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Pentagon: China, Russia outpace terrorism threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, the Pentagon said Friday.
Friday, January 19, 2018


Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan by midnight Friday, triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government. Government shutdowns are unusual but not unheard of. The government has partially shut down three times in the past quarter-century — and far more often in decades past.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cowboy boots are as much a part of San Antonio as the Alamo
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A visit to San Antonio would not be complete without a stroll by the Alamo, enjoying a cheesy enchilada plate at a Tex-Mex joint off the River Walk, or browsing the cowboy boot section at the local Western wear shop.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pope Francis At The Gateway To The Amazon
Pope Francis arrives in a coliseum in Puerto Maldonado, the city considered a gateway to the Amazon in the Madre de Dios province, Peru, to meet with several thousand indigenous people in the first full day of the pontiff's visit to Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Judge delays sentencing of Ohio man who plotted US attacks
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Friday delayed by a few days the sentencing of an Ohio man who plotted to kill military members in the U.S. following a delay in the case when a previous judge withdrew.
Friday, January 19, 2018

IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that “much more exciting initiatives” promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Killing of small-town online exhibitionist shocks community
CALERA, Ala. (AP) — Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Washington state lawmakers' emails, texts are public
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The emails and text messages of Washington state lawmakers are subject to public disclosure, a judge said Friday as he ruled in favor of a media coalition led by The Associated Press.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Dakota Access protester accused in shooting arrested
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law enforcement officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been arrested for violating conditions of her pretrial release.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met — who would do that?
Friday, January 19, 2018

Gold medalist to Dr. Nassar: I won't live as a victim any longer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state’s attorney general to investigate the school’s handling of complaints against the disgraced former sports doctor.
Friday, January 19, 2018

He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a he said-he said thing.

Donald Trump once promised to be “very restrained” on Twitter — “if I use it at all.” He thought campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was an “excellent guy” — until Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The president backed Republican Roy Moore in the special election for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama. But after a Democrat won the seat, Trump said he knew the embattled GOP candidate couldn’t win.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The 93-year-old former heart surgeon named Tuesday as the new president of the Mormon Church signaled his intention to make few changes in policy regarding the role of women and LGBT issues — two topics that the faith has grappled with in recent years.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results
Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Prosecutor: Parents who tortured children were 'depraved'
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than once a year or using the toilet, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Keystone XL pipeline moving forward
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline announced Thursday that it will proceed with its plans to build the pipeline according to an alternative route approved by Nebraska authorities and that it hopes to begin construction next year.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lifted From The Edge
A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines, is places on the ground following an operation to lift it from a slope in Trabzon, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Turkish authorities lifted the passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope meters away from the Black Sea, late Saturday. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

81 year old waitress retires after 61 years on the job
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — An 81-year-old waitress who has been a fixture at a popular Penn State hangout for more than six decades has worked her final shift.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trump adds confusion to shutdown concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — Injecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration’s stance by tweeting Thursday that a children’s health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

US marshal killed while serving warrant
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A member of the U.S. Marshals Service was shot and killed early Thursday while serving a warrant, the mayor of Harrisburg said.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amazon narrows list to 20 for second headquarters
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which is on the hunt for a second home, said Thursday that it narrowed its choices to 20 locations from the 238 proposals it received.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Prosecutors want to show pattern in Cosby retrial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of “prior bad acts” over five decades.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Officer saves women from icy creek
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a law enforcement officer in North Carolina rescued two women from a freezing creek after their vehicle ran down an embankment.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear
HONOLULU (AP) — A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn’t need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film in '12 Strong'
In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. They worked in harsh conditions alongside a local warlord and his men, an uneasy alliance at best, and, even with all the technology and money of the U.S. military, executed the successful mission largely on horseback.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F
MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cocaine cowboys' smuggler convicted in auto fraud case
MIAMI (AP) — A pilot who once smuggled tons of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday of playing a key role in an auto fraud ring that stole at least 150 cars using a fake paper trail.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Murder charge filed in student's killing
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a University of Pennsylvania student in California (all times local):
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Romney declines to say whether he'd run for Utah Senate seat
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined to say Tuesday whether he would run for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch, telling reporters the “time will come” for him to make some kind of announcement.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

