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VA exploring merging health system with Pentagon

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


Friday, November 17, 2017


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

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

White House requests $44-billion disaster aid bill

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

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

Notorious Mafia 'boss of all bosses' dies

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

China explores new approach with NK

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

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

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

MARJORIE MILLER,

Associated Press

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


Friday, November 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiny houses - big opposition: They're trendy unless they go up next door
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As he tows a 96-square-foot house around Des Moines, Joe Stevens is overwhelmed by the intense, sometimes tearful support he receives from churches, schools and service groups for his plan to use the trendy little structures to help homeless people.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sessions defends himself to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice and defiant tone, strongly defended himself today against allegations that he had misled members of Congress about his knowledge of communications between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

USPS: Red ink for 11th year in a row
WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.  
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Male lawmaker exposed himself to a staffer
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congresswoman said Tuesday she was told recently by a trusted source that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staffer.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

GOP upbeat about prospects for tax overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans today projected confidence about delivering on an overhaul of the nation’s tax code with President Donald Trump planning an in-person appeal to lawmakers ahead of a crucial House vote this week.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Swallow this: New digital pill tracks patients with sensor that alerts doctors
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

France looking at setting age for sexual consent; age thirteen is suggested
PARIS (AP) — A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country’s justice minister said Monday that she thinks 13 years old could be a reasonable age.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can republicans keep Roy Moore out of the Senate? They're considering it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are confronted with a limited, unappealing set of options in responding to Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is caught up in allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with minors. The election is already underway, with absentee ballots being mailed in with Moore’s name on them. If he were to win, there’s no precedent in the Senate for refusing to seat him.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Program addresses alcoholism among seniors
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — If Vicki Burkhow were younger, she'd be drunk by now.

It's 2 p.m., a time of day when she was intoxicated for much of her life. Those were the days when she lost her job, was jailed for drunken driving, and "pretty much drank myself to death."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nearly half of all US adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weinstein Effect goes global as powerful men around the world are confronted
(AP) — The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein that rocked Hollywood and sparked a flurry of allegations in other American industries, as well as the political arena, are reaching far beyond U.S. borders. Emboldened by the women, and men, who have spoken up, the “Weinstein Effect” is rippling across the globe.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Roy Moore losing GOP endorsements after new round of accusations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Minnesota hopes to host first World's Fair on US soil in decades
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is hoping to host the first World’s Fair on U.S. soil in nearly 40 years, but it will have to overcome bids by Poland’s third-largest city, Lodz, and the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires when a winner is selected in the coming days.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Sen. Paul returns to D.C. after assault
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday he is returning to Washington following an attack in his yard that left him with six broken ribs.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Texas Memorial
A memorial for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church includes 26 white chairs, each painted with a cross and and rose, is displayed in the church Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community last week, killing more than two dozen.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Hundreds dead in Iran-Iraq earthquake
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Trump names former drug exec as health secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning to an industry he’s rebuked, President Donald Trump today picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health and human services secretary, overseeing a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Trump choosing as many white men as judges as G.W.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released today.
Monday, November 13, 2017

On Duterte: Trump opts to prioritize US strategic interests over human rights
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — His lengthy Asia trip down to its final days, President Donald Trump opted today to publicly prioritize strategic interests over human rights, declining to shine a spotlight on the violent drug war overseen by his Philippine host.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Allegations against Roy Moore test 'moral consistency' for some evangelicals
(AP) — For many evangelicals, fiery Alabama politician and judge Roy Moore has been a longtime hero. Others have sometimes cringed at his heated rhetoric and bellicose style.
Monday, November 13, 2017

She recognized her own photo, but can't account for 42 years
MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — The 78-year-old woman's mind was clouded by dementia. But she recognized the brunette with a slight smile in the faded picture from the 1970s detectives showed her.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Tax split poses a big challenge for Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then there’s the ambitious timetable they’ve set of finishing in time to get legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Police: Video shows deadly force justified in I-95 shooting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Police showed dramatic footage Friday of a deadly shooting involving officers on Interstate 95 in Rhode Island, but many unanswered questions remain.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Alaska lawmaker sees financial boon in refuge drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her legislation to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling would generate $2 billion in royalties over the next decade — with half the money going to her home state.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Celebrate Thanksgiving with foods from the first feast
Thanksgiving is celebrated each November in the United States and each October in Canada. People traditionally gather around the dinner table flanked by friends and extended members of their families to give thanks for the blessings they enjoyed throughout the year as they dig into a delicious feast.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

The quest to visit all 50 states: How many have you seen?
NEW YORK (AP) — I recently reached a goal that I've been working on for most of my life: I visited all 50 states.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Trump: US will not be taken advantage of
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Promising to put "America first" in his trade practices, President Donald Trump used a speech in Vietnam today to denounce multi-nation agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put Americans out of work.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Senate GOP proposes to delay tax cut by one year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping tax legislation from Senate Republicans includes a one-year delay in plans for a major corporate tax cut despite strident opposition from the White House and others in their own party. Their bill would leave the prized mortgage interest deduction untouched for homeowners in a concession to the powerful real estate lobby but would ignore a House compromise on the hot-button issue of state and local tax deductions.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Accord on revised Pacific Rim trade pact stalled, Canada balks
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Talks on a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to have stalled today as Canada balked at a basic agreement worked out in ministerial-level talks hours before.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Fox's Smith avoids story covered heavily by colleagues
NEW YORK (AP) — While Fox News Channel has spent hours talking about Hillary Clinton and an Obama-era uranium deal in recent weeks, its news anchor Shepard Smith avoided the story entirely.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Johnson to create new trilogy for 'Star Wars' universe
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the “Star Wars” universe, greatly expanding the director’s command over the ever-expanding space saga created by George Lucas.
Friday, November 10, 2017

What's a 'bilat?' It's where the action is
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Asia's two major regional meetings are unfolding in coming days, filling the news cycles with imagery of groups of political luminaries shaking hands, posing, dining, meeting. But is that where the majority of real progress happens? Most times, quite possibly not.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Gun laws: Different state laws and databases affect gun background checks
(AP) — Devin Kelley, who carried out the massacre at a Texas church, was able to buy four guns even though he had been convicted in the Air Force of domestic violence. Yet he was denied a Texas permit to carry a firearm. Here's a look at some of the complexities in the laws on buying and carrying guns.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Here comes La Nina, but it will be weak
WASHINGTON (AP) — La Nina, the cool flip side to El Nino, has returned, forecasters said today.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Trump optimistic after China talks
BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump today criticized the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the U.S. and China, but stopped short of castigating Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying he doesn’t blame the country for having taken advantage of the U.S.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Imitating 'Curb,' St. Louis man ticketed for honking at officer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is feeling pretty ... pretty ... pretty ... pretty miffed over a recent traffic ticket.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tough stance: US tightens travel rules to Cuba and blacklists many businesses
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seeking to visit Cuba must navigate a complicated maze of travel, commerce and financial restrictions unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration, part of a new policy to further isolate the island’s communist government.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Political impact: Black candidates win mayoral races
DETROIT (AP) — When Wilmot Collins knocked on doors across Helena, Montana, residents wanted to know what he would do to address homelessness, affordable housing and other municipal issues.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Find My LV Hero: Las Vegas shooting victims still searching for their heroes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As soon as Chris Gilman knew she would survive the gunshot wound she sustained in the Las Vegas massacre, she wanted to find the two strangers who saved her life — a man and woman whose names she didn't even know.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Too painful: Pastor says Texas church that was attacked will be demolished
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Democrats see gov, legislative wins as momentum for 2018 state elections
(AP) — Democratic victories in Virginia and key gains in other 2017 state legislative races have lifted Democratic hopes of even bigger wins in next year’s midterm elections, as they seek a greater voice in how political districts will be redrawn for the decade to come.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Genetic frontiers: Entirely new skin created for boy
LONDON (AP) — Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt to save his life.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stellar encore: Dying star keeps coming back big time
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Death definitely becomes this star.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sheep can recognize Baaaa-rack Obama's face, and others too, study shows
LONDON (AP) — A new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Military crime reporting lapse nothing new
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn't report about the Texas church gunman who had assaulted his wife and stepson while an airman.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Obama reports for jury duty today
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, free of a job that forced him to move to Washington for eight years, showed up to a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty this morning.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

JFK files: FBI concerned over Latino political power
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A memo included in recently released John F. Kennedy documents shows that the FBI was concerned about the growing political power of Latinos, historians say.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

FBI again finds itself unable to unlock shooter's phone
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman’s encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

An energetic China welcomes the Trumps today
BEIJING (AP) — Welcomed to China with an outsized dose of pomp and pageantry, President Donald Trump pronounced himself wowed by Beijing's lavish greeting today at the start of a two-day visit in which he aims to employ flattery, scolding and cajolery to press the rising Asian power on trade and North Korea.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Democrats win in Virginia, New Jersey, states that voted Democrat in 2016
(AP) — Democrats swept Virginia and New Jersey’s governor’s races, incumbents came out on top in several big-city mayoral races and voters in Maine said they wanted to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What you should know before flying with a pet
NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar is a cat of the world. He has his own Instagram account, @Oskibabi , along with high-tech toys like a remote-controlled centipede.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hong Kong is world's top city for international tourism
LONDON (AP) - Hong Kong remains the world's most visited city by international travelers in spite of strained relations with neighboring China, a survey by industry experts said today.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Texas shooting: Gunman checked each aisle
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church went aisle to aisle looking for victims and shot crying babies at point-blank range, a couple who survived the attack said.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Texas authorities: We won't mention shooter's name
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The shooter's name went unspoken at a news conference on the killings at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and authorities there said they intend to keep refraining from saying it.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Puerto Rico needs 'unprecedented' federal help
WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico has suffered such extensive devastation from Hurricane Maria that its recovery will fail unless the island gets more help from the Trump administration and Congress, the head of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Trump calls for compromise in North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking shift of tone, President Donald Trump abandoned his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea today, signaling a willingness to negotiate as he urged Pyongyang to "come to the table" and "make a deal."
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

