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Bank of Mexico lowers interest rate, citing global concerns

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's central bank said Thursday it was lowering its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to 8%, citing slowing global economic activity and tensions including the trade war between the United States and China. The drop from 8.

Maryland court rules pot smell not enough to search person

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's highest court says the smell of marijuana isn't enough for police to search a person, in a ruling that begins by quoting the title of Bob Dylan's song: "The Times They Are A-Changin'.
Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

MOSCOW — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one person was hurt seriously enough to be hospitali
Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

MADRID — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel.

Raccoon freed after being trapped in vending machine

DELTONA, Fla. — Police say a raccoon trapped in a vending machine at a Florida high school is now free.
Indiana cemetery objects to John Dillinger exhumation plans

Indiana cemetery objects to John Dillinger exhumation plans

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis cemetery where 1930s gangster John Dillinger is buried is objecting to his body's planned exhumation as part of a television documentary.
US productivity grew a healthy 2.3% rate in 2nd quarter

US productivity grew a healthy 2.3% rate in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity increased at a decent pace in the second quarter, a trend that could lead to higher wages if it continues. The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity — or output per hour worked — rose 2.
AP source: John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid

AP source: John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid

DENVER — John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, according to a Democrat close to him.
US recession fears stalk markets as stocks fall again

US recession fears stalk markets as stocks fall again

LONDON — Global stock markets fell sharply again Thursday after Wall Street endured its worst day of the year as recession fears in the U.S. and around the world escalated. Investors across financial assets have been gripped by developments in the U.
China threatens retaliation if US tariff hikes go ahead

China threatens retaliation if US tariff hikes go ahead

BEIJING — China on Thursday threatened retaliation if Washington steps up their war over trade and technology by going ahead with planned Sept. 1 tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports.