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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buckingham Palace exhibit marks 20 years since Princess Diana's death
LONDON (AP) — London’s Buckingham Palace has unveiled an intimate tribute to Diana, the Princess of Wales, marking the 20th anniversary of her death.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Exhumation of Salvador Dali's remains finds even his mustache still intact
FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test — a move that opens the possibility for a woman who says she is the surrealist artist’s daughter to claim part of the Dali estate.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Hemingway look-alikes gather, Key West
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — About 160 stocky, white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway have gathered in Florida to compete in the island city's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Tour Twain house and enjoy a live game of 'Clue'
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Was it Tom Sawyer in Samuel Clemens' billiard room with a revolver?
Friday, July 21, 2017

Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump admin pulls health law help in 18 cities
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump cutting hundreds of planned regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations in its first five months, the beginnings of a regulatory overhaul meant to bolster economic growth.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Notorious darknet marketplaces knocked out with 1-2 punch
PARIS (AP) — Two of the world’s most notorious darknet marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about the drug merchants that operate out of the hidden corners of the internet.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

As Trump stews over Sessions 'disloyalty,' attorney general says he will stay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no immediate plans to resign after President Donald Trump excoriated the nation’s top prosecutor for recusing himself from the probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. political campaign.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Poll: Americans shifting to political left on issue of health coverage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans aren’t enthralled with “Obamacare” and they  don’t like the Republican plans offered in Congress, so what does the public want the government to do about health care?
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or prevent dementia
WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer’s, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

McCain's brain tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain’s tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer, and his family and doctors are deliberating next treatment options.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Curanderismo: Native American healers gather
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Laughter can combat trauma. Spiritual cleansings could be used to fight an opioid addiction. Cactus extract may battle diabetes and obesity.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Long-distance motorcycle adventures seek to promote, empower women
(AP) — A year ago Alisa Clickenger helped organize a cross-country motorcycle trip for women to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of a most amazing ride by two sisters from Brooklyn, New York.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Iran still world's top terrorism sponsor
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran continues to be the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said today in a new report that also noted a decline in the number of terrorist attacks globally between 2015 and 2016.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Brain scans may change care for Alzheimers patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer’s? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Women killed in Salem witch hunt remembered
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Five women hanged during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts are being remembered on the 325th anniversary of their deaths.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area sheriff announced Wednesday that his office has identified a teenager who vanished in the 1970s as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Healthcare: Trump continues to step up pressure on reluctant Republicans
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today stepped up the pressure on reluctant Republicans to erase much of Barack Obama’s health care law, tweeting, “They MUST keep their promise to America.”
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trump's voter fraud commission meets today for the first time, amid outrage
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s voter integrity commission meet for the first time today amid outrage over its request for extensive personal voter information and questions over why the White House appears more concerned with voter fraud than Russian election meddling.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Angela Merkel not surprised by Putin-Trump chat at Group of 20 summit
WASHINGTON (AP) —Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says the point of a dinner at the Group of 20 summit was to facilitate informal contacts, and the German leader wasn’t “surprised or confused” by anything that happened.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trump blasts Congress over failure of GOP health care bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and “a few Republicans” today over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a vote on a backup plan simply repealing the statute, but that idea was on the brink of rejection, too.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

With 2018 looming, Democrats are still divided on their core message
NEW YORK (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley hesitated when asked about his party’s core message to voters.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cleanup planned for Fla. sinkhole, 5 homes still evacuated
LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Cleanup efforts at the site of a sinkhole that swallowed two Florida homes and jeopardized a third house will begin in earnest on Wednesday, as county officials, geologists and insurance adjusters begin the process of figuring out what to do with the properties, local officials said Monday.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Ex-cop to face 4th trial in killing of daughter's boyfriend
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma police officer is facing a fourth trial in the shooting death of his daughter’s black boyfriend.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Health plan hinges on the young, tough sell
WASHINGTON (AP) — Julian Senn-Raemont isn’t convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad’s plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Facebook fighting court order over law enforcement access
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks the social media giant from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particularly their political affiliations and comments.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Trump lawyer says nothing illegal in son's Russia meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s attorney insisted Sunday there was nothing illegal in the meeting Trump’s eldest son had with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign.
Monday, July 17, 2017

With 2018 looming, Democrats divided on their core message
NEW YORK (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley hesitated when asked about his party’s core message to voters.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Flash flood kills 5 children, 4 adults at Arizona swim hole
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — Adults, teens and children as young as 2 were enjoying a summer afternoon by cooling off in an Arizona creek when the gentle waters turned deadly.
Monday, July 17, 2017

The summer of '67: Riots in Detroit halted the music, helped recalibrate sound

DETROIT (AP) — It wasn't sweet music that brought Martha Reeves to the microphone at the Fox Theatre that day in July 1967; it was brutal reality.

