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MINNEAPOLIS — Is a ticket to a Bruce Springsteen concert worth getting a second mortgage on your house?

The last I heard, the cost of a Bruce Springsteen ticket will soon be equal to three times the national debt. Who would buy such an expensive ticket? Simple: the person who wants to sell it for a price equal to four times the national debt.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at an annual Upstate GOP event later this month.

Diane Warren found herself in the crosshairs of Beyoncé's mighty Beyhive — not to mention a heated culture war — on Monday after she questioned the number of songwriters on a track from Bey's new "Renaissance" album.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have endorsed Karen Bass in the Los Angeles' mayor race, cementing the congresswoman's place as the pick of the Democratic establishment. The backing from the White House gives Bass a boost over rival Rick Caruso in the race to lead the nation's second most populous city. Caruso is a billionaire developer and Republican-turned-Democrat who is running as an outsider. Biden and Harris called Bass a friend and praised her strategies to deal with a homeless crisis and rising crime. Bass could become the first woman to hold the city's top job, and the second Black person.

Revered in Philadelphia, Dick Vermeil quit coaching and left town before returning to the NFL and completing his Hall of Fame resume in other cities. Vermeil won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and later coached the Kansas City Chiefs. But Philly is home and he’s going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as an Eagle. While they appreciate him in St. Louis and he has a Northern California-based winery, Vermeil is as much part of the fabric of Philadelphia as the cheesesteak and Rocky Balboa. The 85-year-old is still plastered on billboards promoting an insurance company.

Hundreds of evacuees have left Ukraine's Donetsk region days after the government issued an order to evacuate as soon as possible. Continued fighting in the region and potential shortages of heating, electricity and water have authorities worried that coming cold weather in fall and winter could make a bad situation even worse. Yet while many are following the order to leave, others say they have nowhere else to go, and are willing to take responsibility for their own lives regardless of the cost. The Ukrainian president warned that the more people leave the region now, "the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill.”

Mention global warming and farming infrequently enters the conversation. However, as Jeff Rowe notes in his Associated Press review of George Monbiot's “Regenesis,” the author says much commercial field farming and most raising of animals for meat is ravaging the Earth, ruining soils, expelling carbon and methane in fearsome quantities and polluting rivers and lakes. One solution: We all can eat far less meat. But leading farmers such as California’s A.G. Kawamura say it’s not necessary to become a vegetarian to save the soil – innovative farmers already are making great progress in discovering farming practices that heal the Earth and produce more food.

DUBLIN, Aug. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO), a leading global provider of Consumer Self-Care Products, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.26 per share, payable on September 20, 2022, to shareholders of record on September…

Buffalo Bills starting safety Jordan Poyer was in such pain after hurting his left elbow he needed to be carted away during a training camp practice. The Bills were not able to provide any update on the severity of the injury because Poyer was getting additional tests. He was hurt during the final team drills of the day, when he was struck in the left arm by a teammate’s helmet.

A wide expansion of mail-in voting in Pennsylvania has survived a legal challenge brought by some of the same Republican state representatives who voted for the legislation nearly three years ago. The state Supreme Court upheld the law 5 to 2 on Tuesday, with both “no” votes coming from the court's two Republican justices. Millions of state voters have chosen to cast ballots by mail in recent elections, although Democrats have used it in far greater numbers. The law fell out of favor with Republicans as former President Donald Trump attacked it during his losing 2020 reelection campaign.

Over 1,100 Ohio K-12 schools in 81 counties are getting $47 million in funding for physical security upgrades such as cameras, automatic door locks and visitor badging systems. Gov. Mike DeWine announced those grant awards Tuesday. The schools are getting up to $50,000 each. They had applied but didn't receive funding when the program was launched in 2021 with just $5 million available. This year, the state is offering a total of $100 million in grants for school safety upgrades supported by federal pandemic relief funding. It plans to accept applications for the remaining $53 million.

If what doesn’t kill you truly makes you stronger, then Titan is the strongest turtle in the ocean. The juvenile Loggerhead turtle has been gashed by a boat propeller, had part of his front flipper bitten off by a shark, and was being attacked by a different shark when two New Jersey fishermen saved him. They called Sea Turtle Recovery, a group that rescues and rehabilitates turtles before returning them to the ocean. Tuesday morning, Titan was among eight turtles returned to the sea in Point Pleasant Beach after being nursed back to health. The group has returned 85 rehabilitated turtled to the ocean since 2016.

