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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump's financial record outlined in 104-page filing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Wednesday released Donald Trump’s personal financial documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, describing the billionaire’s assets and revenues and his roles with hundreds of corporate shell companies.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Millions of Americans outraged at establishment politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — After months when the story of the 2016 presidential campaign focused on divided Republicans, Democrats are now showcasing divisions in their ranks.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Senate approves September 11 legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia despite a White House veto threat and fierce objections from the U.S. ally.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger
WASHINGTON (AP) — Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NTSB blames distracted engineer for deadly Amtrak wreck
WASHINGTON (AP) — The speeding Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, most likely ran off the rails because the engineer was distracted by word of a nearby commuter train getting hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Agrihoods Take Root:
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — “How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US
BOSTON (AP) — A cancer patient received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Trump talks to Megyn Kelly about bullying
WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after he savaged her on Twitter and elsewhere, Donald Trump tells Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that people who are bullied “gotta get over it” and fight back.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Colleges announced for Pell 'dual enrollment' program
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.
Monday, May 16, 2016

New hearings to probe for more details on sinking of El Faro
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A second round of investigative hearings into the sinking of the freighter El Faro starts Monday and will seek new information about the vessel’s stability and whether there were mistakes in weather forecasting or cargo loading before the ship’s final voyage.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Gannet ups offer for Trib Publishing by 22 percent
NEW YORK (AP) — USA Today owner Gannett has boosted its takeover bid for Tribune Publishing Co. by about 22 percent one week after the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers adopted a “poison pill” plan to thwart the unsolicited offer.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Police shooting suspect killed after weeklong hunt
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop has been shot and killed in southern Illinois in an incident that also left an FBI agent wounded, Illinois State Police said.
Monday, May 16, 2016

After 3 mos., Congress ready to act on Zika virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is ready to act on President Barack Obama’s long-stalled request for emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects and other major health problems.
Monday, May 16, 2016

False data: Justices give narrow tin to Internet site
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says an Internet search site that posted false information about people can be sued only if the errors caused actual harm.
Monday, May 16, 2016

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Medal of Valor presented to 13 officers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on the nation today to support and listen to its law enforcement officers as he bestowed the Medal of Valor on 13 officers who risked their lives to save others.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Court avoids ruling in birth control dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court failed to resolve a knotty dispute between faith-based groups and the Obama administration over birth control on Monday, the latest indication of the shorthanded court’s struggle to find a majority for important cases taken up before Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Court absolves soldiers in army killing of suspects
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican civilian court has freed the last three soldiers accused of homicide in a 2014 incident in which at least a dozen suspects were allegedly executed after they surrendered.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mother convicted over Facebook post to get new trial
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman convicted of creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at her son’s school will get a new trial.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

What is TSA's PreCheck expedited screening program?
NEW YORK (AP) — Fliers facing extremely long airport security lines this spring and summer might want to consider becoming members of the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck, an expedited screening program that can speed travelers through the checkpoint.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

California Amtrak train slams into pickup, killing 3
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three men in a pickup died Friday when the driver pulled in front of a speeding Amtrak, ripping the truck in two but injuring none of the train’s passengers, authorities said.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections
AP — Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Restaurant owner in Idaho potato country writes ode to fries
NEW YORK (AP) — Fried or baked, sprinkled with truffle oil or flavored with crumbled herbs, french fries are an enduring dish, fancied up or served the simple way around the globe.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

For original Trump team, a moment to celebrate
NEW YORK (AP) — They were the core of the original Trump team, a small group of largely obscure political operatives who signed on a year ago for the seemingly quixotic presidential campaign of an oft-mocked celebrity businessman.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sheriff Joe Arpaio found in contempt of court
PHOENIX (AP) — The six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge’s orders in a racial profiling case, bringing the lawman who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff” a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to fines and even jail time.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Schools offer lessons on accommodating transgender students
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From locker rooms and sex education classes to dress codes and overnight field trips, many U.S. public schools already are balancing the civil rights of transgender students with any concerns that classmates, parents and community members might have.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

General is 1st woman to lead top-tier US combat command
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson on Friday became the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. warfighting command when she took charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hawaii sues Takata, Honda over unsafe air bags
HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples’ lives.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Baggage moving at Phoenix airport a day after massive delay
PHOENIX (AP) — Bags jammed a parking lot at the Phoenix airport as they waited to be shipped by ground to other cities for safety checks, among thousands that missed their flights because of problems with the federal system that screens luggage for explosives.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Actress agrees to pay $1,000 for carving on red rock wall
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Actress Vanessa Hudgens has paid $1,000 in restitution for carving a heart into a red rock wall during a trip to Sedona, Arizona.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

New statue celebrates park designer Frederick Law Olmsted
(AP) — If you've visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you've probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan's Central Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington and California's Stanford University campus.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Motorcyclist killed in crash with truck near Bozeman
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A 50-year-old woman from Elgin, Illinois died when her motorcycle collided with a semi-trailer on U.S. Highway 191 near Big Sky.
Friday, May 13, 2016

TSA to address extreme waits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a growing backlash over extremely long airport security lines, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger will address the upcoming summer travel season Friday afternoon and what steps they’re taking to alleviate waits.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Opioid abuse crisis: Congress to craft compromise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The reason: Both parties have an election-year incentive to show they’re tackling a problem that is killing people in America’s biggest cities and smallest towns.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Schools must permit transgender bathroom access
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.
Friday, May 13, 2016

House GOP to unveil Zika funding measure soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican lawmaker says he’ll unveil additional funding next week to fight the Zika virus in hopes of a quick vote in the GOP-controlled House.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Designed to inspire wounded soldiers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Invictus Games closed four days of inspirational athletic performances in spectacular fashion Thursday night in Orlando.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Texas case exemplifies school funding crisis
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ complicated school finance system is constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled today — a surprise decision that handed a major defeat to the 600-plus school districts that sued the state more than four years ago.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Sioux tribes push to protect sacred site
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Rosebud Sioux member Russell Eagle Bear remembers feeling relief as night was falling at a sacred site in the Black Hills of South Dakota called Pe' Sla. People had gathered to pray on a cold, windy evening in December 2012 just after a group of tribes completed the purchase of the roughly 3-square-miles of land.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Pope willing to study if women can be deacons
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.
Friday, May 13, 2016

AF general 1st woman to command NORAD
DENVER (AP) — The Air Force has just two female four-star generals, and one is about to become the first woman to head a top-tier U.S. warfighting command, but that may not be the most remarkable thing about her.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Middle class shrinks in 9 our of 10 US cities
WASHINGTON (AP) — In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out.
Friday, May 13, 2016

8 to claim $429M jackpot
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Eight people will claim their share of last weekend’s $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, which was won with a $6 investment, the New Jersey Lottery said Friday.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Dozen-plus primtetime shows axed in next season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It wasn’t quite the Red Wedding, but Thursday brought viewers news of more than a dozen prime-time shows being axed to make room for new programs next season.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Federal judge rules against ACA
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Obama administration is unconstitutionally spending federal money to fund the president’s health care law.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Easements secured for proposed pipeline
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The company proposing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois says it has secured all of the permissions from landowners it needs in the Dakotas.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by half
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued a final rule today to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ongoing legal challenges to health overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six years after becoming law, the Affordable Care Act continues to face legal challenges, including the case decided today by a federal district judge in Washington.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

White House defends aide
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending a senior aide over recent comments he made about the Iran nuclear deal.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Agency ends mustang fertility project
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Under the threat of another legal battle, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has pulled the plug on a public-private partnership in northern Nevada aimed at shrinking the size of a wild horse herd through the use of contraceptives, according to documents The Associated Press has obtained.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bear bites appalachian Trail hiker in the Smokies
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A hiker says he was bitten by a bear as he slept along the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rocky Mt. states prepare for return of grizzly hunts
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hunters soon could be chasing grizzly bears across the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, leaving three states to come up with plans to ensure the iconic species won’t be snuffed out so soon after recovering from threats to their survival.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Family excursions both near and far offer fun for kids and kids at heart
Thursday, May 12, 2016

If Trump held a concert, who might perform?
NEW YORK (AP) — While Elton John and Katy Perry have hit the stage for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and supporters of opponent Bernie Sanders include Bonnie Raitt and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Rolodex of musicians-slash-friends is short. Really short.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Zimmerman could care less what people think
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is auctioning off the pistol he used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Man behind mall stabbings described as mentally disturbed
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A man described by his family as mentally disturbed went on a stabbing rampage hours after leaving a hospital, killing two people and assaulting and stabbing others in a house and a shopping mall before being fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Man who won $1M lottery for the second time: 'This is impossible'
WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — A man who won $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time remembers thinking: “This is impossible.”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Delegates: Even with W.Va.; Sanders trails by 283
WASHINGTON (AP) —Bernie Sanders is trailing Hillary Clinton by 283 delegates.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Congress scrutinizing daily fantasy sports games
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress today launched a fact-finding mission into the loosely regulated world of fantasy sports games — a multibillion-dollar business that seemingly advertised everywhere during the pro football season.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How much for that tequila shot? Price always changing
NEW YORK (AP) — Down a shot of tequila at The Blind Burro and the second round may cost you more. Or less. It all depends on what everyone else is drinking.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Google to ban payday lending ads, calling industry deceptive and harmful
NEW YORK (AP) — Internet giant Google said today it will ban all ads from payday lenders, calling the industry “deceptive” and “harmful.”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Belgian-owned Budweiser renaming beer 'America'
NEW YORK (AP) — There's no trademark on America.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II: Chinese officials 'very rude'
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s 90-year-old monarch has made a rare foray into political affairs, being caught on film characterizing Chinese officials as “very rude” in their dealings with British counterparts during a state visit last year.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Man behind mall stabbings mentally disturbed
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A man described by his family as mentally disturbed went on a stabbing rampage hours after leaving a hospital, killing two people and assaulting and stabbing more in a house and a shopping mall before being fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Amputee from 9/11 attack wins 7 medals at Invictus Games in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Suspect shot, arrested in fatal shooting of Kansas detective
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suspect in the fatal shooting of a police detective in Kansas City, Kansas, and a subsequent string of carjackings remained in the hospital Tuesday after he was shot and wounded by police during his arrest in neighboring Missouri.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tornadoes hit Plains; 2 dead, homes destroyed in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornadoes destroyed homes, overturned vehicles and stripped the bark from trees as they churned across Oklahoma, part of a strong series of storms that hit the Plains.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Indiana continues to pursue Illiana Expressway proposal
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation has agreed to pay to make changes to an environmental impact statement to try to revive the proposed Illiana Expressway toll road project linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

30-year-old Siamese cat is named oldest living
MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan's administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living cat.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FDA to re-evaluate definition of 'healthy'
NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of "healthy," which could eventually change how a range of foods are marketed.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Study: Long-term care costs continue to rise
(AP) — Long-term care grew more expensive again this year, with the cost of the priciest option, a private nursing home room, edging closer to $100,000 annually, according to a survey from Genworth Financial.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Officers stop speeding car, find mom in labor, help in birth
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This wasn't your typical traffic stop.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Christie's bet on Trump pays off
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's decision to endorse Donald Trump back in February brought him plenty of derision at the time. But it's bringing rewards now that it's clear he bet on the winner.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Mexico judge says 'El Chapo' extradition may proceed
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can move ahead, Mexico's Judicial Council said Monday. But the country's Foreign Relations Department must still approve it and the defense can appeal.
Monday, May 9, 2016

NC governor files lawsuit over LGBT rights law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Krispy Kreme shares soar on sweet takeover offer
NEW YORK (AP) — Krispy Kreme shareholders got a caffeine boost after coffee giant JAB Beech said Monday it is acquiring the doughnut chain.
Monday, May 9, 2016

US creating pink commemorative coin to fund cancer research
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials are developing a new, pink commemorative coin to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research, said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who sponsored legislation for its creation.
Monday, May 9, 2016

1 winning ticket sold in $429 million Powerball drawing
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball officials say one ticket sold in New Jersey matches all six numbers in the Powerball drawing worth $429.6 million. The winning Powerball numbers are 5-25-26-44-66, the Powerball number is 9.
Monday, May 9, 2016

US getting tougher with Israel over settlements
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, diplomats told The Associated Press.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Why April's hiring slowdown may show caution on US economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers signaled their caution about a sluggish economy by slowing their pace of hiring in April after months of robust job growth.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mercury making rate transit of sun on Monday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively rare transit of the sun.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Best life insurance matches individual needs
DEAR BRUCE: Can you help me find out which is better, term life insurance or whole life insurance? -- R.R.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Some Common-Sense Tips To Taking The Mystery Out Of Doing The Laundry
There's no escaping dirty laundry. And when your washer is beyond repair, the prospect of clothes piling up and trips to a laundromat is enough to send you racing to the appliance store.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Baby box program encourages safe infant sleeping
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doctors and nurses hope to lower the city's high infant mortality rate by distributing baby boxes that encourage safe sleeping habits for newborns and their caregivers.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill?
MIAMI (AP) — The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

For conventioneers and political history geeks: Take a look at Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — It was a brokered convention with three candidates and two factions. Republican Party leaders hoped for unity, but once the delegates began voting, consensus proved elusive.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

King urged blacks to polls in historic speech 50 years ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The 50th anniversary of a historic speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr urging blacks to vote is being marked in rural South Carolina this weekend.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Two weeks after 8 killed in Ohio, no arrests, few answers
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two weeks have passed since the bodies of eight family members were found on April 22 at four different homes in Ohio. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the Pike County killings remains unclear.
Friday, May 6, 2016

US hiring slowed in April amid tepid growth
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, after a streak of robust monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained at a low 5 percent, roughly where it has been since fall.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Abedin interviewed in Clinton email investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said Thursday.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Massive Canadian convoy begins today hoping to flee the wildfire zone
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A massive convoy was under way Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Emma, Noah continue as top baby names
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to baby names, Emma and Noah reign supreme.

And don't name your daughter Isis.

Friday, May 6, 2016

R.L. Stine among Children's Choice book winners
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest chiller from R.L. Stine and a middle-grade novel with a transgender theme are among this year’s winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards.
Friday, May 6, 2016

NYC: Bars can't ban pregnant women or refuse drinks
NEW YORK (AP) — Pregnant women can’t be kept out of New York City bars or refused alcoholic drinks just because they’re expecting, under new city guidelines.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Premature triplets graduate top of class
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) — Triplets born 15 weeks premature in 1997 are set to graduate at their top of their class at a western Michigan high school.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Trial to examine soundness of mogul Sumner Redstone
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Illness has robbed Sumner Redstone of his voice, but a trial scheduled to begin today will determine whether the ailing media mogul remains competent enough to make key decisions about his life.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Shipping containers offer welcoming homes for many
PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Al-Qaida working more closely with Taliban
WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida is working more closely with the Taliban in Afghanistan, raising concern that the militant group could bolster the fight against Afghan government forces, a spokesman for the U.S.-NATO mission said Thursday.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

First lady wants next White House to keep the focus on the military
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the next White House occupant should continue to make a “national priority” of supporting service members, veterans and their families, as she has tried to do with a nationwide initiative marking its fifth anniversary.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

How Trump broke the rules of modern politics, and won anyway
WASHINGTON (AP) — Polling? Who needs to do that? Fundraising? Can’t be bothered. Parse your words? Fuhgetabout it.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bitcoin's self-proclaimed founder backtracks, leaving questions in his wake
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who claimed to be the mysterious founder of bitcoin appears to be stepping back into the shadows, leaving numerous questions in his wake.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

FDA releases today long-awaited rules regulating electronic cigarettes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gov't regulators: Suing your bank may become easier
NEW YORK (AP) — If government regulators get their way, it’s going to become a lot easier to sue your bank.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Prince arranged to meet addiction doctor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis attorney said Wednesday that Prince had arranged to meet with a California doctor who specializes in addiction treatment the day before he died.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Overall crime in nation's schools drops
WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest government snapshot of school crime paints a picture of safer schools with declines in violent crime, bullying and harassment because of sexual orientation.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sept. 11 families seek answers in 28-page classified document
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen years after the attacks that killed her husband, Lorie Van Auken thinks she still hasn’t been told the whole truth about 9/11.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

John Kasich calling it quits
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kasich plans to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you
(AP) — It’s not a national holiday, yet it might be an intergalactic one.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Teens kidnapped after prom fight off attacker
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two California teens kidnapped following their high school prom managed to escape after one of them wrested a gun away from their attacker and then pistol-whipped him, authorities said.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tennis-ball sized diamond could fetch $70 million
LONDON (AP) — It’s a rock for the ages.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All four grays in Saturday's Derby have a chance
(AP) — The 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing its age, in a gray kind of way.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chronic insomnia? Docs urged to try a behavior therapy first
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tossing and turning night after night? Don’t automatically reach for the pill bottle. New guidelines say the first choice to treat chronic insomnia should be cognitive behavioral therapy — a way to condition your body to slumber again.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Foreign activist seeks US help as threats escalate
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to “send this Ashif to Allah.”
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DC celebrates another year of record-breaking crowds
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation’s capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jury: School failed to protect girl who claims rape
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s public school system failed to protect a special education student who says she was raped by a classmate, a jury determined Monday.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

STL jury awards $55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Anti-abortion activist goes to trial over letter to doctor
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas anti-abortion activist faces trial in federal court this week over a letter she sent to a Wichita physician saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor’s car.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Prince siblings in court in 1st hearing
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Five of Prince’s six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn’t known to have left a will.
Monday, May 2, 2016

3 Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting dwarf star
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Duck leads ducklings on annual waddle thru school
HARTLAND, Mich. (AP) — A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs and then walk the hallways with her ducklings — with the help of students and staff — to safely get to a nearby pond.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Gannet tells Trib shareholders not to vote for board
NEW YORK (AP) — Gannett is escalating its pursuit of rival newspaper company Tribune, telling shareholders of Tribune not to vote for its board member nominees up for election in June.
Monday, May 2, 2016

1st US cruise in decades docks in Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and docked in Havana today, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Princess Charlotte rakes in the gifts on her 1st birthday
LONDON (AP) — She may be too young to appreciate it, but Britain’s Princess Charlotte has received an extraordinary array of birthday gifts.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists’ concerns and Americans’ shifting views.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Fighting rages in Aleppo, parts of Syria calm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city, as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jill Biden hosting USS Delaware keel-laying ceremony
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will mark the beginning of construction on the future USS Delaware submarine.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said. Investigators called the attack a “disproportional response to a threat that didn’t exist.”
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Changes to expect as cats age
Dogs are widely referred to as “man’s best friend,” and few dog owners can imagine life without their beloved pups. But Fido’s feline counterparts are incredibly popular as well.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Let your dogs go for gold with this Olympic-inspired gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the trail, in the water or happy on the lawn, let your dogs in on some Olympic-inspired fun with new gear and activities that will have them going for gold.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Americans pony up record $60B keeping pets healthy, happy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Americans spent just over $60 billion on their pets last year, a record fueled by a big jump in what owners shelled out for services like grooming, boarding and training.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Touring sites from London's punk rock scene, 40 years later
LONDON (AP) — The Sex Pistols and The Clash led the British punk rock revolution in the steamy summer of 1976. London is marking 40 years since that summer with a series of events, gigs and exhibits this year.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

USDA offers urban farmers an online toolkit
BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering urban farmers some help in growing and marketing their produce.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Supreme Court refuses to block Texas voter ID law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law today. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.
Friday, April 29, 2016

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
Friday, April 29, 2016

NJ Weedman: Officials 'exaggerated big-time' in pot charges
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities "exaggerated big-time" in charging him with distributing pot from his restaurant and cannabis church.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Murder charge for mom after boy beaten at motel dies
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The mother of two boys found badly beaten at an Ohio motel has been charged with murder now that one of them has died.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Ohio schools close over video threatening American students
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” posted to a location-based social media app group connected to Ohio University prompted heightened security on the campus and closed six area school districts Friday.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Death Raises Questions: Did Prince Die of an Overdose?
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince’s final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It’s possible the innovative musician’s demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Dog missing 10 years found in Alabama, returning to owner
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Tracy Dove assumed the worst after her 1-year-old dog named Charlie disappeared in 2006. Days without the animal turned into years, and Dove figured the brown-and-white pointer was dead.
Friday, April 29, 2016

MSF says Syria hospital bombing killed 50
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders says the death toll from the bombing of a hospital and nearby buildings in Aleppo in Syria has risen to 50, including 6 medical staff and patients.
Friday, April 29, 2016

California brothers arrested in parents' shooting deaths
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two California brothers were arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of their parents, who were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Fights follow Trump rally in Southern Cal, about 20 arrested
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump took to the streets in California leading to some 20 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Abbott Labs to spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical
(AP) — Abbott Laboratories will spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cash-stock deal that aims to strengthen the medical device maker’s stake in cardiovascular care.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

School project's graffiti sparks fears Zodiac Killer is back
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University class project about drug cartels and serial killers took a turn when students scrawled a message on a sidewalk associated with the infamous Zodiac Killer.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers will seek significant premium hikes under President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer - stiff medicine for consumers and voters ahead of the national political conventions.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Airstrikes kill at least 60 in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, lifting from their 2016 lows but remaining historically low during the spring home-buying season. 
Thursday, April 28, 2016

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported Thursday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy in suspect's death
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff’s deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Search resumes for missing treasure hunter
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday resumed the search for a Colorado man who disappeared more than three months ago while hunting for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts in a rugged part of New Mexico.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

McNugget Makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Car full of people in PJs may mean 'heroin rush hour'
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) — “Heroin rush hour” has some telltale signs in northern Kentucky, like a car filled with people in their pajamas venturing to Cincinnati around 9 or 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Once-fugitive real estate heir's plea deal approved
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Real estate heir Robert Durst will serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge — more than 4  1/2 times the maximum under federal guidelines.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed poised to overturn the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on political corruption charges and place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

French prosecutor: Key Paris attacks suspect moved to France
PARIS (AP) — Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam — Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Belgium last month — was transferred Wednesday to France and was to appear before investigating judges who will decide how to charge him, the French prosecutor’s office said.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepared Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner of "playing the woman card" in her presidential campaign.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Panel confirms first female officer for warfighting command
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of the first female officer to lead one of the military’s warfighting commands.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its final argument of the term, the Supreme Court will weigh a former Virginia governor’s contention that doing favors for a businessman who gave him gifts like a Rolex watch, golf outings and money for wedding catering did not amount to public corruption.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Senators again reach deal on Flint water crisis aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two months, the Senate has reached a bipartisan deal to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2 baby bald eagles get new names
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two baby bald eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington have been officially named “Freedom and “Liberty” following a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

House GOP leader: No help for Puerto Rico before deadline
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will not act to help debt-ridden Puerto Rico ahead of a May 1 deadline when nearly half-a-billion dollars in bond payments come due, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Public face of US re-entry effort speaks from experience
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after being busted for cocaine trafficking, Daryl Atkinson is the public face of the Justice Department’s efforts to help convicted felons re-enter society.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tribune calls Gannett 'erratic,' still reviewing deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Tribune Publishing said Tuesday in a letter that USA Today owner Gannett was “erratic” and “unreliable” as the two newspaper companies tried to discuss a possible tie-up.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sioux tribe to meet with fed official over pipeline concerns
MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Members of the Standing Rock Sioux plan to meet with a federal official later this week to express their concerns over a planned oil pipeline.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Intelligence director rejects spy agency relocation reversal
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The director of national intelligence says he doesn’t plan to overturn a subordinate’s preliminary decision to build a federal spy agency’s new regional headquarters in St. Louis rather than relocate to Illinois.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NC LGBT debate spurs arrests
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A day of protests and arrests around North Carolina’s statehouse marked what’s likely to be weeks of impassioned debate over a law limiting protections for LGBT people.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fed will likely keep rates unchanged
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-lows.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Obama boosts Islamic State fight
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up “momentum” in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.
Monday, April 25, 2016

QB Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' penalty
NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game “Deflategate” suspension imposed by the NFL, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M
CLEVELAND (AP) — The city has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.
Monday, April 25, 2016

How early is too early when it comes to a tornado?
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Meteorologists are finding something much tougher to forecast than a stormy atmosphere: the human mind.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Royalty, Obama, fans mark bard's death

LONDON (AP) — If all the world’s a stage, William Shakespeare is its architect.

The playwright died 400 years ago Saturday, but remains the world’s most famous writer, living on through endlessly reinterpreted plays and globally known characters, including the tormented prince Hamlet and the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pa. paper shares account of missing teen

By JOE PINCHOT 

The Herald » Sharon, Pennsylvania

WOLF CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police arrested a trucker Tuesday after pulling him over for a traffic violation and finding a 17-year-old girl reported missing from Illinois in his sleeper cab.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

400 year later, Shakespeare's voice still echoes in sports

(AP) — He's the cleanup hitter of the English language, the sultan of sonnet and song.

 


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Too Much Of A Good Thing - What You Need To Know About Nutrients
Most American adults already get enough calcium, folic acid and iron without eating fortified foods or taking dietary supplements, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lawmakers pass short-term fix for colleges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved today a $600 million short-term funding fix for colleges and universities that have been struggling without state funding during the monthslong budget stalemate, a much-needed lifeline for institutions that have been laying off employees.
Friday, April 22, 2016

US acknowledges more civilian deaths in airstrikes
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airstrikes aimed at Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq killed 20 civilians between September and February, including eight in a single attack on a mortar position used by militants, the U.S. military said today.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Obama declines to call Armenian killings genocide
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declined today to call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Nuke deal: US buys Iranian heavy water
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is buying 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water, a key component for one kind of nuclear reactor, to help Iran meet the terms of last year’s landmark nuclear deal under which it agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Can dogs heal veterans with PTSD? Jury still out
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. "Clear," Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Pop superstar Prince dies at 57
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Americans expected to remodel this year
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising number of Americans are preparing to renovate their homes this year, a potential boost for the economy, according to projections released Thursday by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

White House to give $90M for apprenticeships
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it’ll distribute $90 million this year to help states expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Only US grizzly bear recovery coordinator retiring
(AP) — The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

No more ties? Spelling Bee to get harder words
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two straight years of ties, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding more sting: The championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Great American Eclipse - August 21, 2017: Event drawing droves of tourists to path of totality
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Where’s the best place to watch next year’s eclipse? If you’re thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rio Olympics flame lit starting 15-week journey
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled today at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Queen has reached many milestones in her life
LONDON (AP) — Today Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reach the age of 90. It’s just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here’s a look at some other numbers regarding Britain’s queen:
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Court: doubts about drunk driving laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is expressing doubts about laws in at least a dozen states that make it a crime for people suspected of drunken driving to refuse to take alcohol tests.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senate okays bill promoting clean coal technology
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Terror victims win judgment against Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a judgment allowing families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and other terrorist attacks to collect nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Harriet Tubman to replace Jackson on $20-bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years, a Treasury official said today.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II at 90: A look at the highs, lows of her reign
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday on Thursday as Britons and many throughout the world celebrate her long and dignified reign. She will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Birthplace marks 400 years since Shakespeare died
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England (AP) — “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this week. But he played out much of his life in one small English market town: Stratford-upon-Avon.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senate passes bill that would boost airport security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan aviation policy bill Tuesday that would boost airport security, extend new protections to airline passengers and help speed the introduction of package-delivery drones.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boston Marathon movies filmed during race Monday
BOSTON (AP) — With the real-life Boston Marathon underway Monday, Hollywood film crews took to the marathon finish line and Fenway Park to shoot scenes for competing movies about the deadly 2013 marathon attacks.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Study backs hoped-for diabetes cure
WASHINGTON (AP) — Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.
Monday, April 18, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a 76-year-old Alabama man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for possessing less than three pounds of marijuana that he said he grew for personal use.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Okla. City a defining moment in Garland's career
Monday, April 18, 2016

Trump wuz robbed
Monday, April 18, 2016

The Early American Dream House
Monday, April 18, 2016

Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices today over President Barack Obama’s immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Man plans to sue over wrongful conviction
CHICAGO (AP) — A 76-year-old Washington state man released from prison after a prosecutor concluded he was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a schoolgirl says he intends to sue Illinois for the suffering five years of imprisonment caused him and his family.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II turning 90
LONDON (AP) — The longest-reigning monarch in British history turns 90 on Thursday, but Queen Elizabeth II is not planning a major, fireworks-filled celebration to mark the happy occasion.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Judge says lawsuit to integrate war monument can proceed
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge says members of the American Legion can press their lawsuit seeking to bring long-delayed integration to a World War I memorial that separates the soldiers’ names by race.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren, comic book hero?
BOSTON (AP) — Her parents didn’t hail from the planet Krypton, and she was never bitten by a radioactive spider, but that hasn’t stopped Elizabeth Warren from starring as a comic book hero.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Project aims to locate firefighters' graves in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Active and retired firefighters in central Illinois are working to locate and honor the graves of 75 firefighters.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Immigration drives Supreme Court dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

New report says tourists spending more money in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourists are spending more money on their trips to Sin City, according to a new report by the Las Vegas tourism board.
Saturday, April 16, 2016












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