Breeze-Courier | Taylorville, IL
weather sponsored by
Hickory Estates of Taylorville




Advanced Search
search sponsored by


LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE




KMRM

home : news : national news free June 22, 2017

Senate GOP releases bill to alter 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill today to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.
Thursday, June 22, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Retailers want to work out your wallet and body
NEW YORK (AP) — Stores like Saks and Urban Outfitters are looking to work out more than your wallet.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Florida doctor accused of illegally distributing pills
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

New platform for Whole Foods could upend grocery
NEW YORK (AP) — Seeing Whole Foods products first in Amazon searches? Breezing through the grocer’s stores with an app that scans affordable fruits and seafood?
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn’t try to stop it.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the new crown prince to “increase efforts” to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar, Turkish officials said Thursday.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Supreme Court upholds convictions in 1984 murder in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the murder convictions of seven men in a brutal 1984 killing in the District of Columbia.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mourners gather for funeral of student detained in N Korea
WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to Ohio in a coma.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Another round of losses for Pelosi and the Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Coppola's 'The Beguiled' disturbing and beautiful
(AP) — “The Beguiled” is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola’s take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth’s Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Joan Shelley's self-titled album is simply lovely
(AP) — "Joan Shelley" reflects the beauty of simplicity. On her self-titled fourth album, Shelley is often accompanied only by acoustic guitar as producer Jeff Tweedy wisely puts the spotlight on her luminous dimming-of-the-day alto.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Mrs. Doubtfire' and 'Matilda' made Mara Wilson famous
Talented child actors don’t inevitably extend their careers into adulthood. Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood all did; Mara Wilson did not.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

FBI: No 'wider plot' suspected in Michigan airport stabbing
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport, and made reference to people being killed overseas during the attack that’s now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

In Iowa, the president channels his inner candidate Trump
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

DC shooter acted alone, no terrorism ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman acted alone when he shot and wounded a top House Republican and four other people on a northern Virginia baseball field, the FBI said Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'Downton Abbey' movie production to start in 2018
SINGAPORE (AP) — A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said today.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Congress hears sinister tale today of Russian election meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sinister portrait of Russia’s cyberattacks on the U.S. emergedtoday as current and former U.S. officials told Congress Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign to undermine the American political process.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling this week could have a "chilling effect" on the many lawsuits filed in St. Louis claiming talcum powder causes a deadly form of cancer in women, including cases under appeal in which stricken women and their survivors have been awarded more than $300 million, experts said Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trump swaps traditional forms of transparency for direct one-on-one version
WASHINGTON (AP) — Out: White House press briefings and presidential interviews. In: tweet-storms and political rallies.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AP analysis: Democrat loss in Georgia underscores the party's challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans just got a big argument for sticking with President Donald Trump and pushing forward with dismantling “Obamacare.” And Democrats are looking almost incapable of translating the energy of their core supporters into actual election wins.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Germany's Merkel marks 70 years of Marshall plan
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel today marked the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, remarking pointedly that the U.S. embrace of open markets in post-World War II Europe served America’s own interests.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Saudi king upends royal succession, names son 1st heir
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman today appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the line of succession.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Debate heats up over teaching climate change
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The struggle over what American students learn about global warming is heating up as conservative lawmakers, climate change doubters and others attempt to push rejected or debunked theories into the classroom.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Iowa's last insurer on exchange seeks 43 percent hike
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s last health care insurer to sell policies to individuals statewide through the federal Affordable Care Act is seeking a 43.5 percent increase in premium rates for next year.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Death of student freed from N Korea investigated
CINCINNATI (AP) — A coroner’s office in Ohio is investigating the death of a 22-year-old college student who died shortly after his return to the U.S. after nearly a year and a half in North Korean detention, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What to do when your emergency fund runs out
(NerdWallet via AP) — You’ve cut spending to the bone, sold excess stuff and hustled every side gig imaginable. But your emergency fund, if it ever existed, is on fumes.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Venus Ramey, Miss America who inspired WWII effort, dies
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Venus Ramey, a former Miss America who helped rally the nation during World War II and found renewed fame later in life by shooting out the tires of intruders at her Kentucky farm, has died. She was 92.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Justices unanimously say law on disparaging trademarks is unconstitutional
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Majority Leader McConnell says GOP getting ready for Senate health care vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are getting ready for Senate votes on legislation scuttling former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday among growing indications that the climactic vote could occur next week.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'Pioneer Woman' builds media empire on the Plains
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Growing up in an Oklahoma town she considered too tiny, Ree Drummond sought the bright lights of a city and headed west for Los Angeles.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested
(AP) — A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl who was attacked during a breakfast break from an all-night prayer session at her mosque. 
Monday, June 19, 2017

120-degree temperatures could disrupt flights in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — American Airlines is warning passengers that it may have to ground flights in Phoenix during a heat wave that could send the temperature soaring to 120 degrees.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Google intensifies campaign against online extremism
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.
Monday, June 19, 2017

After 40 years, father and daughter meet for the 1st time
CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A man is looking forward to celebrating Father's Day a week after his first meeting with his 40-year-old daughter, who tracked him down following decades of questions.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.


