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China hikes defence spending by 6.6%, lowest rate in years

China hikes defence spending by 6.6%, lowest rate in years

BEIJING — China will increase its defence spending by 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday.
Trump: US may rethink decision to exit surveillance treaty

Trump: US may rethink decision to exit surveillance treaty

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the U.S. to stay in a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other's territory, but he hinted it's possible the U.S.
Deadly cyclone cuts destructive path in India and Bangladesh

Deadly cyclone cuts destructive path in India and Bangladesh

NEW DELHI — Wide swaths of coastal India and Bangladesh were flooded and millions were without power Thursday as Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade, killed over 80 people and cut a path of destruction that

Man charged in son's death after police chase, crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man has been charged in the death of his 15-year-old son, who died in a car crash after the man led officers and a reality television crew on a high speed chase.

Police: 90s TV actress arrested during street racing raid

ATLANTA — An actress with credits from a 90s TV sitcom was among 44 people arrested in Atlanta after police disbanded what they described as an illegal street racing event.
Boy, 6, cracks open robbery case by reeling in sunken safe

Boy, 6, cracks open robbery case by reeling in sunken safe

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — A 6-year-old boy helped crack open a nearly decade-old robbery case when he reeled in a locked safe from the bottom of a South Carolina lake.
Michigan governor wins legal fight with lawmakers over virus

Michigan governor wins legal fight with lawmakers over virus

DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prevailed Thursday in a high-stakes challenge from Republican lawmakers who sued over her authority to declare emergencies and order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.
GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche.
Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has agreed to serve five months as part of a deal to plead guilty to cheating the college admissions process, according

Unemployment soars to 17% as gov says virus crisis easing

The coronavirus pandemic that forced the shutdown of businesses across Rhode Island sent the state’s unemployment rate soaring to 17% in April, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. That’s up from 4.7% in March and 3.