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New evidence viruses may play role in Alzheimer's
Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.
Thursday, June 21, 2018


Online shoppers can be forced to pay tax
States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision today that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bureaucracy: White House proposes merging education, labor depts.
The Trump administration will propose a major reorganization of the federal government today that calls for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spoiler alert, brencheese, buzzy and more added to dictionary
From the positively medieval to the beat of contemporary music: Brencheese, deathshildy and hip-pop are among about 1,000 new or refreshed entries added in June to the online Oxford English Dictionary.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

ABC apologizes for Manafort graphic
ABC News is apologizing for a graphic that incorrectly said that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fonda apologizes for suggesting Barron Trump be put in cage with pedophiles
Peter Fonda apologized Wednesday for a late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.”
Thursday, June 21, 2018

How the US has split families throughout history
Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it’s not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Crying children fill 'tender age' shelters; Trump says he'll sign 'something'
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has drafted an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. She was at the White House where Trump told reporters he would be “signing something” shortly.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gaza Palestinians launching crude incendiary kites to ignite Israeli wildfires
After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Parkland brother and sister detail NeverAgain inception in their new book
The polarizing survivor of the Parkland mass shooting has been falsely labeled a crisis actor, vilified by the NRA and called names by TV hosts. And David Hogg isn’t avoiding self-criticism in his new book. In fact, he calls himself “arrogant,” “skinny” and details his rejection by girls.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Canada becomes second country in world to legalize marijuana nationwide
Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, calling it hypocritical and self-serving
The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New health insurance option for small biz
The Trump administration today rolled out a health insurance option for small businesses and self-employed people that could lead to lower premiums but may also cover fewer benefits than current plans.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

IBM pits computer against two human debaters
IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it’s been working on for more than five years.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

US could back the first marijuana-derived prescription drug
A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, but parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WHO: Compulsive video-game playing could be a mental health problem
Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump digs in on immigration amid outrage
Facing a rising tide of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in today, again blaming Democrats in the escalating political crisis.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian
Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Man impersonates general for helicopter ride
A man accused of trying to impress a woman by landing a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina technology company plans to plead guilty to impersonating a three-star Army general and will concede that he was sane at the time, according to a new court filing.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls
Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country’s second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.
Monday, June 18, 2018

3 Democrats look to make history in Wisconsin governor race
Mahlon Mitchell likes to remind voters while campaigning that they can make history by electing him Wisconsin’s first black governor. Meanwhile, Kathleen Vinehout and Kelda Roys — who breast-fed her daughter in a campaign video — are each hoping to become the first woman to lead the state.
Monday, June 18, 2018

DC's public schools go from success story to cautionary tale
As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Apple aims to solve problems locating 911 calls for help
Apple is trying to drag the U.S.’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out
A 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two other suspects, were injured.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Trump supports GOP immigration bill after all
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn’t sign a “moderate” package. The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Up or on the rocks, beaver-secretion flavored bourbon?

TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone? 

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs. 


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Marking Tabasco's 150th with an island tour
AVERY ISLAND, La. (AP) — One of the world’s most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Judge jails ex-campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is going to jail.
Friday, June 15, 2018

GOP setback: Trump says he won't sign a 'moderate' package on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion today over Republican efforts to push immigration through the House next week, saying he won’t sign a “moderate” package. A top House Republican said the chamber would not tackle the issue without Trump’s backing.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Trump: Tariffs on $50B in Chinese imports
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing to cut U.S. trade deficits and protect the nation’s high-tech “crown jewels,” President Donald Trump said today he’s levying a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Oil company is honoring once-forgotten slaves
CONVENT, La. (AP) — A major oil company is taking steps to honor once-forgotten slaves buried on its land west of New Orleans in an area where sugar plantations once abounded, an effort that some hope will grow into a larger movement to recognize and protect such cemeteries around the country.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

Funeral this afternoon for World War II pilot missing since 1944
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Second Lt. Robert R. Keown was piloting his P-38 aircraft to an airfield after a mission in 1944 when it crashed into a mountain in Papua New Guinea. World War II ended without Keown’s family knowing what had happened to him, and the military later declared him dead.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Trump Foundation: NY lawsuit 'politics at its worst'
A lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general Thursday said President Donald Trump used his charitable foundation to settle personal business disputes and bolster his political image with donations directed by his staff.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Immigration: Ryan not comfortable with separating parents, kids at border
House Speaker Paul Ryan said today he’s not comfortable with a Trump administration policy that separates children and parents at the southern border, as House Republicans, under increasing pressure to address the humanitarian crisis, raced to finish a new immigration bill.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

IG faults Comey in Clinton email probe
The Justice Department’s watchdog faults former FBI Director James Comey for breaking with established protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but it says his decisions before the 2016 elections were not driven by political bias, according to a person familiar with the findings.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weak pay growth puzzles the Federal Reserve chief, just like everyone else
Halfway through a news conference Wednesday, the head of the world’s most powerful central bank was asked a question weighing on the minds — and the checking accounts — of Americans everywhere:

When will people finally start getting meaningful pay raises?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Chief, yesterday, today, forever
A billboard supporting the controversial former mascot of the University of Illinois has resurfaced after a decade-long hiatus.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ryan: Trump backs compromise immigration plan
President Donald Trump backs compromise immigration legislation that House Republican leaders are trying to craft in hopes of ending the party’s standoff over the issue, Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers Wednesday. Details of the measure remained in negotiation between conservatives and moderates, and whatever emerges faces an uphill climb.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Senate panel okays moderate bipartisan farm bill
A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Charitable giving in US tops $400 billion
Fueled by a surging stock market and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mideast team to push peace plan
The White House says President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiating team will visit the region next week as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip. The trip comes as officials say the Trump administration is near completion of the plan with an eye on a possible release this summer.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower
A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped early today, and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summit: 'Complete denuclearization'
Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Effects of Supreme Court voter roll decision appear limited in most states
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump to leave NK summit early too
In the latest twist in the drama-filled nuclear talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump announced on the eve of their historic meeting that he will be leaving Singapore early because the nuclear negotiations have moved "more quickly than expected."
Monday, June 11, 2018

Now a candidate, Romney appears to embrace Trump
On the edge of a mountaintop in Utah, it's getting complicated for Mitt Romney.
Monday, June 11, 2018

European Union backs Canadian leader Trudeau
The European Union today backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after U.S. President Donald Trump branded him "dishonest" and "weak" following a Group of Seven summit of leaders.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Trump expresses optimism about summit
On the eve of their unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepared  for a meeting that could define the fate of millions, along with their own political futures.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Los Angeles for tourists: Hollywood, beaches - and pot?
Recreational marijuana sales became legal in California this year, and the industry is targeting tourists as well as locals, with tours, shops, lodging and ads. “Just seconds from LAX,” says an ad for the MedMen chain .
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Trump trades easy banter with allies but differences persist
President Donald Trump charged into the Group of Seven summit at odds with key allies over U.S. tariffs, then set out to defuse tension with friendly banter and offered vague claims of progress in trade talks. But details were scant and clear differences remained at the summit’s midpoint.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Justice Sotomayor writing book on kids with 'challenges'
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke Friday about a book she’s working on about kids with “life challenges,” such as attention deficit disorder, autism, blindness and diabetes.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Gulag Soviet prison camp records secretly destroyed
A museum studying Soviet prison camps said today it has discovered a secret Russian order in 2014 instructing officials to destroy data on prisoners — a move it said “could have catastrophic consequences for studying the history of the camps.”
Friday, June 8, 2018

Still no agreement on immigration from House GOP
House Republicans searched for an immigration compromise on Friday that has eluded them for decades, pressured by rebellious GOP moderates who’ve thrown a ticking clock into the mix.
Friday, June 8, 2018

G7: Trump says 'let Russia back in'
President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations today, calling for Russia, ousted for its annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Maybe a Rodman sighting at Trump-Kim talks?
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he will travel to Singapore “for the historical summit” between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, even though Trump says he wasn’t invited.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Trump may seek clemency advice from pro athletes
President Donald Trump said he is thinking “very seriously” about pardoning Muhammad Ali, even though the Supreme Court vacated the boxing champion’s conviction in 1971.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Ex-Senate aide charged after lying about contacts
A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts with multiple reporters and was expected in federal court Friday in Baltimore.
Friday, June 8, 2018

US lifts secrecy veil on foreign lobbying opinions
The Justice Department is opening up about the advice it has given to lobbyists who work for foreign governments and political interests.
Friday, June 8, 2018

San Francisco race puts ranked-choice voting in spotlight; how it works
In San Francisco, the candidate with the most first-place votes is trailing in a tight race for mayor 
Friday, June 8, 2018

Not voting could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states
Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Matt Lauer can keep New Zealand ranch
Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer can keep a lakeside ranch in New Zealand after authorities there concluded today there wasn’t enough evidence he’d breached a “good character” condition.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Suicide 10th leading cause of death and on the rise
Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday.
Friday, June 8, 2018

School uses lullaby to teach kids about lockdown
A Massachusetts kindergarten class is drawing attention for using a lullaby to teach students about lockdown drills.
Friday, June 8, 2018

French police calling death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain suicide
American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room today in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Tourists flock to Peru for mind-blowing experience
Sitting on a mattress strewn across the floor with white sheets, Pamela Moronci closes her eyes while a traditional healer starts to chant in the indigenous Shipibo language.
Friday, June 8, 2018

'White gold' harvest happening now in northern Spain
With head-mounted flashlights and boots deep in the mud, a firefly-like party of laborers in northern Spain harvest precious asparagus shoots once the night falls.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

House GOP can't bridge divide on immigration
As of noon today, House Republicans had left a private meeting on immigration without an agreement between conservatives and moderates on the divisive issue.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

DOJ offers new briefing next week on FBI's use of informant in Russia probe
The Justice Department has offered lawmakers a third classified briefing next week on the FBI’s use of a secret informant in the Russia probe, as it tries to quell allegations that it improperly spied on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

CEO is devoted to keeping the 'Girl' in Girl Scouts
The head of the Girl Scouts says that while the organization is disappointed that the Boy Scouts have decided to accept girls it is focused on helping “parents understand the benefits of Girl Scouts.”
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Samantha Bee, the angry comedian, is back; TBS accepts her apology
Comedian Samantha Bee returned to her TBS show Wednesday, apologizing again for using a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the ensuing controversy distracted from more important issues.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rhode Island plans to burn ship to protest Tea Party
Rhode Islanders feel slighted that Bostonians get all the glory for helping spark the American Revolution with the Boston Tea Party. After all, more than a year before any tea was tossed, Rhode Island colonists burned a British ship.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Obama admin sought to give Iran access to US dollars
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Former FBI official Andrew McCabe asks for immunity
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is requesting criminal immunity in exchange for testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May heat smashes records
Record heat returned to the United States with a vengeance in May.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Several thousand mark anniversary of RFK's death
Ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death have drawn several thousand people to Arlington National Cemetery.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China institutes: Fount of learning or threat?
On college campuses in virtually every state across the U.S., the Chinese government supports more than 100 institutes that teach language and culture. For university students like Moe Lewis, they offer a chance to learn about Chinese art and pick up a few phrases in Mandarin. For critics, like Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, they present a threat to academic freedom and a spy risk.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Spade remembered as vibrant, like her creations
Bright. Vibrant. Colorful. And, most essentially, fun.

The same words used so often to describe Kate Spade’s enormously popular handbags — “It” bags that were both aspirational and affordable — were an apt description of the woman herself, say many in the fashion world. And that only contributed to the sense of shock and loss in the industry upon hearing the news Tuesday that Spade had apparently taken her own life at 55.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bill Clinton says 'Today' interview not his finest hour
Former President Bill Clinton is acknowledging that his combative response earlier this week to questions about Monica Lewinsky wasn’t his “finest hour.”
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

ACLU sues over citizenship question on 2020 census
Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What's in your 401(k)? For more investors, just one fund
More and more retirement savers have their entire 401(k) account in just a single mutual fund, and investment advisers are fine with it.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

1st ever: More jobs than unemployed
For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the United States exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Senator Dianne Feinstein expected to cruise in the California primary
California’s U.S. Senate primary will determine whether 26-year incumbent Dianne Feinstein faces a fellow Democrat who characterizes her as too deferential to the president or someone from a field of largely unknown Republicans.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Part of building collapses, killing 1 of 2 trapped workers
A two-story home being demolished in Philadelphia partially collapsed Monday, killing one of two contractors who had been trapped after the fall, officials said.
Monday, June 4, 2018

UK government to sell $3.5B stake in Royal Bank of Scotland
Britain’s government says it intends to sell a 2.6 billion pound ($3.5 billion) part of its shareholding in taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland Group to institutional investors.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake
The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Scott Pruitt had top aide do personal tasks
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, according to an email and testimony from the aide released today.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Suspect in 4 Phoenix-area slayings kills himself
A man suspected in four Phoenix-area slayings that happened over three days fatally shot himself today as police swarmed the hotel where he was staying, authorities said.
Monday, June 4, 2018

High court sides with Trump admin. in pregnant teen case
The Supreme Court is rejecting a suggestion by the Trump administration that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union might deserve to be sanctioned in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen it helped obtain an abortion.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Business economists worry about possible recession in 2020
A group of top business economists believes the major tax cuts President Donald Trump pushed through Congress will give a significant boost to economic growth this year and next year. But they worry that by 2020, the country could be entering a new recession.
Monday, June 4, 2018

China: Smaller trade surplus, OK. But tech concessions? No.
Narrow our trade surplus with the United States? No problem, say Chinese negotiators. But change technology tactics that are China’s path to prosperity and its rightful place as a global leader? Absolutely not.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Facebook under scrutiny over data sharing after NYT report
Facebook is pushing back against a media report saying that it provided extensive information about its users and their friends to third parties like phone makers.
Monday, June 4, 2018

1 of 4 in small plane crash ID'd as builder to the stars
A prominent builder for celebrities’ homes was identified by authorities Sunday as being one of four people on board a small plane that crashed off the coast of Long Island, killing two and leaving two missing and presumed dead.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Busboy who held dying Robert Kennedy speaks of the lingering pain
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Romero was a teenage Mexican immigrant working as a hotel busboy 50 years ago when he was thrust into one of the seminal moments of the decade.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Investigation targets nation's oldest statewide sanctuary law in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A conservative group is taking aim at the nation’s oldest statewide sanctuary law, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon mandate limiting police coordination on immigration arrests. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Trump orders immediate steps to boost coal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic security.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sip and ship:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Until now, whiskey tourists in Kentucky have been able to sniff the aromas from bourbon-making and sip the finished product during distillery tours. But they haven’t been allowed to ship bottles home.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bourbon theft ringleader sentenced to 15 years in prison
The ringleader of a whiskey theft operation in Kentucky was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for his role in siphoning tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of bourbon from a pair of distilleries.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fitzgerald worked on 'Tender Is The Night' while living in this Alabama home
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As she sat in the house where “Great Gatsby” writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bendable concrete can make infrastructure safer
(The Conversation via AP) — Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Darius Rucker, Kane Brown make country chart history
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Darius Rucker and Kane Brown are sharing a chart record as the first two solo acts who are also minorities to follow each other with No. 1 country songs in the 28-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Unemployment at 18-year low, 3.8 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Top North Korean aide arrives at White House to deliver promised letter
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Kim Jong Un visited the Oval Office today, ready to hand off a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump amid talks between the two sides aimed at reviving an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.
Friday, June 1, 2018

National school safety plan focuses on pedagogical, behavior intervention
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos bumped fists with first-graders and listened as they shared stories about friendship during a field trip Thursday by a presidential commission seeking ways to stem a steady stream of school violence.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Facebook kills 'trending' topics, tests breaking news
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.
Friday, June 1, 2018

Beauty battle: Department stores rethinking cosmetics
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the beauty aisles themselves getting makeovers now.
Friday, June 1, 2018

US tariffs: Europe and Mexico pledge to retaliate
The Trump administration said today it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions from the American allies. Europe and Mexico pledged to retaliate quickly, exacerbating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions. Financial markets fell amid fears of a trade war.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Official says talks to salvage NK summit went well
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meetings today with a top North Korean official ended more than two hours earlier than expected because the talks “went well” and “made progress” in salvaging an on-again, off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a U.S. official said.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Family of RFK to host memorial service
Friends and family of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy will host a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery next week to honor him on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ambien side effects don't include racism
Ambien and similar sleep aids are well-known for sometimes causing some weird behavioral side effects, but changing one’s political or cultural views is not one of them.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Alberto's last gasp: Mudslides, flooding in South
Rescuers searched Thursday for three people who disappeared in rural Virginia amid flooding that washed out roads and bridges and damaged homes as the effects of Subtropical Storm Alberto were felt across several states.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trump says he's giving a full pardon to conservative commentator D'Souza
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

US general says some Taliban interested in peace
The top commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan says some Taliban fighters and leaders are talking to the Afghan government about peace prospects.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gowdy disputes 'spy' claim, says FBI acted properly
There is no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, a senior House Republican said Wednesday, directly contradicting Trump’s repeated insistence that the agency inserted a “spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win.”
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Right to Try: Terminal patients get hope
President Donald Trump has signed legislation that would help people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer travel: If you get bumped off a flight, make sure it's worthwhile
Allison Preiss became a hero to airline passengers this spring when she scored a $10,000 travel voucher for losing her seat on an oversold flight.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Missouri governor Eric Greitens resigns amid investigations stemming from extramarital affair
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a sometimes brash political outsider whose unconventional resume as a Rhodes scholar and Navy SEAL officer made him a rising star in the Republican Party, resigned Tuesday amid a widening investigation that arose from an affair with his former hairdresser.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

ACS: Colon screening should start at 45, not 50
New guidelines released Wednesday recommend U.S. adults start colon cancer screening earlier, at age 45 instead of 50.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Walmart offers employees new perk: cheap access to a college degree
Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A history of gender-bending pronouns
On college campuses and in workplaces, across social media and in deference to non-binary people, gender-neutral pronouns are more than just a new wave of political correctness.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Barr: It was 2 a.m. and she was 'ambien tweeting'
In the time it took to compose a 53-character tweet, Roseanne Barr went from a hero that ABC was banking upon to unemployed.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Copperfield negligent but not financially responsible
Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Prosecutors plan appeal of Skakel ruling
Connecticut prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction in a 1975 bludgeoning death to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Court limits warrantless vehicle searches
The Supreme Court is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

England successfully prosecuting forced marriage
A British jury has convicted a couple of attempting to force their teenage daughter to marry her first cousin in Bangladesh.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Trump renews plan to impose tariffs on China
The Trump administration has renewed its threat to place 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods in retaliation for what it says are China’s unfair trade practices.  
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

White House continues to prepare for NK summit
The U.S. “continues to actively prepare” for an “expected summit” between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the White House said, as diplomatic efforts are underway on two continents to prepare for the historic meeting.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Supreme Court justices allow Arkansas to enforce abortion restrictions
The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Consumer confidence bounces back a bit in May
American consumers were feeling a bit more optimistic in May following a slight decline in confidence in April.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Misleading tweets by liberal activists showing immigrants in cages fuel response
President Donald Trump on Tuesday seized on an error by liberal activists who tweeted photos of young-looking immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in steel cages and blamed the current administration for separating immigrant children from their parents.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Colorado baker decision won't be the justices' last word on LGBT rights
A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years later
High-ranking military officials from the United States, France and Germany took part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in France on Sunday to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a turning point in World War I and a key moment in U.S. Marine Corps history.
Monday, May 28, 2018

WWII veteran gets high school diploma 74 years later
A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Ohio is celebrating Memorial Day with a high school diploma.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Rescuers seeking 1 still missing in Maryland floods
One man remained missing after flash flooding tore down historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, and left a community heartbroken at seeing severe damage less than two years after another devastating flood.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Alberto strengthens as it approaches Gulf Coast
Subtropical Storm Alberto headed toward anticipated landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast, where white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Law enforcement turning to drones
No longer a novelty, drones are becoming an everyday tool for more police and fire departments, new research has found.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Chicago arrestees close to illegal guns
Many people arrested in Chicago were within just a few degrees of separation from someone illegally possessing a firearm, according to a recent study
Monday, May 28, 2018

Conservative Christian attorneys gain influence under Trump
Lawyers who espouse a conservative Christian agenda have found plenty of opportunities in Texas, suing on behalf of Bible-quoting cheerleaders and defending a third-grader who wanted to hand out Christmas cards that read in part “Jesus is the Christ!”
Monday, May 28, 2018

Trump's hard-line trade agenda runs into the cold reality of global geopolitics
President Donald Trump’s hard-line views on trade, a staple of his message long before he entered politics, are beginning to collide with the cold realities of global geopolitics.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Guiliani says informant information is key to giving Mueller an interview
President Donald Trump’s legal team would advise that he refuse to submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller unless the team can review classified information shared with select lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s election meddling, Trump’s personal lawyer says.
Monday, May 28, 2018

For CEOs, $11.7 million a year is middle of the pack
Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than typical workers. 
Friday, May 25, 2018

Summit talks turn warmer; Trump 'talking to them'
President Donald Trump today warmly welcomed North Korea’s promising response to his abrupt withdrawal from the potentially historic Singapore summit and said “we’re talking to them now” about putting it back on track.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Yet another school shooting today, this one in a middle school
A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Planning a Disney trip? Disney Parks Moms Panel can help
If you're contemplating a trip to a Disney park, you may be stressing out about the planning. How far in advance should you book? How does the FastPass work? Are restaurant reservations really necessary?
Friday, May 25, 2018

Handgun-carrying civilian shoots, kills gunman
A young man who opened fire in an Oklahoma City restaurant, leaving two people with gunshot wounds and two others hurt in the ensuing chaos, was then shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, criminal sex act charges
Flinching when he heard himself described as a man who used power to prey on women, Harvey Weinstein was arraigned today on rape and other charges in the first criminal prosecution to result from the wave of allegations against him that sparked a national reckoning over sexual misconduct.
Friday, May 25, 2018

'You'll Never Walk Alone' to be sung by 16,000 fans
Gerry Marsden walked into Liverpool’s ODEON cinema for a Laurel and Hardy film. It was raining when he started to leave, so he decided to stay for the second part of the double feature and watch the comedy duo one more time.
Friday, May 25, 2018

From snipers to moms: World War II exhibit focuses on women
The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world’s women, both on the home and battlefronts.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Spygate: GOP leaders to get classified briefings
House and Senate lawmakers from both parties met with top intelligence officials today for classified briefings as President Donald Trump has raised new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by N Korea
In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump today called off next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a “tremendous setback” for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any “foolish or reckless acts” by the North.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bill reversing Dodd-Frank signed into law
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a measure that loosens key restraints for banks imposed after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Savoring the legislative triumph, he called it “the next step in America’s unprecedented economic comeback.”
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hillary Clinton 'wants to be helpful' to Democrats, but can she, they wonder?
Hillary Clinton is not going away.