Monday, June 19, 2017

UK moves to ease tensions after van attack

By DANICA KIRKA and PAISLEY DODDS

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Seattle police kill woman that family says was pregnant

By PHUONG LE

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police are investigating the fatal shooting by two officers of a woman family members say was pregnant and struggling with mental health issues.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Latest: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. shooting down a Syrian fighter jet (all times local):

11:45 p.m.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Liberal groups focus on Ivanka Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting nowhere with her father, liberal advocacy groups have been looking for an ally in Ivanka Trump. They haven’t had much luck.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Islamic State poses a growing threat to Southeast Asia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the southern Philippines. It’s a scenario raising significant alarm in Washington.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Authorities: 32 people go to hospitals after deck collapse
LAKESIDE, Mont. (AP) — A total of 32 people were taken to hospitals after the second-story deck of a Montana lodge collapsed during a memorial event for a firefighter, authorities said.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Ex-Obama aide challenges congressman who revived health bill
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former Obama administration national security aide is challenging the New Jersey Republican congressman who helped revive President Donald Trump’s health care overhaul.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Shooter went to GOP practice with list of names
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice earlier this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Shooter's wife: He was known for occasional bar fight
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where U.S. laws are made. Fellow YMCA patrons saw him there most mornings working on his laptop. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself. 
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Creator of legendary disco Studio 54 opens hip hotel in Lower East Side
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been 40 years since Ian Schrager opened the legendary disco Studio 54. But if the trendy crowds mobbing opening night for his new PUBLIC hotel are any indication, Schrager, at age 70, is still the coolest kid around.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Czech beer train heading for the US and China
PRAGUE (AP) — Having been tested successfully on beer-loving Czechs, the beer train is heading for the United States and China.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hot dog! Eye-catching LA wiener stand finds museum home

Hot dog! Eye-catching LA wiener stand finds museum home

Eds: Expands with details, quote, background. Moves to wider audience. AP Photos planned.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An eye-catching Los Angeles hot dog stand designed in the 1940s to look like a giant wiener on a bun has found a home a decade after closing. 


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Characters get better with age in 'The Accomplished Guest'

"The Accomplished Guest: Stories" (Scribner) by Ann Beattie

(AP) — A woman drinks iced tea on the veranda with her weary parents. A husband and wife select attire for an out-of-town wedding. An uncle drives his niece to dinner. In each scenario, it seems as though things will progress normally until a heart attack, a punch to the jaw, a robbery or a sudden pouncing upon by an ex hiding behind the Christmas tree occurs. In Ann Beattie's newest collection of short stories, "The Accomplished Guest," the author transforms even the most familiar situations into jarring episodes.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

US to shield young immigrants from deportation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is leaving in place a program protecting hundreds of thousands young immigrants from deportation — one that President Donald Trump had pledged to eliminate.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Hiring up in 9 states, jobless rates at record low in 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Century-old bipartisan ritual continues for charity's sake
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Trump confirms today he's under investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed today he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. 

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hiring up in 9 states, jobless rates at record low in 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows.
Friday, June 16, 2017

US to shield young immigrants from deportation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is leaving in place a program protecting hundreds of thousands young immigrants from deportation — one that President Donald Trump had pledged to eliminate.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Cubs' Joe Maddon opens playground in hometown
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has returned to his Pennsylvania hometown to help open and dedicate a new $250,000 playground.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Pipeline ruling surprises oil industry
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge’s ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a “game changer” for North Dakota oil.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Pipeline ruling surprises oil industry
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge’s ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a “game changer” for North Dakota oil.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Man gets 20 years in child porn case
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 61-year-old central Illinois man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Southern Baptists condemn alt-right movement
PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists this week formally condemned the political movement known as the “alt-right,” in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

Hodgkinson's Home
Federal agents and other law enforcement officers investigate outside the home of James T. Hodgkinson on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Belleville, Ill Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice yesterday morning in Alexandria, Va.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; judge says keep trying
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial told a judge today they’re deadlocked on charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman in 2004, but they were ordered to keep trying to reach a unanimous decision in a case that has already helped obliterate his career and nice-guy reputation.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Game on: Tragedy won't stop tradition
WASHINGTON (AP) — The game will go on.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, will be played today despite Wednesday’s shooting at the GOP squad’s practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

