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Lack of education raises death risk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.
Thursday, March 23, 2017


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VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jon Corzine's MF Global, PwC reach settelment
NEW YORK (AP) — The trial between bankrupt brokerage MF Global, run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and its former accounting firm, PwC, came to an unceremonious end today, with both parties saying they have reached a settlement.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Supreme Court bolsters special education rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Exchange students think US high schools easier
WASHINGTON (AP) — Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports — this is how American high schools are viewed by students from other countries studying in the U.S.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two attacks in London today on anniversary of Brussels airport bombing; terrorism level severe
LONDON (AP) — A vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others with injuries described as catastrophic. Around the same time today, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bill would bar discrimination against climate change doubters
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person’s beliefs about climate change to that list.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sears has 'substantial' doubt about its future
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired
(AP) — A viral online video imagines lovable “Sesame Street” character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Juveniles in trouble get a good dose of Shakespeare
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — For some juvenile offenders, their choice is straight out of Hamlet: to act or not to act.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lollapalooza: Chance the Rapper to play in his hometown
CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is planning a return to his hometown of Chicago this summer to headline the Lollapalooza music festival.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Berry's final studio album to be released
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chuck Berry’s final studio album will be released on June 16.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Liverpool plans extravaganza for Sgt. Pepper's 50th
LONDON (AP) — It was 50 years ago today — almost — that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TJHS Students Experience 'Fatal Vision Goggles'
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police officer, Bryan Thomas, has been busy this year with 250 fifth graders.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Martin McGuinness, IRA leader, dies at age 66
DUBLIN (AP) — Martin McGuinness took up arms to fight British soldiers in the streets but ended up shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II. A militant who long sought to unify Ireland through violence, he became a peacemaking politician who earned the respect, and even the friendship, of his former enemies.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gorsuch stresses rigid neutrality of judges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch batted away Democrats’ efforts today to get him to reveal his views on abortion, guns and other controversial issues, insisting he keeps “an open mind for the entire process” when he issues rulings.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

High court gives new life to Illinois man's lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave an Illinois man a new chance to sue the city of Joliet and its police officers who arrested him on trumped up charges and kept him in jail for nearly seven weeks.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pipeline on track, despite 'threats'
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the line.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Memphis a leader in the fight against blight epidemic in American cities
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis’ Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all around it. No one has lived there for years.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

US bans electronic carry-ons from Mideast and North Africa flights
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comey blasted by Dems after probe revelation
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey’s testimony that the bureau has been quietly investigating possible links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials since the summer enraged Democrats who already blamed him for rattling the 2016 campaign’s closing days.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fox pulls Napolitano from air after British intelligence report
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bitter partisanship on display over Gorsuch
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bitter partisanship marked the start of Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick today, as Democrats angrily condemned Republicans for refusing to act on Barack Obama’s nominee last year and Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Chicago's gun prosecution tally trails other cities
CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says Chicago’s U.S. Attorney’s office has stepped up gun prosecution cases, but the office lags behind those in other cities plagued by gun violence. 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies

NEW YORK (AP) — David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously philanthropic families, died Monday. He was 101. 

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

'Sesame Street' to welcome Muppet with autism
NEW YORK (AP) — Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted.

That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops the list
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community.
Monday, March 20, 2017

81-year-old Illinois man starts blacksmithing club
MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — During his contracting days, Jerry Freund occasionally would do some welding and metalworking for his jobs.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Saffron growers look to get a foothold in the US
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As spring crocus blooms approach, some growers have visions of a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world's most valuable spice.
Monday, March 20, 2017

World powers fail to agree on common view for global trade
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — The world’s top economic powers have failed to agree on a joint position explicitly opposing trade protectionism amid pushback from the U.S. government.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” at the Mexican border.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paris Airport Shooting
Travelers are walking back to Orly airport, south of Paris, as flights are gradually resuming, Saturday, March, 18, 2017.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

12-year-old, grandpa argued days before man killed
MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio court records say a 12-year-old boy and his grandfather argued and fought over doing chores in the days before the 80-year-old was killed.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dallas offers cautionary tale as it moves to fix 911 woes
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas has been experiencing disruptions in its 911 service that began in October and at one point last week resulted in 360 calls being placed on hold. More dispatchers have been assigned to field 911 calls and technological glitches have been fixed, which should smooth operations, a city spokeswoman said Friday.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Milwaukee man receives 7-year sentence in girl's 1982 death
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 51-year-old man who confessed to killing a 13-year-old girl more than three decades after it happened has been sentenced to seven years in prison — the maximum possible.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Heinz ketchup ads inspired by 'Mad Men'
NEW YORK (AP) — Heinz is launching ketchup ads inspired by the TV show “Mad Men.”
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Discount winter getaways at West Virginia resorts
ROANOKE, W.Va. (AP) — The sky faded toward cobalt over the rolling horizon and its bare hardwood forest, the faux street lamps in the foreground lighting the outdoor walkway and swimming pool. One man lingered in the adjoining Jacuzzi despite the 30-degree chill that blew mist off the heated water.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

