Carolina woman isn’t happy a grocery store censored her honor graduate son’s cake, which was supposed to include the Latin phrase “Summa Cum Laude.” Cara Koscinski told The Washington Post a cake online from Publix that was supposed to say “Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018.” She says the online message box did not like the word “cum,” the Latin word for “with.” The computer marked it as a naughty word and substituted three hyphens. […]

  • Mets sign Jose Bautista

    NEW YORK — An hour after joining the New York Mets, Jose Bautista swung into action. The former home run champ hit a double in his first at-bat for the Mets and scored a run Tuesday night against Miami. He drew a nice cheer from the sparse crowd on a rainy evening and plenty of high-fives from his new teammates in the dugout. Needing an extra outfielder, and preferably one who can tag left-handed pitchers, the Mets signed Bautista two […]

  • Self-styled prophet sentenced in Utah child-rape case

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — A self-styled Utah prophet who secretly married young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy and doomsday was sentenced Tuesday to up to life in prison after pleading guilty to child rape and abuse charges. Samuel W. Shaffer was charged after police raided a remote desert compound built to house an upstart group called Knights of the Crystal Blade, The Spectrum newspaper in St. George said. Shaffer, 34, and a friend formed the group based on […]

  • Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses after deadly NJ crash

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A federal transportation panel on Tuesday recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seatbelts, which the board chairman called a “tried and true” safety protection. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation disasters, approved the recommendation Tuesday in Washington. The board also recommended requiring collision-avoidance systems and automatic emergency brakes on new school buses. The recommendations, which aren’t binding on government agencies or the transportation industry, came […]

  • Congress moves to dismantle Dodd-Frank law, loosen banking regulations

    WASHINGTON — Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for President Donald Trump, who made gutting the landmark law a campaign promise. The Republican-led legislation, pushed by Wall Street banks as well as regional banks and smaller institutions, garnered […]

  • Driver in deadly bus crash has history of speeding, license suspensions

    MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. — New details emerged Tuesday about the driver of a school on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey last week, killing a 10-year-old girl and a teacher. The driver has been identified as Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77. His license was valid at the time of the May 17 crash, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. He has had 14 license suspensions between 1975, when he obtained his driver’s license, and […]

  • Trump suggests summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un may be delayed

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he doesn’t like the change in attitude he’s picked up from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said Tuesday that he detected a shift after Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) met for a second time in China. Trump says he hopes China isn’t influencing Kim. Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet June 12 in Singapore. Trump now says the meeting could be delayed. The U.S. and China have been […]

  • Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

    NEW YORK — R. Kelly sexually abused and demeaned a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment and infected her with herpes, according to a lawsuit that furthers a string of misconduct accusations against the platinum-selling singer. Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday in New York that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer “mentally, sexually and verbally” abused her during a roughly yearlong relationship. Kelly’s management team declined to comment Tuesday but previously denied claims […]