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'More must be done to protect children'
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump planned to host students today from the Florida high school reeling from a mass shooting, hundreds of Maryland high school students ditched class and rallyed at the U.S. Capitol in support of stronger gun control.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Court says Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said today that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the government, not more broadly.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

State Dept. says NKorea passed on Pence meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kelly's crackdown on interim White House clearance will affect dozens
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Graham, 'Pope of Protestants,' was most widely heard Christian evangelist
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

America's favorite neighbor being celebrated in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been 50 years since Fred Rogers first appeared on TV screens, a gentle and avuncular man who warbled “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” as he changed into a cardigan and sneakers.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study
(AP) — The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Olympic Medalists
Women's halfpipe medalists from right, France's Marie Martinod, silver, Canada's Cassie Sharpe, gold, and United States' Brita Sigourney, bronze, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Olympics television coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. this evening includes  Alpine skiing, figure skating, bobsled and snowboarding.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Students going to state capital to push for gun law changes
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida’s capital today to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trump plan: Less-comprehensive, lower cost
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration today cleared the way for a lower-cost, limited alternative to the comprehensive individual medical plans required under former President Barack Obama’s health law.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Suit claims prison brutally punishes suicidal inmates
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prison brutally punishes suicidal and mentally ill inmates by isolating them for months or even years, chaining them to wooden chairs and opening windows to expose them to extreme cold, a federal lawsuit claims.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mavis Staples to headline Chicago Blues festival in June
CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Mavis Staples is among the headliners for this year’s Chicago Blues Festival planned the weekend of June 8-10 in the city’s Millennium Park.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Republican gains in sec. of state posts jolt Democrats
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With Republicans holding two-thirds of secretary of state offices, Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money on a statewide post once considered a sleepy political stepping stone, acknowledging they’re playing catch-up with the GOP.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trump backs efforts to bolster gun checks
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump offered support today for an effort to strengthen the federal gun background check system as he hunkered down at his private Florida golf course just 40 miles from last week’s deadly school shooting.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Gorsuch deciding vote in union funding case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The newest Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch holds the deciding vote in a case to be argued Feb. 26 that could affect the financial viability of unions that are major supporters of Democratic candidates and causes. The unions represent more than 5 million government workers in 24 states and the District of Columbia who could be affected by the outcome. The other eight justices split 4 to 4 when the issue was last at the court in 2016.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Athlete undone by wardrobe malfunction
NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics:
Monday, February 19, 2018

Pace of the game: MLB imposes stricter mound limits, but defers on pitch clocks
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of US lands
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Supreme Court asked to iron out Minnesota polling place clothing dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — A “Make America Great Again” hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden mulling another run for the presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Facebook to verify ads with good old-fashioned postcards after Russian mess
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Danica done: Patrick wrecks in finacl race of NASCAR career
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers brought a dose of A-list attraction to a pit road scene that was more fitting for a red carpet. The starry-eyed sweethearts were mobbed by fans and media clicking away for a snapshot of some PDA that would surely spawn headlines. Then the moment came: Rodgers, a full foot taller than his new girlfriend, put his hands on Patrick’s shoulders and leaned in for a good-luck kiss.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Conundrum of a fire alarm with gunfire: Flee, or lock down?
Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

President Trump, "no collusion" with Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russia meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Make mealtime more eco-friendly
An eco-friendly lifestyle is anything but selfless, as such a way of life can pay both immediate and long-term dividends, helping men and women in the present day while also contributing to healthier futures for generations to come.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cruising tips and tricks
Cruising can be an ideal vacation for people of any age, but particularly for seniors. Cruises combine all-inclusive meal packages with accommodations, breathtaking ports of call and pre-arranged activities, so vacationers do not have to lift a finger for days on end. Cruising also can be a social activity, meaning singletons can meet up with other like-minded people and enjoy the cruising experience together.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nordic skating on a 4.5-mile trail on a frozen Vermont lake
FAIRLEE, Vt. (AP)  Ice skating on Vermont's Lake Morey is far more than circling around a makeshift rink. It's an expedition  a 4.5-mile one, around the frozen lake's perimeter.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Senate rejects immigration bills; Dreamers in limbo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House.
Friday, February 16, 2018

FBI received tip on Florida school shooter but did not investigate
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The FBI received a specific report in January that the suspect in the Florida school shooting could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate the tip, the agency said today.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Cubs first baseman travels to Florida to offer support
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Trump's food box alternative to SNAP draws scathing criticism from opponents
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a “bold new approach to nutrition assistance”: replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed “America’s Harvest Box.”
Friday, February 16, 2018

French bishop declares nun's recovery as 70th Lourdes miracle
PARIS (AP) — A French bishop declared this week that the recovery a long-debilitated nun made after she visited the shrine in Lourdes was a miracle, the 70th event to be recognized as an act of divine intervention at the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage site.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Romney postpones announcement after shooting
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney is preparing to announce a bid for Utah’s Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Deadliest school shooting in five years
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder this morning following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Flue shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Senator to stop blocking some DOJ jobs over pot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado’s Republican U.S. senator will stop blocking nominees for some Justice Department jobs over concerns about the marijuana industry, saying today that federal officials have shown good faith in recent conversations on the department’s pot policy.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cuban diplomat symptoms similar to concussion, still no clue what happened
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are releasing the first detailed medical reports about the hearing, vision, balance and brain symptoms suffered in what the State Department has called “health attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba. Still missing: A clear diagnosis of just what happened to trigger their mysterious health problems.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Students and alumni challenge legacy preference at America's top colleges
BOSTON (AP) — Students and alumni at some of the nation’s top universities are urging their schools to reconsider admissions policies that give an edge to relatives of alumni.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bichon Frise Is Best In Show
Flynn, a bichon frise, poses for photos after winning best in show during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Flynn is taking quite a victory lap. The white powder puff’s tour of the town is set to finish tonight with a walk-on part in the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots.”
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Democrats negotiating with FBI on memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said today that he is continuing to negotiate with the FBI over the release of a memo packed with classified information from secret surveillance applications, but remains unsure if the White House will attempt to block its release.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rauner wants $1 billion tax cut with pension fix
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner deliver his 2019 budget proposal today, saying a $1 billion tax cut should be the top priority for this year’s legislative session. The Republican said  it could be achieved by changing the way pensions are doled out to state employees.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NSA: Several hospitalized after morning shooting
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Several people were hospitalized after a shooting this morning outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade, but none of the injuries were caused by gunfire, the spy agency said.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Launching Probe
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined from left by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., leaves a news conference at the Capitol in Washington today. Ryan confirmed that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, updated him that the watchdog panel has decided to launch a probe related to the background investigation and security clearance for White House aide Rob Porter who has resigned due to domestic abuse allegations against him.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gates turn attention toward poverty, education
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world’s top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country’s growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trump to Congress on immigration: Now or never
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned today that it’s now or never when it comes to extending protections for young immigrants, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw his weight behind legislation based on the president’s priorities.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Fed Reserve chairman pledges to remain alert to emerging stability risk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the global economy is recovering strongly for the first time in a decade, but the central bank needs to remain alert to any emerging risks to financial stability.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Senator Cory Gardner continues to block all confirmations at Justice Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sudden departure of the Justice Department’s No. 3 official is adding to the turmoil at an agency that already lacks permanent, politically appointed leaders for many of its most important divisions.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Workers comb snowy field for clues to Russian plane crash

MOSCOW (AP) — Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a vast field near Moscow on Monday for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet’s two flight recorders.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Trump's budget to strengthen our military

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and — unlike the plan he released last year — never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Rebuilding US roads relies on local dollars

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump  launched what he calls a “big week” for his infrastructure plan, which envisions $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill a key campaign goal but rely heavily on state and local government budgets to become a reality. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

White nationalist's planned campus visit off

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for Richard Spencer said Monday the white nationalist’s plan to speak on the University of Cincinnati campus during spring break has been scuttled by a legal standoff over the Ohio school’s demand for a security fee of nearly $11,000.  


Monday, February 12, 2018

NBC apologizes to South Koreans for analyst's remark

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has apologized to South Koreans for an on-air remark by an analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to the country’s own transformation.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Immigration fight looks tougher after budget debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders, top Democrats and President Donald Trump are all claiming big wins in the $400 billion budget agreement signed into law Friday. But the push to pass the massive legislation underscored enduring divisions within both parties, and those rifts are likely to make the next fight over immigration even more challenging. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mega bucks to fund America's military

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Carlinville native is weathering the political storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general last year for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban, Dana Boente stepped into the job.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cruising: A look at new ships, new trends and some razzle dazzle in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there’s lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness. 

But there are also changes underway in ship design, itineraries and who’s cruising. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

New Great Lakes cruise ship approved for the Lake Michigan coastline

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — City officials in northwest Indiana have approved plans for a cruise ship that would take fun-seekers out along the Lake Michigan coastline.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Trump to propose reducing drug costs under Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Flu season still worsening: as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Hitchcock remains an influence on crime writers

NEW YORK (AP) — As he wrote what has become one of the top-selling novels so far in 2018, “The Woman in the Window,” the author who calls himself A.J. Finn was thinking of a certain master of suspense: Alfred Hitchcock.


Friday, February 9, 2018

While you slept, a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were sleeping and most government offices were closed, anyway.


Friday, February 9, 2018

LL Bean dropping its generous unlimited returns policy

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean’s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.


Friday, February 9, 2018

With extraordinary political optics, Olympics begin

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion and bloodshed.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Prayer Matters: School prayer ban creates tension

BELOIT, Ohio (AP) — Students at a northeast Ohio high school say a recent ban by administrators of prayers before athletic events is causing tension.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Prayer breakfast: Faith 'central' to American life
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told a prayer breakfast Thursday that faith is “central to American life and liberty.” 
Friday, February 9, 2018

David Koresh, Bible prophecies and the tragedy of Waco

The recording tape was rolling on Feb. 28, 1993, when Branch Davidian leader David Koresh called Larry Lynch at the McLennan County sheriff's office.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Budget deal, if successful, a bitter defeat for some
WASHINGTON (AP) — As of presstime today, lawmakers were still pressing to enact a massive budget deal  along with a temporary funding measure to prevent a government shutdown at midnight tonight. GOP leaders moved to shore up support among conservatives for a plan to shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Memo illustrates media's great divide
NEW YORK (AP) — If Sean Hannity had been working in the 1970s, his Fox News Channel colleague Geraldo Rivera believes that President Richard Nixon would have never needed to resign because of the Watergate scandal.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Strzok, Page texts reveal extent of bias against Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The day in July 2016 that FBI Director James Comey defended to Congress the bureau’s decision in the Hillary Clinton email probe, two FBI officials traded admiring texts about his verbal dexterity — and mocking jibes at the lawmakers questioning him.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ick factor: Greasy, smelly fatberg goes from sewer to museum
LONDON (AP) — London’s newest museum attraction is greasy, smelly — and a glimpse at the hidden underside of urban life.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wearing four-inch heels, Pelosi speaks for a record 8 hours in favor of Dreamers
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a record-breaking, eight-hour speech in hopes of pressuring Republicans to allow a vote on protecting “Dreamer” immigrants — and to demonstrate to increasingly angry progressives and Democratic activists that she has done all she could.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Space sports car now flying beyond Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red electric sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.

The world’s first space sports car now is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Leaders announce 2-year budget pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top leaders announced today they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid abuse.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Volatile market a good time to brush up on terms
(AP) — With global stock markets suddenly volatile again, investors might need a refresher on some of the terms being thrown around.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In this classroom, every student's name is 'Judge'
WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re already being called “Your Honor” in courtrooms across the country, but this week some of America’s newest federal judges are students. They’re together for training on their new jobs, a workshop affectionately called “Baby Judges School.”
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dems gain Missouri seat in area that backed Trump
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats have picked up a Missouri House seat previously held by Republicans in a suburban St. Louis district that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

'Fancy Bear' hackers took aim at defense contractors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian hackers exploited a key vulnerability in U.S. cyber defenses to come within reach of stealing some of the nation’s most secret and advanced defense technology, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Illegal charged in crash that killed Colts player
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed felony charges today against an immigrant illegally living in the U.S. who is suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver in Indiana.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

False alarm: Test message goes out as a tsunami warning
WASHINGTON — A routine National Weather Service test today resulted in a false push notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning, giving jolt to many residents on the East Coast.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Democrats' rebuttal memo under review
WASHINGTON (AP) — A memo written by Democrats on the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation of Russian election interference was under review today at the White House, where President Donald Trump will decide whether to allow the public to read it.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

White House: Dreamers not priority for deportation
WASHINGTON (AP) — “Dreamers” protected by an Obama-era program that President Donald Trump has said will end on March 5 are not top targets for deportation as long as they lack criminal records, the White House chief of staff said Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

City of Seattle says Facebooks is violating law about election ad disclosure
SEATTLE (AP) — Facebook is violating a Seattle law that requires the company to reveal who pays for political advertising on its influential social media platform, the city’s elections watchdog said Monday.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Docs warn of heart risk from some cancer therapies
(AP) — Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nurses with a mission: Send older ER patients home and get them help
CHICAGO (AP) — When 86-year-old Carol Wittwer took a taxi to the emergency room, she expected to be admitted to the hospital. She didn’t anticipate being asked if she cooks for herself. If she has friends in her high-rise. Or if she could spell lunch backward.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Powell sworn in as 16th chairman of Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell was sworn in today as the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve in a brief ceremony in the Fed’s board room. In a video message, Powell pledged to support continued economic growth and a healthy job market while remaining “vigilant” to any emerging economic risks.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Trump says no to bill with no border wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan immigration proposal surfaced today in the Senate, only to be quickly knocked down.
Monday, February 5, 2018

GPS could have prevented deadly SC train crash
CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators spent a second day today at the site of a deadly train crash in South Carolina, where an Amtrak train was mistakenly sent off a main track and down a side spur - and into a parked freight train. The ensuing crash early Sunday killed two people and injured more than 100 passengers.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Trump and Schiff trade nasty insults as controversy of FISA memo heats up
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump traded insults with the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee today, a day after Democrats and some Republicans said Trump was wrong to assert that a GOP-produced classified memo on FBI surveillance powers cleared him in the Russia investigation.
Monday, February 5, 2018