What makes Margaret run? In the darkly arresting, committedly preposterous psychothriller “Resurrection,” she races up and down city streets, her limbs pumping like pistons, a furious spring in her every accelerated step. It’s her morning exercise regimen, but her demonic pace and half-panic…

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New York state prison authorities have lifted a ban on a book about the 1971 Attica uprising following a First Amendment lawsuit. Author Heather Ann Thompson, a historian and professor at the University of Michigan, sued the state’s prisons in March in Manhattan federal court over the censorship of her book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971.” Prison official said last week in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge that they would dismiss the ban, but will cut out a two-page map from all copies for security purposes.

A new round of U.S. sanctions targeting Russian elites includes a woman named in news reports as Vladimir Putin’s longtime romantic partner. The Treasury Department says the government has frozen the visa of Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic gymnast in her youth and a former member of the state Duma, and imposed other property restrictions. The U.S. government says Kabaeva is also the head of a Russian national media company that promotes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Critics of the Kremlin and imprisoned Russian rights campaigner Alexey Navalny have been calling for sanctions against Kabaeva, saying her news outlet took the lead in portraying Western commentary on the invasion as a disinformation campaign.

Spanish authorities say that its leading scientific research body suffered a cyberattack that appears to have its origin in Russia. Spain’s science ministry says that the Spanish National Research Council was targeted by the ransomware attack on July 16-17. A preliminary analysis by Spain’s cybersecurity authorities said that it appears that no sensitive or confidential information was extracted. The security protocols activated to ensure that the attack was unsuccessful have left several of the council’s research centers off-line.

The Cyprus Health Ministry says a 40-year-old man is the east Mediterranean island nation's first confirmed monkeypox case. The ministry said Tuesday the case was detected after the man underwent a laboratory test at the Cypriot capital's General Hospital. The individual has a history of travel abroad and has exhibited “clinical symptoms compatible the monkeypox disease." The patient has been admitted to a specially modified ward at Nicosia General Hospital for treatment.

From a struggling addict in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ to the guy in ‘The Invisible Man’ who tormented Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s roles the past few years have been mostly deeply flawed people. So much so that his mom wants him to star in something light that she “can go and enjoy watching.” He vows that he will at some point -- but not yet. In his new thriller series, "Surface'' for Apple TV+, Jackson-Cohen stars opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a husband whose wife has no long-term memories after a recent accident. New episodes debut weekly on the streamer.

The San Diego Padres are close to acquiring superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals in one of baseball’s biggest deals at the trade deadline, vaulting their postseason chances by adding one of baseball’s best hitters. A person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press the Padres and Nationals have agreed to a multiplayer deal contingent on San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer waiving his no-trade provision. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing.

In “Bullet Train,” Brad Pitt plays a lovable-loser assassin (code name: Ladybug) bent on self-improvement. He’s an easygoing sweetie, in the spirit of John Cusack’s gun-for-hire in “Grosse Pointe Blank,” to name one film you may wish you were rewatching instead of watching this one.

The woman who was in Daunte Wright’s vehicle when he was fatally shot by police in a Minneapolis suburb last year is suing the city and the former officer who killed him. The lawsuit says 21-year-old Alayna Albrecht-Payton of St. Paul was physically and mentally injured when Wright’s vehicle crashed after Kim Potter shot him on April 11, 2021. Potter has said she mistook her firearm for her Taser when she fired at the 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. Potter, who is white, was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter in his death and sentenced to two years in prison.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. The team has re-signed veteran Chris Boswell to a five-year deal that carries a total value of just over $23 million. Boswell was entering the final season of a four-year extension he signed before the 2018 season. The signing gives Boswell some stability and the Steelers one of the most reliable kickers in the league. The 31-year-old has made more than 88% of his field-goal attempts since making the team through an open tryout during the 2015 season. That's the second-best percentage in league history among kickers with at least 200 attempts.

