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Doubts emerge about pick for intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation ...

FBI assists probe of human remains

WELCH (AP) — The FBI is assisting local authorities with an investigation into human remains found on a West Virginia mountain over the summer. McDowell County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy James E. Muncy Jr. told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Friday that the FBI has since discovered more ...

Mine rescue teams to compete in W.Va.

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Members of mine rescue teams from across the country will be in West Virginia this week to compete in readiness tests. West Virginia University says the National Mine Rescue Association Post 5 contest will begin Tuesday and run through Thursday at Mylan Park in ...

W.Va. airport unveils new military center

CHARLESTON (AP) — Officials at the Charleston, West Virginia, airport have unveiled a new armed forces operations center named after the state’s last surviving Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. The 2,000-square-foot facility at Yeager Airport was named in honor of ...

Question in opioid suits: How to divide settlement

(AP) — The roughly 2,000 state and local governments suing the drug industry over the deadly opioid crisis have yet to see any verdicts or reach any big national settlements but are already tussling with each other over how to divide any money they collect. The reason: Some of them want ...

Businesses in two counties eligible for disaster loans

MOOREFIELD (AP) — Some small businesses in two West Virginia counties are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans as a result of storms last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said the loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small ...

Gunman posted online minutes before killing 3 at festival

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — Before a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on a famed garlic festival in his California hometown, he urged his Instagram followers to read a 19th century book popular with white supremacists on extremist websites, but his motives for killing two children and another young ...

Communion ceremonies vary

(METRO) — The celebration of Holy Communion is a thread that links all Christians. While the components of receiving the Eucharist are similar, each church and denomination has its own variations on the sacrament. The depiction of Holy Communion on television and in movies routinely ...

Pope urges concrete measures to protect Syrian civilians

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his “profound concern” for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province. The Vatican said Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Francis’ top ...

Saturday’s Child

Meet Deanna, she is 15 years old and in the 9th grade this year. She is artistic and likes to sing. She is interested in being in the school band. Deanna likes Japanese Anime and likes to draw the characters. She also likes to write songs and poetry. She is kind hearted and spontaneous and ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. SATURDAYS ELKINS FARMERS MARKET will be from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October behind the Elkins Railroad Depot. Items for sale will include fresh vegetables and fruit (in season), ...

Smugglers offer cash to troops, others to drive migrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — On the surface, it seemed like a simple task: Drive to a spot a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, pick up people and then drop them off at a McDonald’s or other spot past the city of San Diego, and make anywhere from $500 to $1,000. No need to cross into ...

AP Source: Jay-Z pulls out of Woodstock 50 performance

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s got 99 problems but Woodstock isn’t one: The rap king has pulled out of the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival just weeks before the troubled event is supposed to take place. Jay-Z will no longer close the three-day festival scheduled for Aug. 16-18, a person ...

This Week In W.Va. History

CHARLESTON — The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. July 28, 1915: Frankie Yankovic was born in Davis, Tucker County. Yankovic did more to popularize polka music than any ...

Elkins City Hall News

Opportunities abound with the City of Elkins. Currently, we are accepting applications for civil service testing of entry-level police officers and for the Chief of Police. A Request for Proposal was also just announced, for an information services coordinator. All of these positions align ...

Resumed federal executions raise death penalty’s 2020 stakes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked, referring to the ...

Stocks return to records

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pushed to record heights Friday following strong profit reports from Google’s parent company, Twitter and other big corporations. Companies are nearly midway through earnings reporting season, and results have generally been better than the dismal expectations ...

U.S. presses WTO to stop lenient treatment of China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed the World Trade Organization on Friday to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves “developing” countries. In a memo, Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert ...

T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint deal OKed despite competition fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday’s approval from the Justice Department and five state ...

Questions for the candidates

WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential circus pitches its tent in Detroit this week. It will be especially entertaining if the presidential aspirants are asked some questions like these: For Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders especially, but others, too: Three of Barack Obama’s ...