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Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling and renewable energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans’ tax package would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power — and even extend a hand to buyers of electric cars.


Saturday, December 16, 2017


Ho, ho, ho, Yosemite: A magical winter destination

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park might not seem like an ideal winter destination, particularly if you're from a part of the country where you'd like to trade in road salt for rim salt on your margarita and leave the words "wind chill" behind.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sizeism: With obesity on the rise, Paris takes a hard look at size bias

PARIS (AP) — France, the country that gave the world butter croissants and foie gras, often has been a place where being overweight was seen as something of a sin. But its capital is taking a hard look at the contradictions with a campaign to counter sizeism, an often disregarded kind of discrimination.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dreading conflict during the holidays? Let it go

(The Conversation via AP)  — Every holiday season, families and friends convene to share affection, kindness and experience. In the ideal holiday atmosphere, one often depicted in commercials and media, such get-togethers are places of warmth, appreciation and general happiness.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Northwestern symphony orchestra to perform in Asia in 2018
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra is heading to Asia.
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process after Peoria case

By NICOLE WINFIELD

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

What's in the massive tax rewrite for you

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final package by the House and Senate next week, with the aim of sending the measure to President Donald Trump to sign before Christmas.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Army of firefighters takes on still-growing Ca. fire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Chicago teen program aims to challenge male stereotypes

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago program is aiming to redefine stereotypical images of masculinity in hopes of combatting violence.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Inflammatory letter sheds light on Uber misconduct
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals’ trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Even Santa needs some help getting to remote places

SAINT MICHAEL, Alaska (AP) — It’s not easy to get to Saint Michael, Alaska. Not even if you’re Santa Claus.

Luckily, jolly old St. Nick could hitch a ride on a military transport plane to the tiny island community that’s closer to Russia than Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

In society and in law, definition of consent is a gray area

For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied.”


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Rules protecting coal miners' dust exposure up for review

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners’ exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Trump to push merit-based immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Wandering cow returned to nativity

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow in Philadelphia apparently wanted to be away from the manger, as it escaped twice Thursday morning from a church's live nativity scene.


Friday, December 15, 2017

'Cleavage in Congress an invitation'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. representative from Ohio is complaining about the cleavage in Congress.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Bill drops controversial loan provisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump: FBI handling of Clinton probe 'disgraceful'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today “it’s a shame what’s happened” with the FBI, calling the agency’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation “really disgraceful.”


Friday, December 15, 2017

Suggestion from Down Under: Lift celibacy demand

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended today that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Tax bill: Rubio's on board, Republicans confident

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans finalized their sweeping tax package today, expanding the child tax credit to placate a reluctant GOP senator as they pushed to muscle the bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Workplace romance under spotlight after scandals

NEW YORK (AP) — The minefield that co-workers and companies navigate when it comes to love at work has gotten even more complex following the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, politics and the media.


Friday, December 15, 2017

'Youthquake' is Oxford word of the year for 2017

LONDON (AP) — Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation today with its 2017 word of the year : youthquake.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Chicago cops opting to grieve punishment

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers have opted to grieve their punishments more often in recent years in a lengthy process that can delay not only punishment for officers, but information getting to the public about police wrongdoing, according to a newspaper investigation.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Rock 'n Roll McDonalds in Chicago to lose music theme

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s plans to close for remodeling at the end of the year and will lose its music theme when it reopens.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Dueling stats used in racial bias hearing

CHICAGO (AP) — Dueling experts deployed statistics to make their case Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a first-of-its-kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash-house stings run by federal agents dating back to the 1990s are racially biased.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Dickens Victorian Village worth a holiday visit

DICKENS VICTORIAN VILLAGE

About 13 years ago, Bob Ley and his wife drove from their hometown of Cambridge, Ohio, to see the famous Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia. 


Thursday, December 14, 2017

FCC votes down Obama-era net neutrality
(AP) — In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that governed access to the internet.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Support from caucus boosts tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus said today they support a sweeping tax package speeding toward votes in Congress next week, giving GOP leaders a boost from a key faction as they work to deliver a major legislative victory to President Donald Trump.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gay rights advocates watch case closely
HONOLULU (AP) — National gay rights advocates are watching how a child support fight between a divorced lesbian couple plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state Supreme Court, experts say.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Opponents of refugee quotas give money to bolster European Union borders
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia announced today that they plan to spend around 35 million euros ($41 million) to beef up European Union borders as they come under pressure for refusing to accept refugee quotas.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sports unions unveil declaration of player rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball players associations helped unveil a universal declaration of player rights that is designed to establish a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Facebook post 'Heaven is my home' led to search for Kentucky lawmaker
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An ominous Facebook post from a Kentucky lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations is part of what prompted his family to report him missing, a sheriff said Thursday.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

After Senate loss, will Moore leave politics? Probably not

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he’s won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset?