GOP tax bill: Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable and versatile
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying to save it.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sanders' step-daughter considers run for same spot that launched Bernie
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bernie Sanders’ stepdaughter is considering a run for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, the same office that was the starting point for the independent U.S. senator’s political career.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New opera examines California Gold Rush
NEW YORK (AP) — Move over Puccini, and make way for the Girls.

A new opera by American composer John Adams aims to tell the true story of California’s Gold Rush, capturing the excitement but also the greed, brutality and racism that followed the quest for instant riches as prospectors from all over the world flocked to the Sierra Nevada in the early 1850s.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Homeless defy stereotypes in wealthy Silicon Valley
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on the street.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

House explosion leaves 2 adults hurt in Ohio; cause unclear
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters say a house explosion in central Ohio left two people injured, one of them severely.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Police investigate threats made against Virginia Tech student
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating threats against a Virginia Tech student who called for a teaching assistant to be fired for statements he allegedly posted on social media.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Weiner reports to prison for sexting conviction
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner reported to prison Monday to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Officer shot driver ramming car
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in suburban Washington shot and wounded an SUV driver who had been ramming a vehicle that someone else was in.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Brother Love: Sean 'Diddy' Combs changes his name, again
Rapper and producer Sean Combs has changed his nickname once again.
Monday, November 6, 2017

'Monumental challenge' as action begins on GOP tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Ways and Means committee warned of a “monumental challenge” ahead Monday as his panel began work on far-reaching GOP tax legislation that would slash corporate rates and add $1.5 trillion to the nation’s ballooning debt. The bill represents the top legislative goal for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans eyeing tough midterm elections next year.
Monday, November 6, 2017

US will arm Japan to knock down Korea missiles
TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump  refused to rule out eventual military action against North Korea and declared that the United States “will not stand” for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Church attack stemmed from domestic situation
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who opened fire in a small Texas church, killing 26 people during Sunday services, had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to stem from a domestic situation, authorities said Monday.
Monday, November 6, 2017

A list of some US house of worship shootings since 2012
Some fatal shootings that have happened at U.S. houses of worship since 2012:
Monday, November 6, 2017

The Latest: Judge may lift Manafort, Gates home confinement
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case involving former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates (all times local):
Monday, November 6, 2017

Brazile strains Dem unity ahead of key gov race in Virginia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are having trouble surmounting differences over the bitter 2016 election amid revelations of a contemplated effort to replace Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee, deepening party strife just before Tuesday’s closely watched Virginia governor’s race.
Monday, November 6, 2017

EBay removes listings of Hawaii beach sand from its website
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Online auction and sales company eBay has removed multiple listings of sand said to be taken from Hawaii beaches.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Voters tapped as Ohio opioid crisis stretches foster care
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s opioid crisis is stretching the state’s foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of their drug-addicted parents, leading to ballot requests Tuesday for more funding.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Asia trip a crucial international test
HONOLULU (AP) — On his most grueling and consequential trip abroad, President Donald Trump stands ready to exhort Asian allies and rivals on the need to counter the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Balloon rides, natural wonders, Georgia O'Keeffe
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — Away from bustling Santa Fe and quirky Albuquerque, New Mexico offers stunning natural wonders, wide expanses of desert and mountains, and clear skies that guarantee endless days of sightseeing and outdoor fun.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Argentine survivors: Love will unite us with fallen friends

By CLAUDIA TORRENS

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Four Argentine survivors of a deadly terrorist attack in New York City this week said Friday they always will carry the pain of seeing five of their friends killed while on a trip they had long dreamed of that turned into a horrible nightmare.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Man indicted for girlfriend's slaying; demons made him do it
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who told a 911 operator that demons made him shoot his girlfriend to death inside their apartment this summer has been indicted on murder charges.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

States push to keep highway inner lanes clear for passing

By JIM SALTER

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From stricter laws to public service campaigns and pleading electronic road signs, states have a message for the drivers clogging the inside lanes of the nation’s highways: Get the heck out of the way!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Latest JFK files: No CIA link to Oswald
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released government documents regarding John F. Kennedy’s assassination say allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald was connected to the CIA were “totally unfounded.”
Saturday, November 4, 2017

