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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Asian stocks meander after China rate cut The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index falls late in the day after spending most of the afternoon in positive territory. 2. Trump starts new media feud The Republican presidential candidate gets Read More…

Wall Street expects rise, other markets languish of Chinese economic fears

TOKYO — Wall Street was expected to rise sharply on the open Wednesday, though most other global markets languished amid worries over longer-term problems with China’s economy. After a hugely volatile week, investors looked ready to plunge back in and buy U.S. stocks, with Dow futures up 1.7 percent, or 274 points, and S&P futures Read More…

Trump opens second front in media war, picks fight with Univision anchor

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has opened up a new media feud, taking on another popular TV news personality even as his appearances continue to draw big ratings. Trump engaged in a prolonged confrontation Tuesday with Jorge Ramos, the Miami-based anchor for Univision, during a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos stood Read More…

French train gunman charged with terrorism

PARIS — The Moroccan suspect in a foiled attack on a high-speed train is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday that Ayoub El-Khazzani was charged overnight. El-Khazzani, 26, was overpowered by at least five passengers, including three Americans Read More…

Fire crews eye weather as poor air quality looms

SPOKANE, Wash. — Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to breathe,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers in Washington state. Conditions were starting to improve Tuesday and Read More…

Pyongyang’s airport offers closed window to North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Pyongyang’s shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case in point: Its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet. On two recent trips through the airport by The Associated Press, the room’s three terminals were Read More…

Secular residents gain in Israel’s culture war

JERUSALEM — Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this month against a new cinema opening its doors on the Sabbath. The demonstration was meant to be a show of strength in a long-running dispute over the role Read More…

What’s behind ‘anchor baby,’ the latest buzz phrase

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump took heat when he spoke about “anchor babies” and seemed to relish the fallout from his latest provocation in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Then Jeb Bush echoed the phrase and found himself on defense — and increasingly exasperated. Some call the phrase derogatory. Others, such as GOP candidate Read More…

Good news: Economic recovery; bad news: More traffic

WASHINGTON — More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession is in the rearview mirror. Commuters in Washington, D.C., suffer the most, losing an average of 82 hours a year to rush-hour slowdowns, a new study finds. Los Angeles, San Francisco Read More…

Massachusetts resort reckons reluctantly with Bill Cosby

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. The typically low-key Cosbys have been known to spend holidays and significant parts of their summers in town, situated more than 100 miles from Boston and a popular Read More…