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Former 'Apprentice' star Omarosa denies White House firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former “Apprentice” star Omarosa denies she was fired from her job at the White House — and she’s teasing that she has stories to tell about what she’s seen and heard there.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Davis pushes to maintain educational tax provisions in final bill

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) leads House Republican effort to maintain education provisions in the final tax bill. Last week, Davis led a letter with 25 Republican cosigners urging conference committee leaders to maintain tuition waivers and continued education assistance.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bickering meets brutality in Moody's dystopian read

(AP) — Hatred abounds from the first page in David Moody's "One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning," the first in a dystopian trilogy. After a jolting opening scene in which a murderous adolescent beats her classmates to death with a chain, readers are whisked away to Skek, an unforgivingly cold, wet island, home to Hazleton Adventure Experiences. 


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Children's book 'Ferdinand' jumps to screen nicely

(AP) — This holiday season, there’s all manner of conflict at your local movie theater — Jedis battling in the stars, Winston Churchill warring in Europe and Olympic athletes dueling on ice. And then there’s that 2,000-pound bull that refuses to fight.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Protesting Jerusalem Decision
Protesters wearing masks with Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock Mosque, participate in a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem at the capital of Israel, near the venue of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Leaders and top officials from Islamic nations, members of 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation gathered for a summit that is expected to forge a unified stance against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Deal reached on tax overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement today on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gillibrand got the fight she wants after Trump tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she’d begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” for them.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In Alabama, an unusual alliance yields a Democratic upset for Roy Moore
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Democrat Doug Jones assembled an unusual Deep South alliance to claim a Senate seat Tuesday in Republican-dominated Alabama, combining strong turnout among African-Americans and white liberals with enough crossover support from conservatives who couldn’t stomach scandal-ridden Republican nominee Roy Moore.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Franken's replacement Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith says she's confident
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith today to replace fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Researchers look to develop non-fuel products from coal
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Coal-based electronics might sound like a science fiction invention, but they are a very real focus of investigation for a handful of researchers at the University of Wyoming.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New political frustrations to be aired in Tea Party re-enactment Saturday
BOSTON (AP) — Americans are venting their frustrations with the current political climate by chucking tea into Boston Harbor. Sound familiar?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he’d morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with a longtime friend and fellow grandfather.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tax package would ease hit for the high-tax states
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Subway blast arrest leads to discussion of immigration rules, chain migration
NEW YORK (AP) — The arrest of a Bangladeshi immigrant accused of making a homemade pipe bomb and setting it off in the New York subway system has led to discussion of the nation's immigration system, with President Donald Trump repeating his refrain that it needs to be overhauled in favor of more restrictions.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trump still contends that accusations of sexual misconduct are fabricated
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he’s the target of “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.”
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A better mammogram? Is a pricey 3-D scan better?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Patient: 'Doc talked on cell phone during surgery'
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

You can cross these four items off of your year-end investing checklist
(NerdWallet via AP) — Good news: There’s still time to slash your tax burden, boost your retirement savings and get a head start on investing wisely in 2018 — all before Auld Lang Syne plays on New Year’s Eve.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Red-suited man on sled rescues deer
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus’ sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California fires
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size again, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside enclave.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Police: Getaway car ran out of gas after robbery
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

PM announces Iraq's war against IS has ended
BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Q&A: What's next after Rep. Trent Franks' resignation?
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, a conservative anti-abortion Republican, has resigned after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. One former aide told The Associated Press that the congressman pressured her to carry his child and once offered her $5 million to be a surrogate mother.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snow slows down Deep South
ATLANTA (AP) — Snowfall shrouding much of the Deep South began tapering off early Saturday, but freezing temperatures kept roads slick and thousands without electricity throughout the region while planes remained grounded at the world’s busiest airport.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Supreme Court blocks for now DACA case document disclosure
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked for now a judge’s order requiring the Trump administration to disclose all emails, letters and other documents it considered in its decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Latest: Governor calls special election for Conyers seat
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the election to fill a U.S. House seat left vacant by Rep. John Conyers’ resignation (all times local):
Saturday, December 9, 2017

California opens online system to license new pot industry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state’s legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Judge halts clearing of rare forest targeted for Walmart
MIAMI (AP) — Bulldozers downing trees on a property targeted for a Walmart-anchored shopping center were ordered to stop work after a federal judge issued an emergency injunction sought by environmentalists fighting to save the vanishing forest.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

2 questions loom over House-Senate talks on GOP tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two looming questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans’ massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished deduction? And how to pay for those concessions?
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fast-moving flames force people to flee on a moment's notice
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Flames were practically on top of Dick and Joan Marsala’s home when they got an urgent knock on the door and were told to leave.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jersey Girl brewery highlights emerging business in state
MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — Jersey Girl showed it can stand out in a "crowded" field of new breweries as it took home the Emerging Business of the Year distinction from the New Jersey Brewer's Association's NJBIZ annual award event.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Trees, lights, holiday magic: Christmas events and displays
NEW YORK (AP) — Destinations around the U.S. are dressing up for Christmas with trees, lights and holiday magic. Here's a look at a few events, displays and other attractions.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Unemployment still at 17-year record low
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market’s enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery.
Friday, December 8, 2017