84-year-old doctor fights to regain her license lost due to lax computer skills
NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Holding manila folders filled with pages of her handwritten reports, Dr. Anna Konopka insisted her system for keeping track of her patients’ medical conditions and various prescriptions works fine.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Polls finds that job interview questions frequently run afoul of the law
(AP) — It’s tough to come up with the right answer in a job interview, particularly if the question could run afoul of the law. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bergdahl gets dishonorable discharge, no time
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan and triggered a search that left several comrades severely wounded, will serve no prison time, a military judge ruledtoday at the end of the politically divisive case that stirred debate during the president campaign.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Sleep an extra hour on Sunday, the time changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for a change in America — a time change. Let’s sleep an extra hour to that.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Unemployment rate lowest in 17 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a solid 261,000 jobs in October in a bounce-back from the hurricanes that slammed the Southeast in September.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Teachers union spending millions against Democrat
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A teachers union that is typically a reliable Democrat ally is spending millions of dollars to help a Donald Trump-supporting Republican try to unseat New Jersey’s top-ranking Democrat, a union leader himself.
Friday, November 3, 2017

3 House Republicans call for Mueller to resign

WASHINGTON (AP)— Three Republican House members are introducing a resolution that calls for Robert Mueller to “resign from his special counsel position immediately.” 

 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Russian hackers took only a week to pry into Clinton campaign information

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen thousand lines of raw data associated with the theft of Hillary Clinton campaign emails show how the hackers dodged strict security measures to pull it off. 

 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Representative Davis issues statement on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
Friday, November 3, 2017

Illinois sees 10th-wettest October on record
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois climate experts say the state saw the tenth-wettest October since 1895 this year thanks to average statewide precipitation of nearly 5 inches.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Republican Rep. Mary Bono endured the increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he’d been thinking about her in the shower, she’d had enough.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Questions arise over departure of first woman to lead Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly four years into Janet Yellen’s history-making turn as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, the economy is growing, the unemployment rate is low and the stock market is setting record highs.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Laura Ingraham calling! Trump back to favorite venue
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump returned to familiar territory by granting an interview Thursday to Laura Ingraham of Fox News Channel, by far his venue of choice when he chooses to answer questions one-on-one
Friday, November 3, 2017

Sweet Lego dreams: Toy maker offers sleepover in new 'house'
BILLUND, Denmark (AP) — Lego is having a sleepover at its newly-opened Lego House in Denmark.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Bin Laden files bolster US claims
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CIA's release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden appears to bolster U.S. claims that Iran supported the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Powell as head of Fed seen as safe choice
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior administration officials say Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell is President Donald Trump’s choice to succeed Janet Yellen — the first woman to lead the U.S. central bank.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tax plan would lower rates for most
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans today unveiled a tax cut plan that would slash the corporate rate and lower the personal taxes of most Americans but also limit a cherished deduction for homeowners, as President Donald Trump and the GOP seek to deliver on the first tax revamp in three decades.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

$100 billion company will legally relocate to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $100 billion semiconductor company based in Singapore will legally relocate its home address to the United States, President Donald Trump announced today.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Manufacturer chooses site in Indiana over Illinois
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. is moving forward with construction of a new $30 million SUV seat manufacturing plant in northwestern Indiana.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pope's WWII site visits recall costs
NETTUNO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis called war “the destruction of ourselves” during visits today to an American military cemetery and the site of a Nazi massacre in Rome as he marked the Catholic All Souls’ Day commemorating the dead.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Syrian opposition urges UN to retake the lead
BEIRUT (AP) — A leading Syrian opposition group called on the United Nations to retake charge of the peace process for war-torn Syria, on Thursday, after Russia announced it would host parallel talks later this month.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Scientists discover hidden chamber in Great Pyramid
CAIRO (AP) — Scientists say they have found a hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Airlines: Thanksgiving travel to be up
(AP) — Get ready for bigger airport crowds over Thanksgiving this year.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Package wars: USPS offering next-day Sunday delivery
WASHINGTON (AP) — As consumers demand ever-quicker and convenient package delivery, the U.S. Postal Service wants to boost its business this holiday season by offering what few e-commerce retailers can provide: cheap next-day service with packages delivered Sundays to your home.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gratitude and hammocks: Oprah's out with some of her favorite things
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s back with her longest holiday gift list ever at 102 of her favorite things.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Two found shot dead in Decatur early this morning
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Police in Decatur say they’re investigating the deaths of two men found shot as a double homicide.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trump says he will announce new Fed head on Thursday
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’ll announce the “new head” of the Federal Reserve Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bergdahl mental disorder factored in desertion
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's difficult childhood and washout from Coast Guard boot camp stoked serious psychiatric disorders that helped spur him to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009, a psychiatrist testified Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NYC attacker entered US on diversity visa
NEW YORK (AP) — The Uzbek immigrant accused of using a truck to mow people down along a bike path, killing eight, "did this in the name of ISIS" and followed the extremist group's online instructions practically to the letter, police said Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

European company claims it owns Route 66 trademark
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico brewery that uses the Route 66 in its name faces a lawsuit from a European company that says it owns the beer sales and marketing trademark for the famed American highway.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sex accusations now levied at Hoffman, Ratner
NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood’s widening sexual harassment crisis has ensnared a prominent film director after six women — including actress Olivia Munn — accused Brett Ratner of sexual assault or misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report today. 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Drought may have aided storm that walloped NE
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Drought conditions, recent rainfall and an unusual storm path in Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Officer who halted New York City truck rampage hailed as a modest hero
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officer Ryan Nash was responding to a call a high school not far from the World Trade Center when someone reported an accident on the bike path outside.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Viewfinders unveil fall colors for colorblind
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Even when the rugged expanses of the Great Smoky Mountains were bursting with their famous fall colors, they always looked dull black and tawny to Lauren Van Lew from the 3,590-foot-high (1,090-meter) perch of Mt. Harrison.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Frankenstein baby born on Halloween
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween — a baby Frankenstein.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What we know about Papadopoulos; his guilty plea could rattle White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed George Papadopoulos as a "liar" and a mere campaign volunteer, but newly unsealed court papers outline the former adviser's frequent contacts with senior officials and with foreign nationals who promised access to the highest levels of the Russian government.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Government won't pursue talking car mandate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sean Hannity now on top of cable news rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — After the summer of Rachel Maddow, Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity ascended to the top of the cable news mountain.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon head up parade
NEW YORK (AP) — Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Common and Andra Day will be among the stars celebrating at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Manafort's $7,500 suits caught Mueller's eye
NEW YORK (AP) — At $7,500 apiece, the handmade custom suits former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort wore were meant to dazzle and impress.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Agents: Bergdahl debriefs a 'gold mine'
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "gold mine" of intelligence, helping the military better understand insurgents and how they imprison the enemy, two agents testified today as defense attorneys sought to show the soldier's contributions since he was returned in a prisoner swap.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trump says George Papadopoulos at center of probe is 'proven to be a liar'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a former campaign aide thrust into the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe "has already proven to be a liar."
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mueller's first charges a warning shot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is warning everyone in President Donald Trump’s orbit: If they lie about contacts between his election campaign and Russians, they could end up on the wrong end of federal criminal charges.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

After a decade of research, clean coal test plant coming on line this fall
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A company that is developing a process to produce cleaner burning coal plans to begin work next month on establishing a test plant in northeast Wyoming, a company official said.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bobcat in bathroom startling
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A small-town Oklahoma newspaper publisher found a startling front-page story practically in his newsroom: There was a hissing bobcat in the bathroom.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Some docs say global warming taking a toll on health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there’s hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Daring, victorious WWI Australian battle reenacted in Israel on centennial
BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) — A century to the day after Australian horsemen broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring First World War victory, nearly two hundred re-enactors, including descendants of the soldiers who fought that day, were participating today in a memorial to those killed in a battle that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle Eas
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inconsistencies cast doubt on harrowing tale of womens' survival at sea
HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea on a sailboat for months never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistencies that cast doubt on their harrowing tale of survival.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Horror fiction robot is writing bone-chilling tales
(AP) — Don’t throw away your Stephen King collection just yet. But the Master of the Macabre might want to keep an eye out behind him, because scientists have just unleashed a nightmare machine on a mission to churn out its own bone-chilling tales.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Astros, Dodgers set Series HR record
HOUSTON (AP) — Home runs kept flying over the wall at Minute Maid Park, on line drives up toward the train tracks, on fly balls that just dropped over the fence.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Manafort and Gates face decades in prison
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates face decades in federal prison and millions of dollars in potential fines if convicted on all counts in a sprawling federal indictment unsealed today.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Park Service drops funding for Black Panther Party project
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service has withdrawn plans to pay nearly $100,000 for a project honoring the legacy of the Black Panther Party after police groups complained to President Donald Trump.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Judge: Bergdahl to get fair sentence, despite remarks
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s scathing criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl won’t prevent the soldier from receiving a fair sentence for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a judge ruled Monday.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Health law sign-up starts amid a 'hostile takeover'
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn’t making it easy — cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on counselors who help consumers get through the process.
Monday, October 30, 2017

President Trump says that any Manafort misdeeds occurred 'years ago'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved quickly today to distance himself and the White House from the indictment of his former campaign chairman and another aide, saying Paul Manafort’s alleged misdeeds occurred “years ago” and insisting there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Accidental online comment puts woman in the internet's spotlight
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is generating online buzz after she accidentally shared more than she intended on the New York Time's website.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Saudi women will be allowed into sports satidums beginning next year
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums as of next year, the kingdom's latest step toward easing rules on gender segregation — but they will be seated in the so-called family section, an area separate from the male-only crowd.
Monday, October 30, 2017

New technology, 3-D holograms preserve Holocaust survivor stories forever
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — Fritzie Fritzshall knows she is running out of time.

She knows the day will come when she won’t be here to describe being herded onto a boxcar, hearing the cries that turned to whimpers that turned to the silence that signaled another death. And she won’t be able to tell of the doors opening to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where an old prisoner, as he unloaded the dead, whispered to her in Yiddish to lie to the guards about her age. That lie kept her out of a line to the gas chambers.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Weinstein talk: Parents reach for teachable moments on sex harassment
NEW YORK (AP) — Kenna Cook is a sex educator by profession, so it’s natural that at home she teaches her two boys, ages 4 and 7, about the nuances of consent and the importance of being the bosses of their own bodies.
Monday, October 30, 2017

JFK files: Conspiracy theories still abound
WASHINGTON (AP) — Botulism pills. Conspiracy theories. What the government might have known and still won’t say about Lee Harvey Oswald.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Missing women found after 98 days lost at sea
HONOLULU (AP) — Trapped on a storm-battered boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for months, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were just about out of food and beginning to believe they were completely out of luck when they finally saw it: a U.S. Navy ship chugging toward them.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Pentagon chief Mattis says North Korea is engaging in 'outlaw' behavior
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and pledging to repel any strike.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Research project examines if trees make people healthier
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Imagine trees as a drug to prevent heart disease.

Aruni Bhatnagar, a medical professor at the University of Louisville, does — along with a team that unveiled a $14.5 million research project in Louisville.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Science says Jack Frost is nipping at your nose now later than ever before
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter is coming ... later. And it's leaving ever earlier.

Across the United States, the year's first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Whiskey makers meet in Va.
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — Expert whiskey makers from across the country converged on George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, working on a special recipe to honor the father of our country.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

'Meatless Mondays' coming to 15 New York City schools
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says 15 public schools in Brooklyn will forgo meat on their Monday menus starting this spring.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Colleges to students: Skip controversial costumes
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Universities are urging students in search of an attention-grabbing costume this Halloween to pass on sombreros, Native American headdresses and blackface.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

State police add extra patrols thru Halloween
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Police across Illinois are stepping up patrols in an effort to keep roadways safe as people celebrate Halloween.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Virginia Creeper Trail invites bikers to take it easy
DAMASCUS, Virginia (AP) — It was an invitation even teenagers who had hoped to be watching college football or playing video games couldn't resist: a mountain bike ride — all downhill.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thousands of JFK files released but not all
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Tech giants led rally as market approached record
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies were leading a stock market rally mid-day today as investors applauded third-quarter reports from big names including Microsoft and Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Amazon is surging on the back of its own strong quarter, while traditional retailers are seeing their stock prices plunge. Wall Street is also pleased that the U.S. economy grew more than expected in the third quarter.
Friday, October 27, 2017

US backs effort to prevent Catalonia secession
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says Catalonia is an "integral part of Spain" and that it supports Spanish government efforts to keep the nation "strong and united."
Friday, October 27, 2017

US economy shows great resilience, despite storms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Powered by businesses and consumers, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3 annual pace last quarter despite two devastating hurricanes — evidence of economic durability and all but assuring that the Federal Reserve will resume raising interest rates late this year.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Remaining closed files fuel smoking gun suspicion
BOSTON (AP) — The public is getting a look at thousands of secret government files related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination, but hundreds of other documents will remain under wraps for now.
Friday, October 27, 2017

The original account of the assassination of JFK
EDITOR'S NOTE — On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while visiting Texas with his wife.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Files: British newspaper got call before JFK killing
LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper received an anonymous phone call about "big news" in the United States minutes before President John F. Kennedy was shot, newly released files on the assassination say.
Friday, October 27, 2017

US agrees to pay tea party groups
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Clusters of Monarchs stuck up north
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monarch butterflies, those delicate symbols of spring and summer, should mostly be in Texas by now, winging their way to Mexico for the winter.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

John F. Kennedy files to be released today
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scholars and sleuths have waited and waited and waited to leap on the release of John F. Kennedy assassination files.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

House takes step forward on tax plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday gave a significant boost to President Donald Trump’s promise to cut taxes, narrowly passing a GOP budget that shelves longstanding concerns over federal deficits in favor of a rewrite of the tax code that Republicans promise will jump-start the economy.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Some officials say Trump's opioid emergency declaration won't mean new money
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump to day plans to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency — a step that won’t bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills nearly 100 Americans a day but will expand access to medical services in rural areas, among other changes, White House officials said Thursday.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Police post 'pumpkin line-up' after recovering stolen squash
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins — and one gourd — are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

EU council rules the game of bridge is not a sport
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Thursday on a topic that vexes sports fans and card players alike: Is a game like bridge a sport?
Thursday, October 26, 2017

CBS names Jeff Glor as Scott Pelley's replacement as evening news anchor
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News stayed within its ranks on Wednesday to name correspondent Jeff Glor as anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” the flagship broadcast that was led by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather in the past but is now a distant third in the television ratings.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Iraq's vast marshes, reborn after Saddam, in peril
CHABAISH, Iraq (AP) — In the southern marshlands of Iraq, Firas Fadl steers his boat through tunnels of towering reeds, past floating villages and half-submerged water buffaloes in a unique region that seems a world apart from the rest of the arid Middle East.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to their beloved King Bhumibol
BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok's streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a year of mourning with funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of tradition.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

New home sales soar to highest level in decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that Americans — unable to find existing homes — are turning to new construction. Damage from last month’s hurricanes may have also inflated the data. 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pennsylvania finds votes cast by illegal immigrants
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania election officials say noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years in the state.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Banning Bump Stocks
Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines, testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on behalf of HB 4117, a bill to ban bump stock attachments for guns that he sponsors Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What possibly could be in the long-secret John F. Kennedy files?
BOSTON (AP) — For decades, the existence of secret government files linked to President John F. Kennedy's assassination has helped fuel conspiracy theories that others besides Lee Harvey Oswald were involved in his murder. Now the public is going to get a deeper look at the collection.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

GOP rallies behind tax cuts after senators' attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans showed scant signs Wednesday of turning on Donald Trump, rallying instead behind their party’s tax-cutting plans a day after a pair of prominent GOP senators denounced the president in scathing terms.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trump says Clinton funding for Russia a disgrace
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and other Republicans latched onto revelations tying Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, saying Wednesday that it was a “disgrace” that Democrats had helped pay for research that produced the document.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Badly damaged, Flake's bow-out could mean rush of Arizona GOP candidates
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s decision to bow out of a re-election fight could spur a rush of other Republican candidates who hope to take on his only announced challenger in the 2018 Arizona primary.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

US vaccine panel to discuss waning effectiveness
NEW YORK (AP) — Two years ago, George Green got stabbing pain and bad blisters around his right arm. It was the worst case of shingles his doctor had ever seen.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Replace pizza, movie night with family fitness dates
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Family fitness dates are replacing the old school pizza and movie nights as more parents are realizing that the benefits of moving aren't just about burning calories but setting an example for the next generation. We talked to three fitness experts to get a feel for what family fitness looks like in their homes and also got some tips to try with your kids.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

College degrees can be a great bargain abroad
(NerdWallet via AP) — For 18-year-old Liza Miezejeski, choosing the right college meant balancing her desire for adventure and her fear of debt.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

St. Louis native Robert Guillaume dies at age 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson,” has died at age 89.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino has died at age 89
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

US considers higher entry fees at 17 national parks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service is considering a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the U.S. West, to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

FDA approves better vaccine against shingles virus
(AP) U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What can be done about diplomatic dumps
WASHINGTON (AP) — The large building at the corner of 22nd and R streets in downtown Washington, D.C., sticks out like a wart in the otherwise upscale neighborhood. Plywood covers the windows, sleeping bags and empty bottles litter the shuttered doorways and head-high weeds sprout through the asphalt of the empty fenced-off parking lot.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Remarkable public row ongoing between Trump and GOP Sen. Corker
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a startling verbal assault on the president of his own party, Republican Sen. Bob Corker charged Tuesday that Donald Trump "debases our nation" with constant untruths, name calling and bullying, and will leave behind a sad legacy of damaging division.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Communists lift Xi to most powerful ruler in decades
BEIJING (AP) — The ruling Communist Party on Tuesday formally lifted Xi Jinping’s status to China’s most powerful ruler in decades, setting the stage for the authoritarian leader to tighten his grip over the country while pursuing an increasingly muscular foreign policy and military expansion.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Trial underway in Kim Jong Un's brother's poisoning
SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were taken back to the scene of the crime on Tuesday as their murder trial moved from the courtroom to the Malaysian airport for a three-hour inspection tour under heavy police guard.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Officials: EF1 tornado tore part of Oklahoma casino roof off
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An overnight batch of severe storms spawned an EF1 tornado that tore part of a casino roof off in central Oklahoma during a concert and downed power lines and trees throughout the state, emergency managers said Sunday.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

At least 67 bodies found after IS 'massacre' in Syria town
BEIRUT (AP) — The bodies of at least 67 Syrian civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in a central town in Syria that government forces retook from the extremists over the weekend, the Syrian government and activists said Monday.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fallen soldier's widow: 'Nothing to say' to Trump
MIAMI (AP) — The pregnant widow of a fallen U.S. soldier on Monday contradicted President Donald Trump’s account of his phone call about her husband’s death and said what he told her “made me cry even worse.”
Monday, October 23, 2017

