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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Springfield honored for sharing struggles with debilitating depression

By Nick Thomas

TinseltownTalks

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


Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

Queen Elizabeth II celebrating 92nd birthday

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

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

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


Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

Pre-school best friends ban

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

How do you make a destination autism-friendly?

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

Lego model of Titanic on display at Pigeon Forge

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

Israel marks 70 years as a country this week

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


Friday, April 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pruitt spent millions on travel, security

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

2020 Census test has critics counting concerns

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

Durbin in Venezuela to meet with president Maduro

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Roseanne spurs new look at blue-collar conservative fare

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

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sunday News Guest lineups
Saturday, April 7, 2018

'People's Houses' offers view from the minivan

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

"Oz" theme park reopening for tours

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

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


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Park staff trained in autism awareness

(AP) — The Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania has been designated a certified autism center, with staff trained in autism sensitivity and awareness by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

San Antonio tricentennial remembers the Alamo and much, much more

(AP) — San Antonio, Texas, is remembering the Alamo along with the rest of its history as part of a 300th birthday celebration.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Trade: China vows to counterattack US

WASHINGTON (AP) — China’s government vowed today to “counterattack with great strength” if President Donald Trump goes ahead with plans to raise U.S. tariffs on an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods and said negotiations were impossible under current conditions.


Friday, April 6, 2018

US hiring slows in March, but job market still good

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 103,000 jobs in March after several months of robust gains, though the government’s overall jobs report Friday suggested that the labor market remains fundamentally healthy.  


Friday, April 6, 2018

US takes aim at Putin's allies with new sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials today with sanctions that took direct aim at President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, as President Donald Trump’s administration tried to show he’s not afraid to take tough action against Moscow.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Facebook: Should have audited CA

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s No. 2 executive says the company should have conducted an audit after learning that a political consultancy improperly accessed user data nearly three years ago.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Hospital says Russian spy no longer on critical list

LONDON (AP) — The former Russian spy who was left fighting for his life after exposure to a rare nerve agent is no longer in critical condition, a British health official said Friday, a month after the mysterious poisoning in a quiet English city triggered a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and the West. 


Friday, April 6, 2018

UFC star McGregor facing criminal charges in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — UFC star Conor McGregor is facing criminal charges after a backstage melee injured two fighters and forced the removal of three bouts on Saturday night from UFC’s biggest card this year.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Legislatures lack public records of sexual harassment misconduct claims

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Over the past 15 months, dozens of state lawmakers across the nation have been forced from office, removed from leadership roles, reprimanded or publicly accused of sexual misconduct in a mounting backlash against misbehavior by those in power.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Young Europe headed into a post-Christian future
After years of worrying about Europe's future, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany put his hopes and fears on the record during a 2001 interview.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Jury selection wraps up in Cosby trial
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors and the defense wrapped up jury selection in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case Thursday, setting the stage for the first big celebrity trial of the (hash)MeToo era.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Brothers who killed parents reunited
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a Southern California prison.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Some states allowing voters to rank candidate choices
A judge on Wednesday ordered Maine to allow voters to rank their candidate choices in its June primaries, even as she considers a request from the state Senate to block plans for the revamped voting method.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Teachers face tough decision in continuing walkout
When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises, they thought they would get a thank you.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mexico slams deployment of guard
Mexican senators and presidential candidates put aside differences to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Study: Flood control measures likely have worsened floods
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cynthia Nixon says Democrats need to let black women lead the party
“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who played the character Miranda Hobbes, said today black women are the cornerstone and backbone of the Democratic Party, and “we need to let them lead.”
Thursday, April 5, 2018

US-China trade dispute heightens global concerns
An escalating trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies heightened fears today of a global trade war, sent global stock markets tumbling but also left the door open to a negotiated settlement that might prevent any serious damage before it begins.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Graceland opens vault for Elvis documentary
A new television documentary about Elvis Presley takes advantage of the vast collection of footage, pictures, documents and music from his estate to give a behind-the-scenes look at the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Animals in the great war: Companions in the trenches on display
The Illinois State Military Museum, located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield will host a presentation on Saturday, April 14, 2018 titled “Animals in the Great War: Companions in the trenches by Curator Bill Lear. The event will be held form 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mexico starts giving caravan migrants visas
The Mexican government began handing out transit or humanitarian visas to people in a caravan of 1,000 or so Central American migrants,  that drew criticism from President Donald Trump had begun to disperse.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ex-Mo. gov argues for Grain Belt line
Missouri’s former governor, now arguing as a private attorney, urged the state’s highest court on Tuesday to overturn a decision blocking a proposed 780-mile power line that would carry wind energy across the Midwest.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Liberal cruises in in Wisconsin Supreme Court race, Dems see some hope
Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet’s runaway victory in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence that their party can expect success in midterm elections this fall.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What's wrong with low unemployment? Ask Hawaii
Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 percent, the answer is yes.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Teacher protests put Republicans on spot in red states
A teacher walkout in Oklahoma entered its third day Wednesday in a red state rebellion stretching from West Virginia to Arizona that is putting Republican lawmakers on the spot politically.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Speeches, marches mark MLK anniversary today
Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers were marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'Surf City' suing over sanctuary law
Leaders of Huntington Beach, California, have voted to oppose a state law limiting police collaboration with federal immigration agents.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Darknet drug crackdown: FBI targeting online opioid sales
His moniker was “DARKKING22,” and authorities say he offered a cornucopia of illicit drugs through the click of a mouse.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Symphony captures Philly's distinct sounds
A symphony debuting this week both captures and celebrates the distinctive sounds and sizzle of Philadelphia, from veteran radio announcer Merrill Reese’s call of the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory to a cook chopping steak on the grill at one of this city’s iconic cheesesteak joints.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

US raises prospect of Trump-Putin meeting
The Trump administration says it is amenable to a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, raising the prospect of the Russian president’s first Washington visit in more than a decade even as relations between the two powers have eroded.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Midlife 'wealth shock' may lead to death
A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sinclair video brings to light academic debate about media consolidation
A video with dozens of news anchors reading a script about “fake stories” put in stark visual terms what for weeks had largely been an academic debate about media consolidation and the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s efforts to promote a consistent message across its stations.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Expensive and openly partisan Wisconsin Supreme Court race nears end
Wisconsin voters braved cold rain and an early spring snowstorm today to decide an expensive and openly partisan race for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court that pits a conservative appointed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker against a liberal who drew support from former Obama administration officials.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

'Hill Street Blues' Bochco dies at 74
Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama “Hill Street Blues,” died Sunday. He was 74. A family spokesman says Bochco died in his sleep after a battle with cancer.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Studies link legal marijuana with less opioid use
Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Ky., Oklahoma teachers rally as rebellion grows
The state Capitol in Kentucky filled with teachers protesting pension changes today, and thousands of Oklahoma educators walked out of classrooms in the latest evidence of teacher rebellion in some Republican-led states over education cuts.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Buffett draws on Decatur experience in new book
Investor Warren Buffett’s oldest son usually focuses on finding ways for his foundation to help farmers in the developing world or get the most out of the crops he’s growing in Illinois. But now Howard Buffett has jumped into the border security debate with a book criticizing President Donald Trump’s proposal to build a massive wall along the Mexican border.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Caravan heats up immigration debate
President Donald Trump demanded today that Congress pass new border legislation using the “Nuclear Option if necessary” to muscle it through the Senate — a drastic change in rules the Republican leader has previously dismissed.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Grain Belt Express turns to ex-Missouri governor
Stymied by state regulators, a renewable energy company seeking to build one of the nation’s longest power lines across a large swath of the Midwest has turned to a prominent politician in an attempt to revive its $2.3 billion project.
Monday, April 2, 2018

In Missouri, GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley walks Trump tightrope
He is one of the Republican Party’s most-prized recruits, a young U.S. Senate candidate with an outsider resume and a populist message designed to appeal equally to farmers, suburban moms and the national GOP’s moneyed elite.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Harper Lee letters offer candid takes on religion and family
Around the same time “To Kill a Mockingbird” made Harper Lee a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, she was still fighting for creative control.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Micronesia: Scenic island-hopping and a lesson in letting go
I'm panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. "Trip of a lifetime," I sarcastically thought as we made our way back to land with an upside-down kayak, our cameras and cellphone ruined.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

California judge rules that coffee requires cancer warning
Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

'Resistance,' 'The Pilot's Wife' author Anita Shreve dies
Anita Shreve, the best-selling novelist who explored how women responded to crises past and present in her native New England in favorites such as “The Pilot’s Wife,” “Testimony” and “The Weight of Water,” has died. She was 71.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Promises, promises: Facebook's history with customer privacy
“We’ve made a bunch of mistakes.” “Everyone needs complete control over who they share with at all times.” “Not one day goes by when I don’t think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust.”
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Man who escaped ICE custody in New York captured in Chicago
A Senegalese man who escaped Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in New York has been arrested in Chicago by the agency’s fugitive operations team.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Group plans to put Philadelphia's other bell back on display
It’s Philadelphia’s other bell, the bigger, uncracked twin of the Liberty Bell. Britain bestowed the Bicentennial Bell to the city as a gift for America’s 200th birthday, but it’s been out of sight and out of mind since 2013. Now, a nonprofit group is hoping to bust the bell out of storage and put it on proper display, just a few blocks away from its better-known relative.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Pension reform: Ky. teachers force school closures
Schools in some of Kentucky’s largest counties were forced to close today when teachers angered by the abrupt passage of a pension overhaul refused to go to work.
Friday, March 30, 2018

100 years later, munitions washing up on beaches
A century after World War I ended, discarded munitions from that and other wars continue to make their way onto beaches around the country.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Space junk to re-enter atmosphere this weekend
China’s defunct and reportedly out-of-control Tiangong 1 space station is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere sometime this weekend. It poses only a slight risk to people and property on the ground, since most of the bus-size, 8.5-ton vehicle is expected to burn up on re-entry, although space agencies don’t know exactly when or where that will happen.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Could enemies sabotage undersea cables?
Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Nobel Prize winner's wife died of hypothermia
A coroner’s office has ruled that the wife of a Nobel Prize-winning chemistry professor died of exposure and hypothermia.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Database may make Israel a medical powerhouse
Israel announced Wednesday it was launching a domestic digital health database that could make it a global medical powerhouse. The move aims to improve public health worldwide but critics warn it risks compromising personal privacy. 
Friday, March 30, 2018

California judge says coffee needs cancer warning
Scientists haven’t rendered a verdict on whether coffee is good or bad for you but a California judge has. He says coffee sellers in the state should have to post cancer warnings.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Soybean acres to exceed corn, first time in 35 years
Corn has been dethroned as the king of crops as farmers report they intend to plant more soybeans than corn for the first time in 35 years.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

White House doctor is nominated to lead VA
President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to replace him following a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bribery, corruption charges behind him, Menendez is running for re-election
Eschewing any mention of the corruption scandal that dogged him for years and put his political career in jeopardy, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez launched his bid for a third term Wednesday, telling a cheering gymnasium full of high school students that “I am here because I am your vote.”
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Astronomers are baffled by distant galaxy absolutely void of dark matter
It’s a double cosmic conundrum: Lots of stuff that was already invisible has gone missing. Astronomers have found a distant galaxy where there is no dark matter.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kim, Xi portray strong ties after secret trip
With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the fate of its unpredictable neighbor.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PP deletes tweet calling for Disney abortion
A Pennsylvania branch of Planned Parenthood says a tweet declaring the need for a Disney princess who’s had an abortion was not appropriate and the organization has taken it down.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Labs still lead but bulldogs leap in popularity
Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation’s flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

3 charged in water slide decapitation
A water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world’s tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning were charged Tuesday in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thailand to give 'The Beach' a breather
Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Brexit campaign used data mined from Facebook
The computer expert who sparked a global debate over electronic privacy said today that the official campaign backing Britain’s exit from the European Union had access to data that was inappropriately collected from millions of Facebook users.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Train sparks speculation of Kim visit to Beijing
A mysterious armored train traveled from North Korea to Beijing and then headed back without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong Un on board?
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Citizenship question on census criticized
The 2020 U.S. Census will add a question about citizenship status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats who said it would intimidate immigrants and discourage them from participating.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Retired Supreme Court justice advocating for repeal of Second Amendment
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment to allow for significant gun control legislation.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Foes borrow from Trump's playbook
Looking to get ahead in President Donald Trump’s Washington? Borrow his media playbook.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

California marijuana mecca town sells for $7.7M
Could plans to turn an old California ghost town into a marijuana mecca be going up in smoke?
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Delores Taylor, co-star of'Billy Jack' films, dies at 85
Delores Taylor, who co-starred with her husband Tom Laughlin in his productions of the “Billy Jack” series of films, has died in Southern California, her daughter said Monday. She was 85.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

'Roseanne' reboot picks up where show left off, adds Trump
When the reboot of “Roseanne” premieres on ABC on Tuesday, it picks up where the show left off in 1997 — with one notable difference.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Americans open to Trump's planned NKorea talks
Americans appear open to President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to negotiate directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and at the same time are less concerned than in recent months by the threat posed by the pariah nation’s nuclear weapons.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Survey of business economists finds growing optimism
Business economists are expressing optimism that tax cuts and increased government spending will accelerate economic growth over the next two years.
Monday, March 26, 2018

FTC is investigating Facebook over privacy practices
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including allegations a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users.
Monday, March 26, 2018

US, Europe punish Russia over spy case
The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow’s alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Police: Stray target-practice bullet kills woman
Police say a 73-year-old woman was killed by a stray bullet that apparently came into her home from a neighbor’s target practice in rural Michigan.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Daniels' lawyer won't give evidence of alleged Trump affair
A lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels declined Monday to specify additional evidence he claims he has of Daniels’ alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006, adding “it make no sense for us to play our hand.”
Monday, March 26, 2018

Winner take all? Not if Electoral College critics win cases
Critics of the winner-take-all system used by 48 states to assign their Electoral College votes are hoping to have the practice ruled unconstitutional.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Numerous redistricting challenges pending in courts
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging partisan gerrymandering in the drawing of a Maryland congressional district. Eight years after the 2010 Census provided the basis for legislative redistricting, several other cases alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering in various states also are still working their way through the court system.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Frontier gun maker Remington seeks bankruptcy protection
Remington, a company that began making flintlock rifles when there were only 19 United States, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Video shows man before being shot by Texas deputy
Cellphone video of a sheriff’s deputy fatally shooting an unarmed black man shows the man wandering in a Houston street with his pants around his ankles and continuing to approach the deputy as the officer tells him to stop.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Hundreds of thousands march for gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned to action by student survivors of the Florida school shooting, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation’s capital and cities across America on Saturday to press for gun control and ignite political activism among the young.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Can Facebook restore public trust after scandal?
CHICAGO (AP) — It’s a scandal of privacy, politics and an essential ingredient of business success — public trust.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hawk in the Oval Office: Will John Bolton's view rub off on the president?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick of John Bolton for his next national security adviser stirred up the same burning question in Washington as in anxious foreign capitals: Just how much will his hawkish, confrontational approach rub off on Trump?
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Love That Home's View? See Just How Much That View May Cost You. . .
(NerdWallet via AP) — A house with a fabulous view can be hard for a homebuyer to resist. But seeing the mountains, water or city lights from the comfort of home comes at a price. The hazy part is figuring out what that added cost is  and whether it's worth it.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Isolated Iowa catfish restaurant worth the trek

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Tucked away in rural Jackson County, a quaint cottage sits between two ponds.

People flock to the site in droves every weekend for fish.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Scholarly View Of Why Easter Is Called Easter
(The Conversation via AP) —  This April 1, Christians will be celebrating Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The date of celebration changes from year to year.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Children with autism get a calmer Easter photo opp
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Most families have a cringe-worthy memory of hitting the mall for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Els says Tiger validates previous generation
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods has come close to looking like the player who ruled golf for the better part of 15 years, and Ernie Els is happy to see it.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Custom cart builders show off stylish rides at Daytona Bike Week
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ballough Road shop owner Tony Carrino popped the trunk of a sleek reproduction of a 1937 Mercedes-Benz, flipped on the stereo and blasted Pearl Jam from two woofers in the back.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

New to Airbnb? Here's how to read between the lines on the listings. . .
(NerdWallet via AP) — If you're not a regular Airbnb user, it may take trial and error to interpret the language in the listings.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

A western street with eastern manners, tall pagodas and golden banners
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  Red lanterns sway in the wind. Streetlamps from the 1930s cast a yellow-green glare onto century-old buildings. Neon glows from a pair of dive bars. Figures are silhouetted waiting outside a restaurant, and a lone woman makes dragon beard candy in a tiny storefront window. All are nighttime scenes along Grant Avenue in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Former model says Trump tried to pay her
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Playboy model apologized to first lady Melania Trump for a 10-month affair she claims she had with President Donald Trump that started with him offering her money after the first time they had sex.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Huizenga, who built fortune from trash, dies at 80
MIAMI (AP) — H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Maryland teen school shooting victim has died
(AP) — A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school has died, authorities said Friday.
Friday, March 23, 2018

United Methodists still waiting for the final shoe to drop

After decades of fighting about sex and marriage, the world's 12.5 million United Methodists are still waiting for a final shoe to drop.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Foreign adoptions by US families drop by 12 pct.
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped more than 12 percent last year, accelerating a decline that’s now continued for 13 years, according to new State Department figures.
Friday, March 23, 2018

A look at Facebook's widening crisis over user data

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is facing the most serious crisis in its 14-year history as it deals with fallout from a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign.

Here’s a look at the scandal and what it means.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Emmanuel and Guitierrez part of Puerto Rico delegation
CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel’s office says the Chicago mayor and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez are leading a delegation of local officials on a humanitarian visit to Puerto Rico
Friday, March 23, 2018

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions today against Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Bolton replacing McMaster as nat'l security advisor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump said he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering an administration facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Trump signs $1.3-trillion budget measure
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure today averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Trump signs order punishing China on trade
President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday that paves the way for imposing tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese imports to punish Beijing for what he said is the theft of American technology and Chinese pressure on U.S. companies to hand it over.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up
President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer in the special counsel’s Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president’s legal team.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tennessee lawmakers pass 'In God We Trust' school bill
Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill to require public schools to prominently display the national motto, “In God We Trust.”
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Prisoner mistakenly released early sues over re-arrest three years later
A man who was released early from a Washington state prison due to a software glitch is suing the Department of Corrections, saying his re-arrest three years later to serve the remaining time was illegal.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Vt. now only US state to never send a woman to Congress
Vermont, considered by many to be one of the most liberal states in the country with a higher-than-average percentage of women serving in the state Legislature, is the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Police: Austin bomber's motive still unknown, despite video
A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive remains a mystery.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ax throwing gains in popularity as pastime, sport
Kick Axe Throwing is the first bar in New York City to pick up on a nationwide trend of ax throwing, a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off the way bowling did in the last century.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Walgreens agrees to $5.5M settlement with Massachusetts
Pharmacy chain Walgreens Co. has agreed to pay $5.5 million to resolve allegations that it overcharged for prescriptions covered by the Massachusetts workers’ compensation insurance system.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mom of Boston woman slain 30 years ago offers forgiveness
A Boston woman whose 19-year-old daughter was beaten, strangled, sexually assaulted and left to die in a vacant building more than 30 years ago has told the man convicted of the killing that she forgives him.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Breaking up with Facebook? It's harder than it looks
Facebook’s latest privacy scandal, involving Trump campaign consultants who allegedly stole data on tens of millions of users in order to influence elections, has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trump bans US use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency
The Trump administration on Monday banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency, saying that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. In a separate move, the administration also slapped sanctions on four current and former senior Venezuelan officials accused of corruption and mismanagement.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Trial starting for US agent in cross-border killing of teen
A rare second-degree murder trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of shooting across the international boundary into Mexico and killing a teenager is set to get under way with jury selection.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Investigators suspect FedEx bomb is tied to Austin bombings
A package bomb that authorities believe is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings exploded early Tuesday inside of a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio, leaving one worker with minor injuries.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Zimbabwe's leader calls out those stashing millions overseas
Zimbabwe’s new leader has publicly named more than 1,800 companies and individuals accused of illegally stashing hundreds of millions of dollars overseas and not bringing the money home under a now-expired amnesty deal.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Trump keeps up attacks on investigation
President Donald Trump kept up his attack on the escalating Russia investigation, insisting in a new tweet Monday that it was “a total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!” The comment came a day after a top White House lawyer tried to calm speculation that the president was considering firing the special counsel leading the probe.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal
Congressional leaders and the White House are pressing to strike an accord on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill, though disputes remain over immigration, abortion and a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Some wanted Cruz committed in 16
Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month’s Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Police chief: 4th bombing shows 'different level of skill'
Texas’ capital city was rocked by the fourth bombing this month, which injured two people and which the police chief says was caused by a tripwire and showed “a different level of skill” than the package bombs used in the three prior attacks.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Century old shipwreck found in Lake Erie, 8 died in sinking
The wreckage of a steamer that sank in Lake Erie over a century ago and eluded shipwreck hunters for decades has finally been found off the Ohio shore, according to the National Museum of the Great Lakes .
Monday, March 19, 2018

