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Pence: US will hold Russia accountable
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sought Saturday to calm jittery partners by declaring that the United States, under President Donald Trump, would "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, the post-World War II military alliance Trump once dismissed as "obsolete."
Saturday, February 18, 2017


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Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Online cookbook features North Country business recipes
COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — Want to try cooking some moose chili or fiddlehead ferns? There's a free online cookbook featuring recipes from 22 businesses in New Hampshire's North Country.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tennessee inmate sues over quality of kosher prison food
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has filed a lawsuit claiming the food he has to eat in prison doesn't meet kosher standards.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: 'The Men in My life' by Patricia Bosworth
(AP) — One-time actress Patricia Bosworth's long and sometimes fascinating memoir of life among the glitterati of 1950s New York recalls a world and a set of characters slowly fading from our collective memory.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

How 2 cruise fanatics cut costs and save time
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After spending two consecutive, glorious winters in the desert and mountains of arid Arizona, my wife Gina and I decided to weather the third winter of our retirement in sunny Florida, and for good reason: Lots of cruise ships are based in the Sunshine State.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal-mining state
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army has formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Pence aiming to reassure allies of US commitment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence will seek to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who has made his “America First” mantra a centerpiece of his new administration.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Harward turns Trump down for nat'l security job
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Think Nixon: There's history behind press attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Jefferson railed against newspapers as “polluted vehicles” of falsehood and error. Richard Nixon tangled with reporters in the toxic atmosphere of Watergate, considering them the “enemy.” Bill Clinton publicly condemned “purveyors of hatred and division” on the public air waves.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Police: 2 bodies found in Indiana are missing 13- and 14-year-old friends
DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Two bodies found along a northern Indiana stream are those of two teenage girls who went missing Monday and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, authorities said on Wednesday.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gorsuch hearings to begin Mar. 20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on March 20.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump names Acosta as new choice for labor sec
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday announced law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary nominee, one day after his original pick abruptly withdrew from consideration.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump nominee for Medicaid says system fosters dependency among the poor
CHICAGO (AP) — The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Day Without Immigrants' protests held today
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The heart of Philadelphia’s Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in the nation’s capital closed for the day. A string of grocery stores in Chicago shut their doors.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Keystone renews effort to build in Neb.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is once again seeking approval for a route through Nebraska.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boeing union bid overwhelming fails in S. Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Production workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to unionize.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daddy-daughter ballet class is a classic
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia dance school hosted a “Daddy-Daughter” ballet class on Valentine’s Day and posted videos of the results that are definitely on pointe.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

American Girl: Meet your American guy
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its more than 30-year history, American Girl will sell a boy version of its pricey dolls.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thimble tossed from Monopoly game
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — You can still pass “Go” and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won’t be able to do it with the thimble game piece.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

National Aviation Hall of Fame: No plans to sell Wright Brothers artificat
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — The National Aviation Hall of Fame is reassuring a congressman that it has no plans to sell a century-old wooden propeller signed by one of the Wright brothers.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Officer's lawyers want case tossed
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for a Minnesota police officer who killed a black man in a traffic stop (all times local):
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Governor wants property tax freeze
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a third annual budget today that is likely to be shelved by the Legislature like his first two
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

South Korean news report may have doomed Kim Jon Un's brother
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intelligence officials believe North Korean agents assassinated leader Kim Jong Un’s exiled half brother, but if the whodunit seems settled, a very big question still looms: Why now? 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pipeline exec compares Dakota protester to terrorists
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline is comparing pipeline opponents to terrorists.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Both bison and cars endangered by snow in Wyoming's Grand Teton
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Unusually deep snow in Grand Teton National Park has made life dangerous for bison lumbering on the park's only plowed highway and for motorists traveling the route, prompting park workers to escort the big animals to safer areas and urge drivers to slow down, park officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

'Firefall' phenomenon wows visitors at Yosemite
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yellen wants to ease regulations for small banks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Fed has been trying to reduce the regulatory burden on community banks and is open to doing more.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Retirement planning? Couples, mind the age gap
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Higher premiums for drivers after not-at-fault crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most drivers don’t expect to be hit with a rate hike on their auto insurance after a car accident that wasn’t their fault. But a consumer group says it happens, and it’s a problem.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DHS arrests 680 in week-long roundup
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department said Monday that 680 people were arrested in roundups last week targeting immigrants living illegally in the United States. The figure is far below the totals of similar raids conducted under the Obama administration.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Flynn's resignation came at the request of Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The storm over national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia made his situation “unsustainable,” prompting Flynn to resign less than a month into the new Trump administration, a top White House official said Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Illinois hoping to help workers save for retirement
CHICAGO (AP) — States are moving forward with new initiatives to help workers save for retirement.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yellen wants to ease regulations for small banks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Fed has been trying to reduce the regulatory burden on community banks and is open to doing more.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Playboy reverses position, brings back naked women
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Naked women are back in Playboy magazine, ending a year-old ban on the nudity that made the magazine famous.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rumor has it: German shep scores at Westminster
NEW YORK (AP) — She's no longer a Rumor at America's top dog show.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

3 found with weapons cache on drug 'rescue' trip seek deals
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A self-styled anti-drug crusader and two associates arrested with a van full of weapons on their way to New York City last summer are seeking to avoid jail time as they await a potential plea offer from prosecutors later this week.
Monday, February 13, 2017

County school official seeking Democratic nod for governor
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwest Illinois school official says he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. 
Monday, February 13, 2017

Library of Congress store removes misspelled Trump poster
WASHINGTON (AP) — An inauguration poster of President Donald Trump that included a misspelling in a quote has been removed from the online store of the Library of Congress.
Monday, February 13, 2017

WH stops defending Flynn, his fate unknown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn’s fate as one of President Donald Trump’s senior aides is uncertain following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy before Trump’s inauguration
Monday, February 13, 2017

Canada's Trudeau arrives in Washington to meet with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a polar opposite to Donald Trump in almost every way, joined the new U.S. president at the White House Monday keen to build a relationship that doesn’t threaten trade.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Suspect in Ohio State student's slaying held without bond
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A registered sex offender suspected in the slaying and alleged rape of an Ohio State University student is being held without bond. 
Monday, February 13, 2017

UN chief condemns NKorea missile test
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch Monday ahead of an urgent meeting of the Security Council.
Monday, February 13, 2017

GOP must decide what to do with health law taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they’re divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to finance its expanded coverage for millions of Americans.
Monday, February 13, 2017

California dam water level drops after massive evacuation
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water levels dropped Monday at California’s Lake Oroville, stopping water from spilling over a massive dam’s potentially hazardous emergency spillway after authorities ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from towns lying below the lake.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Police seize Sicilian olive companies linked to Mafia
ROME (AP) — Police in Sicily have confiscated four olive companies, farmland, villas and other property that anti-Mafia prosecutors contend belong to the business empire of Italy’s top Mafia boss, who has been on the run for more than 20 years. 
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Residents say 1st atom bomb test caused cancer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents say the world’s first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship, according to surveys gathered by an advocacy group seeking compensation for descendants.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ford bets $1B on startup founded by Uber vets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ford Motor is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Japan PM welcomes America's greatness
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up ties with China, reassured Japan’s leader that the U.S. will defend its close ally. Together, the pronouncements illustrated a shift toward a more mainstream Trump stance on U.S. policy toward Asia.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

NerdWallet: The best ways to make extra money
(AP) — “Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna(at)nerdwallet.com.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Biltmore House, land, extras worth nearly $300M
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Tax appraisers in North Carolina have put a price tag on the iconic Biltmore House, the land it sits on and related development: nearly $300 million.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tales from a Train: Travelers tell of their journey
 (AP) — Where are you traveling on this train? And where are you traveling in life?
Saturday, February 11, 2017

US stock indexes extend climb into record high
(AP) — Miners and other raw materials companies led a broad rally in U.S. stocks Friday afternoon, pushing the major indexes further into record territory. Rising crude oil prices also gave energy companies a big boost. Investors kept their focus on strong company earnings and corporate deal news. 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Price takes office as HHS secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new health secretary took office Friday after becoming the latest Cabinet nominee to eke out a confirmation victory in the bitterly divided Senate.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Trump's new orders make law and order a priority
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Jeff Sessions sworn in as the nation’s attorney general, the Trump administration signaled some of its priorities for a revamped Justice Department in a series of executive orders aimed at reducing crime and drug trafficking and protecting police officers.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Small protest marks school visit by new ed secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry activists shouted “stand up, fight back” and one protester was arrested, as Betsy Devos made her first visit to a public school today as education secretary.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Transgender doll to debut
WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Nearly 1 in 5 immigrants in US illegally in Chicago, LA, NYC
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A report released Thursday estimates more than 2.5 million immigrants in the country illegally live in the metropolitan areas of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, which have pledged to fight President Trump’s plans to expand deportations.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Greeks evacuate before defusing WWI bomb
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki were distributing fliers and putting up informational posters as part of preparations to evacuate about 75,000 people in order to defuse a 500-pound unexploded World War II bomb.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Enormous 6-ton painting depicting Battle of Atlanta being relocated today
ATLANTA (AP) — About half of an enormous panoramic painting depicting the Civil War Battle of Atlanta was moved to a new exhibit hall yesterday, while workers continued to move the rest of the painting today.
Friday, February 10, 2017