Principal: Trump tombstone at Halloween party disrespectful
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts elementary school principal says it was disrespectful and inappropriate that a game brought in for a student Halloween party featured a tombstone with the name Don Trump on it.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Cub Scout kicked out after asking lawmaker about gun control
DENVER (AP) — A Cub Scout was kicked out of his den after he questioned a Colorado state lawmaker about her position on gun control and previous comments she made about African-Americans’ health and eating fried chicken.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Tillerson says room for Taliban in Afghan government
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday there is a place for moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s government as long as they renounce violence and terrorism and commit to stability. He also delivered a blunt warning to neighboring Pakistan, insisting Islamabad must step up action against terrorist groups that have found safe haven within its borders.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Florida man sympathized with IS, wanted to bomb mall
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man who described himself as a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group faces terrorism-related charges stemming from a purported plot to bomb a Miami-area shopping mall, according to court documents filed Monday.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Senate presses ahead on $36.5B disaster relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is pushing ahead Monday on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Honolulu store owners say thieves are targeting cans of Spam
HONOLULU (AP) — Cans of Spam have become a common item that's being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Tracking The Monarch
In a Oct. 20, 2017 photo, A monarch butterfly sits on a plant shortly after being tagged and released in Navarre, Fla. on Friday, as part of the Panhandle Butterfly House's Monarch Madness Festival. Hundreds of monarchs, raised at a farm in Bradenton, Florida, were released with the tiny adhesive tags from the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program in the hopes that, if found, their location would be reported to help better understand the monarch's migration patterns. The University of Kansas Monarch Watch program tag contains a unique identification number which, if reported, would help provide insight into the migration patterns of the monarch butterfly.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Trump: 401(k) tax incentives 'safe' in tax plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Monday there will be “no change” to tax incentives for the popular 401(k) retirement programs.
Monday, October 23, 2017

New Battle of the Alamo brewing over shrine revamp
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. 
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Trump has no plan to block the scheduled release of JFK records
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Court blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of federal custody.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tillerson's aim: A Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Butter shortage in France amid global demand for pastries
PARIS (AP) — Blame the croissant.

French pastries and butter have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What haunted houses tell us about ourselves
NEW YORK (AP) — Haunted houses tell us a lot of stories. But those stories are not just about ghosts.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Some flowers create blue halo to attract foraging bees
NEW YORK (AP) — Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Trump: 'Tax cuts to be biggest in history'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised tax cuts today “which will be the biggest in the history of our country!” following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans’ promised tax legislation.
Friday, October 20, 2017

US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said today, raising the total to 24.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Academy to 'consider' expelling Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

New study says global pollution kiills 9 million a year and costs $4.6 trillion
NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Feds to keep $20k after Yellowstone drug bust
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Two Illinois men have forfeited more than $20,000 that was seized during a drug bust in Yellowstone National Park to the federal government. 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Med students in limbo as DACA program ends
CHICAGO (AP) — Medical student Alejandra Duran Arreola dreams of becoming an OB-GYN in her home state of Georgia, where there’s a shortage of doctors and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the U.S.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Illinois lottery manager projects $4-billion in sales
CHICAGO (AP) — The new company hired to run the Illinois Lottery projects it will increase annual sales to $4 billion, generating more than $1 billion per year for schools and other projects by the end of the 10-year deal, according to a contract obtained by The Associated Press. 
Friday, October 20, 2017

McCain to visit daughter on 'The View'
NEW YORK (AP) — “The View” is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It’s a visit from her dad.
Friday, October 20, 2017

McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' due in April
NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Trump's border wall models are taking shape
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Pentagon faces demands on Niger attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Bortuzzo redeams himself, helps Blues beat Avalanche 4-3

PAT GRAHAM

AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) — Robert Bortuzzo took full responsibility for plowing into his own goaltender to set up an easy and momentum-swinging goal for Colorado.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on call

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Pop-ups on sidelines at NFL games mean quick treatment
NEW YORK (AP) — A player gets hurt on the field, walks or is helped to the sideline, and then goes camping?
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Backyard chicken trend leads to more disease infections
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. When his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumor.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Coming soon: Selfie with credit card application
NEW YORK (AP) — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prime Minister May calls for urgency in Brexit talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at a European Union summit Thursday with a call for urgency and a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc — the latest attempt to reinvigorate the divorce negotiations.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haley casts Russian election interference as 'warfare'
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as “warfare” on Thursday, breaking in tone, if not substance, from a president who has consistently downplayed Russian influence in American politics.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Missouri proposed innovation corridor for Amazon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials were submitting a bid Thursday for Amazon’s second headquarters that would involve an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single location in one of the state’s major metropolitan areas.
Thursday, October 19, 2017












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