9 face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nine men are facing hazing charges in connection with the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge, police said Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Girl's escape exposes horror of 13 siblings kept captive
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who looked closer to 10 jumped out a window, called 911, and showed the world the strange and secret horror she and her 12 brothers and sisters had been living through.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Parents arrested after children found chained in house
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lebanon bans 'The Post' over Spielberg's support for Israel
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s censorship authorities have effectively banned Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama, “The Post,” because the American director is on a regional blacklist for supporting Israel.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

First time dealing with credit card fraud? You got this
(NerdWallet via AP) — When Amanda Abella was 23, her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at work. Before she realized it was missing, she began receiving texts from her bank about unusual account activity. It was the first time she had experienced fraud on her debit and credit cards.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Man sought for 16 years has been captured across state line
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A man wanted by New Hampshire authorities for 16 years has been captured just across the state line in Massachusetts.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 93-year-old former heart surgeon with three decades of experience with the Mormon church’s top leadership panel has been officially named the faith’s president.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Death of Penn student investigated as act of rage
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The death of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who was stabbed nearly two dozen times and whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a California park is being investigated as an act of rage, a newspaper reported.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating
WASHINGTON (AP) — This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first term.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Police name suspect in wounding of 4 South Carolina officers
YORK, S.C. (AP) — Four law enforcement officers, including three sheriff’s deputies, were shot and wounded after responding to a domestic call in South Carolina early Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trump aides debate which version of vulgarity Trump uttered
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the fallout over President Donald Trump’s use of a vulgarity bleeds into a second week, aides to the president are locked in an internal debate over which version of the word the president used to describe certain countries during immigration talks with senators.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for May.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Guam's governor fooled by Russian comedians via phone call
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's governor was duped by a pair of Russian comedians who pretended to be officials from Ukraine.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Poverty, past linked to Native Americans focus on MLK Day
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anti-poverty activists in Albuquerque and a groundbreaking Cherokee Nation declaration about the tribe’s role in promoting equality after years of fighting to exclude descendants of slaves from its rolls are part of the focus of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty
HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn’t know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show
DETROIT (AP) — Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that’s twice flirted for the top honor as a finalist.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Chelsea Manning confirms United States Senate run
NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Woman dies after fire on casino boat off Florida's coast
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Florida’s Gulf Coast, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Police probe wife's death

HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio are investigating what happened to a woman who went with her husband to see Elvis Presley’s Graceland.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Scouts fight to rename bridge named for Talmadge

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Lawmakers can expect face-to-face meetings with Girl Scouts from across Georgia next month at the state Capitol, where the young scouts plan on treating legislators to a milk-and-cookie reception.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

States line up to require work for Medicaid

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Who prefers their own country? Norwegians do

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norwegians generally live longer than Americans. There's a generous safety net of health care and pensions. And although it's pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Has flu season, in full swing, reached its peak?

NEW YORK (AP) — Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the season appears to already be peaking.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

WSJ: Trump lawyer brokered payment to porn star

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn actress to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mo. gov inspired disputes before affair was public

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo  (AP) — )Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens courted controversy and touched off political disputes even before acknowledging an extramarital affair and facing bombshell allegations that he blackmailed the woman involved.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Frustrations and tragedy mounts for residents of Montecito, California

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for a California town ravaged by a deadly and destructive mudslide.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mysterious charges on credit report mysteriously disappear

DEAR BRUCE: I have two collections on my credit report from the hospital. The amounts are $57 and $1,462. I wasn't even aware of these charges until I ordered my credit report. I went ahead and paid the $57 bill and contacted Equifax to have them remove it. About a month later, I looked at my credit report again and both charges were gone! I didn't even pay the larger one. What do you think happened? I don't want to ask because I am happy my credit score is higher. -- Reader


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Court to hear internet sales tax collection case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Should I tell my fiancee I'm in serious debt?