News break: Official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Courthouse printed June 15
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trump orders cash and input for apprenticeships
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Senate passes sweeping sanctions bill: Iran, Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — A frequently polarized Senate found common ground Thursday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve a sweeping sanctions bill that punishes longtime adversaries Iran and Russia with an array of financial penalties.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

They're shipping in: Boston hosting more than 50 tall ships this weekend
BOSTON (AP) — A majestic maritime gathering is bringing more than 50 grand sailing vessels from 14 countries into Boston Harbor.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Experts and congressmen alike believe hateful political rhetoric fuels violence
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever the motive of the shooter at a congressional baseball practice, some congressmen say they’re being threatened like never before.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Do you get paid vacation? Consider yourself lucky
(AP) — Planning a trip this summer? Turns out lots of Americans say they can't afford one.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

London Symphony performing the music of Pong, Mario, Tetris and more
PARIS (AP) — The electronic bleeps and squawks of "Tetris," 'Donkey Kong" and other generation-shaping games that you may never have thought of as musical are increasingly likely to be playing at a philharmonic concert hall near you.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shooter killed after wounding lawmaker
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover. The assailant, prepared with “a lot of ammo,” fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Federal Reserve raises key rate today
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time in six months, providing its latest vote of confidence in a slow-growing but durable economy. The Fed also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, which could cause long-term rates to rise.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Conservative Scalise known for love of baseball
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, is known for his love of baseball and the late-night meals he often serves his colleagues in his office near the Capitol’s ornate Statuary Hall.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shooter, from Illinois, had history of serious arrests
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois man who shot a top Republican congressman and several other people today while they practiced baseball outside the nation’s capital had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party.”
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

White House torn over special counsel Robert Mueller's role as pressure grows
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Road not taken: 2 roads diverging in a yellow wood might be in England
DYMOCK, England (AP) — The woods were cool, a welcome balm on a hot day. Shafts of sunlight poured through the canopy. Slowly, I walked down a track thick with long-fallen leaves.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith is new US poet laureate
NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy K. Smith, the country’s new poet laureate, would like to start a conversation.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Old-school typewriters attract new generation of fans
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Typewriter enthusiasts gather at an Albuquerque restaurant to experiment with vintage Smith Coronas. Fans in Boston kneel in a city square and type stories about their lives during a pro-immigration demonstration. A new documentary on typewriters featuring Tom Hanks and musician John Mayer is set for release this summer.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trump: Apprenticeships will be a big, big factor
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says apprenticeships could match workers with millions of open jobs, but he’s reluctant to devote more taxpayer money to the effort.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A brighter economic outlook is giving Federal Reserve confidence to act
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the United States and around the world, economic strength isn’t what it used to be. But everything is relative.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cooling Off
Children cool off at Crown Fountain, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Chicago. Temperatures tomorrow in Taylorville are expected to top out at about 91 degrees.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Drones with defibrilators could come to the rescue
CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brewing buds turn dream into reality
SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — According to recent data from The Brewers Association — the trade organization for the American craft beer industry — there are now over 5,000 craft breweries in operation in the U.S. and more than 150 in Illinois alone. The appeal is obvious and the taste for a good brew is causing more and more aspiring brewers to leave their backyards and garages and take their craft to the next level by opening a commercial brewery or brewpub.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SF marks 50th anniversary of 'Summer of Love'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They came for the music, the mind-bending drugs, to resist the Vietnam War and 1960s American orthodoxy, or simply to escape summer boredom. And they left an enduring legacy.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Missouri lawmakers return today for special session on abortion
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol today after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called for a special session aimed at imposing more abortion restrictions and undoing a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination over abortion and pregnancies.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Teacher suspended after pro-Trump photos altered
WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has suspended a teacher after yearbook photos of two high school students were altered to remove President Donald Trump’s name on their clothing.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Iowa could become 1st to lose all carriers on ACA exchange
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s insurance commissioner is proposing a plan he thinks could keep Iowa from becoming the first state to lose all of the health insurance carriers offering policies on the Affordable Care Act exchange next year.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Together Again
The first family is together again under the same roof: the White House. After nearly five months of living apart, President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple’s young son have finally moved into the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The president,  first lady  and their son  Barron Trump are seen walking from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017, as they return from Bedminster, N.J.
Monday, June 12, 2017

High court ruling will speed up generic biotech drug approval
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public in a ruling that means a loss of billions in sales to the makers of original versions.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy.
Monday, June 12, 2017

May seeks to rally party lawmakers behind her
LONDON (AP) — Senior members of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government rallied to her defense Monday amid doubts over her ability to remain in power following a disastrous election result.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Natural gas built Qatar, now may help protect it
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Natural gas built the high-rises of Qatar’s capital, put the Al-Jazeera satellite news network on the air and a fleet of passengers jets for its state carrier in the sky. Now, it may be what protects Qatar as it is in the center of the worst diplomatic crisis to strike the Gulf in decades.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Russia probe: AG Jeff Sessions wants his testimony open to the public
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he wants his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee to be open to the public.
Monday, June 12, 2017

The Federal Reserve is set to raise rates this week despite political tumult
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington political world is in disarray. Britain’s election tumult has scrambled the outlook for Europe. And economies in the United States and abroad are plodding along at a pace that hardly suggests robust health.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Supreme Court justices strike down gender differences in citizenship law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today struck down part of an unusual law that treats fathers and mothers differently when it comes to conferring citizenship on children born outside the U.S.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Sponsors cancel over Trump portrayal
NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Sunday said it is pulling its sponsorship from a Manhattan-based theater company for portraying Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage.
Monday, June 12, 2017

In Stone interviews, Putin talks of joining NATO
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that early on in his tenure he floated the idea of Russia joining NATO.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Melania and Barron move into the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first family is together again under the same roof: the White House.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Bette at the Tonys last night: 'Shut that crap off!'
NEW YORK (AP) — Five memorable moments from the 2017 Tony Awards:
Monday, June 12, 2017

James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt team up this summer
NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor might just be the happiest road warrior touring today, so what makes him happier?
Monday, June 12, 2017

Biden's niece pleads guilty in theft
NEW YORK (AP) — A niece of former Vice President Joe Biden has pleaded guilty in a $110,000 credit-account theft at a New York City drugstore.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

School probing why pro-Trump yearbook photos were altered
WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district is investigating why the yearbook photos of two high school students were altered to remove President Donald Trump’s name on clothing they wore.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

UK prime minister's aides resign after election
LONDON (AP) — The two top aides to British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned Saturday, sacrificed in a bid to save their leader from being toppled by a furious Conservative Party after a disastrous election wiped out May’s majority in Parliament.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Buffett charity lunch sold to highest bidder for over $2.6M
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An anonymous bidder has agreed to pay more than $2.6 million for a private lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett, with the auction proceeds going to a California homeless charity.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Texas's tough pension laws may not apply in other states
DALLAS (AP) — One by one, Pete Bailey, Clint Conway, Julian Bernal and a half dozen other retired police officers and firefighters stood up in December and told the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board that they had been counting on their deferred retirement accounts to supplement their pensions. They had medical bills. They had mortgages. They had college tuition to pay. And they had played by the rules of the fund.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trump says US is committed to mutual support of NATO allies
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United States is committed to the mutual defense of NATO members, casting aside concerns that his failure to mention the commitment last month weakened the alliance.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

GOP senator to Trump: Nonsense to spurn requests
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator told President Donald Trump it’s “nonsense” that the administration believes it can ignore requests for information from individual members of Congress, including Democrats.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Vice President Pence tries to shore up Georgia GOP candidate
SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says suburban Atlanta Republicans must elect Karen Handel to Congress to help President Donald Trump or risk a loss that could help hand House control back to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lounges vs. lines: Testing travel with and without perks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Summer travelers may well find themselves stuck in long security lines and squeezed into cramped seats. For frequent travelers, or those who can and want to pay extra, perks are available including upgrades to first-class seats, airport lounges and free food.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

President declares total vindication
WASHINGTON (AP) — Claiming “total and complete vindication,” President Donald Trump broke his Twitter silence Friday morning to weigh in on fired FBI Director James Comey’s closely watched testimony.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Comey's release of Trump memo sparks debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — When former FBI Director James Comey revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of damaging details about his conversations with President Donald Trump, he demonstrated his savvy use of media and his skills as a Washington operator. He also kicked up a hornet’s nest of questions about the legal and ethical implications of the move.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Trump: Infrastructure will be 'envy of the world'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ended a week dedicated to modernizing U.S. highways, railways and rivers with a thud.
Friday, June 9, 2017

It happens elsewhere, too: Senator curses to show her frustration
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is using salty language to express her frustration with Washington politics.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Which is it: Comey totally condemns Trump or Trump exonerated?
NEW YORK (AP) — The extensive coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony gave Americans time to pause and focus on the slowly unfolding story about President Donald Trump and Russian involvement in the presidential campaign. But there was no rest for partisan spinners.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Illinois Farm Bureau issues statement on infrastructure plan
ILLINOIS — The following is a statement Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Gliniewicz: Prosecutors want judge to allow emails
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in northern Illinois are asking a judge to reconsider a key ruling regarding the upcoming trial of the wife of a former Fox Lake Police lieutenant who killed himself.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Dakotas tour traces story of American bison
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — From historical details of Native Americans' final great wild buffalo hunts to tales of the animal's rescue from near extinction, a new self-guided tour across 10 sites in the western Dakotas tells the story of the last stand of the American bison, the national mammal.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Museum tells story of New England car racing history
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — There are no video games or interactive exhibits at the new North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire. Not even a touchscreen.
Friday, June 9, 2017

President to evangelicals: 'We're under siege'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought comfort in the figurative embrace of his evangelical supporters Thursday as the FBI director he recently fired told Congress about their conversations. The president told a religious gathering that “we’re under siege” but will emerge “bigger and better and stronger than ever.”
Friday, June 9, 2017

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, born 150 years ago, still fascinates
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been 150 years since the birth of America’s best-known architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. But his innovative designs continue to fascinate the public, from New York’s Guggenheim museum, where the circular building itself is a sculptural work of art, to the Fallingwater house built over a waterfall in the Pennsylvania woods, to his modernist home on the Wisconsin prairie, Taliesin, which served as a laboratory for his ideas.
Friday, June 9, 2017

New coal mine touted by Trump opens in Pa.
FRIEDENS, Pa. (AP) — A new coal mine that President Donald Trump mentioned in announcing plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord has officially opened in Pennsylvania.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Britons cast ballots in election marred by attacks

LONDON (AP) — Britain voted Thursday in an election that started out as an attempt by Prime Minister Theresa May to increase her party’s majority in Parliament ahead of Brexit negotiations but was upended by terror attacks in Manchester and London during the campaign’s closing days.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dodd-Frank law imposed stiffest restrictions on finance since Great Depression
WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by a business-friendly president, Republicans in Congress have set a goal that is nothing if not ambitious: To undo the stricter banking rules that took effect after the devastating 2008 financial crisis.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

US household wealth ticks up 1.4 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by higher stock prices, Americans’ household net worth rose 1.4 percent to $94.8 trillion in the first three months of this year, a trend that could support future spending. 
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Comey: 'Lordy, I hope there are tapes'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey asserted today that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign. 
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Comey and Trump: Two alpha males face off
WASHINGTON (AP) — The setting: the Green Room, dinner for two. No witnesses but the Navy stewards shuttling in and out with food and drinks.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't really know her stuff with Putin interview
NEW YORK (AP) — Film director Oliver Stone, whose series of conversations with Vladimir Putin air next week on Showtime, said he watched Megyn Kelly interview the Russian president on NBC and concluded that “he knew his stuff and she didn’t.”
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Illinois among states reviewing election systems for signs of Russian hacking
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in some states are trying to figure out whether local election offices were targeted in an apparent effort by Russian military intelligence to hack into election software last fall.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Earth, Wind & Fire taking to the road with hits
NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, Wind & Fire goes on the road this summer with some classic hits, a new touring partner and lingering heartache.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

'Eleanor Oliphant' a whip-smart read

"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking), by Gail Honeyman

(AP) — Eleanor Oliphant has her life together, or so she would like you to believe. She works in an office, she binge drinks alone every weekend in her apartment and wears gloves indoors when her eczema threatens to flare. What's more, Eleanor has fallen in love (if from afar) with a musician. While most of the people in her life view her as a painfully awkward presence with bizarre social skills, Eleanor handily attributes their perceptions to their own stupidity. Besides, though her mother is cruel and belittling, she seems in agreement with Eleanor's curious lifestyle. Thus begins Gail Honeyman's outstanding debut novel, "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine."

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sam Elliott, as an aging Hollywood Western actor, shines in 'The Hero'
(AP) — At the beginning of “The Hero,” Lee Hayden, the aging Hollywood Western actor played by Sam Elliott, is recording a radio spot for barbecue sauce. And he’s really, really good at it.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

FBI: Trump to nominate former Justice official
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today announced his pick for FBI director — Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Raise your right hand: Some high-drama hearings
WASHINGTON (AP) — This city knows how to do big hearings — even Titanic ones. Dramatic congressional hearings are something of a Washington art form, a rite of democracy carefully crafted for the cameras.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Former FBI head Comey hearing Thursday: 'I wish him luck,' Trump says
WASHINGTON (AP) — With fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated congressional testimony just a day away, the White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Adventuring catting: Living nine lives to the fullest
NEW YORK (AP) — At the beach, in the snow or on a hiking trail, heading outdoors for adventures with a "house cat" runs counter to the stereotype that all cats really want to do is eat and sleep.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Events mark late poet Gwendolyn Brooks 100th birthday
CHICAGO (AP) — Poet Gwendolyn Brooks would have turned 100 this week, and that birthday is being commemorated with new books, poetry readings, writing contests and even a bus tour through her hometown of Chicago, all inspired by her.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Court orders doc to stop performing surgery
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida court has ordered that a doctor stop performing plastic surgery after an Illinois woman’s death.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Privatizing air traffic control: Proponents claim FAA is cumbersome, obsolete
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. air traffic control system, the world’s largest and most complex, is in the midst of an era of unsurpassed safety. There has not been a fatal crash of a domestic passenger airliner in the U.S. in eight years.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Survey: Top CEOs still supporting Trump policies, plans for investment rise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading U.S. CEOs remain supportive of some of President Donald Trump’s policy initiatives despite his still-hazy plan for cutting taxes and recent actions by Trump that have intensified attention on federal investigations of his campaign.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Woodstock gets nat'l historic recognition
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival is now officially recognized for its place in history.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Medical marijuana dispensary is selling pot pizza
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don’t want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A look at how Trump's climate moves affect coal
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump says withdrawing from a global climate change agreement will boost the U.S. economy, but existing market forces have had far more of an effect on the fossil fuel industries than climate regulations.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wealthy former Goldman Sachs exec gets the nod in New Jersey primary
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won’t be on the ballot in New Jersey this fall, but the newly minted Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and their parties are transforming one of only two statewide gubernatorial contests in the country into a race about the unpopular leaders.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Airline credit card can cut the hassle
Traveling with a suitcase has become an expensive headache for airline flyers. First, airlines started charging travelers for checking a bag. Now, some big airlines won’t even let passengers use the overhead bin if they booked the cheapest fares.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Returning to Gatlinburg and the Smokies 6 months after the deadly wildfire
GATLINBURG, Tennessee (AP) — When Dolly Parton dreamed up the idea of an amusement park in East Tennessee, she said it would be “a fantasy city. a Smoky Mountain fairyland.”
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Moment Of Remembrance And Sorrow
A girl cries after participating in a moment of silence to remember attack victims in the London Bridge area of London on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A new search was underway Tuesday in a neighborhood near the home of two of the London Bridge attackers, hours after police said they had freed everyone detained in the wake of the Saturday evening rampage that left several dead and dozens wounded.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Politics absolutely fueling cable news surge, but not the network evening news
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration has been a boon for the cable news networks each night yet curiously not for the broadcast evening news programs, where a viewership slump contributed to Scott Pelley losing his job last week as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Stop the Tweetstorm, Mr. President
WASHINGTON (AP) — Memo from legal experts to President Donald Trump on resurrecting his stalled travel ban: Put down the Twitter.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Roger Smith, star of '77 Sunset Strip,' dies at age 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Roger Smith, who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on “77 Sunset Strip,” has died. He was 84.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WWII Museum exhibit looks at fight on homefront
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A rusted fragment of the battleship USS Arizona sunk at Pearl Harbor, a woman’s munitions plant uniform and ration books all tell the complex story of life on the homefront in a new exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Travel ban: Trump lashes out at DOJ
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at his own Justice Department today for seeking the Supreme Court’s backing for a “watered down, politically correct version” of the travel ban he signed in March instead of pursuing a broader directive that was also blocked by the courts.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Trump looking at privatization, air traffic control
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is laying out his vision for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system on Monday, arguing that it will enhance safety and modernize aviation.
Monday, June 5, 2017

President to push for $1 trillion overhaul of nation's roads and bridges
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation’s roads and bridges, a key item on his agenda that could face resistance in Congress and has been overshadowed by White House controversies.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Canadian victim in London attack died in fiance's arms
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian social worker Christine Archibald is being remembered as a “bright light” for her profession as those who loved her launch an online campaign of compassionate acts after she was struck by a van of terrorists on London Bridge and died in her fiance’s arms.
Monday, June 5, 2017

UN says population chief died suddenly
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. population agency, Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a global leader in promoting public health and sexual and reproductive health and rights especially for women and girls, died suddenly at his home, the agency announced Monday.
Monday, June 5, 2017

US energy sec. challenges China to be climate leader
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he hopes China will step forward to be a “real leader” on climate issues, while rejecting criticism that the United States is backing down.
Monday, June 5, 2017

London attack: Political heat now focusing on Prime MinisterTheresa May
LONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism investigators searched homes and detained more people Monday in the London attack investigation as an intense political firestorm developed over Prime Minister Theresa May’s role in reducing police ranks.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Cosby on trial, freedom and legacy at stake
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Accompanied into the courthouse by a member of the TV family who cemented his nice-guy image as America’s Dad, Bill Cosby went on trial Monday on sexual assault charges, his legacy and his freedom on the line.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Supreme Court will review law enforcement use of cellphone tower data
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone towers records that help them track the location of criminal suspects.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Putin says idea that Russia has damaging info on Trump 'load of nonsense'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is dismissing as “a load of nonsense” the idea that Russia has damaging information on President Donald Trump and denies having any relationship with him.
Monday, June 5, 2017