High stakes visit: Trump welcomes Merkel to WH
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was all smiles as President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House today, their first personal encounter since he frequently criticized her during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Friday, March 17, 2017

WH, some conservatives agree on health changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some House conservatives agreed today to make changes in the Republican health care bill in hopes of easing  party divisions over the overhaul plan.
Friday, March 17, 2017

GOP, Dem lawmakers decry cuts to Meals on Wheels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, would see a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Sean Hannity denies pointing gun at Juan Williams
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity says he “never pointed” a gun at Fox News colleague Juan Williams, despite a CNN report to the contrary.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish butter ban sparks fight in butter-loving state
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In butter-loving Wisconsin, a ban on Irish butter has sparked a fight.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Ireland Commemorates Its National Saint Today
DUBLIN (AP) — Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend have danced down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorates its national saint in a St. Patrick’s Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Federal judges reject ban; Justice says it's lawful
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Rejecting arguments from the government that President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was substantially different from the first one, judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the executive order from taking effect as scheduled today, using the president’s own words as evidence that the order discriminates against Muslims.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Centrist European leaders celebrate Dutch result
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Centrist European leaders congratulated Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Thursday on an election victory seen as a repudiation of far-right populism in Europe as he looked ahead to what is likely to be a long process of talks to form a government.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

House panel narrowly approves GOP health care bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Budget Committee voted narrowly today to advance the  Republican health care bill, with defections by three GOP conservatives.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump seeks elimination of Great Lakes project
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to eliminate federal support of a program that addresses the Great Lakes’ most pressing environmental threats.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Budget: Build up military, build the wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget today, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Taxpayers may foot bill for pipeline protest costs
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government — and thus U.S. taxpayers — to recoup more than $38 million in state expenses related to months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, though a longstanding offer from the project’s developer to pay up is still on the table.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chelsea Clinton's children's book, 'She Persisted'

NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton has written a children’s book, with a sharply worded title.

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Maddow: People disappointed by Trump story simply expected too much
NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Maddow says that if people felt let down by her story about President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax document it’s more because of the weight of expectation than anything she did.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

PT boat that saw action in the war is restored at National WWII Museum
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Navy PT boat that sank three vessels and saw action in Europe in World War II is back in New Orleans where it was built, what historians describe as the nation's only fully restored combat ship of that type from the era.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fed hikes key rate for second time in 3 months
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and signaling that any further hikes this year will be gradual. The move reflects a consistently solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Historian's book on killing of Jews hits raw nerve
JERUSALEM (AP) — A prominent Polish historian presented evidence Wednesday about Polish villagers’ widespread killing of Jews fleeing Nazis during World War II, touching a raw nerve in a country still grappling with its role during the Holocaust.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Doctors describe horrific conditions in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors who risked their lives working in Syrian hospitals described horrific conditions in the war-torn country and pleaded with U.S. lawmakers to protect and save millions of people from an escalating humanitarian crisis.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Obama's final year: US spent $36M in records lawsuits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DC's cherry blossoms stung by nights of frigid temperatures
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a blast of frigid temperatures, the National Park Service says horticulturists have found widespread damage in cherry blossoms that have reached an advanced stage in the bloom cycle. 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trump blasts release of 2005 tax form

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to newly disclosed tax documents.

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Players threaten boycott over wages
(AP) — The U.S. women’s hockey team is threatening to boycott the upcoming world championships on home ice over a wage dispute with USA Hockey.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Seavey becomes oldest musher to win Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57 and helping cement his family’s position as mushing royalty.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dutch vote today seen as barometer of populism
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prime Minister Mark Rutte and anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders cast Wednesday's Dutch parliamentary elections as a litmus test for populism in Europe, only months ahead of crucial votes in France and Germany.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Describe your love for Guinness and stay at the penthouse
DUBLIN (AP) — Guinness is inviting its first sleepover guest in the Dublin brewery's 258-year history — by transforming its rooftop bar into a penthouse with the city's most panoramic view.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Marine leaders vow to combat nude photo sharing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “enough is enough,” the top U.S. Marine on Tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former Corps members sharing nude photos of female Marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mafia appetite in Italy soars for farm, food business
ROME (AP) — Organized crime has a seemingly insatiable appetite for farm and food businesses, one of the few economic sectors experiencing growth during Italy’s protracted economic crisis.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Enbridge says pipeline safe despite worn covering
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Operators of twin oil pipelines beneath the swirling waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge insisted Monday they remain structurally sound even though an outer layer of protective covering has worn away in some places, while skeptics said the deterioration is further evidence the lines should be shut down.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

California police force man with knife out of van, kill him
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — California police shot and killed a shirtless, knife-wielding man whom they had forced out of his locked minivan with a firehose after witnessing him pouring gasoline on a rag and lighting a cigarette, authorities said.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

City says drugmaker knowingly let pills flood black market
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Defense lawyer still going strong at 94 years old
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawyer isn’t letting his age get in the way of vigorously defending clients with theatrical flare.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Barn yarn: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens
MILTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Sweaters for chickens? It sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Democrats warn against funding border wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats are warning Republicans controlling Congress against adding billions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall to a coming $1 trillion-plus spending package.


Monday, March 13, 2017

2 Penn St. former employees plead guilty in sex abuse case


Monday, March 13, 2017

Tribes ask judge to stop oil from flowing

By BLAKE NICHOLSON

Associated Press

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two Native American tribes who are suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline have asked a judge to head off the imminent flow of oil while they appeal his decision allowing the pipeline’s construction to be completed.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Senator asks ethics office to assess Trump's foreign deals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey asked a government ethics office Monday to assess whether President Donald Trump’s business dealings make his administration vulnerable to conflicts of interest.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Employers lift hiring in 13 states in January, cut jobs in 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers boosted hiring in 13 U.S. states in January while employment changed little in 36 states.
Monday, March 13, 2017

State budget crisis may force drug treatment center to close
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois drug treatment center that’s been operating for 49 years might be the latest casualty of the state budget crisis as its executive director says it may be forced to close within weeks. 
Monday, March 13, 2017

Police: Shooting victim pulled knife on officers
AP — Authorities say a man shot and killed by California police after a traffic stop had barricaded himself inside a minivan with a gas can and lighter before he exited the vehicle armed with a knife.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Abrupt dismissals leave US attorneys scrambling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered dozens of the country’s top federal prosecutors to clean out their desks, he gave those political appointees a pep talk during a conference call.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Intel drops $15B on Mobileye in race for a driverless future
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel will buy Israel’s Mobileye in a deal valued at about $15 billion, instantly propelling the computer chip and technology giant to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Former AG Holder blasts Georgia redistricting 'power grab'
ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is hammering Georgia Republicans for what he calls a “power grab” as the GOP tries to redraw several legislative districts to benefit sitting lawmakers.
Monday, March 13, 2017

AP's legendary 'Napalm Girl' photographer Nick Ut to retire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It would seem all but impossible to sum up one of the most distinguished careers in photojournalism in only four words, but that’s just what Nick Ut does when he says, “From hell to Hollywood.”
Monday, March 13, 2017

Eskimo village aims to serve reindeer far and wide
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote Eskimo village on a tundra-covered island in western Alaska is hoping to counter its steep unemployment rate and achieve greater self-sufficiency through one of its few resources: reindeer meat.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

The big cheese this year, black pepper BellaVitano from Wis.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin company can lay claim to having the best cheese in America.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Book explores trends through fate of Ohio factory
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A book that examines the history of a longtime glass manufacturing company and the corresponding changes of an American city is the latest best-seller to explore economic and social trends in the country through the lens of Ohio communities.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kayaker begins world record attempt in Michigan
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — An experienced kayaker who’s trying to set the world record for the most miles paddled by a woman in one year set off from a Lake Huron beach in Michigan.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Illinois legislators looking at: Getting tough with wrong-way drivers
CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a Chicago Ridge police officer killed in a 2015 crash with an intoxicated, wrong-way driver is pushing for legislation that would increase penalties for people convicted in such crashes.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites
BEIRUT (AP) — Twin blasts Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. 
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kerouac's 95th birthday being celebrated
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Fans of Jack Kerouac are celebrating what would have been the Beat Generation writer’s 95th birthday in his hometown.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Calif. coastal highway 1 could be closed for a year
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A downed bridge along the California coast has split the Big Sur area in two, stranding residents without access to grocery stores and public services and closing part of scenic Highway 1 for as long as a year.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

California to give the green light to truly driverless cars on state's roads
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed new rules that would give a powerful boost to the technology from the nation's most populous state.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reggie Wayne's Mustang among extraordinary finds at Palm Beach auction
PALM BEACH, Fla. —Barrett-Jackson will bring an extraordinary docket of rare, vintage and custom Fords to the 15th Annual Palm Beach Auction, South Florida’s premier automotive lifestyle event, April 6-8, 2017, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Barrett-Jackson’s Ford-powered docket will include a rare ’69 Ford Mustang Boss, NFL wide receiver Reggie Wayne’s ’67 Ford Mustang Custom GT Fastback, as well as “Kahuna,” a ’47 Ford Custom Woody Wagon.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Follow Route 66 to the southern California beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen old seaside cottages at scenic Crystal Cove State Park will be renovated and made available for coveted overnight rentals, offering visitors a taste of a long-gone era of Southern California beach life.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Visitor center honoring Harriet Tubman opens
CHURCH CREEK, Md. (AP) — A new visitors' center on the Eastern Shore explores the history of one of Maryland's most famous figures, the Underground Railroad conductor, abolitionist and Civil War spy Harriet Tubman.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring forward: Time to change your clocks again Sunday
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time to change time again. Daylight saving time returns this weekend in the United States.
Friday, March 10, 2017

New rules: Rookie docs can work longer, 24 hour shifts
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Jobs growth robust; unemployment dips

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a healthy pace, evidence that the economy remains on solid footing nearly eight years after the Great Recession ended. 

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Court brings gavel down on O'Connor workout class
WASHINGTON (AP) — Years after she left the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor remained enthusiastic about the early morning exercise class she started at the highest court in the land — the basketball court that sits one floor above the courtroom where she heard arguments for nearly a quarter-century.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Corzine: MF Global's demise not due to big bet
NEW YORK (AP) — It was not a huge bet on European bonds that caused the 2011 demise of Wall Street brokerage firm MF Global, but rather "confusion" created by its accountants about the company's financial condition, former New Jersey governor and Taylorville native Jon Corzine testified on Thursday.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Critical problems with ISIS counter-propaganda op
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators are demanding documents and contacting witnesses in a wide-ranging probe of the Defense Department’s troubled anti-propaganda efforts against the Islamic State.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Christians prepare their hearts, stomachs for Lent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Festive purple and yellow streamers, glittering masks and shiny table decor greeted attendees of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark's annual Shrove Tuesday feast of pancakes, bacon and sausage.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump disavowers turning now to dystopian fiction
BOSTON (AP) — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Negatives of famed Soviet Photographer recovered
MOSCOW (AP) — Just days before the 100th anniversary of Yevgeni Khaldei’s birth, the daughter of the photographer who took the iconic World War II image of Red Army soldiers atop the Reichstag has regained possession of his negatives after a 15-year court battle.
Friday, March 10, 2017

WikiLeaks to help shiled tech firms from CIA
WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks will work with technology companies to help defend them against the CIA’s hacking tools, founder Julian Assange said Thursday. The move sets up a potential conflict between Silicon Valley firms eager to protect their products and an intelligence agency stung by the radical transparency group’s disclosures.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dakota pipeline doesn't faze big rail shippers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The two biggest railroads shipping oil from North Dakota don’t seem particularly concerned that the Dakota Access pipeline may be about to come online, as oil makes up only a small percentage of their business in the state.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stock market surge lifts US household wealth
WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market’s rise to record levels fueled a big increase in U.S. household wealth in the final three months of last year. The wealth gains could lead to more spending that would lift the economy, but the increases aren’t widely shared.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ia. agency that challenged farm runoff faces the ax
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For years a utility that supplies drinking water to Iowa’s capital city has spent millions of dollars to rid its water supply of pollutants that run off farm fields upstream. Finally, exasperated officials filed a lawsuit to force the agricultural counties to clamp down on the runoff.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Utah lawmakers pass toughest DUI limit in US

 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah could soon have the strictest DUI threshold in the nation after state lawmakers on Wednesday night voted to lower the limit for a driver's blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent, down from 0.08 percent.

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lawyer's pants catch fire during trial in Miami
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire as he delivered closing arguments in an arson case.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Fasman’s 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn’t want to give her painkillers because “they just knock her out.”

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women go on strike in US to show economic clout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — American women stayed home from work, zipped up their wallets, wore red and joined rallies across the country to demonstrate their economic clout Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day events around the globe.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Freakishly warm February broke 11k daily records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientists say a freakishly warm February broke more than 11,700 local daily records for warmth in the United States. But it didn’t quite beat 1954 for the nation’s warmest February on record.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Employers add most jobs last month in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added the most jobs in three years last month, a private survey found, a sign that hiring may be accelerating from last year’s modest levels.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Comey says: "You're stuck with me"

BOSTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey said today he plans to serve his entire 10-year term, even as controversy swirls over his attempt to rebut President Donald Trump’s claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the election.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lovie Smith's culture change a work in progress
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ten months ago, fans swarmed around Lovie Smith after his team's open practice, eager to get an autograph from the former NFL coach who had just been hired to turn around the moribund football program at Illinois.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WikiLeaks CIA files: Are they real, are they a risk?
WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents that the anti-secrecy organization said were classified files revealing scores of secrets about CIA hacking tools used to break into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How the GOP health care bill compares to ACA
WASHINGTON (AP) — At first glance, the new health care bill from House Republicans appears to have similarities to the Obama-era law, like tax credits, protections for people with health problems, and the ability of parents to keep young adults on their insurance.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Judge won't stop construction of Dakota pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge declined Tuesday to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as next week. 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Taylorville native to testify at trial between PwC and MF Global
NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection in the trial between MF Global, the brokerage house run by former New Jersey Governor and Taylorville native Jon Corzine, and the lauded accounting firm PwC began Monday.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Are high heel dress codes sexist? UK debating issue

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers focused on footwear Monday, asking whether employers should be able to make women wear high heels as part of a corporate dress code.

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks releases trove of CIA hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks today published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to expose intimate details of America's cyberespionage toolkit.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Irish butter banned in Wis. surfaces
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Consumers from Wisconsin are crossing the border to Illinois to stock up on a commodity they can’t buy in the Dairy State — Irish butter.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Nation's best cheesemakers out to prove it in Wis.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The national cheese spotlight this week turns to Wisconsin — where else? — as judges get ready to sniff, taste and touch thousands of samples in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

General Mills to commercialize new grain Kernza
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn’t need to be replanted every year.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Supreme Court rules on jury secrecy
Monday, March 6, 2017

WH trade adviser: Reducing trade deficits would improve nat'l security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reducing America’s huge trade deficits would deliver stronger economic growth and improve national security, the White House trade adviser said, in a speech that underscored the Trump administration’s harsh view of recent U.S. trade policies.
Monday, March 6, 2017

States following Illinois lead on driver instruction

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Deadly encounters between police officers and motorists have lawmakers across the country thinking driver’s education should require students to be taught what to do in a traffic stop. 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

NCIS investigating posting of nude pics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is investigating reports that some Marines shared naked photographs of female Marines, veterans and other women on a secret Facebook page, some of which were taken without their knowledge.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Chances for a tax audit have rarely been this low
WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans file their income tax returns, their chances of getting audited by the IRS have rarely been so low.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Syrians not singled out in new ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — Details of a revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the nation’s refugee program have been shared by a White House official.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Texas town to tell story of Mexican guest worker
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas border town is working to restore what is believed to be the only remaining site that once helped process the millions of Mexicans who came to the U.S. as temporary guest workers under a program that started during World War II.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Prosecutors: NY man aimed to fight with Islamic extremists
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or another extremist group and later told authorities he’d been prepared to strap on a bomb to sacrifice himself for jihad, prosecutors said Saturday.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Man arrested after attack on homeless person 'decoy'
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man accused of attacking a mannequin that Las Vegas police positioned to resemble a homeless person following two slayings remained jailed Friday.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

US police agencies with their own DNA databases stir debate
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of police departments around the U.S. are amassing their own DNA databases to track criminals, a move critics say is a way around regulations governing state and national databases that restrict who can provide genetic samples and how long that information is held.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Petition urges Obama to run for president - of France
PARIS (AP) — “Oui on peut!”

The slogan on posters in Paris streets translates as “Yes We Can!”

Heard that before?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Trump: Not to blame for 'sad end' to 'Celebrity Apprentice' and Schwarzenegger
NEW YORK (AP) — In typical Donald Trump fashion, the president tweeted Saturday that his replacement at the “The New Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show is to blame for its poor ratings and not, as Arnold Schwarzenegger says, Trump’s continued involvement with the show.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

NC governor, legislature head to court in power showdown
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s new Democratic governor and majority Republican legislature are charging at each other in a constitutional game of chicken over their powers, a confrontation that could shape the recent conservative direction of state policies and spending.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s prime minister announced Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens millions of people across the country.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future flooding.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Officials: Man threatened Jewish centers to frame, harass his ex
NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide, including a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, as part of a bizarre campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, federal officials said.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Put comfort first at prom
Promgoers put a lot of thought into who they ask to prom, who they will sit with and which festivities they’ll engage in when the prom is over.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Guide to shopping smart for prom
Graduation and prom season can be an exciting time in a teenager’s life. This time in a young person’s life marks a rite of passage and a pivotal time bridging childhood and adulthood while giving students the opportunity to let loose and celebrate their academic successes. Prom also serves as a way to make memories with a group of friends who may go in different directions after graduation.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Prom pointers and safety tips
For high school students, excitement is in the air come the end of the school year. While graduation might be just over the horizon, prom is foremost on the minds of many students.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Prom perfect makeup tips
Prom is a milestone event for many teenagers. Months are spent in preparation for the night of dancing, dinner and reminiscing with classmates and friends.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

1 scoop or 2? Raw cookie dough is latest NYC food fad
NEW YORK (AP) — Cookie dough is having its Cronut moment.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pittsburgh: Warhol, August Wilson and best cake in America
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If you're planning a trip to Pittsburgh, you'll need to learn a few things. Yinz is local for y'all. Carnegie is pronounced Car-NAY-gie (as in Andrew Carnegie, who made a fortune in Pittsburgh's steel industry, and whose name adorns libraries, museums and more.) And you don't get French fries WITH your sandwich at Primanti's. You get fries ON your sandwich.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sessions story takes a different shape depending on the source
NEW YORK (AP) — Reports about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ two meetings with Russia’s U.S. ambassador became a textbook illustration of the vastly different shapes a story takes in today’s media world.
Friday, March 3, 2017

