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SKorea urges North to abandon nukes
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Adopting a less confrontational stance than key allies, South Korea’s president urged North Korea today to abandon its nuclear weapons and seek dialogue to prevent conflict breaking out on the divided peninsula.
Thursday, September 21, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Nursing home deaths may be criminal
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Nine elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Maria: A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims today after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts online in two hours or else
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Education Sec. DeVos uses personally-owned plane at zero cost to taxpayers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events on her own dime, according to her office.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Only country to have suffered a-bomb attack doesn't back nuke weapons ban
TOKYO (AP) — Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Never say never: Shania Twain finds new voice after her illness
NEW YORK (AP) — After becoming a global icon and one of the world’s best-selling singers of all-time, Shania Twain had to utter the scariest five words a vocalist would ever hear: “I may never sing again.”
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Boston kicks off a year of US tributes to Leonard Bernstein
BOSTON (AP) — He was a wunderkind: the youngest music director ever to lead the New York Philharmonic and the genius behind the score to “West Side Story.”
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Familiar sameness on Bellow's latest

The Lone Bellow, “Walk Into a Storm” (Descendant/Sony Music Masterworks)

(AP) — Despite soaring vocals, the Lone Bellow’s third album only briefly takes off.

Dave Cobb produced “Walk Into a Storm,” and it’s weighed down with thick arrangements built on keyboards rather than guitar and mandolin. A string section sounds syrupy as it echoes The Verve. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

'Alone' a perfect complement to filmdom's 'Dunkirk'

“Alone” (Liveright Publishing Co.), by Michael Korda

(AP) — Interest in the 1940 cross-channel evacuation of British soldiers amid the French collapse in World War II has sprung to life this summer, thanks to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie “Dunkirk.” On its heels comes “Alone,” Michael Korda’s masterful account of that epic drama and its impact on his family.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

'Stronger' tells a survivor's heart-wrenching story

(AP) ‚ “Stronger “ is about a survivor but it is not a feel-good movie. 

In 2013, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman went to watch his ex-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, run the Boston Marathon. He was there when the bombs went off and lost both of his legs as a result. An Associated Press photograph of Bauman, bloodied and gravely injured, being wheeled away from the site by a man in a cowboy hat became an instant icon of that terrorist attack. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Davis announces Congressional App Challenge for high school students
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced the Congressional App Challenge is now open for high school students throughout the 13th Congressional District. This initiative is to encourage student engagement in coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall is a beautiful time of year for golf in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Summer sends vacationers flocking to San Diego, many of them bringing their golf clubs with them. Mild temperatures, great courses, superb conditions. What's not to love?
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Praying For The Victims
Pope Francis poses for a photo with a children's choir from Mexico during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The pontiff prayed for the victims of the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit Mexico on Tuesday leaving several hundred dead, including children trapped under a collapsed school in Mexico City.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mideast peace 'toughest deal of all'
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said today that achieving peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may be the “toughest deal of all” that he’s tried to negotiate, adding that his administration nonetheless is working hard for peace in the region.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gov't seeks prison time for Wiener
NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner deserves about two years in prison for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl despite his claims that he has been reformed, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of hackers suspected of working in Iran for its government is targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea, a cybersecurity firm warned today.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GOP senator defends health bill against attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bill Cassidy defended his health care bill today after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel accused the Louisiana Republican of lying to him about it, heightening the tension around the last-ditch GOP effort to make good on years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Prosecutors: Menendez tried to hide free flights and hotel stays
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez didn’t report free flights and a luxury hotel stay paid for by a wealthy donor on Senate disclosure forms over a span of several years, according to testimony Wednesday in the two men’s bribery trial.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

O'Reilly says his ouster at Fox was a political hit job and a business decision
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that his firing from Fox News Channel in April was a “political hit job” and that his network’s parent company made a business decision to get rid of him.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexico digging out after quake kills more than 200
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rescuers said Wednesday they have found a surviving child in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to save people trapped in under schools, homes and businesses toppled by a quake that killed at least 225 people.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges as officials warned Hurricane Maria would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Maria slams Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island of Dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister's residence and causing what he called "mind-boggling" devastation Tuesday as it plunged into a Caribbean region already ravaged by Hurricane Irma.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

At UN, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the "total destruction'" of North Korea if the nation's "Rocket man" leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Casino security guard is recovering
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Photos released by Illinois State Police show three armed men who allegedly robbed a southern Illinois casino and wounded a casino guard.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Protesters make good on threat to disrupt business
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More St. Louis protests expected today after a relatively calm night Monday
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those arrested during demonstrations that turned ugly over the weekend, but there was no new vandalism overnight.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sean Spicer suggests critics of his Emmy appearance should just lighten up
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested today that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Great Lakes states renew push for critical new lock
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials from Great Lakes states are making a renewed push to win approval of a long stalled proposal for adding a new lock to the Soo Locks complex, a critical chokepoint that connects Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Old-Fashioned Way
This photo taken Sept. 14, 2017, shows retired  firefighter Randy Putman who now enjoys working with his mules Kate and Sam as he cuts tobacco stalks the old fashioned way.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Maria grows to a Category 3 storm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm today as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to grow even stronger.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Trump calls on the UN to reform
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations today, using his first appearance to urge the 193-nation organization to reduce bureaucracy and costs while more clearly defining its mission around the world.
Monday, September 18, 2017