State Department says Trump travel ban fully implemented
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week to allow enforcement of the ban as it is challenged in lower courts.
Friday, December 8, 2017

On the brink with North Korea. . .again
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a nuclear standoff with North Korea more than two decades ago — long before the reclusive government had atomic weapons that could threaten America — U.S. officials planned for war.
Friday, December 8, 2017

UK, EU hail breakthough in post-Brexit relations
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union hailed a breakthrough today that allows them to begin talks on their post-Brexit relations without answering some key questions about how their divorce will play out.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow in Deep South brings back bad memories
ATLANTA (AP) — The snow that dusted parts of the Deep South early today delighted schoolchildren with an unexpected holiday but also brought back panicky memories for many adults of past storms that trapped commuters on interstates for hours.
Friday, December 8, 2017

US flu season off to early start; widespread in 7 states
NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Sandusky's son sentenced to prison for sexual abuse
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons is headed to prison after pleading guilty to pressuring a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asking her teen sister to perform a sex act.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Like Trump, Moore breaks rules of modern-day politics with unorthodox plays
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Fast-moving wildfire engulfs semi-rural San Diego
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Retirement communities built on golf courses, thoroughbreds in race horse stables and other usually serene sites were engulfed by flames as the San Diego area became the latest front in California’s wildfire fight.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Bitcoin tops $17k; hack raises concerns ahead of US trade
TOKYO (AP) — Bitcoin surged past $17,000 today as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major U.S. exchanges. Bitcoin has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Palestinians protest Jerusalem decision
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank today while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump over his widely denounced decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Surging stocks lift US wealth; most still trail '07 peak
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging stock prices and steady increases in home values powered American household wealth to $96.9 trillion this fall, though the gains aren’t widely shared.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Franken resigns, but not before getting in a few jabs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago
HONOLULU (AP) — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

California has never seen 'purple wind'
 VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oscar season: Shame mingles with self-congratulations
NEW YORK (AP) — In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there’s some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

John Boyega talks 'Last Jedi,' parallels with Finn
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Boyega may have a lot in common with Finn, the character he plays in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but a trip to a London toy store left the actor floored.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

U2's 'Songs of Experience' is thrilling
(AP) — Like its 2014 predecessor, U2's "Songs of Experience" is the product of a difficult and drawn-out recording process.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

New blaze errupts in tony Bel-Air area of LA
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early today as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

With a small book, Gene Simmons is ready to make you rich
NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Simmons wants you to be rich and powerful, but it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have to learn English, wake up early, turn off the TV and study.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's Mr. Nice Guy From Now On
In this undated image  Scott Diethorne, dressed as Santa, poses for a photo with at child upside down in his arms. Diethorne, the beloved Santa with "naughty" tattooed on one arm and "nice" tattooed on the other, has been asked to tone down his upside down poses with tattoos and take only ‘traditional’ Christmas photos at a suburban Philadelphia mall, leaving some fans miffed.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump declares Jerusalem as capital
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gay man denied marriage license hopes to unseat Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — David Ermold returned to the Rowan County courthouse Wednesday, nearly two years after Clerk Kim Davis refused to give him a marriage license because he was gay.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hillary was warned about Harvey; Franken support fades
NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Dunham claims that she warned Hillary Clinton's communications director about Harvey Weinstein's behavior, the New York Times reported in an expose that includes new details about the lengths Weinstein went to cover-up his alleged behavior. The details led the powerful Hollywood talent agency C.A.A. to apologize for its role in the scandal.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Doctors identify brain abnormalities in Cuba attack patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ABC says reporter with Trump bias will no longer cover presidential stories
NEW YORK (AP) — Suspended ABC News reporter Brian Ross will no longer cover stories involving President Donald Trump following his erroneous report last Friday on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Kennedy seems conflicted in wedding cake case
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Washington's bejeweled 'Diamond Eagle' on display
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington is going on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Detroit liberal ends 52-year careeer in Congress; Conyers resigns
DETROIT (AP) — Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress today, bringing an abrupt end to the Detroit liberal’s nearly 52-year career in the House.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Border arrests fall, deportations skyrocket in Trump's first year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low, but detentions by deportation officers away from the U.S.-Mexico border soared during President Donald Trump’s first months in office, as his efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration system took effect.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ventura, California Today
Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Opposition grows to US embassy move
JERUSALEM (AP) — Vociferous Arab and Muslim opposition was building today to any possible U.S. recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as European leaders expressed concern about harm to fragile Mideast peace efforts.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The most wonderful time to celebrate - earmuffs
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Earmuffs are all the rage on at least one day of the year.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

70-year-old has 'Do No Resuscitate' tattood on
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It was a scenario that emergency room doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital had discussed but never seen in person — an unconscious patient with a tattoo across his chest that read "Do Not Resuscitate."
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lamborghni joins boom in supercar SUVs with $200,000 Urus
SANT’AGATA, Italy (AP) — Supercar makers have long known that parked next to that snarling Lamborghini, a racing-red Ferrari, or stately Bentley at some of the globe’s toniest addresses is a practical SUV. With the sport utility vehicle market growing by leaps and bounds, they increasingly want in on the profits.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

EU black lists 17 nations as tax havens
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

AP word cloud: The message in Pyongyang's propaganda
TOKYO (AP) — Kim. Nuclear. War.