The art of the parse: How politicians frequently talk their way out of jams
WASHINGTON (AP) — In Washington, it’s the art of the parse.
Friday, March 3, 2017

GOP health bill means less government, but what about coverage?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurance tax credits, mandates, taxation of employer coverage, essential benefits. Mind-numbing health care jargon is flying around again as Republicans move to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. It’s time to start paying attention.
Friday, March 3, 2017

6 weeks later, senators question delay on ag pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be his agriculture secretary six weeks ago, but the administration still hasn’t formally provided the Senate with the paperwork for the nomination.
Friday, March 3, 2017

WH defends Pence's use of private email as gov
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence “did everything to the letter of the law” after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana’s governor.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Yellen signals Fed will likely raise rates this month
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank’s 2 percent target rate.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Trump promoting school choice on school tour
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump visited a private, religious school in Florida on Friday, signaling that his education agenda will focus on school choice.
Friday, March 3, 2017

High school makes $24 million from Snap IPO
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California high school has made millions of dollars from the initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat photo messaging application.
Friday, March 3, 2017

School funding: Kansas Supreme Court orders public school spending hike
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ highest court on Thursday ordered the state to increase its spending on public schools, which could further complicate the state’s dire budget problems and increase pressure to undo large tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Fundamentalist pastor charged in toddler's death
(AP) — The pastor of a church that shuns modern medicine was charged with a felony Thursday in his toddler granddaughter's death from pneumonia, joining his son and daughter-in-law as defendants in the latest criminal case involving the Christian fundamentalist sect.
Friday, March 3, 2017

In Atlanta, anti-Semitism viewed thru lens of history
ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a surge of bomb threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide, members of Atlanta's Jewish community have felt a familiar wave of apprehension about what may come next.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Mass grave found at Catholic orphanage in Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) — A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced today in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historian’s efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who perished there.
Friday, March 3, 2017

White Sox's Abreu testifies he ate a chunk of fake passport
MIAMI (AP) — Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has testified he ate a chunk of a fake passport while flying to the U.S. to cover up his illegal travel.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mouse delays flight 4 hours

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How he squeaked through security is anyone’s guess. 

A little mouse made for a big delay on a British Airways flight from London to San Francisco. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

MS-13 gang members indicted in deaths of 3 New York teens

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) Federal agents said Thursday that they have caught the members of a violent El Salvadorian street gang who killed three teenagers last year, including two girls who were inseparable best friends at their Long Island high school. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nissan faces safety fine in Mississippi as union rally looms

By JEFF AMY

Associated Press

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal workplace safety agency wants to fine Nissan Motor Co. more than $21,000, saying the company’s Mississippi plant should have better trained a maintenance worker who lost three fingers in July. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wave of US airstrikes target al-Qaida in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S. forces carried out more than 20 airstrikes against al-Qaida in Yemen on Thursday, killing at least seven militants in the largest operation since a ground raid a month ago that left a Navy SEAL and more than two dozen Yemenis dead.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pot smoking, growing banned at luxury Boston condo

BOSTON (AP) — One of Boston's most luxurious condominium buildings has banned pot smoking and growing.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump to push Pentagon upgrade aboard US aircraft carrier
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing a stronger defense, President Donald Trump intends to meet with sailors and shipbuilders on an aircraft carrier in Virginia to promote his plans for a major military buildup.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

The bump isn't just Trump: What's driving the stock rally
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is hitting new heights, and yes, excitement about President Trump's policies is part of the reason for it. But it's not the only one, analysts say.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Calls grow for Sessions to withdraw from probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republicans joined Democratic leaders Thursday in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step aside from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Grand jury subpoena withdrawn in pipeline clash
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena for a man who had been ordered to testify about a violent clash in November between police and people protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump idea to expand health care competition faces hurdles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Allowing insurers to market health care policies across state lines is one of President Donald Trump’s main ideas for bringing down costs.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ben Carson wins Senate OK as housing chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who challenged Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, won Senate confirmation Thursday to join Trump’s Cabinet as housing secretary.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Florida looks to expand 'stand your ground' immunity
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida doesn’t just want to let people stand their ground, it also wants to make the state prove they didn’t commit violence in self-defense before taking them to trial.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Judge: Proof that wife helped Orlando shooter is 'debatable'
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California said Wednesday that it is “debatable” whether the government has enough evidence to convict a woman of helping her husband plan the Orlando nightclub rampage, ordering her released from jail until trial.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Federal 2017 quake forecast targets Ok., Calif.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists forecast that Oklahoma will continue to have the nation’s biggest man-made earthquake problem but it probably won’t be as shaky as recent years.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

DC's cherry blossoms could peak in two weeks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the peak bloom for Washington’s cherry blossoms could be just two weeks away.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from the list
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Help for bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision
WASHINGTON (AP) — Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who’s really a good candidate to toss their specs?
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

US banks in strong shape as 4th Q profit jumps
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks’ earnings in the final quarter of 2016 rose 7.7 percent from a year earlier, as lending continued to grow and banks set aside less for losses on loans for the first time since late 2015.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

US consumer confidence highest since 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence climbed to the highest level in more than 15 years, good news for the economy.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trump to address joint session tonight
WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential address to Congress is always part policy speech, part political theater. With President Donald Trump, there’s extra potential for drama as he makes his first address to a joint session of Congress tonight at 8:00 P.M. CST.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Feds probe after city bans man from using service horse
BENTON CITY, Wash. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating after a city banned a small horse a man says is his service animal needed on walks to improve his health.
Monday, February 27, 2017

US durable goods orders jumped 1.8% in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in January by the largest amount in three months, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped.
Monday, February 27, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years in order to save money.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Trump budget will hike defense spending
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump’s upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump’s initial budget wouldn’t dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Woman who say they were forced into prostitution sue hotel
SALSIBURY, Md. (AP) — Four women who say they were forced into prostitution are suing the owners of a Maryland hotel, arguing that staff knew or should have known that human trafficking was going on there.
Monday, February 27, 2017

California dam spillway outflow slowed to clear debris
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California water authorities started slowing the outflow Monday from the Oroville Dam’s crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.
Monday, February 27, 2017

PwC's hard-won reputation under threat after Oscars mistake a
LONDON (AP) — For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Celebrate Wright's 150th birthday
(AP) — Wisconsin is celebrating the 150th birthday of native son Frank Lloyd Wright with events and a new 200-mile trail directing visitors to nine of the sites, homes and buildings he designed.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Design show features uplifting community projects
NEW YORK (AP) — "By the People: Designing a Better America" is not your typical design show. There is no posh furniture, and any glitz comes intertwined with grit. The show is a paean to local ingenuity and "can do" spirit.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Comey in middle of fray over Trump, Russians
Kettelkamp said there is a connection between people who are in the country illegally and the trafficking of deadly drugs in Christian County.  
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Proposal aims to end insurance mandate
WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border. 
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Co. hopes to build pot-friendly RV park in Oregon
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon company wants to build a pot-friendly RV park
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Oscars weekend: Get your home red-carpet-ready with Badgley Mischka
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka, known for show-stopping red-carpet gowns, are bringing the glamour of their fashion shows to a living room near you.
Friday, February 24, 2017

This 'little house' needs a makeover too: 'Little House on the Prairie' cabin
INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — It's time for Laura's house to get a makeover.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Sharp vision: New eSight headset glasses help legally blind see
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Pipeline could be operating in weeks
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year.
Friday, February 24, 2017

JC Penney to close 130-plus stores
NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is joining its department store rivals in pruning its store numbers in an era of online shopping.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Housing market: US new-home sales rise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more new homes in January after a steep fall-off the previous month, a sign the housing market is healthy despite higher mortgage rates.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Officials in legal pot state vow to fight crackdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Questions, answers on upcoming travel ban order
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold
Friday, February 24, 2017

Kentucky ark attraction adding biblical truth exhibit
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's massive biblical attraction the Ark Encounter is opening a new exhibit that promotes the message of the Bible.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Army medic Desmond Doss: Humble Christian superhero
Facing a wall of flames and shellfire, Army medic Desmond Doss had to make an agonizing decision -- retreat with his 77th Infantry Division or stay behind to save the wounded.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Tom Brady: The Movie? The game deserves one

BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady: The Movie?

A new book and a major motion picture are in the works about the New England Patriots’ star quarterback and the “Deflategate” suspension he overcame to earn an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Cosby trial: Only 1 additional accuser can testify
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. 
Friday, February 24, 2017

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, is dead at 66
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to entire class

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres has handed out college scholarships to the entire senior class of a New York City charter school.

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Police arresting pipeline protestors
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Police in full riot gear began arresting Dakota Access pipeline opponents who remained in a protest camp in North Dakota on Thursday in defiance of orders to leave.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Immigrants fearing deportation change routines
(AP) — In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Scientists mixing good bugs into lotion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bacteria live on everyone’s skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Post: "Democracy Dies in Darkness"
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is featuring a new motto on the paper’s website: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Americans buy homes at fastest pace in a decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Support pours in for damaged U City cemetery
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from cleanup volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" will make a stop in St. Louis
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — The Apollo 11 command module, which traveled more than 950,000 miles to take Americans to the moon and back in 1969, is going on a road trip, leaving the Smithsonian for the first time in more than four decades.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Headstones desecrated in Jewish U City cemetery
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

High Court seems split on border death
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears to be evenly divided about the right of Mexican parents to use American courts to sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the U.S.-Mexican border and killed their teenage son.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trump denounces threats against Jewish centers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible ... painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Former Derby, Preakness winner dies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Drug theft cases at VA jump tenfold