US to press concerns over unexplainied incidents in meeting with Cubans
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration will press its concerns about unexplained incidents harming American diplomats in Cuba during a meeting this week in Washington, as the United States considers shuttering its recently re-opened Embassy in Havana.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Trump names lawyer, former NFL player director of black college initiative
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today named a lawyer and former NFL player as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as the administration faces criticism from those institutions of promises unkept.
Monday, September 18, 2017

President Trump hypes mock video of golf ball striking Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a swing at Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump retweeted a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that — in the next frame — seemingly strikes her in the back before she stumbles and falls down while boarding a plane. It’s the latest sign that Trump’s campaign fury hasn’t faded.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Casino Queen robbery: Police say guard shot was unarmed
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a security guard who was shot and wounded during an armed robbery at a casino did not have a weapon.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Protests resume today after more than 80 arrests in St. Louis unrest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A racially mixed crowd of demonstrators locked arms and marched quietly through downtown St. Louis this morning to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect, following another night of unrest and more than 80 arrests.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Trump home a showcase for refugees
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s childhood home in New York had some new occupants over the weekend — refugees who shared their stories as a way to draw attention to the refugee crisis as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week with Trump in attendance. 
Monday, September 18, 2017

Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

UK police make 'significant' arrest in London
LONDON (AP) — British police made a “significant” arrest Saturday in the manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway was hit by a partially-exploded bomb and launched a heavily armed search of a home southwest of London.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

After Irma, shuttered schools add more stress for families
MIAMI (AP) — Students in two of the nation’s largest school districts still don’t know when they’ll return to class, forcing many Florida parents to juggle childcare as they head into a second week of recovering from Hurricane Irma.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Questions of gun planting, outburst key in officer's verdict
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge’s decision to acquit an officer of murder in the death of a black suspect came down to two major questions: Did he plant a gun, and did he premeditate the shooting?
Saturday, September 16, 2017

California lawmakers approve an earlier presidential primary in March
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted early Saturday to set the state’s presidential primary in March, a move that would force candidates to mount expensive campaigns earlier in the state that awards the most delegates. 
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sunflowers prepare farm for organic future
BARRINGTON HILLS, Ill. (AP) — Fifty acres of sunflowers bloomed in northwest Barrington Hills in one August week to create a unique carpet of bright yellow.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tommy Irvin, longtime Georgia agriculture chief, dies at 88
Former Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, whose four decades in office made him one of the longest-serving statewide officials in the U.S., died at the age of 88, the department he once ran confirmed Friday.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
URBANA, Ill. — Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

New York wine country: Sips and scenery in the Finger Lakes
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Two million years ago, glaciers clawed 11 long, deep gashes into what is now central New York. The resulting Finger Lakes are among the deepest in the United States, creating a microclimate perfect for growing cool-weather wine grapes.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Strange bedfellows: Jimmy Carter defends Trump on immigration issues

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump has an unlikely defender of his approach to immigration law: former President Jimmy Carter.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Manhunt on after bomb wounds 22 in London

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of British police embarked on a massive manhunt today, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Washington stunned by Castro's response to attacks

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro seemed rattled.

The Cuban president sent for the top American envoy in the country to address grave concerns about a spate of U.S. diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic “sonic attacks” and the subtle threat of repercussions by the United States, until recently Cuba’s sworn enemy.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Sirens sound as N Korea again sends missile over Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Warning sirens blared in northern Japan today when North Korea launched a missile and again when it passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido as residents were just starting their day. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Trump visits Florida where elderly are in peril
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Irma is history but its aftermath remains deadly. Emergency crews around Florida are moving elderly residents from nursing homes without power, after eight people died in one sweltering facility. President Donald Trump is visiting survivors in Fort Myers and Naples, where many remain swamped and without electricity. Here’s more about what’s happening:
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Berkeley boosts security with conservative speaker
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley, has ramped up security ahead of an appearance Thursday night by a conservative commentator, the latest polarizing figure to raise concerns of violence on the famously liberal campus.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

President says GOP leaders are 'on board' with current immigration progress
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on today said he was “fairly close” to a deal with congressional leaders to preserve protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants living illegally in America and declared that Republican leaders were “very much on board.”
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Medicare card remake to protect senior citizens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft.

No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Obama planning Chicago summit to solve some of world's common problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he plans to invite civic leaders to Chicago next month to exchange ideas and plan ways to solve some of the world’s common problems.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Man gets two years for Saks heist in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chicago man has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $200,000 for his role in the smash-and-grab theft of handbags at a St. Louis-area Saks Fifth Avenue store.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Attacked in bed, but safe just a few feet away; the mystery of Cuban diplomats under attack deepens
WASHINGTON (AP) — The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he'd walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Historian visits Lincoln Presidential Library to discuss 'American Ulysses'
SPRINGFIELD – Ulysses S. Grant was once ranked among the greatest Americans but is often overlooked and misunderstood today. Historian Ronald C. White will try to correct that by providing a “fresh vision” of Grant’s leadership when he speaks at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Sept. 21. 
Thursday, September 14, 2017

International Spy Museum acquiring massive collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — H. Keith Melton spent 40 years looking for the ice-climbing ax used in the bloody assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. It had been sitting under a bed in Mexico City for decades. 

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Irma: 6 die in nursing home in aftermath
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Six patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath, authorities said Wednesday, as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm’s wake, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents and lethal fumes from generators.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Army National Guard ready for the call
PARIS, Ill. — The National Guard's motto is "Always Ready, Always There." Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard's 1544th Transportation Company based in Paris, Illinois, and 1644th Transportation Company based in Rock Falls, Illinois, lived that motto this week.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Irma wrecks tourist spots in Caribbean, but spares Disney and Universal
(AP) — Walt Disney World theme parks and Universal Orlando Resort have reopened in Orlando after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, while the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg planned to reopen Wednesday. But many other destinations in the state and the Caribbean affected by Irma and other storms remain off-limits to visitors, in some cases with extensive damage or power outages that will take days if not weeks to resolve.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Search and rescue teams scour Keys
MIAMI (AP) — Search-and-rescue teams scoured the Florida Keys’ farthest reaches today, while crews worked to repair the single washed-out highway connecting the islands and rush aid to Hurricane Irma’s victims.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blago maintains innocence, mopping floors in prison
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he spends his time sweeping and mopping floors while serving a federal prison sentence after corruption convictions.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wanted: Volunteer shooters to help thins out Grand Canyon bison herd
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines

By DEE-ANN DURBIN

AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Ohio killer has final execution appeal

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS 

Associated Press 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer of two awaited word Monday on his final appeals ahead of his scheduled execution later this week.


Monday, September 11, 2017

President commemorates 9/11 anniversary

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is leading a national moment of silence on the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, his first commemoration of the solemn anniversary in office.


Monday, September 11, 2017

University teaches philosophy through Harry Potter
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota university is mixing the magical world of Harry Potter into philosophy teachings.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma weakens but keeps causing misery

By TAMARA LUSH

Associated Press

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Irma weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida’s northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Solemn, personal ceremonies as US commemorates 9/11

By JENNIFER PELTZ and KAREN MATTHEWS

Associated Press

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony. 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Pope asks 'pro-life' Trump to rethink young migrant decision

By NICOLE WINFIELD

Associated Press

 

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is urging President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation, saying anyone who calls himself “pro-life” should keep families together.


Monday, September 11, 2017

The Latest: People grilling before fatal shooting at home

PLANO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the deaths of at least eight people, including the suspect, after a shooting at a Texas home (all times local):

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Berlin's unit mustered for duty 100 years ago
Saturday, September 9, 2017

One of largest evacuations in US history
MIAMI (AP) —  Irma hurtled toward Florida with 130 mph winds Saturday on a shifting course that threatened the first direct hit on the Tampa area from a major hurricane in nearly a century.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dies in crash
NEW YORK (AP) — As one half of Montgomery Gentry, Troy Gentry — who died Friday in a helicopter crash — helped the country music duo become a successful act in the genre, launching countless hits, winning multiple awards and reaching platinum status throughout the 2000s. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Imagine losing everything: Why your disaster kit needs a home inventory
(NerdWallet via AP) — Imagine losing everything in a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, then having to list all of your possessions to file an insurance claim — every plate, holiday decoration and piece of clothing for starters. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

US calls for Monday vote on toughest ever sanctions against North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for a vote Monday on a U.N. resolution that would impose the toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea, a move that could lead to a showdown with the country's biggest trading partner China and its neighbor Russia.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Quake and Katia a real one-two punch for Mexico
JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Mexico was followed by a Gulf coast hurricane, dealing a one-two punch to the country, killing at least 61 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

3,500-year old tomb discovered in Luxor
LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Chef Alice Waters' memoir tells tales of her youth and loves
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There's something you need to know about Alice Waters, the celebrated chef who changed the way America eats.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Some important vehicles are getting revamps for the 2018 model year
DETROIT (AP) — After seven straight years of growth, U.S. sales of new vehicles could be hitting their peak. That's putting extra pressure on automakers to update their vehicles and hang on to their market share.
Friday, September 8, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Here's a novel way to enjoy autumn in New England: While the trees are dropping their leaves, you can be shedding some pounds.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Ameren to try again for Missouri approval of new power line
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Ameren Corp. subsidiary plans to try again to get Missouri approval for a high-voltage power line after changing its route and getting consent from the last remaining counties in its 480-mile path from Iowa to Indiana. 
Friday, September 8, 2017

In wake of Equifax breach, what to do to safeguard your info
NEW YORK (AP) — There’s no way around it: The news from credit reporting company Equifax that 143 million Americans had their information exposed is very serious. 
Friday, September 8, 2017

Harvey: Thousands of Texas cattle may have died

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas agricultural officials fear thousands of cattle may have died in the aftermath of Harvey, resulting in losses to ranchers of tens of millions of dollars.

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Irma could blow monster Andrew out of the water
WASHINGTON (AP) — For an entire generation in South Florida, Hurricane Andrew was the monster storm that reshaped a region. Irma is likely to blow that out of the water.
Friday, September 8, 2017

House sends $15-billion Harvey aid bill and debt hike to Trump to sign
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly today to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, overcoming conservative objections to linking the emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America’s borrowing authority. The legislation also keeps the government funded into December.
Friday, September 8, 2017

ACT scores increase as fewer take test
CHICAGO (AP) — ACT college entrance exam scores have improved across Illinois this year as the number of students taking the test has dropped.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Looking for something unique this fall? Try Elktober or the squirrel cook off
(AP) — Looking for something more exciting than pumpkin spice, Oktoberfests and leaf-peeping to shake up your plans this fall?
Friday, September 8, 2017

Irma taking aim at all of Florida
Friday, September 8, 2017

LGBTQ tensions growing among Evangelicals, neutrality not an option
Tensions on the left side of American evangelicalism had been building for years, and then Christian ethics professor David Gushee drew a bright red line.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Church lost on 9/11 rises again at World Trade Center
NEW YORK (AP) — A Greek Orthodox church taking shape next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza will glow at night like a marble beacon when it opens sometime next year. It also will mark another step in the long rebuilding of New York's ground zero.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Nat'l Cathedral removing Confederate windows
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington National Cathedral is removing two stained glass windows that depict two famous Confederate generals.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Guinness records include long-tailed cat, old bodybuilder
NEW YORK (AP) — A long-tailed cat, an octogenarian bodybuilder and a five-inch long eyelash are included in the latest edition of Guinness World Records.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Menendez: Judge lectures prosecutors
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The judge in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his longtime friend chastised prosecutors Thursday for asking a witness “irrelevant” questions, and he cautioned both sides to avoid turning the case into a tabloid trial by focusing on details about swanky hotels, limestone baths and rain showers.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane aid grows to $15B as Irma bears down
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have almost doubled the size of the disaster relief package for Harvey to more than $15 billion, a first installment to help communities in Texas rebuild from the storm — and stock reserves for looming damage from Hurricane Irma.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ryan offers some details of tax plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said today the Republican tax plan will aim to reduce the corporate tax rate to mid- to low-20 percent — a smaller cut than what President Donald Trump wants.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

President tweets reassurance about DACA at Nancy Pelosi's urging
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump Thursday to tweet reassurances to the immigrants who benefit from a program his administration is ending. And the president obliged, in the latest instance of Trump doing the bidding of leaders of the opposition.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tiger shot and killed on I-75 south of Atlanta jammed with Irma traffic
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia police shot and killed a Bengal tiger on Wednesday after it escaped from a truck and wandered along a major interstate near Atlanta, frightening residents of a nearby subdivision.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Irma death toll at least 10, increasing threat for Fla.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Film review: A few good scares can't hold 'It' together
Here’s the good news: Pennywise is as creepy as ever in the new “It .” Thanks to a bigger budget and some improved special effects some 27 years later he really gets the chance to spook the kids of Derry, Maine.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

37th annual traditional and bluegrass festival this weekend at New Salem
PETERSBURG, IL - The 37th annual Traditional Music and Bluegrass Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site will be held on the weekend of September 8-10. 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

USS Constitution in Boston reopens for tours
BOSTON (AP) — The USS Constitution is reopening for public tours following more than two years of restoration.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why 'Hotel Impossible' star Anthony Melchiorri likes a good roadside motel

(AP) — You'd think a guy like Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel's "Hotel Impossible," would settle for nothing less than luxury hotels when he travels.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

White Christians are now a minority of the US population
NEW YORK (AP) — The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fueled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organized religion altogether, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

House rushes to vote billions for Harvey aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House today moved swiftly toward approving $7.9 billion in Harvey disaster relief as Republicans and Democrats united, if only for a moment, to proclaim Congress’ support for victims of the storm while a new hurricane bore down on Florida.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Prosecutors: Menendez 'sold his office' for ritzy trips
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez “sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn’t afford” by accepting luxury trips from a wealthy doctor seeking political influence in return, a government prosecutor told jurors Wednesday during opening statements of the Democrat’s corruption trial. 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early today, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hydrogen bomb far more powerful than a-bomb
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea says it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in its latest nuclear test Sunday. Outside experts haven't been able to verify that claim, but say it's plausible. If true, it would represent a major step forward in North Korea's effort to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Trump rejects NKorea talks, others split on strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a flurry of phone calls with world leaders, President Donald Trump took a tough line against negotiating with North Korea as the communist country’s latest nuclear test exposed stark differences among international leaders for containing the threat. Trump’s military, diplomacy and intelligence chiefs were to brief Congress later Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wildfires bear down on Yosemite, Glacier
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters across the U.S. West struggled with wind-driven flames, hot temperatures and dry conditions even after the unofficial end to a summer of devastating wildfires, including those bearing down on two popular national parks. 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Congress returns, facing pressing issues including Harvey aid and debt ceiling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returned to Washington today facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful hurricane, Irma, bears down on the U.S. 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Political reality and tabloid fodder mix in NJ Senator Bob Menendez trial
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It’s a tale of international jet-setting, $1,500-a-night hotel rooms and, for good measure, allegations of affairs with models and actresses. 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Chicago-based Tronc purchases storied New York tabloid

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of two of the country’s largest newspapers has purchased the Daily News, a New York tabloid that is famous for generations of hard-punching reporting and irreverent headlines but that has struggled recently to find its place in the digital age.

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trump to Congress: Do your job on DCCA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration will “wind down” a program protecting  young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared toay, calling the Obama administration’s program “an unconstitutional exercise of authority.”
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Irma strengthens into a Category 5
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Liberal corners of the country supporting guaranteed income
HONOLULU (AP) — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vintage trailer court takes tourists back in time
BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors arriving at the neon-illuminated office of the Shady Dell trailer court enter a kind of time warp, transported back to the 1950s when big Studebakers and Chevys rolled up carrying road-weary travelers, their trailers in tow.  
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wildfires force thousands to flee homes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Philadelphia project seeks a public reckoning with fate of monuments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — By artist Sharon Hayes’ count, Philadelphia has more than 1,500 sculptures honoring male historic figures — heroes on horseback, visionaries with arms folded and eyes looking forward, the usual round-up of Founding Fathers.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvey's filthy floodwaters mix a foul brew of sewage and chemicals
(AP) — Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Trump expected to end program for young immigrants brought here illegally
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Steely Dan co-founder dies at 67
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rock and roll fan with a penchant for harmony and obtuse references, Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” died Sunday. He was 67.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Palace: Prince William, Kate expecting third child
LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace said today.
Monday, September 4, 2017

IS convoy targeted
BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Islamic State group members and their families have crossed into areas controlled by the extremists despite U.S. threats to bomb the convoy days after they left the Lebanon-Syria border, Syrian opposition activists said Saturday.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fate of young illegal immigrants coming soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — Midday protests. Urgent pleas. Furious campaigning. A president torn.

President Donald Trump stood at the center of a frantic lobbying campaign Friday as he neared a decision on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young people brought into the country illegally as children.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Maine museum preserves Native American canoe from 1700s
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — One of the oldest-known Native American birch-bark canoes will go on display at a Maine historical society museum, possibly as early as this fall, after spending three decades in a barn. 
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Trump seeks an initial $7.9 billion in Harvey aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

US ban on travel North Korea kicks in, with few exceptions
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. ban on Americans traveling to North Korea took effect Friday amid concerns about the fate of those who have been detained there in the past. The U.S. said its citizens can start applying for exceptions, but few will be granted.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

High heat to soar even more in much of Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The heat has peaked for Southern California, but parts of Northern California were set to see it soar some more.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

2 suspected of wounding 2 St. Louis police officers arrested
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have arrested two people suspected of wounding two St. Louis police officers in an attack that also left a woman in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ohio airport rolling out self sanitizing bins at checkpoint
GREEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio airport says it’s the first in the world to place self-sanitizing, germ-killing mats inside bins at security checkpoints.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

As Uber drove into PR pot hole, Lyft stepped on the gas
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When management upheaval, allegations of corporate espionage, and revelations of sexual harassment sent Uber into a public relations sinkhole, its long overshadowed rival Lyft shifted into overdrive.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — When the Civil War was over, when the dead were buried and the union was reunited, it came time to tell tales and write history. In reunion gatherings and living rooms alike, differing versions of the causes of the conflict became as hardened as sunbaked Georgia clay.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Doom and gloom go up in flames in ritual effigy burning
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High anxiety about White House politics, hurricane flooding and even the threat of nuclear war with North Korea is adding an extra spark to the annual burning of a giant, ghostly marionette that serves as an effigy to gloom and doom.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Foods that may help fight cancer
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Grafton's alphabet series appears to be near its end
(AP) — "Y is for Yesterday" is Sue Grafton's projected penultimate novel in her alphabet series about intrepid California private investigator Kinsey Millhone. And if the series does end with "Z' ‚Äî and there's no reason to believe that it won't be the finale ‚Äî it's going out with even deeper plots and more intense characterizations than when it debuted 35 years ago. Despite clocking in at 496 pages, "Y is for Yesterday" briskly moves Kinsey's story forward.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fall for Lake Tahoe's secret season: Autumn
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Fringed by snow or gleaming cobalt blue under sunny skies, Lake Tahoe is a favorite in summer and winter. But there's a third side to Tahoe: fall.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Gas prices surge higher as drivers rush to fill their tanks
ATLANTA (AP) — Gasoline prices rose several cents overnight amid continuing fears of shortages in Texas and other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's strike on the Gulf Coast.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Houston: $75M for debris removal alone
HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly a week after Harvey crashed into the Texas coastline, the storm chased more people out of their homes today after dumping heavy rain on Louisiana and knocking out the entire drinking water system in a Texas city of almost 120,000 people.
Friday, September 1, 2017

White House readies $5.9B for Harvey recovery
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is preparing an initial $5.9 billion package in Harvey aid, a down payment to ensure recovery efforts over the next few weeks are adequately funded.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Authorities brace for hurricane fraud
WASHINGTON (AP) — As high water spreads from Houston through Texas and Louisiana, authorities are bracing for an inevitable wave of fraud and other criminal activity set into motion by Harvey’s punishing rains.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Americans found jobs in service, manufacturing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Professional and business services led the way in job gains in August as employers hired administrative and support staff, computer systems designers and engineers.
Friday, September 1, 2017

US August factory activity at six-plus year high
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded at a brisk pace in August, a likely sign of strength for the U.S. economy as new orders, production and employment all improved.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Harvey shines light on flood insurance program, taxpayers will foot $24.6B
WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive flooding Harvey has caused in Texas and Louisiana comes as Congress weighs renewing a federal flood insurance program that continually pays out more than it takes in through premiums, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for $24.6 billion and counting.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Fact check: What the president said about Comey and the Clinton emails
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended last year without charges remains a lingering grievance for President Donald Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a “rigged” criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her private server.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Triple-digit heat hampers fight against wildfires
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Triple-digit heat across much of the U.S. West hampered crews battling scores of wildfires Thursday, including one threatening dozens of structures in Montana and another that temporarily shut down the main travel route to the Burning Man counterculture festival in the Nevada desert.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Fire torches historic chalet in Glacier National Park, Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The main building of an historic, backcountry chalet in Glacier National Park in northern Montana burned in a wildfire Thursday evening.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Little Los Angeles railroad is chugging once again
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angels Flight, the beloved little railroad that's almost as much a symbol of Los Angeles as the Hollywood sign, began pulling people toward the heavens and back down again Thursday after four years of idleness triggered by a 2013 derailment.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Seeking clarity, Pope saw psychoanalyst weekly years ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says that when he was 42 he had sessions weekly with a psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish to "clarify some things."
Friday, September 1, 2017

Push to simplify taxes on, deductions a sticking point
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to overhaul the nation's complex tax code. To slash taxes, they say they'll curb a web of expensive deductions and credits to allow more revenue to flow to the government.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Congress looks at vote next week on Harvey aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is gearing up for a vote as early as next week on a multibillion-dollar down payment on relief aid for Harvey.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

US flies bombers in show of force against NKorea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey: Block-by-block searches to begin
HOUSTON (AP) — Fires and two explosions rocked a flooded Houston-area chemical plant early today, sending up a plume that federal authorities described as “incredibly dangerous” and adding a potential new hazard to the aftermath of Harvey.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Public mourns Diana on anniversary
LONDON (AP) — Kathy Martin joined the stream of visitors laying tributes to Princess Diana outside the gates of Kensington Palace on Thursday, just as she did 20 years ago.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Devastation And Despair
(TOP) Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey surround homes in Port Arthur, Texas, today.

(BOTTOM) Frances Breaux cries today as she talks about her fears for two close friends who live near the Arkema Inc. chemical plant  in Crosby, Texas. Breaux said her close friends, an elderly couple that live close to the plant, have not been heard from today. The Houston-area chemical plant that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in extensive floods was rocked by multiple explosions early Thursday, the plant's operator said.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Taylorville Public Library closed Monday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

What's up for fall in New England?
(AP) — Festivals, train rides and rambles around New England all offer opportunities for enjoying the region's autumn color, and the September-October issue of Yankee Magazine lists many suggestions for activities and destinations.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Field Museum in Chicago will soon become home to a new dinosaur
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Field Museum will soon be home to a touchable cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered, and the museum’s star attraction, a T. rex named Sue, will be moved to her own gallery.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob' rollicking
(AP) — There are some analogies between Willie Nile and Bob Dylan, like their early career moves to Greenwich Village, extended layoffs (Dylan's motorcycle accident, Nile's record company torments) and decades of excellent songwriting.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Historical thriller takes reader back to turbulent era
(AP) — An engineer from Oslo attempts to disrupt the Nazi war machine at the height of World War II in "The Saboteur," the latest historical thriller by Andrew Gross.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Film review: Noomi Rapace proves quite deadly in formulaic 'Unlocked'
(AP) — There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken martini. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? After watching the formulaic spy thriller “Unlocked,” might we suggest Noomi Rapace?
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey death toll as of now stands at 20
HOUSTON (AP) — In a glimmer of hope for the hurricane’s victims, Harvey’s floodwaters are beginning to drop across much of the Houston area, officials said today. But as the crisis eases, the storm could begin to give up its dead.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New era in cancer care: US clears first 'living drug' for tough childhood leukemia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

President pushing tax overhaul in Missouri today
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kicked off his lobbying effort for a tax overhaul at an event with a Midwestern manufacturing backdrop and some economic tough talk.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Trump says talking not the answer with NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today that “talking is not the answer” to North Korea, after it upped the stakes in its standoff with Washington by calling for more weapons launches in the Pacific.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

As Confederate monuments fall, southern heritage group calls for restoration
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — After a Confederate monument was taken down in Bradenton, a group that wants to preserve such monuments called Tuesday for it to be repaired and restored to its former place on the courthouse lawn.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Steinbeck film remakes may be stuck in dust bowl
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sour grapes have left some of the classic works of John Steinbeck in a dust bowl.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Film classic literally gone with the wind in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee theater has canceled a long-running screening of "Gone With the Wind" because of racially insensitive content in the classic 1939 film.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scientists: Warming makes storms wetter
WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas — a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future global warming could bring, scientists say.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trump travels to Texas today for briefings on Harvey
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting Harvey’s fury, President Donald Trump made an all-out push today to show the federal government’s responsiveness to the massive storm that has lashed the Texas coast and caused catastrophic flooding.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A first, NKorea fires missile over Japan
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said. The aggressive missile launch — likely the longest ever from North Korea — over the territory of a close U.S. ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Harvey flooding Louisiana on anniversary of Katrina
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced hundreds of people to be rescued from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted New Orleans to shut down its schools and other key institutions as a precaution.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sessions: Drug overdoses 'top lethal issue' in US
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture that’s hostile to drug use.”
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trump says all options are on the table after North Korean missile launch
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought today to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that “all options are on the table” in response to its launch of a missile over close U.S. ally Japan.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — So-so results for a new type of cholesterol drug have left Merck in a quandary: Does the company try to bring it to market or scrap it?
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Medicare to foot the bill for supervised treadmill exercise therapy for leg pain
CHICAGO (AP) — Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts — pushing her limits, walking faster and adding steeper inclines.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Behind the scenes at Chicago's Buckingham Fountain
CHICAGO (AP) — A bit after dawn Eric Kelmar and his team of engineers arrive for their routine check of Chicago's Buckingham Fountain for the day.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Police: Psychic scammed elderly man to remove 'evil spirits'
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities say a psychic and her son cheated an elderly man out of more than $147,000 for treatment they said would rid him of evil spirits.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Chaos in Houston, floodwaters rise to roof lines
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters reached the roof lines of single-story homes Monday, and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey kept pouring rain on Houston after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Abuse in nursing homes unreported despite law
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Police: Body of missing woman found in river
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in Fargo, North Dakota, have found the body of a missing woman who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared, three days after finding a newborn they believe to be hers.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Trump prepares to lift limits on military gear for police
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies under a program that had been sharply curtailed by the Obama administration amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Charlottesville residents vent at 'recovery' town hall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville residents told city leaders at an emotional community meeting they were traumatized by a white nationalist rally and dissatisfied with the way officials handled the event and the violence that unfolded.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Sale of Interior secretary's motor home raises $25K question
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s dormant congressional campaign committee recently sold a 2004 motor home at a steep discount to an old friend in the Montana Legislature.
Monday, August 28, 2017

