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Inflation drops to its lowest rate in 2 years

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that the Consumer Price Index dropped to an annual growth rate of 3% in June, the lowest inflation has been since early 2021.

North Carolina man convicted of teaching bomb-making to kill law enforcement officers

A federal jury on Wednesday found Christopher Arthur guilty of charges related to teaching someone how to make bombs with the intent to kill federal law enforcement officers.

Suspect in Vegas Strip resort standoff to remain jailed as fugitive in Colorado kidnapping case

A judge set bail at $750,000 for a man jailed on kidnapping and other charges after a Las Vegas Strip standoff that saw furniture flying from a 21st-floor window at Caesars Palace

Former Trump supporter who got caught up in January 6 conspiracy theory sues Fox News

A former Donald Trump supporter who became the center of a conspiracy theory about Jan. 6, 2021, filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Wednesday, saying the network made him a scapegoat for the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Expensive court fight over Aretha Franklin's will provides cautionary tale

The long, expensive court fight over the will of soul singer Aretha Franklin provides a cautionary tale for people who want to make sure their wishes are carried out after their death - and for their families.

Interior Department official with key role in Colorado River talks is stepping down

A senior Interior Department official who has played a key role in negotiations over the shrinking Colorado River will leave her job next month

In Cities and Small Towns, Vermonters Reckon With the Devastation of Flooding

Calls for search and rescue missions continued, as residents and business owners started assessing damage, fueling an anxious, unsettled mood.

Around the world

Police say there's no sign of crime by BBC presenter who allegedly paid teen for sexual photos

There's no evidence a BBC presenter who allegedly paid a teenager for sexually explicit photos committed a crime, London police said Wednesday as the broadcaster's wife publicly identified him for the first time as veteran news anchor Huw Edwards.

Philippine censors give "Barbie" the nod, but with a tweak

Censors say the Barbie movie can be shown in theaters, but only with lines blurred on a "child-like" map that has irked more than one nation.

IMF approves much-awaited $3 billion bailout for Pakistan, saving it from defaulting on debt

The International Monetary Fund says it has approved a much-awaited $3 billion bailout for Pakistan, a move that’s likely to save the impoverished Islamic nation from defaulting on its debt repayments

Investigation uncovers dozens of alleged sexual assault cases at Canadian youth detention facility

An investigation is underway in Nova Scotia, as Canadian police are currently examining approximately 70 cases of alleged sexual assault at a youth detention facility.

Vatican weighs in on latest 'Vatican Girl' tempest after investigations are reopened

The Vatican on Wednesday sought to tamp down the latest tempest over the 1983 disappearance of a Vatican employee's teenage daughter, after an Italian broadcaster claimed a new scoop in the investigation that the family immediately dismissed.

North Korea's Kim vows to boost his nuke capability after observing new ICBM launch

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to bolster his country’s nuclear fighting capabilities as he supervised the country’s second test-flight of a new intercontinental ballistic missile designed to strike the mainland U.S.

Russia's Defense Ministry says Wagner mercenaries are surrendering their weapons to the military

Russia’s Defense Ministry says mercenaries of the Wagner Group are completing the handover of their weapons to the military


H&R Block, tax firms allegedly sent Meta info on tens of millions of taxpayers

The report urges federal agencies to investigate and potentially go to court over the wealth of information that H&R Block, TaxAct and TaxSlayer shared with Meta.

Threads Review: How Meta’s New App Stacks Up Against Twitter

One of us is a Twitter addict; the other not so much. In the end, we were both unsure how people might use Threads in the long run.

Anthropic’s Claude Is Competing With ChatGPT. Even Its Builders Fear AI.

Anthropic, a safety-focused A.I. start-up, is trying to compete with ChatGPT while preventing an A.I. apocalypse. It’s been a little stressful.

AI teaming up with California firefighters to spot smoke before it spirals into chaos

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is partnering with an AI program to help detect wildfires before they spread chaos and fatalities.

Don't panic: Here's what to do if Apple threatens to delete your iPhone photos

Apple is doing away with the My Photo Stream service, but what does that mean for you? Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson explains how you can keep your photos safe.

Elon Musk announces new company xAI as he seeks to build ChatGPT alternative

Though Musk is a frequent critic of San Francisco, the xAI website says that the company is “actively recruiting experienced engineers and researchers” to work “in the Bay Area.” So far, most AI development has been concentrated in Silicon Valley.

FACT FOCUS: A story about a deadly TikTok boat-jumping challenge went viral. Then it fell apart

News outlets are warning of a deadly TikTok challenge that involves people jumping off speeding boats

Sports News

Saquon Barkley’s Giants contract saga likely headed for holdout

Against Barkley’s wishes, the Giants put the franchise tag on their star running back, which means he will play the 2023 season for $10.1 million — if he signs the tag.

Molly Smith becomes first woman to qualify for Mass-Am Championship

Molly Smith, an 18-year-old from Westford, has become the first woman to qualify for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship.

Dave Portnoy rips Yankees’ advertising patch on uniforms: ‘Most disgusting thing ‘

Not even the iconic Yankees pinstripe uniforms are safe from a sponsored patch, and that has struck a nerve with one well-known sports fan -- even if he's from Boston.

Zion Williamson trade rumors ‘manufactured’ for clicks: Pelicans’ David Griffin

The leading decision-maker for the Pelicans says not to believe what you are hearing about Zion Williamson.

Orioles legend Adam Jones reveals how his old team can break postseason drought: 'They're a tough a-- out'

Orioles legend Adam Jones loves to see his former team in a postseason spot right now, and he knows what needs to be done to make sure they're playing in October.

Elias Diaz Is the Hero as NL Ends All-Star Game Losing Streak

The stage was set for Julio Rodríguez of the Mariners to deliver a win in Seattle. Instead, the National League got its first win since 2012 thanks to Elias Díaz.

Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy dishes on future of Oklahoma rivalry: ‘They chose to end Bedlam’

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy said Oklahoma's departure to the SEC puts an end to the "Bedlam" rivalry between the two in-state schools.

Politics News

Tim Scott sitting on $21 million war chest as Republican presidential nomination race heats up

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has over $21 million in his campaign coffers. Scott shared his fundraising figures first with Fox News.

Former Broadway actor James Beeks acquitted of Jan. 6 charges

James Beeks, of Florida, was arrested in 2021, while he was appearing in a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar.

Labor rift deepens between Republican governor and dockworkers in South Carolina

Dockworkers and the Republican governor in South Carolina are digging in their heels over a labor dispute that has left the newest container terminal at the East Coast’s deepest harbor largely inactive

House GOP spars with FBI chief on Hunter Biden, Jan. 6 and more

The hearing comes as some within the party are pushing to slash the FBI’s budget, including going after Wray’s salary directly.

Iowa Republicans pass bill banning most abortions after about 6 weeks

Iowa Republicans pass bill banning most abortions after about 6 weeks during special session ordered by Gov.

Vice President Kamala Harris makes history with tiebreaking votes in Senate

Kamala Harris, who made history as the first woman or person of color to serve as vice president, made history again on Wednesday as she matched the record for most tiebreaking votes in the U.S. Senate.

Blinken should resign if he worked to discredit Hunter Biden laptop story, say GOP secretaries of state

Republican secretaries of state say Antony Blinken should resign if he pushed for the letter signed by ex-intelligence officials to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop.