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CHICAGO | AP FACT CHECK: No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent

CHICAGO  — Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling voters that his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker plans to raise taxes by 26 percent if he’s elected to office. Rauner, who is seeking a second term this fall, has spent years battling Democrats over how to handle the state’s troubled finances, which are plagued by a … Continue reading CHICAGO | AP FACT CHECK: No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent

WASHINGTON | Pompeo forms ‘Iran Action Group’ for post-nuke deal policy

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is forming a dedicated group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic’s behavior after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The State Department said Pompeo will announce the creation of the Iran … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pompeo forms ‘Iran Action Group’ for post-nuke deal policy

NEW YORK | Walmart sees sales rise at stores and online, raises outlook

NEW YORK — Walmart raised its financial outlook for the year after beating Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter and seeing the strongest growth in more than a decade in sales at established stores. Its shares rose nearly 10 percent. The upbeat report indicates that Walmart’s efforts to improve the experience shoppers have at its … Continue reading NEW YORK | Walmart sees sales rise at stores and online, raises outlook

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Turkey, Europe ‘on same page’ opposing US moves

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Turkey’s currency crisis (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A top Turkish official says Turkey, France and Germany “are on the same page” concerning their opposition to U.S. sanctions and tariffs restricting trade. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also told reporters Thursday that their like-minded position could present an “opportunity” for … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Turkey, Europe ‘on same page’ opposing US moves

West Virginia News: Charleston Man, Joshua Hicks Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge and Possession of Counterfeit U.S. Currency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Joshua Hicks, 35, of Charleston, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of counterfeit U.S. currency. Stuart praised the investigation conducted by the St. Albans Police Department, the United States Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, … Continue reading West Virginia News: Charleston Man, Joshua Hicks Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge and Possession of Counterfeit U.S. Currency

ISTANBUL | In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

ISTANBUL — A small number of Turks are responding to their president’s call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. In one video , a man collects iPhones from several youths squatting in front of a Turkish flag, lays the devices on … Continue reading ISTANBUL | In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

Indiana News: Chicago Man, Gregory Brown Sentenced

For Heroin Conspiracy and Wire Fraud SOUTH BEND, Ia. – Gregory Brown, age 37, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for his role in a heroin distribution conspiracy and wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch Brown was sentenced to 235 months imprisonment followed by 4 years of supervised … Continue reading Indiana News: Chicago Man, Gregory Brown Sentenced

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria | Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria  — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that five of them were shot down in the last three days near the Hemeimeem air base. The base … Continue reading HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria | Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased