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Afghan plan may involve 3,900 more troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to end the stalemate in America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017


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German police seize thousands of 'Trump' ecstasy tablets
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have seized thousands of tablets of the party drug ecstasy in the shape of Donald Trump's head, a haul with an estimated street value of 39,000 euros ($45,900.)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Coal CEO expected Trump help, but administration said no
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Driver forced to gun engine and jump drawbridge
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Researchers: Weight loss not necessary for joint surgery
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — For Blake Kadra, arthritis had caused him to stop playing sports, rendered walking and yard work painful, and made him a candidate for total knee replacement surgery.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is located
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pipeline company suing Greenpeace
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other groups, alleging they disseminated false information about the project and interfered with construction.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

McDonald's closing outlets in India
NEW DELHI (AP) — McDonald’s India has announced it will close nearly 170 McDonald’s outlets in northern and eastern India after the American fast food giant decided to terminate a franchise agreement with its Indian partner.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book tells story of Yellowstone Nat'l Park
(AP) — John Clayton explores the vast historical and cultural history of one of the most popular national parks to uncover why Yellowstone is so beloved in "Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon."
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Celeb ambassadors help national parks mark 101st
(AP) — How do you top a centennial? The National Park Service marks its 101st birthday Friday amid a “Parks 101” campaign enlisting celebrities as ambassadors for the park system’s hidden gems.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lewis career spanned history of show biz

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Navy orders investigation after collision
SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation today into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump to outline Afghan strategy tonight on TV
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Senator who hoped for president's assassination issues 3-minute statement

By JIM SUHR

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting “a mistake.”


Monday, August 21, 2017

Forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science
 (AP) — Two hairs that looked like the victim’s; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim’s popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Navy chief orders probe after today's collision
SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Today's eclipse most observed ever

(AP) — Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun today in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history.

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tribes hope for renewal in eclipse; not all will watch
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Missing imam in Spain thought to be key figure
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local):
Saturday, August 19, 2017

2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect killed
FAIRCHANCE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two Pennsylvania state troopers were shot and the suspect was killed outside a grocery store south of Pittsburgh.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors arts awards to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the White House announced Saturday.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Carl Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

After Charlottesville, students worry about safety on campus
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don’t forget that you are a minority.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Triplets born before Joplin tornado head to kindergarten
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Triplets born prematurely just five days before a deadly tornado slammed Joplin, Missouri, have started school.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

The new weapon in New Mexico sports rivalry
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One is a special recipe designed to appease even the most snobby of craft beer drinkers. The other is billed as a mellow ale with hints of caramel and the breezy aroma of New Mexico's high desert.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pasadena's art, gardens and history make a good LA side trip
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Most visitors to Los Angeles head to Hollywood, Venice Beach or Santa Monica. But if you're in the mood for stunning gardens, first-class art and historic architecture without the crowds and traffic, consider Pasadena.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

1 American killed, 1 injured in Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The back-to-back vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort had been planned for a long time by an Islamic terrorist cell — and could have been far deadlier had its base not been destroyed by an apparently accidental explosion this week, Spanish officials said today.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Bavarian black swan finds companion, lonely hearts ad
BERLIN (AP) — A black swan in Bavaria is no longer alone after finding a mate thanks to a lonely hearts ad.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Estimates of NKorea's nuke arsenal hard to nail down
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Breitbart's Bannon and Trump are parting ways
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Trump okays plan to create independent cyber command
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group and other foes.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response; there are no good Nazis
NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of 21st Century Fox denounced racism and terrorists while expressing concern over President Donald Trump’s reaction to the deadly violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Hot Springs hotel frequented by Al Capone and other mobsters could close
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A landmark Arkansas hotel frequented by Al Capone and other mobsters is in jeopardy of closing.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Spectacular autumn foliage forecast for New England
BOSTON (AP) — New England's fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it's enough to make a maple leaf blush.
Friday, August 18, 2017

NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after blasting off, Earth’s most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos.
Friday, August 18, 2017

July ranks 2nd for heat globally, hottest recorded on land
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth yet again sizzled with unprecedented heat last month.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today Earth sweated to its second hottest month since recordkeeping began in 1880. At 61.89 degrees , last month was behind July 2016’s all-time record by .09 degrees.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Attacker drives into Barcelona crowd
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district today, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Calling it a terror attack, police said at least one person was killed and 32 were wounded, many seriously.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Is it really Lyme disease? Researchers developing a new test to tell
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early — using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

White House: Bannon comments stand on their own
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury."
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pelosi call for the removal of Confederate statues
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moves to the halls of Congress.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boston gives permit for free speech rally Saturday
BOSTON (AP) — Boston has granted permission for an event that organizers are calling a free speech rally but that some people fear is actually a white nationalist rally similar to the one that erupted in violence in Virginia last weekend.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville
NEW YORK (AP) — It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Turkey bones may help trace exodus of ancient cliff dwellers from Mesa Verde
DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from the bones of domesticated turkeys.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trump: "The history and culture of our great country being ripped apart'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons today, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.”
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trump abolishes business panels after fallout from his 'both sides' comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils, after fallout from his comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back to bomb shelters? North Korea threats revive nuclear fears for some
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack — seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Gourmet fun or just plain cheesy?

A three-day pop-up restaurant devoted to Cheetos, yes Cheetos, opened in Manhattan on Tuesday, with every table already booked with diners ready to pay between $8 and $22 for such creations as Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos crusted fried pickles, Cheetos tacos, Mac n' Cheetos and even Cheetos cheesecake.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Law enforcement are urging anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing St. Louis-area Walgreens stores while wearing jean shorts to call "the fashion police."
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

US negotiators demanding big NAFTA changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States won’t settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

President stands by his position that both sides are to blame
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump stood by his position that  "both sides" were to blame for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Virginia, seeking to rebuff the widespread criticism of his handling of the emotionally-charged protests while showing sympathy for the fringe group's efforts to preserve Confederate monuments.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Military leaders speak out against racism, extremism
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the four major U.S. military services have spoken out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Only child of Natalie Cole dies at 39
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Yancy, the only child of singer Natalie Cole and grandson of crooner Nat King Cole, has died. He was 39.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Can't see the solar eclipse? Tune in online or on TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 Commandments judge Roy Moore forces runoff in Alabama Senate race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Ten Commandments judge, Roy Moore, has forced a Senate primary runoff against Sen. Luther Strange, who was backed by President Donald Trump. The outcome sets up a September showdown between the Republican party’s cultural conservatives and those now running Congress.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Santa Fe market fuses tradition, contemporary art
SANTA FE (AP) — For nearly a century, American Indian jewelers, potters and other artists have been gathering in the heart of northern New Mexico to show off their creations at one of the nation's most prestigious art markets.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trump: For every CEO who drops off the council, he has more to replace them
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fallout from President Donald Trump’s reaction to violent, racial clashes in Virginia over the weekend continued in the business community with another resignation from a federal panel of executives that was created to advise him. 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues across the nation
(AP) — In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier's statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Grab your bonnet and musket for a step back in time
STURBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Perhaps it was the intrigue of a straw bed or the chance to finally shoot a gun, but when asked to spend a night living like a farmer in the 19th century, I jumped at the opportunity.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

No more bongs! Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years of repairs

LONDON (AP) — The bongs will soon be gone.

Big Ben — the huge clock bell of Britain's Parliament — will fall silent next week as a four-year restoration project gets underway.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Man accused of driving into protest crowd denied bond

BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press

SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia was denied bond today after the public defender's office said it couldn't represent him and the judge was forced to find a local attorney to fill in.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Top US officer warns NKorea that US military ready

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said today that the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea but is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Exec resigns from president's council, and Trump lashes out
NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the nation’s third largest pharmaceutical company resigned from a manufacturing council that advises President Donald Trump days after racially tinged clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, citing “a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
Monday, August 14, 2017

Officials: 3 killed at raceway were gang members
UNION GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Three Illinois men who were shot to death at point-blank range during a drag racing event in southeastern Wisconsin may have been targeted by a rival gang member, a sheriff’s official said Monday. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Man returns 1940s army uniform to late soldier's family
HAMPSTEAD, Md. (AP) — A late Maryland man’s 1940s Army uniform that ended up at a thrift store across the country is back with his family thanks to a kind stranger. 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Israel, the land of milk and honey, and now whiskey
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel has been known as the land of milk and honey since Biblical times — but the land of single malt whiskey? One appropriately named distillery is trying to turn Israel into a whiskey powerhouse.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

In Boulder, Colorado, five fun things to do in one whirlwind afternoon

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Not every destination lends itself to a whirlwind tour, but in the beautiful city of Boulder, Colorado, you can sample five fun and scenic spots in one afternoon.

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wal-Mart calls gun-display back-to school promo a hoax
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is having all sorts of promotions for the back-to-school season, but selling firearms isn’t one of them.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

NKorea tension: China's Xi calls for calm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

US and No. Korea in regular contact for months
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Art exhibit expressly for canine critcs debuts in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — You won’t find any pictures of dogs playing poker at DoGUMENTA.

A three-day art exhibition curated expressly for dogs is attracting hundreds of canines to a marina in lower Manhattan, where hounds and terriers are feasting their eyes, and in some cases their mouths, on nearly a dozen masterpieces. 


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Heated rhetoric on NKorea alarms global leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) — An escalating exchange of provocative rhetoric between the United States and North Korea is alarming international leaders. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, estimated the risk of a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea as “very high,” and said Moscow is deeply concerned.
Friday, August 11, 2017

What does North Korea really want? There are clues
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major U.S. military hub — and the home to 160,000 American civilians — may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an awful lot to lose.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Why you may want to reconsider the cable bundle
NEW YORK (AP) — The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle — but that are way more difficult to use.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Visitors get a glimpse into Shakespeare's life

By KEVIN BARLOW 

The Pantagraph

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — As an English professor at the University of Iowa, Adam Hooks teaches a class dedicated to the workings of William Shakespeare, an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Pope Francis to Belgians: Stop offering euthanasia

LONDON (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

KKK attacked her; Now she's writing to a Neo-Nazi
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — On the first day of class, on one of the country's most diverse college campuses, the assignment came as something of a shock.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Not just fluff: Spas emphasize wellness over beauty
NEW YORK (AP) — Unplug. Breathe. Relax.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Guam's residents have faith in US military
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The tiny U.S. territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island. But residents are increasingly worried over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beware at the pump: Black market fuel is bilking customers of millions
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities across the United States are increasingly trying to combat a black market for fuel stolen with credit card numbers taken from unsuspecting gas station customers.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trump continues taunts of Senate GOP leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senate’s top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Postal Service: More red ink and missed payments
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health benefits for the fifth straight year. It is citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Frustrated with Trump, McCain unveils Afghan war strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Arizona Sen. John McCain declared today that “America is adrift in Afghanistan” as he unveiled a war strategy of his own that includes more U.S. combat forces and greater counterterrorism efforts.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Noko details plan to fire missile salvo
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North’s most provocative missile launch to date.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

O'Reilly launches daily online show
NEW YORK (AP) — Ousted Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly has launched an experimental video comeback with a daily online show.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Disney: 'Star Wars' resort, Epcot overhaul and more
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney is calling upon the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and a cohort of blockbuster movies to help modernize its amusement parks.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seattle targets HempFest event in legal weed state, then promptly drops it
SEATTLE (AP) — A giant summertime festival celebrating all things marijuana has drawn support or at least toleration over the years from officials in Seattle, the largest city in one of the first states to legalize recreational pot.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gov. candidate Pritzker chooses Rep. Juliana Stratton as 2018 running mate
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker has selected state Rep. Juliana Stratton of Chicago to be his running mate in the 2018 election.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wandering Walden Pond: A Thoreau-ly worthwhile destination
Thursday, August 10, 2017

FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair's home
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A Manafort spokesman confirmed the search Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump touts nuke strength as Tillerson urges calm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn’t “any imminent threat.”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Patient stabbed nurse; howled at moon afterward
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A witness says a patient who returned to a Pennsylvania hospital and stabbed a nurse who had treated him weeks earlier went outside after the attack, walked in circles and howled at the moon.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pigs shut down Ky. highway
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police and animal control officers are trying to pen up pigs that got loose when a tractor-trailer overturned on an interstate highway in Kentucky.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cynthia Nixon knocks Cuomo but won't commit to challenge him
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Cynthia Nixon has plenty of criticism for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though she’s not saying whether she’ll run against him next year.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thai students believed killed in crash
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers are struggling to recover a pair of bodies from a car that crashed down a cliff two weeks ago and became lodged in the middle of a California river raging with snowmelt, officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Man arrested in search for driver who hit French soldiers
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (AP) — French police shot and arrested a man Wednesday suspected of slamming a BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a carefully timed ambush before speeding away, officials said.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tip leads to arrest of suspect in Missouri officer's death
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer has been arrested after an alert driver provided a tip that the fugitive was wandering within miles of where the killing took place, a law enforcement official said.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Women may go into West Coast combat training
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps for the first time is eyeing a plan to let women attend what has been male-only combat training in Southern California, as officials work to quash recurring problems with sexism and other bad behavior among Marines, according to Marine Corps officials.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Interior Dept. scraps Obama-era rule on coal royalties
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department on Monday scrapped an Obama-era rule on coal royalties that mining companies had criticized as burdensome and costly.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Democrats seek info on federal payments to Trump properties
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government is spending at his for-profit properties.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

US job openings surged in June to record high, likely to continue
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted a record number of open jobs in June, a sign that the solid hiring of recent months will likely continue.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Seniors snap up nat'l park passes before price hike
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Seniors are snapping up so many lifetime passes good for U.S. national parks and other recreation areas ahead of a steep price increase later this month that some government agencies have run out and started issuing vouchers.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Pence carving out his own political ID, still in support of Trump agenda
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuttling across the country aboard Air Force Two, Vice President Mike Pence has been a loyal messenger for President Donald Trump. At the same time, he has been carving out his own political identity as the steady understudy to a mercurial president.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sinead O'Connor pleads for help, says she's living in a motel in Hackensack
(AP) — Sinead O’Connor emotionally pleaded for help from her family and opened up about her mental illness in a Facebook video posted from a New Jersey motel she had been living in.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Song of the summer 'Despacito' opening doors for Spanish songs on radio
NEW YORK (AP) — “Despacito” is easily the song of the summer with the success of the hit stretching beyond Spanish-speaking audiences to make it the year’s most recognized song in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Eclipse will be looked at with unprecedented eyes
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.

The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Growing bear population means more teeth to sort
BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Carolyn Nistler is at the forefront of a boom in a resource that plays a key role in the management of American wildlife: bear teeth.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

California hikers record encounter with mt. lion
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two hikers walking a High Sierra trail in California's wilderness encountered a wild mountain lion in their path, videotaping part of the nerve-wracking stare-down with the big cat that lasted nearly half an hour.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

St. Louis local group supports NAACP Missouri travel advisory
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis branch of the NAACP now “wholeheartedly supports” its national headquarters’ decision to issue a travel advisory for Missouri due to concerns about a state law that rolls back discrimination protections for workers.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Justice reviving forensic evidence standards
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviving work on federal standards for what forensic experts can say in court and plans to create a program to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony.
Monday, August 7, 2017

47-foot live oak tree assessed at more than $27,000
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia’s oldest city say a construction contractor fatally injured a century-old live oak tree, and they’re demanding $37,000 for the damage.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Taking Crucial Measures In Illinois
In this file photo, Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft report today on possible measures at a crucial site in Illinois that could prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Terrorism inmates slated for release
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of convicts serving time in U.S. prisons for terrorism-related offenses are due to be released in the next several years, raising the question of whether that’s something Americans should fear.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Insider Q&A: Assessing the stock market boom
WASHINGTON (AP) — Why has the U.S. stock market done so well in the past year? What might happen in the near future? Robert Baur, chief global economist for Principal Global Investors, analyzes worldwide trends that help answer such questions.
Monday, August 7, 2017

AG: Prosecutors don't intend to go after reporters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors don’t intend to go after reporters for doing their jobs but could more forcefully try to get them to reveal their sources, a Justice Department official said Sunday.
Monday, August 7, 2017

TV host testifies about confrontation with Teamster
BOSTON (AP) — The host of the “Top Chef” reality TV show has testified that she was “petrified” when a Teamster confronted her while union members were picketing outside a Boston-area restaurant where the series filmed in 2014.
Monday, August 7, 2017

MSNBC surges as a home for Trump opponents
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first month since CNN’s Larry King owned cable news in October 2001, the most popular personality in prime-time doesn’t work for Fox News Channel. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is the new champ.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Vandalized Jewish cemetery rededicated
VUNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Almost six months after a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis was vandalized, it has been rededicated.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Trump raps Democratic Sen. Blumenthal as a 'phony Vietnam con artist'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, calling him a “phony Vietnam con artist” after the lawmaker expressed concerns about the Justice Department’s pursuit of leakers and embraced a special counsel’s probe of Russia meddling in the election and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Nearly half of Syrian brides in Jordan are between the ages of 13 and 17
MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) — Married at 15 and divorced at 16, a Syrian teen says she regrets having said yes to a handsome suitor — a stranger who turned into an abusive husband.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Nation's oldest coal-fired steamboat returns to life
(AP) — A 109-year-old coal-fired steamboat returned to cruising the Mystic River after a more than two-year restoration project.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Sea creatures attack Aussie teen
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.
Monday, August 7, 2017

What's a total solar eclipse and why this one is so unusual
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes the Aug. 21 eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Venezuela constitutional assembly removes chief prosecutor
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A newly installed constitutional assembly ousted Venezuela’s defiant chief prosecutor Saturday, a sign that President Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government intends to move swiftly against critics and consolidate power amid a fast-moving political crisis.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday officially told the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

4 killed in California highway wreck after car overheated
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Two adults and two children were killed in a highway crash outside of Los Angeles on Friday after one car smashed into another vehicle that had overheated, the California Highway Patrol said.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Justice Department promises to go after government leaks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged on Friday to rein in government leaks that he said undermine American security, taking an aggressive public stand after being called weak on the matter by President Donald Trump.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Woman saves piglet from traffic, raises cash for its surgery
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who rescued a piglet that was darting in and out of rush-hour traffic is getting help from local businesses to fund a surgery it needs to survive.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

California speaker recall effort reflects Democratic tension
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats control every lever of power in California state government, and free from worrying about major losses to Republicans, they’re training fire instead on each other.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Maine's new monument offers chance for rustic adventures
STACYVILLE, Maine (AP) — In a rural corner of Maine that's so remote even Mainers call it "the willy-wags," there's a new place for camping, hiking and birding. But it comes with a dash of political intrigue.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cage The Elephant
Matt Shultz, of Cage The Elephant, performs on day one at Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Thursday, Aug 3, 2017, in Chicago.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Police closing in on Northwestern-Oxford duo
CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators think they’re closing in on a Northwestern University professor and University of Oxford staffer who are wanted in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man, a police official said Thursday.
Friday, August 4, 2017

US unemployment at 16-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, a second straight month of robust gains that underscore the economy’s vitality.
Friday, August 4, 2017

FDA okays new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C in as little as eight weeks
(AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C in as little as eight weeks.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Officer helps girl search for boogiemen
(AP) — For a year now, 4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch has wanted to be a police officer.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile
WASHINGTON (AP) — Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around “Obamacare” all but guarantees you’ll still be able to do that.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Trade deficit narrows, exports highest in 2.5 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June as exports hit the highest level in 2  1/2 years.
Friday, August 4, 2017

West Va. governor, a Democrat, to switch parties
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday he's switching parties to join Republicans as President Donald Trump visited the increasingly conservative state.
Friday, August 4, 2017

White House aide Miller comments on Lazarus poem echo far-right opinions
NEW YORK (AP) — When senior White House aide Stephen Miller disputed the significance of Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty, he wasn’t stating a new opinion.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Trump transcript reveals some pretty terse talk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Transcripts of President Donald Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia in January offer new details on how the president parried with the leaders over the politics of the border wall and refugee policy — with random asides on such subjects as drug abuse in New Hampshire.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Israel's 'crown prince' 26-year-old Yair Netanyahu under fire for crude post
JERUSALEM (AP) — Since becoming an adult, the eldest son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly drawn media criticism for what has been portrayed as a life of privilege at taxpayers' expense.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Split Episcopal dioceses can't take millions in property
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of parishes that split from The Episcopal Church over theological issues including the ordination of gay priests cannot take valuable real estate with them, according to a split ruling issued Wednesday by South Carolina's highest court.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Cannabis company plans to turn California desert town into pot paradise
NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Now that one of the nation's largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania?
Friday, August 4, 2017

Casino industry rolls out new code of conduct for responsible gambling
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The casino industry’s largest lobbying group in the U.S. on Thursday rolled out a new code of conduct with consumer protection measures that it says are meant to promote responsible gambling.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Ex-bodyguard: Diana would have 'loved' candid documentary
LONDON (AP) — Producers of a new documentary about Princess Diana say it offers insight. Critics say it’s nothing but exploitation. But a former bodyguard says Diana would have been pleased that candid recordings of her are being broadcast in Britain for the first time.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Estefan, Lear among Kennedy Center honorees
WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Kennedy Center honorees will include two singers, a television writer, a dancer - and for the first time, a hip-hop artist.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

President announces new help for vetarans
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to make it easier for veterans to get medical care and is promoting new ways to use technology to help.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tiny mermaid-painted building drifted 200 miles at sea
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — A tiny building sporting a painting of a blonde, blue-tailed mermaid apparently drifted 200 miles from Florida to south of Louisiana.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Temperatures next week in Iraq expected to be brutal, at about 124 degrees
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s weather service warned today that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security situation and lack of public services.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Residents seek relief as heat wave bakes region famous for its cool weather
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Children splashed about as adults dipped their toes in Portland fountains seeking relief from a heat wave that's baking a region famous for cool weather.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trump attorney John Dowd brings 'street fighter' spirit to his work
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the key lawyers in President Donald Trump's corner navigated a popular United States senator through crisis, produced a damning investigative report that drove a baseball star from the game and, early in his career, took on organized crime as a Justice Department prosecutor.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Services held for pregnant mom, 3 sons
CRETE, Ill. (AP) — Funeral services were held for a pregnant mother and her three young sons who died last week after their vehicle collided with another near their northern Illinois home.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Northwestern professor and Oxford employee sought in Chicago slaying
CHICAGO (AP) — Police are searching for a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee suspected in the stabbing death of a Chicago man and have alerted law enforcement agencies around the country that the pair should be considered armed and dangerous.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

4 sanctuary cities face loss of funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved today to again punish so-called sanctuary cities, this time threatening to deny federal crime-fighting resources to four cities beset by violence if they don’t step up efforts to help detain and deport people living in the country illegally.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Union and feds at odds on how best to counter the surge in coal mining deaths and accidents
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year’s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

1980 soap 'Dynasty' returns on CW with circa-2017 mischief. . .and more
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening Lynn exhibit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening an exhibit on the life and career of Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn in Nashville.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

At birthplace of NFL in Canton, Ohio, the last stop for football art collection
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — It's the last chance for football fans to see a one-of-a-kind art exhibition devoted exclusively to football, now on display in the birthplace of the NFL.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

For sale: Farm, barn that inspired 'Charlotte's Web'
BROOKLIN, Maine (AP) — A 44-acre (18-hectare) saltwater farm in Maine where E.B. White penned "Charlotte's Web" is up for sale for $3.7 million.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hundreds show up for Amazon jobs
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people showed up today for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Apple takes Dow over 22,000 points
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower at midday today, but a big gain for Apple sent the Dow Jones industrial average above 22,000 for the first time. Movie theater companies and studios are tumbling after AMC Entertainment gave a weak forecast and said it will cut costs. Health care companies are down as prescription drug distributor Cardinal Health gets pummeled after cutting its forecasts for the year.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Veto could jeopardize school funding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto power Tuesday to strip millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools from a school funding overhaul, a move that could mean no districts get state money before classes begin.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

President signs what he calls 'seriously flawed' Russia sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today signed what he called a “seriously flawed” bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, pressured by his Republican Party not to move on his own toward a warmer relationship with Moscow in light of Russian actions.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wife of Mueller team member steps aside
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who is married to a new member of Robert Mueller’s investigative team has stepped aside from lawsuits involving President Donald Trump and his business empire.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Homeland Security will waive laws in order to build US border wall
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president’s signature campaign pledges.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trump joins with GOP senators to push changes to legal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump joined with two Republican senators to unveil legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration. It would seek an immigration system based on merit and jobs skills instead of family connections.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trump's fundraising prowess is what keeps the Republican Party close
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are bucking President Donald Trump’s calls to revive the health care debate. And Trump just ousted his only top White House aide with deep links to the Republican Party.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lawsuit alleges Fox News colluded with Trump on DNC staffer death story
NEW YORK (AP) — A new lawsuit lays out an explosive tale of Trump allies, the White House and Fox News Channel conspiring to push a false story about Democratic leaks and an unsolved killing in order to distract attention from the Russia investigation that has been swirling around the president
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teen jumps out of plane's emergency exit door
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A teenage boy traveling alone opened an emergency door after his plane landed, slid down the wing and jumped onto a tarmac at San Francisco before shocked passengers could do anything to stop him, witnesses said.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The value of starting early: Make your teen a millionaire this summer
(NerdWallet via AP) — Gary Sidder set up Roth IRAs for his sons when they turned 13. Each year, the Littleton, Colorado, certified financial planner and his wife, Francie Steinzeig, a school psychologist, contributed an amount equal to whatever the two boys earned cutting lawns, shoveling snow and doing odd jobs. As the sons' earnings increased, so did the parental contributions.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Texas calf born looking like KISS rocker Gene Simmons
KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — KISS frontman Gene Simmons is udderly thrilled by a newborn calf born with strikingly similar black-and-white markings to the face paint he wears on stage.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Remains of WWII pilot from NYC killed in 1944 identified
NEW YORK (AP) — Just weeks after Captain Joseph Smith of Assumption was returned home to Central Illinois 46 years after his plane crash landed in Cambodia, the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that another hero has returned home.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rauner says school money veto 'fair'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a school funding measure in Illinois (all times local):
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Biking across Lake Champlain on an old rail causeway
SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) - Abandoned rail lines have been converted into recreation paths all over the United States. But the Island Line Trail in Vermont is unusual: It includes a causeway that runs across the open waters of Lake Champlain, from the Vermont mainland to the island community of South Hero. And that causeway includes a gap to allow boats through.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tow operator guilty in Indiana sheriff case
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A tow truck operator charged in an alleged bribery scheme has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for federal prosecutors against an indicted northwestern Indiana sheriff.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dick Durbin says Kelly good for White House and country
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the naming of John Kelly, a retired Marine general to be White House chief of staff to replace Reince Priebus (all times local):
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

House conservative calls for special counsel's resignation
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative House Republican is calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to resign. He is citing what he says is a conflict of interest because of Mueller’s “close friendship” with fired FBI Director James Comey.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

President Trump on tricky legal ground with 'Obamacare' threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a tricky legal situation.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sam Shepard, dead at age 73, was a new kind of artist
NEW YORK (AP) — Old enough to see the rustic world of his childhood disappear, Sam Shepard was a new kind of man who brought a new kind of language to the American stage.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Venezuela defiant as US moves to sanction oil industry
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government claimed a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as the United States pledged potentially devastating oil sanctions on Monday and condemnations of the process poured in from governments around the world and the opposition at home.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Trump swears in new chief of staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, President Donald Trump insisted on Monday there is “no chaos” in his White House as he swore in retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his new chief of staff.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Florida Gov. declares emergency due to storm
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Emily (all times local):
Monday, July 31, 2017

St. Louis cop charged in 2011 death faces trial this week
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A murder trial begins this week for a white former St. Louis police officer accused of killing a black suspect nearly six years ago.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Shkreli jury begins deliberations in federal fraud trial
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberations Monday at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli, the former biotech CEO best known for hiking up the price of a life-saving drug and for trolling his critics on social media.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Trump's travel ban keeps orphan kids from US foster families
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tianna Rooney has already bought the poster board for the sign she’ll wave when the 16-year-old refugee boy her family is taking in arrives in the United States. Rooney knows the exact words of welcome she’ll write on it, in the teenager’s native language from the African country of Eritrea.
Monday, July 31, 2017

White House: Trump to decide soon on ending health payments
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, signaling that President Donald Trump stands ready to end required payments to insurers this week to let “Obamacare implode” and force congressional action.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Pilot's uncle says plane in Hawaii crash had engine troubles
WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — The uncle of a pilot who died in a plane crash with three others said the plane previously had engine troubles.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Van strikes diners on LA sidewalk, 8 injured
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a van striking a group of people on a Los Angeles sidewalk. (all times local):
Monday, July 31, 2017

A worthy road trip: The Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The Overseas Highway links Florida's mainland with Key West, and some tourists drive straight through the chain without exploring until they get to the end of the road.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Billiards league designed to teach kids focus and sportsmanship

By MADDIE GEHLING

Journal Star

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Everett Wubben likes to run track and cross country, study up for a scholastic bowl and go camping with his fellow Boy Scouts. It’s enough to keep any 12-year-old boy busy.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

School violence, bullying down in US public schools
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of violent attacks and incidents of bullying in American public schools has gone down in recent years, according to a federal report published this week.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trump's 'star' secretary now chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly may need to find and strap on some armor.

The battle-hardened, outspoken commander’s new mission is to steady the roiling Trump administration — and quiet the friendly fire — as White House chief of staff. 


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trump talks tough on illegal immigration and crime
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Talking tough on illegal immigration and violent crime, President Donald Trump appeared Friday to advocate rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of the police practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are being placed in patrol cars.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trump to sign Russia sanctions bill, Moscow retaliates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy’s recreation retreat.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

University of Illinois start classes almost a week late
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois students and professors will have extra vacation time next month as classes will start almost a week late.
Friday, July 28, 2017

US hits Iran with more sanctions after launch
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States punished Iran on Friday for it launch this week of a satellite-carrying rocket into space by hitting six Iranian entities with sanctions targeting the country’s ballistic missiles program.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Spokeswoman: British baby Charlie Gard has died
LONDON (AP) — Charlie Gard, the critically ill British baby at the center of a legal battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, has died, according to a family spokeswoman. He would have turned 1 next week.
Friday, July 28, 2017

North Korea launches intercontinental missile
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday  which flew longer than any of its previous missiles and landed in the ocean off Japan, according to officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States.
Friday, July 28, 2017

McCain turns on GOP, kills health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain appeared poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol earlier this week despite brain cancer.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Officials ID men dragging shark in online video
Friday, July 28, 2017

June Foray, 'female Mel Blanc' and voice of Rocky Squirrel, dies
(AP) — Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Gregg Allman's final recording an 'obvious farewell,' but still full of life
DETROIT (AP) — Only a tight circle of family and friends knew Gregg Allman had been diagnosed with liver cancer a second time and wouldn’t survive it. 
Friday, July 28, 2017

Unusual hobby has travelers looking for tripoints

THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) — Brian Butler is a tripointer.

The 63-year-old lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, about 20 miles from the Connecticut and Rhode Island borders. That's where he picked up the unusual hobby of visiting spots where at least three states or three Canadian provinces meet. Tripoints.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Fox spends big advertising bucks to poke fun at The New York Times

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel gave The New York Times more than $100,000 to poke fun at the newspaper.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Scaramucci's obscene tirade tests editors, producers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump’s chief of staff to deny he’s a “leaker” and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Ohio Fair opens, rides closed after deadly accident
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air. 
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Terse talk, tension on war's anniversary
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Are the United States and North Korea moving closer to another war?
Thursday, July 27, 2017

GOP seeks support for narrow version of repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Battered by repeated failures to repeal or replace “Obamacare,” Senate GOP leaders retreated to a narrow approach today that would undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama’s law. Democrats vowed opposition as the Senate prepared for a bizarre Capitol Hill ritual, a “vote-a-rama” on amendments that promised to last into the wee hours of Friday morning.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

No immediate transgender ban, top officer says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military will keep permitting its transgender members to serve openly until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives President Donald Trump’s actual direction to change its policy and then figures out how to implement it, America’s top military officer said today.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Boy Scouts president expected a fiery Trump speech at national jamboree
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America anticipated President Donald Trump would spark controversy with a politically tinged speech at its national jamboree in West Virginia but felt obliged to invite him out of respect for his office, its leader said Wednesday in his first public comments on the furor over Trump’s remarks.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

'What Happened': Clinton is promising unprecedented candor in new book
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Scaramucci crackdown: Says he has very good idea who the senior leakers are
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is talking tough about cracking down on Trump administration leaks and threatening to get federal investigators involved.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Viewers, wait-and-see attitude toward Megyn Kelly
NEW YORK (AP) — After her brassy start at NBC News, viewers are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Megyn Kelly in anticipation of her big test this fall.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

As it turns out, yes, you really can buy happiness
WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, you can buy happiness — especially if the money saves you time.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim
The first ponies step onto the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Va., early Wednesday, July 26, 2017. During the four-minute swim, about 100 ponies swam across the Assateague channel onto the island. The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wasserman Schultz fires IT staffer Imran Awan following fraud arrest
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Energy Sec Rick Perry duped by Russian duo impersonating Ukraine leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been fooled by a pair of Russian pranksters impersonating the prime minister of Ukraine.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gov calls another session on education
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner called on Monday afternoon for a second special legislative session in a month, this time after lawmakers ignored his noon deadline for sending him public education-funding legislation with just weeks before the scheduled opening of schools.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