US service sector booming, firms record strongest performance since 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. services sector boomed in January, registering the best performance since 2005 and delivering more evidence of American economic strength.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Ad using MLK speech draws some backlash
NEW YORK (AP) — A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory set off a celebration that has been 58 years in the making.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Dead goose falls from sky, knocks hunter unconscious
EASTON, Md. (AP) — A waterfowl hunter is in stable condition after a dead goose fell from the sky and knocked him unconscious.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Trump claims memo 'totally vindicates' him
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed complete vindication from a congressional memo that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign’s possible Russia ties. But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Trump nominee for ambassador to Singapore withdraws
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that K.T. McFarland has withdrawn from consideration to be ambassador to Singapore.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Oops: City loses insurance policy in wrongful imprisonment
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford officials say they cannot find a 30-year-old insurance policy that could play a key role in any damages or settlement the city would have to pay in a lawsuit filed by a man wrongly imprisoned for murder for two decades.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

UK says new powers signal crackdown on illicit wealth
LONDON (AP) — The British government has introduced new powers to seize suspicious assets that it says will help curb London’s status as a haven for ill-gotten gains.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Bowl ads shy from politics and mind their manners
NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning takes a family to Universal Parks & Resorts. Chris Pratt works out to get in shape to tout Michelob Ultra. Bill Hader takes a break on set to snack on some Pringles.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Did you know?
Pizza continues to remain a popular comfort food and go-to staple for quick, family-friendly meals. Statistics Brain reports that 93 percent of Americans eat at least one piece of pizza per month.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Molly Schuyler downs record 501 wings to win Wing Bowl
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Competitive eater Molly Schuyler gnawed her way through a record 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes to win her third Wing Bowl in Philadelphia.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Lake Placid hosting monthlong Olympic celebration
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics at hand, Lake Placid is rolling out the welcome mat for travelers who won't make that trip but might want to celebrate in a village that embraces the Olympic spirit like nowhere else.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Six More Weeks
Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 132nd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast six more weeks of winter weather.
Friday, February 2, 2018

House Intel Committee releases memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans today released the memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.
Friday, February 2, 2018

United States slaps arms embargo on South Sudan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing a U.S. arms embargo on civil war-torn South Sudan while urging the United Nations and other countries to do the same.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Florida ER nurse's video goes viral: 'Wash your stinking hands'
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A nurse’s Facebook rant about the “cesspool of funky flu” in emergency room waiting areas is getting a lot of attention.
Friday, February 2, 2018

UMKC offers deal to Illinois students
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri’s Kansas City campus is cutting tuition costs for more Kansas students and making it cheaper for students in seven other states. The Board of Curators said yes Thursday to offering in-state tuition rates to all Kansas students. It’s an expansion of a program that had benefited students from 11 Kansas counties.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Flu's worsening shadow blankets US
NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like Groundhog Day for the nation’s flu report, too: It’s gotten worse, and there are weeks of suffering ahead.
Friday, February 2, 2018

American workers are starting to see more take-home pay after new tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The contentious tax overhaul is beginning to deliver a change that many will welcome — bigger paychecks.
Friday, February 2, 2018

US added strong 200,000 jobs in January: pay up most in eight years
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years, evidence of a consistently healthy job market. The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said in its monthly jobs report Friday. 
Friday, February 2, 2018

Taking aim at Iran, US hits Hezbollah with sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking aim at Iran’s global footprint, the Trump administration on Friday hit six people and seven businesses linked to Hezbollah with terror sanctions, calling it “the first wave” in a pressure campaign that will escalate throughout the year.
Friday, February 2, 2018

RNC's Ronna McDaniel candid but discreet in her leadership
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after her friend and colleague at the Republican National Committee had been accused of sexual misconduct, Ronna McDaniel was on the phone with President Donald Trump for a difficult conversation.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Federal judge's ruling on voting ban for ex-felons could have reverberations
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year’s crucial elections, a federal judge Thursday ruled that Florida’s current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Fan: 81-year-old has attended every Super Bowl
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Donald Crisman has more than a half-century of Super Bowl memories behind him, from taking a 24-hour train ride to Super Bowl II to seeing his beloved New England Patriots win in overtime last year.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Bowl ads shy away from politics this year and mind their manners
NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning takes a family to Universal Parks & Resorts. Chris Pratt works out to get in shape to tout Michelob Ultra. Bill Hader takes a break on set to snack on some Pringles.
Friday, February 2, 2018

After nearly 4 decades, Natalie Wood's drowning considered a suspicious death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New witnesses have emerged in the 1981 drowning of actress Natalie Wood, prompting investigators to deem it a “suspicious death” and name her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, a “person of interest,” Los Angeles sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Olympic Athletes United
South and North Korean skiers attend their joint training at the Masik Pass ski resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. North Korean skiers and skaters on Thursday arrived at a South Korean airport to participate in the Winter Olympics that has brought a temporary lull in tensions surrounding their country's nuclear program.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lawmakers recalling Roman empire in beach fight
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are reaching back to the Roman empire in their latest effort to guarantee public access to the shoreline and end some shore towns’ long history of trying to keep outsiders off their beaches.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Trump nears decision on Russia memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is close to making a decision on whether to release a classified Republican memo alleging misconduct by the FBI in its investigation into potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Democrats and the Justice Department have urged him to block the document’s disclosure.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

EPA announces plan for suburban St. Louis landfill cleanup
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a $236 million plan on Thursday to clean up a suburban St. Louis landfill where Cold War-era nuclear waste was illegally dumped four decades ago.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Reaction to Trump's immigration offer casts doubt on deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s State of the Union offer of a “down-the-middle compromise” on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with racially charged remarks and Republicans dug in on their demands.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cannabis capitalists exploit loopholes by 'gifting' marijuana
BOSTON (AP) — The single bottle of juice delivered to your door will set you back at least $55. But the bag of marijuana that comes with it? On the house.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Student grades improve after phone ban
SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) — Administrators at a Connecticut high school say students are reporting higher grades and more focus in the classroom since the school instituted a blanket ban on cellphone use.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

US factories grew again in January; construction spending up to record high
WASHINGTON (AP) — American manufacturers expanded again last month, though more slowly than in December.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Lunar Trifecta
A super blue blood moon sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in San Francisco. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump: Era of economic surrender is over
WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil forces seeking to undermine America’s way of life.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CDC director resigns, financial conflicts
NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned today over financial conflicts of interest involving her investments in health care businesses.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FBI: 'Grave concerns' over release of Russia memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that President Donald Trump wants to release to the public. It was the first time the bureau has weighed in publicly on an issue that has openly divided the Justice Department and the White House.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Gowdy, former chair of Benghazi panel, to retire
WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy added his name Wednesday to the growing list of committee chairmen announcing they will not seek re-election, saying this is the right time for him to leave politics and return to the justice system.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Train carrying GOP lawmakers in accident today
WASHINGTON (AP) — A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck in a rural Virginia town today. No lawmakers or aides were reported injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously hurt.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Presidential pundits no more successful in finding common ground than politicians
NEW YORK (AP) — The dirty word for describing President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was “presidential.”
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

No, that wasn't drool on his lips, Joe Kennedy says
WASHINGTON (AP) — No, that wasn’t drool on the lips of Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III. He says it was ChapStick.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Why did Melania wear white, hidden meaning?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter went wild with speculation when first lady Melania Trump showed up for her husband’s first State of the Union address in an ivory Christian Dior pantsuit.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Porn star adamantly denies affair with president
NEW YORK (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels, in the midst of a publicity tour fueled by past allegations of a 2006 sexual relationship with a then-married Donald Trump, said in a statement on Tuesday the alleged affair never occurred.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump will tout economy in tonight's address
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will herald a robust economy and push for bipartisan congressional action on immigration in tonight’s State of the Union address, as he seeks to rally a deeply divided nation and boost his own sagging standing with Americans.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WH is reviewing classified GOP memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said today it will conduct a legal and national security review before President Donald Trump decides whether to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation that has sparked a political firestorm pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Department of Justice.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Senate set to pass bill in response to sports scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to respond to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by approving legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to quickly report claims of abuse to law enforcement.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5 ideas win $10,000 each in opioid science challenge
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Virtual reality, neural feedback and digital therapy were among five ideas to help solve the U.S. opioid crisis that won a global technology challenge today.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Child experts: Just say 'no' to Facebook's kids app
BOSTON (AP) — Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sessions soldiers on as AG despite Trump criticism
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hanks to play Mr. Rogers
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for Tom Hanks, who’ll star as Mister Rogers in the upcoming biopic “You Are My Friend.”
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Super Bowl ads aim for the heart, sometimes lower
NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of political and cultural upheaval, Super Bowl advertisers appear to be pulling back from themes of unity in favor of in-game stunts and ads that aim for the heart — and in some cases even lower.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Lunar trifecta: Blue moon, supermoon, total lunar eclipse all rolled into one
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Plane makes emergency landing on freeway

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that made a nighttime emergency landing on a Southern California freeway said as soon as the engine died he knew he’d never make it to a nearby airport. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Hawaii man snags foot-long venomous centipede

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island resident has a centipede that's more than 1 foot long (30 centimeters long) on display at his home.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Can Trump stick to a script beyond the SOTU?

WASHINGTON (AP) — No natural orator, President Donald Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter gets turned off.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Syria violence overshadows Russia-hosted talks

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Intense clashes erupted Monday on a strategic hilltop in northwestern Syria as Kurdish forces tried to enter the area a day after it was captured by Turkish troops. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Salt, the solution to winter's dangers, threatens US waters

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When roads turn into ice rinks, consider trying beet juice, molasses, and even beer or cheese waste to make them safer. So say experts who fear road salt is starting to take a toll on the nation’s waterways, putting everything from fish and frogs to microscopic zooplankton at risk. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Sales are up for companies, and so are wages, survey says

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales and profits picked up for companies at the end of last year, and more say they’re paying their workers higher wages and salaries in the latest signs that the U.S. economy continues to improve. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Copyright board boosts songwriters' music streaming fees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Census won't include new Middle Eastern category

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Census Bureau says it will not create a new category where people from the Middle East or North Africa can be counted on the 2020 census. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Super Bowl brings massive security resources to Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Concrete barriers and chain-link fencing are going up around the site of the Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis, where a contingent of local, state and national agencies is working to ensure that the game and dozens of related events are safe. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

At leat 95 killed, 158 wounded in Afghan bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing Saturday came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city.  


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Menendez trial reboot will see something old and new

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The retrial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and fraud charges could be a Cliffs Notes version of the first trial, with prosecutors trimming some of the witnesses and evidence that may not have had an impact in Menendez I, which ended in a hung jury last fall. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nearing 85, Justice Ginsburg won't retire soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — In different circumstances, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might be on a valedictory tour in her final months on the Supreme Court. But in the era of Donald Trump, the 84-year-old Ginsburg is packing her schedule and sending signals she intends to keep her seat on the bench for years.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flu widespread across US for 3rd straight week

NEW YORK (AP) — Sick with the flu? You've got a lot of company.

The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Economists look for more growth this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Teens charged after girl with allergy exposed

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Three teenagers face criminal charges after intentionally exposing a school classmate with a severe pineapple allergy to the fruit, authorities said.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Tons of Mardi Gras beads down the drain

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Let the good times roll — just not into New Orleans’ storm drains.

That’s the plea from city officials.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Lawmakers vote to outlaw references to 'Polish death camps'

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The lower house of the Polish parliament approved a bill Friday that prescribes prison time for defaming the Polish nation by using phrases such as “Polish death camps” to refer to the killing sites Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Nutella discounts spark chaos in French supermarkets

PARIS (AP) — Brawls have broken out in French supermarkets as shoppers scramble to get their hands on discounted jars of chocolate and hazelnut spread.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Trump praises African leader after White House dustup

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the U.S. partnership with Rwanda along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Report: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands’ spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Michigan St athletic director steps down in Nassar fallout

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis tearfully announced his retirement Friday, the second university official to step down in as many days amid sharp criticism over the school’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Guns in schools? Options explored in Kentucky after shooting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hours after authorities say a 15-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a western Kentucky high school, a Republican senator in the state’s Capitol rushed to file a bill intended to prevent future tragedies — by putting more guns in schools.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Death row inmate with dementia gets stay of execution

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Trump denies Times report that he ordered special counsel Mueller to be fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump demanded the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June but backed down after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign, according to a New York Times report that Trump quickly dismissed Friday as “fake news.” 


Friday, January 26, 2018

Nepal mountaineering record keeper Hawley, from Chicago, dies at age 94

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Elizabeth Hawley, an American journalist who kept records of mountaineers on Nepal’s highest peaks, died Friday. She was 94.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Harvard's Hasty Pudding will allow women to join

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding theater troupe, the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, announced Thursday it will allow women to join its cast, starting next year.


Friday, January 26, 2018

There's a new colonel in town

NEW YORK (AP) — The next Colonel Sanders is giving the character a little bit of “country music flair.” KFC has picked singer Reba McEntire to play the founder of the fried chicken chain, the first female celebrity in the role.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Celebrity divorce lawyer launches 'It's Over Easy' site to simplify divorces

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Laura Wasser has been one of the go-to divorce attorneys when Hollywood power couples break up.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Guggenheim offers solid-gold toilet to Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from a New York museum for their White House private quarters. Instead, The Washington Post reports , the Guggenheim Museum’s chief curator came up with a pointedly satirical counter-offer: a working solid-gold toilet made by an Italian artist.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Elephants spotted on road waiting for ride

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — Talk about hitchhikers you really can't pick up: Four circus elephants were briefly stuck along an Oklahoma road waiting for a ride.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Trump to Palestinians: Return to talks or no aid

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened today to withhold aid money from the Palestinians until they return to peace talks with Israel as he sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of an economic summit in Switzerland.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Trump says he's open to DACA pathway to citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s open to an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Judge to Nassar: I just signed your death warrant

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listened silently as a prosecutor deemed him “possibly the most prolific serial child sex abuser in history” and a judge sentenced him to decades in prison for molesting some of the sport’s top athletes, capping an extraordinary hearing during which more than 150 women and girls described his abuse.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

How Congress used the shutdown deal to cut more taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deal that ended the government shutdown also further cut taxes.

The tax cuts were a little noticed element of the much discussed deal, which provided funding to keep government agencies operating for about three weeks and renewed a popular health insurance program for poor children.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Some GOP-counties in Oregon backed Medicaid-funding measure

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It wasn’t only Democratic-leaning counties in Oregon that voted to impose a tax on hospitals and health insurers to pay for Medicaid for low-income residents — several counties that voted for Donald Trump also helped propel the ballot measure to resounding “yes” vote.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mayors boycott Trump meeting after president's sanctuary cities threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ramped up pressure Wednesday on so-called sanctuary cities seeking public safety grant money, warning that they could be legally forced to prove they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities. 


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Justice ramps up pressure on sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ramped up pressure today on sanctuary cities seeking public safety grant money, warning state and local officials they could be legally forced to prove they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Elton John says upcoming tour his last

NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it a “way to go out with a bang.”


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Army to send female infantry, armor brigade officers to three more bases

WASHINGTON (AP) — As more female soldiers move into frontline combat jobs, the Army’s top leaders have decided to integrate female officers into infantry and armor brigades at three more military bases around the country.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Changes in FBI leadership follow Trump criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team, as President Donald Trump has continued to attack the bureau for perceived biases against him and has been calling for a shakeup at the top.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Powell taking over as Fed chairman, economy on a roll

WASHINGTON (AP) — It would seem like a pretty good time to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NFL rejects patriotic AMVETS ad for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has denied advertising space in the Super Bowl program for a veterans group that declined to alter language about standing for the national anthem.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Top Senate Democrat rescinds offer of $25 billion for Trump's border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

MPR releases details on allegations against Keillor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio has provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account in November of accidentally touching a woman’s bare back.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Davos diplomacy scene not a natural fit for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — One question looms as President Donald Trump packs his bags for Switzerland: How will the Diet Coke-loving nationalist fit in with the Champagne-sipping globalists he’ll encounter at the World Economic Forum in Davos?


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CEO says company working to stop 'Tide pod challenge'

NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble says it’s working to stop the “Tide Pod challenge,” a social media-fueled trend in which teenagers eat single-load laundry detergent packets.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Unemployment rates hit some record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell to record lows in three U.S. states last month, as steady hiring soaked up more of those out of work. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'Grazing In The Grass' musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statement from his family on Tuesday.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

States may expand Medicaid after work requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an ironic twist, the Trump administration’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Chicago's south and west sides pharmacy deserts

CHICAGO (AP) — Public health experts say neighborhoods in Chicago’s south and west sides are becoming “pharmacy deserts,” with limited access to pharmacies. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Better rewards could induce more people to save

(NerdWallet via AP) — OK, technically they still do, but you'd be forgiven for not noticing the tiny amounts added in a low-rate environment. The current average interest rate on savings accounts is 0.06 percent.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New heat-not-burn cigarette alternative shows promise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A device that heats tobacco without burning it reduces some of the harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes, but government scientists say it’s unclear if that translates into lower rates of disease for smokers who switch.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FBI: Text gap due to 'misconfiguration issues related to rollout and provisioning'

WASHINGTON (AP)  The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shutdown a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction in nation's Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New rules will govern Oscar envelopes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Megyn Kelly says Fonda has 'no business' lecturing her

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old “Hanoi Jane” nickname.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Government shutdown is short lived

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government today, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Music icons, but still no Grammy

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Remember when the cast of the TV series “Glee” earned a Grammy nomination for their version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”’ at the 2011 Grammys, pitting them against Sade, Maroon 5 and Paramore?


Monday, January 22, 2018

US approves land deal for road thru Alaska refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement Monday that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, portraying the exchange as a people-versus-wildlife issue.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Energy and tech companies lead US stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy and technology companies advanced today as U.S. stocks continue to rise, and smaller companies are also making gains after the Senate reached a short-term deal to end the government shutdown. High-dividend stocks are also higher as bond yields decline, but industrial companies are falling. Yields had climbed to their highest level in more than three years last week.


Monday, January 22, 2018

1 in 4 Dependent: Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America’s lowest rates.


Monday, January 22, 2018

'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson making World War I documentary

LONDON (AP) — “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson is going from Middle Earth to the Western Front, transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D color for a new documentary film.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Weather Channel co-founder and climate science doubter dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died. He was 83. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Congress has shut down the government; now what?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here’s a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trump's first year in office
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bleak description of “American carnage.” A forceful rollback of his predecessor’s achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Teen pleads guilty in shooting in Facebook feud
CHICAGO (AP) — A teenager accused of fatally shooting another teen in a Facebook feud over a boy has pleaded guilty in juvenile court to first-degree murder.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock: He was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan by midnight Friday, triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government. Government shutdowns are unusual but not unheard of. The government has partially shut down three times in the past quarter-century — and far more often in decades past.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cowboy boots are as much a part of San Antonio as the Alamo
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A visit to San Antonio would not be complete without a stroll by the Alamo, enjoying a cheesy enchilada plate at a Tex-Mex joint off the River Walk, or browsing the cowboy boot section at the local Western wear shop.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pope Francis At The Gateway To The Amazon
Pope Francis arrives in a coliseum in Puerto Maldonado, the city considered a gateway to the Amazon in the Madre de Dios province, Peru, to meet with several thousand indigenous people in the first full day of the pontiff's visit to Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Judge delays sentencing of Ohio man who plotted US attacks
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Friday delayed by a few days the sentencing of an Ohio man who plotted to kill military members in the U.S. following a delay in the case when a previous judge withdrew.
Friday, January 19, 2018

IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that “much more exciting initiatives” promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pentagon: China, Russia outpace terrorism threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, the Pentagon said Friday.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Killing of small-town online exhibitionist shocks community
CALERA, Ala. (AP) — Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Washington state lawmakers' emails, texts are public
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The emails and text messages of Washington state lawmakers are subject to public disclosure, a judge said Friday as he ruled in favor of a media coalition led by The Associated Press.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Dakota Access protester accused in shooting arrested
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law enforcement officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been arrested for violating conditions of her pretrial release.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met — who would do that?
Friday, January 19, 2018

Gold medalist to Dr. Nassar: I won't live as a victim any longer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state’s attorney general to investigate the school’s handling of complaints against the disgraced former sports doctor.
Friday, January 19, 2018

He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a he said-he said thing.

Donald Trump once promised to be “very restrained” on Twitter — “if I use it at all.” He thought campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was an “excellent guy” — until Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The president backed Republican Roy Moore in the special election for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama. But after a Democrat won the seat, Trump said he knew the embattled GOP candidate couldn’t win.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The 93-year-old former heart surgeon named Tuesday as the new president of the Mormon Church signaled his intention to make few changes in policy regarding the role of women and LGBT issues — two topics that the faith has grappled with in recent years.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results
Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Prosecutor: Parents who tortured children were 'depraved'
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than once a year or using the toilet, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Keystone XL pipeline moving forward
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline announced Thursday that it will proceed with its plans to build the pipeline according to an alternative route approved by Nebraska authorities and that it hopes to begin construction next year.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lifted From The Edge
A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines, is places on the ground following an operation to lift it from a slope in Trabzon, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Turkish authorities lifted the passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope meters away from the Black Sea, late Saturday. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

81 year old waitress retires after 61 years on the job
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — An 81-year-old waitress who has been a fixture at a popular Penn State hangout for more than six decades has worked her final shift.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trump adds confusion to shutdown concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — Injecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration’s stance by tweeting Thursday that a children’s health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

US marshal killed while serving warrant
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A member of the U.S. Marshals Service was shot and killed early Thursday while serving a warrant, the mayor of Harrisburg said.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amazon narrows list to 20 for second headquarters
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which is on the hunt for a second home, said Thursday that it narrowed its choices to 20 locations from the 238 proposals it received.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Prosecutors want to show pattern in Cosby retrial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of “prior bad acts” over five decades.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Officer saves women from icy creek
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a law enforcement officer in North Carolina rescued two women from a freezing creek after their vehicle ran down an embankment.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear
HONOLULU (AP) — A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn’t need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film in '12 Strong'
In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. They worked in harsh conditions alongside a local warlord and his men, an uneasy alliance at best, and, even with all the technology and money of the U.S. military, executed the successful mission largely on horseback.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F
MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cocaine cowboys' smuggler convicted in auto fraud case
MIAMI (AP) — A pilot who once smuggled tons of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday of playing a key role in an auto fraud ring that stole at least 150 cars using a fake paper trail.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Murder charge filed in student's killing
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a University of Pennsylvania student in California (all times local):
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Romney declines to say whether he'd run for Utah Senate seat
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined to say Tuesday whether he would run for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch, telling reporters the “time will come” for him to make some kind of announcement.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

9 face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nine men are facing hazing charges in connection with the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge, police said Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Girl's escape exposes horror of 13 siblings kept captive
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who looked closer to 10 jumped out a window, called 911, and showed the world the strange and secret horror she and her 12 brothers and sisters had been living through.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Parents arrested after children found chained in house
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lebanon bans 'The Post' over Spielberg's support for Israel
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s censorship authorities have effectively banned Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama, “The Post,” because the American director is on a regional blacklist for supporting Israel.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018










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