Detroit was burning.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tourism in Newark, New Jersey? 50 years after riots, the city says it's time
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Tourism in Newark? You might not think of it as a destination, but boosters say Newark is ready for visitors as part of a comeback.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Museum creates scene of Nazi war criminal's trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Half a century after Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was convicted and hanged in Israel for engineering the deaths of millions of Jews, the bulletproof-glass booth where he sat facing justice has come to New York for a multimedia, you-are-there recreation of the courtroom. 

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Insurance groups call part of health bill unworkable
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the insurance industry’s most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is “unworkable in any form,” delivering a blow to party leaders’ efforts to win support for their legislation.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Afghan girls robotics team arrives in US just in time
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice rejected for U.S. visas, an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday after an extraordinary, last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

What didn't happen this week
(AP) — A sampling of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Students search John Brown farm site for artifacts
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) — Students at a New York college are searching John Brown’s Adirondack farm for artifacts linked to the 19th-century abolitionist.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Scholar traces origins of 'flyover country' derision
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The name of President Donald Trump appears only once in professor Jon Lauck’s new book about perceptions of the Midwest as “flyover country,” and then only in a footnote involving polling in Missouri.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

US to give Cyber Command more autonomy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation’s military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America’s ability to wage cyber war against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Key provisions in defense policy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill for the 2018 fiscal year that would provide $696 billion in defense spending for the 2018 fiscal year. 

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Attorney there to talk of Russian ties to DNC, lobbyist says
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son, marking another shift in the account of a discussion that was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican’s White House campaign.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Social Security projects biggest payment hike in years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Good news for seniors: Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security are projected to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

St. Louis biz pressured to keep $10 wage
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The $10 per hour minimum wage law in St. Louis will be short-lived, but an effort launching Friday will encourage and pressure businesses to honor the higher wage even if state law doesn’t require it.
Friday, July 14, 2017

New partnership makes it easier to prove Pilgrim ancestry
BOSTON (AP) — The number of people trying to determine whether they are descended from a Mayflower passenger is surging as the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World approaches in 2020.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump's course may not host Scottish Open after all

IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — President Donald Trump's golf course in northern Scotland most likely won't stage the Scottish Open because the title sponsor says political questions present "clear issues."

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Confidant of Pope condemns US religious right
(AP) — A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview promotes division and hatred.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Room with a view: 2 Vatican hospital officials charged
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The scandal was remarkable even by Vatican standards: The president of the “pope’s hospital” for sick children had taken nearly a half-million dollars in hospital donations and used them to spruce up the penthouse apartment of the Vatican cardinal who had appointed him.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Mayweather, McGregor exchange profanities, barbs
NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. tossed $1 bills in Conor McGregor's face. McGregor waved Jay Z's new CD in Mayweather's direction and quoted a Biggie Smalls lyric as some sort of warning shot.
Friday, July 14, 2017

What 'Thrones' fans already know: Ravens can think ahead
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 170 years after Edgar Allan Poe's fictional raven croaked, "Nevermore," scientists are reporting that real-life ravens think about the future.
Friday, July 14, 2017

US West is battling crop-killiing swarms of Mormon crickets
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump's budget doesn't balance federal ledger
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government analysis of President Donald Trump’s budget plan says it wouldn’t come close to balancing the federal ledger like the White House has promised.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

'SNL,' Westworld' lead Emmy nominations with 22 nods
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Saturday Night Live,” powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin’s florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy’s manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

New health bill contains plan sought by Sen. Cruz
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new but still-reeling health care bill he was releasing Thursday, GOP aides said.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

US charging 412 in $1.3B health fraud schemes
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers for help
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Boy sues over arrest for Instagram comment amid clown scare
CINCINNATI (AP) — A lawsuit alleges a 12-year-old suburban Cincinnati boy was improperly arrested at school and prosecuted for social media comments goading purported frightening clowns to visit his area as reports of such encounters swirled around the country last fall.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

US vets get France's highest distinction for WWII
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bombardier who became known for his accuracy as he flew 31 raids during World War II is one of three Rhode Island veterans who will receive France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim ID'd
NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators found the body of one of four missing young men Wednesday night, along with other human remains, buried deep in a common grave on a Pennsylvania farm. They vowed to “bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another.”
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Chile asks US for extradition
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A court in Chile has filed an extradition request to the United States for a former Chilean secret police agent wanted in the kidnapping and killing of a Communist Party leader during the 1973-1990 dictatorship.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Brazil's once-adored ex-president convicted of corruption
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering Wednesday and sentenced to almost 10 years in prison, the highest-profile conviction yet in the sprawling graft investigation that has jailed dozens of Brazil’s elite.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun assists cast in play about recruiting
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Actor Sam Kebede went to rehearsal hoping to get some insights about what it’s like to be recruited by a big-time college basketball coach. Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun was happy to assist. 
Thursday, July 13, 2017

For train and transportation buffs, New York City is an absolute paradise
NEW YORK (AP) — If you're a rail fan or happen to have one in your family, New York City is a great place to visit. Arguably the most transit-friendly city in America, New York dazzled my 8-year-old son, not only with its ubiquitous subway lines but also with various train-related destinations. During our urban adventure, we visited the best-known train terminal in the nation, crossed the East River on an aerial tram and strolled through vintage passenger cars.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

'Morning Joe' explains exit from GOP
NEW YORK (AP) — “Morning Joe” host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough is blaming the GOP’s loyalty to President Donald Trump and its failure to live up to its promises for his decision to leave the party and become an independent.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

FBI nominee: says his loyalty is to the Constitution'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with the president, the lawyer Donald Trump picked to lead the FBI declared Wednesday that he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a “witch hunt.”
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TSD says Veolia misusing taxpayer money

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — In 2016, Taylorville taxpayers spent $736,086 to employ the services of Veolia North America, an independent environmental solutions company that manages day-to-day operations of the Taylorville Sanitary District plant.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Illinois girl still wants to know where's Rey?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Where is the character Rey in the “Star Wars” version of Monopoly? In a land far, far away, apparently.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

August Busch IV investigated in office park copter landing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV is under investigation after appearing “too intoxicated to take off” hours after a helicopter landed in an office park near St. Louis, police said Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The danger of toxic stress: Severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No quiet desperation at Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday observance
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. The rest are observing the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, the author who penned that line.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Question raised about timeline in Earhart documentary
NEW YORK (AP) — A Japanese military history buff has apparently undermined a new theory that Amelia Earhart survived a crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean during her historic attempted round-the-world flight in 1937.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Niece, heiress to Greta Garbo fortune dies at 85
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gray Gustafson Reisfield, the sole heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo’s estate and a woman who was a long-time companion to the late Swedish-born actress, has died, a family member said Monday.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'Mockingbird Songs' a testament to the patient cultivation of friendships and value of letter writing
(AP) — Nelle Harper Lee wrote a novel published in the early 1960s. Her next novel was published more than 50 years later. She had no use for email, Facebook and Twitter (which she considered as ways of invading someone’s privacy) and only used a cellphone to call people because she didn’t understand how to use it for anything else.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Customs: US deportations of Europeans could exceed the last fiscal year
BOSTON (AP) — Europeans often hid in plain sight as Latin Americans, Asians and others living illegally in America were sent packing. But now they’re starting to realize they are not immune to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, and they’re worried.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gay rights group launches $26-million campaign ahead of midterm elections
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s leading gay rights groups, is launching a $26 million political organizing effort ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

West Va. peaks draw experienced climbers and novices
SENECA ROCKS, W.Va. (AP) — The pale ridge rises like the ragged fin of a prehistoric fish in a rolling green sea of low forested mountains in eastern West Virginia.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pacific Crest Trail reopens after armed holdup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An overheated, seriously dehydrated hiker was in distress and help was on the way until rescuers ran into two men armed with rifles.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fire crews report progress in California
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Following a searing weekend, slightly cooler temperatures and diminishing winds were helping firefighters today as they battled several California wildfires that have forced thousands of residents to flee. Crews also made progress on wildfires in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Sheepherding and shepherd's pie at Highland Games
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As clouds rolled in, more than 100 men and women dressed in traditional Scottish attire stood and announced their families’ arrival for the 62nd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games during a torchlight opening ceremony for a weekend of competition, music and friendship.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Average US gas price drops a penny amid plentiful supplies
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.31.
Monday, July 10, 2017