(NerdWallet via AP) — Q: I'm overwhelmed by student loan and credit card debt, and I'm embarrassed to admit it to my fiancee. Should I come clean?


Saturday, January 13, 2018

'Marry Me' etched in the snow, seen from above

NEVIS, Minn. (AP)— An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday News Guest lineups
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Books: 'Operator Down' is a page-turning thriller

(AP) — “Operator Down,” Brad Taylor’s latest in his best-selling Pike Logan series, showcases a few of the best supporting characters in another tale that feels like it’s just ahead of tomorrow’s headlines.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

As Olympics approach, things to know about Pyeongchang, South Korea

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympics are coming to one of the most remote, ruggedly beautiful parts of South Korea, an area known for icy winds, a collapsed mining industry, towering granite mountains that blot out the horizon and for a tough, proud, rapidly aging population as curious about the approaching foreign masses as outsiders are about the place they're heading.

With the Olympics just a few weeks away, here are some answers to questions about Pyeongchang and the Korean Peninsula:


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Some utility rates could go down after tax cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public utility regulators from Oklahoma to Massachusetts are considering lowering the rates that homeowners and businesses pay for electricity and natural gas after a federal tax overhaul signed into law by President Donald Trump reduced the corporate income tax rate by 14 percent.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Chicago may equip police with anti-texting tools

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago may become the first city in the U.S. to arm its police officers with devices that will tell them immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Pope letter details concern over Chile bishop

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican was so concerned about the fallout from Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest that it planned to ask three Chilean bishops accused of knowing about his decades-long crimes to resign and take a year’s sabbatical — a revelation that comes just days before Pope Francis makes his first visit to Chile as pope.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Last victim, 6, in Texas church shootings goes home

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who was shot several times and was the last victim still hospitalized following the Nov. 5 church massacre in South Texas left the hospital for home Thursday, riding home in a firetruck.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Queen's bra-fitter says book cost her royal warrant

LONDON (AP) — The former owner of a firm that made lingerie for Queen Elizabeth II wept Thursday as she expressed regret that the company lost its royal warrant after her memoir disclosed details of a meeting with the monarch at Buckingham Palace.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Florida wants to remove virus-excreting wild monkeys

ON THE SILVER RIVER, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Medicaid recipients may be required to work

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said today it is offering a path for states that want to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

'Hoo' is next in Atlanta owl attacks?

ATLANTA (AP) — A spate of recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of metropolitan Atlanta's residents.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coal executive's action plan finds success under president

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America’s largest coal companies sent a four-page “action plan” to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

US cold snap was a freak of nature, analysis finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

House passes spy program, will require warrant for Americans' communications

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans’ communications swept up in the process.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

States to US: Pass on utilities' tax saving to customers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Elected officials, consumer advocates and regulators in 18 states are pushing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure that utility customers see a reduction in their bills thanks to windfalls utilities will reap from corporate tax cuts included in the federal tax overhaul.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Local governments won't say what incentives they're offering to Amazon

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

5 Mexican states get highest US 'do not travel' warning

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Five states in Mexico now have the sternest "do not travel" advisories under a revamped U.S. State Department system unveiled Wednesday, putting them on the same level as war-torn countries like Syria, Yemen and Somalia.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dog meet dog: American Kennel Club adds 2 breeds to roster

NEW YORK (AP) — A spirited Dutch duck-luring dog and a friendly French rabbit hound are now running with the American Kennel Club’s pack.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Books: 'Just Between Us' a terrific thriller

(AP) — Four friends delve into unfamiliar territory when three of them realize they must intervene to save the fourth in “Just Between Us,” Rebecca Drake’s twisty and compelling look at what from outside appearances looks like suburban bliss.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Neeson rides again in 'The Commuter'

(AP) — The tagline for the Liam Neeson Metro-North thriller “The Commuter” — “Lives are on the line” — feels like a missed opportunity. I would have gone with: “The quiet car is about to get loud.”


