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Ex-coal exec Blankenship's chase for Senate seat may violate 'sore loser' law
Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced today that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it’s unclear if the move violates West Virginia’s “sore loser” law.
Monday, May 21, 2018


Fiery US bishop brings American flair to royal wedding
WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday’s royal wedding as much as the guest preacher whose sermon brought American fire and flair to a very English church service.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

CIA's Haspel cut her teeth in ops against Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

GoFundMe makes saving Lincoln artifacts hip
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln once said, “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”
Saturday, May 19, 2018

New York judge rejects lawsuit against Fox News by ex-host Andrea Tantaros
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge threw out a New York lawsuit Friday against Fox News by former host Andrea Tantaros, citing her “vague, speculative and conclusory allegations.”
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Laurel, Yanny or. . . covfefe? White House joins debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quality childrens' book to look for
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling children’s author Andrea Beaty has new adventures in store for Rosie Revere.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

A look at the new Norwegian Bliss cruise ship
NEW YORK (AP) — Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, has begun its U.S. inaugural tour with stops in New York, Miami and Los Angeles before a christening in Seattle kicking off a season of cruises to Alaska. 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rising rates: Savers sigh in relief, borrowers beware
NEW YORK (AP) — Interest rates are charging higher, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you’re saving or borrowing. 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Robert Wilkie Trump's new pick to head VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced today he is nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Haspel confirmed as first woman to lead the CIA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency’s harsh interrogation program after 9/11.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Trump: He'll keep using 'animals' for MS-13 members
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word “animals” to describe  violent gang members who enter the country illegally despite a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Conservative revolt from hard right over immigration sinks House farm bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Volcano sends pulverized rock, glass, crystal into air
VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii residents covered their faces with masks after a volcano menacing the Big Island for weeks exploded, sending a mixture of pulverized rock, glass and crystal into the air in its strongest eruption of sandlike ash in days.
Friday, May 18, 2018

All he wanted was a burger: Unknown civil rights pioneer made history
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Bruce Boynton is a civil rights pioneer most people have never heard of.
Friday, May 18, 2018

FBI may have infiltrated Trump campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lent credence today to reports that FBI informants had infiltrated his presidential campaign, saying that “if so, this is bigger than Watergate!”
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Farm bill: Critics say sugar program is a sour deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers are squaring off against the U.S. sugar industry in a familiar battle over a program that props up sugar prices.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

0-16 Browns set to appear on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Miss America picks women for top leadership spots
The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal in which male officials were caught making vulgar and insulting comments about past winners of the beauty pageant. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

CIA nominee Haspel wins Senate panel backing, confirmation is expected
Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the spy agency.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Remembering author Tom Wolfe, 'a magician' with words
You only had to look at him — in his white suits and two-tone shoes — or read such books as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” to know that Tom Wolfe was like no other.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dutch researchers uncover 'dirty' teenage jokes in Anne Frank's diary
Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had pasted over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Israel military says it is defendings its border
Monday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war there, and was part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Group behind T. Roosevelt library scraps 2-site plan
The foundation working to build a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota has reversed an earlier decision to split the complex into two parts, in two cities, angering a top state lawmaker.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

WWII bomber Memphis Belle is rolling out
The Memphis Belle took off from England on the morning of May 17, 1943, with a wave of 159 B-17s to drop bombs on the concrete Nazi submarine shelters at Lorient, France. When it landed unscathed that afternoon, the 10 men aboard already were celebrating; they had just become one of the first bomber crews of the war to survive 25 missions at a time when most weren't making a dozen.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Immigration crackdown shifts to employers as number of audits surges
Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor. 
Monday, May 14, 2018

Supreme Court gives go-ahead for nationwide sports betting
The Supreme Court today gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Why Singapore for Trump-Kim summit?
Singapore, a highly manicured city-state shaped by skyscrapers and luxury hotels, is preparing for perhaps the most crucial international diplomatic event of the decade.
Monday, May 14, 2018

US Embassy opens in Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 43 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border today. It was the deadliest day there since a devastating 2014 cross-border war and cast a shadow over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Quirky Lincoln Chafee, a political enigma, is looking at his old Senate seat
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s unanticipated interest in running for his old U.S. Senate seat began with an email from two passionate supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Word on the street: Hemp may be new gold rush
A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn’t come with a high.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Second Democratic senator publicly backing Trump's CIA pick
A second Democratic senator has announced his support for President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast
The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Portrait of a casino: Back in the black after 40 years
When Resorts became the first casino in the United States to open outside Nevada, gamblers overwhelmed it. Cars streamed into Atlantic City on May 26, 1978, and throngs waited in line for blocks on the famous Boardwalk.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu's unusual run-in with UAE envoy
Officially, their governments don’t speak. The United Arab Emirates doesn’t even formally recognize that Israel exists.

But an impromptu bit of dinner diplomacy between Israel’s prime minister and a prominent Emirati ambassador sheds light on one of the worst kept secrets in the Arab world: the quiet ties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors that are increasingly coming out in the open as they find common cause against mutual foe Iran.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Harvard prof uses 1910 menu to offer insight on food history
As America has changed, so has its dinner tables. Harvard University Professor Joyce E. Chaplin centered a lecture, "Delicious! Setting the Table for a Food Exhibit," at the University of Charleston on American food around a surviving menu from a 1910 Harvard University dinner at the Parker House restaurant.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Poland's Nieborow Palace: Lovely interiors, dramatic history
Off the beaten track in central Poland lies a witness to history: Nieborow Palace, which has hosted world leaders, survived communism and wars, and even has a connection to the Kennedys.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Trump to deliver plan for drug prices Friday
After more than a year of bold promises, President Donald Trump is unveiling his plans for reducing drug prices. But they don’t include a key campaign pledge to use the buying power of the government’s Medicare program to negotiate lower costs for seniors.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in US for 2017
Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother's Day movement brings flowers for 'forgotten women'
It was May of 2006, two days before Mother's Day, when a sad epiphany struck Jane Miller. The Howell resident was working at a Monmouth County retirement community when she noticed one of the residents had spent the entire day in the lobby.

"The woman was sitting there watching bouquets being brought in for anybody but her," Miller said. "It bothered me to no end."

Friday, May 11, 2018

Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps
The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries.
Friday, May 11, 2018

NY congressional candidate can use campaign cash for child care
A New York congressional candidate given permission Thursday to use campaign funds for child care expenses called the decision by federal officials “a game changer” for mothers as a record number of women run for office.
Friday, May 11, 2018

House bill would revive mothballed Nevada nuclear waste dump
The House on Thursday approved an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Israel hits dozens of Iranian targets in Syria
The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Calif. to require solar panels on all new homes
Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tanzania's Maasai natives evicted in favor of tourism, group says
Tens of thousands of Tanzania's ethnic Maasai people are homeless after the government burned their houses to keep the savannah open for tourism benefiting two foreign safari companies, a U.S.-based group charged Thursday.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Walmart makes $16B bet on India's economy
Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India’s massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that’s known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on their motorcycles with oversized backpacks.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Detainees freed in North Korea, returning to US with Pompeo
Three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year are on their way back to the U.S. with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in the latest sign of improving relations between the two longtime adversary nations.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Davis releases statement on Iran nuclear deal
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement on the Iran nuclear deal:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Porn star's lawyer: Russia paid Cohen
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says he has information showing that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, received $500,000 from a company associated with a Russian billionaire within months of paying hush money to Daniels, a porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

National primary election roundup: GOP exhales after W. Virginia race
Key takeaways after voters in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia — all states won in 2016 by Donald Trump — picked nominees for Senate, House and some state offices ahead of the November general elections.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Iran pull out could deepen US isolation
President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Google showcases artificial intelligence advances at its conference
Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, where it announced new features and services imbued with machine learning.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Exhibit highlights baseball's role after 9-11
In the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, most Americans were looking for cues on how to react and when life might return to normal. For many people, America's pastime of baseball helped to mend a fractured country.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Finding his way: Prince Harry ready to marry
It was a statement that confirmed Prince Harry’s burgeoning maturity and his iron determination to struggle for what he cherishes and believes in.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Trump proposes cutting $15B in unused spending
President Donald Trump sent lawmakers today a plan to wipe more than $15 billion in unused spending off the government’s books.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

US employers post record high 6.6 million open jobs
U.S. employers advertised 6.6 million open jobs in March, the most on records dating back to December 2000, suggesting businesses want to staff up to meet strong demand.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monsanto CEO, others to leave after the Bayer takeover
Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant will leave the company after it’s acquired by Germany’s Bayer AG.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On Israel's 70th anniversary U.S. Embassy will move, Hamas will protest
On May 14, Israel's 70th anniversary, the U.S. ceremoniously opens its new embassy in Jerusalem, in line with Trump's recognition in December of the city as Israel's capital. Israel has excitedly welcomed the move.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Iran-Contra figure retired Lt. Col. Oliver North named president of NRA
Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North’s appointment as the next president of the National Rifle Association gives some star power to the gun lobby but also inspires disdain by gun-control advocates who call it a tone-deaf move that shows an unwillingness to find solutions to gun violence.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Vatican bling takes center stage at new Met exhibit
Tiaras encrusted with thousands of diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Papal cloaks and vestments with golden embroidery so fine they took 16 years to produce.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject convicted former coal executive
A defiant Don Blankenship fired back Monday after President Donald Trump urged West Virginia voters to support two of the convicted ex-coal executive’s opponents in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Monday, May 7, 2018

'13 anry Dems' on Meuller team be wary
President Donald Trump said Monday he was “Fighting Back” against the Russia probe and warned the “13 Angry Democrats” on the special counsel’s team to “just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”
Monday, May 7, 2018

Pelosi: Dems have the cash to win House
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that House Democrats have the fundraising, the issues and the political atmosphere on their side to win back the majority in November.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Iranians say the uncertainty over nuclear deal is bringing worry and fear
On the streets of Tehran, every day seems to bring more worry and fear ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision this week on whether to pull America out of the nuclear deal with Iran.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Trump, Pence won't be in Jerusalem
Neither President Donald Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance when the U.S. opens its embassy in Jerusalem next week.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Twins born on 'Star Wars' Day named after movie characters
The force is with them.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Raccoon family drops through the ceiling of a family's home
A family of raccoons created a chaotic scene when they fell through a ceiling and into the living room of a Michigan home.
Monday, May 7, 2018

