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Grace Kelly's childhood home up for sale
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is on the market.
Monday, June 27, 2016


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Naples mobsters extort grocers for more than just crumbs
ROME (AP) — Camorra mobsters intimidated grocers and supermarkets in Naples into buying bread from clan-controlled bakeries at inflated prices, Italian prosecutors and police said today following a crackdown that included 24 arrests.
Monday, June 27, 2016

UK appeals for calm as markets drop
LONDON (AP) — British and European leaders appealed for calm today as concern over the U.K.’s exit from the European Union and its deepening political crisis triggered further gyrations in financial markets and hit confidence in the economy.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Supreme court rules 5-3 on pro choice side in biggest abortion case in years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics today in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Democrats: Clinton never denied Benghazi security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Benghazi panel said in a report today that security at the Libya facility the night of Sept. 11, 2012 was “woefully inadequate,” but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional protection.
Monday, June 27, 2016

High court upholds gun ban for domestic violence
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding the broad reach of a federal law that bans people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Ruling could make prosecuting elected officials harder
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court today overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it harder for prosecutors to bring corruption cases against elected officials.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Pepsi to reintroduce aspartame in new diet beverage
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is creating a new diet beverage for fans of aspartame less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move over safety concerns.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Independence Day travel expected to break record
NEW YORK (AP) — It's going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation's highways.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — How has the Orlando shooting slaughter affected the politics of gun control in Congress? A bipartisan House measure barring firearms sales to some suspected terrorists nicely captures the mix of new and familiar forces in play.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s stunning vote to leave the European Union was driven by much of the same sentiment that fueled Donald Trump’s insurgent march toward the Republican presidential nod: a rejection of economic globalization and the elites who favor it by those who feel left behind. 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Judge blocks planned sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge blocked the sale of an Emmy Award that Whitney Houston won 30 years ago after it was put on the auction block by the late singer's family.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Essentials: New Ways to See Philly from up high and down low
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With classic rowhouse architecture, brick sidewalks and narrow streets, some charming neighborhoods in Philadelphia can almost make you forget about cheesesteaks, Rocky and that whole American Revolution thing.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Taylorville woman found guilty of cooking meth in basement
TAYLORVILLE — At 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, a jury returned  a guilty verdict for a 44-year-old Taylorville woman charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit: EU urges Britain to go quickly
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations urged Britain on Friday to quickly exit the bloc and end uncertainty about the future, as Prime Minister David Cameron said he would leave the departure negotiations to his successor, possibly until sometime in October.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Obama names 1st nat'l monument for gay rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.
Friday, June 24, 2016

House Speaker Ryan proposes simpler tax code
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a plan for a simpler tax code, the sixth and last installment of a GOP agenda designed to be a policy counterpoint to the personality-driven campaign of Donald Trump.
Friday, June 24, 2016

2nd Navy officer fired over Iran detention of soldiers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy has fired a second commander in connection with the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf in January and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.
Friday, June 24, 2016

1,000s flee as flames roar through central Ca. homes
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities said.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Park Service project shares stories of women along Route 66
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was a man's world nearly a century ago when one of America's most famous highways got its start, opening up vast expanses of the West as it created an automobile artery that stretched roughly 2,400 miles from Chicago to the West Coast.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Supreme Court says no to warrantless blood draws
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shortage of lifeguards hits beaches hard around US
GEORGETOWN, Maine (AP) — Cities, states and private beach owners are scrambling to fill lifeguard positions around the country as summer kicks off, especially in states where lifeguarding is a seasonal enterprise.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Obama immigration plan blocked
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wildlife trappers caught 240 gators at Disney over 10 years
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Records released by Florida wildlife officials say 240 nuisance alligators have been trapped on Walt Disney World property over the past decade.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

NY sets limit on initial opioid prescriptions
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brexit: Betters putting money on staying
LONDON (AP) — Investors and gamblers put their money on Britain remaining a part of the European Union as a historic referendum Thursday threatened to undermine the project of continental unity launched from the ashes of World War II.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

VW to pay nearly $10.2B to settle emissions claims
DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps with a total cost of about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Man in Iwo Jima flag raising photo misidentified
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the six men long identified in an iconic World War II photograph showing the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima was actually not in the image, the Marine Corps announced today after conducting an investigation prompted by the claims of two amateur historians.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Asians remain fastest-growing racial group in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Asians remain the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to new information from the Census Bureau.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

KS lawmakers in special session on school funding
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators worked today in a special session to address a court mandate on education funding and avert a threat that public schools might not reopen next month as dozens of protesters outside the Statehouse chanted, “Do your job!”
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Affirmative action survives Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major victory for affirmative action, a divided Supreme Court today upheld the University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