Nothing sums up the message embedded in North Korea’s propaganda better than those three words. That’s exactly what the world hears — and what’s revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used by the Korean Central News Agency’s English-language service.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Opossum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Trump; 'very unfair' treatment of Flynn
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lobbing new criticism at the special counsel’s Russia investigation, President Donald Trump said Monday he feels “very badly” for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on the president’s behalf.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Trump offers full support for embattled Republican Roy Moore
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Monday, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Supreme Court declines Alabama case involving jury selection
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t take up a death penalty case from Alabama in which attorneys said African-American jurors were improperly excluded from the jury.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Ex-US Rep Corrine Brown to be sentenced for fraud
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is expected to sentence former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on today for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Facebook launches parent controlled Messenger app for kids
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is coming for your kids.
Monday, December 4, 2017

1 FBI agent removed from investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of anti-Trump text messages, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

USPS regulators move to let stamp prices go up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to bolster the ailing U.S. Postal Service, federal regulators moved on Friday to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, a move that could eventually add millions more dollars to companies’ shipping rates from prescription drugs to magazine subscriptions.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tax bill clears Senate in big boost for Trump, GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trump says Flynn lied to the VP and FBI, but 'there was nothing to hide'

WASHINGTON (AP) — More smoke but no smoking gun.

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea Friday revealed a new layer of lies unearthed by the far-reaching investigation into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, and put heightened scrutiny on the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But Flynn’s admission, and all of the criminal cases thus far, have not resolved the fundamental question special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to answer:


Saturday, December 2, 2017

A quick look at some of the key players in the Michael Flynn investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A list of key players relevant to the special counsel investigation into former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn:


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dutch design lab blends naturalixtic and futuristic

NEW YORK (AP) — The first U.S. museum exhibit devoted solely to the experimental and futuristic work of Dutch design studio Joris Laarman Lab is now on view at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum here.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

First lady goes with classic, traditional Christmas decor

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump has opted for a more traditional decor for her family’s first Christmas in the White House, adding a few new touches to the standards.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunday News Guest Lineups
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fans greet new royal couple

LONDON (AP) — Chanting “Harry, Harry!” and “Meghan, Meghan!” hundreds of people lined the streets of a central English city Friday to welcome Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancee, actress Meghan Markle. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Books: Dolan delivers parallel stories in new novel

(AP) — Grief can carry a heavy burden, burrowing into the heart, obliterating other concerns, sometimes even self-preservation, as Harry Dolan shows in his clever fourth mystery, "The Man in the Crooked Hat: a Novel."


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Explore wine country in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley

STRASBURG, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson may have been the first winemaker in Virginia, but it took another 200 years for the industry to blossom in the state. Today, with 300 wineries, Virginia is the fifth-largest wine region in the United States.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI, becoming the first Trump White House official to face criminal charges and admit guilt so far in the wide-ranging election investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Trial focused on shooting despite spotlight on immigration
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Though the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle became a flashpoint in an intense national debate over immigration, the issue was never addressed inside the courtroom where a jury acquitted a Mexican national of murder and manslaughter — a verdict President Donald Trump called a “complete travesty of justice.”
Friday, December 1, 2017

The Latest: Federal official denounce sanctuary cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Latest on the trial of a Mexican man in a killing on a San Francisco pier (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Federal officials are denouncing sanctuary cities after a jury in San Francisco found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Report finds law enforcement failed at Charlottesville rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor says the law enforcement response to a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted in violence was a series of failures.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Dad charged with murder after 7-year-old finds mom's body

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with fatally stabbing his wife after the couple’s 7-year-old daughter told a school counselor that she had found a body and authorities that she “didn’t want to be next,” according to investigators.


Friday, December 1, 2017

FDA approves first-of-a-kind test for cancer gene profiling

U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what’s driving a patient’s tumor and aiding efforts to match treatments to those flaws.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Trial testimony in 2003 killing providing closure

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A woman who was 15 in 2003 when a Clovis, New Mexico, man was gunned down said her testimony in a murder trial 14 years later provided her with closure.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Accusers face risks in breaking nondisclosure agreements

CHICAGO (AP) — Details of alleged sexual assaults by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Bill Cosby and other famous figures are now widely known in part because several accusers did something they promised in writing never to do: They talked publicly about their allegations.


Friday, December 1, 2017

New Mexico jury acquits Illinois man in 2003 killing

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico jury has acquitted an Illinois man in a 2003 killing.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Opponents in high court wedding cake case differ over terms

A Supreme Court case about a baker’s refusal to make a cake for a same-sex couple is also a dispute over terminology.


Friday, December 1, 2017

North Carolina a leader in state vouchers for private school

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Charlonda Brown, a single mother in Goldsboro, North Carolina, says she only wants for her boys what any parent wants: the best possible education.


Friday, December 1, 2017

The Trump presidency isn't nearly as bad as it sounds

The president of the United States wakes up some mornings seemingly determined to convince as many people as possible that he's unsuited to high office.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Trump to campaign near Alabama border

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will appear at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, next week, a move that brings the president less than 20 miles from the Alabama border just four days before a special election that will decide the fate of embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Police arrest bank robbery suspect hiding in port-a-potty
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A bank robbery suspect is in police custody after authorities say he tried to make a smelly escape in a portable toilet.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Penn State frat charged in 19-year-old's alcohol use
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State University fraternity is facing charges over a woman’s alcohol consumption.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

'Ice Bucket Challenge' co-founder dies
PELHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept social media in 2014 has died after a yearslong battle with the condition known as Lou Gerhig’s disease. Anthony Senerchia was 46.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

PA man's loudspeaker broadcast of 'Taps' ending
GLEN ROCK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man whose nightly broadcast of taps through loudspeakers led to lawsuit threats and complaints from his neighbors said the recording will play for the last time this week.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Teen freed on bail in fatal school stabbing case
NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager who says he was bullied before a fatal stabbing in a New York City classroom has been released on bail.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Genealogist: Meghan Markle descended from English king
BOSTON (AP) — Prince Harry’s bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, may have some royal blood after all.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Senate GOP presses ahead on tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Thursday pushed ahead on a sweeping revamp of the nation’s tax code, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressing confidence of final passage by week’s end and a key Republican getting on board.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pelosi calls on Conyers to resign amid sex allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in the House on Thursday called on Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against the longest-serving member of the House.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Trump weighs plan to replace Tillerson with CIA's Pompeo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s national security team, administration officials said Thursday.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nevada rancher refuses judge's offer of release
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge offered to release a rancher and states’ rights figure from custody during his trial on charges involving an armed standoff that stopped a government cattle roundup three years ago in Nevada.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Applications for US jobless aid tick down to 238,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought US unemployment benefits last week, a sign of strength in the job market.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The roller-coaster life of Connie Francis
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense of humor.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

That's cheating! Video-game companies suing crooked players
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A video-game maker is suing online gamers for designing or using computer code allowing them to crush competitors playing the popular “Fortnite” survival video game.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ice baths and M&Ms: Secrets of the Rockettes revealed
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest draws in New York this time of year is the “Christmas Spectacular” featuring the iconic Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Everyone knows about their high kicks but do you know how many calories each burns? What do they snack on? What’s the best place to be in their famous kick line? Two veterans — Bailey Callahan of Melbourne, Florida, and Alissa LaVergne of Houston — reveal all the backstage secrets.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Union: Many AA flights in December lack scheduled pilots
DALLAS (AP) — A scheduling glitch has left American Airlines scrambling to find pilots to operate thousands of flights over the busy Christmas holiday period.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Democrats request recounts in 2 Virginia House districts
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats have filed recount requests in two House of Delegates districts, and the challenges could determine partisan control of the chamber following elections that sharply reduced the GOP majority.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

San Francisco pushes forward with legal marijuana sales
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco leaders have overcome deep divisions about how to regulate legal recreational marijuana in the densely packed city, approving pot-friendly rules that could allow sales to start the first week of January.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Police: Man arrested in Tampa killings brought gun to work

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in a string of four slayings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood was arrested after he brought a loaded gun to his job at a McDonald’s and asked a co-worker to hold it, authorities said. 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NBC fires Lauer over 'inappropriate sexual behavior'

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News said Wednesday it fired longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior” involving a network employee that started when both were stationed at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued beyond that assignment.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sports doctor pleads guilty to assaulting gymnasts

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A disgraced Michigan sports doctor who admits he sexually assaulted female gymnasts and possessed child pornography pleaded guilty Wednesday in a third criminal case, acknowledging that he molested girls who sought treatment for injuries.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Video leads to arrest in case of stolen mounted zebra head
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman came home to find out a thief had broken in and stolen clothing, jewelry, prescription drugs and the mounted head of a zebra she had on a wall.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trump seizes on cultural fights

By KEN THOMAS

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a critical Senate vote on his tax overhaul and a crush of December deadlines, President Donald Trump is instead putting the spotlight on a volatile collection of extraneous topics — anti-Muslim videos, Pocahontas, NFL players who kneel during the national anthem and his multiplying disputes with the news media.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Walker announces national ad campaign to attract workers

By SCOTT BAUER

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker wants to launch a nearly $7 million national marketing campaign to persuade millennials and military veterans to move to his state to help with a worker shortage.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trump threatens new sanctions on NKorea

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and KIM TONG-HYUNG

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threatened new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday after the reclusive government shattered 2 1/2 months of relative quiet with its most powerful weapon test yet, an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

US economy expanded at brisk 3.3 pct. pace in third quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

FBI deviated from its policy on alerting hacking victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI deviated from its own policy on notifying victims of computer hacking when it left many U.S. officials and other Americans in the dark about Kremlin-aligned attempts to break into their personal Gmail accounts, The Associated Press has learned.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jerome Powell casts himself as a figure of stability for the Fed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell says that if confirmed as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, he expects the Fed to continue raising interest rates gradually to support its twin goals of maximum employment and stable prices.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stem cell clinics in Texas attract patients, scrutiny
HOUSTON (AP) — Martha Barden hobbled around in so much pain — barely able to navigate stairs, always calculating distances she could walk — that her husband told her she needed knee replacement.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sharpton says Meek Mill victim
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rev. Al Sharpton said a broken criminal justice system is responsible for Meek Mill’s imprisonment and called Monday for the judge who sentenced the rapper to reconsider or step aside.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

AP Was There: Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire kills 492
EDITOR’S NOTE — The flames began, witnesses said, in or around an artificial palm tree in a downstairs lounge of a Boston nightclub full of an estimated 1,000 people. It took less than two minutes for flames and heat to roar upstairs.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New home sales jumped 6.2 percent in October
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 percent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.
Monday, November 27, 2017

GOP scrambles to change tax plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans scrambled Monday to make changes to a Republican tax bill in an effort to win over holdout GOP senators and pass a tax package by the end of the year.
Monday, November 27, 2017

President will not campaign for Alabama candidate
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will not campaign for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore before the Dec. 12 special election, a White House official said today.
Monday, November 27, 2017

US sports leagues hedging bets on legal gambling
WASHINGTON (AP) — In court, all four major U.S. sports leagues are fighting New Jersey's challenge to the federal ban on sports gambling, which the Supreme Court will hear next week.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Miss Universe contestants speak on sexual harassment issue
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters didn’t shy away when asked to comment on sexual harassment just after being crowned.
Monday, November 27, 2017

'Complicit' beats out horologist, tarnation as Dictionary.com word of year
NEW YORK (AP) — Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word "complicit" as Dictionary.com's word of the year for 2017.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Conyers give up Judiciary post amid harassment probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even while fiercely denying allegations of sexual harassment, Michigan Rep. John Conyers is giving up his leadership position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, acknowledging a congressional probe into his possible misconduct had become an unwelcome distraction.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Franken says he can't remember touching women
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he doesn’t remember whether he touched women inappropriately while having his picture taken with them at campaign events.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Prince Harry, actress Meghan Markle to wed next year
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry, fifth in line to the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring, palace officials announced Monday, confirming months of speculation.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Nitro the police dog creates viral workout video
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet — and a public safety reminder.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Egypt's Sufis now targeted by Islamist violence
CAIRO (AP) — The mosque attack in Egypt’s Sinai by some two-dozen heavily armed Islamic militants on Friday which killed over 300 people was built by a prominent Sufi figure. A large portion of the area’s Bedouin population adheres to Sufism, a mystical movement within Islam with followers across most of the Muslim world.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Survivors recall attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai, 305 dead
ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — They arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque’s door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his Friday sermon from atop the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500 worshippers inside. When the violence finally stopped, more than 300 people, including 27 children, had been killed and 128 injured.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

US changes course, allows PLO office to remain open
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has backtracked on its decision to order the Palestinians’ office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Seven arrested during mall protest in suburban St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A protest forced a large suburban St. Louis shopping mall to close for an hour on the day after Thanksgiving, one of the year’s busiest shopping days, and renewed concerns by protest leaders about how police handle demonstrations.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Who's the boss come Monday at consumer agency?
Who’s the boss? That’s the awkward question after the departing head of a government agency charged with looking after consumers’ rights appointed a deputy to temporarily fill his spot. The White House then named its own interim leader.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Teenager detained at Canada border; grandmother found dead
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida teenager trying to enter Canada has been detained by U.S. border patrol agents who want to interview him in connection with the death of his grandmother.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Lawyer says Conyers verbally abused her, was inappropriate
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington lawyer says Rep. John Conyers verbally abused her and acted inappropriately when she worked for him on Capitol Hill in the 1990s.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

That's amore: Italian bridal serenades alive in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Young couples in southern Philadelphia are transforming something old into something new with their take on the Italian wedding serenade.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

New Lee Child novel is bold and mysterious
Author Lee Child delivers another classic Jack Reacher tale with “The Midnight Line.”
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Colorado ski season: Mountain coasters, Olympic fun and more
(AP) — Are you ready for a roller coaster at a ski resort?

New attractions in Colorado this season include mountain coasters at four Colorado ski resorts, along with new terrain and new lifts. Colorado is also hosting events themed on February's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Colorado's Olympics fever includes qualifying competitions, lessons hosted by former Olympians and a send-off for competing athletes.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Las Vegas pot dispensaries offer Black Friday deals
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Big-box stores won't be the only ones offering discounts to shoppers in Las Vegas this Black Friday. Marijuana dispensaries are rolling out deals, too.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Militants assault worshippers in Sinai, killing at least 200
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, settling off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 200 people in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Stores hope to draw Black Friday crowds
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Firm becomes 1st in US to offer online virtual sport betting
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company behind internet gambling website PlaySugarHouse.com became the first in the U.S. to let gamblers bet real money online on the outcome of virtual sports events.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Stay in a luxury converted nuclear missile silo
ESKRIDGE, Kan. (AP) — A Cold War-era missile silo in rural northeast Kansas that housed a nuclear warhead 65 years ago and was later converted into an underground mansion is now finding a new lease on life as an Airbnb location.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Texas woman accused of mailing bombs to Pres. Obama, Abbott
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman is accused of sending homemade bombs in 2016 to then-President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that could have killed or maimed the leaders, prosecutors said.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated 20 years later.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Miami's iconic offshore Stiltsville survived Hurricane Irma
MIAMI (AP) — Stiltsville, a stubborn relic of Miami’s less-glitzy past as a sun-soaked outpost, has survived Hurricane Irma’s brutal winds and waves, much to the surprise of the landmark’s caretakers and fans.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Many things found after Burning Man festival
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lindsay Weiss once lost her cellphone and got it back, so she and a friend knew what they had to do when they discovered a camera under a pew during a festival in the Nevada desert - even though it meant giving up their coveted, shady seat for a musical performance.
Friday, November 24, 2017

'We must work together,' Zimbabwe's new leader declares
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed Friday he will work to reduce crushing unemployment and return the country to prosperity after years of decline, as the nation cheered a new beginning after the extraordinary exit of Robert Mugabe.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Showbird turkeys pardoned by the president really had to strut their stuff
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — What makes a good presidential turkey? Showmanship. A readiness to strut his stuff and gobble on command, yet enough restraint to stay on a table for the big photo op.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yellen says Fed needs to avoid 'boom-bust'cycle in economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the biggest challenge facing the central bank in coming years will be to craft an interest rate policy that avoids putting the economy through a “boom-bust” cycle.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Frat found guilty in pledge's 2013 hazing death in Poconos
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Baruch College fraternity has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses for the 2013 hazing death of a pledge in a rented home in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Half of cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior
NEW YORK (AP) — A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FCC chair sets out to repeal net neutrality
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after a decade of delay, not by choice
WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CBS News fires Charlie Rose following allegations of sexual misconduct
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News fired morning show host Charlie Rose today, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Popular arthritis pill could come back on market
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Macy's Thanksgiving parade dates back to 1920's
NEW YORK — Thousands of people line the streets of midtown Manhattan every year to catch a glimpse of the balloons and performers marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Millions more will tune in to watch it on television. The Macy's parade  is intertwined with Thanksgiving, making it as much a part of the holiday as turkey and pumpkin pie.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Parade Celebrities
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2016 file photo, a Pikachu balloon is seen on 59th Street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Common and Andra Day will be among the stars celebrating at the upcoming Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., 98 Degrees, Flo Rida, Wyclef Jean and Miss America Cara Mund also will participate in the 91st annual parade on Nov. 23.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Unionized workers picket at Plimoth Plantation
BOSTON (AP) — Workers at a Massachusetts living history museum that depicts 17th century life at the time of the Pilgrims are asking to be treated by 21st century standards.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Make appointment for Santa

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you’ll need a reservation to see him. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Cult leader Charles Manson dead at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.


Monday, November 20, 2017

North Korea a state sponsor of terror

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced today that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.


Monday, November 20, 2017

2nd woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of improper conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of improper conduct, saying he put his hand on her bottom as they posed for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 — after he had begun his career in the Senate.


Monday, November 20, 2017

White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s willing to strike a health care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump’s top legislative priorities.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route Monday for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp., though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Germany's Merkel 'very skeptical' on minority government

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she was “very skeptical” about leading a minority government if no coalition could be formed to run Europe’s biggest economy and thinks a new election would be a better solution.


Monday, November 20, 2017

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or slightly over half a trillion dollars.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Treasury chief a Bond villain? Mnuchin OK with comparison
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday he had no idea that a photo of him and his wife posing with a sheet of newly printed money would go viral.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Bush administration alums rising in Trump's orbit
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump’s White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor’s: People.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Missouri approves using pigs for research, despite protests
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri says it will continue to use live pigs to train emergency room doctors, despite protests involving national and local advocates.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Woman says she was harassed by New York state employee
NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York woman struggling to find a place to live and a job after ending an abusive relationship said a state employee helped her, only to use it as an excuse to sexually harass and assault her, and the governor’s office knew and did nothing to stop it, according to a lawsuit.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Keystone pipeline leak won't affect last regulatory hurdle
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Gift ideas for the gym rats and yogis in your life

MIAMI (AP) — We've rounded up the 10 best gift ideas for all your favorite gym rats from Weekend Warriors to barre lovers.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hotel at TWA terminal will evoke glamour of jet age

NEW YORK (AP) — When it opened in 1962, the sleek TWA terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport was the embodiment of jet-age style. Now, construction is underway to transform the landmark into a $265 million hotel that will conjure the same glamour, smack in the middle of an airport better known for controlled chaos than comfort.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

When in NYC, it's still cool to hang out in Greenwich Village

BETH J. HARPAZ,

AP Travel Editor

 NEW YORK (AP)  — As a teenager in New York City in the gritty 1970s, I often hung out in Greenwich Village with friends. There was nothing cooler than buying a tie-dyed T-shirt in some little shop or listening to a guitar-playing hippie in Washington Square Park.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

VA exploring merging health system with Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.


Friday, November 17, 2017

White House requests $44-billion disaster aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House today sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Hatch to Dems saying cuts are for the rich: 'Bull crap'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate between two senators over whether Republican tax cuts are aimed at helping the rich escalated into raised voices, interruptions, a banging gavel and the use of a decidedly un-senatorial noun.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Brexit benefit: The pound in a tourist's pocket goes much further now
LONDON (AP) — Many British businesses have become cautious as they try to gauge the impact of the country’s 2019 departure from the European Union. But there’s one industry that has so far clearly reaped a windfall from the Brexit decision — local tourism.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Notorious Mafia 'boss of all bosses' dies

MILAN (AP) — Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina died early today in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra.


Friday, November 17, 2017

China explores new approach with NK

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The highest-level Chinese envoy to North Korea in two years arrived in the country’s capital today to try to improve relations that have soured over Beijing’s tightening of sanctions and expressions of support for U.S. President Donald Trump’s calls for more pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons program.


Friday, November 17, 2017

US Rep. Davis says families in the 13th District will see tax cut savings

Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released this statement after the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first major tax reform bill since 1986:


Friday, November 17, 2017

Moore digs in, targets female accusers in what some view as tired intimidation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore’s campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring “let the battle begin.” Women’s advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled Senate bid alive.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Killer Charles Manson alive though reports swirl of ill health
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil, a demonic presence captured in scores of photos, each of them marked by his piercing dark eyes and the crude Nazi swastika he carved into his forehead. 
Friday, November 17, 2017

Museum of the Bible opens in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family’s $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Congrats! Here's a gift, but first a timeshare pitch

MARJORIE MILLER,

Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - I had filled out a form to win a Whole Foods gift certificate. Instead I got a phone call from "Hannah" at FantaSea Resorts congratulating me on winning a travel package.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Managing overtourism a feature of global travel
LONDON (AP) — Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Bipartisan effort to bolster FBI gun checks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have joined forces on legislation to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

$1.5-trillion tax overhaul gaining momentum
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans drove a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul toward House passage today, even as Senate GOP dissenters emerged in a sign that party leaders had problems to resolve before Congress could give President Donald Trump his first legislative triumph.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

50 millions Americans to travel over Thanksgiving
(AP) — If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, you’ll have even more company than last year.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Radio anchor says Al Franken groped, forcefully kissed her without consent
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mugabe's fate still uncertain; US has been seeking his ouster for 2 decades
WASHINGTON (AP) — Without lifting a finger, the Trump administration may be witnessing the culmination of nearly two decades of U.S. efforts to pry Zimbabwe from the powerful grasp of its authoritarian President Robert Mugabe. Yet with Mugabe’s fate and Zimbabwe’s political future in limbo, neither Trump nor previous administrations can claim credit or celebrate.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Jersey Senator Menendez's bribery trial ends in hung jury; may retry
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Official: Manson is alive
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says mass killer Charles Manson is alive Thursday.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ivanka on Moore: 'There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children'
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With President Donald Trump standing on the sidelines, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and his allies on the ground in Alabama are bracing for an extended conflict — not with Democrats, but with their own party in Washington.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ivanka Trump: Child tax credit 'not a pet project,' it's a major initiative
BAYVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Yes, it turns out, there is something that chafes at the unflappable Ivanka Trump.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wis. Rt. 29: 'If you're into old stuff and bowling, it's a pretty cool place to drive'
IRON RIDGE, Wis. (AP) — Yvonne Bennett hasn't been trained in the art of cartography, but she's done a pretty good job of mapping the deep roots of Wisconsin's bowling heritage.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Argentina defeats US bid to host 1st world's fair in decades
PARIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota has lost its bid to host what would have been the first world’s fair on U.S. soil in 40 years, beat out by a campaign by Argentina’s capital to celebrate human creativity.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

World's oldest head of state is deposed
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s military controls the capital and the state broadcaster and is holding President Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife under house arrest. It appears that the world’s oldest head of state has been deposed by a coup.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

China sending envoy to NKorea after Trump visit
BEIJING (AP) — Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Washington Post says calls seeking money for info on Moore were fake
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Roy Moore and the special U.S. Senate election in Alabama :
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sessions seeks balance in pondering Clinton probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Republicans complicate tax cut bill by including repeal of health mandate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans began pushing a broad tax cut for businesses and many individuals through the Senate Finance Committee today, a measure complicated by a late addition — repeal of the Obama health care law’s requirement that Americans get insurance coverage.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Newly discovered painting shows Washington's tent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philip Mead was online late one night in May, looking for possible artifacts from the American Revolution, when a painting up for auction caught his eye and got his heart racing.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017











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