4 people injured when trains collide, derail in Kentucky
Two freight trains collided and derailed shortly before midnight, injuring four people and igniting a fire that forced nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said Monday.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Agriculture Secretary: Trump tariffs not as bad as feared
Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that while he’s as anxious as farmers are about President Donald Trump’s new tariffs, the move doesn’t look as bad as he originally thought.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: Flower festival time
We're coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time and lilac season. Here's a look at some of the places that celebrate spring flowers with festivals and other events.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Illinois is the heart of the U.S. Interstate system
Its neighbor to the east may claim “The Crossroads of America” title, but by nearly any measure, Illinois is the heart of the U.S. Interstate system.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trump says firing of McCabe a 'great day'
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Navy's new attack submarine named Colorado joins the fleet
The U.S. Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet Saturday in a ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trump's possible China tariffs send opponents scrambling
President Donald Trump is considering broad tariffs on imports from China and an announcement could come as soon as next week. Industry groups and some lawmakers are scrambling to prevent a new front in a potential trade war that could reverberate across the U.S. economy.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

US probes 4 deaths in Hyundai-Kia cars when air bags failed
Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government’s road safety agency wants to know why.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trump, SKorea's Moon vow to keep max pressure on NKorea
President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who are both planning to meet North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un this spring, pledged Friday to maintain “maximum pressure” on his authoritarian regime and seek action on giving up his nukes, the White House said.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

US factory output jumped 1.2 percent in February
U.S. factory output jumped last month, led by big gains in the production of cars, computers and furniture.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Gold spills on Russian runway after plane door glitch
Russian news reports say the hatch of a cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon takeoff — scattering at least 3 tons of gold on the runway.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Texas accuses more schools of 'unlawful electioneering'
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has ordered two more school districts to stop “unlawful electioneering activities,” accusing them of using state funds to endorse a political candidate.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Fire warnings issued for 6 states in nation's midsection
The National Weather Service has issued fire warnings for six states in the nation’s midsection.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Snowmobiler survives 4 frigid nights in wilderness
A snowmobiler who spent four nights alone in freezing temperatures in the Utah wilderness without food or water said he didn’t think he would survive.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Congress demands Pentagon, DOJ investigate child sex assault
Congress reacted Thursday to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Toys R Us closing stirs up memories, a little guilt
You could argue I had already grown out of Toys R Us by the time I first set foot in one.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Fallen bridge: 'Stress test' preceded collapse that killed 6
An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University had been put to a “stress test” and its cables were being tightened when it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said.
Friday, March 16, 2018

7 years on, Syrians despair over a country in pieces
For Syrians marking seven years of war, their country has never looked as helpless or fragmented.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

US says Russia hacks energy grid
The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of a concerted operation to hack the U.S. energy grid and other critical infrastructure including aviation, and separately imposed sanctions on a raft of Russian officials for alleged high-tech interference in the 2016 American presidential election.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pivotal moments in US gun control history
Gun control is one of the most polarizing issues in U.S. society. For nearly a century, legislation and U.S. Supreme Court cases have shaped federal gun policy. Following are some pivotal moments in that history.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Students walk out of schools nationwide
Warning that their futures are being stolen from them, tens of thousands of young people across the U.S. walked out of school to demand action on gun violence Wednesday in one of the biggest student protests since the Vietnam era.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The world's happiest place? Why, Finland, of course
Fans of skiing, saunas and Santa Claus won't be surprised to hear Finland is the happiest place to live.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gulf Arabs relish the Tillerson firing while Iran weighs the nuclear deal
Reactions in the Middle East today to the firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reflect the volatile divide between Iran, where many fear his departure heralds the demise of the 2015 nuclear deal, and Gulf Arab nations hoping for a more hawkish U.S. stance toward Tehran and Qatar.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hawking defied ALS to become pre-eminent physicist
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

House Intel: No collusion between Trump, Russia
President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised a draft Republican report from the House intelligence committee that says there was no collusion or coordination between his campaign and Russia, thanking the panel for their conclusion.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

















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