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US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

PORTLAND, Ore. — Some federal officers guarding a U.S. courthouse that's been targeted during violent protests in Portland will leave in the next 24 hours, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.
US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

WASHINGTON — Spurred on by President Donald Trump's demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S.
Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the viral epidemic is endangering the modest economic recovery that followed a collapse in hiring and spending this spring.
Randy Rainbow memoir to be released in late 2021

Randy Rainbow memoir to be released in late 2021

NEW YORK — Randy Rainbow's first book is very much about Randy Rainbow. St. Martin's Press announced Wednesday that Rainbow's memoir “Playing With Myself” is scheduled for release late in 2021.

Farmer returns prosthetic leg that skydiver lost during jump

WEST ADDISON, Vt. — A Vermont skydiver who lost his prosthetic leg during a jump has it back, thanks to a farmer who kept an eye out for it and spotted it in a soybean field.
US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

WASHINGTON — Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year.

Federal charges filed in Alabama child's abduction, slaying

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A couple held on state murder charges in the slaying of an Alabama toddler last year have now been indicted on federal charges, authorities said Wednesday.

South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel

GENEVA — World Trade Organization members on Wednesday created a dispute panel to rule on a complaint by South Korea against Japan over restrictions on exports to Korea of products used in semiconductors, mobile phone displays and television displays
Ex-Indiana Gov. Kernan, who was a Vietnam POW, dies at 74

Ex-Indiana Gov. Kernan, who was a Vietnam POW, dies at 74

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan, a Vietnam prisoner of war who entered politics and was thrust into the state’s top office when his predecessor suffered a deadly stroke, died Wednesday at age 74.
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose for the second straight month after a devastating spring freeze brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.