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Biggest Fans
The sons of Chicago Bears' new head coach Matt Nagy, from left, Jaxon, Brayden, Tate, and Jett, listen to their father after he was named the club's 16th head coach in franchise history during an NFL football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Lake Forest , Ill.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Take this job and. . .well, shiver with it
(AP) — Two long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trump on Feinstein: Underhanded, a disgrace
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today accused Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of being “underhanded and a disgrace” for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia during the campaign. He also again lashed out at the investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, urging Republicans to take control of the inquiries and repeating his claim that they are on a “witch hunt.”
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Doctor charged with having his wife killed to protect his illicit drug ring
(AP) — A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Exotic animal numbers shrink in wartime
WASHINGTON (AP) — War is hell for wildlife, too. A new study finds that wartime is the biggest threat to Africa’s elephants, rhinos, hippos and other large animals.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Court may be sympathetic to Ohio voter purge
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared sympathetic Wednesday to states that seek to prune their voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t voted in a while.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sources: Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran as part of the nuclear deal, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington’s participation in the landmark accord, according to U.S. officials and others familiar with the administration’s deliberations.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Arpaio's decision to run for Flake's seat shakes up the Senate race in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s announcement that he’ll run for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake potentially pits two conservative, pro-Donald Trump candidates against each other and could create an opening for a more moderate GOP contender to take the seat.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bannon out as chairman of Breitbart News; colleagues say he expected to stay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is stepping down as chairman of Breitbart News Network after a public break with President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If Winfrey runs, CBS News faces potential conflict with friend Gayle King
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — In an odd twist, fellow hosts of “CBS This Morning” turned to their colleague Gayle King — famous friend of Oprah Winfrey — for an interview Tuesday about whether her pal would run for president.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jimmy Buffett sails to the aid of regatta on storm-hit St. Barts
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jimmy Buffett knows all about hurricanes and sailing, so it's appropriate that the singer-songwriter has been enlisted to help promote a regatta on the Caribbean island of St. Barts and show that life is returning to normal after a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in September.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Veterans behind bars: US jails set aside special cellblocks for those who served
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The military veterans playing cards in the Albany County jail wear the same orange uniforms as everyone else, with "INMATE" printed down the legs. But their service offers one distinct privilege: a special cellblock where they can work through problems they often share, such as substance use and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As many as 18 states may introduce sports betting bills in 2018, Illinois one
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new report predicts 18 states will introduce bills to regulate sports betting this year, with 11 having a good chance of passing legislation.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

S&P 500 keeps climbing to record high as calm continues to reign for stocks
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world keep climbing in the new year, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index added to its record high as calm continues to reign over markets.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Supreme Court hearing 2 vehicle search cases
WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrence Byrd was driving his fiancee’s rental car on a Pennsylvania highway when a state trooper pulled him over for an alleged minor traffic violation. He acted nervously during the stop, at one point telling troopers he had a marijuana cigarette in the car, and officers eventually asked to search the vehicle.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

5 killed as mud sweeps homes off foundations in California burn areas today
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least five people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations today as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by Southern California’s recent wildfires.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SpaceX says rocket performance was okay in secret weekend satellite launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding today to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Oprah in 2020! Allies send mixed messages to the 64-year-old media mogul
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Democrats nationwide encourage Oprah Winfrey to seek the presidency in 2020, those closest to the media mogul are sending mixed messages about her political intentions.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In wake of attacks, Tillerson not returning staff to Cuba; CIA, FBI at odds
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would be “putting people intentionally in harm’s way” if it sent diplomats back to Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in an Associated Press interview, even as a new FBI report casts doubt on the initial theory that Americans there have been hit by “sonic attacks.”
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Two major Apple investors urge action to curb kids' smartphone addiction
NEW YORK (AP) — Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

US ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants; 200,000 must leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said today it is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, an action that could force nearly 200,000 to leave the U.S. by September 2019 or face deportation.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Fear not the alphabet soup of new TV features

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New TVs are coming with an alphabet soup of features designed to get you to spend more.

There’s OLED and 4K, with a dash of HDR. How about QLED and QDEF? Samsung, LG and other TV manufacturers are showcasing new models at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week — all with acronyms to set their sets apart.


Monday, January 8, 2018

US hits record for costly weather disasters, 16 in all last year: $306 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Missing journalist found

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston sports journalist who went missing over the weekend after saying she believed she was being followed by a suspicious man was found, apparently unharmed, beneath a highway overpass and has been taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said Monday.


Monday, January 8, 2018

How automation is affecting shelf stockers, cashiers

NEW YORK (AP) — With new options and conveniences, there’s never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers ... well, not always.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Red dress takes heat amid Golden Globes all-black dress code

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly every star attending the Golden Globes wore black as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood — so one red dress didn’t blend in on the red carpet.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Police are assigned to Florida university's 'White Racism' class

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A sociology professor offering a course titled “White Racism” this semester has received so many disturbing emails and voicemails that at least two campus police officers will be watching over the first meeting of his class on Tuesday.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Trump promoting rural development plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wass set to pitch his efforts to help rural America, promoting his tax overhaul law and economic development plans on a visit to Tennessee today. He’s also reserving a seat at the national college football championship game.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Oprah for president? Some Twitter fans are making the case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's moving speech at the Golden Globes has some fans and fellow celebrities calling for her presidential run.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Law enforcement split over reselling confiscated guns, a common practice

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Juhl made one last attempt to patch things up with his fiancee, then took back his ring, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger as she and her mother ran from the apartment. The bullet went through a wall and narrowly missed a neighbor's head as she bent to pick up her little boy.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Air Force members honored for 2016 Afghanistan resupply drop
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two Air Force service members were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on Friday for their roles in making a combat resupply drop of ammunition to ground forces in Afghanistan who were in danger of being overrun during an enemy attack on a forward operating base.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Walking In A Winter Wonderland
Katie Cerqua takes her daughters Iris, 3, center, and Hazel, 7, for a ride through their neighborhood in Virginia Beach, Va. A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Your paycheck may be going up soon because of tax cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of working Americans should start seeing fatter paychecks as early as next month, Republican leaders say, as a result of the recently passed tax law.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

FBI probing Clinton Foundation corruption
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether the Clinton Foundation accepted donations in exchange for political favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, two people familiar with the probe confirmed Friday. The revelation comes as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have been urging the Justice Department to look into corruption allegations involving the foundation.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Trump, GOP lawmakers to take up 2018 agenda at Camp David
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will huddle with congressional Republicans, Cabinet secretaries and aides at Camp David this weekend to discuss their 2018 legislative priorities.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Trump says he's 'like, really smart,' 'a very stable genius'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, portrayed in a new book as a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of his office, took to Twitter on Saturday to defend his mental fitness and boast about his intelligence, saying he is “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.”
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Past of 'cocaine cowboys' pilot may come back to haunt him
MIAMI (AP) — The colorful past of a pilot who has long bragged about flying loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era in the 1980s may come back to haunt him in an auto fraud case.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Homemade mac and cheese tailor-made for the big game
Hosting a Super Bowl party for friends and family is a big responsibility. Each year, well over 100 million people watch the championship game of the National Football League. In fact, according to Nielsen, 111.3 million people in the United States tuned in to watch the New England Patriots' thrilling and historic comeback victory in Super Bowl LI in 2017.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Stolen jewels include 30-carat diamond earrings
ROME (AP) — One was a delicate, tasseled pendant, featuring a flawless 10-carat diamond surrounded by a ring of rubies and diamonds. The other was simpler but no less gorgeous: two pear-shaped 30.2-carat diamond earrings surrounded by smaller, irregular-cut diamonds suspended like starbursts.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Crime drama 'False Witness': Killed on 21st b'day
(AP) — On her 21st birthday, Deborah Holt got an eye-popping gift — a new Mercedes — from her well-off, older boyfriend. She didn't get to enjoy it for long.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tips for choosing a honeymoon destination
 Once couples have tied the knot, hit the reception dance floor and thanked their friends and family for joining them, their thoughts might start looking ahead to their honeymoons.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Parents and teens in South Beach on a budget: It can be done
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Beach has a reputation as a boozy playground for partying rich kids, celebrities and wannabes. So is it possible for parents to enjoy a vacation here on a budget with teenagers?
Saturday, January 6, 2018

