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US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still planning to go ahead with 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese ...

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Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests

Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. After a brief respite early Tuesday during which flights were able to take off and land, the airport authority announced check-in ...

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Relatives of man killed by police stage sit-in at city hall

The family of a man killed by a police officer in Mississippi is staging a sit-in at City Hall. News outlets report relatives of 27-year-old Toussaint Diamon Sims vowed Monday not to move from Moss Point City Hall until a meeting is called to address their demands. They want to see the officer’s body camera video, and they want the ...

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Parts of South and Midwest grapple with dangerous heat wave

Forecasters are warning about days of scorching, dangerous heat gripping a wide swath of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index on Monday eclipsed 120 degrees (48.9 Celsius) in one town and climbed nearly that high in others. With temperatures around 100 degrees (37 Celsius) at midday and “feels like” temperatures soaring even higher, parts of 13 states ...

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After Mississippi ICE raids, job fair draws hopeful workers

FOREST — Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions. Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held the job fair to recruit new workers at one of its Morton plants, after Immigration and ...

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Mississippi auditor slams Hinds school district spending

The state auditor’s office in Mississippi said Monday that it has found “alarming” spending practices in the Hinds County School District. Auditor Shad White said in a news release that the district has kept poor control of its credit cards and bank accounts. He said an assistant superintendent was responsible for more than $50,000 in improper spending, including starting a ...

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Stocks move broadly lower as trade war anxiety lingers

Banks and technology companies drove a broad slide in stocks on Wall Street Monday afternoon that knocked the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 300 points lower. The sell-off adds to losses that the market racked up last week amid heightened anxiety over the U.S. China-trade war. Investors are coming off of a week of wild swings that ended in ...

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Mississippi attorney general GOP runoff: Baker backs Taggart

The third-place finisher in the Republican primary for Mississippi attorney general is endorsing a candidate still in the race. State Rep. Mark Baker said in a statement Monday he’s supporting Andy Taggart, who faces Lynn Fitch in the Aug. 27 runoff. Fitch is an attorney who is in her second term as state treasurer. Taggart is an attorney in private ...

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Federal utility head says no need to boost rates

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The president of the nation’s largest public utility says he will recommend suspending a plan to boost electric rates next year. Tennessee Valley Authority President Jeff Lyash told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview last week that the federal utility has improved its balance sheet over the past few years and with operational improvements, it ...

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Mississippi school district stops using corporal punishment

OXFORD — A Mississippi school district that voted over the summer to eliminate corporal punishment from its discipline policy has finally removed it. The Oxford Eagle reports the punishment was nixed from the school district’s policy during a board meeting last week. Assistant Superintendent Patrick Robinson initially requested to consider the removal in June. Robinson told the school board then ...

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