New way to see art? Museum in Paris welcomes naked guests
Visitors at a leading contemporary art museum in Paris didn’t leave only their coats in the cloakroom — they left all their clothes.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Hawaii volcano: Dozens of homes destroyed by lava
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Russia's Putin sworn in for fourth term
Vladimir Putin took the oath of office Monday for his fourth term as Russian president, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Springsteen escorts Van Zandt in to Hall of Fame
Oh what a night: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, but it was Bruce Springsteen who stole what could have been Meryl Streep’s show.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Brickworld lego convention in Chicago area in June
If you think five straight days of Lego are for the kiddie set, think again. Brickworld Chicago is a convention aimed at adults. Teens are welcome. So are tweens. But better nab a grown-up, boys and girls, if you want to hang with this Lego-obsessed crowd. Children under 18 must be accompanied by adults.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Dinosaur tracks at Utah park dislodged, thrown in lake
Visitors at a Utah state park have been dislodging dinosaur tracks imprinted in sandstone and throwing the pieces into a nearby lake, officials said.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Families hope for justice in suit over '68 mine disaster
Nearly half a century after an explosion tore through the Farmington No. 9 mine in West Virginia, the families of the 78 men who died there are still looking for justice.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Show celebrates Mad Magazine art
A new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon museum showcases MAD’s artistic history and legacy, including illustrations and paintings by some of its most famous illustrators. The magazine, founded by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, debuted as a comic book in 1952, then switched to magazine format three years later.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Exit from Iran deal, uncharted waters

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not as simple as just saying “we’re out” of the Iran nuclear deal.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Trump on NKorea: Drawdown not on the table
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered his latest teaser Friday for a historic U.S. summit with North Korea: The time and place have been set but he’s not saying when and where.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Stormy Daniels returns to strip club

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Storm Rolls Back In” — and we’re not talking about the weather.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

NKorea takes small step toward peace
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea readjusted its time zone to match South Korea’s on Saturday and described the change as an early step toward making the longtime rivals “become one” following a landmark summit.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Gabapentin: Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain
WASHINGTON (AP) — The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

For fans of all things royal, a sightseeing itinerary
LONDON (AP) — You got up in the wee hours to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot in 2011. (And, if you’re of a certain age, ditto for Charles and Diana way back in 1981.)
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Volcanic fire sends Hawaiians fleeing
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Kilauea volcano sent more lava into Hawaii communities Friday, a day after forcing nearly 1,500 people to flee from their mountainside homes, and authorities detected high levels of sulfur gas that could threaten the elderly and people with breathing problems.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Jobs report: Unemployment 3.9 percent
The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to a record low in April, though not necessarily for positive reasons.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Manafort: Judge asks pointed questions
A federal judge today asked skeptical questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority to bring charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Washington University is reviewing grant funds for Gov. Greitens' book
A private university says it is looking into whether grant money was misused after a former political aide for embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said he got paid from grant funds to promote one of Greitens’ books as he simultaneously helped launch Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

2 states approve religious veto on LGBT adoptions
State lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes.
Friday, May 4, 2018

NBC News corrects story on Cohen
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News corrected a story Thursday that said federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, saying it subsequently learned that the feds were only monitoring the source of calls and weren’t listening in.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Chanel wows celebrities with ship for cruise show
PARIS (AP) — Kristen Stewart, Ralph Fiennes and Margot Robbie all craned their necks up in awe.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Arizona approves big teacher raises
Arizona lawmakers pulled an all-nighter Wednesday night to enact a budget that provides big raises for many of the state’s striking teachers, potentially ending the five-day walkout that kept more than a million public school students out of the classroom.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Open up more than books with financial adviser
You found a good financial planner to help you manage money and achieve your goals. Congratulations, that’s a big step.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Shakeup in legal team ushers in a tougher stance
President Donald Trump hired a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process as the White House shifted to a more aggressive approach to a special counsel investigation that has reached a critical stage.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wife: Cosby convicted by 'mob justice'
Bill Cosby’s wife called Thursday for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case that could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life was “mob justice, not real justice” and a “tragedy.”
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Met Opera plays to youngest-ever audience, babies
Pacifier planted firmly in her mouth, Stella Starwalt sat at rapt attention throughout the performance. Alexander Werner, a more restless sort, roamed freely around the stage, picking up and discarding the fluffy blue-and-white pillows that served as props.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Girl power: All-female teams compete at robotics event
Half a dozen teenage girls from Canada know exactly how to narrow the skills gap.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch eyes his legacy with archive and think tank plans
Signed boxing gloves from Muhammad Ali, documents from the Bill Clinton impeachment and 3,000 boxes of other papers and memorabilia from a 42-year career in Washington, D.C., will be part of a library and think tank being named for retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

State Dept.: Trump seeking reset with Pompeo
President Donald Trump is trying to hit reset at the State Department on the eve of a critical decision on the Iran nuclear deal and a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More businesses are mellowing out on stance on hiring pot smokers
FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Migrant caravan asylum bids are mostly shielded from the public view
The caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States sought the world’s attention as scores of migrants traveled through Mexico on a journey to escape their violent homelands.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Artists, students mark France's May '68 revolt - not Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron was not even born when students and workers joined forces during the May 1968 Paris uprising, a pivotal moment in making France what it is today.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hawking's last physics paper argues for a 'simpler' cosmos
Weeks after his death, physicist Stephen Hawking has delivered his last thoughts about the nature of the cosmos, and he says it may be simpler than often believed.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Unemployment may dip below 4 percent
American businesses added 204,000 new workers last month, another sign of strength in the U.S. labor market and economy.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Republican groups are taking out ads to stoke the Trump-Tester feud
Republican groups are taking out attack ads against Sen. Jon Tester in an attempt to make good on President Donald Trump’s pledge that the Montana Democrat will pay for scuttling his Department of Veterans Affairs nominee.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It ain't tea, babe: Dylan embraces Tennessee whiskey
Music icon Bob Dylan is partnering with a distillery to make whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven’s Door.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

TV drama in works: 'Sisters in Law'
A TV drama about the lives and careers of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the works.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Planned Parenthood's Richards focusing on 'expanding the electorate'
Cecile Richards, who stepped down from the helm of Planned Parenthood this week after 12 years as one of the nation’s most visible activists, has a message for her fellow women: Now is the time to get involved. Not soon, not next year. Now.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

San Francisco approves gay, leather culture district
Supervisors in San Francisco have unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a gay and leather cultural district in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

'Mean Girls,' 'SpongeBob' musical lead Tony nods
NEW YORK (AP) — Two popular entertainment brands — Tina Fey’s high school morality tale “Mean Girls” and the goofy undersea cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants” — lead the Tony Award nominations with 12 apiece. Another massive property, a play based on the wizard Harry Potter, also cast a spell, earning 10 nods.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Scotland bans bargain booze in public health move
LONDON (AP) — Bargain booze has become a little more expensive in Scotland, which says it is the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pension costs key in teacher walkouts
DENVER (AP) — The loudest rallying cries from Colorado teachers protesting for more education dollars were about dwindling paychecks that are steadily losing ground to the state’s rising cost of living.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A national adventure in medical care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A national adventure in medical care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Billion-dollar streak
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casinos in Nevada crossed the $1 billion revenue mark for the third consecutive month in March, a streak that the state had not seen since 2008.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pompeo says he'll discuss Netanyahu's nuclear claims with European allies
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest accusations about Iran’s past nuclear activities received a warm welcome in Washington but a far cooler reception in Europe on Tuesday — deepening divisions among Western allies ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision on whether to withdraw from the international nuclear deal later this month.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Both Koreas dismantle Cold War-style propaganda loudspeakers at border
The rival Koreas dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border today, as South Korea’s president asked the United Nations to observe the North’s planned closing of its nuclear test site.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

At hotels, $50K packages, Union Jack condoms
Hotels are getting in on royal wedding mania, offering $50,000 packages fit for a queen, handing out condoms decorated with the Union Jack and hosting Champagne parties where the wedding will be shown on big-screen TVs.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fed is set to leave rate alone but to hike later in year
The Federal Reserve is all but sure to leave interest rates unchanged this week, though steady economic growth and inflation pressures will likely keep the Fed on a path toward further rate hikes later this year.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Trump welcomes first African president to WH
President Donald Trump has welcomed the first African leader to visit the White House during his presidency, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Mo. death row inmate to get high court review
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review the case of a Missouri death row inmate who says his rare medical condition could cause him to choke on his own blood during an execution.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Supreme Court to hear Google class action case
The Supreme Court has agreed to review the settlement of a class action lawsuit involving Google, where the settlement agreement largely directed money to organizations rather than search engine users.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Gas prices this summer highest in three years
Get ready for a little bit more pain at the pump this summer. Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and expected to climb higher, pushing up gasoline prices along the way.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Trump floats DMZ as location for meeting
President Donald Trump today floated the idea of holding his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Menendez seems in good shape to win a third term despite harsh rebuke
New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez seems in good shape to win a third term despite a harsh rebuke from fellow senators who say he violated chamber rules and federal law, according to political analysts and party colleagues.
Monday, April 30, 2018

South Korean leader says Trump can take the Nobel if Koreas achieve peace
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken off a suggestion that he receive the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump “can take the Nobel prize” as long as the Koreas receive peace in return.
Monday, April 30, 2018

For defenders and judges, comfort dogs do opposite
As dogs and other animals are increasingly used in courts to comfort and calm prosecution witnesses, a few voices are calling for keeping the practice on a short leash, saying they could bias juries.
Monday, April 30, 2018

White House correspondents dinner a 'disgrace' some say
The reviews are in: President Donald Trump gave a thumbs-down Sunday to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, offending present and past members of his administration, including one who walked out in protest.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Get lost in 32 rooms of books at the Book Loft in Columbus
If you are longing to lose yourself in a good read and happen to find yourself in Columbus, Ohio, you might consider getting lost in a 32-room bookstore, The Book Loft of German Village.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spending more, not less, on prison food
Dropped onto Connecticut inmates' food trays in recent days was a concoction called chilitos, consisting of a cup of meatless chili mix, one slice of cheese, brown rice, refried beans and two tortillas, along with a half-cup of pudding and an 8-ounce drink.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

EPA chief Pruitt's condo deal under scrutiny
The Environmental Protection Agency is opening internal investigations into Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo deal with a lobbyist and other recent allegations, adding to about a dozen federal probes involving the EPA chief.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

US reaffirms commitment to defend South Korea
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said “things are going very well” as he prepares for an expected summit with the North’s Kim Jong Un.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Land deal will preserve site linked to Lost Colony mystery
Efforts to unravel the mysterious fate of North Carolina’s fabled Lost Colony could benefit after a preservation group took out its first-ever loan to buy a coastal tract where some colonists may have resettled hundreds of years ago.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

PA congressman who settled sexual harassment charge resigns
A Pennsylvania congressman who used taxpayer money to settle a former aide’s sexual harassment charges abruptly resigned from Congress on Friday.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Trump says Democrat should quit over VA nomination brouhaha
A furious President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the resignation of the Democratic senator who assembled and released what he called “false” allegations that scuttled the nomination of the White House doctor who’d been in line to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

It's Trump vs. Tester in Big Sky Country
With a flat-top haircut, three missing fingers and an impressive girth, Sen. Jon Tester has somehow kept a low profile in Congress. That’s until he caught the attention of Americans — and President Donald Trump — by airing startling allegations that toppled Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Kim Jon Un steps across border, makes history
In a historic summit more striking for its extraordinary images than its substance, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in set aside a year that saw them seemingly on the verge of war, grasped hands and strode together today across the cracked concrete marking the Koreas’ border.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Day One: Pompeo dives into NATO diplomacy
Less than 24 hours after assuming his post, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plunged toay into NATO diplomacy as the allies sought to toughen their response to Russian interference on its periphery and elsewhere.
Friday, April 27, 2018

GOP-led panel officially clears Trump in probe
The Republican-led House intelligence committee on Friday officially declared the end of its Russia probe, saying in its final report that it found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Pizza Hut Museum opens on campus
The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University.
Friday, April 27, 2018

'Horn man' sax player Charles Neville dies
Charles Neville’s serene stage presence and soulful saxophone mastery earned him the affectionate title of “the horn man” while playing with his siblings in The Neville Brothers, one of New Orleans’ most influential bands known for their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Man leads police on 2-county tractor chase
A central Illinois man is in custody after police say he led officers on a slow-speed pursuit through two counties while driving a large tractor.
Friday, April 27, 2018

7 striking facts to help wrap your head around just how rich tech companies are
Everyone knows the tech industry is rich, but it can be challenging to get your head around just how much money it’s minting.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Health and Human Services says it 'lost track' of 1,475 migrant children last year
Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday.
Friday, April 27, 2018

What's worrying people compiling family trees?
Investigators who used a genealogical website to find the ex-policeman they believe is a shadowy serial killer and rapist who terrified California decades ago call the technique ground-breaking.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Enigma machine collection shows computer history
Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Documentary explores RFK's legacy 50 years later
He was once called the most likely American in the 20th century to become president. But Robert F. Kennedy’s bid to follow in his older brother’s footsteps as commander in chief was cut short the same way John F. Kennedy’s White House term was: by a man with a gun.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Lynching memorial in Alabama draws crowds, tears
Tears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation’s first memorial to the victims of lynching Thursday in Alabama.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Cosby convicted, drugging and molesting woman
Bill Cosby was convicted today of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the (hash)MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Increase in autism explained by better diagnosing
The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Teachers in Arizona, Colorado rally to protest pay
A wave of red-clad teachers was poised to flood the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state’s public school schools, part of an educator uprising that’s also bubbled up in Colorado.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marijuana tracking: Lots of data in Oregon, few to analyze and check it
To the beat of electronic dance music, men and women inside a slate-gray building harvested marijuana plants festooned with radio-frequency identification tags. In another room, an employee entered the tag numbers into a government database.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jackson withdraws amid allegations
President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew today in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White House doctor, saying the “false allegations” against him have become a distraction.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Chemical weapons inspectors visit 2nd Syria site
Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples Wednesday from a new location in the Syrian town of Douma, their second visit to the area that was hit by a suspected gas attack nearly three weeks ago.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Supreme Court: Trump likely to win travel ban case
President Donald Trump appears likely to win his travel ban case at the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Macron tells Congress of special bond
French President Emmanuel Macron drew today on the “shared bond” of U.S.-French relations to call for a rejection of isolationism and instead for the countries to bond together anew for a 21st century security.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Waffle House shooter's ex bosses asked FBI to help him and keep him
The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she had urged federal officials to keep him in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

First country in Europe to offer basic income denies the program has failed
Finland has denied media claims that the Nordic country’s basic income experiment has fallen flat and that the government wouldn’t consider expanding it.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

First lady steps into the spotlight for the first state dinner of this administration
There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Nashville shooter had long history of mental illness
Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: 'I was wrong'
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Squirrel wins UC Berkeley student senate seat
The University of California, Berkeley has elected a squirrel to its student senate.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises
Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don’t make enough money, and half say they’d support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Mike Pompeo facing rare opposition
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him.
Monday, April 23, 2018

US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March
U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March, which suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Memorial service held for woman killed in Southwest flight
Family and friends gathered Sunday to mourn an Albuquerque bank executive who died after the Southwest Airlines plane she was on blew an engine in midair.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Trump likes coal, but that doesn't mean he's hostile to wind
President Donald Trump has courted coal miners and cast doubt on whether fossils fuel contribute to climate change, but that hasn’t translated into hostility for renewable energy — particularly offshore wind.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Shipwreck found in Lake Erie could be nearly 200 years old
Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Man who snatched rifle from gunman: 'It was life or death'
The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle from a gunman at a busy Tennessee restaurant says his was a “selfish” act of self-preservation and he doesn’t consider himself a hero. Never mind that he is being credited with saving several other lives.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Former first lady is laid to rest
HOUSTON (AP) — Former presidents and ambassadors along with sports and entertainment stars arrived on a gray, cloudy day to attend Saturday’s private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation’s largest Episcopal church — a day after more than 6,000 people paid their respects to the woman known by many as “America’s matriarch.”
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Following these tips could save your life
(AP) — Each day, more than 8 million people around the globe step aboard some 90,000 flights. They almost always land safely.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

The amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that’s not nearly enough.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tradeoff: No cash, fast lines as restaurants forgo cash
NEW YORK (AP) — The lunchtime lines at Dos Toros move faster these days — customers don’t fumble for bills or coins, and employees don’t make change. Since around New Year’s, the Mexican food chain has been cashless.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rick Springfield honored for sharing struggles with debilitating depression

By Nick Thomas

TinseltownTalks

HOLLYWOOD — When 23-year-old Rick Springfield’s début solo single “Speak to the Sky” was climbing the Australian pop charts in 1972, few realized the young singer/songwriter had been suffering since his teen years from debilitating depression – including a suicide attempt six years earlier.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

'60 Minutes' report details Alzheimer's progression
NEW YORK (AP) — Filmed over 10 years, a “60 Minutes” report this weekend shows in startling detail the progression that Alzheimer’s disease takes on a patient.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Queen Elizabeth II celebrating 92nd birthday

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday with a Saturday night concert in London featuring British singers such as Sting, Tom Jones and Jamie Cullum. 

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wine and waterfalls both are dazzling in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) - The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it's also famous in the world of wine.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Replace armed school officers with therapists
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that’s far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Pre-school best friends ban

GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term “best friend.”


Friday, April 20, 2018

Michigan couple gives 14th son a creative middle name
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple had a little bit of fun naming their 14th son.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Illinois woman sentenced to life in Canada for plot
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An American woman who plotted to go on a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Canadian mall was sentenced to life in prison Friday with no chance of parole for nearly a decade.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Andy Steves offers travel info for a new generation
NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Steves grew up traveling with his dad, Rick Steves, the well-known guidebook writer, tour operator and PBS show host.
Friday, April 20, 2018

A new way to travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan

(AP) — Is a company called ViaHero creating a new model for travel?

For a flat fee of $25 a day, travelers can use a service called ViaHero to hire locals on the ground to plan out their trips, arranging everything from lodging and airport pickup to sightseeing and dining. The service combines authentic local recommendations, convenient online booking and the old-school guidance of a travel agent. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

How do you make a destination autism-friendly?

(AP) — Myrtle Beach , South Carolina, has a busy boardwalk and all kinds of attractions, from mini-golf courses and water parks to a zip line and a Ferris wheel.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Lego model of Titanic on display at Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — A 26-foot-long (8 meter) model of the Titanic made out of 56,000 Legos built by a boy in Iceland who has autism can now be seen in the U.S.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Israel marks 70 years as a country this week

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage.


Friday, April 20, 2018

75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto
Sirens wailed, church bells tolled and yellow paper daffodils of remembrance dotted the crowd as Polish and Jewish leaders extolled the heroism and determination of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighters on the 75th anniversary of their ill-fated rebellion.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Diaz-Canel replaces Castro in Cuba
A 57-year-old bureaucrat, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba today, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

House committee approves farm bill, includes work requirement for food stamps
A bitterly-divided House panel Wednesday approved new work and job training requirements for food stamps as part of a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

4/20 Marijuana holiday traces roots to 5 California high school stoners
Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot’s enduring and universal slang for smoking.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

'Poop Train' full of NYC sewage stalled in Alabama
A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the “poop train” is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states’ waste.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Investigators look at catastrophic chain of events in Southwest deadly tragedy
The investigation into a deadly engine failure on a Southwest jet is focusing on whether wear and tear caused a fan blade to snap off, triggering a catastrophic chain of events that killed a passenger and broke a string of eight years without a fatal accident involving a U.S. airliner.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A look at the life of Barbara Bush: Pearls were fake, everything else was real
Barbara Bush didn’t hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

El Chapo's mental health declining
Notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is having psychological problems that could hinder his ability to fight U.S. drug-trafficking charges, his lawyer and wife said Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Marijuana-based drug used to treat seizures gets positive review from US agency
A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Court strikes down part of immigration law
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hannity maintains his relationship with Trump lawyer Cohen was minimal
Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pullitzer Prize winner Robert Caro talks Lyndon Johnson, music and the 1960s
Robert Caro has been thinking a lot about the 1960s. The Pulitzer Prize winning historian shared some observations this weekend — and some insights into his famously thorough research — during a 45-minute address at the New-York Historical Society, where hundreds gathered for a “Weekend with History.”
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Icons of the American West are on display in a new museum - in Florida
When you think of Florida, the colored stone walls of the Grand Canyon don’t come to mind. Neither do cowboys, wolves or Native American silver-and-turquoise jewelry.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1st US woman since '85 wins Marathon
Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory today, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring storm moves east after blanketing central US
Minnesota residents slogged through a mid-April storm Sunday that dumped 2 feet  of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest, coated roads with ice and battered areas farther south with powerful winds and tornadoes before plowing toward the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Chemical weapons team kept from site
Independent investigators were prevented by Syrian and Russian authorities today from reaching the scene of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital, an official said, days after the U.S., France and Britain bombarded sites they said were linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Municipal opposition to sanctuary cities spreading in California
More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.
Monday, April 16, 2018

RNC committing $250 million to retain control of House
The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Democracy Parking: One city starts effort to make it easier to attend city meetings
One Connecticut city is trying to make it easier, and a little cheaper, to engage in the civic process.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Researchers document site where American fighters shot down bomber with Pearl Harbor mastermind
A group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot down a Japanese bomber carrying the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Allegiant Air under fire after safety report is televised
The low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is under fire following a “60 Minutes” investigation that is raising significant safety concerns.
Monday, April 16, 2018

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in S. Carolina prison riot
Seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others seriously injured as inmates were left to fight for more than seven hours before authorities regained control of a maximum-security prison.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Could you do it? Trips that ban cellphones, even for photos
Would you take a trip if you couldn't use your cellphone?
Saturday, April 14, 2018

'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump declares
Allied missiles struck at the heart of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal in a show of force and resolve aimed at punishing the Assad government for a suspected poison gas attack against civilians and deterring the possible future use of such banned weapons.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Watchdog report: Ex-FBI deputy director misled investigators
Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, misled investigators and his own boss about his role in a news media disclosure about Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 presidential election and authorized the release of information to “advance his personal interests,” according to a Justice Department watchdog report.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Possible House leader Kevin McCarthy seen by Trump as ally
As President Donald Trump and top Republicans dined on filet mignon at the White House this week, just hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his stunning retirement, Trump and Ryan’s top lieutenant found themselves with a moment alone.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Comey compares Trump to a mob boss: Trump call Comey 'slime ball'
Firing back at a sharply critical book by former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump blasted him today as an “untruthful slime ball,” saying, “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”
Friday, April 13, 2018

Lawyers fight to shield items seized in Cohen raid
Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, told a federal judge in New York today that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the items before prosecutors get to examine them.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Boy crushed in car: 'Tell my mom I love her'
Authorities pledged on Thursday to find out what went wrong in the death of a 16-year-old boy they say became trapped by a minivan bench seat in a school parking lot and whose body was found about six hours after he first called 911.
Friday, April 13, 2018

'Fox & Friend' influences comes with Trump's ear
It’s the epicenter of television journalism, the most influential news show on the air. But “Fox & Friends” doesn’t feel that way.
Friday, April 13, 2018

President is expected to pardon former Dick Cheney aide 'Scooter' Libby
President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a person familiar with the president’s decision.
Friday, April 13, 2018

IRS chief sees huge task ahead with new tax law
The acting head of the IRS says the current tax-filing season has gone well, while acknowledging the tough challenge the cash-strapped agency faces of administering the new tax law that will affect 2019 returns.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pompeo defends Trump on Russia, mum on Mueller
Mike Pompeo, the CIA director nominated to be secretary of state, defended the Trump administration’s efforts to push back on aggression from Russia at his confirmation hearing today while suggesting more sanctions on Moscow are still needed. Yet he dodged repeatedly when Democrats tried to pin him down on President Donald Trump’s handling of the special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

States' pension funding hits record shortfall
A public employee pension crisis for state governments has deepened to a record level even after nearly nine years of economic recovery for the nation, according to a study released Thursday, leaving many states especially vulnerable if the economy hits a downturn.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

The left flank: Liberal 'resistance warriors' are learning how to win elections
The “resistance warriors” are coming. Hundreds of liberal candidates, most running in state and municipal elections this fall, are streaming into Washington this week as the Democratic Party’s left flank intensifies in its push to seize control of Congress, statehouses and local governments across the country.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Poet J.D. McClatchy dies
J.D. McClatchy, a revered and versatile man of letters praised as a poet, librettist, educator, editor and translator, died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 72.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Senate Democrats urge resolution calling for removal of EPA chief Pruitt
Senate Democrats are formally calling for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to resign or be fired, citing allegations of ethical lapses and questionable spending on travel and security.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sessions addressing immigration today
As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to bring his firm stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico, where a group of Southwest border sheriffs are meeting Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