70-year-old YouTube hit is redefining real beauty
YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — One of South Korea’s hottest YouTube stars is a 70-year-old grandmother whose cool, undaunted style and hilarity are a breath of fresh air in a social media universe that exalts youth and perfect looks.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Judges clears way for commission to collect voter data
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for President Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud to resume collecting detailed voter roll information from the states.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kushner, Manafort meet with congressional investigators, closed-door session
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two key members of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met today with congressional investigators probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trump asks advisers about firing Sessions; says Sessions' position very weak
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and launched a fresh Twitter tirade Tuesday against the man who was the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Robots and race cars: Girl Scouts offer new badges
NEW YORK (AP) — Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There's a new way to ride the rails: Take a scenic tour by pedal bike, of course
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — There’s a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque Narragansett Bay.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Police/Fire
Monday, July 24, 2017

Health vote expected Tuesday; GOP split
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressured Republicans Monday to approve the Senate’s wheezing health care bill, saying a showdown vote planned for this week is their “last chance to do the right thing” and erase the Obama law.
Monday, July 24, 2017

No Russia collusion, Trump son-in-law Kushner says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner denied Monday that he colluded with Russians in the course of President Donald Trump’s White House bid and declared he has “nothing to hide.”
Monday, July 24, 2017

Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight, agree to let critically ill child die
LONDON (AP) — The parents of Charlie Gard, whose battle to get their critically ill baby experimental treatment stirred international sympathy and controversy, dropped their legal effort Monday, saying tearfully that it was time to let their son die.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Democrats attempt rebranding with populist new agenda, 'A Better Deal'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders believe they lost to President Donald Trump partly because voters don’t know what the party stands for. So they’re trying to rebrand themselves with a new slogan and a populist new agenda as they look ahead to the 2018 midterms.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Bombshell stories continue to spur cable and network news war with a twist
NEW YORK (AP) — Print outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with cable television news over a string of bombshell stories about the Trump administration. It’s a news war with a twist.
Monday, July 24, 2017

NASCAR's Earnhardt Jr. headed to NBC broadcast booth
NEW YORK (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join NBC Sports Group’s coverage of stock car racing next year — and there may be more options for NASCAR’s most popular driver once he retires.
Monday, July 24, 2017

The first pet, a long held presidential tradition
WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically ambitious pups and kittens: Put your resumes aside.
Monday, July 24, 2017

UK girl left in tears after she's fined for selling lemonade
LONDON (AP) — A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

House committee seeks to let VA redirect funds
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has unveiled a disputed plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Democrats herald agreement on Russia sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Reward tops $100K: Where did it come from and who gets it?
ATLANTA (AP) — When two Georgia inmates escaped from a prison bus leaving two dead guards in their wake, the reward for information leading to their capture rose quickly.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

7 students face hearings in Merchant Marine Academy probe
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Seven suspended men’s soccer players at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will face campus disciplinary hearings over allegations of sexual misconduct, coercion and hazing, according to a federal lawyer.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ginsburg: Justices felt Trump travel ban 'too restrictive'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Trump administration was “too restrictive” in deciding what family relationships qualify as close enough to avoid the ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Visiting NYC this summer? Do like the locals: Hit the beach
NEW YORK (AP) — Visiting New York City this summer? Take a break from Times Square, shopping and museums and do like the locals: Hop a train or ferry to the beach.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Unemployment rates fall to record lows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring rose last month in 14 U.S. states in June, and the unemployment rate fell to record lows in two states, evidence that the job market is getting tighter across much of the country.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Cancer patient's gray hair darkened on immune drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer patients’ gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Statues in Confederate ex-capital spur soul searching
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When a French artist's statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived by train in Richmond in 1890, thousands helped haul the enormous pieces to what is today the city's grandest boulevard. Many took home pieces of the rope they used as souvenirs, so beloved was Lee as a top Confederate commander and native Virginia son.
Friday, July 21, 2017

US to ban American travel to North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — American citizens will be barred from traveling to North Korea next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said today.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Trump's legal team to investigate Mueller aides
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelation comes as Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election meddling appears likely to include some of the Trump family’s business ties.
Friday, July 21, 2017

GOP plans health vote Tuesday, it's an uphill climb
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain’s potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.
Friday, July 21, 2017

New York Times a favorite Trump target, and now a favorite interview venue
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced The New York Times as “fake news,” yet he’s granted more interviews to its reporters since taking office than any other media outlet except for Fox News Channel.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Teachers union chief says school choice is rooted in segregation, racism
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of one of the country’s leading teachers’ unions charged Thursday that school choice, a key policy agenda of the Trump administration, is rooted in segregation and racism.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary; discord over Scaramucci
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
Friday, July 21, 2017











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