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Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run'
NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden first trip abroad was a “home run” and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord.
Saturday, May 27, 2017


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NKorean missile launch testing rivals, not tech
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s latest missile test Monday may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing U.S. and South Korean forces in the region that it can strike them at will. 
Monday, May 29, 2017

Merkel warns no simple answers to complex issues
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned today against seeking “simple answers” to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe’s relationship with the U.S. had shifted significantly following NATO and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Travel ban to test court's view of presidential power
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Trump expresses nation's gratitude
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expressing his nation’s “boundless and undying” gratitude to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind.
Monday, May 29, 2017

JFK's legacy being celebrated on centennial
BOSTON (AP) — The life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who died at 46, is being celebrated on the day he would have turned 100.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Drug theft at VA facilities on the rise
WASHINGTON — Government data obtained by The Associated Press show more cases of opioid drug theft or missing prescriptions at Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities despite new prevention efforts.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Swan statue stolen by naked man has been found in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A large, black-and-white checkered statue of a swan that was stolen in Florida by a naked man was found on Friday.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

California bills target private business to help immigrants
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Officials: Tennessee man dies in police shooting, car crash
ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a man has died after he drove at police officers during a traffic stop.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kuwaiti company agrees to pay $95 million in fraud case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kuwaiti logistics company accused of inflating prices and defrauding the U.S. government for contracts to feed American troops has settled a lawsuit.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?
BIZELJSKO, Slovenia (AP) — Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Red Cloud sees rise in tourism with Cather
RED CLOUD, Neb. (AP) — Gathered with friends around a kitchen table six decades ago, Mildred Bennett started the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation with eight others in Red Cloud, the town that serves as an important backdrop to the author's work.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Trump ruffles feathers at G7 summit
TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — President Donald Trump has said Germans are “bad” for having a large trade surplus with the United States, drawing attention to a contentious issue at a summit of world leaders where trade is already a sticking point.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog lives on
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Warthog is sitting pretty.

Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration’s view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.

Friday, May 26, 2017

At least 28 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt attack
CAIRO (AP) — Masked gunmen riding in three SUVs opened fire today on a packed bus taking Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of Egypt’s capital, killing at least 28 people, including two little children, authorities said.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Manchester mosque warns radicalized members
LONDON (AP) — Members of the mosque attended by the Manchester suicide bombing suspect have been warned that police will be informed if there are signs anyone in the community has been radicalized.
Friday, May 26, 2017

GOP's Gianforte Montana win may be blip in Democrat's anti-trump hopes
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Kennedys discuss JFK's legacy 100 years after his birth
BOSTON (AP) — John F. Kennedy didn’t make it even halfway to 100 — a milestone he might have celebrated next week — but the slain U.S. president’s legacy is being lived out by members of his family.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Fastest growing US cities in the South
DALLAS (AP) — Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France's new president, Emmanuel Macron.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to just bad
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a glimmer of hope for America’s ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released today.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trump chastises NATO members
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chastised NATO leaders for not paying their fair share to protect the alliance, complaining in front of them that the defense burden the United States has shouldered for many years is “not fair” to its taxpayers.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Senate panel backs bill on new sanctions on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel overwhelmingly backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to put new sanctions on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in place.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gov't: $6 billion in improper student aid payments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are criticizing the Education Department over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of the federal student aid programs.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

UK police find 'significant' evidence they say while May slams US on leaks
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Home searches across Manchester and beyond have uncovered important items in a fast-moving investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester’s police chief said Thursday as a diplomatic spat escalated over U.S. leaks about the investigation to the media.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wisconsin seeks to be first state in nation to drug test Medicaid applicants
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

50 years after the Middle East war, Jerusalem still suffers from divisions
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is marking this week the 50th anniversary of its capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war — an event it celebrates as the “unification” of the its eternal capital.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

NerdWallet: Take vacation and don't rack up debt
Q: I want to travel this summer, but I don’t have a ton of money. How can I go on an adventure without piling on credit card debt?
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dr. Beach names Florida's Gulf Coast Siesta Beach best beach in the US
SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP) — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten's fur — all because it's comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sean Hannity says liberal fascists after show's sponsors; one now is leaving
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of “liberal fascism” for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

UK investigating 'network' of attackers
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces raided a building today in central Manchester as they investigated “a network” of people allegedly behind the city’s concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet
’VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican today, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An agency-by-agency look at Trump's $4.1 trillion federal spending plan
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Budget chief defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers told Trump’s plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put “taxpayers first.”
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Serena Williams accepts new Silicon Valley challenge
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Now she is embarking on a new mission: She says wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry’s most vexing problems.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Some women are running world's largest companies
NEW YORK (AP) — Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there’s still very few of them running the world’s largest companies.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Private moments from Trump's Middle East trip
JERUSALEM (AP) — What do world leaders talk about when they are alone? Not much, it seems.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Expiring law could leave Route 66 towns with out funding
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump sends $4.1T budget that relies on growth and deep cuts to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today sent Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs in a bid to balance the government’s books over the next decade.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8-year-old among dead in Manchester
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Investigators hunted toay for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers, some still wearing the American pop star’s trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lawmaker: Destruction of monuments heinous
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'Migrant Mother' photographer's images of oppressed resonate at new exhibit
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dorothea Lange was driving by a pea pickers' camp on the California coast when she stumbled across a weary mother and her many children huddled in a lean-to.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For musical firsts, 1967 was a big year
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sgt. Pepper” was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in budget
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump says he didn't mention Israel to Russia
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump today defended himself against allegations he divulged classified information in a recent meeting with Russian diplomats, saying alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he never identified Israel in his Oval Office conversation.
Monday, May 22, 2017

North Korea says it's ready to mass produce missiles capable of hitting US
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Parade organizers for militant Oscar Lopez Rivera stand by their decision
NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of the Puerto Rican Day parade are standing firm on plans to honor a recently freed nationalist convicted for his role in a violent uprising amid boycotts and mounting criticism. 
Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump to Muslims on 1st trip: Drive out terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a “battle between good and evil” and urging Arab leaders to “drive out the terrorists from your places of worship,” according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Three years long enough to wait to settle estate
DEAR BRUCE: My parents left me and my two siblings money from their estate. We received the bulk of the estate almost two years ago. Now, the executrix, a niece, is withholding $20,000. In three years, there have been no claims against the estate. I called the attorneys involved, and they are the ones who informed me of that. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pippa Middleton marries at almost-royal event
ENGLEFIELD, England (AP) — Pippa Middleton, radiant in a custom-made wedding gown, married a wealthy financier Saturday as two likely future British kings and other members of the royal family, including her sister, looked on.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Conquer fear of credit cards for better credit later

By ELLEN CANNON

NerdWallet

(Via AP) — Young adults who are afraid of credit cards in the long shadow of the recession usually think only of the risks, rather than the role they play in establishing credit, consumer credit experts say. That can hold them back from building the credit history they’ll need later on if they want to finance a car or get a mortgage. 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: 'Four Legendary Kingdoms' is complex saga

"The Four Legendary Kingdoms" (Gallery Books), by Matthew Reilly

(AP) — Matthew Reilly's hero Jack West Jr. returns in "The Four Legendary Kingdoms," a non-stop action fest that bleeds action and thrills on every page.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Exhibit explores heyday of Atlantic luxury liners
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — This was the golden era for ocean travel: when ladies wore floor-length ball gowns, sometimes with parasols in hand, and gents donned flared frock-coats that gave them an hour-glass figure, a style inspired by Prince Albert. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Crossroads: What now for Fox News after death of creator
NEW YORK (AP) — On the surface, the Fox News Channel Roger Ailes left behind would seem to be thriving. Profits are strong, and it has spent much of 2017 as the most-watched network in all of cable television, not just cable news.
Friday, May 19, 2017

US prepares for ISIS endgame effort
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists’ two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Fake news: A look at what didn't happen this week
(AP) — A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case
NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and sparked a probe that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to a sex charge, tearfully apologizing for communications with a 15-year-old girl that he said destroyed his "life's dream in public service."
Friday, May 19, 2017

Prosecutors say Times Square driver simply wanted to 'kill them all'
NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians on the sidewalks of Times Square, killing a teenage tourist and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday.
Friday, May 19, 2017

To Trump supporters, the real story is about leaks and sabotage
WASHINGTON (AP) — To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn’t the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. It’s about leakers working to undermine the president.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Congressman from Salem responds to Trump tweet
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congressman is taking issue with Republican President Donald Trump’s claim he’s the target of the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”
Friday, May 19, 2017

Saudi women still live under male relatives' control
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — First she's in the hands of her father, then she moves to her husband. Often, she ends up under the power of her son.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Trump takes first overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed its first terrorism sanctions jointly with Saudi Arabia today as President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom on his first overseas trip.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Design sketches for Route 66 neon signs rescued
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — They were just a bunch of old business records belonging to New Mexico’s oldest and largest sign-making shop, the last of the manufacturers from neon’s midcentury heyday.
Friday, May 19, 2017

New Orleans removes final confederate statue
NEW ORLEANS — The city of New Orleans has taken down a prominent statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee today, completing the Southern city’s removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.
Friday, May 19, 2017

HPV vaccine may also cut oral cancer risk in men
(AP) — The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fat and frail seniors benefit from right exercise combo
CHICAGO (AP) — Heavy seniors who want to lose pounds safely shouldn’t skip the weight machines or the treadmill, new research suggests.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at age 77
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communication maestro who transformed TV news by creating Fox News Channel only to be ousted from his media empire at the height of his reign for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Reactions to the death of Fox News founder: A great patriot and friend despite all
NEW YORK (AP) — “He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better.” — Sean Hannity.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

US households owe record debt, topping '08 peak
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008, when the financial crisis plunged the economy into a deep recession.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Storms pummel central part of US
ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Storms whipped through a wide swath of the central U.S., forming tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another round of premium hikes brewing, but who's to blame?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance — but why, and who’s to blame?
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Experts say they see possible North Korea links to massive global cyberattack
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cybersecurity experts are pointing to circumstantial evidence that North Korea may be behind the global “ransomware” attack: the way the hackers took hostage computers and servers across the world was similar to previous cyberattacks attributed to North Korea.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fidget spinners came out of nowhere and they're taking over classrooms
NEW YORK (AP) — Stores can’t keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump talk with Russians is 'wholly appropriate,' nat'l security adviser says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back against allegations of damaging intelligence disclosures, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser insisted Tuesday that Trump’s revelations to Russian officials about the terrorist threat from the Islamic State group were “wholly appropriate” and amounted to a routine sharing of information.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'Textalyzers' considered to combat texting while driving
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the cellphone records showing the driver of the car his son was in had been texting behind the wheel. 
Monday, May 15, 2017

US accuses Syria of mass executions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration today accused the Syrian government of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning the bodies in a large crematorium outside the capital.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Justices: Debt collection companies can't be sued for trying to collect old debt
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that debt collection companies can’t be sued for trying to recover years-old credit card debt from people who seek bankruptcy protection.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Cyberattack wave ebbs; risk of more
LONDON (AP) — The “ransomware” cyberattack that has crippled companies and governments around the world ebbed in intensity today, though experts warned that new versions of the virus could emerge.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Pipeline opponents go after money

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline has persuaded some banks to stop supporting projects that might harm the environment or tread on indigenous rights, but calling the divest movement a success might be a stretch.

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

GOP uses new tool to flip a dozen-plus Obama-era resolutions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Castoffs from renovation of JFK home are transformed into works of art
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — What once were pieces of John F. Kennedy’s home are now pieces of art.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Stray emu lassoed on highway by New Mexico authorities
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A stray emu that had become notorious throughout a three-day span in southern New Mexico has been captured by law enforcement.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump urges Liberty U grads to stand up to criticism
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Delivering his first commencement address, President Donald Trump on Saturday urged graduates of a Christian university to follow their convictions but to also be willing to stand up to criticism from others who don’t have the courage to do what is right.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump threatens to cancel briefings for 'sake of accuracy'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out in a series of tweets Friday morning amid a firestorm over the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, defending the shifting narrative and timeline his administration has offered for the decision.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Calf born at North Dakota ranch has 2 extra limbs
BEULAH, N.D. (AP) — A calf was born with an extra set of limbs but seemingly healthy at a North Dakota ranch.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Arizona police: Woman switched flour for formula
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson woman is accused of substituting flour for infant formula in containers returned to several local stores for refunds, and police have warned the public to check formula containers’ seals for tampering.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Man admits to duping women into sex for porn 'rehearsals'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City-area man has pleaded guilty to duping dozens of women into having sex with him on camera by telling them they were rehearsing for roles in pornographic movies.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

School: Boy, 8, who killed himself never said he was bullied
CINCINNATI (AP) — An 8-year-old boy shown on surveillance video being knocked to the floor unconscious at school two days before he killed himself told staff he had fainted and never said he had been bullied or assaulted, a school spokeswoman said Friday.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Will Ferrell keeps USC laughing with lighthearted speech
LOS ANGELES (AP) — He’s been a race-car driver, a Santa’s elf, a TV anchorman and now that he leaves the University of Southern California with an honorary doctorate in hand, Will Ferrell told fellow graduates Friday that he’s ready to deliver a baby on an airliner.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

5 immigrant women vie for Miss USA pageant title
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title have a message to immigrant girls and women watching the pageant this weekend: Set goals, work hard and don’t stay in the shadows.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gulliver's Gate: World of tiny landmarks near Times Square
NEW YORK (AP) - A new attraction called Gulliver's Gate opens just off Times Square this week depicting 100 world landmarks in miniature.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Baby names: Hillary, Donald and Caitlyn plunge in popularity
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t call me Caitlyn.

A year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name Caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to Social Security’s annual list of the most popular baby names.

Friday, May 12, 2017

County hacks away at budget deficit
TAYLORVILLE — The county continues to trim fat from its budget.
Friday, May 12, 2017

AG Sessions revives the war on drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Trump to Comey: Better hope there are no 'tapes'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director, said today that James Comey had better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Ad shows Marines looking for a few good women
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe. It is only when the fighter shouts an order over the sound of explosions does the historical nature of the TV advertisement become clear: the Marine is a woman.
Friday, May 12, 2017

First Amendment backers see free speech fading at colleges
(AP) — In campus clashes from California to Vermont, many defenders of the First Amendment say they see signs that free speech, once a bedrock value in academia, is losing ground as a priority at U.S. colleges.
Friday, May 12, 2017

New poll shows most Americans unfamiliar with school choice
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs. Still, more Americans feel positively than negatively about expanding those programs, according to a new poll released Friday.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Death knells abound for Brutalist style architecture
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When an exposed concrete subway vault near the U.S. Capitol was painted white this spring, riders rejoiced at the brightened Washington Metro station. But some preservationists were unhappy, complaining that a “cardinal rule” of the Brutalist style was broken.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Grasshoppers, cookie dough new hits on MLB menus
(AP) — The idea of serving edible grasshoppers at a baseball game isn't as crazy as it sounds.
Friday, May 12, 2017

ESPN gives Sunday spot to its top magazine show "E:60" with Ley and Schaap
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN says it is putting a sharper focus on its long-form journalism with Sunday’s launch of the revamped magazine show “E:60,” with Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap as hosts.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Trump: I was going to fire him anyway
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today he would have fired FBI Director James Comey even without the recommendation from his top political appointees at the Justice Department, contradicting earlier White House accounts.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

What's holding back self-driving cars? Humans
DETROIT (AP) — In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

US jobless rate reaches lowest level since 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought jobless benefits last week, and the number of people collecting unemployment checks felt to the lowest level since 1988 — more evidence the U.S. job market remains strong.

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

ACA exchanges grow thinner with Aetna leaving
(AP) — While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation’s third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

SIU board tables decision on Carbondale chancellor

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Wednesday decided against appointing a new chancellor to lead its Carbondale campus. 

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Removal of Mississippi flag in Biloxi sparks debate
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting both support and backlash over the mayor's decision to stop flying the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Davis statue removed under cover of darkness
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers early this morning removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans, the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal in a contentious, months-long process that has sparked protests on both sides.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trump says both parties will thank him
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey today, asserting in a flurry of tweets that both Democrats and Republicans “will be thanking me.” Trump did not mention any effect the dismissal might have on FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between his 2016 election campaign and Russia.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

USPS is seeking higher stamp prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is hoping it can soon raise stamp prices by a penny or more.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama rule on drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising win for environmentalists and Democrats and a blow to the fossil-fuel industry, the Senate on Wednesday failed in a bid to reverse an Obama-era regulation restricting harmful methane emissions that escape from oil and gas wells on federal land.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

S. Korea leader willing to visit North, talk to US
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said as he took office today that he is open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about its aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Justice Dept. interviewing Chicago FBI director for national spot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department leaders are interviewing four veteran law enforcement and intelligence officials for the role of interim FBI director.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

United denies telling woman to urinate in a cup on plane
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — United Airlines is denying that its staff told a Missouri woman to urinate in a cup rather than leave her seat to use the restroom on a flight from Houston.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Global sales of luxury homes cooled in 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Global luxury home sales cooled off in 2016 for the second consecutive year, even with a record number of homes selling for more than $100 million.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AP releases review of its coverage of Nazi Germany
NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has conducted an in-depth review of its operations in Nazi Germany, concluding that the news agency acted as "forthrightly and independently as possible." But the review also found AP handled some situations inadequately.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NerdWallet: Why you need three savings accounts

By LIZ WESTON

NerdWallet

 

(Via AP) — Some of us hoard cash while paying 18% interest on a credit card balance. Others blow through a tax refund as if it were free money when it's actually a return of our own hard-earned dollars.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Examiner: New opioid is killing dozens in Chicago area
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County medical examiner’s office says a powerful new type of opioid is to blame for more than 40 deaths in the Chicago-area this year.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GOP hopes Trump amenable to food stamp restrictions
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine resident Zak McCutcheon says he likes soda but acknowledges he’d drink less of it if his governor convinced Republican President Donald Trump to put restrictions on the approximately $200 a month he receives in food stamps. He thinks it may even make recipients healthier and less overweight.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Survivors recall deadliest tornado in U.S. history

By CHRIS HOTTENSEN

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Ninety years ago, the deadliest tornado in recorded U.S. history sliced a diagonal swath across Southern Illinois, practically obliterating the towns of Gorham, Murphysboro, De Soto, Bush, West Frankfort and Parrish.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thousands of sex assaults in elementary and secondary schools go unreported

ESTILL, S.C. (AP) — The numbers are horrific: At least four students, ages 11 to 14, victimized by as many as 30 kids in one of the largest single cases of sexual assault reported on U.S. school grounds.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crews find 'void' where San Francisco street caved
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews found a 3-foot-deep void where a San Francisco street caved under a heavy big-rig truck on Friday, but they are stumped as to what caused the hole.
Monday, May 8, 2017

C.E.F.S. celebrates National Community Action Month
EFFINGHAM — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is celebrating 52 years of service in Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, Christian, and Montgomery counties. C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is celebrating Community Action Month in May that is dedicated to recognizing the success of the national Community Action Agency network that fights poverty across the United States . This month, C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will be engaging in programs and events that showcase our anti-poverty work in your local communities.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Obama warned Trump about Flynn

By ERIC TUCKER and EILEEN SULLIVAN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser during an Oval Office meeting after the 2016 election, according to three former Obama administration officials.


Monday, May 8, 2017

US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

By LOLITA C. BALDOR

Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. owes it to the people of Syria to take a close look at the Russian proposal to create several “safe zones” in Syria. But Mattis also said the plan poses many unanswered questions, including whether it would be effective.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Video of girl's suicide attempt helped rescuers to save her

By JEFF MARTIN

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The alarming video on Facebook Live of a Georgia teenager livestreaming her own suicide attempt stayed up long enough to help sheriff’s deputies save her.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Giant rabbit owners seek details, payment from United

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owners of a giant rabbit that died after flying from the United Kingdom to Chicago want to know more about the animal’s death and an explanation of why he was so quickly cremated.

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

South Carolina asks: Are frozen 'Booze Pops' food or alcohol

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Charleston officials are asking South Carolina regulators to reconsider a decision to treat frozen ice pops made with alcohol as food and not liquor.

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Authorities identify 2 of 4 killed in crash with Chicago bus
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say two Chicago women were among four people killed when the speeding car they were in collided head-on with a bus.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Eric Trump denies alleged statements on Russian funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son denied Monday that he told a sportswriter that the family’s real estate business got money from Russia to fund golf courses.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Trump: His support for black colleges remains 'unwavering'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his support for historically black colleges and universities remains “unwavering.”
Monday, May 8, 2017

Police: 2 doctors found dead in penthouse likely knew killer
BOSTON (AP) — Two engaged Boston doctors found dead this weekend inside the penthouse of a luxury condominium building most likely knew their killer, police say.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Trial to begin in death of girl who was padlocked inside box
PHOENIX (AP) — Members of a Phoenix family awoke nearly six years ago a disturbing discovery in their home: A 10-year-old girl who lived there was found dead inside a padlocked plastic storage box, a punishment for having stolen a popsicle.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Land controls may be lifted at monuments
Saturday, May 6, 2017

French watchdog group says Macron data mixed in with fake news in leak
PARIS (AP) — France’s election campaign commission said Saturday “a significant amount of data” has been leaked on social networks following a hacking attack on centrist Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign. 
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hobby-horsing craze a manifestation of girl power
HELSINKI (AP) — Sporting a black leather jacket, dyed red hair and a tattooed arm, Alisa Aarniomaki looks like she's on her way to a rock band rehearsal session.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Olympic swim champ dies at age 98
WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) — Adolph Kiefer, the 100-meter backstroke champion at the 1936 Berlin Games who was America’s oldest living Olympic gold medalist in any sport, has died. He was 98.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Museum in Tremont to display vintage hats Mother's Day
TREMONT, Ill. (AP) — Mother’s Day is coming and a museum in central Illinois is giving visitors a chance to see what kind of hats moms have been wearing for more than 150 years. 
Saturday, May 6, 2017

NerdWallet: Why you might need wedding insurance

By LACIE GLOVER

NerdWallet

(Via AP) — If you’re busy planning a wedding, you might want to consider insuring it.

Wedding insurance policies are relatively easy to understand, and the two main types are both inexpensive compared with the cost of a ceremony and reception:


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise
NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers have extended their record run as America’s most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club’s  rankings for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers are enjoying renewed favor, and some other dogs have been striding up the popularity ladder. 
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lost Kitchen: 10,000 phone calls in just one night for a 40-seat restaurant

(AP) — Erin French runs a 40-seat restaurant called The Lost Kitchen in an old mill in a tiny town in central Maine. She began accepting reservations for the season at midnight April 1, expecting a few dozen calls overnight. Instead, she got 10,000 in 24 hours.

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Following the Ice Age Trail in new book, 'Thousand-Miler'
(AP) —Chances are you've heard of the Appalachian Trail, the hiking path that runs 2,179 miles (3,507 kilometers) from Georgia to Maine. You may also be familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile (4,265-kilometer) route from California to Canada.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Another death as rivers begin to recede

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has died after his vehicle was swept off a road near a flooded creek in southern Missouri, marking the 10th death blamed on flooding in the Midwest, authorities said Friday.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Snake fans hunt pythons in Florida for fun and pay
IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES (AP) — Florida is paying $8.10 an hour to hunt invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Fake news: A look at what didn't happen this week

(AP) — A roundup of some of the most wildly popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. AP checked these out; here are the real facts: 

NOT REAL: Conservative Icon Ted Nugent Killed In Hunting Accident


Friday, May 5, 2017

Senate wary on Obamacare repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their legislative centerpiece scuttling much of President Barack Obama’s health care law through the House. It was a perilous journey, and its Senate pathway will be at least as bumpy with little doubt the measure will change, assuming it survives. 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Congress finishes spending bill, sends to Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September — putting off, for now, battles over Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.
Friday, May 5, 2017

GOP House panel takes first step to gut Obama's landmark banking law
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama’s landmark banking law.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Thompson Center's fate is latest feud between Rauner and Emanuel
CHICAGO (AP) — The future of a state building housing about 2,200 employees is sparking the latest disagreement between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 
Friday, May 5, 2017

US Steel leak 580x allowable limit
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Environmental records show that a U.S. Steel plant in northern Indiana spilled nearly 300 pounds of a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a waterway near Lake Michigan last month.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Housing crisis sparks fears of an end for crumbling Cairo
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — A government plan to tear down a crumbling public housing complex in the southern Illinois town of Cairo has sent roughly 200 families searching for new homes and sparked fears that the once-thriving river city could be coming to an end.
Friday, May 5, 2017

AP was there 80 years ago when the airship Hindenburg burst into flames
EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Thirty-five people aboard and one person on the ground died. Ahead of Saturday's 80th anniversary, the AP is republishing a version of its original coverage.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Report: Hernandez elated about acquital, not suicidal
BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was excited about his acquittal in a 2012 double slaying and did not appear to have thoughts of suicide in the days before he killed himself in his prison cell, according to a report from Massachusetts prison officials.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Thai gov't revokes passport of fugitive Red Bull heir

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government has canceled the passport of a fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges, a Foreign Ministry official said today.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Buffet investors face more resolutions
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Before billionaire Warren Buffett takes the stage Saturday to spend hours answering at his conglomerate’s annual meeting, his investors had to weigh questions about climate change and disclosing political contributions.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Hot hiring in April: Health care, hotels, restaurants

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you were looking for a job last month, you might have found one involving food or fun.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Delta apologizes after California family booted from flight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Delta Air Lines is offering refunds and compensation to a California family that says they were forced off a plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their seats on a crowded flight.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer. 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Davis issues statement on funding bill
Washington D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which funds the government through September of this year. H.R. 244 passed by a vote of 309-118.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Midwest floods linger as officials warn of floodwater risks
ST. LOUIS (AP) — River levels are falling Thursday after record and near-record flooding in parts of the Midwest, but the crisis is far from over. Officials have not said when hundreds of residents displaced from flooded properties in suburban St. Louis will be allowed to return home, but they have warned of the dangers that await them.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Congress rejects Labor Dept. rule for state retirement plans

By MATTHEW DALY

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has narrowly voted to overturn an Obama-era rule designed to guide states as they create retirement savings programs for low-income workers.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

University of Illinois cultural center design to be revealed

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Final designs for a $5.5 million cultural center at the University of Illinois will be unveiled next week. 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

'Aww' inspiring: NYC Zoo unveils fluffy Andean bear cub

NEW YORK (AP) — An “aww” inspiring bear cub is making his public debut in New York City.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo says the 25-pound bundle of joy is being slowly acclimated to an outdoor exhibit. The Andean bear cub is still awaiting a name.

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Probe of N.C. congressman ends without charges

By JONATHAN DREW

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal investigators closed a two-year investigation into U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s dealings with his family’s business without filing charges. 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Devil rays delight crowds at Florida Panhandle beach
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Schools of devil rays have been delighting beachgoers at St. Andrews State Park in Florida’s Panhandle.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Senators decry state of air travel after passenger incidents
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air travel in the United States has become a combustible mix in which passengers aren’t the only ones treated unfairly, senators were told Thursday. Travelers all too frequently take out their frustrations on airline employees, including flight attendants and gate agents, speakers said a Senate hearing.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

House measure demands stricter sanctions against North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to exert greater economic pressure on North Korea, the GOP-led House is expected to vote overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang targeting its shipping industry and use of slave labor.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Colbert says no regrets over Trump insults

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert says he has no regrets about a monologue that included a crude sexual reference on the relationship between the presidents of the United States and Russia and has since prompted calls to fire him and boycott “Late Show” advertisers.

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Senate to send $1.1T spending bill to WH
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to deliver President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion agencywide spending bill that would keep the government running pretty much as is through September.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

GOP-led panel OKs bill to overhaul Dodd-Frank
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel approved legislation Thursday that would gut much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the 2008 economic meltdown. The bill cleared the Republican-led House Financial Services Committee on a party-line vote of 34-26.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

EU chief Tusk calls for calm as Brexit tensions soar
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk appealed Thursday for calm as tensions soar between Brussels and London over negotiations on Britain’s departure from the bloc.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

US-backed force takes north Syrian town from Islamic State militants
BEIRUT (AP) — At approximately 6:40 p.m. Syrian time, a Syrian opposition monitoring group and an official with a U.S.-backed force say Kurdish-led fighters have captured all parts of a northern town in Syria that was held by the Islamic State group.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

2 GOP moderates back health bill changes, predict passage
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of moderate Republicans who’d been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump’s support for their proposal for reviving the languishing measure.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trump asks Congress to extend school choice
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

North Korea confirms latest detention of American

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday confirmed the detention of another American citizen for alleged acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trump admin taps lawyer as comptroller
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday named a banking lawyer to be the interim head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as part of the administration’s efforts to overhaul bank regulation.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Documentary details recovery of wounded warrior
MANCHESTER, Maine (AP) — A soldier who lost all four limbs during an explosion in Afghanistan and went on to start a foundation for veterans is sharing his story in a documentary on Netflix.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Former police officer convicted on false Purple Heart claims
CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer has been convicted on six of seven charges related to falsely claiming he received a military Purple Heart.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Facebook to hire 3,000; review videos of crime and suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content following murders shown live on its site.

That’s on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already has for such reviews.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Police: 4 Officers hurt while trying to arrest man

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Authorities say four police officers in Delaware were injured while trying to arrest an Idaho man. 