American captured in Syria wants ACLU
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen picked up on the Syrian battlefield and held by the U.S. military for nearly four months without a lawyer has told the American Civil Liberties Union that he wants to challenge his detention, a lawyer for the civil rights group said Friday.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Hard-line cleric says social media fed unrest; calls on IS to build own media
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran's capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over the country's flagging economy.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Wolff: A provacateur who loves a brawl and has inconsistencies with facts
WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s a provocateur who’s said to love a brawl and once bemoaned the glare of the spotlight — and the bigger disappointment of watching it move on.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Giving Fidel Castro key to the city may enter into Wisconsin gov's race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The liberal mayor of Wisconsin’s capital who is preparing a challenge to Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended giving a key to the city to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, blasting Walker on Thursday for making the 1975 move an early flashpoint in the race.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Side hustles you can start with little or no money
(NerdWallet via AP) — Starting a business is often a pricey ordeal, but no- to low-cost ideas exist for aspiring entrepreneurs with unique and marketable talent.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Automobile interest rates are on the rise now for those with poor credit
DETROIT (AP) — Car salesmen call it “the payment walk,” when a customer wants a new vehicle but is walked instead to the used lot because they can’t qualify for a new-car loan.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Unemployment rate still at 17-year low; record-low joblessness for vets, others
WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rates for African-Americans and recent veterans dropped to record lows in December, underscoring the health of the U.S. economy heading into 2018.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Getting started: The IRS warns that tax season will bring more security risks
(AP) — While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS.
Friday, January 5, 2018

After a decade at the helm, Mormon president dies
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thomas S. Monson, considered a prophet by nearly 16 million Mormons worldwide, has died at the age of 90 after a nearly a decade as church president. He expanded the church's reach and its transparency and was known for promoting humanitarian causes despite leading a divisive fight against gay marriage.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Carlson: 'Justice' in ouster of Miss America leaders
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gretchen Carlson says it’s “a form of justice” that former Miss Americas like herself who were trashed in emails from former leaders of the organization now are in charge of it.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Debut of upcoming Black Panther movie causing excitement around country
(AP) — There’s a Black Panther party going on all around the country.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Flight 93 Memorial one of many new destinations opening in 2018 in US
(AP) —For travelers, the new year opens up a whole new world of places to go and things to do. Here are a few notable openings and events scheduled for 2018 around the U.S.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Snatched by hungry eagle, little dog lives to bark the tale
(AP) — Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister’s little white dog from her yard, flapped its massive wings and disappeared over the trees.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Storm slaps coastal South with record snow
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trump trying to deliver health promise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the Trump administration moved today to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sessions ending policy that let legal pot flourish
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dow Jones industrials climb above 25,000 for first time, 25 percent annual gain
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 25,000 points for the first time today, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

'Bomb cyclone' term causes quite a stir
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to weather, it's hard to sound scarier than "bomb cyclone."
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trump on Bannon: 'When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on former top adviser Steve Bannon, responding to a new book that portrays Trump as an undisciplined man-child who didn’t actually want to win the White House and quotes Bannon as calling his son’s contact with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Roy Acuff's fiddle donated to Goodwill, up for auction
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A fiddle that Goodwill believes was once owned by country music legend Roy Acuff is expected to generate thousands of dollars for the charitable organization in the Kansas City area.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Keeping up with the Kardashians, 2.0: A primer on the next generation
NEW YORK (AP) — They Dream. They Reign. One points North and another is a Saint.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Film: 'Hostiles' an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western
(AP) — Enemies are thrown together for a perilous journey in “Hostiles ,” an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western set in 1892 that explores the traumas of American westward expansion.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Music at Museum will preset songs of Civil Rights Movement
SPRINGFIELD — In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s passing, the Music at the Museum Concert Series will present Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement on Thursday, January the 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Ill.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Frozen Falls
A frozen Niagara Falls is seen in views from Stedman's Bluff on Goat Island of the American Falls and Prospect Point beyond. Frigid temperatures have transformed Niagara Falls State Park into an icy winter wonderland where the mist of the falls is blown back, freezing on the landscape.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