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show that incidents of drug loss or theft at federal hospitals have jumped nearly tenfold since 2009 to 2,457 last year, spurred by widespread opioid abuse in the U.S. Federal authorities report that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff — mostly in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system — had siphoned away controlled substances, while in other cases, drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tillerson takes low-key approach as America's top diplomat
WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters between South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump moved quickly to show U.S. resolve. He appeared within hours alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said the U.S. “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.”
Monday, February 20, 2017

New DHS guides crack down on illegals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Long known for political temperance, Iowa suddenly moves sharply right
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican like many of its Midwestern neighbors.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Bee numbers down, but everyone can fight problem
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Bees, pollinators for much of the world’s food supply, are still suffering severe drops in their populations. Experts and local beekeepers say the best way for the average person to help is to avoid using harmful pesticides in their gardens, plant bee-friendly flowers and to become a beekeeper.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Farmstead's history includes two famous Browns
DARGAN, Md. (AP) — From John Brown's raid to James Brown's wail, a stream of hot-blooded American history runs through a 19th-century farmstead in the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pence: US will hold Russia accountable
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sought Saturday to calm jittery partners by declaring that the United States, under President Donald Trump, would "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, the post-World War II military alliance Trump once dismissed as "obsolete."
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Online cookbook features North Country business recipes
COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — Want to try cooking some moose chili or fiddlehead ferns? There's a free online cookbook featuring recipes from 22 businesses in New Hampshire's North Country.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tennessee inmate sues over quality of kosher prison food
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has filed a lawsuit claiming the food he has to eat in prison doesn't meet kosher standards.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: 'The Men in My life' by Patricia Bosworth
(AP) — One-time actress Patricia Bosworth's long and sometimes fascinating memoir of life among the glitterati of 1950s New York recalls a world and a set of characters slowly fading from our collective memory.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

How 2 cruise fanatics cut costs and save time
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After spending two consecutive, glorious winters in the desert and mountains of arid Arizona, my wife Gina and I decided to weather the third winter of our retirement in sunny Florida, and for good reason: Lots of cruise ships are based in the Sunshine State.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal-mining state
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army has formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Pence aiming to reassure allies of US commitment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence will seek to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who has made his “America First” mantra a centerpiece of his new administration.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Harward turns Trump down for nat'l security job
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Think Nixon: There's history behind press attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Jefferson railed against newspapers as “polluted vehicles” of falsehood and error. Richard Nixon tangled with reporters in the toxic atmosphere of Watergate, considering them the “enemy.” Bill Clinton publicly condemned “purveyors of hatred and division” on the public air waves.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Police: 2 bodies found in Indiana are missing 13- and 14-year-old friends
DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Two bodies found along a northern Indiana stream are those of two teenage girls who went missing Monday and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, authorities said on Wednesday.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gorsuch hearings to begin Mar. 20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on March 20.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump names Acosta as new choice for labor sec
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday announced law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary nominee, one day after his original pick abruptly withdrew from consideration.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump nominee for Medicaid says system fosters dependency among the poor
CHICAGO (AP) — The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Day Without Immigrants' protests held today
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The heart of Philadelphia’s Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in the nation’s capital closed for the day. A string of grocery stores in Chicago shut their doors.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Keystone renews effort to build in Neb.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is once again seeking approval for a route through Nebraska.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boeing union bid overwhelming fails in S. Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Production workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to unionize.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daddy-daughter ballet class is a classic
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia dance school hosted a “Daddy-Daughter” ballet class on Valentine’s Day and posted videos of the results that are definitely on pointe.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

American Girl: Meet your American guy
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its more than 30-year history, American Girl will sell a boy version of its pricey dolls.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thimble tossed from Monopoly game
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — You can still pass “Go” and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won’t be able to do it with the thimble game piece.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

National Aviation Hall of Fame: No plans to sell Wright Brothers artificat
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — The National Aviation Hall of Fame is reassuring a congressman that it has no plans to sell a century-old wooden propeller signed by one of the Wright brothers.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Officer's lawyers want case tossed
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for a Minnesota police officer who killed a black man in a traffic stop (all times local):
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Governor wants property tax freeze
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a third annual budget today that is likely to be shelved by the Legislature like his first two
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

South Korean news report may have doomed Kim Jon Un's brother
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intelligence officials believe North Korean agents assassinated leader Kim Jong Un’s exiled half brother, but if the whodunit seems settled, a very big question still looms: Why now? 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pipeline exec compares Dakota protester to terrorists
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline is comparing pipeline opponents to terrorists.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Both bison and cars endangered by snow in Wyoming's Grand Teton
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Unusually deep snow in Grand Teton National Park has made life dangerous for bison lumbering on the park's only plowed highway and for motorists traveling the route, prompting park workers to escort the big animals to safer areas and urge drivers to slow down, park officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017









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