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Cookout costs climb 17%, but farmers’ expenses also higher

BY TAMMIE SLOUP FarmWeek The grocery bill for a summer cookout will cost U.S. consumers 17% more than last year, according to a new American Farm Bureau Federation market basket survey. The survey focuses on food commonly part of Fourth of July cookouts, including cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken, homemade potato salad and more. The cost…

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Russian missiles kill 18 in Odesa region

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missile attacks on residential areas killed at least 19 people in a Ukrainian town near Odesa early Friday, authorities reported. The airstrikes pierced the cautious relief expressed a day earlier after Russian forces withdrew from a Black Sea island from where they could have staged an assault on the city…

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Court limits EPA’s emissions rules

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the…

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How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

The Associated Press Stocks fell again on Wall Street Thursday, closing out the worst quarter for the market since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020. The S&P 500 fell and is now down 21% since hitting a record high at the beginning of the year, having entered a bear market earlier in June.…

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Grains mostly lower, Livestock mixed

THURSDAY — Wheat for Jul. declined 46.75 cents at $8.6875 a bushel; Jul. corn lost 26.50 cents at $4375 a bushel, Jul. oats was off 2.75 cents $6.6125 a bushel; while Jul. soybeans was up .75 cent at $16.75 a bushel. Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Jun. live…

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Chicago shooting during dispute leaves 2 dead, 3 wounded

CHICAGO (AP) — A person opened fire during a verbal dispute early Friday in downtown Chicago, killing two men and wounding three other people, police said. The five who were shot were leaving a business about 1:45 a.m. when the person they were in a dispute with opened fire with a handgun, police said in…

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Lawsuits filed days after deadly Missouri Amtrak crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first lawsuits have been filed only days after an Amtrak train collision and derailment in rural Missouri that left four people dead and injured up to 150 others. Amtrak and BNSF Railway Co. filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the concrete contracting company that owns the dump truck hit…

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Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

Rebates to be mailed while other taxes put on temporary pause PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will receive some modest tax relief starting Friday when the state’s new fiscal year begins. That includes some income tax rebates, property tax rebates, a suspension of the state’s 1 percent tax on groceries, and a…

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Pope appoints first cardinal from Amazon rainforest

FABIANO MAISONNAVE and NICOLE WINFIELD RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When the Archbishop of the Brazilian city of Manaus Leonardo Steiner kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian clergyman will make history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region. “The communities feel that the distance between Rome and the Amazon…

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Eight days after giving birth, 29-year-old had a stroke

Diane Daniel American Heart Association News Noelia Gutierrez appreciated her mother traveling from New York to Florida to help with the arrival of her third child. One day, Gutierrez decided to have a fun lunch: She would introduce her mom to sushi. And her brother, a flight attendant who was on the road, would witness…

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