Standing on a convention stage Wednesday, the former Democratic presidential candidate cheered a primary election candidate from Georgia and endorsed one from New York, promising to be an active participant in red and blue states alike in the coming months.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

'Dreamers' come of age, getting law degrees now and taking on the system
Denia Perez’s parents brought her from Mexico to the United States illegally when she was 11 months old. Last month, she became among the first of the so-called “Dreamers” to earn a law degree. And now, she and others are using their lawyerly know-how to take on the system so they can legally practice.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Still smoking and still joking, Tommy Chong, at age 80, says 'I told you so'
Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pompeo 'very hopeful' NKorea talks will happen
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today he was “very hopeful” that the U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit would take place as planned next month, although he laid the meeting’s fate squarely on Kim Jong Un.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trump speaking on immigration and gang violence
President Donald Trump was holding a roundtable discussion on Long Island on illegal immigration and gang violence that the White House is calling a “national call to action for legislative policy changes.”
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Congress on track to OK private care at VA
Congress is set to deliver a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system, despite concerns from some Democrats that this will prove too costly.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe
Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Snitch: The FBI's use of informants as old as the agency itself
Snitches, moles, spies, whistleblowers. Government informants are an age-old investigative tool that’s as much a part of the FBI’s 110 years of history as J. Edgar Hoover or its “10 Most Wanted” list.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mnuchin: Treasury investigating possible leaks of Cohen data
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday his department’s inspector general is looking into whether banking records of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen were leaked from an agency database, as well as whether any of the records were improperly blocked from view.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Drugs are landing more women behind bars
On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren’t allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

EPA blocks some media from harmful water summit
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday blocked The Associated Press and at least two other news organizations from attending a national summit on harmful water contaminants.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Trump suggests NKorea summit could be delayed
President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out” for June 12.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Congress nears dismantling of Dodd-Frank laws
Congress is hurtling toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Obamas getting into the television business with multi-year deal with Netflix
Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday’s announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Blues arena changing name to Enterprise Center
The home of the St. Louis Blues is getting a new name: Enterprise Center.
Monday, May 21, 2018

President slams Venezuela's election as a 'sham'
The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela’s presidential election as a “sham,” vowing to take quick action to ramp up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s beleaguered government.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Ameren to build largest wind farm in Missouri
Ameren Missouri plans to build a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating enough power to serve 120,000 homes within two years, the company said Monday.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Watchdog report to fault FBI for not moving quickly on Clinton email probe
An upcoming report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with findings.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Trump demands DOJ investigate the FBI
President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Toxic cloud caused by volcano lava emerges over ocean
White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86
Richard N. Goodwin, an aide, speechwriter and liberal force for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson who helped craft such historic addresses as Robert Kennedy’s “ripples of hope” and LBJ’s  speeches on civil rights and “The Great Society,” died Sunday evening at age 86.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Ex-coal exec Blankenship's chase for Senate seat may violate 'sore loser' law
Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced today that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it’s unclear if the move violates West Virginia’s “sore loser” law.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Fiery US bishop brings American flair to royal wedding
WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday’s royal wedding as much as the guest preacher whose sermon brought American fire and flair to a very English church service.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

CIA's Haspel cut her teeth in ops against Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

GoFundMe makes saving Lincoln artifacts hip
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln once said, “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”
Saturday, May 19, 2018

New York judge rejects lawsuit against Fox News by ex-host Andrea Tantaros
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge threw out a New York lawsuit Friday against Fox News by former host Andrea Tantaros, citing her “vague, speculative and conclusory allegations.”
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Laurel, Yanny or. . . covfefe? White House joins debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quality childrens' book to look for
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling children’s author Andrea Beaty has new adventures in store for Rosie Revere.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

A look at the new Norwegian Bliss cruise ship
NEW YORK (AP) — Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, has begun its U.S. inaugural tour with stops in New York, Miami and Los Angeles before a christening in Seattle kicking off a season of cruises to Alaska. 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rising rates: Savers sigh in relief, borrowers beware
NEW YORK (AP) — Interest rates are charging higher, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you’re saving or borrowing. 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Robert Wilkie Trump's new pick to head VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced today he is nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Haspel confirmed as first woman to lead the CIA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency’s harsh interrogation program after 9/11.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Trump: He'll keep using 'animals' for MS-13 members
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word “animals” to describe  violent gang members who enter the country illegally despite a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Conservative revolt from hard right over immigration sinks House farm bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Volcano sends pulverized rock, glass, crystal into air
VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii residents covered their faces with masks after a volcano menacing the Big Island for weeks exploded, sending a mixture of pulverized rock, glass and crystal into the air in its strongest eruption of sandlike ash in days.
Friday, May 18, 2018

All he wanted was a burger: Unknown civil rights pioneer made history
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Bruce Boynton is a civil rights pioneer most people have never heard of.
Friday, May 18, 2018

FBI may have infiltrated Trump campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lent credence today to reports that FBI informants had infiltrated his presidential campaign, saying that “if so, this is bigger than Watergate!”
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Farm bill: Critics say sugar program is a sour deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers are squaring off against the U.S. sugar industry in a familiar battle over a program that props up sugar prices.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

0-16 Browns set to appear on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Miss America picks women for top leadership spots
The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal in which male officials were caught making vulgar and insulting comments about past winners of the beauty pageant. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

CIA nominee Haspel wins Senate panel backing, confirmation is expected
Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the spy agency.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Remembering author Tom Wolfe, 'a magician' with words
You only had to look at him — in his white suits and two-tone shoes — or read such books as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” to know that Tom Wolfe was like no other.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dutch researchers uncover 'dirty' teenage jokes in Anne Frank's diary
Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had pasted over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Israel military says it is defendings its border
Monday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war there, and was part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Group behind T. Roosevelt library scraps 2-site plan
The foundation working to build a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota has reversed an earlier decision to split the complex into two parts, in two cities, angering a top state lawmaker.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

WWII bomber Memphis Belle is rolling out
The Memphis Belle took off from England on the morning of May 17, 1943, with a wave of 159 B-17s to drop bombs on the concrete Nazi submarine shelters at Lorient, France. When it landed unscathed that afternoon, the 10 men aboard already were celebrating; they had just become one of the first bomber crews of the war to survive 25 missions at a time when most weren't making a dozen.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Immigration crackdown shifts to employers as number of audits surges
Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor. 
Monday, May 14, 2018

Supreme Court gives go-ahead for nationwide sports betting
The Supreme Court today gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Why Singapore for Trump-Kim summit?
Singapore, a highly manicured city-state shaped by skyscrapers and luxury hotels, is preparing for perhaps the most crucial international diplomatic event of the decade.
Monday, May 14, 2018

US Embassy opens in Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 43 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border today. It was the deadliest day there since a devastating 2014 cross-border war and cast a shadow over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Quirky Lincoln Chafee, a political enigma, is looking at his old Senate seat
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s unanticipated interest in running for his old U.S. Senate seat began with an email from two passionate supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Word on the street: Hemp may be new gold rush
A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn’t come with a high.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Second Democratic senator publicly backing Trump's CIA pick
A second Democratic senator has announced his support for President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast
The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Portrait of a casino: Back in the black after 40 years
When Resorts became the first casino in the United States to open outside Nevada, gamblers overwhelmed it. Cars streamed into Atlantic City on May 26, 1978, and throngs waited in line for blocks on the famous Boardwalk.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu's unusual run-in with UAE envoy
Officially, their governments don’t speak. The United Arab Emirates doesn’t even formally recognize that Israel exists.

But an impromptu bit of dinner diplomacy between Israel’s prime minister and a prominent Emirati ambassador sheds light on one of the worst kept secrets in the Arab world: the quiet ties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors that are increasingly coming out in the open as they find common cause against mutual foe Iran.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Harvard prof uses 1910 menu to offer insight on food history
As America has changed, so has its dinner tables. Harvard University Professor Joyce E. Chaplin centered a lecture, "Delicious! Setting the Table for a Food Exhibit," at the University of Charleston on American food around a surviving menu from a 1910 Harvard University dinner at the Parker House restaurant.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Poland's Nieborow Palace: Lovely interiors, dramatic history
Off the beaten track in central Poland lies a witness to history: Nieborow Palace, which has hosted world leaders, survived communism and wars, and even has a connection to the Kennedys.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Trump to deliver plan for drug prices Friday
After more than a year of bold promises, President Donald Trump is unveiling his plans for reducing drug prices. But they don’t include a key campaign pledge to use the buying power of the government’s Medicare program to negotiate lower costs for seniors.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in US for 2017
Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother's Day movement brings flowers for 'forgotten women'
It was May of 2006, two days before Mother's Day, when a sad epiphany struck Jane Miller. The Howell resident was working at a Monmouth County retirement community when she noticed one of the residents had spent the entire day in the lobby.

"The woman was sitting there watching bouquets being brought in for anybody but her," Miller said. "It bothered me to no end."

Friday, May 11, 2018

Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps
The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries.
Friday, May 11, 2018

NY congressional candidate can use campaign cash for child care
A New York congressional candidate given permission Thursday to use campaign funds for child care expenses called the decision by federal officials “a game changer” for mothers as a record number of women run for office.
Friday, May 11, 2018

House bill would revive mothballed Nevada nuclear waste dump
The House on Thursday approved an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Israel hits dozens of Iranian targets in Syria
The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Calif. to require solar panels on all new homes
Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tanzania's Maasai natives evicted in favor of tourism, group says
Tens of thousands of Tanzania's ethnic Maasai people are homeless after the government burned their houses to keep the savannah open for tourism benefiting two foreign safari companies, a U.S.-based group charged Thursday.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Walmart makes $16B bet on India's economy
Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India’s massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that’s known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on their motorcycles with oversized backpacks.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Detainees freed in North Korea, returning to US with Pompeo
Three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year are on their way back to the U.S. with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in the latest sign of improving relations between the two longtime adversary nations.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Davis releases statement on Iran nuclear deal
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement on the Iran nuclear deal:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Porn star's lawyer: Russia paid Cohen
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says he has information showing that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, received $500,000 from a company associated with a Russian billionaire within months of paying hush money to Daniels, a porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

National primary election roundup: GOP exhales after W. Virginia race
Key takeaways after voters in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia — all states won in 2016 by Donald Trump — picked nominees for Senate, House and some state offices ahead of the November general elections.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Iran pull out could deepen US isolation
President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Google showcases artificial intelligence advances at its conference
Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, where it announced new features and services imbued with machine learning.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Exhibit highlights baseball's role after 9-11
In the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, most Americans were looking for cues on how to react and when life might return to normal. For many people, America's pastime of baseball helped to mend a fractured country.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Finding his way: Prince Harry ready to marry
It was a statement that confirmed Prince Harry’s burgeoning maturity and his iron determination to struggle for what he cherishes and believes in.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Trump proposes cutting $15B in unused spending
President Donald Trump sent lawmakers today a plan to wipe more than $15 billion in unused spending off the government’s books.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

US employers post record high 6.6 million open jobs
U.S. employers advertised 6.6 million open jobs in March, the most on records dating back to December 2000, suggesting businesses want to staff up to meet strong demand.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monsanto CEO, others to leave after the Bayer takeover
Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant will leave the company after it’s acquired by Germany’s Bayer AG.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On Israel's 70th anniversary U.S. Embassy will move, Hamas will protest
On May 14, Israel's 70th anniversary, the U.S. ceremoniously opens its new embassy in Jerusalem, in line with Trump's recognition in December of the city as Israel's capital. Israel has excitedly welcomed the move.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Iran-Contra figure retired Lt. Col. Oliver North named president of NRA
Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North’s appointment as the next president of the National Rifle Association gives some star power to the gun lobby but also inspires disdain by gun-control advocates who call it a tone-deaf move that shows an unwillingness to find solutions to gun violence.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Vatican bling takes center stage at new Met exhibit
Tiaras encrusted with thousands of diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Papal cloaks and vestments with golden embroidery so fine they took 16 years to produce.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject convicted former coal executive
A defiant Don Blankenship fired back Monday after President Donald Trump urged West Virginia voters to support two of the convicted ex-coal executive’s opponents in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Monday, May 7, 2018

'13 anry Dems' on Meuller team be wary
President Donald Trump said Monday he was “Fighting Back” against the Russia probe and warned the “13 Angry Democrats” on the special counsel’s team to “just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”
Monday, May 7, 2018

Pelosi: Dems have the cash to win House
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that House Democrats have the fundraising, the issues and the political atmosphere on their side to win back the majority in November.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Iranians say the uncertainty over nuclear deal is bringing worry and fear
On the streets of Tehran, every day seems to bring more worry and fear ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision this week on whether to pull America out of the nuclear deal with Iran.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Trump, Pence won't be in Jerusalem
Neither President Donald Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance when the U.S. opens its embassy in Jerusalem next week.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Twins born on 'Star Wars' Day named after movie characters
The force is with them.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Raccoon family drops through the ceiling of a family's home
A family of raccoons created a chaotic scene when they fell through a ceiling and into the living room of a Michigan home.
Monday, May 7, 2018

New way to see art? Museum in Paris welcomes naked guests
Visitors at a leading contemporary art museum in Paris didn’t leave only their coats in the cloakroom — they left all their clothes.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Hawaii volcano: Dozens of homes destroyed by lava
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Russia's Putin sworn in for fourth term
Vladimir Putin took the oath of office Monday for his fourth term as Russian president, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Springsteen escorts Van Zandt in to Hall of Fame
Oh what a night: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, but it was Bruce Springsteen who stole what could have been Meryl Streep’s show.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Brickworld lego convention in Chicago area in June
If you think five straight days of Lego are for the kiddie set, think again. Brickworld Chicago is a convention aimed at adults. Teens are welcome. So are tweens. But better nab a grown-up, boys and girls, if you want to hang with this Lego-obsessed crowd. Children under 18 must be accompanied by adults.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Dinosaur tracks at Utah park dislodged, thrown in lake
Visitors at a Utah state park have been dislodging dinosaur tracks imprinted in sandstone and throwing the pieces into a nearby lake, officials said.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Families hope for justice in suit over '68 mine disaster
Nearly half a century after an explosion tore through the Farmington No. 9 mine in West Virginia, the families of the 78 men who died there are still looking for justice.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Show celebrates Mad Magazine art
A new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon museum showcases MAD’s artistic history and legacy, including illustrations and paintings by some of its most famous illustrators. The magazine, founded by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, debuted as a comic book in 1952, then switched to magazine format three years later.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Exit from Iran deal, uncharted waters

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not as simple as just saying “we’re out” of the Iran nuclear deal.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Stormy Daniels returns to strip club

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Storm Rolls Back In” — and we’re not talking about the weather.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Trump on NKorea: Drawdown not on the table
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered his latest teaser Friday for a historic U.S. summit with North Korea: The time and place have been set but he’s not saying when and where.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

















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