French court: Dating site can promote infidelity
PARIS (AP) — Dating site Gleeden can keep singing the praises of cheating, a French court ruled Thursday in throwing out a complaint from a federation of Catholic families that the site’s business model is immoral and illegal because it encourages extramarital affairs.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Complex facts beyond that Muslim ban hashtag
The late 1980s were dark times for Jews trying to flee persecution in the fading Soviet Union.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Rio stuck with big bills, vacant venues after Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro pulled off last year’s Olympics, keeping crime at bay and fending off dire forecasts of corruption, environmental degradation, and cost overruns.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Sears says today it is cutting costs by at least $1 billion a year; shares soar
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block as part of its latest plan to revive the faltering retail chain. 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Alabama AG named to Sessions' seat
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s governor today named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Commander: More troops in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said today he needs a “few thousand” more troops to better accomplish an integral part of the mission, and he complained that Russian meddling is complicating the counterterrorism fight.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Postal Service lost $200 million over holiday season
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it lost $200 million during the year-end holiday season, despite a strong quarter of package shipping and expanded use of vote-by-mail in the November presidential election.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump supports privatizing air traffic control
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives today that he supports privatizing America’s air traffic control system, according to a top airline industry lobbyist who was in the meeting.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump: Gorsuch comments about his criticism of judges misrepresented
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted toay that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coal mining to stay flat in Illinois Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal mining in the Western United States is expected to get a small bump over the next two years after falling last year to its lowest level since 1978.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

A look at Kennedy family political involvement
(AP) — By announcing his bid for Illinois governor in 2018, Chris Kennedy joins a long list of politically influential family members.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump delays listing bumblebee as endangered
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Big utilities try to tilt solar market in their favor
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico this year

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday.

 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Northeast storm creates messy commute today
BOSTON (AP) — The biggest storm to hit the Northeast this winter pushed its way up the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor with more than a foot of snow in places today, making for a slippery morning commute and giving millions of people weather whiplash a day after temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

'Scalia seat' history goes back 150 yrs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he was thinking about history.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Silencing of Warren throws Senate into turmoil
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators fighting to derail Jeff Sessions’ nomination as attorney general repeatedly challenged Republicans Wednesday by reading aloud from a critical letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, a day after the Republicans silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren for doing the same.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5 tornadoes confirmed in Louisiana, Mississippi
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — National Weather Service teams were studying scenes of severe weather damage in Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday to determine where tornadoes struck and just how powerful they were. 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trump defends ban, questions judges
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed the court that is deliberating his immigration and refugee executive order for having motivations he described as “so political.”
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Till lynching: Book calls for new probe
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The horrific 1955 Mississippi slaying of Emmett Till, which helped  trigger the modern civil rights movement, should be re-investigated now that a key witness is quoted as saying she lied about what the black teen said and did before he was lynched, Till’s relatives say.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fire company turns to 'naughty bingo' for cash
HOMETOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania volunteer fire company is turning to titillation to raise money.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Corruption tour shines light on graft in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Look to your right: There's the Pillar of Light, a towering monument shaped like a vanilla wafer cookie. A company was allegedly allowed to overcharge the equivalent of millions of dollars for steel used in its construction.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Bunnies are back in town: Playboy Club reopening in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — The tightly corseted Playboy Bunnies, with rabbit tails and ears, will soon be back in business in New York City.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's 'slaughterhouse'

By SARAH EL DEEB

Associated Press

 

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian prison was known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse.” Behind its closed doors, the military police hanged as many of 13,000 people over the course of four years before carting out their bodies by the truckload for burial in mass graves, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International.  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Doctor removes 130-pound tumor from Mississippi man
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Betsy DeVos confirmed; Pence breaks tie
WASHINGTON (AP) — Today the Senate confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mobile food pantries help older adults in northern Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A food bank has been serving many older adults in need with mobile food pantries in northern Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How to help your parents protect their money
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Investors want to renovate Huntington buildings for retirees
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of investors is hoping to beef up Huntington's older population.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ghosting, shade, microaggression hit Merriam-Webster website
NEW YORK (AP) — Attention, word nerds: This is your bonus round, courtesy of Merriam-Webster.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Univ. student gets 3 years probation in cybercrime
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Carnegie Mellon University student who developed and sold malicious software through an online cybercriminal marketplace that allowed others to remotely control Google Android smartphones has been sentenced to three years’ probation.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Dominion Resources to change name
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond, Virginia-based energy giant Dominion Resources is planning to change its name.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Dollar store to add about 10,000 jobs this year
Monday, February 6, 2017

Trump ag secretary gets Dem backing from 1 farm state

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, has already won the support of one farm-state Democrat. 

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

French on mission to woo bankers from UK after Brexit
LONDON (AP) — A team of French officials went to London today on a mission to make Paris the European Union’s financial hub once Britain leaves the EU.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Meteor over Lake Michigan lights up sky in several states
Monday, February 6, 2017

Backers want Illinois to be sanctuary state

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois legislators are proposing to boost immigrant protections statewide in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, a move advocates say would essentially give the state "sanctuary" status.

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Think it's tough being a kid, try being the president's kid
WASHINGTON (AP) — If it's tough being a kid, try being a "first kid" — the child of an American president.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Lady Gaga at halftime: Pure entertainment, no politics
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga dropped from the top of Houston's NRG Stadium to open her halftime show and dropped the mic at the end, offering a program that delivered high-energy hits and an inclusive theme.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Police recover baby in stolen car; suspect shoots self
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — An attempt to stop a pickup truck with a loud exhaust system led to a wild chase in which the driver shot at a trooper, stole a car with a baby inside, took two other people hostage and eventually shot and wounded himself, authorities said.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Are You Ready For Some Football?
Workers attach a sign to the front of NRG Stadium Saturday, February 4, 2017 as preparations continue for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game tonight, in Houston.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

US suspends enforcement of travel ban; Trump bashes judge
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump’s refugee and immigration ban and scurried to appeal a judge’s order, plunging the new administration into a crisis that has challenged Trump’s authority — and ability to fulfill campaign promises.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Trump's nominee for Army secretary withdraws his name
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for Army secretary, businessman Vincent Viola, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

No tackling? Lawmaker seeks ultimate answer to football hits
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Growing evidence of a link between football hits and brain injuries has led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions, but a New York lawmaker wants to go even further — banning tackle football.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ex-Morgan Stanley financial adviser arrested in fraud case
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Morgan Stanley financial adviser was arrested in Nevada on Friday on charges in New York that he stole at least $5 million from several members of a wealthy family to live lavishly, including using private jets, authorities said.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Boater whose mom died at sea insists he didn't damage boat
NEW YORK (AP) — A Vermont man is adamantly denying that he sabotaged his fishing boat, causing it to sink and his mother to be lost at sea.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Union official blames staffing shortage for guard death
SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — The killing of a guard during an inmate uprising at Delaware’s largest prison this week was entirely preventable, according to a correctional officers’ union leader who blamed state officials for ignoring chronic staffing shortages that put prison workers at greater risk.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Real places that inspired scenes in Oscar-nominated films
NEW YORK (AP) — A diner in Miami, a house in Pittsburgh and a pier in Los Angeles: All of them are real places where Oscar-nominated movies were filmed.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

How a new savings account for people with disabilities works
Friday, February 3, 2017

Some watch for the game, some watch for the ads
NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl isn’t just played on the field. Just as intense is a battle off the field to win viewers’ attentions.
Friday, February 3, 2017

American job market beginning to look up
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Conway says she misspoke on Bowling Green
(AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump said today she misspoke when she cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Trump taking aim at scaling back Dodd-Frank
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it’s eager to help.
Friday, February 3, 2017

With fame comes more speaking fees for Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke earned more than $105,000 for speaking engagements last year — nearly quadrupling his yield from 2015 — as he became nationally known as one of the most vocal supporters of President Donald Trump.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Sales soar for Yiannopoulos book 'Dangerous': Publisher mum on the tour
NEW YORK (AP) — Sales are soaring for the upcoming book by incendiary right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos but details of his promotional tour — assuming there is one — are a mystery for now.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Mars: 'Miscommunication' led to massive Skittles highway spill
NEW YORK (AP) — Mars says a miscommunication with a subcontractor led to a defective batch of its Skittles, reportedly on their way to becoming cattle feed, ending up scattered across a highway.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Nordstrom to drop Ivanka line of clothing, accessories
SEATTLE (AP) — Nordstrom said Thursday it will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories.
Friday, February 3, 2017

B'ball close to ending ban on religious headgear
NEW YORK (AP) — The international group that governs basketball is close to eliminating a longstanding ban on religious headgear in competition, clearing the way for athletes to wear hijabs and yarmulkes in international competitions.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Group helps investigate Tinley Park cold-case
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Nine years after the fatal shooting of five women in a southwest suburb of Chicago, police are getting help from a Philadelphia-based group that aids law enforcement working to solve cold-case homicides.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tillerson on Day One: Diplomats must act as team
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making his debut as America’s global envoy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought today to reassure U.S. diplomats who are anxious after a turbulent first two weeks of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Still, he warned diplomats that unspecified changes would be coming.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Australian deal: We take refugees Australia rejects
WASHINGTON (AP) — Australia’s prime minister insisted today that a deal negotiated with the Obama administration was still on to allow mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States, even though President Donald Trump called it “dumb” and pledged a review.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump puts Iran on notice after ballistic missile test
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today his administration has put Iran “on notice,” echoing comments from his top national security adviser that the U.S. will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump: Comments on Mexico were 'lighthearted'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he was ready to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them — comments the White House described as “lighthearted.”
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump vows to repeal political limits on churches
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed today to repeal the Johnson Amendment, an IRS rule barring pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit."
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Acting US attorney general is Carlinville native
CARLINVILLE – Doris Boente is naturally elated to be the mother of the highest-ranking civilian law enforcement official in America.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Breitbart speaker and Berkeley: Free or hate speech?
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Fans and foes agree that Milo Yiannopoulos specializes in controversy. The polarizing editor from Breitbart News is a self-proclaimed internet troll who has been criticized as racist, misogynist and white supremacist.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

UC Berkeley Police Chief: "Agitators threw Molotiv cocktails at officers"
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A crowd protesting a far-right commentator’s appearance at the University of California at Berkeley hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire, prompting officials to call off the event.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

TV: 'Superior Donuts' stars Judd Hirsch as owner of kneady shop in Chicago
NEW YORK (AP) —         On his new sitcom, “Superior Donuts,” Judd Hirsch plays the owner of a Chicago doughnut shop who, after a half-century in business, warily hires a young go-getter bent on freshening the bill of fare.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Search continues for red panda, absconder of zoos
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Red pandas are the Houdinis of zoos.

The raccoonlike creatures, who lounge on tree branches like stuffed animals made real, have escaped exhibits in the United Kingdom, California and Washington, D.C. They’re often retrieved in days, if not hours.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Maine students push for passage of prickly hedgehog pet bill
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some Maine sixth-graders are pushing state lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it easier for residents to keep hedgehogs as pets.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pennsylvania groundhog handlers say Phil predicts six more weeks of winter
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has “predicted” six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Thursday.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Senate panel approves Mnuchin for Treasury, Price for DHS
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel, with no Democrats present, approved President Donald Trump’s choice of financier Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Clinton will reflect on race in new book
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss last fall to Donald Trump.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Biden backs Perez in race to lead Democratic Party
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is backing Tom Perez to head the Democratic National Committee, calling the former Obama administration labor secretary the “best bet to help bring the party back.”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Trump urges 'nuclear option' on Gorsuch
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged Majority leader Mitch McConnell today to change the rules of the Senate if necessary to swiftly push through his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Trump’s words immediately escalated what’s shaping up as a feverish partisan battle over the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy Galentine's Day, ladies! Thanks 'Parks and Rec'
NEW YORK (AP) — Move over Friendsgiving. Galentine's Day is on the way.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hormel stops taking pigs from farm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp. said Tuesday it has stopped accepting hogs from a pork supplier in Oklahoma after an animal rights group released undercover video from a farm the supplier owns showing pigs in crowded pens and being hit with gas cans.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Woman's body is found in landfill
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine if the body of a young woman found in a landfill is that of a missing woman being sought by St. Louis police.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Search for escaped bobcat means indoor recess
WASHINGTON (AP) — National Zoo officials say they’re searching nearby neighborhoods in Washington for a bobcat who escaped from her enclosure.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dems force delays in votes on Price, Mnuchin, Sessions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats forced delays Tuesday in planned Senate committee votes on President Donald Trump’s picks for Health and Treasury secretaries and attorney general, amid growing Democratic surliness over the administration’s aggressive early moves against refugees and an expected bitter battle over filling the Supreme Court vacancy.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

House speaker Ryan: "President has a responsibility to security of country"
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump has staunchly defended his order temporarily banning refugees and nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wal-Mart opts for free, faster shipping
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is replacing a program that offered free shipping but had an annual fee with one that has a lower free shipping threshold and faster delivery as it hopes to answer Amazon’s powerful Prime membership success.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Boy Scouts allows transgender kids into programs
DALLAS (AP) — A New Jersey woman whose son was asked to leave his Boy Scouts troop after leaders found out he is transgender said she has mixed emotions about the organization’s decision to allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Airport shooting suspect pleads not guilty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One by one, the suspect in the Florida airport shooting spree in which five people were killed and six wounded listened Monday as a judge detailed each of the 22 charges against him. Then, Esteban Santiago pleaded not guilty.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Teen zaps cop with stun gun to fulfill bucket-list wish
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Police in central Ohio helped a teenage leukemia patient cross off a bucket-list item that was seriously shocking: She wanted to use a stun gun on someone.
Monday, January 30, 2017

6 killed in Canada mosque terroist shooting
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — A shooting at a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers left six people dead in an attack that Canada’s prime minister called an act of terrorism. Quebec police now say just one of the individuals arrested in connection with Canadian mosque attack is considered a suspect, while the other man is considered a witness.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump says his order didn't cause airport chaos
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday denied his immigration order was to blame for the chaos at the nation's airports over the weekend, instead pointing to computer glitches, protesters and even the "tears of Senator Schumer."
Monday, January 30, 2017

Syria warns of setting up safe zones for civilians as unsafe
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria warned Monday of safe zones for civilians that U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed interest in creating, saying it would have to come in coordination with the Syrian government, otherwise it would be unsafe and violate the Arab nation’s sovereignty.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Davis introduces health care bill protecting pre-existing conditions
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today at a press conference at the airport in Bloomington announced the introduction of his health care bill (H.R. 628) to protect people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination against insurance companies. Davis is pushing for H.R. 628 to be part of the larger legislation to replace Obamacare.
Monday, January 30, 2017

US pending home sales increased in December
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December. The increase possibly reflects more people scrambling to purchase homes as mortgage rates have been rising and increasing the costs of ownership.
Monday, January 30, 2017

A commuter's dream: Entrepreneurs race to develop flying car
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing.
Monday, January 30, 2017

Illinois native Barbara Hale dies at 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbara Hale, a movie actress who found her most famous role on television as steadfast secretary Della Street in the long-running "Perry Mason" series, has died. She was 94.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

