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US urges new sanctions on NKorea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for new sanctions on North Korea Friday and threatened to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation’s nuclear and missile programs. Doing nothing could be “catastrophic,” top diplomat Rex Tillerson told a special U.N. Security Council session he chaired.
Friday, April 28, 2017


Anderson Jewelers

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he’s coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Warren 'troubled' by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Friend of convicted church shooter begins serving sentence
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A friend with whom convicted church shooter Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre South Carolina churchgoers has begun serving more than two years in prison for lying to federal authorities.
Friday, April 28, 2017

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder getting it.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Suspect pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — A man who killed a state trooper and then was shot to death Thursday after a lengthy standoff with police had been fond of guns since middle school, a former neighbor and classmate said.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Police & Fire printed April 28
Friday, April 28, 2017

2 charged after remains found buried behind Michigan home
RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after body parts of an acquaintance missing for more than a year were found in a shallow grave behind the suspect’s suburban Detroit home.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Held captive by the Japanese during World War II, Florence Ebersole Smith Finch was tortured and forced to curl up in a 2-foot-by-4-foot box.
Friday, April 28, 2017

US economic growth weakened to 0.7 percent in first quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result repeats a pattern that has characterized the recovery: lackluster beginnings to the year.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Employment costs climbed steadily in first quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew steadily in the first three months of the year.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Court agrees to hold off ruling on Obama carbon restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the Trump administration’s request, a federal appeals court says it will postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions.
Friday, April 28, 2017

MS-13 on Long Island: A look at 11 suspected victims
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition
CHICAGO (AP) — Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there’s renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Charmin drops off load of toilet paper to Michigan's Butt

Michigan tight end Jake Butt doesn't mind people having fun with his last name. The folks at Procter & Gamble sure are.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

By ERICA WERNER

AP Congressional Correspondent

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump  unleashed a tweetstorm of criticism of Democrats involved in tense negotiations on a spending bill to keep the government open, accusing them of trying to close national parks and jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops over demands to provide Americans with health care.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

2 US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two American service members were killed and another received a minor injury during a ground assault against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan Wednesday, according to the U.S. military.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point

By RICHARD LARDNER

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he’s ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lincoln Hills psychologist dismissed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A top psychologist at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison was fired for allegedly ignoring the requests of dozens of inmates who asked for help, according to his termination letter from the Department of Corrections. He appealed the firing and the two sides agreed last week to characterize his departure as a resignation. 

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Inmate argues religious duty to deal heroin; appeal fails
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis man ordered to spend more than a quarter century in prison on drug charges has failed to have his prosecution overturned, despite his argument that he has a religious duty to sell heroin.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

House panel seeks charges for company in Clinton email case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Monument review includes oceans and tribal lands
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on “sanctuary cities” early Thursday, empowering local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

US ups Korean defenses, forces are capable

By RICHARD LARDNER and FOSTER KLUG

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, close ally South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America’s Pacific commander said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump proposing tax cuts for companies big and small

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and JOSH BOAK

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.  


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prosecutors: Inmates distributed child porn inside prison

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say five inmates serving sentences for child pornography used contraband cellphones and removable storage cards to share child pornography inside the prison.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Audit: Ferguson courts 'in disarray' after police killing

By JIM SALTER

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city’s court system “in disarray” and disorganized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Missouri state auditor.

 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Questions persist in death of prominent New York judge
NEW YORK (AP) — When Sheila Abdus-Salaam agreed to speak this month at an alumni gathering at Columbia Law School, it was business as usual for someone in demand as the first black woman to serve on New York’s highest court.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

By BARBARA ORTUTAY

AP Technology Writer 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — You’d think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump’s megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public. 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flynn may have broken law, lawmakers say

By CHAD DAY and STEPHEN BRAUN

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to break U.S. law when he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House committee investigating possible Russian ties with the Trump campaign said Tuesday.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former NY police, lawyer arrested in gun licensing probe
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police lieutenant, two former police officers and a lawyer who once worked as a prosecutor were arrested in a federal gun licensing probe Tuesday as authorities said police employees traded speedy handling of gun permits for paid vacations, jewelry, catered parties, cash and visits to strip clubs.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Negotiators make progress to keep government open

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional and White House negotiators made progress Tuesday on a must-pass spending bill to keep the federal government open days ahead of a deadline as President Donald Trump indicated that U.S. funding for a border wall with Mexico could wait until September. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bad to worse: Train clips mirror; driver opens, loses door
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — After a train clipped a side mirror off a car Monday, the driver lost his whole door when he pulled up to another intersection and opened it to tell the crew, police in southwest Louisiana said.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

US new home sales climb to 8-month high in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes shot up in March to the fastest pace in 8 months, as more Americans are upgrading their houses in a positive sign for the broader economy.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the U.S. border illegally.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Q&A: Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?
NEW YORK (AP) — What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today? The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dems say Trump can avert shutdown

By CATHERINE LUCEY and HOPE YEN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress’ two top Democrats said Monday.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Trump says his presidency is 'different'

By JULIE PACE

AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Official: 3-year-old died after car window closed on neck
Monday, April 24, 2017

Trump calls US astronaut who broke record for time in space

By MARCIA DUNN

AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump made a very long distance phone call to the International Space Station, to congratulate its commander on breaking the record for the most time spent in space of any American astronaut


Monday, April 24, 2017

NY troopers help woman give birth in vehicle on Thruway
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York state troopers have teamed up to help deliver a woman’s baby in a vehicle on the side of a highway after she couldn’t make it to a hospital.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Obama meets with at-risk youth ahead of Chicago speech

By JESSE J. HOLLAND

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama met Sunday with at-risk young men and boys in his hometown of Chicago before his first major post-presidency speech.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Charleston church shooter on federal death row in Indiana

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is now on federal death row in Indiana.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Harvard researchers find copy of Declaration of Independence
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University researchers say they’ve discovered a second parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Deputy shoots suspect during confrontation on interstate

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida sheriff’s deputy shot a man during a confrontation on Interstate 75.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lawyer: Abducted Tennessee girl's recovery 'just beginning'

By SHEILA BURKE

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher and taken to California is back home, a lawyer for the girl’s family says.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

OK author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles'

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS

Associated Press

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

American flight attendant to angry passenger: 'Hit me'

HOUSTON (AP) — American Airlines says it has grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after the flight attendant took a baby stroller away from another passenger.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Possible shutdown, health care awaiting Congress

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM

Associated Press Writers

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Charges dropped for all but 2 arrested in DC pot giveaway
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against six of the eight people arrested during a marijuana giveaway near the U.S. Capitol.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

By SADIE GURMAN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Business Highlights
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a “massive tax cut” under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the plan will result in tax cuts for both individuals and businesses.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Change in withholding policy irritates wife
DEAR BRUCE: My husband has a 401(k) and 403(b) with Fidelity Investments. When he started drawing at 70 1/2 he requested 15 percent to be withheld toward his taxes. Fidelity did this until 2016, when they said they would no longer honor his written request. He would have to call every year and request the 15 percent by withheld. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Biden: Christie's 'wisdom' creating purgatory for commuters

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden took a jab at Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the region’s mass transit woes Friday, chiding Christie’s “infinite wisdom” in killing a rail tunnel project several years ago. 

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Excerpts from AP interview with President Donald Trump
Excerpts from The Associated Press interview conducted Friday with President Donald Trump, with editing for clarity and brevity:
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Battle for Berkeley: Will Ann Coulter spark another clash?

By JOCELYN GECKER

Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The word “CANCELED” is printed across a poster of Ann Coulter’s face at the University of California, Berkeley. But that appears to be wishful thinking.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has awesome skills with a skewer

By MARK KENNEDY

AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she’s still pretty handy with a good stick — only this time it’s in the kitchen. 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

By MICHELLE R. SMITH

Associated Press

 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Friday ordered all evidence in the prison suicide of Aaron Hernandez preserved, granting a request from the ex-NFL star’s fiancee so the family can investigate the circumstances of his death.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

'The Wanderers' is mission-to-Mars fiction with a twist
(AP) — In "The Wanderers," a private corporation called Prime Space is financing the first crewed mission to Mars and training three astronauts: an American woman, a Russian man and a Japanese man.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ready, aim, visit: American Revolution Museum at attention
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With muskets polished, flags aloft and one very commanding tent in place, Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution is at the ready.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation’s most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Soccer org. sues 2 in FIFA scandal
NEW YORK (AP) — The soccer federation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean has sued two defendants in the FIFA (FEE’-fuh) bribery scandal.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Motive unclear in death of 2 utility workers in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — As police investigated why a gunman killed two utility workers in St. Louis before fatally shooting himself, workers from Laclede Gas Co. and other utilities cautiously returned to the field Friday.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain
BOSTON (AP) — Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez’s brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Budget chief says money for border wall is a must
WASHINGTON (AP) — Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Missing Tennessee student found with teacher
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her was arrested, authorities said.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Davis: Airlines must improve customer service or face government action
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, in an op-ed published in The Hill, called on the airline industry to improve customer service. Davis has urged the airline industry to make commonsense reforms to better customer service and was successful in including his bill, Families Flying Together Act, in the most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Friday, April 21, 2017