It won't be from sea-to-sea so just exactly how long will the border wall be?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House insists that plans for President Donald Trump's border wall are on track despite resistance from Congress. What it's not saying is how it envisions the wall these days.
Monday, June 5, 2017

New amazing Dr. Seuss museum opens its doors
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — From the squiggly, pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” — a real street just blocks away — the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum says “You’re off to Great Places!”
Monday, June 5, 2017

Supreme strength: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workout becomes a book

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice is about to join the ranks of workout superstars with a book about her exercise routine. "The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong ... and You Can Too!" is scheduled to be released Oct. 3, which happens to be the first week the court is in session after its summer break.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Museum showcases relics from Hatfield-McCoy feud
(AP) — Hatfields and McCoys mingle peacefully in the mountainous region where their families waged one of America's most famous feuds. Now a museum near the Kentucky-West Virginia border is showcasing artifacts bringing the struggle back to life.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

A closet so organized it's being exhibited at the Met
NEW YORK (AP) — It's not uncommon to aspire to a perfectly organized closet.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Key people to watch at Bill Cosby's trial Monday
(AP) — Comedian Bill Cosby goes on trial Monday on sexual assault charges stemming from a 2004 encounter at his home near Philadelphia.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Battle for ISIS captial just 'days away'
BEIRUT (AP) — The battle for control of the Islamic State group’s de facto capital Raqqa, in northern Syria, will begin “within days,” a spokeswoman for a U.S.-backed Syrian force at the city’s edges said Saturday.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Exhibit features style of American design in the Jazz Age of the 1920s
NEW YORK (AP) — A multisensory blockbuster of a show at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City invites visitors to explore Jazz Age design in all its glittering, decadent and innovative glory.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Historical Society casts new light on Tiffany lamps
NEW YORK (AP) — A newly renovated section of the New-York Historical Society showcases dozens of lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany, putting renewed focus on how the works were made — and by whom.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Science Says: Weather forecasts improve
WASHINGTON (AP) — Make fun of the weatherman if you want but modern forecasts have quietly, by degrees, become much better.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis aims for continuity in US policy toward Asia
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming for continuity in Asia policy, sticking broadly with the approach its predecessors have taken by emphasizing diplomacy and cooperation with allies, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Investors bet Trump climate withdrawall will boost US drilling

LONDON (AP) — The price of oil has fallen sharply as investors bet that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement will increase the country’s oil and gas production.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pence: Paris deal an extraordinary burden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s supporters today cast his decision to abandon the world’s climate change pact as a “refreshing” stance for the U.S. that would save jobs and unburden industry.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Docs and profs on staff at UI engineering-based medical school

By JULIE WURTH

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — When a patient developed a complication following stomach surgery, Dr. Blair Rowitz thought of a novel way to repair it — but the right tool hadn’t been invented yet.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Emanuel says Chicago will continue cuts in carbon emissions
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is a poor attempt to pit environmental protection and economic growth against each other.  
Friday, June 2, 2017

At 75, Dale Chihuly discusses mental health struggle
SEATTLE (AP) — The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting. Sheets of stamps cover one table; pocket knives are marshaled on another. Carnival-prize figurines from the first half of the 20th century line shelves that reach the ceiling.
Friday, June 2, 2017

From Goldman Sachs to governor, NJ candidate seems a lot like Corzine

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A wealthy former Wall Street executive has poured millions of dollars into his gubernatorial campaign, winning endorsements ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary while drawing searing populist attacks from his rivals over his career with the global finance firm Goldman Sachs.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Emma Straub latest author to open a bookstore

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Emma Straub has become the latest author to open a bookshop, joining the ranks of bookstore-owning writers like Ann Patchett and Jeff Kinney.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

1 dead, 2 workers missing after explosion at Wisconsin mill
CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) — Recovery crews searched a mountain of debris for two workers on Thursday following an explosion at a corn mill plant that killed at least one employee, injured about a dozen others and leveled parts of the sprawling facility in southern Wisconsin, authorities said.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Police now carrying drug kits to save K-9s from opioid overdoses

BOSTON (AP) — Police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans. 