New technology speeds massive damage assessment of coral reef
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists using facial recognition technology and 360-degree underwater photos said Wednesday they have developed new software to quickly assess coral bleaching and other damage to the world's imperiled reefs.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rebuilding of 'Blue Hawaii' hotel begins decades after storm damaged it
HONOLULU (AP) — Work has finally begun on rebuilding the storied resort where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii,” decades after a major hurricane heavily damaged its buildings and forced its closure.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sit-In On Capitol Hill
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meager hike in SS benefits expected next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security beneficiaries can expect only a meager increase in monthly payments next year, the trustees who oversee the massive retirement and disability program said today.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Uber, Lyft battle governments over driver fingerprint checks
DETROIT (AP) — Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The lively pumi is AKC's newest breed
NEW YORK (AP) — A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Washington today: Guns, chemicals and privacy
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed the first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules in 40 years into law today, calling it proof that Washington can function despite intense polarization.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Boeing on Iran deal: 'Following government's lead'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Tuesday it signed an agreement with Iran Air “expressing the airline’s intent” to buy its aircraft, setting up the biggest business deal between the Islamic Republic and America since the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran — if it goes through.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Group's pontoon helps elderly and disabled go fishing
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Doug Dominick hopped off his pontoon boat Friday and into Lake Menomin to help 83-year-old Faye Miller catch a bass.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New government rules unleash commercial drones
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first aviation regulations for commercial drones were unveiled Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Federal appeals court reinstates Ferguson grand juror's suit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a judge wrongly tossed a lawsuit by a woman wanting to speak publicly about her time on the grand jury that declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Senator presses agency for answers on Russian doping scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is pressing the World Anti-Doping Agency to explain why it delayed an investigation into allegations of systematic cheating by the Russian Olympic team.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Senate to vote on gun control, change unlikely
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but election-year politics and the powerful National Rifle Association dim any prospects for changes in the nation’s laws.
Monday, June 20, 2016

VA won't use law allowing expedited firing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer use its authority to fire senior executives in an expedited manner — dropping a key portion of a law Congress passed two years ago in response to a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Destroyer christened in honor of Navy SEAL
BATH, Maine (AP) — The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL christened the second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer Saturday in honor of her son, who died in Iraq when he threw himself on an insurgent’s grenade to save the lives of two fellow SEALS.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Southwest braces for heat wave, temps up to 120
PHOENIX (AP) — In 120 degree temperatures, some airplanes might not takeoff. Power grids strain as the outside air keeps transmission lines from cooling. And for desert dwellers, a cold bottle of water and some shade can mean the difference between life and death.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Colorado mother pulls mountain lion off her son
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in Colorado on Friday night.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to second child, a son
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a grandmother twice over.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

New exchange aims to slow high speed traders
NEW YORK (AP) — Slow down markets, you move too fast. The nation’s newest stock exchange has arrived, one that is looking to slow down high-frequency traders by putting speed bumps in their way.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

1 in 5 trauma victims may die unnecessarily
WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 1 in 5 deaths from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries might be prevented with better, quicker trauma care that doesn’t depend so much on where you live, according to government advisers — advice that takes on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Egypt pulls second EgyptAir black box ouf of sea
CAIRO (AP) — The second black box of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month killing all 66 people on board was pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, a day after Egypt’s investigation committee said the plane’s cockpit voice recorder had been recovered.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Nation's oldest lighthouse celebrates 300 years
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Light, the nation's first and oldest lighthouse station, is marking 300 years of warning mariners as they navigate the tricky waters of Boston Harbor.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Woman says nightclub shooter had stalked her
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A bartender says the Florida nightclub shooter stalked her nearly a decade ago, sending her so many uncomfortable messages on Facebook that she blocked him on the social network.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Blood vials allow for 9/11 victim funeral
ST. JAMES, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 15 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a funeral is being held for a New York City fire chief who died in the World Trade Center collapse.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Charleston remembers victims on anniversary
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Amid singing and prayer, a communitywide memorial service remembering the victims of the Charleston church shootings was held Friday in a sports arena a few blocks from Emanuel AME Church.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Could it be Castro?
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julian Castro is returning home to San Antonio Friday swarmed by the same speculation as when the 41-year-old left Texas for Washington two years ago: Is he vice-presidential material?
Thursday, June 16, 2016

President offering sympathy but no easy answers to families in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Offering sympathy but no easy answers, President Barack Obama came today to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Earth breaks heat record again, but not by as great a scorcher as before
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth sizzled to its 13th straight month of record heat in May, but it wasn’t quite as much of an over-the-top scorcher as previous months, federal scientists say.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Look At The Longest Filibusters In US Senate
Thursday, June 16, 2016

1979 prison escapee found in Kentucky
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man who police say escaped from a Georgia prison in 1979 and eluded authorities for nearly four decades has been arrested in eastern Kentucky.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

CIA: IS working on sending operatives here
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on today that the Islamic State remains “formidable” and “resilient,” is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Judge declines to rule in MLK Bible dispute
ATLANTA (AP) — An ownership dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible is one step closer to trial.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Heat wave expands in Midwest and Southern states
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A sweltering heat wave is expanding as temperatures in the Midwest and South approach near record-setting levels in the waning days of spring.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Outage leaves thousands without power in downtown St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An underground electrical fire inside a manhole knocked out power for much of downtown St. Louis today, leaving many buildings without air conditioning on a day when the temperature was expected to reach triple digits.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

China Disneyland opens today with lavish party featuring Communist leaders
SHANGHAI (AP) — Walt Disney Co. opened Shanghai Disneyland, its first theme park in mainland China, with a lavish celebration Thursday featuring Communist Party leaders, a children’s choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Is Disney culpable? Entertainment giant posted no alligator warning signs
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Trump's new claims put him in uncharted waters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s latest accusation against President Barack Obama — that he’s putting U.S. enemies ahead of America’s own people — is thrusting him into uncharted territory for the presidential candidate of any major political party.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gawker anti-Trump post: Was it stolen from DNC?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The website Gawker on Wednesday published what it said appears to be the Democratic National Committee’s anti-Donald Trump playbook, which was accessed by hackers in a data breach.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Divided America: Constructing our own damaging intellectual ghettos
NEW YORK (AP) — Meet Peggy Albrecht and John Dearth. Albrecht is a free-lance writer and comedian from Los Angeles who loves Bernie Sanders. Dearth, a retiree from Carmel, Indiana, grew up a Democrat but flipped with Ronald Reagan. He's a Trump guy.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Coffee off list of cancer-causing agents
LONDON (AP) — Go on, have another cup. Coffee is now off the list of things that could possibly cause cancer.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Obamacare premiums expected to go up 11 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling the rising cost of drugs “unsustainable,” congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare’s popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged amid slowdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged in light of an uncertain job market, while offering no specifics about when its next rate hike might occur.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senator begins filibuster on gun control
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator today launched a filibuster to force a vote on gun control legislation three days after 49 people were killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What you should know about alligators
MIAMI (AP) — The frequency of serious, unprovoked alligator bites has grown in Florida along with the state’s population — but fatal attacks remain rare. Some things to know about alligators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Boy snatched by gator at Disney World presumed dead
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World closed beaches at its Florida resorts today while dozens of rescuers searched a lagoon for the body of 2-year-old boy who was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by an alligator as his father tried to fight off the reptile.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Authorities try to piece together killer's movements
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Investigators today worked to piece together Omar Mateen’s movements  leading up to the nightclub massacre and zeroed in on how much his Palestinian-American wife may have known about the plot that left 49 victims dead.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Illinois UMW members join in Kentucky rally
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners rallied Tuesday in Kentucky to call on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

National Aquarium to move dolphins into refuge
MIAMI (AP) — Eight dolphins that have spent their lives swimming in tanks will be retired from the National Aquarium in Baltimore into a seaside sanctuary.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Implosion levels tower of Las Vegas' Riviera casino
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Riviera Hotel and Casino — the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City’s mobster past — officially exited the scene early Tuesday with a cinematic implosion, complete with fireworks.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

McDonald's taking over Oprah's old digs in Chicago
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is moving back to Chicago and taking over the old home of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FBI investigating whether Orlando killer was a club regular
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is investigating reports that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen had been a regular at the gay nightclub he attacked and had used gay dating apps, a U.S. official briefed on the case said Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seniors fitter physically than previous generations
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Local seniors are reshaping the economy and working in greater numbers, and one reason why is that they're in far better shape than previous generations, according to economic and aging experts.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dems seek vote on barring guns for terror suspects
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will try forcing a Senate vote on a proposal making it harder for suspected terrorists and people on government terror watch lists to buy guns, they said Monday as Congress moved toward a possible partisan fight following the weekend's mass shooting in Orlando.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Nation mourns over 49 victims in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando mourned the 49 people slaughtered in the attack on a gay nightclub, as the White House and the FBI portrayed the killer Monday as an apparent "homegrown extremist" who espoused support for a jumble of often-conflicting Islamic organizations.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Apple rolls out its next big software improvements
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple kicked off its annual software developer conference with new software features for its smartwatch and its streaming TV device, following a moment of reflection for the Sunday mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Monday, June 13, 2016

A look at the attempt to block Indiana's new abortion law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge will hold a hearing this week to consider a bid to block Indiana’s new abortion law from taking effect on July 1.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion
NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring subtle but significant changes for the professional network's more than 430 million members.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Hip-hop stage biography 'Hamilton' wins 11 Tonys but fails to break record
NEW YORK (AP) — “Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Trump and Clinton: Contrasts in Orlando response
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Donald Trump, Sunday’s mass shooting in Florida was a moment to redouble his call for tougher action against terrorism and to take credit for “being right” about the threat. For Hillary Clinton, it was a time to choose words carefully and reiterate her call for keeping “weapons of war” off America’s streets.
Monday, June 13, 2016

White House preparing to hand over the keys
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential candidates still have months of campaigning ahead, but the White House is already preparing to hand over the keys to President Barack Obama’s successor.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

The world watched as Ali's goodbye created memorable moments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As Muhammad Ali’s youngest son rode in his father’s funeral procession through the streets of the city he adored, he noticed scores of children lining the route, pumping their fists, shouting “Ali! Ali!”
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Solar-powered airplane lands in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) — The solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago in the United Arab Emirates reached a milestone Saturday, completing a trip across the United States with a Statue of Liberty fly-by before landing in New York.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Paisley Park Eyed for Museum Like Graceland
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Long before Prince died, he told close friends he wanted to turn his Paisley Park home and studio complex into a museum.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rod Stewart, others knighted by queen
LONDON (AP) — Some guys have all the luck. Rocker Rod Stewart has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Birthday Honors List, which also included recognition for astronaut Tim Peake and “Downton Abbey” star Penelope Wilton.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Are Formal Spaces In Homes Disappearing?
Formal dining and living spaces could once be found in every home. But such rooms are becoming more and more rare, thanks in large part to the rising popularity of multipurpose open spaces.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Create a peaceful home simply by soundproofing
With televisions, home theaters, computers, video games, stereos and cell phones, our homes are louder than ever. By soundproofing certain rooms in the house, you can turn your home into a quiet sanctuary and relaxing escape.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Simple ways to save on utility bills
Cool your house with a ceiling or electric fan and open the windows at night.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Help plants survive sizzling summer heat
Many people consider summer the most enjoyable time of year, as the summer sun and warm breezes make the season perfect for rest and relaxation.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tips for safe home grilling
Millions of grilling enthusiasts take to their backyards each year to cook delicious foods over an open flame.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Get the facts on going solar
Solar energy is gaining traction, particularly among homeowners who are realizing that the sun’s rays can be used to power to their homes, businesses and cars while benefitting both the planet and their bottom lines.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

How to determine if downsizing is for you
As men and women retire or approach retirement age, many opt to downsize their homes. Such a decision can save older adults substantial amounts of money while also liberating them from the hassle of maintaining large homes they no longer need.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Air conditioners can spread mold around a home
Exposure to mold in a home can be hazardous, leading to any number of adverse health effects, including respiratory distress. Certain strains of mold may release mycotoxins, which can cause bleeding in the lungs and pneumonia.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

5 ways to add luxury to your laundry room
Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Steamboat Springs, Colorado Not Just A Winter Playground
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Skiers thrive during winter on Steamboat Springs' trademarked dry "Champagne powder" snow, but outdoor pursuits on mild summer days can rival those mountain experiences.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

'Nashville' television drama gets a new life
NEW YORK (AP) — The television series “Nashville” is getting a second life. The country-oriented CMT network said Friday it will make a fifth season of the music-oriented drama, which had been canceled less than a month ago by ABC.
Friday, June 10, 2016

GOP senator Perdue: Pray that Obama's 'days be few'
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator told conservatives Friday they should pray for President Barack Obama and suggested a biblical passage that says, “Let his days be few.”
Friday, June 10, 2016

Senate presses ahead on defense bill despite divisions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is heading toward passage of a defense policy bill that would authorize $602 billion in military spending, prohibit the closing of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and require young women to register for a potential draft.
Friday, June 10, 2016

In sign of unity, Christians renovate Christ's tomb together
JERUSALEM (AP) — A team of experts has begun a historic renovation at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in over 200 years.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Southern Baptists talk racial unity with black Baptist head
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Ferguson, Missouri, exploded two years ago with racial unrest that spread across the nation, the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention was moved to action.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious amid declining clout
BENTON, Kentucky (AP) — Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Senate rejects increase to defense dollars
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday shot down a bid to increase the Pentagon’s budget by nearly $18 billion to pay for more weapons and troops, a bitter loss for defense hawks who pushed for the infusion of money to begin reversing what they say is a decline in the U.S. military’s readiness for combat.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Investigator: FDA still taking months to recall tainted food
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

House Republicans seek to shift focus from Trump to security
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans laid out a national security agenda that seeks to turn the conversation away from Donald Trump’s contentious presidential campaign and toward concrete policies for securing America’s borders and defeating extremist groups.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mayflower II Returns To Plymouth
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The Mayflower II has returned to Plymouth, Massachusetts. The replica of the famed ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620 returned to its home port on Plymouth Bay on Monday.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lincoln statue returning to New Hampshire home
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a century after the promise of "plenty of Lincoln-shaped men" attracted one of the greatest sculptors of the late 19th century to rural New Hampshire, a replica of his famed monument to the fallen president is being installed on the grounds of his former home and studio.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

New fossils push 'hobbit' story way back
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say new fossil finds on an Indonesian island have revealed ancestors of the “hobbits,” our extinct, 3  1/2 -foot-tall evolutionary cousins that gained fame more than a decade ago after their remains were found in a cave there.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

4 new names added to periodic table
NEW YORK (AP) — You’ll soon see four new names on the periodic table of the elements, including three that honor Moscow, Japan and Tennessee.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Malaria-proof mosquito? Promising, possibly
WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful new technology holds the promise of rapidly altering genes to make malaria-proof mosquitoes, eliminate their Zika-carrying cousins or wipe out an invasive species, but a report Wednesday says these “gene drives” aren’t ready to let loose in the wild just yet.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Clinton emails could have compromised CIA
WASHINGTON (AP) — The names of CIA personnel could have been compromised not only by hackers who may have penetrated Hillary Clinton’s private computer server or the State Department system, but also by the release itself of tens of thousands of her emails, security experts say.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ohio dad found guilty of corpse abuse
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A man whose daughter’s decomposed body was found in a crib by a cable television worker was convicted Wednesday of corpse abuse and tampering with evidence.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Clinton, Trump sharpen contrasts for matchup
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a splash of history and a dose of reassurance, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump claimed their parties’ presidential nominations and are turning their political guns on each other.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A look at chronic absenteeism across America
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is out with discouraging new figures on how many students are habitually missing school — and an AP analysis finds the problem is particularly acute in Washington, D.C., where nearly a third of students in the nation’s capital were absent 15 days or more in a single school year.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Death penalty is 'long time coming'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Bill Ware died in 2002, he still didn’t know who fatally shot his daughter just two days shy of her 24th birthday.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Judge in Stanford sex assault case called fair and respected
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman used to play lacrosse at the school a few miles down the road from his courtroom, where attorneys said that he is respected and fair.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Prospects for major energy bill are dim
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Clinton on cusp of Democratic nomination
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of having enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, having overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in a pair of weekend elections in the Caribbean.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Afghanistan's lapis lazuli seen as 'conflict mineral'
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president has thrown his support behind a push to classify lapis lazuli as a “conflict mineral” after a global advocacy group said Monday that militants — including the Taliban — earn up to $20 million a year from illegal mining of the rare blue stone.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Rio Olympics: Thousands of gallons of raw sewage still pouring into ocean
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With thousands of liters of raw human sewage pouring into the ocean every second from Rio de Janeiro, August’s Olympic Games have trained a spotlight on Rio’s spectacular failure to clean up its waterways and world famous beaches.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Veterans, families remember Normandy D-Day landings on 72nd anniversary
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Proud veterans in their 90s and families of fallen soldiers are commemorating the epochal D-Day invasion of Normandy 72 years ago that helped the Allies defeat Hitler.
Monday, June 6, 2016

New Miss USA to take a break from Army reserves
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Military: Precision flying teams worth risk
DENVER (AP) — Both of the U.S. military’s high-drama, high-dollar flying teams suffered crashes on the same day this week, but supporters say the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are worth the money and the risk because they’re vital to recruitment and help citizens feel good about their military.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Critics say river routes are no place for oil trains
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge drew immediate reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Some common questions about Parkinson's
Saturday, June 4, 2016

'Deaths of despair' drag life expectancy lower for whites
NEW YORK (AP)  — Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism — labeled "deaths of despair" by one expert  — are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Illinois small agencies struggle to report hate crimes
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Between 2009 and 2014, more than a fifth of law enforcement agencies in Illinois did not report to the FBI on whether any hate crimes had been committed in their communities in spite of the federal agency’s push to track such crimes, according to an Associated Press analysis of FBI data.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Beer to flow through city as pipe dream comes true
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — The idea may have seemed mad, but after all, the beer is called the Madman of Bruges — or Brugse Zot in Dutch.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

New pool encroaches on neighbors' property
DEAR BRUCE: My neighbors of 20 years just had a pool put in their yard. The problem is that it's taking up some of my property. I wouldn't care except we have our home up for sale and I don't want the potential new owners to have an issue. How should I proceed? -- Kim
Saturday, June 4, 2016

What Experts Have To Say About Saving Big On The Cost Of A Wedding
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Massive rehearsal planned for Northwest mega-quake, tsunami
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Imagine a devastating earthquake and tsunami have cut off Pacific Northwest coastal communities. Phone and internet service have collapsed. Ham radio operators living on the stricken coast fire up their radios, contact emergency managers and report on the magnitude of the disaster so that no time is wasted in saving lives.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Seine up to highest level in 35 years, Paris shuts down
PARIS (AP) — The swollen Seine River kept rising today, spilling into Paris streets and forcing one landmark after another to shut down as it surged to its highest levels in nearly 35 years. Across the city, museums, parks and cemeteries were being closed as the city braced for possible evacuations.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Iran's top leader: Trusting US a big mistake
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader on today ruled out any formal cooperation with America against the Islamic State group, their common adversary in Iraq and Syria, insisting that the United States remains a prime enemy of Tehran, despite a landmark nuclear deal with word powers.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Ft. Hood officials were closing roads as truck overturned
OOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood commanders were in the process of closing roads on the sprawling Army post in Central Texas when a truck carrying 12 soldiers overturned in a fast-flowing flooded creek during a training exercise, killing five and leaving four missing, officials said Friday.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Powerful Catholic voice from Africa judges America on sex
When United Methodists argue about sex and marriage, these doctrinal struggles usually evolve into clashes between progressives in America and conservatives in the growing churches of the global south, especially Africa.
Friday, June 3, 2016

'Safety villages' let kids navigate fire, traffic hazards
ASHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — With the fire alarm sounding, 8-year-old Chryssa Wahl crouched beneath the smoke spreading from the kitchen stove and crawled into a bedroom and to the window, where she threw a leg over the sill and stepped her way down a wobbling rope ladder to the ground below.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Teen recorded rape, fatal attack on girlfriend
HOUSTON (AP) — A teenage suspect is accused of raping and fatally choking his 15-year-old girlfriend then stuffing her body in a kitchen cabinet in an abandoned Houston-area apartment.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Group seeks easy access for hearing loss treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hearing loss is a growing public health problem that can leave older adults socially isolated and even increase their risk for dementia — yet getting treated is a pricey hassle, declares a prestigious government advisory group that’s calling for change.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Justice Dept. backs fired VA official at the heart of long wait times for care
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is siding with a legal argument by a fired Department of Veterans Affairs official at the center of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and secret lists covering up the delays.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Study: Dogs first appeared in 2 places
NEW YORK (AP) — The long-debated question of where dogs first appeared has always been complex, and now a new study suggests it may have two answers.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ditching the tampon: Some women seek alternatives
WASHINGTON (AP) — The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Scientists say vibrant US marine reserve now a coral graveyard
WASHINGTON (AP) — El Nino’s super warm water has turned what had been one of the world’s most lush and isolated tropical marine reserve into a coral graveyard, federal scientists said Wednesday.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Seven automakers add 4.4 million vehicles to Takata air bag recall
DETROIT (AP) — Seven automakers are adding nearly 4.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Congress investigating $101M bank heist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A U.S. congressional committee is investigating how hackers managed to divert $101 million from Bank of Bangladesh accounts held at the Federal Reserve in New York.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Musk predicts people on Mars in 9 yrs.
RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says if things go according to plan people will be on Mars just nine years from now.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

South China Sea tensions to drive defense spending
BEIJING (AP) — Growing tensions in the disputed South China Sea will drive up defense spending in the Asia-Pacific region by almost 23 percent by the end of the decade, consultancy IHS Jane’s said in a report Thursday.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Report: Black Missouri drivers still get stopped more often
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Black drivers in Missouri were nearly 70 percent more likely than whites to get stopped by the police last year, marking a slight improvement from the year before but showing there still are significant racial disparities in such stops.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Trumped: PGA Tour event at Doral headed for Mexico City
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Donald Trump is losing business to Mexico — a prestigious golf tournament at his resort at Doral.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Race a factor as jury weighs 'nanny cam' beating case
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The video is graphic and difficult to watch. A burly man pushes his way into a suburban home where a mother and her 3-year-old daughter are watching television, then punches and kicks the woman for several minutes, at one point throwing her down a flight of stairs.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

US: NKorea primary money laundering concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States today proposed new restrictions to close off North Korea’s access to the international financial system and to prevent the reclusive communist country from using banks to launder money that could be used for its nuclear weapons program.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kansas will challenge Obama transgender directive
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican-led Kansas will challenge in court the Obama administration’s directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the restrooms that matches their gender identity, the state’s attorney general said today, although he has not yet decided whether to join a lawsuit by 11 other states or sue separately.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FDA issues new guidelines today on salt
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FBI seeks to exempt biometrics from Privacy Act
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups are criticizing an FBI proposal that they say would make it harder for people to know if personal information about them such as fingerprints and iris scans is on file.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WWII-era spy gets posthumous honors
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who did groundbreaking work as a spy for America in post-World War II Poland has finally received government honors — but not until after her death.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Egypt: Signals picked up from plane's black box
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said today that a French ship has picked up signals from deep under the Mediterranean Sea, presumed to be from one of the black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

UN: 20,000 children trapped in Fallujah
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. children’s fund on Wednesday issued a stark warning to Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants in the battle for Fallujah to spare the children, the most vulnerable among tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city west of Baghdad.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Global slavery index: 18M modern-day salves in India
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Every day as Kamla dug through the mud and molded bricks for north Indian kiln, her two hungry children would cry out to her for food. The 200 rupees ($3) she made for producing 1,000 bricks at a time wasn’t nearly enough to feed her family, and her daughter died of malnutrition before she turned 4.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Couric takes blame for pause in gun documentary
WASHINGTON (AP) — Katie Couric has reversed course and taken responsibility for an edit that misrepresents the response of gun rights activists to a question she poses in a new documentary.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SiriusXM suspends Beck over Trump comments
NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative host Glenn Beck has been suspended by SiriusXM satellite radio for agreeing with an author who asked hypothetically “what patriot will step up” to remove Republican Donald Trump from office if he’s elected president and oversteps his authority.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What's in a name? Ask the folks in Two Egg, Fla.
TWO EGG, Fla. (AP) — What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg?
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Queen Elizabeth lands magazine cover
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth II is a Vanity Fair cover star, in a portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Holder: Snowden did 'service,' but should still be punished
WASHINGTON (AP) — Edward Snowden performed a “public service” in stoking a national debate about secret domestic surveillance programs, but he should still return to the U.S. to stand trial, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a podcast released on Monday.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

High court sides with property owners
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Woman pulls casket for miles for mental health awareness
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman is walking 80 miles while pulling a casket from her home to the state capitol to raise awareness of mental health issues, including suicide and addiction.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

US consumer confidence slips in May
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell for a second month in May to the lowest level since November.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge’s demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and could cost the government and taxpayers millions of dollars.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

NPR ombudsman has issues with funding by pro-Iran deal group
WASHINGTON (AP) — National Public Radio should consider avoiding grants such as one the Ploughshares Fund provided for coverage of the Iran nuclear agreement and related issues, the radio network’s ombudsman said. The White House recently identified Ploughshares as a group that helped sell the multinational deal to a skeptical public.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Police departments begin to reward restraint tactics
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A few police agencies in the U.S. have begun rewarding officers for showing restraint in the line of duty, putting the tactic on par with bravery.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cops investigate boy's entry into exhibit, gorilla's killing
CINCINNATI (AP) — Police said Tuesday they were investigating the circumstances surrounding a 4-year-old boy entering a gorilla’s exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and the animal being shot to death to protect the child. A federal investigation is also planned.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Obama marks Memorial Day at cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama laid a wreath today at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor members of the military who died serving their country.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Group seeks to return WWI Purple Hearts
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants is embarking on an ambitious project: to return 100 such medals or certificates earned in World War I before the 100th anniversary next April of the United States' entry into the conflict.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Vigil called at Ohio zoo in tribute to slain gorilla
CINCINNATI (AP) — Animal rights activists gathered Monday for a Memorial Day vigil for the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit and a special zoo response team concluded his life was in danger.
Monday, May 30, 2016

ND ballot measure pits family vs. corporate farms
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s hog and dairy industries are hoping voters will bless state lawmakers’ decision to allow non-family corporations to own operations, but it could be a tough sell in a state that has safeguarded its family farming heritage for nearly a century.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Barge traffic makes resurgence on Missouri River
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but proponents of the barge industry acknowledge they’re still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be profitable.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Trump rallies veterans at Rolling Thunder gathering
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Donald Trump told a motorcycle rally on Sunday that people in the U.S. illegally often are cared for better than the nation’s military veterans.
Monday, May 30, 2016

More than 650 migrants saved at sea
ROME (AP) — Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by Irish and German vessels as well as humanitarian organizations, saved 668 migrants from smugglers’ boats in distress in the Mediterranean off Libya on Saturday, Italian and Irish officials said.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

WWII plane pulled from Hudson River after crash that killed pilot
NEW YORK (AP) — Police divers and Army Corps of Engineers personnel retrieved the wreckage of a World War II plane from the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Saturday after the vintage aircraft crashed during a promotional flight, killing the pilot.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hawaii: Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai
MOLOKAI, Hawaii (AP) — A visit to the island of Molokai offers a window on a unique and tragic chapter of Hawaiian history. For about a century beginning in 1866, some 8,000 individuals afflicted with leprosy were quarantined to live out their lives on the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai's northern shores. Their stories are told at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Domestic violence accusations often leave permanent damage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans can be deeply forgiving, willing to look past their favorite star's terrible drug addiction, ugly custody battle or ignorant remarks. But accusations of domestic violence often leave a lasting impression on a celebrity's image. Chris Brown may be winning Grammys, but nobody's forgotten what happened with Rihanna.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The text of Obama's speech at Hiroshima today:
Following is the text of President Barack Obama’s remarks today at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park about the U.S. atomic bombing, the legacy of World War II and nuclear weapons, as delivered:
Friday, May 27, 2016

FDA approves first drug-oozing implant to control heroin, painkiller addiction
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Thursday approved an innovative new option for Americans struggling with addiction to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Bernie's On The Left
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shows off his socks--one with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the other with Republican candidate Donald Trump--before entering his former brewpub for a book signing event to mark the release of his autobiography Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Denver.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Nat'l Spelling Bee ends in its unlikeliest tie to date
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — If not for his high-pitched voice, there would be no way to peg Nihar Janga as the youngest-ever winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Last tackle powder puff game avoids sack
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The senior and junior girls at Florida’s Jupiter High School scoffed when administrators, fearing for their safety, canceled a 50-year tradition — what may be the nation’s last tackle powder puff football game. The girls say they don’t need protection — many have already had sports injuries — and are willing to take the risk.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorable words from the Nat'l. Spelling Bee
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Here are some memorable words and definitions from the final rounds of the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Biological terms were particularly challenging, and shorter words often present a greater challenge than longer ones, which are made up of roots that spellers can piece together.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Dr. Beach names Hawaii's Hanauma Bay best beach in America
HONOLULU (AP) — When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as “Toilet Bowl” and “Witch’s Brew,” you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state’s calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rules proposed for school accountability
WASHINGTON (AP) — Proposed federal guidelines would allow states to decide how to use a mix of test scores, academic growth and other measures like chronic absenteeism to identify failing schools and children who are struggling the most.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

90-minute tornado a rarity, even where tornadoes are common
(AP) — A tornado that raked the northern Kansas landscape for about 90 minutes was impressive both for its classic “wedge” shape and its sheer endurance — staying on the ground about 10 times longer than the typical twister.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pending US home sales hit highest level in decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in April for the third straight month, driving pending home sales to the highest level in more than a decade.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Navy: 2 fighter jets collide this morning off NC coast
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two Navy jet fighters collided off the coast of North Carolina during a routine training missiontoday, sending four people to the hospital, officials said.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tornado damages homes but spares small town
CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — A large tornado that the National Weather Service said was on the ground for about 90 minutes damaged or destroyed about 20 homes in a rural area of northern Kansas and came within a mile of hitting a small town.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Books: 'The Second Life of Nick Mason'
(AP) — Nine months after splitting with his longtime publisher, St. Martin's Press, in a public dispute over marketing plans, two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton returns with a new publisher, a new anti-hero and a movie deal with Lionsgate for the new book.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

'Alice Thru the Looking Glass,' a curious sequel
(AP) — "Alice Through the Looking Glass," like its predecessor, owes very little to Lewis Carroll.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Agency to review tribe's request to kill bald eagles for religious purposes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application but has not yet made a decision about granting a permit to a Wyoming Indian tribe that wants to kill bald eagles for religious purposes, a spokesman says.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Road-trip apps to make the miles fly by
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Hitting the road this summer? Forget Yelp and those hotel booking apps — they’re useful, but boring. Instead, pack along these apps to liven things up along the way. You might even learn something.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

State Department audit: Clinton ignored clear directives regarding email
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.”
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Slim hope for muscular dystrophy drug
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will take more time to review a highly-contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New cloud formation may lessen warming forecast
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TSA chief: Help is on the way to airports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration said today the beleaguered agency will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hacker Guccifer pleads guilty to disclosing Bush family emails
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer will serve at least two years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking into computer accounts of the Bush family in 2013 and publicly releasing private family photos.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial in decade-old sex case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Exhibit shows140 years of Yellowstone
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Boulders shift, canyons erode, old trees fall, new ones grow and tourists crowd Yellowstone National Park, the length of their vacations barely any time at all in the stream of history.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Morel hunting heats up in wake of northwest fires
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — From flames come fungi.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ex-spellers stay in involved with National Bee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like an ex-jock who wants to stay involved in his sport, Jacob Williamson has taken on many roles in the two years since his memorable run to the finals at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Egypt Ministry of Aviation: EgyptAir plane had overheated engine in 2013
PARIS (AP) — A report published by an organization affiliated with Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation notes that the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Mediterranean Thursday made an emergency landing in 2013 after one of its engines overheated.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Obama lifts arms ban on visit to Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy. 
Monday, May 23, 2016

Hospice choirs provide peace, comfort
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Hospice choirs are singing at the bedsides of the terminally ill in the hopes of bringing peace and comfort to the patients, their caregivers and their loved ones.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Woman, girl hospitalized following 2 separate shark attacks
(AP) — Officials say an 11-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman have been taken to hospitals after they were bitten by sharks at separate locations in Florida.
Monday, May 23, 2016

President dining with CNN's Anthony Bourdain
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is dining in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose "Parts Unknown" food travelogue is one of the network's most popular nonfiction series.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Headed to Indy next weekend to watch the race?
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — So, Indianapolis, are you an old Rust Belt city or are you the next Brooklyn?
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Eric Clapton still lays down the blues on 'I Still Do'
(AP) — Not as if there were any doubt, but Eric Clapton knows how to play the blues.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Killer Nile crocodiles captured in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Step aside, Burmese python — you may no longer be Florida's scariest invasive species. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they say it's possible more of the man-eating reptiles are still out there, although no one can say for sure.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Food, nutrition labels get new look, bolder type
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars.
Friday, May 20, 2016

EPA: More limits on industrial chemicals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators announced tighter guidelines Thursday for human exposure to an industrial chemical used for decades in such consumer products as non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and microwave popcorn bags.
Friday, May 20, 2016

US home sales growth driven mostly by Midwest
WASHINGTON (AP) — Midwestern homebuyers helped spark a national increase in real estate sales during April, a sign that demand for housing remains steady despite rising prices and tight inventories.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Future of Illinois daily fantasy sports bill unclear
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A last-minute push to legalize daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois cleared the state Senate on Thursday, but the bill’s future is in limbo because of some legislative maneuvering.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Jury selection begins in Peterson murder-for-hire trial
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the murder-for-hire trial of a former suburban Chicago police officer who’s accused of plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars in his third wife’s death.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Illinois, Alaska share highest unemployment rates
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates were significantly lower in five states in April, led by a big drop in Kentucky.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Construction underway on pipeline headed to Illinois
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Construction is underway in three of four states on a $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Pope: Exploiting workers for profit a mortal sin
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says employers who exploit their workers for their own profit are committing a mortal sin.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Methodist Conference trying to avoid church split
(AP) — Struggling to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional meeting roiled by talk of schism.
Friday, May 20, 2016

For many of faith, election poses a stark, painful moral choice
The nightmare scenario focuses on a stark, painful moral choice.
Friday, May 20, 2016

States ban addictive herbal supplement kratom
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A little-known plant-based substance often sold as an herbal supplement to address chronic pain is raising alarm bells in states concerned that it could be as addictive as heroin.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Elderly patients now are booking end-of -life talks
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The doctor got right down to business after Herbert Diamond bounded in. A single green form before her, she had some questions for the agile 88-year-old: about comas and ventilators, about feeding tubes and CPR, about intense and irreversible suffering.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Rikers bust largest takedown in the last decade
NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen people, including two correction officers, have been indicted in connection with a jail smuggling ring that brought scalpels, drugs and cigarettes into Rikers Island, marking the largest takedown at the sprawling New York City jail complex in the last decade, authorities said Thursday.
Friday, May 20, 2016

FBI's 10 Most Wanted list rooted in 1949 request for list of 'toughest guys'
CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI had hunted dangerous fugitives for years when a United Press International reporter asked in 1949 for the names of the “toughest guys” to catch. The subsequent story about the 10 most dangerous fugitives was such a sensation that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, understanding a publicity opportunity when he saw one, made the list permanent the next year.
Friday, May 20, 2016

US overtime rules could help and hurt employees
WASHINGTON (AP) — More pay? Or just fewer work hours?
Thursday, May 19, 2016

US motorcycle deaths rose 10 percent in 2015
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Motorcycle deaths spiked 10 percent last year, topping 5,000 for the first time since 2008, according to a study done for a highway safety group.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Finances: Two-thirds of US would struggle to cover $1,000 emergency
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans’ financial conditions remains precarious as ever.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

TV New Season: Lots of comedies on tap on 2 nights for CBS this fall
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is looking for more laughs, with the nation’s most popular television network planning to double the amount of sitcoms it has on the air through new projects premiering this fall starring Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

100th running of the Indy 500: Museum, tours and Main St.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It's a big year for a big race. May 29 will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, which claims to be the largest single-day sporting event in the world. Some 300,000 spectators will gather to watch drivers race 200 times around the 2.5-mile oval track — a total of 500 miles.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mine environmental risk grows as bankruptcies in big coal grow
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

House would ban Confederate flags at VA cemeteries
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted today to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans’ cemeteries.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Congress agrees to overhaul chemical regulation
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

House would ban Confederate flags at VA cemeteries
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted today to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans’ cemeteries.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fed's surprise: June hike likely if economy improves
WASHINGTON (AP) — Catching many investors off guard, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that an interest rate hike in June is likely if the economy keeps improving.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

'60 Minutes' Morley Safer dies at 84
NEW YORK (AP) — Morley Safer, the veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent who was equally at home reporting on social injustices, the Orient Express and abstract art, and who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans’ view of the war, died Thursday, according to Kevin Tedesco, a CBS News publicist.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bomb more likely than structural failure
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said it may have been a terrorist attack that led to the crash of an EgyptAir jetliner bound from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard  early today after swerving wildly in flight, authorities said. There were no immediate signs of survivors.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Plan advances for bridge linking Illinois, Mo.
LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — An old, narrow and deteriorating Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, may finally be replaced within the next few years, following two recent developments.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

'NCIS' episode trumps Kelly's interview
NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly interviewing Donald Trump couldn’t hold a candle to Michael Weatherly leaving “NCIS” Tuesday night.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016














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