AP Sources: Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to lead Uber
DETROIT (AP) — Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber’s top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Politics are center stage at MTV Video Music Awards
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — From the very first prize presented Sunday, and even before the show began, politics took a starring role in MTV’s Video Music Awards.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Art-loving travelers absolutely love Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With a plethora of street art and a world-famous design school, Providence provides plenty to do for art-loving travelers.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lawyers, scientists scrutinizing NYC calorie rule
NEW YORK (AP) — As a court fight simmers over New York City's pioneering requirement for calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, scientists say the jury's still out on whether giving people the numbers spurs them to eat healthier.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

NKorea fires more missiles Saturday
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered Pyongyang. 
Saturday, August 26, 2017

St. Louis workers will see wage drop with new law
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the state minimum.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fate of transgender already in military is unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some already in uniform to remain.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Union in strife as Disney and Teamsters prepare for talks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As negotiations start this month over wage increases at Walt Disney World, rebellion is brewing in one of the six unions that advocate for the resort’s 70,000 workers. 
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Locomotive restoration of 1883 narrow gauge steam engine still 'on track'

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — Engine 169 is "the little engine that could."

Although much of its history is long past, the 1883 steam engine may be "on track" to operate again in the future.

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Coal miner who died in West Va. had survived Sago blast, brother did not
MILL CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one the 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Harvey rolls over Texas coast
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Harvey rolled over the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, smashing homes and businesses and lashing the shore with wind and rain so intense that drivers were forced off the road because they could not see in front of them.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Coal miner who died in West Va. had survived Sago blast, brother did not
MILL CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one the 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Zoo's baby hippo to star in Facebook video series
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its popular baby hippo will star in an internet video series called “The Fiona Show” starting next week.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

RNC to vote on condemning white supremacists
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican National Committee is headed toward adoption of a resolution condemning white supremacists, at the strong urging of the party's national chairwoman but also with groans from some party activists.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Trump imposes sweeping sanctions on Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration today slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA.

 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Yellen defends bank regs passed after 2008 crisis
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen today defended the web of regulations the Fed helped enact after the 2008 financial crisis, saying it helped restore the banking system’s health and disputing criticism that the rules have hurt lending.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Police boost patrols around home of $758.7-million Powerball winner
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — Police are providing extra patrols around the home of a Massachusetts woman who won the $758.7 million Powerball prize. 
Friday, August 25, 2017

Harvey may hit Texas twice, three feet of rain predicted

HOUSTON (AP) — 

Forecasters now say there's a good chance Hurricane Harvey may hit Texas twice, worsening projected flooding.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Fake news: What didn't happen this week
(AP) — A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:
Friday, August 25, 2017

Justices to settle dispute over prisoner's legal bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a dispute among lower courts over how much prisoners must pay their lawyers when they win civil rights lawsuits against their jailers.

 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Statues dispute: Where do you draw the line

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just about Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The national soul-searching over whether to take down monuments to the Confederacy’s demigods has extended to other historical figures accused of wrongdoing, including Christopher Columbus (brutality toward Native Americans), the man for whom Boston’s Faneuil Hall is named (slave trader) and former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo (bigotry).


Friday, August 25, 2017

Rosa Park's house may be returned to the USA
BERLIN (AP) — Section by section, American artist Ryan Mendoza painstakingly disassembled the small wood-frame home of civil rights icon Rosa Parks after learning that the struggling city of Detroit was going to have it demolished. He shipped it across the Atlantic Ocean and rebuilt it in the German capital of Berlin, saving the home and creating a new tourist attraction.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Mail by pail is name of the game for Detroit's floating ZIP code

ABOARD THE J.W. WESTCOTT II (AP) — The U.S. has tens of thousands of ZIP codes. Only one of them floats.

 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hiker hit by lightning woke up with 'blood everywhere'
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Austrian man hiking 9,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada was on a peak taking a photo when he was struck by a lightning bolt that blasted away his clothes, burned a hole in one of his shoes and left him with severe burns.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Record Powerball winner to be revealed
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A curious public will get a first glimpse of the woman Massachusetts lottery officials say won the largest single-ticket Powerball prize in U.S. history.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

US to limit visas from nations that won't take deportees
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to impose visa restrictions on four Asian and African nations refusing to take back their citizens who’ve been deported from the United States, officials said Thursday.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Last US county gets insurer for health exchange
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The lone county currently at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law’s insurance exchanges has landed an insurer.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eagles fan gets last laugh with obituary
PORT REPUBLIC, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man took a parting shot at the Philadelphia Eagles in his obituary.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Government shutdown: Trump attacks Republican leaders over debt ceiling
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out today at Republican leaders in Congress, suggesting efforts to increase the country’s borrowing limit to avoid an economic-rattling default on the nation’s debt are “a mess!”
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Harvey regains tropical storm strength in Gulf; area could see 20 inches of rain
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Long lines extended from grocery stores along the Texas Gulf Coast early Thursday as residents braced for a slow-moving tropical storm that forecasters say could drop as much as 20 inches of rain.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Navy ends sea search for USS John McCain missing, confirms one death
SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. Navy today called off the search at sea for sailors missing after a collision between a destroyer and an oil tanker, and confirmed the identity of one body.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Trump-McConnel feud defies conventional wisdom
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump can’t enact his agenda without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell may not have a majority to lead without Trump’s help. It’s simple, and still so complicated.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

White House West Wing updates tackled with presidential history in mind
WASHINGTON (AP) — The West Wing has fresh paint on the walls, new carpet underfoot, cool, crisp air and more than a few new eagle decorations.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Western brand and Chinese characteristics meet up at Club Med in Guilin
GUILIN, China (AP) — After 10 days of crisscrossing southwestern China by high-speed train with two young children in tow, exploring minority villages amid rugged scenery and often sleeping in grimy hotels, it was time for a break.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Your personal travel coach: Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt Kepnes
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.”
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Film review: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' a fun, action-packed escape
(AP) — There's not a whole lot that's new about "The Hitman's Bodyguard ." Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable badass whose favorite word is mother(expletive). And like many movie heroes past, they're tasked with taking down a brutal dictator.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Players hold breath as Powerball drawing nears
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery players across the U.S. are scooping up $2 Powerball tickets in hopes of beating the odds and winning a massive $700 million jackpot as tonight's drawing nears.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Technology saving lives on the road
WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes, according to two studies released today.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NAACP wants meeting with NFL commissioner about Kaepernick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP today called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Plame wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can’t use it.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Education milestone: Half of one state's labor force holds bachelor's degrees
BOSTON (AP) — Half of all workers in Massachusetts held a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, marking the first time any U.S. state has reached that educational threshold, according to a report released today by the independent Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Last-minute push to save national monument areas
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Conservation groups are airing TV ads, planning rallies and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tony-winning story writer of 'Annie' dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan, best known for transforming the Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip into the smash Broadway musical “Annie,” has died at age 88.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

World view: New Afghanistan strategy could offer insight into 'Trump Doctrine'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Clinton: My 'skin crawled' as Trump hovered on stage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump’s pacing, hovering demeanor onstage during an October 2016 presidential debate made her so uncomfortable “my skin crawled.” She says in her upcoming book that Trump shadowed her so closely she had to resist shouting out, “Back up you creep, get away from me.”
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

White House renews request for privacy for Trump's young son Barron
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday renewed its request to the news media for privacy for President Donald Trump’s young son, Barron, after a conservative news and opinion website criticized the casual attire he wore home after the family’s summer vacation.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Glam shot gets ugly: Mnuchin wife touts high-priced fashion, slams critic
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a glam shot that got ugly.

The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dove headlong into a social media skirmish this week, blasting a critic of her Instagram post highlighting her high fashion choices. Calling the commenter “adorably out of touch,” Louise Linton suggested she and Mnuchin contributed more to the U.S. economy and paid more in taxes than did her critic.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

German police seize thousands of 'Trump' ecstasy tablets
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have seized thousands of tablets of the party drug ecstasy in the shape of Donald Trump's head, a haul with an estimated street value of 39,000 euros ($45,900.)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Afghan plan may involve 3,900 more troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to end the stalemate in America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Coal CEO expected Trump help, but administration said no
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Driver forced to gun engine and jump drawbridge
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Researchers: Weight loss not necessary for joint surgery
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — For Blake Kadra, arthritis had caused him to stop playing sports, rendered walking and yard work painful, and made him a candidate for total knee replacement surgery.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is located
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pipeline company suing Greenpeace
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other groups, alleging they disseminated false information about the project and interfered with construction.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

McDonald's closing outlets in India
NEW DELHI (AP) — McDonald’s India has announced it will close nearly 170 McDonald’s outlets in northern and eastern India after the American fast food giant decided to terminate a franchise agreement with its Indian partner.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book tells story of Yellowstone Nat'l Park
(AP) — John Clayton explores the vast historical and cultural history of one of the most popular national parks to uncover why Yellowstone is so beloved in "Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon."
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Celeb ambassadors help national parks mark 101st
(AP) — How do you top a centennial? The National Park Service marks its 101st birthday Friday amid a “Parks 101” campaign enlisting celebrities as ambassadors for the park system’s hidden gems.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lewis career spanned history of show biz

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Navy orders investigation after collision
SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation today into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump to outline Afghan strategy tonight on TV
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Senator who hoped for president's assassination issues 3-minute statement

By JIM SUHR

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting “a mistake.”


Monday, August 21, 2017

Forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science
 (AP) — Two hairs that looked like the victim’s; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim’s popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Navy chief orders probe after today's collision
SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker.
Monday, August 21, 2017











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