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Painting break results in town greeting visitors with 'sex'
SUSSEX, Wis. (AP) — Thanks to an ill-timed painting break, a water tower emblazoned with the word “sex” is greeting drivers as they pass through a town in southeast Wisconsin.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Putin laments 'Russo-phobic hysteria' in US
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that some “patriotic” individuals may have engaged in hacking but insisted Russia as a country has never done it, and he pledged Thursday to wait out U.S. political battles to forge constructive ties with President Donald Trump.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in besieged city
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine bomber plane accidentally killed 11 soldiers and injured seven others, security officials said today, as troops struggled to end a bloody siege by 500 Islamic State group-aligned extremists in a southern city, one of the boldest militant attacks in Southeast Asia in years.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Afghans mourn, day after truck bomb kills 90
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans mourned the loss of family members, friends and colleagues on Thursday, a day after a massive truck bomb exploded in the capital, killing at least 90 people and wounding more than 450 in one of the worst extremist attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from the country in 2014.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Duterte slams Chelsea Clinton again for criticizing his rape 'joke' comments
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in an expletive-laden speech for a second straight day Thursday after she criticized a comment he made about rapes committed by soldiers.    
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump rejects moving the Israel embassy to Jerusalem - for now, at least
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping back from a campaign promise, President Donald Trumpt oday decided not to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least for the next six months. The White House described Trump’s waiver as a move to improve chances for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, but the relocation also risked igniting tensions across the Middle East.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

As Europe talks tough on climate change, data shows emissions rose there
BERLIN (AP) — A new report showed greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union rose in 2015, the first increase since 2010, even as European officials today urged the United States to remain part of a global climate pact.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scott Pelley is out, Anthony Mason temporarily in as CBS News anchor
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS’ effort to brand itself as the home of hard-edged newscasts has been a success in the morning, not so much in the evening — and “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley paid the price for it with his job.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year.  The space agency announced the red-hot mission Wednesday at the University of Chicago.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Missile defense scores a direct hit
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. interceptor scored a direct hit and appeared to result in the “complete obliteration” of a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean in what the Pentagon said Wednesday was a realistic test that mirrored the missile threat from North Korea and Iran.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trump resisting pressure from Europe and the pope on Paris climate deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said today, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Now NBC's Megyn Kelly news magazine will feature Vladimir Putin in debut
NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly’s debut on NBC News this Sunday is a real-life cliffhanger involving Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

'Comedian' Griffin apologizes for Trump photo; 'Covfefe' trends on Twitter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kathy Griffin says she went way too far when she appeared in a brief video Tuesday holding what looked like President Donald Trump’s bloody, severed head.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Medicare plans to replace SS numbers on cards
WASHINGTON (AP) — Old Medicare cards will be going in the shredder.

Officials said today the government is on track to meet a 2019 deadline for replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with randomly generated digits and letters to protect seniors against identity theft. Planning for the massive transition has been underway for years.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DOJ now looking at hate crimes, marijuana
WASHINGTON (AP) — A zealous prosecutor who was crucial in writing the Justice Department’s new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the ways law enforcement seizes suspects’ cash and property.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Missile defense test is a key milestone
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hit or miss, the Pentagon’s attempt today to shoot down a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean marks an important milestone for an oft-criticized defense program that could be what stands between an incoming North Korean strike and the United States.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Panamanian Noriega, onetime ally of US, spent his final decades in jail
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Manuel Noriega had become a problem. At least that's the way it looked from Washington.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day West Coast Thunder
Bikers participate in the annual West Coast Thunder ride in honor of lost service men and women on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Riverside, Calif.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

White House communications director resigns; press secretary stays for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Democrats view veterans as strong candidates in bid to retake the House
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

50 years after the six-day war, one state or two?
JERUSALEM (AP) — It may well be remembered as a pyrrhic victory for Israel: in six days it stunned the world by vanquishing several Arab armies, only to be saddled with a deeply corrosive 50-year fight with the Palestinians for the Holy Land.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From Nikki Haley, another side of 'America First'
BAB AL-HAWA, Turkey-Syria Border (AP) — Nikki Haley crouched low in the trailer of an 18-wheeler taping up a box of lentils and wheat for besieged Syrians, her hands-on diplomacy a world apart from the gleaming new NATO headquarters where President Donald Trump was debuting his "America First" doctrine overseas.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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












Dr Paul The Dentist
Trinity Dodge Fixed

NewsWebPagesOpinionPeopleObituariesAg & BusinessSportsContact Us
Subscriptions | Username & Password Reminder | Change Password | Life

Breeze-Courier & Printing | 212 S Main St. Taylorville, IL 62568 | (217) 824-2233 |
website@breezecourier.com

© Copyright 2014 Breeze-Courier & Printing. All Rights Reserved.
Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Breeze-Courier & Printing.

Software © 1998-2017 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved