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Trump has no plan to block the scheduled release of JFK records
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade in Dallas. Riding with Kennedy are First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, second from left, and her husband, Texas Gov. John Connally, far left. President Donald Trump, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, says he plans to release thousands of never-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
AP Photo/Jim Altgens, File
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade in Dallas. Riding with Kennedy are First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, second from left, and her husband, Texas Gov. John Connally, far left. President Donald Trump, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, says he plans to release thousands of never-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
AP Photo/Jim Altgens, File
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Saturday, October 21, 2017


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New Battle of the Alamo brewing over shrine revamp
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. 
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Court blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of federal custody.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tillerson's aim: A Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Butter shortage in France amid global demand for pastries
PARIS (AP) — Blame the croissant.

French pastries and butter have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What haunted houses tell us about ourselves
NEW YORK (AP) — Haunted houses tell us a lot of stories. But those stories are not just about ghosts.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Some flowers create blue halo to attract foraging bees
NEW YORK (AP) — Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Trump: 'Tax cuts to be biggest in history'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised tax cuts today “which will be the biggest in the history of our country!” following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans’ promised tax legislation.
Friday, October 20, 2017

US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said today, raising the total to 24.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Academy to 'consider' expelling Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

New study says global pollution kiills 9 million a year and costs $4.6 trillion
NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Feds to keep $20k after Yellowstone drug bust
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Two Illinois men have forfeited more than $20,000 that was seized during a drug bust in Yellowstone National Park to the federal government. 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Med students in limbo as DACA program ends
CHICAGO (AP) — Medical student Alejandra Duran Arreola dreams of becoming an OB-GYN in her home state of Georgia, where there’s a shortage of doctors and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the U.S.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Illinois lottery manager projects $4-billion in sales
CHICAGO (AP) — The new company hired to run the Illinois Lottery projects it will increase annual sales to $4 billion, generating more than $1 billion per year for schools and other projects by the end of the 10-year deal, according to a contract obtained by The Associated Press. 
Friday, October 20, 2017

McCain to visit daughter on 'The View'
NEW YORK (AP) — “The View” is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It’s a visit from her dad.
Friday, October 20, 2017

McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' due in April
NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Trump's border wall models are taking shape
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Pentagon faces demands on Niger attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Bortuzzo redeams himself, helps Blues beat Avalanche 4-3

PAT GRAHAM

AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) — Robert Bortuzzo took full responsibility for plowing into his own goaltender to set up an easy and momentum-swinging goal for Colorado.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on call

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Pop-ups on sidelines at NFL games mean quick treatment
NEW YORK (AP) — A player gets hurt on the field, walks or is helped to the sideline, and then goes camping?
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Backyard chicken trend leads to more disease infections
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. When his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumor.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Coming soon: Selfie with credit card application
NEW YORK (AP) — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prime Minister May calls for urgency in Brexit talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at a European Union summit Thursday with a call for urgency and a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc — the latest attempt to reinvigorate the divorce negotiations.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haley casts Russian election interference as 'warfare'
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as “warfare” on Thursday, breaking in tone, if not substance, from a president who has consistently downplayed Russian influence in American politics.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Missouri proposed innovation corridor for Amazon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials were submitting a bid Thursday for Amazon’s second headquarters that would involve an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single location in one of the state’s major metropolitan areas.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Democrats in California are at war, many want to move further to the left
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrats are at war with themselves in California, where restless activists are challenging party leaders to resist all things President Donald Trump and move further left on health care, the minimum wage and populist issues.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fox's Wallace doesn't like colleagues echoing press attacks about fake news
NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday host Chris Wallace generally lives in peaceful co-existence with Fox News Channel’s opinion folks, except when he hears some of them echo President Donald Trump’s criticism of the news media.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Many elderly couples in California wild fire's path died in each other's arms
(AP) — Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

US tourist fears he was invisible attack victim in Cuba, years before diplomats
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kentucky solution to state's pension woes: 401k
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Most of Kentucky’s future public employees would not get guaranteed pension payments under a deal announced today by the state’s Republican leaders who are trying to salvage one of the worst-funded public retirement systems in a country where many such plans are awash in red ink.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sessions defends firing of FBI's Comey
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today strongly defended President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director’s abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Up in smoke: Blazes light up California pot farms
GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) — Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bannon boosts Flake challenger while snubbing Trump plea to back off
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon doubled down on his criticism of the GOP establishment at a Tuesday night fundraiser for a challenger to Arizona’s incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For ornery shelter cats, the second chance is a job chasing pesky mice
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tina, The Musical, Launches
Musician Tina Turner, actress Adrienne Warren, who plays Tina Turner, and director Phyllida Lloyd pose for photographers during a photo call to promote the launch of the musical 'Tina', in London, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trump issues stern warning to McCain
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy, saying “people have to be careful because at some point I fight back.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

California goes gender-neutral on driver's licenses
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure allowing Californians to identify their gender as "non-binary" on driver's licenses if they don't identify solely as male or female, the latest effort by California to ease barriers for LGBT people.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cochran's illness underscores the challenges of second oldest Senate ever
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing their agenda are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interest in workout of the Supreme Court's oldest justice continues to grow
WASHINGTON (AP) — Personal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ophelia batters UK, pummels Ireland
LONDON (AP) — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

U.S.-backed forces capture capital of ISIS caliphate
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants Tuesday, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the capital of its “caliphate.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash and discover how gold was created
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, five years a Taliban captive after abandoning his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty today to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him in prison for life.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Man convicted in NYC bombing that injured 30
NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man was convicted Monday of planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated in a bustling neighborhood on a weekend night last summer.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Weinstein Co., mired in sex scandal, may be for sale
NEW YORK (AP) — The Weinstein Co., mired in a sex scandal, may be putting itself up for sale.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Judge refuses to throw out case against Menendez
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The judge at Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial refused to throw out any of the charges against the New Jersey Democrat on Monday in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of bribery.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia's remnants batter UK, 3 dead
LONDON (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 80 mph today, killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting schools and causing widespread power outages.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Crews search for missing worker after oil rig blast
KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities searched by air and water Monday for a contractor who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Lighter winds helps fire crews gain on killer California wildfire
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters kept gaining on the California wildfires today with help from lighter winds that made it easier to attack the flames that have killed at least 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Leader of Ca. Senate to challenge 84-year-old U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California legislative leader announced Sunday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, setting up a 2018 contest between two Democrats that will highlight generational, geographic and ideological contrasts in the party that dominates state politics.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Spy, temptress, victim? Sultry Mata Hari still eludes definition
LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands (AP) — A century ago on Sunday, an exotic dancer named Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, condemned as a sultry Dutch double agent who supposedly caused the deaths of thousands of soldiers during World War I.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Trump's 'Obamacare' move shakes up health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.”
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump's speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

$1M lottery winner disputes attempted shoplifting conviction
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — An attorney for a $1 million lottery winner accused of trying to steal $80 worth of lipstick from a New Hampshire department store says she will appeal her conviction.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Twitter CEO vows to police sexual harassment, hate, violence
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promising the company will do a better job weeding out sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups from its short messaging service.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

5 arrested after latest St. Louis-area protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police have arrested five people in Ferguson following the latest round of protests over a white former St. Louis police officer’s acquittal last month in a black suspect’s shooting death.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump's lawyers: Courts have no say over his Twitter feed
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump say a judge should reject a lawsuit challenging Trump’s ability to block his critics from following him on Twitter.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Priebus interviewed by Mueller investigative team
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Reince Priebus says the former White House chief of staff has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Old-world charm in Europe? Cereal cafes serving Lucky Charms
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Travelers wandering the streets of European capitals in search of old-world charm might just as likely stumble upon a bowl of Lucky Charms.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Squeamish about buying used items? Get over it
(NerdWallet viz AP) — Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Can Halloween freak you out any more than the real world?
NEW YORK (AP) - In case the real world's not scary enough, there are plenty of Halloween attractions out there designed to completely freak you out. One in New York called This Is Real promises to "literally kidnap you and stash you in a Brooklyn warehouse." Fortunately, you can also find happy pumpkin-themed events if you seek a gentler approach to the holiday.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Both touching and funny, musical 'Springsteen on Broadway' premiers
NEW YORK (AP) — After checking off all the rock star superlatives in his 68 years, Bruce Springsteen has set out to create a wholly new performance template.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Trump touts support for conservative religious groups
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump assured a high-profile gathering of Christian conservatives today that his administration will defend religious organizations, promising a return to traditional American values while again subtly stoking the fire he helped ignite over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Trump to issue stop payment order on health subsidies
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move likely to roil America’s insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress to unravel for months.
Friday, October 13, 2017

GOP's Susan Collins to stay as Senator from Maine, ditches governor's run
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced today that she’s staying out of the Maine governor’s race because she believes she can do more good for the state by staying in Washington.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Tillerson: Trump won't bolt from Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say later tday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in America’s national security interests, but he won’t withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, other U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safetly to HEL
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Helsinki airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL — the airport code for the Finnish capital — for the last time.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Social Security benefits to rise by 2 percent in '18
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012 but comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Official: Administration's rulings on birth control focused on religion freedom
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some women's health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about effectiveness and safety.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Freed couple described as adventure-seekers
STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Just over five years ago, soon after they wed, Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle set off on a journey to areas of the world infrequently traveled by Westerners, an admittedly quixotic trek their parents say was in keeping with the couple's adventure-seeking spirit.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Cutting the cord on TV: Shares of TV providers continue to drop
NEW YORK (AP) — Signs that more people are dropping their traditional TV subscriptions are weighing on TV providers’ stocks.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

NYC, London taking fresh look at Weinstein
NEW YORK (AP) — Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

US and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO
PARIS (AP) — The United States said today it is pulling out of the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for “fundamental reform.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to follow suit.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Calling it a beginning, Trump signs health care order
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums. He called his new executive order a "beginning" and promised more actions to come.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trump threatens NBC but experts see no real risk to the network's licenses
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening NBC’s broadcast licenses because he’s not happy with how its news division has covered him. But experts say his threats aren’t likely to lead to any action.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Questions remain about police response in Las Vegas
(AP) — A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Winds expected to drive next wave of deadly fires
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Gusting winds and dry air forecast for Thursday could drive the next wave of devastating wildfires that are already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Search for mother trapped in fires ends in heartbreak
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jessica Tunis screamed at her mother to run out of the burning house but Linda Tunis said she was trapped, there was fire everywhere, and the last thing she said to her daughter was that she was going die before the call dropped.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dog days? In Italy, count them as sick days
ROME (AP) — An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Police arrest 10 students in hazing drinking death of LSU fraternity pledge
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ten people were arrested Wednesday on misdemeanor hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood-alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving, officials said.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tax plan to repatriate international cash
WASHINGTON (AP) —  President Donald Trump is focusing on his top legislative priority, using a Pennsylvania visit to pitch his tax overhaul.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ca. wildfires flare up and swallow more homes
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires tearing through California's wine country flared up Wednesday, destroying hundreds more homes and other buildings and leading to new evacuation orders as authorities raised the death toll to 17 and warned that the number was expected to rise.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Twitter reverses decision to block Blackburn's video on sale of fetal parts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman’s statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Clinton is 'shocked and appalled' by Weinstein; Obamas are disgusted
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she was “shocked and appalled” by the revelations about disgraced movie titan Harvey Weinstein, while former President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, were “disgusted.”
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Paltrow and Jolie accounts may do in Weinstein
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They waited years to speak, but two of Hollywood's most powerful women might have helped seal the fate of Harvey Weinstein.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Daughter's entry into modeling 'inevitable'
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Cindy Crawford says she's more concerned about her 16-year-old daughter sitting behind the wheel of a car than walking a runway.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Melania Trump becoming more comfortable, filling out agenda as first lady
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a moment eight months in the making: Melania Trump bounding down the White House lawn to the vegetable garden made famous by her predecessor.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last Kerner Commission member speaks
CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 50 years after the Kerner Commission studied the causes of deadly riots in America’s cities, its last surviving member says he remains haunted that its recommendations on U.S. race relations and poverty were never adopted.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dirty old birds shed light on global warming particle
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dirty old birds are helping scientists better understand one of the more baffling climate change mysteries.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trump: Change the tax laws to punish NFL
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organizations like the NFL if members are “disrespecting” the national anthem or flag. 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stormtroopers on Soldier Field introduce 'Jedi' trailer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football halftime. Fireworks flashed and Stormtroopers marched onto Chicago’s Soldier Field as the preview played onscreen. 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wildfires ravage Northern California
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trump lashes out at 'Liddle Bob;' Senators want calm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker as “Liddle’ Bob Corker” on Tuesday, continuing a feud with the Tennessee Republican who’s dubbed the White House an “adult day care center” and charged that Trump could be setting the nation on the path toward World War III.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Power sector needs tax credits to use 'clean coal'
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Technology now in limited use removes about 90 percent of carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, but energy experts say cost remains the chief obstacle to bringing the “clean coal” touted by President Donald Trump into the mainstream.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trump to terminate Obama's climate plan
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said today that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Trump lists demands on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told congressional leaders that his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Trump criticizes GOP Sen. Corker; Corker fights back
WASHINGTON (AP) — An enraged President Donald Trump and a prominent Republican senator who fears the country could be edging toward “chaos” engaged in an intense and vitriolic back-and-forth bashing on social media Sunday, a remarkable airing of their party’s profound rifts.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Missing 15-day-old Georgia baby found dead in woods
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — The body of a 15-day-old Georgia baby who had been reported missing has been found in a wooded area.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Man who aided kidnapped girl gives her his reward
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Police in Minnesota held a ceremony to reward a man who helped rescue a teenage girl who had been kidnapped and held captive for nearly a month. But Earl Melchert had other ideas.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Texas girl, 3, missing after late-night punishment
RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — A 3-year-old Texas girl is missing after her father made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk.
Monday, October 9, 2017

White House to order health care alternatives
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Decades in the making, Weinstein's fall comes swiftly
NEW YORK (AP) — The allegations against Harvey Weinstein spanned three decades. His downfall came in three days.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Wine country wildfires torch California homes
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled about 10 expanding wind-whipped fires across northern California’s wine country early Monday morning as the flames destroyed homes, a historic barn and forced drivers to abandon their cars in the streets as they rushed to avoid the flames.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Richard Thaler wins Nobel for work in behavioral economics
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people’s choices on economic matters — whether on savings or game shows like “Deal or No Deal” — are not always rational.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Ona Judge: The slave who ran away from Washington
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Stepping off a boat in a New Hampshire port in 1796, 22-year-old Ona Judge was on the run from the family of President George Washington.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Era of monster hurricanes is roiling the Atlantic
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be the most active period for major storms on record. 
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ivana explores marriage to Trump in new book
NEW YORK (AP) — A new book from Donald Trump’s first wife pulls back the curtain on a tumultuous period of the president’s life, including the messy divorce that was splashed across New York’s tabloids for weeks.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Some Democrats returning money from Weinstein
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren among them, are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from disgraced Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Las Vegas shooter's carnage: "He just wanted to get a frickin royal flush."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stephen Paddock usually kept a cigar at hand, even though he didn't smoke. But he was quick to notice when somebody sat down beside him and lit up.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fourth teen announces plans to run for governor of Kansas in crowded race
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A fourth teenager is running for governor in Kansas, entering an already crowded field of more than a dozen candidates.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Chess player banned by Iran gets a new start in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old Iranian woman banned from competing in the name of her county after attending an international competition without an Islamic headscarf has taken her game to St. Louis University.
Friday, October 6, 2017

'Jeopardy!' champ wins fans with quirky antics, big bets
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City bartender’s on-screen antics and big bets while competing on “Jeopardy!” are winning him cash to go along with a cult following.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Guilty plea expected from Bowe Bergdahl; no trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Directive protects religious objectors to LGBT rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an order that undercuts protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Trump expands birth control at no cost opt-out for workplace insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step in rolling back the Obama health care law. 
Friday, October 6, 2017

Mayors wager on series
CHICAGO (AP) — The mayors of Chicago and Washington are making a friendly wager on the outcome of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and the Nationals.
Friday, October 6, 2017

1st firefighters at Vegas massacre came across it by chance
Friday, October 6, 2017

New Orleans in the projected path of Hurricane Nate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work?
Friday, October 6, 2017

Feds remove protections for 10M acres of sage grouse habitat
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.
Friday, October 6, 2017

One of oldest Native American birch-bark canoes on display
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — One of the oldest-known examples of a Native American birch-bark canoe is on display at a museum in Maine, where indigenous tribes have used them for thousands of years.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Supreme Court's newest justice has elk as office mate
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court earlier this year he got Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat, his office and his elk, Leroy.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Dan Brown talks religion, science and new novel

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Brown is once again taking on the big questions.

“Will God survive science?” asks the author of the blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” and other philosophical-religious thrillers during a recent interview. “All the gods of our past have fallen. So the question now is: Are we naive to think the gods of today won’t suffer the same fate?”


Friday, October 6, 2017

Investigator attacked trying to rescue child
STERLING, Ill. (AP) — An investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is hospitalized in a coma after being assaulted while trying to take protective custody of a child.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Man who killed six people in Illinois is sentenced
HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — A man who killed six people in Illinois before killing two people in Missouri wept and begged the victims’ families for forgiveness Wednesday before he was sentenced to life in prison for the Missouri deaths.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Las Vegas gunman may have targeted Lollapalooza
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the days and months before he mowed down concertgoers from his high-rise hotel suite, gunman Stephen Paddock booked rooms overlooking two other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago, authorities said. 
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sessions relaunches Bush era crime-fighting plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Panel narrowly backs court nominee who was questioned on Catholicism
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel narrowly backed one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees who was pressed by Democrats on whether her Roman Catholic faith would influence her legal judgment.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tillerson denies wanting to resign as sec of state
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declared he never considered resigning as President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, disputing what he called an “erroneous” report that he wanted to step down earlier this year. After pointedly refusing to answer whether he once called the president a “moron,” Tillerson had a spokeswoman deny he used such language.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

House passes GOP budget in key step for the upcoming tax debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Housetoday passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan that promises deep cuts to social programs while paving the way for a GOP drive to rewrite the tax code later this year.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Investigators stymied on gunman's motive
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history led a secret life that has so far thwarted investigators trying to figure out a motive for the attack.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Media find Las Vegas shooter's motive: He's white
If the media are going to keep wailing about how vital a free press is, could they start reporting stuff?
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bump stocks originaly created to allow people with disabilities to shoot a gun
ATLANTA (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman possessed a little-known device called a "bump stock" that was not widely sold — until now.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

U.S. Representative Davis calls on ATF to review law regarding bump stocks
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after signing onto a letter to asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to review the law regarding bump stock technology that was reportedly used in the Las Vegas shooting earlier this week.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fed's Yellen speaks to bankers in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed is committed to making sure that the regulations it imposes on the nation's community banks are not overly burdensome, noting a proposed rule issued last week to simplify requirements governing how much capital these banks must hold.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

August Busch: No intoxicants in blood
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tests show that former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV had no drugs or alcohol in his system in July when police said he appeared "intoxicated" as he prepared to take off in a helicopter from a suburban St. Louis office park.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

I-64 protesters arrested for trespassing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say the 143 people arrested after a protest on a busy highway near downtown are accused of trespassing.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

$65M hotel planned for Ballpark Village
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Loews Hotels & Co. plans to build a $65 million hotel as part of the second phase of the Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Japan preparing to issue licenses for casinos
TOKYO (AP) — Casino and resorts operator Las Vegas Sands deployed David Beckham and other top sports, music and entertainment figures Wednesday in its effort to woo Japan as it prepares to issue licenses for casinos.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shooter's gambling draws attention to video poker
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities trying to piece together the final days before Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal of powerful firearms on country music fans on the Las Vegas Strip have at least one potential trove of information: his gambling habits.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gunman's girlfriend returns for questioning
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returned to the U.S. overnight after a weekslong trip abroad and was met by investigators seeking to question her for clues to what drove Stephen Paddock to slaughter 59 people from his high-rise hotel suite.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Drunk and time-traveling
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Italian police seize $13M in Mafia blitz
ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have seized 11 million euros ($13 million) in assets and arrested 37 people, including two Carabinieri officers, accused in a Sicilian Mafia extortion racket involving fruit, fish and drugs.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

FDA: 'Love' not real ingreadient in granola
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts bakery's granola may be made with love, but federal officials say it shouldn't be listed as an ingredient on the package.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Florida to seek death penalty against 54-year-old female killer clown suspect
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a woman accused of dressing up like a clown in 1990 and fatally shooting the wife of a man she later married.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alaska voters reject local bans on legal marijuana
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected efforts to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales, three years after the nation’s largest state passed a voter initiative legalizing the recreational use of the drug.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Senators stunned by Equifax contract with IRS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators expressed bewilderment today that credit reporting company Equifax, under siege after a data breach affecting more than 145 million people, has received a $7.25 million contract with the IRS to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Legislation that could usher in a new era of self-driving cars advances
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation that could help usher in a new era of self-driving cars advanced in Congress today after the bill’s sponsors agreed to compromises to address some concerns of safety advocates.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Italian police arrest 37, seize $13 million in Mafia blitz
ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have seized 11 million euros ($13 million) in assets and arrested 37 people, including two Carabinieri officers, accused in a Sicilian Mafia extortion racket involving fruit, fish and drugs.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

143 arrested after protest in St. Louis that blocks Interstate 64
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say 143 people were arrested following a protest that shut down a busy highway near downtown St. Louis.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

LV Victims: 'You'd need a poet to tell everything'
(AP) — Some died with loved ones or friends at their side, others with newfound buddies. All shared in the terror of being caught by a gunman spraying bullets from high above.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

'I wasn't ready to die,' says Las Vegas victim
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tubes connecting to veins in her arms, Natalie Vanderstay clutches a pillow to her stomach, over the spot where a bullet entered her body. Blankets cover the leg that was ripped apart, doctors believe by shrapnel.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Chicago-based co. making backyard hockey rinks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Hockey is woven into the fabric of life in Canada and parts of the northern United States. When it gets cold, players young and old hit the ice, whenever and wherever they can find it.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cigarette makers to publish new language on risks
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Major U.S. cigarette companies will soon begin publishing a series of blunt statements about the health risks of smoking as part of a court order stemming from a 1999 lawsuit brought by the federal government.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Las Vegas hospitals are overwhelmed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The victims just kept coming.

