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Trump to present his case tonight
Republican presidential Candidate Donald Trump gives his running mate, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana a kiss as they shake hands after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Pence praised Trump as his own man, an independent spirit, and said change in the country will be “huge” under his presidency. Pence framed the November presidential race as crucial to defining the makeup of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years. He said voters must ensure it’s Trump picking the justices.He called presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the “secretary of the status quo,” referring to her former job as secretary of state.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Republican presidential Candidate Donald Trump gives his running mate, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana a kiss as they shake hands after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Pence praised Trump as his own man, an independent spirit, and said change in the country will be “huge” under his presidency. Pence framed the November presidential race as crucial to defining the makeup of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years. He said voters must ensure it’s Trump picking the justices.He called presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the “secretary of the status quo,” referring to her former job as secretary of state.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s Donald Trump’s moment to make his case to the country.
Thursday, July 21, 2016


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Rockland, Maine: Coastal scenery, the arts and good food
(AP) — Every town in mid-coast Maine has its unique charms and attractions. Freeport is the place for shopping at outlet stores and the legendary L.L. Bean. For beautiful beaches, there's Reid State Park in Georgetown or Popham Beach in Phippsburg. For a view of the water from up high, hike (or drive) up Mount Battie in Camden. A poem by Maine native Edna St. Vincent Millay is engraved on a plaque at the summit.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Judge denies witness details in murder case of rap mogul
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Defense lawyers for Marion “Suge” Knight will not be given  addresses and other information about confidential informants and key witnesses in the murder case against the former rap mogul, a judge ruled Friday after a closed-door meeting with a prosecutor and police detective.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, university officials said Friday.
Friday, July 22, 2016

US envoy to visit Malaysia over issues of mass graves
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. envoy on combating human trafficking will visit Malaysia next week, an official said Friday, amid complaints that the Southeast Asian nation has failed to investigate properly alleged official complicity over mass graves of suspected trafficking victims.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Meeting stresses importance of US-Mexico ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto reaffirmed the importance of the US-Mexico relationship today, promoting the benefits of trade and friendship in an election year that has sometimes stressed that alliance.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Kerry: Climate change as dangerous as terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more than, the threats posed by the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Obama denies involvement in failed Turkey coup
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States had no knowledge or involvement in the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Obama rejects idea of 'US in crisis'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama fiercely rejected Donald Trump’s depiction of an America in crisis today, arguing that violent crime and illegal immigration have plunged under his leadership to their lowest rates in decades.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Ex-KKK leader David Duke to run for US Senate
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an avowed white supremacist, officially signed up Friday to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.
Friday, July 22, 2016

IMF chief Lagarde to stand trial in arbitration deal
PARIS (AP) — France’s top court has ruled that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial in France over a 2008 arbitration ruling that handed 400 million euros to a politically-connected business magnate.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Worldwide nun population drops to 43,000
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official says the number of nuns who dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplating God is dwindling, even as Pope Francis has written a new document praising their relevance in the world.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Rupert Murdoch vows that Fox News without Roger Ailes is still Fox
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is minus founding leader Roger Ailes but not its direction, Rupert Murdoch vowed.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition; learn the signs
DALLAS — Heatstroke, sometimes called sunstroke, occurs when core body temperature rises to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit and organs can’t function properly.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cosby files latest bid to question accuser before trial
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby is again fighting for the chance to question his accuser in court before his sexual-assault case goes to trial near Philadelphia.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

LAPD chief, rapper The Game team up for anti-violence PSA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and rapper The Game appear together in a new public service announcement aimed at curbing violence across the city.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scientists can't find invisible dark matter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Immigration court backlog tops half million cases
WASHINGTON (AP) — The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

France: Attacker had accomplices, planned for mos.
PARIS (AP) — The truck driver who killed 84 people on a Nice beachfront had accomplices and appears to have been plotting his attack for months, the Paris prosecutor said today.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Doc still wearing bloody shoes after Pulse shooting
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A senior resident at an Orlando hospital is still wearing the bloody shoes he wore as he treated victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Brooklyn area thrives along Superfund canal
NEW YORK (AP) — It could be a postcard for Brooklyn's hip resurgence: a shimmering new building of modern apartments renting for $5,000 a month, a gourmet grocery with a rooftop greenhouse, and a funky barbecue joint with drinks flowing on the outdoor deck.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

US home sales improved in June, the highest level since early 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more homes in June, the fourth straight monthly gain as the sales rate reached its highest level in more than nine years.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

'Pretty Woman' filmmaker Garry Marshall dies at age 81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Garry Marshall knew how to tug at moviegoers’ heartstrings, whether with unlikely love in “Pretty Woman” or sentimental loss in “Beaches.”
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Enbridge to pay $61M penalty, largest of its kind
(AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners will pay a $61 million penalty for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history — a pipeline rupture in southwestern Michigan that polluted a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, federal officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trump staff writer says speech cribbing a mistake
CLEVELAND (AP) — Seeking to put out a political fire, a Donald Trump staff writer said today she had included passages from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech in Melania Trump’s Monday night address to the Republican National Convention.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kids leaving home does not always lead to parents saving more money
CHICAGO (AP) — Raising kids costs a lot of money, so when they finally strike out on their own it stands to reason that parents would have more money to spend, save or invest. How they spend that money can have large consequences for their retirement security.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trump children woo donors, voters, campaign hopes
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sometimes the skeptical donors ask Andy Puzder what it is that he sees in Donald Trump, the controversial Republican presidential nominee for whom Puzder is raising money.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Obama to police: 'We have your backs'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation will get through the recent killings of police officers with the “love and empathy of public servants” like the ones who were targeted in recent days.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bloodshed Fills Headlines confronting public with anxiety
Orlando. Istanbul. Dallas. Nice. And now, again, Baton Rouge. Ever since a gunman opened fire on Florida nightclub goers five weeks ago, killing 49, we’ve been buffeted by images of bloodshed.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

'Pokemon' no: Trying, but failing to get the smartphone game
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No one, it seems, can escape “Pokemon Go.”
Monday, July 18, 2016

Ga. man accused of urging people to kill police
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia man has been charged after he urged people to kill white police officers.  
Monday, July 18, 2016

New Hampshire city police use Pokemon Go to lure fugitives
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire's largest city have gotten the Pokemon Go bug, trying to lure fugitives with the popular app.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Gunman was 'seeking out' officers
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition set out to ambush police in Baton Rouge, authorities said Monday, a day after three law enforcement officers were killed in the attack.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Russian inquiry finds cheating went beyond Sochi Olympics
An investigator looking into Russian doping found the country’s state-directed cheating program resulted in at least 312 falsified results and lasted from 2011 through at least last year’s world swimming championships.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Officer acquitted in Baltimore police custody death case
BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van.
Monday, July 18, 2016

France attacker a menancing, volatile petty criminal
NICE, France (AP) — The rogue driver who turned a night of fireworks and fun into the worst carnage the French resort city of Nice has seen in decades appeared aloof and menacing to his neighbors and family, while authorities said Saturday that he had recently turned to religious extremism.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

'Heavy price' for those involved in coup
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Forces loyal to Turkey’s president quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left at least 161 people dead and 1,440 wounded Saturday. Authorities arrested thousands as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that those responsible “will pay a heavy price for their treason.”
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Obama: US would consider extradition request for exiled cleric
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Obama administration would entertain an extradition request for the U.S.-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Chaos in Turkey: Why does the country have such a long history of coups?
(AP) — Turkey plunged into chaos as forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left scores dead. Thousands were arrested amid vows the plotters would “pay a heavy price for their treason.” The Associated Press looks at Turkey’s long history of coups, its military’s prominence and why some had thought the days of military interference with government were over.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cuyahoga Valley, a national park right in Cleveland's backyard
SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio (AP) — It's America's 11th most-visited national park, but it's also a place many people have never heard of: Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Presidential footsteps in Philadelphia? They're everywhere
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has a long history as a center of politics, going back to the 18th century when the Founding Fathers met here to sign the Declaration of Independence and write the U.S. Constitution. Even presidential conventions are nothing new: The 2016 Democratic National Convention is the city's 12th since the Whig Party met here in 1848.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Indiana's Pence earns spot on the Trump train
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It’s official.

Mike Pence, the unflappable conservative governor of Indiana, has been plucked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump as his running mate.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bastille Day a bloodbath in France
NICE, France (AP) — A Tunisian living in France drove a large truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice’s beachfront, killing at least 84 people, many of them children, according to police and hospital officials. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.
Friday, July 15, 2016

World leaders express horror at attack in France
NICE, France (AP) — World leaders are expressing dismay, sadness and solidarity with France over the attack carried out by a man who drove truck into crowds of people celebrating France’s national day in Nice, killing at least 84 people:
Friday, July 15, 2016

Indiana's Mike Pence on policy and the issues:
DENVER (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has picked his running mate — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. A former congressman, Pence is in many ways what Trump is not: a strong social conservative with deep ties to the party’s establishment. As such, there is a record of deep disagreements between the two names on the top of the GOP ticket this year.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Budget deficit to rise to $600 billion by fiscal year end
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House ontodday predicted that the government’s budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year’s tally.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Obama marks anniversary of nuke deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the  nuclear deal with Iran otoday by vowing that the United States and its partners will uphold their commitments as long as Iran abides by the pact.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Feds can withhold mug shots of criminal defendants
DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has overturned a 1996 decision and said mug shots of federal criminal defendants can be withheld from the news media in Michigan and three other states.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

8 out of 10 drivers admit to occasional road rage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 8 of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

US officials cite potential for violence at GOP convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. national security officials said today they are worried about the potential for violence at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as tensions run high around the country after the recent police shootings of unarmed black men and the deadly ambush of police officers in Dallas.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Congress okays bill requiring first genetically modified ingredient food labels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ginsburg regrets 'ill-advised' criticism of Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Thursday for "ill-advised" public criticism of Donald Trump, promising to be more discreet in the future.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tiny Movement: New York experiments with 260-square-foot apartments
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's first "micro" apartment complex is open for business, challenging the limits of minimalist living. What the tiny dwellings lack in square footage, they try to make up for in amenities.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Utah cliff dwellings national monument proposal stirs fierce debate
BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of papers held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. "Don't erase the traces of America's past," the signs read. "Please do not enter interior rooms."
Thursday, July 14, 2016

9/11 museum stages major anniversary exhibit
NEW YORK (AP) — To mark the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the 9/11 memorial museum is staging a major special exhibition that in some cases uses actual remnants of the day of terror in works that convey both grief and tenderness.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Clinton urges nation to fix divisions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is embracing the symbolism of Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech, arguing that the nation needs to repair its divisions after a series of high-profile shootings.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Britain: Cameron heads out as May comes in
LONDON (AP) — David Cameron made his final appearance in Parliament as Britain’s leader with dignity and humor today, turning the usually raucous prime minister’s questions session into a time for praise, thanks, gentle ribbing, cheers — and a sprinkle of criticism.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ex-admiral: US should defend reef off Philippines
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says the U.S. should be willing to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression at a disputed reef off the coast of the Philippines.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Two hallowed sites say stop catching Pokemon here
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have requested  that smartphone users refrain from “catching” Pokemon when they visit.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Major brewers may provide more info
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beer drinkers who can often find out details about the grain and hops that went into their beverage may get more information from major brewers — about calories, carbohydrates, protein and more.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Big cities where homes still remain affordable
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Until recently, Christina Brouk was living with her parents. Now, still in her early 20s, she's living the American dream of home ownership — the same dream that's grown elusive for many young adults since the housing bubble peaked 10 years ago.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Clinton receives endorsement from Sanders
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A contentious Democratic primary fight ended Tuesday with hugs, handshakes and thank yous, as Bernie Sanders told supporters that their “political revolution” was dependent upon getting Hillary Clinton elected as the country’s next president.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Obama to honor slain Dallas officers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be in a different city but still in an all-too-familiar place when he leads the nation in honoring more lives cut short by gun violence, this time five white police officers slain by a black man who said he wanted revenge for the killings of blacks by police.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hillary Hooch ingredients classified; Trump Tonic is acidic
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut soft drink company is hoping to add a little pop to this year's presidential election by releasing two specialty sodas named for the presumptive nominees.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Dallas police chief defends use of robot
DALLAS (AP) — A Wisconsin legislator is introducing a “Blue Lives Matter” bill to make targeting law enforcement officers a hate crime, following the Dallas shooting that killed five officers last week.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Evan Bayh expected to run for Indiana Senate seat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh is expected to make another run for Senate in Indiana, Democratic officials said Monday, a development that would dramatically improve the party’s chances to win back the vacant seat, and Senate control along with it.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Obama will try to make sense of shootings
WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the decision to return early from an overseas trip after a series of shocking shootings will prove to be easy compared to his next challenge: Comforting an America rattled by the violence.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Protesters aimed at occupying interstates
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — Officers in riot gear arrest dozens in Louisiana’s capital near the close of a long hot weekend of protests over the killings of black people by police, with demonstrations around the country punctuated by activist attempts to block some key interstates.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Epidemic: Advocates fear more heroin withdrawal deaths will occur in jails
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — In the days following her 18-year-old daughter’s first arrest on heroin charges, Stephanie Moyer took solace thinking the nearby jail in central Pennsylvania would be a safe place for her to stay until she could get her into a treatment program.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Home of killer in 'Silence of the Lambs' sells for $195,000
LAYTON, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania house used in the Oscar-winning film “The Silence of the Lambs” has been sold.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ryan: focus on 'the values that unite us'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anger over the police shootings in Dallas must not be allowed to divide us, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday, as he and fellow lawmakers sought to set an example of unity for Congress and the nation. That message was promptly undercut by a Texas Republican congressman, who suggested President Barack Obama bore some responsibility for recent police violence.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Obama says Dallas gunman was a 'demented individual'
DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that the gunman responsible for killing five Dallas police officers was a "demented individual" who does not represent black Americans any more than a white man accused of killing blacks at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, represents whites.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

AME Church marks 200 years in birthplace of Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The African Methodist Episcopal Church, founded by a freed slave who created a new religion rather than endure racism from white worshippers, is marking its bicentennial in its birthplace of Philadelphia.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Taylorville native Wombacher to make UFC debut on July 13
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After four years and more than 1,000 amateur fights, Taylorville native and mixed martial arts referee Bobby Wombacher will step into a Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon for the first time this coming Wednesday, July 13, to make his debut on UFC Fight Night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Citizen recordings of police interaction growing amid push
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When police officers fatally shot Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, a powerful tool conveyed the brutal reality of their deaths to millions of people and helped fuel public outrage: cellphone video captured at the scene.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Energetic, joyful Garth Brooks returns to NYC after 19 years
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Five ways to fly high in California wine country
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — You know it's fun to take in the wine country sights. But have you thought about trying the heights?
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Deadliest day for law enforcement since 9-11
DALLAS — One was a newlywed. Another had survived multiple tours in Iraq.

The stories of the officers gunned down in a sniper attack in Dallas during a protest over recent police shootings of black men emerged Friday as their identities became known. Authorities say five officers were killed and at least seven others wounded in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gunman opens fire on Georgia officer
ATLANTA (AP) — A gunman in a passing vehicle who opened fire on a police officer on patrol in Georgia will likely be charged with aggravated assault on the officer, authorities said today. A suspect was apprehended after a short car chase and is in custody.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Prosecutor: Castile investigation is top priority
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Friday he has asked for a “prompt and thorough investigation” following the fatal police shooting of a black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the gruesome aftermath of the shooting in a St. Paul suburb live on Facebook.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Obama says America is horrified over Dallas attack
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama said today that America is “horrified” by a targeted shooting of police officers in Dallas, and he said there is no justification for the violence.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Dallas-area man identified as shooting suspect
DALLAS (AP) — A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the dead suspect in the shooting attack on Dallas police was 25-year-old Micah Johnson.
Friday, July 8, 2016

A glance at police ambush killings:
(AP) — The slaying of five police officers in Dallas during a protest over the deaths of black men killed by police this week in Louisiana and Minnesota is just the latest instance of police ambush killings in the U.S. and its territories.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Family of slain La. man denounces Dallas deaths
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The mother of the son of a man killed by Louisiana police on Friday denounced the killings of five police officers in Dallas during a protest over police shootings, including the one in which Alton Sterling died in Baton Rouge.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Black Lives Matter supporters condemn violence
DALLAS (AP) — Some Black Lives Matter supporters are condemning the slayings of police in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Friday, July 8, 2016

House passes measure to stop sale of Boeing commercial aircraft to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — A week before the one-year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal, the Republican-led House approved measures aimed at blocking U.S. companies from selling commercial passenger aircraft to Tehran.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Measles outbreak: Workers at immigration center refuse to get vaccinated
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Health officials in Arizona say the largest current measles outbreak in the United States is in part because some workers at a federal immigration detention center refuse to get vaccinated.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Police: 5 officers dead, 6 hurt in Dallas protest shooting


DALLAS (AP) - Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said, in a week that bore dark echoes of the tumultuous civil rights era.


Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 weather hot, wet and wild as US has warmest June
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s warm, wild and costly weather broke another record with the hottest June, federal meteorologists say. And if that’s not enough, they calculated that 2016 is flirting with the U.S. record for most billion-dollar weather disasters.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

US okays flights to Cuba from 10 cities
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government today tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Petraeus hid papers in attic insulation, Comey says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus hid materials in insulation in his attic as the FBI pursued its case about his mishandling of classified information, the bureau’s director, James Comey, said today.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ryan: All options available for gun sit-in discipline
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says “all options are on the table” for disciplining Democrats for their overnight sit-in over gun control.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

US official defends plan to close Guantanamo
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official today defended the Obama administration’s efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, saying a minimal number of released detainees are suspected of returning to the fight.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

President Obama heads to Europe amid British referendum's aftershocks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama embarkedtoday on a five-day, two-country mission to buck up a beleaguered Europe and brush back an aggressive Moscow on what is expected to be his last presidential visit to the continent.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Islamic State tightens its grip on captives held as sex slaves
KHANKE, Iraq (AP) — The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon."
Thursday, July 7, 2016

AAA auto club says motorists should use gasoline with added detergents
(AP) — Many motorists are clogging their car’s engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Obama to slow pace of Afghan troop withdrawal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Black travelers needed guide to travel Route 66
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was called the “Mother Road,” a vital highway bridging Chicago and Los Angeles through the Southwest amid diners and neon-lit motels. For many, Route 66 represented freedom and unlimited possibilities in 20th century United States.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

No Mega Millions winner: Friday jackpot increases to $508M
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No jackpot-winning ticket was sold in the latest Mega Millions drawing, increasing the prize to an estimated $508 million, a lottery official said.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Survival tips in Bear Country: If it's brown, lie down, if it's black, fight back
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is so common, it’s long been a mantra: “If it’s brown, you lie down. If it’s black, you fight back.”
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

1st recorded multiple fatal shark attack in 1916 sparked fear that endures today
SMATAWAN, N.J. (AP) — Until the summer of 1916, many scientists believed sharks would never harm humans. That myth was shattered when the first recorded multiple fatal shark attacks left four people dead at the New Jersey shore over a period of 12 days, sparking fears that endure today.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FDA approves first dissolving stent for US patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — A medical implant that slowly dissolves into the body could be the answer to long-standing safety concerns with devices used to treat clogged arteries.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

'The Birth of a Nation' film inspires library lectures
NEW YORK (AP) — Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” isn’t out until October, but some libraries will be teaching about the slave rebellion that it’s based on later this summer.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

No charges for Clinton in email probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign. But Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Immigration, guns and Zika top agenda as Congress returns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun control, immigration and money to combat the Zika virus top the congressional agenda as lawmakers sprint toward the political conventions this month and a seven-week summer recess.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ryan suggests House won't vote on Dems' gun-curb proposals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House won’t vote on proposed Democratic gun curbs, Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Tuesday as the rekindled election-year clash over firearms showed no sign of resolution.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Russia's unlikely advocate: California Republican
WASHINGTON (AP) — When several members of Congress accused Vladimir Putin’s Russia of human rights abuses and aggression toward its neighbors, a veteran California congressman stood virtually alone in urging a more cautionary stance.
Monday, July 4, 2016

The secret files from the 9/11 investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the clamor a year ago to release 28 still-secret pages of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks, the government quietly declassified a little-known report listing more than three dozen people who piqued the interest of investigators probing possible Saudi connections to the hijackers.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Fireworks, franks, festivities: Americans mark July 4th
NEW YORK (AP) — From fireworks soaring above the Washington Monument to hot dogs being downed in New York City's famed frank-eating contest, Americans aren't shy about celebrating their nation's birthday.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Obamas get updates on presidential library plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have spent much of their Sunday meeting with officials planning the design and construction of his presidential library.
Monday, July 4, 2016

Exhibition of Queen's outfits at Buckingham Palace
LONDON (AP) — An unprecedented peek into Queen Elizabeth II’s royal wardrobe will take place this summer at Buckingham Palace.
Monday, July 4, 2016

With 2 acquittals and a mistrial, a 4th officer stands trial
BALTIMORE (AP) — Proceedings are scheduled to begin for the fourth Baltimore police officer slated to stand trial on charges stemming from the death of a 25-year-old prisoner whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon.
Monday, July 4, 2016

California pot exhibit aims for debate on provocative plant
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It’s known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, “Reefer Madness.”

Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit.

Monday, July 4, 2016

How Rolling Stone's rape story became its 'worst nightmare'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rolling Stone magazine published a story in November 2014 describing in chilling detail a student’s account of being brutally raped by seven men at the University of Virginia. Several days later the magazine’s editors received an email from the reporter with the subject line “our worst nightmare.”
Monday, July 4, 2016

Park Service uses 'CSI' tactics in response to bears
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — In what amounts to an innocence project for bears, National Park Service rangers are turning to modern forensic technology, including DNA evidence, to make sure they don't kill the wrong bear when a human is attacked in the mountains.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Wal-Mart heiress' latest price cut? Her luxury ranches
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is rolling back prices — not in stores, but on two luxury Texas ranches she’s struggled to sell.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gun shop cancels AR15 raffle for Orlando victims
MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago gun shop has canceled a raffle of a semi-automatic rifle to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

NASA spacecraft nears Jupiter rendezvous
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival this coming week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Murray Energy seeks to layoff thousands in 6 states
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Giant coal producer Murray Energy has issued notices that it could lay off up to 4,400 coal mine workers in six states come September.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clinton interviewed at FBI headquarters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI about her use of a private email server as secretary of state, her campaign said Saturday, as federal investigators neared the end of the probe that has hung over her presidential campaign.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Crisis leaves 28 dead in Bangladesh diplomatic zone
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The hostages were given a test: recite verses from the Quran, or be punished, according to a witness. Those who passed were allowed to eat. Those who failed were tortured and slain.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

52 still hospitalized after Istanbul airport attack
ISTANBUL (AP) — Fifty-two people are still in the hospital four days after suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 44 others, the city’s governor said Saturday.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

EU supporters parade through London Saturday
LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of European Union supporters sang, danced and marched their way down the streets of London on Saturday to protest the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

No buyers for 242-yr.-old home of founding father
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Apparently, being a signer of the Declaration of Independence doesn't carry that much clout these days.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sisters take cross-country motorcycle trek in 1916
(AP) — A century ago, when the automobile was in its infancy and most roads weren't paved, two intrepid sisters from Brooklyn made a remarkable journey — a 4,000-mile trek across the country on motorcycles.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Q&A on Puerto Rico's unfolding default crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — Puerto Rico is in uncharted territory after a historic default. A federal oversight board is getting ready to oversee the island’s finances amid a dire economic crisis.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

File 17 is a glimpse into the still-secret 28 pages about September 11 attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House and intelligence officials are deciding whether to declassify 28 pages of a congressional investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks. The still-secret chapter could answer or raise new questions about possible Saudi links to the attackers.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Beyond fast food: New franchising ideas draw entrepreneurs
NEW YORK (AP) — They're not household names like McDonald's or The UPS Store, but small franchises beyond the usual restaurant groups and retailers are attracting buyers who want something new or different and see greater challenges and opportunities with lesser-known businesses.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Kellogg opening cereal cafe in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Kellogg is opening a cafe in New York as it pushes to reinvent cereal's soggy image.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Books: Anne Tyler tames Shakespeare's 'Shrew"
(AP) — Last fall Hogarth Press published the first in a series of novels by contemporary writers reimagining Shakespeare's plays on the 400th anniversary of his death. So far we've had Jeanette Winterson's "The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold" and Howard Jacobson's "Shylock is My Name," an interpretation of "The Merchant of Venice."
Saturday, July 2, 2016

There's much more to Cleveland than just political sites and the convention
CLEVELAND (AP) — Conventioneers, political geeks and others heading to the GOP convention in Cleveland, take note: With seven presidents born in Ohio, there's a lot of history here.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gingrich, Christie being vetted for VP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has begun formally vetting prospective vice presidential picks.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Attorney general regrets meeting with Bill Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged today that her meeting with Bill Clinton while his wife is under federal investigation “cast a shadow” on the public’s perception of a case playing heavily into the presidential campaign.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Attackers take hostages at Bangladesh restaurant
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A group of as many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on today, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, according to a restaurant staff member and local media reports.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Clean Line trying again in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Houston-based company on Thursday reapplied to build a power line across Missouri for a multistate wind energy project despite an earlier rejection by state regulators.
Friday, July 1, 2016

De Havilland breaks silence on famous sister feud
PARIS (AP) — Celebrating her 100th birthday today, indomitable actress Olivia de Havilland is finally breaking her silence on Hollywood’s most famous sibling rivalry.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Rome's Colosseum more imposing than ever after multi-million restoration
ROME (AP) — The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after its most extensive restoration, a multimillion-euro cleaning to remove a dreary, undignified patina of soot and grime from the ancient arena, which has been assailed for decades by pollution in traffic-clogged Rome.
Friday, July 1, 2016

On Religion By Terry Mattingly
If the liberal wing of Baptists down South started naming saints, one of the first nominees would be former President Jimmy Carter.
Friday, July 1, 2016

CBS reporter traveling to 59 parks in one year
NEW YORK (AP) — Conor Knighton didn't take the easy route when he proposed a "CBS Sunday Morning" story on the National Park Service's centennial.
Friday, July 1, 2016

In New Mexico, New Deal legacy gets a 2nd look
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amid the misery of the Great Depression, Rupert Lopez gratefully worked for $1 a day for the Civilian Conservation Corps, making adobe-block walls for a new regional National Park Service administration building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Media use in America up a full hour over just last year
Thursday, June 30, 2016

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a warning that’s sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week that people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some recalled flour.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Turkish attackers from Russia, Central Asia
ISTANBUL (AP) — As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose today to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and police raided neighborhoods looking for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released today.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Obama coal royalty changes a major blow to industry
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said today it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

FDR Library marking 75th anniversary
HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in New York is marking its 75th anniversary this week with a series of events.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Kosciuszko, forgotton son of liberty
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the hip-hop Broadway smash "Hamilton" can reignite interest in the first U.S. treasury secretary, what will it take to drum up interest in another forgotten hero from America's fight for independence?
Thursday, June 30, 2016

St. Louis artists challenge bad rap that street art gets
Thursday, June 30, 2016

UK Conservatives line up to be next
LONDON (AP) — Britain has not yet quit the European Union, but it has already left politics-as-usual far behind.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

N. American leaders confront rise of protectionism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico convened a summit today intended to reaffirm their close cooperation on security, the environment and trade at a time of rising extremist threats around the globe and isolationist calls in the American presidential campaign.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

41 dead in Istanbul attack; Turkish govt blames IS
ISTANBUL (AP) — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey’s crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Missouri school students to get dyslexia screening
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to be screened for dyslexia.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FDA has questions for makers of hand sanitizers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Annual list of dangerous summer toys is released
BOSTON (AP) — Toy guns, kiddie pools, hoverboards and backyard trampolines are among the playthings that made a consumer watchdog's annual list of hazardous summer toys.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Iconic West Virginia resort, The Greenbrier, turns shelter for flood refugees
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — It could be a month or two until an iconic West Virginia resort reopens after deadly, damaging floods, but its maimed championship golf course may not be ready for play much before the PGA Tour rolls through next July, resort owner Jim Justice said.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82
AP — Buddy Ryan took a back seat to no one. Neither did his fierce defenses that won two Super Bowls.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Benghazi report faults security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee harshly faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. But they produced no new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

'Lone wolf' terror attacks inspired by IS to persist in West
WASHINGTON (AP) — The threat of “lone wolf” acts of terrorism inspired by the Islamic State will persist in the West, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday, even as the extremist group loses battles and territory in the Middle East.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grace Kelly's childhood home up for sale
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is on the market.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Naples mobsters extort grocers for more than just crumbs
ROME (AP) — Camorra mobsters intimidated grocers and supermarkets in Naples into buying bread from clan-controlled bakeries at inflated prices, Italian prosecutors and police said today following a crackdown that included 24 arrests.
Monday, June 27, 2016

UK appeals for calm as markets drop
LONDON (AP) — British and European leaders appealed for calm today as concern over the U.K.’s exit from the European Union and its deepening political crisis triggered further gyrations in financial markets and hit confidence in the economy.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Supreme court rules 5-3 on pro choice side in biggest abortion case in years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics today in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Democrats: Clinton never denied Benghazi security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Benghazi panel said in a report today that security at the Libya facility the night of Sept. 11, 2012 was “woefully inadequate,” but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional protection.
Monday, June 27, 2016

High court upholds gun ban for domestic violence
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding the broad reach of a federal law that bans people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Ruling could make prosecuting elected officials harder
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court today overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it harder for prosecutors to bring corruption cases against elected officials.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Pepsi to reintroduce aspartame in new diet beverage
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is creating a new diet beverage for fans of aspartame less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move over safety concerns.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Independence Day travel expected to break record
NEW YORK (AP) — It's going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation's highways.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — How has the Orlando shooting slaughter affected the politics of gun control in Congress? A bipartisan House measure barring firearms sales to some suspected terrorists nicely captures the mix of new and familiar forces in play.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s stunning vote to leave the European Union was driven by much of the same sentiment that fueled Donald Trump’s insurgent march toward the Republican presidential nod: a rejection of economic globalization and the elites who favor it by those who feel left behind. 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Judge blocks planned sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge blocked the sale of an Emmy Award that Whitney Houston won 30 years ago after it was put on the auction block by the late singer's family.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Essentials: New Ways to See Philly from up high and down low
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With classic rowhouse architecture, brick sidewalks and narrow streets, some charming neighborhoods in Philadelphia can almost make you forget about cheesesteaks, Rocky and that whole American Revolution thing.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Taylorville woman found guilty of cooking meth in basement
TAYLORVILLE — At 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, a jury returned  a guilty verdict for a 44-year-old Taylorville woman charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit: EU urges Britain to go quickly
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations urged Britain on Friday to quickly exit the bloc and end uncertainty about the future, as Prime Minister David Cameron said he would leave the departure negotiations to his successor, possibly until sometime in October.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Obama names 1st nat'l monument for gay rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.
Friday, June 24, 2016

House Speaker Ryan proposes simpler tax code
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a plan for a simpler tax code, the sixth and last installment of a GOP agenda designed to be a policy counterpoint to the personality-driven campaign of Donald Trump.
Friday, June 24, 2016

2nd Navy officer fired over Iran detention of soldiers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy has fired a second commander in connection with the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf in January and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.
Friday, June 24, 2016

1,000s flee as flames roar through central Ca. homes
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities said.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Park Service project shares stories of women along Route 66
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was a man's world nearly a century ago when one of America's most famous highways got its start, opening up vast expanses of the West as it created an automobile artery that stretched roughly 2,400 miles from Chicago to the West Coast.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Supreme Court says no to warrantless blood draws
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shortage of lifeguards hits beaches hard around US
GEORGETOWN, Maine (AP) — Cities, states and private beach owners are scrambling to fill lifeguard positions around the country as summer kicks off, especially in states where lifeguarding is a seasonal enterprise.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Obama immigration plan blocked
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wildlife trappers caught 240 gators at Disney over 10 years
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Records released by Florida wildlife officials say 240 nuisance alligators have been trapped on Walt Disney World property over the past decade.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

NY sets limit on initial opioid prescriptions
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brexit: Betters putting money on staying
LONDON (AP) — Investors and gamblers put their money on Britain remaining a part of the European Union as a historic referendum Thursday threatened to undermine the project of continental unity launched from the ashes of World War II.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

VW to pay nearly $10.2B to settle emissions claims
DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps with a total cost of about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Man in Iwo Jima flag raising photo misidentified
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the six men long identified in an iconic World War II photograph showing the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima was actually not in the image, the Marine Corps announced today after conducting an investigation prompted by the claims of two amateur historians.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Asians remain fastest-growing racial group in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Asians remain the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to new information from the Census Bureau.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

KS lawmakers in special session on school funding
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators worked today in a special session to address a court mandate on education funding and avert a threat that public schools might not reopen next month as dozens of protesters outside the Statehouse chanted, “Do your job!”
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Affirmative action survives Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major victory for affirmative action, a divided Supreme Court today upheld the University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

New technology speeds massive damage assessment of coral reef
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists using facial recognition technology and 360-degree underwater photos said Wednesday they have developed new software to quickly assess coral bleaching and other damage to the world's imperiled reefs.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rebuilding of 'Blue Hawaii' hotel begins decades after storm damaged it
HONOLULU (AP) — Work has finally begun on rebuilding the storied resort where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii,” decades after a major hurricane heavily damaged its buildings and forced its closure.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sit-In On Capitol Hill
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meager hike in SS benefits expected next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security beneficiaries can expect only a meager increase in monthly payments next year, the trustees who oversee the massive retirement and disability program said today.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Uber, Lyft battle governments over driver fingerprint checks
DETROIT (AP) — Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The lively pumi is AKC's newest breed
NEW YORK (AP) — A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Washington today: Guns, chemicals and privacy
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed the first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules in 40 years into law today, calling it proof that Washington can function despite intense polarization.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Boeing on Iran deal: 'Following government's lead'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Tuesday it signed an agreement with Iran Air “expressing the airline’s intent” to buy its aircraft, setting up the biggest business deal between the Islamic Republic and America since the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran — if it goes through.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Group's pontoon helps elderly and disabled go fishing
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Doug Dominick hopped off his pontoon boat Friday and into Lake Menomin to help 83-year-old Faye Miller catch a bass.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New government rules unleash commercial drones
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first aviation regulations for commercial drones were unveiled Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Federal appeals court reinstates Ferguson grand juror's suit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a judge wrongly tossed a lawsuit by a woman wanting to speak publicly about her time on the grand jury that declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Senator presses agency for answers on Russian doping scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is pressing the World Anti-Doping Agency to explain why it delayed an investigation into allegations of systematic cheating by the Russian Olympic team.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Senate to vote on gun control, change unlikely
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but election-year politics and the powerful National Rifle Association dim any prospects for changes in the nation’s laws.
Monday, June 20, 2016

VA won't use law allowing expedited firing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer use its authority to fire senior executives in an expedited manner — dropping a key portion of a law Congress passed two years ago in response to a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Destroyer christened in honor of Navy SEAL
BATH, Maine (AP) — The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL christened the second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer Saturday in honor of her son, who died in Iraq when he threw himself on an insurgent’s grenade to save the lives of two fellow SEALS.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Southwest braces for heat wave, temps up to 120
PHOENIX (AP) — In 120 degree temperatures, some airplanes might not takeoff. Power grids strain as the outside air keeps transmission lines from cooling. And for desert dwellers, a cold bottle of water and some shade can mean the difference between life and death.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Colorado mother pulls mountain lion off her son
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in Colorado on Friday night.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to second child, a son
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a grandmother twice over.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

New exchange aims to slow high speed traders
NEW YORK (AP) — Slow down markets, you move too fast. The nation’s newest stock exchange has arrived, one that is looking to slow down high-frequency traders by putting speed bumps in their way.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

1 in 5 trauma victims may die unnecessarily
WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 1 in 5 deaths from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries might be prevented with better, quicker trauma care that doesn’t depend so much on where you live, according to government advisers — advice that takes on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Egypt pulls second EgyptAir black box ouf of sea
CAIRO (AP) — The second black box of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month killing all 66 people on board was pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, a day after Egypt’s investigation committee said the plane’s cockpit voice recorder had been recovered.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Nation's oldest lighthouse celebrates 300 years
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Light, the nation's first and oldest lighthouse station, is marking 300 years of warning mariners as they navigate the tricky waters of Boston Harbor.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Woman says nightclub shooter had stalked her
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A bartender says the Florida nightclub shooter stalked her nearly a decade ago, sending her so many uncomfortable messages on Facebook that she blocked him on the social network.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Blood vials allow for 9/11 victim funeral
ST. JAMES, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 15 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a funeral is being held for a New York City fire chief who died in the World Trade Center collapse.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Charleston remembers victims on anniversary
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Amid singing and prayer, a communitywide memorial service remembering the victims of the Charleston church shootings was held Friday in a sports arena a few blocks from Emanuel AME Church.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Could it be Castro?
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julian Castro is returning home to San Antonio Friday swarmed by the same speculation as when the 41-year-old left Texas for Washington two years ago: Is he vice-presidential material?
Thursday, June 16, 2016

President offering sympathy but no easy answers to families in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Offering sympathy but no easy answers, President Barack Obama came today to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Earth breaks heat record again, but not by as great a scorcher as before
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth sizzled to its 13th straight month of record heat in May, but it wasn’t quite as much of an over-the-top scorcher as previous months, federal scientists say.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Look At The Longest Filibusters In US Senate
Thursday, June 16, 2016

1979 prison escapee found in Kentucky
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man who police say escaped from a Georgia prison in 1979 and eluded authorities for nearly four decades has been arrested in eastern Kentucky.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