A look at Trump's executive order on refugees, immigration and vetting
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday making major changes to America's policies on refugees and immigration.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pipeline backers make promises about jobs, growth
DALLAS (AP) — TransCanada has quickly filed a new application to build Keystone XL, one of two big oil pipelines being given a second chance by President Donald Trump.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

The royal scoop: Cache of documents from 'mad King George' goes online
LONDON (AP) — An enormous cache of historical documents from Britain's royal archives detailing the reign of King George III went online Saturday as part of the royal family's effort to rehabilitate the legacy of the monarch widely regarded as having been insane.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Books: CIA in Laos changed how America wages war
(AP) — Even with the hindsight of history, it’s mystifying that 56 years ago when John F. Kennedy was preparing to become president, the fate of the Southeast Asian backwater of Laos was considered critical for America.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

A look at Houston, the setting for Super Bowl LI
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston is the nation's fourth largest city, a sprawling metropolis larger than some small states. But the good news for those visiting for Super Bowl LI is that most of the events surrounding the game will be concentrated downtown, making it easy to visit a number of attractions.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Suspect says 'God told me to do it' after fatal crash
MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri tractor-trailer driver accused of crashing into a pickup truck and killing two people told investigators that “God told me to do it,” according to court documents.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Principal pleads not guilty to federal child porn charges
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fired Kentucky high school principal has pleaded not guilty to federal child porn charges.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Tiny town's power surge fries computers, appliances, siding
(AP) — The 911 calls started pouring in just after noon in the tiny western Pennsylvania town of Brookville. The emergencies ranged from electrical meters catching ablaze and burning house siding to smoking power strips frying computers and singeing carpeting. In one building, fluorescent lights simply exploded from the ceiling.
Friday, January 27, 2017

EPA expecting cuts across the board
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump and Brittish PM May meet for first time
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump held an Oval Office meeting today with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a friendly ally who hopes to nudge the populist president toward the political mainstream.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Pence pledges to end taxpayer-funded abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd gathered today in Washington for the annual March for Life rally that ending taxpayer-funded abortion and choosing a Supreme Court justice who will uphold “God-given” liberties are among top priorities of the Trump administration.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Little girls as young as 6 or 7 doubt that women can be brilliant, study shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Searching for subtweets in the inaugural prayers
While the Beltway establishment gathered on the U.S. Capitol's west side with legions of Middle Americans in "Make America Great Again" hats, the House of Representatives approved the final pre-inauguration details.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Warning issued on Holocaust remembrance day
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jewish and Christian leaders prayed over the ruins of gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau as some leaders warned today on International Holocaust Remembrance Day of rising xenophobic hatred against Jews and others, including Muslims.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Russians inflamed over fate of landmark cathedral
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The director of a museums’ association has urged the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to recall its bid to take control of St. Petersburg’s landmark cathedral, a move that has inflamed public passions in Russia.
Friday, January 27, 2017

5 killings from 80s linked to dead inmate
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man who died in a California prison in 2010 after killing and dismembering his wife also killed two other women and three children decades earlier, New Hampshire authorities said Thursday.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

UK's May condemns torture ahead of US visit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Britain “absolutely” condemns the use of torture, Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday — and she says she’s not afraid to tell that to U.S. President Donald Trump when she meets him in Washington.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

President poised to seek military options on ISIS
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to ask the Pentagon for ways to accelerate the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and officials said the options probably would include steps the Obama administration considered but never acted on, from adding significantly more U.S. troops to boosting military aid to Kurdish fighters.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

State Dept. senior diplomat resignations accepted
WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of senior career diplomats are leaving the State Department after the Trump administration accepted their resignations from presidentially appointed positions.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mexican president bails on Trump meeting
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he will not attend a planned Jan. 31 meeting with President Donald J. Trump, hours after Trump tweeted that the meeting should be canceled if Mexico won’t pay for a border wall.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Knitting store: No yarn for women's movement protesters
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Tennessee knitting store doesn’t want anyone buying its yarn for arts and crafts for the women’s movement, following weekend protests by marchers in knitted, pointy-eared hats.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Last pipeline protesters weigh whether to stay or go
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Most of the demonstrators who gathered on the North Dakota plains to oppose the Dakota Access oil pipeline declared victory and departed their snowy protest camp last month after the Army announced it would halt the project.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kraft Heinz employees to get 'Smunday' off
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz says the Monday after the Super Bowl will be a day off for its salaried employees, and it has launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to make the day — dubbed “Smunday” — a national holiday.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

St. Louis considering soccer stadium
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Plans to build a $200 million soccer stadium to attract a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis hang in the balance as an aldermanic committee weighs a proposal to ask taxpayers to foot part of the bill.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

How can I avoid my parents' money mistakes?
“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna(at)nerdwallet.com.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dow 20,000: What does it mean, where does it go?
(AP) — With the Dow Jones industrials above 20,000, it’s natural to ask what’s going on and what, if anything, investors should do. Here are some answers to common questions that people have about the stock market.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Allman Bros. founding member dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Drummer Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers, has died. He was 69.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

TV's versatile, loveable Mary Tyler Moore dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Man o' War celebration is planned
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Park is planning a yearlong celebration to honor the great thoroughbred Man o’ War.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mark Twain House hopes for boost from new book of 1879 fairy tale
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Notes that Mark Twain jotted down from a fairy tale he told his daughters more than a century ago have inspired a new children’s book, “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.”
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pope takes over Knights of Malta today
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican announced today it was taking over the embattled Knights of Malta in an extraordinary display of papal power after the leader of the sovereign lay Catholic order publicly defied Pope Francis in a dispute over condoms.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Draft order seeks review on terror interrogations
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering a major review of America’s methods for interrogating terror suspects and the possible reopening of CIA-run “black site” prisons outside the United States, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump moving forward with the border wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his executive authority Wednesday to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, one of his signature campaign promises. He is also expected to target so-called sanctuary cities and potentially restrict the flow of refugees to the United States, according to administration officials.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sexist, vulgar posts on women's marches spark backlash for some officials
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A school board member in Hillary Clinton’s hometown resigned after making a derogatory reference on Twitter to the female anatomy in describing women marching against President Donald Trump. An Illinois teacher was pulled from the classroom for a tweet deemed sexist. And a freshman Indiana lawmaker was inundated with criticism over a Facebook post mocking “fat women.”
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EPA contract freeze, media blackout angers some
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration freeze on new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards raised fears that states and other recipients could lose funding — while a communications blackout left EPA employees angered and confused.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's next for Dakota and keystone pipelines?
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s executive actions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are aimed at turning the much-protested pipelines into reality.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump to inherit $559B deficit, stable economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy but a government that faces a worsening debt and deficit picture, congressional analysts said Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Emoluments, executive orders - a Trump glossary
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the first full work week for the Trump administration, and the talk is all about emoluments, executive orders, a border tax, TPP and much more. 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Changes mulled as synthetic drug sentences cause confusion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The men who sold it called it Mr. Miyagi, a mind-altering chemical compound mixed with vegetable material and resembling marijuana.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Prison chief of medicine moonlighting for Ill. firm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The chief medical officer for Indiana’s prison system held an overlapping position with a for-profit Illinois company that provides health care to correctional facilities in more than a dozen states, according to a published report.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Federal judge rejects Aetna-Humana combo
(AP) — A federal judge has rejected health insurer Aetna’s plan to buy rival Humana Inc. for about $34 billion and become a major player in the market for Medicare Advantage coverage.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Senate expected to confirm CIA director
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to run the CIA and is expected to vote on his nominationt his evening.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Gingrich: Madonna should be arrested for White House remark
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Madonna “ought to be arrested” for telling the crowd at the women’s rights march in Washington that she’s “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump moves to pull US out of trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact today, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama’s legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his first full week in office.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday tornadoes leave 19 dead in southern US
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Chuck Stafford was watching the Atlanta Falcons rout the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title when bad weather suddenly began to pound his mobile home in southern Georgia.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Southern California pounded by intense storm, flooding and severe winds
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds today after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves.  At least four people died and several others were rescued from raging floodwaters during three storms in four days.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Fate of unique Polish WWII museum uncertain
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — It was supposed to be the first museum in the world to tell the story of World War II in its entirety by focusing on all the nations caught up in that global conflict. But it has fallen foul of changing political priorities in its Polish home, and as it opened its doors for the first time today, it’s facing an uncertain future.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Bergdahl case presents early legal test of Trump rhetoric
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A military court will weigh the real-world consequences of President Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric as Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argues he can’t get a fair trial under his new commander in chief.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trump executive order first strike at ending 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an opening salvo against “Obamacare,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at undoing the unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of women around the world decry Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Man suspected in death of officer, woman dies
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man authorities say shot and killed a woman he’d been romantically involved with and a police officer who had tried to help her has died, hours after shooting himself in the chest during a standoff with authorities on a New Orleans bridge.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

New White House look: Trump gives the Oval Office a makeover
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took just a few hours for President Donald Trump to give the Oval Office a makeover, including some fresh gold trim.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Parish nurses in eastern Illinois serve their faith families
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — As a registered nurse, Jeannie Cisney is passionate about helping people — physically, emotionally and mentally. In her role as a parish nurse, she can address a person’s spiritual side, as well.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Indiana residents hope Pence keeps their interests in mind
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Fort Wayne needed expensive airport improvements, its mayor contacted an influential Indiana native — then-Vice President Dan Quayle — to help secure federal funding.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hawaii bill compels mediation for Zuckerberg-type land deals
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii lawmaker said Friday he plans to introduce legislation that could force Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into mediation before he is allowed to buy real estate on Kauai island.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome
HONOLULU (AP) — Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to prepare for tax time
Although some are ready to say their fond farewells to 2013, thought needs to be given to the 12 months that just passed as tax-filing season approaches.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Earn a bigger tax refund next year
While many people owe taxes every April 15, many more individuals eagerly anticipate tax season because they know a refund is coming their way.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Charitable donations and tax deductions
People make charitable donations for various reasons. Some are motivated by a desire to give back to their communities, while others may be inspired by a particular cause whether that cause is based down the street or across the globe.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Did you know?
Tax season is on the horizon. Organization and good record-keeping are keys to filing an accurate return in a timely manner.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Know which financial papers to toss and which to keep
Many homeowners recognize that they have quite a number of things around the house that serve no practical purpose. Paperwork can accumulate seemingly overnight, turning a once-organized home into a messy monument to clutter. Oftentimes, uncertainty about which financial documents to keep and which to discard causes homeowners to keep everything, which can lead to unnecessary clutter.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Federal tax changes on the way
WASHINGTON — Changes are coming for the upcoming tax filing season, said IRS commissioner John Koskinen.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of cookies
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — It's that time of year again when girls with green sashes go door-to-door to sell cookies, but this year is different.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

'Slenderman' explores online craze, attempted murder
NEW YORK (AP) — The Slender Man craze swept the younger digerati while their unwitting elders occupied themselves online with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gottlieb Native Garden: a Southern California oasis
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Spread out along a hillside near the Beverly Hills Hotel, Susan Gottlieb's baseball-field-size home garden — dubbed the Gottlieb Native Garden — boasts more than 100 species of native plants and brims with wildlife activity.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

President Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
Friday, January 20, 2017

IS destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Hastert to assault victim: Pay back hush money
CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him over several years, according to a court filing this week in an ongoing civil case.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Mars investigating Skittles said to be intended for cattle
NEW YORK (AP) — A mysterious Skittles spill on a rural highway in Wisconsin is taking another twist, with Mars Inc. saying it doesn’t know why the discarded candy might have been headed to become cattle feed.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Smashed windows, chaotic confrontation near inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police deployed pepper spray in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as protesters registered their rage against the new president.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Yellen says Fed following prudent course on rates
WASHINGTON (AP) — While unemployment has fallen significantly and inflation is starting to tick higher, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she does not believe that the central bank has fallen behind the curve and needs to start pushing interest rates up more quickly.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Up to 117 civilians died in strikes during Obama presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 117 civilians have been killed in drone and other counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere during President Barack Obama’s presidency, according to a report released late Thursday by U.S. intelligence officials.
Friday, January 20, 2017

"El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom
NEW YORK (AP) — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.
Friday, January 20, 2017

California scientist names moth species after Donald Trump
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scientists in California have named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the insect's head are reminiscent of Trump's blond hairdo.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obama releases final batch of bin Laden documents
WASHINGTON (AP) — In its final hours, the Obama administration on Thursday released the last of three installments of documents belonging to Osama bin Laden that were seized in a 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaida leader in his secret compound.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Latest: Trump's Treasury pick promises no US default on debts
Donald Trump’s choice to run the Treasury Department is promising that the United States won’t default on its debt, and he wants to raise the country’s borrowing limit “sooner rather than later.”
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Black Lives Matter protest prompts race complaint
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Five people have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Memphis and Elvis Presley’s Graceland, saying they were discriminated against at a Black Lives Matter protest during the annual vigil commemorating the singer’s death.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has suspended 360,000 user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book: Evan Smoak returns in Hurwitz's 'The Nowhere Man'

Evan Smoak, the anti-hero from last year's "Orphan X," returns in an even more intense and harrowing thriller.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Music: McClinton, at 76, brings it once again
Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed nightclub.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Fun performances aren't enough to save 'Split'
"Split " is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. Some of them are kind. Some are strange. Some are talented. Some are deranged. One is a woman. One is a child. And one of them likes to kidnap teenage girls, lock them in a basement and make them dance naked. As with any thriller, of course, this one from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan chooses to focus on the increasingly scantily clad teenage girls in peril.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he was in intensive care for pneumonia and she was being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Heavy vehicles try to reach buried hotel where 30 missing
PENNE, Italy (AP) — Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no sign of life in the building even though two survivors found outside said more than 30 people had been in it when the snow struck.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to “Obamacare,” she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A look at next steps after damning report on Chicago police
CHICAGO (AP) — The release of a damning Department of Justice report, which found civil rights abuses permeate Chicago’s 12,000-officer police force, was in many ways just the start of a process that could take a decade or more.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Growing list of Dems boycotting inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 40 House Democrats plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, casting the Republican businessman as a threat to democracy.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

9 prominent early astronauts carrying on US space history
WASHINGTON (AP) — Early U.S. space history is fading with the deaths of Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. But others survive, veterans of a time when Americans were glued to their television sets to watch their heroics, from fiery Saturn V launches to ocean splashdowns.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Supreme Court hears case over deportations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration tried to persuade the Supreme Court Tuesday to retain a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DeVos likely to push school choice
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rauner, Duckworth attend King Day service event in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth were among those volunteering to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Illinois.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017









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