In cars, in ambulances waiting four or five deep, from the walking wounded to the barely alive, they arrived in droves.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Trying to get sober? National institute offers tool to help find good care
WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone calls come — from fellow scientists and desperate strangers — with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober?
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New effort for generic competition for complex drugs
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is opening a new front in its efforts to reduce high drug prices by encouraging development of generic versions of hard-to-make medicines.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tom Petty a rock classicist from the very beginning

NEW YORK (AP) — Given the leather jacket and sneer Tom Petty wore on the cover of his 1976 debut, many people assumed he was one of those cheeky punks bent on tearing down the walls of rock ‘n’ roll.

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Steven Tyler talks health

(AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is disputing rumors about his health after an early end to the band’s tour, saying he “certainly did not have a heart attack or seizure.”

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fourth season genealogy show 'Finding Your Roots' begins tonight on PBS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a bigger cheerleader for genealogy research than Henry Louis Gates Jr. it’s unlikely they’re nearly as well-connected.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Man who shielded wife from gunfire among the Las Vegas victims
(AP) — A registered nurse from Tennessee who died shielding his wife, a doctor, from gunfire. The only son of a Canadian couple who is now left childless. A popular secretary at a New Mexico High School.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Shooter retired, had no criminal record
MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — The man who killed at least 58 people and injured at least 515 others at a Las Vegas concert was a retiree with no criminal history in the Nevada county where he lived, police said today. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Menendez threatened to use his position
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez reacted angrily and threatened to use his position on the Senate finance committee when his entreaties about changing Medicare reimbursement policy were rejected, a former Medicare official testified today at Menendez’s bribery trial.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Former Equifax chairman apologizes for data breach
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of Equifax says the company was entrusted with personal information of 140 million Americans and “we let them down” as human error and technology failures allowed a massive data breach
Monday, October 2, 2017

Terrorism: Trial opens for suspected mastermind of Benghazi attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The alleged mastermind of the 2012 attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, despises America and when his hatred “boiled over,” he organized the strike that killed four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, a government prosecutor told the jury on Monday.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Facebook 'planning more transparency,' gives Russia-linked ads to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook announced today that the company is planning more measures to increase transparency in advertising as the company provides Congress with more than 3,000 ads linked to a Russian ad agency.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Charges are expected after student is beaten at football game
LAKE STATION, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say charges are expected following a beating of a 14-year-old student after a northwestern Indiana high school football game that was recorded on cellphone video.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Cold War radiation testing in US widespread, author claims
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three members of Congress are demanding answers after a St. Louis scholar’s new book revealed details of secret Cold War-era U.S. government testing in which countless unsuspecting people, including many children, pregnant women and minorities, were fed, sprayed or injected with radiation and other dangerous materials.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Espionage: Attacks in Havana hit the heart of the US spy network in Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — Frightening attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana struck the heart of America's spy network in Cuba, with intelligence operatives among the first and most severely affected victims, The Associated Press has learned.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Tillerson calls for calming of situation on Korean Peninsula

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Saturday for a calming of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, but said it was incumbent on North Korea to halt its missile launches. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017

EPA says dioxins might have washed downriver during Harvey
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Trump seeks new health chief after resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking a new health secretary to take the place of Tom Price, ousted after an outcry over flying on costly private charters for official travel.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

No. 2 if by sea: Outhouse tied to Revere excavated

BOSTON (AP) — No. 1 if by land, No. 2 if by sea?

Archaeologists are excavating what they believe was the site of an outhouse next door to Paul Revere's home — and the "privy," as the colonists politely called their potties, could be flush with artifacts.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Trump steps up possible Fed chair search

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with former Federal Reserve board member Kevin Warsh as part of the process of interviewing candidates for the Fed’s top job.


Friday, September 29, 2017

US cuts staff at Cuba embassy, advises no travel 'Targeted' health attacks the reason

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of its Havana embassy personnel to leave the island, senior officials said today in a dramatic response to what they described as targeted “specific attacks” affecting the health of U.S. diplomats.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Helping Puerto Rico: Where and when to donate

NEW YORK (AP) — Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico , destroying buildings leaving its more than 3.4 million residents largely without power. Food and drinking water are also difficult to come by, and the recovery will be long, difficult and expensive.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Playboy Mansion one of most storied homes in the world

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apart from the White House, there's probably not a more storied home in the world than the Playboy Mansion.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Authorities indict thousands of gang members
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. and Central America say they have indicted thousands of violent street gang members since March, including a powerful MS-13 leader who allegedly ordered bloodshed on the East Coast while imprisoned in El Salvador.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wounded Scalise returns to Capitol to bipartisan cheers
WASHINGTON (AP) — To bipartisan hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker fighting for his life.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Coast gets break; Maria races out to sea
WAVES, N.C. (AP) — Maria was finally racing east over the Atlantic today, giving the United States a rest from the constant threat of tropical weather for more than a month.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Money is running out in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — First, Hurricane Maria knocked out power and water to Puerto Rico. Then diesel fuel, gas and water became scarce. Now, it's money.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

With new term near, Supreme Court to hear challenge to unions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Its conservative majority restored, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will return to an issue with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tribal chief who led pipeline fight is voted out
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Native American official who has been the face and voice of the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been voted out of office.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Menendez trial: Staffer's comments so insidious
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A staffer to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez used his boss’s name to push for the settlement of a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute involving a wealthy campaign donor, a former health administrator testified in the two men’s bribery trial Wednesday. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Texas county to spend $20M to buy out Harvey-flooded homes
HOUSTON (AP) — County officials in the Houston area have decided to spend $20 million to purchase more than 200 homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Velcro's sticky situation: It's 'hook and loop'
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trump tax plan would cut rates for many
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing a far-reaching, $5 trillion plan today that would cut taxes for corporations and potentially for individuals, simplify the tax system and nearly double the standard deduction used by most Americans.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Big stakes in Supreme Court fight over partisan mapping of electoral districts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are poised for a Supreme Court fight about political line-drawing with the potential to alter the balance of power across a country starkly divided between the two parties.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trump's tax overhaul: Who wins and who loses?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Small business owners, large corporations and the super wealthy could fare well under President Donald Trump's tax plan. The middle-class could come out ahead, too, but the plan has too many holes to determine how individual taxpayers would be affected.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adidas exec, 4 coaches charged, college bribery
NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Football ratings off 11 percent; next week's rating will be watched even closer
NEW YORK (AP) — Through three weeks, viewership for national telecasts of NFL games is down 11 percent this season compared to 2016, the Nielsen company said on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tillerson meets with top Cuba envoy amid probe into 'health attacks'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Tuesday with Cuba’s top diplomat, U.S. officials said, as the United States is seeking answers about mysterious “attacks” on its diplomats in Havana.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NKorea military posture unchanged
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top military officer said Tuesday he’s not seen any shifts in North Korea’s military posture despite the reclusive nation’s threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the “charged political environment” between Washington and Pyongyang.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Trump: Puerto Rico already suffering from broken infrastructure and debt
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island’s struggles before Hurricane Maria struck — including “billions of dollars” in debt to “Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Prior To The Anthem
The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Trump vows to cut taxes 'tremendously'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans toay as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation's tax code.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Will cancer immune therapy work for everyone?
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn’t do much good. It seemed like very bad news, yet his doctors were encouraged.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wanted: 1 million people for unprecedented study on genes, habits, health
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In Ca., coffee could come with cancer warning label
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Foreign Minister Ho says Trump has 'declared war'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s top diplomat said today that President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday that Hurricane Maria's destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Violence in US rises for second straight year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Violent crime in America rose for the second straight year 2016, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday.
Monday, September 25, 2017

New blow to GOP health bill: Paul opposes revised measure
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Sen. Rand Paul remained opposed Monday to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions, darkening White House and GOP leaders’ hopes of staving off defeat in a Senate showdown this week.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Police defend actions amid protest arrests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis-area police agencies are defending their actions in arresting nearly two dozen protesters at a mall, amid complaints that the demonstrators were taken down forcefully, including a female pastor allegedly put in a chokehold.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Trooper's widow sues sniper's parents
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The widow of a Pennsylvania state trooper has sued the parents of a man convicted in her late husband’s killing.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Trump promising huge tax cut; focus on taxes vs health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Poised to reveal a tax plan that is a pillar of his economic policy, President Donald Trump is promising “the largest tax cut in the history of our country.”
Monday, September 25, 2017

The Latest: Trump: Criticism of NFL players not about race
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s criticism of athletes (all times local):
Monday, September 25, 2017

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The pastor shouted “Run, run, gunshots!” and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms as a masked man armed with two guns opened fire at a Tennessee church, killing one person and wounding six before being subdued.
Monday, September 25, 2017

One of the grandest homes of all: New Breakers tour goes behind the scenes
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Visitors to the spectacular Gilded Age mansion The Breakers now have the chance to explore its depths with a new tour that shows off the domestic technology that helped make the 70-room building state of the art when it was completed in 1895.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prince Harry, Melania at Invictus opening
TORONTO (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to join Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the opening ceremony of Harry’s Invictus Games for wounded veterans. But there’s no indication Harry’s girlfriend will be there. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ban expires; new travel ban may vary by country
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next version of President Donald Trump's travel ban could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

The humanitarian crisis grows in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

60 years ago: Lawyers argued over separate but equal
WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: Sixty years ago, nine black students enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, putting to test a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1954 that declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain faced a choice that balanced friendship, party loyalty and his convictions. He made the decision some of his closest advisers expected.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

New earthquake shakes jittery Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed nearly 400 people.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Butkus, YouTube founder among Lincoln honorees
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gary shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt, car falling 23 feet
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police say shots fired at a car in Gary have left the driver dead, two passengers hurt and the vehicle tumbling onto a ramp to Interstates 80/94.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Sun rises in new play about Rupert Murdoch
LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Some of the earliest photos taken in this country headed to New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Some of the oldest daguerreotypes and photographs of U.S. landscapes are about to go on display in New Orleans, as part of the first exhibit and study of such landscapes made east of the Mississippi River.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunday lineups
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hannity boycott fizzling
NEW YORK (AP) — More than a month after a liberal advocacy group publicly called on advertisers to boycott Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel, luxury carmaker Cadillac has been the only new company to publicly back away from the program.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mansion on the move in Wheaton, Illinois
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Moving a 120-year-old historic mansion in one piece can be a precarious job.
Friday, September 22, 2017

You'll laugh and cray through 'Spoiler Alert'

“Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies” (Atria Books), by Michael Ausiello 

(AP) — Michael Ausiello is a respected television journalist whose wit and candor are well-received by those who love reading behind-the-scenes reports in the entertainment industry. 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Pasadena's art, gardens and history a good 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.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Indiana man locked in cave for 60 hours
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old man who spent 60 hours locked alone inside a gated southern Indiana cave says he feels lucky to be alive.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Fla. now requires nursing home generators
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s top health care regulator, in the aftermath of the nursing home deaths that followed Hurricane Irma, says the state will “aggressively” enforce new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators.
Friday, September 22, 2017

NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s asteroid-chasing spacecraft is swinging by Earth today on its way to a space rock. 
Friday, September 22, 2017

Maria: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Maria neared the Turks and Caicos early today as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm’s devastation.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Kim fires off insults, hints at more tests
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump today, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at a frightening new weapon test.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Merkel hopes for fourth term in elections Sunday
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel appears all but certain to win a fourth term when Germans vote Sunday after a humdrum campaign produced few divisive issues but saw smaller parties gain support — including the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany, which is set to become the most right-wing party in parliament for 60 years.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Tech industry celebrating new trans-Atlantic cable
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers and tech industry leaders have announced the completion of a new high-speed data cable that stretches across the Atlantic Ocean. 
Friday, September 22, 2017

Poland, Hungary persist with anti-immigrant policies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leaders of Poland and Hungary insistedtoday that they will stick to their anti-migrant policies in defiance of the European Union and warnings of sanctions.
Friday, September 22, 2017

StoryCorps' Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders
NEW YORK (AP) — StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening.
Friday, September 22, 2017

State receives $110 million for emergency preparedness
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Chicago gang indicted on racketeering
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal racketeering charges have been filed against nine members of a Chicago street gang, alleging they participated in a criminal organization that killed six people.
Friday, September 22, 2017

LL Bean publishs ad only visible in sunlight
NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean’s new ad, you’re going to have to step outdoors.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Fla. family looks forward after losing home to sinkhole
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida family will soon be searching for a new place to gather after their home of nearly five decades was lost to a sinkhole.
Friday, September 22, 2017

On last day of summer, snow falls in California
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Snow fell in the Sierra Nevada on the last day of summer, giving the towering mountain range shared by California and Nevada a wintry look in September and making travel hazardous.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Brigham Young U ends bans on caffeinated soda sales
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening."
Friday, September 22, 2017

SKorea urges North to abandon nukes
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Adopting a less confrontational stance than key allies, South Korea’s president urged North Korea today to abandon its nuclear weapons and seek dialogue to prevent conflict breaking out on the divided peninsula.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nursing home deaths may be criminal
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Nine elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Maria: A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims today after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts online in two hours or else
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Education Sec. DeVos uses personally-owned plane at zero cost to taxpayers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events on her own dime, according to her office.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Only country to have suffered a-bomb attack doesn't back nuke weapons ban
TOKYO (AP) — Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
Thursday, September 21, 2017












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