Lt. Uhura’s presence on the deck of the starship Enterprise seemed routine for the 23rd century. But the casting of Nichelle Nichols, the Black actress who played Uhura on “Star Trek” in the late 1960s, was extraordinary. Nichols, who later appeared in six “Star Trek” movies, died Saturday a…

African officials outlined their priorities for the upcoming U.N. climate summit, including a push to make heavily polluting rich nations compensate poor countries for the environmental damage done to them. The continent will also focus on how countries can adapt to global warming and how the continent can best halt further climate-related disasters. Africa has seen debilitating droughts in the east and Horn of Africa and deadly cyclones in the south. The U.N. summit will take place in Egypt in November.

The crypto division of the financial services company Robinhood will pay a $30 million penalty to New York state for failing to comply with regulations governing money laundering and cybersecurity. The state’s Department of Financial Services said Tuesday that an examination of Robinhood Crypto’s operations from Jan. 24, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2019, found serious compliance deficiencies. Among other issues, department officials said the company failed to provide a dedicated phone number for consumer complaints on its website. Robinhood associate general counsel Cheryl Crumpton says the company has made significant progress in complying with banking regulations.

AP source: San Diego Padres have tentative deal in place for Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto.

Sri Lanka's president says COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising in the country, and citizens should receive a fourth vaccine dose to prevent a possible surge of the coronavirus. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says there were only three reported COVID-19 deaths in June. That rose to 35 in July, including 28 who succumbed after July 18. There were 283 confirmed cases in June and 1,616 in July, he said. Wickremesinghe says less than 23,000 people have received a fourth vaccine dose, compared to 8 million who received a third dose. Sri Lanka has reported a total of 665,847 confirmed cases and 16,559 deaths from the virus.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Hot summer temperatures will return to some of the Eastern Kentucky areas devastated by deadly floods this week, prompting a new safety concern for the state as residents attempt to cleanup their communities – some doing so without any power.

From the sticky, slippery opening frames of “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” director Halina Reijn lets the audience know that we’re in for one silly-smart and deeply self-aware roller-coaster ride. This blackly comic horror riff is heavy on the social satire and sprinkled with scares, as Reijn, alon…

The gunmaker Smith & Wesson is facing new scrutiny from Congress. The House Oversight panel subpoenaed the company Tuesday for documents related to the manufacture and sale of AR-15-style guns. The move came after Smith & Wesson's CEO refused to appear for a hearing on the firearms frequently used in mass shootings. The committee said the Massachusetts company's CEO Mark P. Smith originally agreed to testify along with the heads of two other companies, but abruptly canceled. Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York says the company also hasn’t provided all the information the committee needs for its investigation into gunmaker profits from AR-15-style weapons.

A former parishioner at a Massachusetts church has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused as a child more than 30 years ago by a Roman Catholic priest who is now an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The lawsuit filed Monday in Boston says the plaintiff was a 12-year-old parishioner at Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart Parish in Lynn in 1989 and 1990 when he was sexually assaulted about 25 times by Paul Fitzpatrick Russell. The Archdiocese of Detroit in a statement said Russell denies the allegations. He has been placed on limited ministerial duty.

LOS ANGELES — Mo Ostin, the music executive who helped transform Warner Bros. Records into one of the most admired music labels in the world and who earned respect and lasting allegiance from musicians from Los Angeles to London for his artist-friendly philosophy, died on Sunday. He was 95.

YREKA, Calif. — Officials are searching for more potential victims of the McKinney fire as improving weather conditions allowed firefighters to gain some ground on California’s largest blaze of the year.

Beanie Feldstein's truncated time as the star of "Funny Girl" has finally come to an end.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday for an unannounced but widely anticipated and controversial visit sure to deepen U.S.-China tensions and fears of military conflict between the two superpowers.

The father of a 6-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting says it was “cowardly” of Alex Jones to skip hearing his testimony in person about how Jones’ claims that the massacre was a hoax deeply affected his family. Neil Heslin testified Tuesday that he fears for his life because of Jones' claims. Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis. They're seeking at least $150 million in the case against Jones. The conspiracy theorist was not in court Tuesday morning when Heslin began testifying, but Jones is expected to testify later in the day in the case. The 2012 attack killed 20 first-graders and six staffers at the Connecticut school.


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