Officials: Police had Champs-Elysees attacker in their grasp, detained earlier
PARIS (AP) — The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France’s presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Pence reassuring Australia after tense Trump call
SYDNEY (AP) — More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Britain could see its first full day ever without coal
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Grid says today may be the first full 24-hour work-day since the Industrial Revolution in which the nation doesn’t depend on electricity generated from coal.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Riverboats expected to bring 40,000 to Vicksburg
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — An increase in riverboat traffic is expected to bring more than 40,000 visitors to Vicksburg this year.
Friday, April 21, 2017

For blues fans, Mississippi Delta has so many stories to tell
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Delta has no shortage of museums, historic attractions and clubs devoted to the blues. But visitors will find the region has many other stories to tell, from the cotton plantations where African-American families worked and lived in desperate poverty to culinary traditions that reflect a surprising ethnic diversity.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Hernandez suicide cloaked in mystery
BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s apparent suicide in prison — just days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges — remains shrouded in mystery.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

States could demand work for Medicaid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

New ride plunges 41 stories while you battle mutant spiders
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey theme park is unveiling what it calls the world’s tallest and fastest virtual reality drop ride that will prey on people’s fears of heights and spiders.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flying car to go on sale for a few hundred thousand dollars

MONACO (AP) — It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for a few hundred thousand dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Starbucks barista has meltdown over new Unicorn Frappuccino
SEATTLE (AP) — A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trade, security, key issues in meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip, trade and security matters were top items of discussion going into his meeting today with the prime minister of Italy, one of the two European countries set to welcome Trump in May.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

States could demand work for Medicaid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pesticide maker Dow Chemical tries to kill risk study
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration that’s open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Report: ICE officers overburdened, can't keep up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officers aren’t doing a good job of keeping track of immigrants facing deportation but released from jail, an internal government watchdog has concluded. 

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NYC mayor wants highest cigarette prices in US
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for the nation’s biggest city to also be the country’s priciest spot to buy a pack of smokes.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ricketts withdraws as No. 2 pick for Commerce

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for deputy commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Supreme Court: Colorado policy on refunding court fees unconstitutional
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Colorado’s practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

O'Reilly's lawyers say he was victim of an orchestrated campaign
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ella Fitzgerald's flirtation with reefer songs
(THE CONVERSATION) — “The First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald would have turned 100 on April 25: institutions from the Library of Congress to the Grammy Museum will be honoring her amazing contributions to the jazz canon.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The origins of 4/20, marijuana's high holiday
SEATTLE (AP) — Today marks marijuana culture's high holiday, 4/20, when college students gather — at 4:20 p.m. — in clouds of smoke on campus quads and when pot shops in legal weed states thank their customers with discounts.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump takes aim at the brutal MS-13 street gang
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration vowed Tuesday to crack down on MS-13, a notoriously brutal Central American street gang blamed for a recent series of killings in suburban New York, and accused Obama-era border policies of allowing its ranks to flourish.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Utah Rep. Chaffetz is not running for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said toay he won’t run for re-election or any other office in 2018.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Utah Rep. Chaffetz is not running for re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said toay he won’t run for re-election or any other office in 2018.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

US trying to determine what chemical ISIS used

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is trying to determine what chemical the Islamic State group used against Iraqi government forces last weekend, the commander of anti-IS coalition ground forces said Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nearby plant found that may be just right for life
WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers have found yet another planet that seems to have just the right combination to support life.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Court will decide on church-state case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court signaled today that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Testing begins after brown spots appear in Florida
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is looking into complaints about brown spots that are appearing on cars, boats, air conditioning units and other objects in a couple of cities.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell
BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, officials said Wednesday, the same day his ex-teammates on the New England Patriots were set to visit the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

United: No one will be fired for dragging

CHICAGO — The CEO of United Airlines says no one will be fired over the dragging of a man off a plane — including himself.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How a community changed by refugees came to embrace Trump
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Richard Rodrigue stood in the back of a banquet hall, watching his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter mingle among her high school classmates. These teenagers speak dozens of languages, and hail from a dozen African nations.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Clock tower over the Trump hotel reopens for tours
WASHINGTON (AP) — The clock tower over the Trump hotel in Washington has quietly reopened for tours after a three-year renovation.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mattis says North Korea 'recklessly tried to provoke'
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea’s latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

China defends Korea trade after trucks haul missiles
BEIJING (AP) — China defended its trade practices on Tuesday after Chinese-made vehicles were seen towing ballistic missiles during a North Korea military parade despite international sanctions against selling military hardware to Pyongyang. 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trump to sign order to curb abuses in visa program by tech companies
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign on Tuesday, signing an order in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

French police thwart attack days before election
PARIS (AP) — French police thwarted an imminent “terror attack” and arrested two suspected radicals Tuesday in the southern port city of Marseille, the interior minister said just days before the first round of France’s presidential election.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his fallen shipmates.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vice president: US won't rest until North Korea gives up nuclear weapons
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. will not relent until it achieves its objective of ensuring the Korean Peninsula is free of nuclear weapons, Vice President Mike Pence said today while visiting Japan.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Prostate cancer tests okay with panel, with caveats
CHICAGO (AP) — An influential U.S. government health panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Investment fees could leave you both old and broke
(Via AP) — You want to save as much as possible for retirement. The financial services industry wants to make as much money off you as it can.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

U.S. home construction up from 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in March, but the pace of construction so far this year remains stronger than in 2016.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tax Day: refunds up, audits down, refunds delayed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Today is Tax Day, that dreaded day when millions of procrastinators rush to fulfill their civic duty by filing state and federal tax returns.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gorsuch asks 1st question from Supreme Court bench
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took less than 15 minutes for newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to ask his first questions from the bench.
Monday, April 17, 2017

States find new ways to track schools
WASHINGTON (AP) — How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place?
Monday, April 17, 2017

Federal tax bill hits hardest in District of Columbia
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Tax Day approaches (April 18), show some love for the good people who live in the nation’s capital.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Kenyans have a banner day at the 121st Boston Marathon
BOSTON (AP) — Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling away from American Galen Rupp with about two miles to go to win in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Study gives 'river piracy' new meaning
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call “river piracy” and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to another.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Supreme court, including Gorsuch, to hear Midwestern church-state case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump's flip-flops concern some supporters, but not others

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s wrong with being flexible? All presidents change their mind. He’s only human.

President Donald Trump’s voters can be a forgiving lot — up to a point.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Syrian TV says dozens killed in blast near evacuation buses
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian TV said at least 39 people were killed Saturday in an explosion that hit near buses carrying people evacuated from a besieged area of government loyalists. A war monitor put the death toll at 24 in the area controlled by opposition fighters. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has risen to 94, an Afghan official said Saturday.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

White House drops policy of identifying visitors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump’s predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the building.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Execs will be watching O'Reilly substitutes closely

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel expects Bill O’Reilly back from his vacation on April 24, ready to resume his position as cable television news’ most popular host.

But given advertiser defections and the swirl of stories about payouts totaling $13 million to five women to keep harassment allegations quiet, it’s impossible to dismiss the idea that Papa Bear may lose his television home for the past two decades. Fox News without Roger Ailes once seemed unthinkable, too, until the network chief’s downfall following sexual harassment charges last summer.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Pope on Good Friday recalls the suffering of Jesus
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

China: No winners if war breaks out with Korea
BEIJING (AP) — There can be no winners in a war between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday, while pledging support for dialogue between the sides. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands underway

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and rebels evacuated more than 7,000 people from four besieged towns Friday in the latest coordinated population transfer in Syria’s six-year-long civil war.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Strike: Largest non-nuclear weapon ever
ABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A strike by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 Islamic State group militants and left no civilian casualties, hitting a tunnel complex in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Friday.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Police: Officer investigated after handcuffed man kicked
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer is under investigation after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the head.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Man pleads not guilty in death of two soldiers in Kentucky
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man charged with killing two Fort Campbell soldiers and wounding a juvenile in a domestic dispute has pleaded not guilty.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Four bodies found in New York park

By FRANK ELTMAN

Associated Press

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The bodies of four men, all described as having suffered “significant trauma,” were discovered in a park in a suburban New York neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ella Fitzgerald photo going on display in DC ahead of her 100th
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Portrait Gallery is putting up a photograph of American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as “The First Lady of Song.”
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trump, Xi converge on Syria, currency
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have struck what appears to be an unusual bargain as President Donald Trump says he won’t label Beijing a currency manipulator and voices confidence Chinese President Xi Jinping will help him deal with North Korea’s mounting threat.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cardinal Cupich to lead Walk for Peace

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archbishop of Chicago will lead a Walk for Peace through the Englewood neighborhood on Good Friday.

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Procrastinators: Tax deadline pushed to Tuesday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hey, procrastinators: Don’t freak out if you haven’t finished your taxes. The IRS is giving you a reprieve until Tuesday.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Misdirected US strike killed allied fighters in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A misdirected airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition earlier this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria, the U.S. military said today.

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bodies found in NY park near area of gang violence
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The bodies of four men, all described as having suffered “significant trauma,” were discovered in a park in a suburban New York neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Judge convicts girl in fatal school bathroom fight
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Thursday convicted a 17-year-old girl charged with homicide after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Last of drug-smuggling 'Cocaine Cowboys' arrested in Kissimmee, Florida
MIAMI (AP) — The last of South Florida’s drug-smuggling “Cocaine Cowboys” has been arrested — some 26 years after he went on the lam — while on a 40-mile bike ride with his wife near the Orlando suburb where they apparently lived under assumed names.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Is Bannon in peril? Trump's comments worry some of his populist base
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared, “I am my own strategist.” That would seem to bode poorly for his actual strategist, Steve Bannon.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lansing, Michigan capital rescinds calling itself 'sanctuary city'
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s capital on Wednesday reversed a decision to call itself a “sanctuary city” that protects immigrants, bowing to pressure from a business community concerned that the term would draw unwanted attention to Lansing from President Donald Trump’s administration and cost the city federal funding.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

NY trans fats ban linked to fewer heart attacks
CHICAGO (AP) — Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chilly reception for Tillerson in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow today as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

'I'm a goner': El Faro's last hours as ship sails into the the storm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Danielle Randolph squinted through rain-splattered windows as the sea freighter lunged upward sharply, then fell into the trough of a 30-foot-tall wave. The skies were black. The second mate stood on the navigation bridge high above El Faro's main deck, which spread out before her like an aircraft carrier stacked high with red, white and blue cargo containers.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fact Check: Do Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips really cost $3 million?
WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Connick to sing anthem at Ky. Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer Harry Connick Jr. will sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby next month.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Unlikely star, David Letterman's mom, dies at 95
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman’s mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son’s late-night show, has died. She was 95.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

O'Reilly goes on vacation amid sponsor backlash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill O’Reilly is taking a vacation from his Fox News Channel show amid sponsor defections triggered by sexual harassment allegations.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

John 'J.' Geils, 'Centerfold' musician, dies at age 71
GROTON, Mass. (AP) — Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” has died in his Massachusetts home at 71.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded that Russia knew ahead of time that Syria would launch a chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official says. 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trump to China: Help on N. Korea for good deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he tried to persuade China’s leader last week to pressure North Korea to stop its nuclear program in exchange for a good trade deal with the U.S.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tubman goes solo on 'Underground'
NEW YORK (AP) — Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery in the antebellum South to become a leading abolitionist, is best known today as a righteous figure and the future face on the $20 bill.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Jets zip through narrow canyon, drawing visitors
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Silence and stillness settled over the deep, sunbaked gorge as a pair of photographers sat on a cliff, waiting. 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tillerson vows to defend innocents

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

SANT'ANNA DI STAZZEMA, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used a visit Monday to a World War II memorial to declare that the United States will stand up to aggressors who harm civilians, as the Trump administration sought to rally world leaders behind a strategy to resolve Syria's protracted civil war.


Monday, April 10, 2017

G-7 ministers aim to press Russia to stop backing Assad

JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

LUCCA, Italy (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations met Monday to forge a response to the deadly chemical attack in Syria, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said they would consider imposing sanctions against Russian backers of President Bashar Assad.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight

By RICHARD LARDNER and MICHELLE FAUL

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces, according to U.S. officials.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, vows to serve Constitution
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch during a White House swearing-in ceremony on Monday as a jurist who will rule "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law."
Monday, April 10, 2017

Utah doctor convicted of killing wife in bathtub dies
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A doctor in prison for drugging his beauty queen wife and leaving her to die in a bathtub has died, authorities said.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Toyota announces $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Toyota said Monday it is investing $1.3 billion to retool its sprawling factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company’s flagship Camry sedans are built.
Monday, April 10, 2017

GOP hopes Trump amenable to food stamp restrictions
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine resident Zak McCutcheon says he likes soda but acknowledges he’d drink less of it if his governor convinced Republican President Donald Trump to put restrictions on the approximately $200 a month he receives in food stamps. He thinks it may even make recipients healthier and less overweight.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

20 states offer cheaper tuition to illegals
(AP) — Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

20 states offer cheaper tuition to illegals
(AP) — Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Electronics retailer hhgregg latest to go out of business

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Consumer electronics chain hhgregg Inc. is going out of business and shutting down all its stores.

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bataan Death March survivors mark 75th anniversary
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ramon Regalado was starving and sick with malaria when he slipped away from his Japanese captors during the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines, escaping a brutal trudge through steamy jungle that killed hundreds of Americans and thousands of Filipinos who fought for the U.S. during World War II.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Margarine's slide: Butter days ahead
NEW YORK (AP) — Margarine's fortunes seem to be taking another sad turn, with the owner of Country Crock and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter looking for someone to take the brands off its hands.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Centennial of US entrance into WWI lures visitors to Kansas City museum
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Crossing a glass walkway that spans a field of 9,000 poppies, visitors to the official U.S. memorial to World War I are transported to a time when tanks and air warfare were new and the hopeful flowers sprang up on the barren, trench-dotted battlefields where hundreds of thousands of soldiers died.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Pope to wash inmates' feet at mafia turncoat prison
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison known for housing mafia turncoats in an Easter week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve.
Friday, April 7, 2017

White House 139th Easter Egg Roll is April 17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will take place on April 17.President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made the  announcement.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Illinois woman tells her story of surviving the horrors of WWII
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Marielis McCormick has heard people often wonder aloud why the German people did not do more to prevent or fight against Adolf Hilter’s repressive and murderous campaigns, especially against the Jewish people.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Russia complains, other nations rally around US strikes
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — World leaders and U.S. lawmakers today rallied around President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to launch a missile strike against a Syrian air base, the most significant military action of Trump’s young presidency. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Gorsuch confirmed as newest justice
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court today, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court.
Friday, April 7, 2017

McConnell reaches out to Romney about running
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate, if a vacancy opens in Utah.
Friday, April 7, 2017

As online sales boom, so do dog attacks on carriers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Letter carrier James Solomon thought he knew all the tricks to prevent a dog attack: watch the pet’s mannerisms, use the mail satchel as a shield, pull out the emergency dog spray — it contains an extract of cayenne pepper
Friday, April 7, 2017

Land Management web page showcases coal mine
WASHINGTON (AP) — In what is being seen as a clear message about its policy priorities, the Trump administration has updated the home page for the federal agency that oversees public lands to showcase a large photo of an open-pit coal mine in Wyoming.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Norway will build the world's first ship tunnel
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway plans to build the world’s first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) passageway burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Swedish PM: Crash was an attack
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm today, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said all indications were that it was a terror attack. One person was arrested.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Trans-Siberian Orchestra found Paul O'Neill dies
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Paul O’Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers and pyrotechnics, has died. He was 61.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Rickles: The man was sweet, but oh that on-stage bite

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Rickles kept the nice inside, his friends say. Lucky us.

Offstage, the self-described “shy and frightened kid” was invariably kind and caring, fellow celebrities said after his death Thursday at age 90.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Louisiana orchestra performing 'Water Music' on boats on Lake Ponchartrain
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra ’s upcoming performance of “New Water Music” will literally be on the water. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Senate GOP 'goes nuclear,' clearing way for Gorsuch
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans invoked the “nuclear option” in the Senate Thursday, unilaterally rewriting the chamber’s rules to allow President Donald Trump’s nominee to ascend to the Supreme Court. 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

John Glenn laid to rest today at Arlington Cemetery
WASHINGTON (AP) — The flag-draped casket of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, was covered in plastic to protect it from a steady rain as it was carried on a horse-drawn caisson to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. Later, his widow, Annie, gave a kiss on the cheek to the Marine who presented her with the folded-up flag.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

WWI Innovations: Wristwatches, warplanes, more
(AP) — Today marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, and some of the innovations that were developed or came into wide use during the conflict are still with us today.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

WWI centennial being observed today
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By design, World War I never strays from Matt Naylor’s thoughts: His grandfather’s wartime shaving kit is on display in his office where he oversees a museum in Kansas City, Missouri, dedicated to all things involving “The Great War.”
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stone Age cannibals: Hunting each other not worth it
NEW YORK (AP) — You know those snacks that are OK if they’re handy, but not worth the bother if you have to go track them down? Our Stone Age forerunners may have felt the same way about eating each other.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Waters: O'Reilly 'needs to go to jail'
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters says Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “needs to go to jail” over sexual harassment allegations.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Will Bill O'Reilly survive the rapid defection of so many advertisers?
NEW YORK (AP) — The rapid defection of advertisers this week from Bill O’Reilly’s show because of sexual harassment allegations raises what once seemed an unthinkable question: Can O’Reilly survive at Fox News Channel?
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Paula Deen opening new restaurant
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Paula Deen is opening a new seafood restaurant on the same waterfront property outside Savannah where an eatery she co-owned with her brother closed three years ago.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Even 'Middle of the Road' a blast with Eric Gales
(AP) — There’s nothing bland about “Middle of the Road,” former teenage prodigy Eric Gales’ 15th studio album ripe with funky blues-rock and blazing guitars.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Didion revisits past to illuminate present
(AP) — What is it they say about famous writers? They could publish their grocery list and it would be a best seller?
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Math film 'Gifted' has many positives but less than the sum of its parts
(AP) — There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young girl. A devoted and decidedly hunky father figure. And then there’s math itself, presented not as a refuge for social misfits, but as an exciting and elegant pursuit. 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trump removes Bannon from National Security
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

US, Russia offer conflicting assertions on Syrian chemical weapons attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia traded conflicting assertions Wednesday about who launched a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 72 people, as world leaders grasped for a response to the latest atrocity in Syria’s intractable civil war.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Oregon's Merkley: Gorsuch logic far-right, tortured, twisted and contrived
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator yielded the Senate floor this morning after talking through the night to highlight his party’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rice: "I leaked nothing to nobody." Graham: When it comes to Rice, verify
WASHINGTON (AP) — Susan Rice, Barack Obama's national security adviser and the latest target for Donald Trump's embattled defenders, firmly denies that she or other Obama officials used secret intelligence reports to spy on Trump associates for political purposes.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Border wall contractors brace for hostility
SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What China, Cherry Coke and the Oracle of Omaha all have in common: a market

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is featuring a different type of celebrity on its cans in China: Warren Buffett.

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

St. Louis council member favored to be 1st female mayor
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An anti-crime advocate whose husband was murdered in an attempted carjacking more than two decades ago was heavily favored Tuesday as St. Louis residents chose their first new mayor in 16 years.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Support surges for smoking ban in tobacco country
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than seven in 10 people in one of the nation’s largest tobacco-producing states support a statewide smoking ban in most public places.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chicago-based Boeing Co. says it signed new $3B deal with Iranian airline
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Chicago-based Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a U.S. company to the Islamic Republic under new President Donald Trump. 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

O'Reilly and Ailes hit with more sex allegations
NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News contributor came forward to level more sexual-harassment allegations against deposed chief executive Roger Ailes on Monday, two days after it was revealed the network’s most popular on-air personality, Bill O’Reilly, has settled multiple complaints about his own behavior with women.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' legacy debated
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago, Katharine Houghton found herself on her first big movie set making something that made plenty of people deeply worried.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Democrats can block Gorsuch for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats secured the votes today to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, but it was virtually certain to be a short-lived political victory. Republicans have vowed to change Senate rules to put Neil Gorsuch on the court and score a much-needed win for their party. 
Monday, April 3, 2017

Losses from mine spill caused by EPA at $420 M
DENVER (AP) — Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be far less than originally feared after attorneys drastically reduced some of the larger claims, The Associated Press has learned.
Monday, April 3, 2017

Migration from Illinois to Indiana likely to grow
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Experts say the number of Illinois residents pulling up stakes and moving to Indiana likely will grow in the coming years because of factors including a lower cost of living and lower taxes.
Monday, April 3, 2017

St. Louis voters to decide whether to fund stadium
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A year after the NFL’s Rams abandoned St. Louis for Los Angeles, the city has a chance to again become a three-sport town if voters agree to help pay for a stadium for a new Major League Soccer franchise.
Monday, April 3, 2017

Grammar vigilante is fixing UK signs
LONDON (AP) — It's an urban myth come true — the presence of a man dedicated to ridding the English city of Bristol of grammatical errors in its shop signs.
Monday, April 3, 2017

Birthday surprise for Doris Day: She's actually 95
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To Doris Day’s many admirers, the pert and fresh-faced charmer who starred in “Pillow Talk” and “Move Over Darling” is ageless. 
Monday, April 3, 2017

Questions, answers about the legal immunity process
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn says he’s in talks with congressional committees to testify before them in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Coffee shop brews up backlash with political punch cards
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh coffee shop is brewing up backlash over a loyalty punch card featuring pictures of President Donald Trump and other conservatives.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Man charged with arson in Atlanta overpass fire
ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of starting a raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta was charged with arson Saturday.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trump advisers richer than previous White House officials
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and daughter are holding onto scores of real estate investments — part of a portfolio of at least $240 million in assets — while they serve in White House jobs, according to new financial disclosures.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Witness account highlights dangers of texting while driving
HOUSTON (AP) — A witness says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, acknowledged he had been texting while driving — highlighting the dangers of sending messages on smartphones while behind the wheel.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Marsden Hartley landscapes at Met Breuer
NEW YORK (AP) — A little bit of Maine has come to a Manhattan museum with the opening of “Marsden Hartley’s Maine.” And for travelers who want to see the places depicted in the paintings, there’s a companion itinerary for visiting Maine.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

A barrel of fun: Niagara Falls touts thrills in rebranding
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara Falls, whose most famous thrill-seekers have gone over the brink in barrels, wants to be the place the rest of us go for outdoor adventure, too.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Atlanta highway collapse absolutely snarls traffic
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s dreadful rush-hour traffic got even worse Friday, the morning after a raging fire underneath Interstate 85 collapsed an elevated portion of the highway and shut down the heavily traveled route through the heart of the city.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Colorado chemical arms waste may be trucked to another nearby state
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Army is considering trucking hazardous wastewater from a chemical weapons destruction plant in Colorado to another state because the plant isn’t yet fully operational.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump to pay $25M after approval of Trump U deal
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Democrat opposition to Gorsuch grows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed for a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have the votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Too soon to discuss immunity for Flynn
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators today rebuffed former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s offer of cooperation in exchange for immunity, saying it’s too early in their probe of his Russia connections to discuss a deal.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Dandelion Yellow Is Out!
Friday, March 31, 2017

Special-needs musicians aim for the world stage
OLD BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — They’ve performed at Disney World in Florida and marched in New York’s City’s Columbus Day Parade. Now the FREE Players Drum Corps is setting its sights on a trip to the 2018 world championships in Indianapolis.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Wildflowers, dormant for years, bloom across Ca.
BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California's desert sands after lying dormant for years — producing a spectacular display that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Album with rare Tubman photo sells for $161,000
NEW YORK (AP) — An album containing a rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman was sold Thursday at a New York City auction for $161,000 — far exceeding presale estimates.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Burglars of a feather 'flock' together in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gang members start their days in the impoverished neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, but their real work begins in some of the city’s wealthiest enclaves.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Rep. Davis bill to bring fairness to disaster declarations passes committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)  announced his bill to bring fairness to the disaster declaration process passed unanimously during a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup. Next step will be consideration by the full House.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Expert to Senate: Follow the dead bodies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts on national security painted a sinister picture for senators examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election, detailing the worldwide impact of fake news, smear campaigns and even killings they say could have ties to the Kremlin.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Could Pell Grants work year-round?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

GOP needed Pence to break tie on Parenthood vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans today needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama administration rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump's picks for labor and agriculture advance
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate today advanced President Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the labor and agriculture departments and moved the new administration closer to filling the final pair of empty seats in his Cabinet.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Researchers aim to unlock miscarriage mysteries
MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Sara Guild's unborn baby died about halfway through her pregnancy.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

FDA approves first drug for aggressive kinds of MS
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

An angry Maxine Waters speaks out about Trump

By JESSE J. HOLLAND

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Maxine Waters doesn’t expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon.

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zinke: Border wall 'complex' faces many challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the “big, beautiful wall” that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Justice watchdog criticizes asset forfeiture program
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog on Wednesday identified what it called weaknesses in the Justice Department’s asset forfeiture program, including poor data collection and analysis and inadequate training of local and state officers.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Home owners get letters from 'Watcher'

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey couple who claim they were scared away from their home by creepy letters they received from “The Watcher” say another letter was delivered.

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FairPoint, Consolidated shareholders approve merger
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Shareholders of telecommunications companies Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications voted on Tuesday to approve a proposed merger.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Car FDR used is in the shop for repairs
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt while governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jazz Fest to include Stevie Wonder
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s 30 days and counting until nearly 600 performers converge on the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for the annual celebration of music known as Jazz Fest.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Library of Congress to preserve American recordings
WASHINGTON (AP) — First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, “Straight Outta Compton” — the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation’s culture wars — has been selected for the prestigious National Recording Registry.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Man o'War exhibit honors legend born a century ago
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A new exhibit on Man o' War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Consumer confidences hits 16-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence climbed to its highest level in more than 16 years.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Poll sees pessimism turn to optimism with age
NEW YORK (AP) — Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age?
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tax overhaul effort lacks advantages Reagan had
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fundamentals of tax overhaul were strong some 30 years ago.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Durbin fearful Gorsuch will favor special interests
WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and Senate’s rules loomed as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 20 on Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NFL players push for serious criminal justice reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Football is hard.

But for Malcolm Jenkins of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, convincing politicians to enact meaningful changes to the nation’s criminal justice system is much harder.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sheriff warns kayaker to avoid trouble on lake
LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff is warning a Missouri kayaker who’s trying to paddle the Great Lakes that she could lose her boat if she gets into trouble again in Lake Huron.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Historian, journalist Roger Wilkins dies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Wilkins, a historian, journalist and activist who held a key civil rights post in President Lyndon Johnson’s administration and helped The Washington Post win a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage, died Sunday, relatives said. He was 85.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Video Game Hall of Fame finalists
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic “Donkey Kong” that launched Mario’s plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit “Wii Sports,” that made gamers out of grandparents.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hoping to find real bonds, millennials ban booze
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It's not really about the meal at the monthly Conscious Family Dinner, although there is a plenty of vegan Indian food. You can spend time in a cuddling sanctuary, sit down with a tarot reader, chat career goals with a life coach or sit in on an acro-yoga sex psychotherapy presentation. And there's almost always some form of dancing.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

United Airlines: Customers 'welcome' to wear leggings
DENVER (AP) — United Airlines says regular-paying flyers are welcome to wear leggings aboard its flights, even though two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because of their attire.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Vets treating dog; injured with hair tie
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say veterinarians are treating a Yorkshire Terrier mix that was dropped off at Florida animal clinic with its mouth bound tightly with an elastic hair tie.
Monday, March 27, 2017










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