Author: Associated Press

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR at end of season

BY JENNA FRYER CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from a head injury. He had delayed contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner will call it quits when the season ends in November. Hendrick Motorsports said...

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Big unwind begins: Republicans target crisis financial rules

BY MARCY GORDON WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by a business-friendly president, Republicans in Congress are moving to unwind the stricter regulations that took effect after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. A House committee takes up legislation Wednesday that would defang the tighter rules. While passage by the GOP-controlled House could come in a few months, the Senate – where Republicans have only 52 of 100 seats – poses an obstacle. The 2010 Dodd-Frank law was enacted by Democrats and President Barack Obama to respond to the crisis, putting the stiffest restrictions on banks and Wall Street since...

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Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer’s cellphone rings in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument on Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer seemed to be the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to suppress a laugh. Cellphones and other electronic devices are strictly forbidden in the ornate courtroom – a rule that includes observers and lawyers arguing before the court, but apparently not the...

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Disney sets May 2019 release date for new ‘Star Wars’ film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: Episode IX” is coming to theaters on May 24, 2019. The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced the summer date for the Colin Trevorrow-directed “Star Wars,” as well as release dates for “Indiana Jones” and the live-action “Lion King.” The fifth “Indiana Jones” film is set to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020, with Steven Spielberg returning as director along with star Harrison Ford. Director Jon Favreau’s live-action “Lion King” is expected debut on July 19,...

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Hope for extremely premature babies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies – and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. Today, premature infants weighing as little as a pound are hooked to ventilators and other machines inside incubators. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is aiming for a gentler solution, to give the tiniest preemies a few more weeks cocooned in a womb-like environment – treating them more like fetuses than newborns in hopes of giving them a better chance of healthy survival....

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