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

US test fires missile from California base
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed missile capable of sending a nuclear bomb across the world was launched Wednesday from a coastal California military base amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Drunken driving suspect gives name as Hillary Clinton
CHALKHILL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a drunken driving suspect who was chased by police from Maryland into Pennsylvania identified herself as Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

House GOP blocks efforts to protect watchdog
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Wednesday blocked Democratic efforts to preserve the independence of a consumer watchdog created after the 2008 economic meltdown as the GOP pressed ahead with an overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory law. 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FBI Director Comey to Congress: WikiLeaks is not journalism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on FBI Director James Comey’s appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times EDT):

12:25 p.m.

FBI Director James Comey is condemning the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks and says he doesn’t see its work as similar to journalism. 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Circus of life: Dreams take flight amid urban blight
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of would-be circus performers in New Jersey’s capital city are using unicycles, acrobatics and spinning plates to bridge the divide between poverty and privilege.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hulu set to unveil live-telivision option

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a week after its premiere, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has won a second season from Hulu , which is bringing aboard Alec Baldwin for an upcoming drama series about events that led to the 9/11 attacks.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

'Sat. Night Live' alum Joe Piscopo won't run for New Jersey governor

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Former “Saturday Night Live” comedian and Donald Trump backer Joe Piscopo said Wednesday that he will not launch an independent campaign to succeed Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Canada has more seniors than children
TORONTO (AP) — For the first time in Canada’s history, there are more seniors than children.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Abbas stops funding Gaza electricity
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The West Bank-based Palestinian autonomy government will stop paying for electricity in the power-starved Gaza Strip and “dry up” the flow of funds to the territory’s Hamas rulers, a senior official said Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Distressed ancient Roman monumen gets needed makeover

ROME (AP) — The mausoleum of Roman Emperor Augustus, a towering monument built in 28 B.C. but now a decrepit eyesore in Rome’s center, is being restored.

The 10-million-euro ($10.9 million) project is expected to be completed in 2019.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet' lead Tony nods
NEW YORK (AP) — “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” a musical that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” earned a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, which also saw nods for Bette Midler, Kevin Kline, Josh Groban, Danny DeVito and Cate Blanchett. 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Brexit gets nasty as EU accuses Britain of unrealistic aims
LONDON (AP) — In public, Britain and the European Union say they want an amicable divorce. Behind the scenes, things are getting nasty.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trump tweets for September shutdown

KEN THOMAS

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the nation “needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September” to fix a “mess” in the Senate, issuing contradictory messages ahead of key votes on a spending plan to keep the federal government running.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Police: Chief bitten by girl he was detaining

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a western Maryland police chief was bitten by a girl he was detaining. 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Republican Gov. Christie rejects bill aimed at Trump's taxes as a 'stunt'
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday tore into Democrat-backed legislation aimed at getting President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, rejecting the measure as a “transparent political stunt masquerading as a bill” and instead calling on lawmakers to open themselves up to public disclosure requirements.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Czech PM announces gov. resignation
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech prime minister unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that his government will resign over unexplained business dealings of his rival Andrej Babis, the country’s finance minister.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2 Muslim men killed by mob over cow theft charges in India
GAUHATI, India (AP) — Two Muslim men were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India over allegations of cow theft, the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country, police officials said Monday.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Japan Prime Minister says he will initiate debate on new constitution

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to initiate debate in parliament on revising the country’s U.S.-drafted constitution as he pushes to achieve a long-sought goal during a milestone year. 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thai prime minister accepts Trump's invitation to visit US
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister has accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the United States, his office said Monday, as the U.S. leader made an unexpected diplomatic initiative toward several Southeast Asian counterparts.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rights group: Syria used nerve agents

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New evidence indicates that the Syrian government used suspected nerve agents in four chemical weapons attacks since December including one in an opposition-held town April 4 that killed nearly 100 people, a human rights group said Monday.

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Consumer spending flat for second month in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers cut back sharply on buying durable goods such as autos in March, leaving overall spending unchanged for a second straight month. A slowdown by consumers was a major reason overall economic growth slowed so sharply over the winter.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Supreme Court: cities can sue banks under US housing law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

U of I bells silent during $160k repair
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The bells at the University of Illinois are now silent as its tower undergoes more than $160,000 in repairs.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

US construction spending slips 0.2 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders trimmed construction spending slightly in March, one month after building activity hit an all-time high.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trump promotes revamped health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promoting a revamped health care overhaul effort after failing to advance legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in his first three months in office. 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CIA chief visits South Korea amid heightened tension
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America’s CIA director is making an unannounced visit to South Korea, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul confirmed Monday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Vt. chocolatier issues golden tickets a la Willy Wonka
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town is giving away golden tickets courtesy of its local chocolatier and the prize is free parking for a year, not a tour of a chocolate factory. 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lawmakers settle on $1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boy turns in $2,000 he found, gets Outstanding Citizen Award
ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy who turned in $2,000 in cash he found in a bank bag lost by a restaurant employee has received an Outstanding Citizen Award.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

North Korean missile test fails
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

First Lady dedicates 'healing' garden at children's hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) — Off in the distance, young patients can see the Washington Monument from the hospital’s new rooftop “healing” garden, dedicated Friday by first lady Melania Trump as a place children and their families can breathe fresh air, “relax and enjoy in peace.”
Saturday, April 29, 2017