CIA: IS working on sending operatives here
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on today that the Islamic State remains “formidable” and “resilient,” is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Judge declines to rule in MLK Bible dispute
ATLANTA (AP) — An ownership dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible is one step closer to trial.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Heat wave expands in Midwest and Southern states
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A sweltering heat wave is expanding as temperatures in the Midwest and South approach near record-setting levels in the waning days of spring.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Outage leaves thousands without power in downtown St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An underground electrical fire inside a manhole knocked out power for much of downtown St. Louis today, leaving many buildings without air conditioning on a day when the temperature was expected to reach triple digits.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

China Disneyland opens today with lavish party featuring Communist leaders
SHANGHAI (AP) — Walt Disney Co. opened Shanghai Disneyland, its first theme park in mainland China, with a lavish celebration Thursday featuring Communist Party leaders, a children’s choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Is Disney culpable? Entertainment giant posted no alligator warning signs
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Trump's new claims put him in uncharted waters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s latest accusation against President Barack Obama — that he’s putting U.S. enemies ahead of America’s own people — is thrusting him into uncharted territory for the presidential candidate of any major political party.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gawker anti-Trump post: Was it stolen from DNC?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The website Gawker on Wednesday published what it said appears to be the Democratic National Committee’s anti-Donald Trump playbook, which was accessed by hackers in a data breach.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Divided America: Constructing our own damaging intellectual ghettos
NEW YORK (AP) — Meet Peggy Albrecht and John Dearth. Albrecht is a free-lance writer and comedian from Los Angeles who loves Bernie Sanders. Dearth, a retiree from Carmel, Indiana, grew up a Democrat but flipped with Ronald Reagan. He's a Trump guy.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Coffee off list of cancer-causing agents
LONDON (AP) — Go on, have another cup. Coffee is now off the list of things that could possibly cause cancer.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Obamacare premiums expected to go up 11 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling the rising cost of drugs “unsustainable,” congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare’s popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged amid slowdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged in light of an uncertain job market, while offering no specifics about when its next rate hike might occur.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senator begins filibuster on gun control
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator today launched a filibuster to force a vote on gun control legislation three days after 49 people were killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What you should know about alligators
MIAMI (AP) — The frequency of serious, unprovoked alligator bites has grown in Florida along with the state’s population — but fatal attacks remain rare. Some things to know about alligators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Boy snatched by gator at Disney World presumed dead
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World closed beaches at its Florida resorts today while dozens of rescuers searched a lagoon for the body of 2-year-old boy who was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by an alligator as his father tried to fight off the reptile.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Authorities try to piece together killer's movements
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Investigators today worked to piece together Omar Mateen’s movements  leading up to the nightclub massacre and zeroed in on how much his Palestinian-American wife may have known about the plot that left 49 victims dead.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Illinois UMW members join in Kentucky rally
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners rallied Tuesday in Kentucky to call on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

National Aquarium to move dolphins into refuge
MIAMI (AP) — Eight dolphins that have spent their lives swimming in tanks will be retired from the National Aquarium in Baltimore into a seaside sanctuary.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Implosion levels tower of Las Vegas' Riviera casino
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Riviera Hotel and Casino — the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City’s mobster past — officially exited the scene early Tuesday with a cinematic implosion, complete with fireworks.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

McDonald's taking over Oprah's old digs in Chicago
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is moving back to Chicago and taking over the old home of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FBI investigating whether Orlando killer was a club regular
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is investigating reports that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen had been a regular at the gay nightclub he attacked and had used gay dating apps, a U.S. official briefed on the case said Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seniors fitter physically than previous generations
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Local seniors are reshaping the economy and working in greater numbers, and one reason why is that they're in far better shape than previous generations, according to economic and aging experts.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dems seek vote on barring guns for terror suspects
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will try forcing a Senate vote on a proposal making it harder for suspected terrorists and people on government terror watch lists to buy guns, they said Monday as Congress moved toward a possible partisan fight following the weekend's mass shooting in Orlando.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Nation mourns over 49 victims in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando mourned the 49 people slaughtered in the attack on a gay nightclub, as the White House and the FBI portrayed the killer Monday as an apparent "homegrown extremist" who espoused support for a jumble of often-conflicting Islamic organizations.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Apple rolls out its next big software improvements
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple kicked off its annual software developer conference with new software features for its smartwatch and its streaming TV device, following a moment of reflection for the Sunday mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Monday, June 13, 2016

A look at the attempt to block Indiana's new abortion law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge will hold a hearing this week to consider a bid to block Indiana’s new abortion law from taking effect on July 1.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion
NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring subtle but significant changes for the professional network's more than 430 million members.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Hip-hop stage biography 'Hamilton' wins 11 Tonys but fails to break record
NEW YORK (AP) — “Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Trump and Clinton: Contrasts in Orlando response
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Donald Trump, Sunday’s mass shooting in Florida was a moment to redouble his call for tougher action against terrorism and to take credit for “being right” about the threat. For Hillary Clinton, it was a time to choose words carefully and reiterate her call for keeping “weapons of war” off America’s streets.
Monday, June 13, 2016

White House preparing to hand over the keys
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential candidates still have months of campaigning ahead, but the White House is already preparing to hand over the keys to President Barack Obama’s successor.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

The world watched as Ali's goodbye created memorable moments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As Muhammad Ali’s youngest son rode in his father’s funeral procession through the streets of the city he adored, he noticed scores of children lining the route, pumping their fists, shouting “Ali! Ali!”
Saturday, June 11, 2016












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