House official: Threats to lawmakers increase in 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief law enforcement official for the House of Representatives tells federal officials that Capitol Police have already investigated more threats to members of Congress in the first six months of the year than in all of 2016.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Iraq declares victory over ISIS in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition has congratulated Iraqi forces on retaking Mosul from the Islamic State group after Iraq’s prime minister declared victory in the northern city.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Oklahoma inmates riot for 8 hours
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds of inmates — some armed with baseball bats and iron pipes — rioted at an Oklahoma federal prison for about eight hours, taking two guards hostage and refusing to return to their cells before they were finally corralled by law enforcement officers, authorities said today.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Stalled GOP health bill under renewed pressure
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressured divided Senate Republicanstoday to pass their stalled health care bill in the next few weeks. But the measure came under renewed attack from within the GOP, with a moderate senator calling for a bipartisan approach and a conservative saying Republicans were “at impasse” and that party leaders were trying to “buy off” lawmakers’ votes.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Low-key FBI director pick would lead agency through all of the tumult
WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney selected to replace James Comey as FBI director is described by those close to him as admirably low-key, yet he’d be taking over the law enforcement agency at a moment that’s anything but tranquil.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Under the covers: Sleep is the new status symbol
NEW YORK (AP) — Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night's sleep.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Device thought to be WWII-era bomb is actually time capsule
NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at a construction site dug up what first appeared to be an unexploded World War II-era bomb but turned out to be a time capsule from a nightclub that helped launch Madonna's career.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Trump, Asian allies seek counter to North Korea
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — President Donald Trump assailed North Korea as a “problem and menace” Saturday as he met with Asian allies on the sidelines of an international summit to find consensus on next steps after Pyongyang’s recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Travel feud cancels 9/11, Cole case hearings at Guantanamo
MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. military judge on Friday put pretrial hearings in the Sept. 11 terrorism case at Guantanamo Bay on an indefinite hold amid a dispute with officials over the way he travels to the remote courtroom.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

3rd mistrial in case of ex-cop accused of killing black man
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For the third time in less than a year a jury deadlocked on Friday and forced a mistrial in the murder case of a white former Oklahoma police officer accused of killing his daughter’s black boyfriend, astonishing prosecutors and frustrating the boyfriend’s family.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escape
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When it came time for lights out at Lieber Correctional Institution on the evening of July Fourth, officers at the maximum-security South Carolina prison thought they had all 1,300 inmates accounted for.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Officials aware of possible hacking at nuclear facilities
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear and other energy providers have been advised by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI that hackers may be trying to breach their computer systems.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

US bombers join jets from Japan, SKorea for training mission
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula to join fighter jets from South Korea and Japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said Friday.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

US government agrees to help Maine wild blueberry industry
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is again trying to prop up the wild blueberry industry in Maine, where sagging prices jeopardize one of the state's longest-standing agricultural industries.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

"Here and Gone" is terrifyingly realistic
(AP) — The vulnerability of a family — in this case a woman and her two children escaping an abusive home — is at the center of Haylen Beck's "Here and Gone," a tension-laden, sometimes disturbing story with a viselike grip that won't let go.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Ciudad Juarez museum seeks to tell Mexican Revolution story
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Towns along the U.S.-Mexico border often are stereotyped as enclaves for bar-hoppers, smoky factories, cheap souvenirs and long entry lines for cargo and trucks. They also are known for inexpensive tacos and a plethora of adult entertainment options.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

German host to G-20: We must compromise
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers today that millions of people are hoping they can help solve the world’s problems, and warned them that they must be prepared to make compromises.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Trump: 'Positive things' for US, Russia
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — At long last face to face, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced confidence Friday that their historic first meeting would pave the way for a positive trajectory for their two countries. If thornier issues like election meddling came up, they discussed them only in private.
Friday, July 7, 2017

AG Jeff Sessions visiting Guantanamo Bay prison
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is visiting Guantanamo Bay today in a show of support for the prison he has called a “perfectly acceptable” place to detain new terrorism suspects, as opposed to holding them in the U.S. and having his own Justice Department try them in civilian courts.
Friday, July 7, 2017

US employers add strong 222K jobs; jobless rate 4.4
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Fed tells Congress further rate hikes on the way
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said toiday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant further gradual increases in its key interest rate.
Friday, July 7, 2017

How China could use trade to force North Korea to play nice with the West
(The Conversation via AP) —  North Korea got the world’s attention – and President Donald Trump’s – when it said on July 4 that it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. The weapon, potentially equipped with a nuclear warhead, could reach Alaska.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Missile strike on North Korea an unlikely response to Kim's aggression
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pre-emptive military strike may be among the "pretty severe things" President Donald Trump says he is considering for North Korea, but it's a step so fraught with risk that it ranks as among the unlikeliest options.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Tour de France - Taste of the Tour: Snails, hospital wines, fromage
TROYES, France (AP) — Barrels of beers and wines, and dozens of cheeses, pates and cold cuts on each stage. Sigh. The trouble with the ever-moving Tour de France: too much to try, simply not enough time.
Friday, July 7, 2017

NM city takes Commandments to court
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument outside City Hall.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Mennonites to divest in protest of Israeli policies
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Mennonite Church USA voted Thursday to sell its holdings in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the latest American Christian group to do so.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Kennedy wedding church lets visitors imagine the day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier wed is inviting visitors in to kneel where the couple knelt, listen to the music that played and imagine the day.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Vows To Confront New Forms Of Aggression
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, waves along with Poland's President Andrzej Duda, as U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, left and Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, right, stand by, in Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland, today. President Trump vowed to confront “new forms of aggression” targeting the West and called for Moscow to stop fomenting unrest around the world.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Trump chides Russia on eve of meeting
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump vowed today to confront “new forms of aggression” targeting the West and called for Moscow to stop fomenting unrest around the world. Yet he pointedly stopped short of condemning Russia for meddling in the U.S. election.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Leaders arrive for Group of 20 summit
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) top industrial and developing countries arrived today in Hamburg as police in Germany’s second-biggest city braced themselves for a major protest by anti-globalization activists.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Polish monument stands in former Warsaw ghetto where 400,000 Jews perished
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump made his emotional address to the Poles speaking at the foot of the metal-and-stone Monument to the Warsaw Uprising, a heroic but failed 1944 uprising by Poland’s clandestine Home Army against the occupying Nazi Germans.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

CNN faces backlash over video handling
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN says safety concerns led to its decision not to reveal the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video. Yet the way the decision was explained and deep distrust of the network among President Donald Trump’s supporters provoked a backlash Wednesday.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

States sue over decision to keep pesticide on market
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children’s brains.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chicago among cities that Justice Dept. is questioning
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department today questioned whether some so-called sanctuary cities responded honestly when asked whether they follow the law on sharing the citizenship status of people in their custody with federal immigration authorities.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Landmark drug's cancer therapy based on tumor's genetics not body part
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Oregon approves measure making abotion laws there even more liberal
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a measure approved Wednesday by lawmakers.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Film claims to solve the Amelia Earhart mystery
NEW YORK (AP) — The photo is haunting. Among a number of figures gathered on a dock, the fuzzy image seems to be that of a woman, her back to the camera, gazing at what may be her crippled aircraft loaded on a barge, and perhaps wondering what her future might hold.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

At 70, former Chicago mailman John Prine is hippest songwriter in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on business owners' summer reading lists
NEW YORK (AP) — A book about marketing or managing employees may be the last thing small business owners want to read on vacation. But some say they’ve found insight they can apply to their companies from the subjects of books they cracked just for the joy of reading — Abraham Lincoln, Harry Potter or a young woman in an alternative universe.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Diana Damrau makes her case for Meyerbeer
(AP) — Once considered a giant of 19th century opera, Giacomo Meyerbeer has been relegated over the century to the second tier of composers, admired for his craftsmanship but faulted for lacking that intangible ingredient called genius.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Brooklyn, NY tours for chocolate lovers is not just about sampling sweets
NEW YORK (AP) — A tour for chocolate lovers in Brooklyn, New York, isn’t just about tasting the final product. It also gives a peek at factories, neighborhoods and even business plans.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

NYC officer shot to death in command post RV
NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer was shot to death early Wednesday, ambushed inside a command post RV by an ex-convict who had ranted online about his treatment in prison and about police getting away with killing people, authorities said. The gunman was killed by officers about a block away.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Injured bald eagle likely the male of well-known DC pair
WASHINGTON (AP) — A wildlife biologist says an injured bald eagle found in Washington is likely the male of a well-known pair that has nested for years near the D.C. police academy.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Protesting G-20 Summit
A woman crosses the street in front of the approaching performance '1000 GESTALTEN' with hundreds of people painted like clay figures moving slowly and silently through the streets of Hamburg to protest against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kim: NoKo's nukes are not negotiable
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed today his nation will “demonstrate its mettle to the U.S.” and never put its weapons programs up for negotiations, a day after successfully testing its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Science Says: It's too early for a forecast on Lyme disease ticks
NEW YORK (AP) — Tick populations are exploding? Tick-borne diseases are on the rise?
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rio Olympics look to IOC for help with $40M debt
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Almost a year after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Brazilian organizers are asking for help from the International Olympic Committee to satisfy creditors who are still owed about 130 million reals ($40 million).
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Volvo going completely electric starting in 2019
HELSINKI (AP) — Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first major automaker to forgo traditional engines that rely exclusively on internal combustion.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bond between Russian intelligence agencies and criminal networks alarming
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has long warned that Russian organized crime posed a threat to democratic institutions, including “criminally linked oligarchs” who might collude with the Russian government to undermine business competition.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How North Korea made it from Kim's New Year's boast to an ICBM
TOKYO (AP) — Keeping North Korea from having a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile has long been considered a key U.S. red line, and one the North has thumbed its nose at for years. Its Fourth of July ICBM launch is just the latest step in its long march toward, and maybe over, that line.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

'Morning Joe' up; NPR tweetstorm confusing; Paid leave plan
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

There's much more to Oxford than just Faulkner
OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) — Many travelers find their way to Oxford, Mississippi, as fans of novelist William Faulkner.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Faulkner's financial arrangements topic at 'Economies of Yoknapatawpha' conference
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Finances were a constant worry for William Faulkner during his early years as a writer.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Los Angeles museum exhibits lowrider cars and artwork they've inspired
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lowrider cars these days are far more than tricked-out automobiles with gravity-challenged rear suspensions and ear-rattling exhaust systems that seem to cry out for police to ticket the drivers.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nation celebrates Independence Day
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are celebrating their country’s birthday today with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating, marking a day of shared traditions in the nation.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Christie ends shutdown, beach pix left an imprint
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, by his own admission, entered lame-duck territory today, signing his final budget after a bruising three-day state government shutdown that included a viral photo of him lounging on a state beach that was closed to the public because of a budget impasse.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

No 'specific agenda,' but Trump, Putin have lots to discuss in 1st meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday will be brimming with global intrigue, but the White House says there’s “no specific agenda.” So in the absence of a set list of topics, what are two of the world’s most famously unpredictable leaders to discuss?
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

As the nation celebrates its birth, so does the Erie Canal
(AP) — A few days after the first shovel was thrust into the central New York state dirt on July 4, 1817, to ceremoniously begin the building of the Erie Canal, the real work got started.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Modern day presidential: Twitter battle with the press may come with a price
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether by whim or design, President Donald Trump keeps adding fuel to his incendiary Twitter battle against the media. The press is an easy target for the Republican president, and one his supporters love to hate.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Area zoo leads snow leopard breeding initiative
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois zoo is heading a program that breeds snow leopards as part of the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan, which was created after the leopard population began declining in the 1970s.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Here's what coworkers think when you suck up to your boss
(The Conversation via AP) —  Few employees would deny that ingratiation is ubiquitous in the workplace.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rare white deer herd to be open for public viewing
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rare herd of ghostly white deer kept mostly from public view for decades is no longer off-limits.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket wins $1M
BALLSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires and ended up buying a lottery ticket has won a $1 million jackpot.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Abduction suspect makes first appearance in court
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinse scholar at the University of Illinois made his first court appearance since he was arrested last week.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Residents of Cairo public housing complex settle lawsuit
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — Thirty residents of two public housing complexes in the southern Illinois community of Cairo will share more than $300,000 to settle a lawsuit they filed against a local housing authority.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

By JENNIFER KAY

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.


Monday, July 3, 2017

$93K seized at Philadelphia airport from Qatar-bound family
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal agents at Philadelphia International Airport have seized more than $93,000 in undeclared cash from a family boarding a flight to Qatar.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Man fatally shot in dispute involving sanitation workers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say it appears an unarmed man was fatally shot while trying to intervene in a dispute between some relatives and two on-duty city sanitation workers.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Florida woman, newborn recovering from lightning strike
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman who was struck by lightning while she was pregnant remains in intensive care at a Florida hospital where her newborn also is being treated.
Monday, July 3, 2017

1918 World Series key in US love affair with national anthem

By DON BABWIN

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — On Tuesday afternoon, the crowd at Wrigley Field will be asked to stand and “gentlemen” reminded to remove their caps for the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Fans who can recite the words as easily as the alphabet will sing or listen to the story of a flag that continued to wave throughout one of the most famous battles in American history. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Adams and Jefferson died exactly 50 years after independence

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Few dates in American history have been so profound.

On July 4, 1826, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died.  The loss of two of the first three Presidents, as well as two of its founding fathers, is one of the most remarkable coincidences in the history of the nation.


Monday, July 3, 2017

The Latest: Christie defends use of beach closed to public
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey’s budget stalemate (all times local):
Monday, July 3, 2017

Soy 'milk'? Even federal agencies can't agree on terminology

By CANDICE CHOI

AP Food Industry Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term “soy milk,” but documents show even government agencies haven’t always agreed on what to call such drinks. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

25 people shot at nightclub
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police say 25 people were shot after gunfire rang out Saturday at a rap show at a downtown Little Rock nightclub, prompting pleas from top leaders to curb the growing violence in Arkansas’ capital city.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

GOP: Churches should be able to endorse candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) — Churches should have the right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans targeting a law that prohibits such outright politicking from the pulpit.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Measure would require new war authorization

WASHINGTON (AP) — A stunning move this week by a House panel to force a debate on new presidential war powers revealed mounting frustration that Congress has for too long dodged one of its most important responsibilities: to decide whether to send American fighting forces into harm’s way.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

As the Fourth of July approaches:
NEW YORK (AP) — In his 4years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at political rallies. But for a gathering held soon after President Donald Trump's inauguration, he decided on something more substantial:
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Goldenrod, once falsely accused, belongs in garden

 URBANA, Ill. – When August arrives, our gardens start to show off their late summer beauty. Butterflies flit from plant to plant, often alighting on members of the Solidago species, commonly known as goldenrods. This native plant has gained popularity in recent years.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Former StarKist exec pleads guilty to price fixing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former StarKist tuna company executive has pleaded guilty in federal court to price-fixing packaged seafood sold in the United States.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Philadelphia's music history - a DIY tour
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Detroit has the Motown Museum. Mississippi has a blues trail. Memphis has Graceland, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Are hot doges healthier without nitrites?

NEW YORK (AP) — Backyard cooks looking to grill this summer have another option: hot dogs without “added nitrites.” 

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Infant's illness prompts warning, placenta pills
Friday, June 30, 2017

Pregnant or tryinig? Don't let your Zika guard down quite yet
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be.
Friday, June 30, 2017

House GOP backs bills tough on illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning of threats to public safety and national security, the Republican-led House on Thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Trump urges repeal of Obama care, replace later
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged divided congressional Republicans today to break their logjam over dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law by “immediately” repealing it and replacing it later, a formula that GOP leaders dismissed months ago as politically unwise.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Mining states cutting back on safety inspections
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with coaching sessions on miners’ safety habits.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Budget mess claims Illinois Senate GOP leader

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  — The two-year Illinois state budget mess has prompted the Senate minority leader to call it quits. 

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

'Morning Joe' hosts fire back at Trump tweets

NEW YORK (AP) — “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said Friday that President Donald Trump lied about their December encounter in a tweet and that his “unhealthy obsession” with their program doesn’t serve his mental health or the country well.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

TV's nonpartisan July 4th; fireworks, Constitution

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Happy nonpartisan Fourth of July! 

In this rancorous political environment, America’s birthday is a chance for people to leave the verbal fireworks aside, at least briefly, and understand and appreciate what they’ve got.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sunk In St. Louis
A St. Louis police officer looks over a large hole in 6th Street today in St. Louis that swallowed a Toyota Camry between Olive and Locust Streets. The car’s owners  were returning from a gym shorty before 7 a.m. when they found their car in the crater. It isn't immediately clear what caused the collapse.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Travel ban takes effect this evening
WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of wrangling, tighter restrictions on travel to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim nations take effect this evening after the Supreme Court gave its go-ahead for a limited version of President Donald Trump’s plans for a ban. Visa applicants from the six countries — and all refugees — will need to show close family or business ties to the United States.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

GOP adds opioid money to health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans have agreed to add $45 billion for battling opioids abuse to their struggling health care bill, but the measure’s fate remained uncertain Thursday as leaders confront an expanding chorus of GOP detractors.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Committee backs aviation bill minus one key goal
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee today backed an aviation bill that omits one of President Donald Trump’s goals — turning air traffic control operations over to a private company.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

So. Korean leader to dine with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — South Korea’s president met with congressional leaders today in advance of a White House dinner with President Donald Trump in an effort to reassure Washington he will coordinate closely on dealing with the threat from North Korea.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Panels demand billions more for defense than the president requested
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled Congress has taken the lead on one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, pressing for tens of billions of dollars more for active-duty troops, combat aircraft, and ships that he didn’t request.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Over half of the hate crimes in the US go unreported federal report says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates’ concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cyberattack may not have been for money
PARIS (AP) — The dramatic data-scrambling attack that hit computers around the world Tuesday appears to be contained. But with the damage and disruption still coming into focus, security experts worry the sudden explosion of malicious software may have been more sinister than a criminally minded shakedown of computer users.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Seven signs that you are in debt over your head
(NerdWallet via AP) — Sometimes the first sign of debt trouble is that you ignore the signs: You don’t know what your credit card balances are, for example, or you just don’t open statements.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Facing financial woes, Williamsburg to restructure
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Colonial Williamsburg plans to outsource many of its commercial operations and lay off some workers in response to declining attendance and hundreds of millions in debt.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Amtrak to disount travel for eclipse
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is offering discounted tickets for passengers traveling to southern Illinois to view the upcoming total solar eclipse.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stateline resort expands from park homes into tiny homes
SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. (AP) — As the tiny house movement continues to grow, Pearl Lake Manager Bob Severson is hard at work building them.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

New life on freedom fighter Harriet Tubman's Maryland trail
PRESTON, Md. (AP) — Beside a quiet stream on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a 19th century brick house that once served as a way station on the Underground Railroad can bring present-day visitors to tears as they gaze at the path where escaped slaves made their way to freedom.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Driver destroys new Ten Commandments statue

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man yelled “Freedom!” as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument early today, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma’s monument at its state Capitol, authorities said. 

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kushner lawyer seasoned in navigating DC scandals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Abbe Lowell’s clients have included some of the country’s most prominent politicians, companies and celebrities.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trumpcare: Approval will be 'very tough'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate GOP leaders scrambled today for a deal to revive their health care legislation, but encountered new obstacles as recalcitrant senators doubled down on their opposition to the bill sought by President Donald Trump. 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trump says 'oui' to France Bastille Day invitation
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to celebrate Bastille Day in France.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Von Furstenberg in '3rd act' focusing on philanthropy
NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Diane von Furstenberg’s current favorite model is, not surprisingly, tall — more than 100 feet, actually. And though this model’s 225 tons don’t exactly fit into a DVF wrap dress, she does have some rather iconic accessories: a tablet and, most importantly, a torch.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91
LONDON (AP) — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Uber makes it easier to arrange rides for others
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber’s ride-hailing app is making it easier for its users to set up trips for seniors and others who may not know their way around a smartphone but still need help getting around town.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Myanmar no longer worst on human trafficking
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States asserted today that Myanmar is no longer one of the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Myanmar and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New highly-virulent cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe
PARIS (AP) — A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pentagon has detected 'active preparations' by Syria for chemical attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said today it has detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House threat that the Syrian government would “pay a heavy price” if it carried out such an attack.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vets' groups voice concern over health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major veterans’ organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation’s health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won’t be able to fill the coverage gap.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lawyer F. Lee Bailey files for bankruptcy again
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey has filed for bankruptcy again to tie up loose ends following his bankruptcy filing last year.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Throwback: Kids still enthralled with game of marbles
In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations; CNN responds
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network’s credibility today.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why they kill: Inmate details 4 prison killings, 'I did it for nothing'
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry; Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dali's bones to exhumed for paternity test
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge today ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist’s estate.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Oprah picks debut novel for book club
NEW YORK (AP) — Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel “Behold the Dreamers” is Oprah Winfrey’s latest selection, owes her career in part to the talk-show host.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Trump travel ban partly reinstated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect, a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Trump eager to meet with Putin at July summit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Court rules for Missouri church in playground case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Coal on the rise in China, US and India after a major drop in 2016
BEIJING (AP) — The world’s biggest coal users — China, the United States and India — have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Brown family settlement $1.5 million
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown’s parents, the city attorney said Friday.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Workers help woman find necklace buried in hospital waste
OXFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her special necklace that was thrown in the trash after she went to a hospital, thanks to a group of hardworking sanitation workers.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she's gay at church
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a House election in Georgia. They just don’t know how to make it happen.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

California Assembly leader shelves single-payer health plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The prospects of a government-run health care system in California dimmed Friday when the leader of the state Assembly announced he doesn’t plan to take up the single-payer bill this year.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Taylorville Jr. High School Honor Roll
Saturday, June 24, 2017

'House of Names' is family drama on a mythic stage
In the days before the gods lost interest in human folly, King Agamemnon summoned his daughter Iphigenia to wed Achilles. His wife, Clytemnestra, believed his ruse and led their young daughter to what turned out to be her death in a blood sacrifice on the eve of the Trojan War.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Solitude and majesty in Montana's Beartooth Wilderness
RED LODGE, Montana (AP) — Crawl from your warm sleeping bag out the tent door, into the darkness and pre-dawn wind whipping across the plateau. Look up at the cathedral of the sky. Watch the whirlpool of constellations spin overhead. Hold your breath.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

FBI: Search A National Priority
CHampaign, Ill. (AP) — Ronggao Zhang, center, father of missing Yingying Zhang, listens as he joins, from left, Yingying's best friend, Yige Yang, aunt Liqin Ye and boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, far right, for an interview at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The Thursday evening gathering at Altgeld Hall in Urbana comes two weeks after Yingying Zhang, 26, disappeared.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump on tapes: Trying to keep Comey honest
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested he was just trying to keep fired FBI Director James Comey honest with his cryptic tweet implying there might be recordings of their private conversations.
Friday, June 23, 2017

High Court sides with immigrants over legal advice
WASHINGTON (AP) — When a lawyer advises that a plea deal is the best option and won’t result in deportation, most immigrants facing criminal charges agree to plead guilty.
Friday, June 23, 2017

McConnell focused on finding healthcare votes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he’ll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law through the Senate.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump signs historic bill to transform the VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.
Friday, June 23, 2017

The disappearing summer job: What if your teen can't find one
NEW YORK (AP) — With the number of teenagers working summer jobs in decline since the 1980s, students and their parents have found creative ways to fill summer months. Some still find traditional summer work, while others spend their summers doing a variety of activities and work that can help them pad their college applications.
Friday, June 23, 2017

For tweens, it's the 'Summer of Slime' with DIY goo
(AP) — Call this The Summer of Slime.
Friday, June 23, 2017

CEOs recall when teenagers like them actually worked summer jobs
(AP) — Even CEOs have to start somewhere.
Friday, June 23, 2017

VP visits Focus on Family
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's visitt oday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Moon shadow: Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on Rural Oregon town
MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light.
Friday, June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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












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