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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy likely gained more momentum in the spring than the government previously estimated. The Commerce Department today will update its estimate of the economy's growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, for the April-June quarter. Economists surveyed by data firm FactSet believe the government will now estimate that the economy expanded at a stronger 3 percent annual rate than the 2.3 percent the government previously estimated.
MONETA, Va. (AP) — A former co-worker of the man who shot and killed a TV reporter and a cameraman during a live broadcast in Virginia says Vester Flanagan was "off kilter." Flanagan, who had used the on-air name Bryce Williams, shot the two journalists early Wednesday and shot and wounded a woman the reporter was interviewing. He then killed himself, but before doing so, he posted the killings on the Internet.
SUNSET, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say an officer was killed Wednesday when he responded to a call from a house where three women had been stabbed, one of them fatally. Authorities say the man accused in the attacks then drove from the house in Sunset, to a convenience store, where he barricaded himself in an office. A SWAT team moved in with tear gas and arrested 35-year-old Harrison Riley Jr. Police say one of the people stabbed and wounded was Riley's wife.
VIENNA (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) is joining Western Balkan leaders for a summit today that's focusing on migration, anti-extremism and regional cooperation. Many migrants entering the European Union use the so-called Balkan route, leading through Macedonia and Serbia into Hungary and then to Austria, Germany and other EU nations to the West.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson has died at 104 years old. Robinson helped lead a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 and was beaten in an attack by law enforcement that led to the march being called "Bloody Sunday." Boynton's son says she died Wednesday in a Montgomery, Alabama hospital.
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