GOP health plan for pre-existing conditions spawns worries
WASHINGTON (AP) — From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation’s fate are echoing those concerns.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Former officer charged with hitting kids with car, killing 1
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man accused of driving drunk and fatally striking one boy and injuring four other students as they were walking home from a school bus stop is being held on $600,000 bail.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Police seeking charges, say bounty hunters shot 2 men
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say they are asking a grand jury to bring charges because investigators believe bounty hunters shot two men in a wild incident last weekend in which one of the men was fatally wounded.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Concert fans angry as hyped Bahamas festival is canceled
MIAMI (AP) — Organizers of a much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

It's sea turtle season in Florida
(A) — Many Florida beaches welcome a special type of visitor as the weather gets warmer: sea turtles.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he’s coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Warren 'troubled' by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
Friday, April 28, 2017

US urges new sanctions on NKorea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for new sanctions on North Korea Friday and threatened to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation’s nuclear and missile programs. Doing nothing could be “catastrophic,” top diplomat Rex Tillerson told a special U.N. Security Council session he chaired.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Friend of convicted church shooter begins serving sentence
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A friend with whom convicted church shooter Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre South Carolina churchgoers has begun serving more than two years in prison for lying to federal authorities.
Friday, April 28, 2017

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder getting it.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Suspect pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — A man who killed a state trooper and then was shot to death Thursday after a lengthy standoff with police had been fond of guns since middle school, a former neighbor and classmate said.
Friday, April 28, 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017

2 charged after remains found buried behind Michigan home
RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after body parts of an acquaintance missing for more than a year were found in a shallow grave behind the suspect’s suburban Detroit home.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Held captive by the Japanese during World War II, Florence Ebersole Smith Finch was tortured and forced to curl up in a 2-foot-by-4-foot box.
Friday, April 28, 2017

US economic growth weakened to 0.7 percent in first quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result repeats a pattern that has characterized the recovery: lackluster beginnings to the year.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Employment costs climbed steadily in first quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew steadily in the first three months of the year.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Court agrees to hold off ruling on Obama carbon restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the Trump administration’s request, a federal appeals court says it will postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions.
Friday, April 28, 2017

MS-13 on Long Island: A look at 11 suspected victims
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition
CHICAGO (AP) — Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there’s renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Charmin drops off load of toilet paper to Michigan's Butt

Michigan tight end Jake Butt doesn't mind people having fun with his last name. The folks at Procter & Gamble sure are.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

By ERICA WERNER

AP Congressional Correspondent

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump  unleashed a tweetstorm of criticism of Democrats involved in tense negotiations on a spending bill to keep the government open, accusing them of trying to close national parks and jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops over demands to provide Americans with health care.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

2 US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two American service members were killed and another received a minor injury during a ground assault against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan Wednesday, according to the U.S. military.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point

By RICHARD LARDNER

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he’s ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lincoln Hills psychologist dismissed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A top psychologist at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison was fired for allegedly ignoring the requests of dozens of inmates who asked for help, according to his termination letter from the Department of Corrections. He appealed the firing and the two sides agreed last week to characterize his departure as a resignation. 

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Inmate argues religious duty to deal heroin; appeal fails
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis man ordered to spend more than a quarter century in prison on drug charges has failed to have his prosecution overturned, despite his argument that he has a religious duty to sell heroin.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

House panel seeks charges for company in Clinton email case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Monument review includes oceans and tribal lands
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on “sanctuary cities” early Thursday, empowering local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

US ups Korean defenses, forces are capable

By RICHARD LARDNER and FOSTER KLUG

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, close ally South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America’s Pacific commander said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump proposing tax cuts for companies big and small

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and JOSH BOAK

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.  


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prosecutors: Inmates distributed child porn inside prison

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say five inmates serving sentences for child pornography used contraband cellphones and removable storage cards to share child pornography inside the prison.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Audit: Ferguson courts 'in disarray' after police killing

By JIM SALTER

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city’s court system “in disarray” and disorganized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Missouri state auditor.

 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Questions persist in death of prominent New York judge
NEW YORK (AP) — When Sheila Abdus-Salaam agreed to speak this month at an alumni gathering at Columbia Law School, it was business as usual for someone in demand as the first black woman to serve on New York’s highest court.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

By BARBARA ORTUTAY

AP Technology Writer 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — You’d think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump’s megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public. 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flynn may have broken law, lawmakers say

By CHAD DAY and STEPHEN BRAUN

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to break U.S. law when he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House committee investigating possible Russian ties with the Trump campaign said Tuesday.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former NY police, lawyer arrested in gun licensing probe
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police lieutenant, two former police officers and a lawyer who once worked as a prosecutor were arrested in a federal gun licensing probe Tuesday as authorities said police employees traded speedy handling of gun permits for paid vacations, jewelry, catered parties, cash and visits to strip clubs.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Negotiators make progress to keep government open

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional and White House negotiators made progress Tuesday on a must-pass spending bill to keep the federal government open days ahead of a deadline as President Donald Trump indicated that U.S. funding for a border wall with Mexico could wait until September. 


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