With Ryan out, focus turns to possible candidates
With Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan deciding against re-election, the focus today turned to other Republicans who could run for the southeast Wisconsin congressional seat that Ryan has held for 20 years.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Zuckerberg to Durbin: "Um. . .no"
Even Mark Zuckerberg has limits on what he's willing to share.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Social media regulation 'inevitable'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a House oversight panel today that he believes it is “inevitable” there will be regulation of the social media industry and also disclosed to lawmakers that his own data was included in the personal information sold to malicious third parties.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Zuckerberg: Facebook was 'working with' special counsel Robert Mueller
Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company’s history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Trump cancels Latin America trip to focus on Syria
President Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled plans to travel to South America this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the U.S. response to Syria’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Justice taps federal prosecutor for Clinton email
The Justice Department has tapped a federal prosecutor in Chicago to respond to Republican demands for documents on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, after President Donald Trump accused officials of “slow walking” their release.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'I am sorry': Zuckerberg faces congressional inquisition today and tomorrow
After privately assuring senators that his company will do better, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is undergoing a two-day congressional inquisition that will be very public — and possibly pivotal for the massive social networking company he created.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

States looking at free-range parenting laws
After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Poor People's Campaign to begin 40 days of action
Organizers rekindling an economic justice effort the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was planning when he was killed say many of the protesters and marchers in the Poor People’s Campaign are likely to look like Amy Jo Hutchison of West Virginia.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ingraham returns to work, complains of censorship
Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham returned to work with defiance Monday, denouncing a “Stalinist” effort by liberals to stifle the free speech of conservatives and promising to make fighting it her new cause.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Results of the Nation's Report Card are out, and the news isn't good
The results of the latest Nation’s Report Card are in and the news isn’t good.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Atlanta marks 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King's funeral services
Relatives of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 1,000 people on a march Monday in downtown Atlanta, where large crowds gathered 50 years earlier for the slain civil rights leader’s funeral procession as a mule-drawn wagon pulled his casket through the streets.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices today
Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Monday, April 9, 2018

"STUPID TRADE" with China not fair
President Donald Trump today complained yet again about “STUPID TRADE” with China, doing little to calm investors anxious about the escalating trade conflict between the two economic superpowers.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Trump increasingly weary of staff advice
The speech was written. A cast of relatable Americans with emotional stories was standing by to reinforce the message. But President Donald Trump was in no mood to play along.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Justice taps prosecutor to speed Republican document demands
The Justice Department has tapped a federal prosecutor in Chicago to help speed its response to Republican document demands related to the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, after President Donald Trump accused officials of “slow walking” their release.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Trump-era transportation project more focused on rural areas
Forget about bike-share stations in Chicago or pedestrian walkways in Oakland. That’s so Obama-era. In the Trump administration, a popular $500 million transportation grant program is focused more on projects in rural areas that turned out for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. That means more road and rail projects in GOP strongholds such as Idaho, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, and fewer “greenways,” ‘’complete streets” and bike lanes.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Trump confers with military on suspected gas attack in Syria
President Donald Trump plans to confer with senior military leaders Monday, after he threatened a “big price to pay” for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria that killed women and children.
Monday, April 9, 2018

4 hurt after knife-wielding man attacks Indianapolis crowd
A knife-wielding man injured three people in an attack in downtown Indianapolis after being told to stop playing a siren on a bullhorn, authorities said Sunday.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott aims to unseat Florida's Democratic Senator
Calling Washington “horribly dysfunctional,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott is challenging U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in an election that could be one of the most expensive and highly-watched races in the nation.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Pruitt spent millions on travel, security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Texas, Okla. and Kansas facing tornado, fire threats
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes plus wildfire threats brought on by severe drought.
Saturday, April 7, 2018

2020 Census test has critics counting concerns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The success of the 2020 census, which will be the first to include an online survey, could hinge on a single “dress rehearsal” underway right now in Rhode Island — and so far, many locals aren’t impressed.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Vehicle crashes into German crowd
BERLIN (AP) — A leading German newspaper is reporting that authorities believe there is no terrorist motive behind the deadly van crash in Muenster and the driver is believed to be a middle-aged German man who had psychological issues. 
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Durbin in Venezuela to meet with president Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An influential U.S. senator has pressed for fair elections and the release of a jailed American during his private meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Roseanne spurs new look at blue-collar conservative fare

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The instant-hit status of “Roseanne” is triggering the enduring Hollywood impulse to copycat success.

Even with series pilots nearing completion for the 2018-19 TV season, producers are eagerly pitching revivals of sitcoms that, like “Roseanne,” had their day 20 or 30 years ago, according to an industry insider. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

'People's Houses' offers view from the minivan

(AP) — Frances Bloom can jam seven children into a minivan designed for six with no problem. Her daily carpooling duty tethers her neighbors’ lives together. It also affords her snapshots of their mornings, which are typically less than scandalous. This changes the day Frances whips the car around to retrieve a kindergarten passenger’s forgotten school supplies. In addition to finding the urgent project tools (toilet paper rolls), she finds her neighbor, Anne Porter, in the middle of an affair with a younger man. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

"Oz" theme park reopening for tours

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A failed North Carolina theme park based on “The Wizard of Oz” will be reopening for tours in June.

The Charlotte Observer reported the “Land of Oz” park in Beech Mountain will open for six days in June, offering one-hour guided tours every Friday as well as Saturday, June 30.


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