At least 16 deaths blamed on bitter cold
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, today for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Trump warns Palestinian Authority it may lose 'hundreds of millions' in aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump appeared to threaten to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U.S. should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians are “no longer willing to talk peace.”
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

After record low, US coal mining deaths surge
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal mining deaths surged in the U.S. in 2017, one year after they hit a record low.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2 Democrats sworn in today as senators narrow the GOP majority to 51-49
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 today as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party’s legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Samantha Brown hosts new PBS travel series
NEW YORK (AP) — You may know Samantha Brown from her years as a Travel Channel host for shows like “Great Hotels,” “Green Getaways” and the “Passport” series about Latin America, China and Europe, among others.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Don't confuse weather with climate: Why the big chill in a warmer world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer Tuesday than Jacksonville, Florida. The weather in the U.S. is that upside down.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

T-shirts in Alaska in winter? Yes, with record-tying warm temperatures at that
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — While much of the nation shivers in bone-aching cold, people in Alaska's largest city are basking in warmer weather, jogging in short sleeves, ice-skating in T-shirts or walking dogs while just lightly bundled up.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Deep freeze: Century-old records broken
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to several deaths that authorities attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Trump accuses Dept. of Justice of being part of 'deep state'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department todayof being part of the “deep state” and urged prosecution against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Milestone year: Gene therapy finds a place in medicine
(AP) — After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wrong mutual fund can rob years of retirement income
(NerdWallet via AP) — You may not know it, but there’s a class system inside your investment portfolio.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Polka, Ponzi and prison: Jack Black stars in new biopic
(AP) — Jan Lewandowski built a “polka empire” from his base in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, only to watch it crumble after his arrest on fraud charges.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Versace mansion now a luxury hotel in Miami Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Viewers intrigued by the Gianni Versace murder case featured in the new season of “American Crime Story” can retrace the fashion designer’s steps at his former mansion in South Beach.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Carlson named chair of Miss America organization
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Matt Lauer replacement on 'Today'
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

For baby's brain to benefit, read the right books

(The Conversation via AP) —  Parents often receive books at pediatric checkups via programs like Reach Out and Read and hear from a variety of health professionals and educators that reading to their kids is critical for supporting development.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

LGBT leaders assess fallout from male-on-male cases

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the dozens of prominent Americans entangled in sexual-misconduct cases this year are a modest number of men whose accusers are male. For some LGBT civic leaders, dismay over these cases is mixed with relief and even a trace of pride at how they were addressed.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Man's tongue-in-cheek obit blames Cleveland Browns

HURON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man’s tongue-in-cheek obituary blames the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Despite -34 temp, couple gets engaged on mountain

SARGENT’S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man hasn’t let extreme cold get in the way of a heartwarming proposal.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Naval War College unveils exhibit to teach about World War I

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Naval War College Museum has unveiled a new exhibit to teach people more about World War I.

It focuses on the Navy's role in the war, using the career of Navy Adm. William S. Sims to tell the story. Sims commanded U.S. naval forces in Europe during the war, and his family donated artifacts.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Prank led to shooting unarmed man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Disasters pound North America in 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — North America couldn't catch a break in 2017. Parts of the United States were on fire, underwater or lashed by hurricane winds. Mexico shook with back-to-back earthquakes. The Caribbean got hit with a string of hurricanes.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Baby, it's cold outside. . .a deep freeze

(AP) — Brutally cold weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast from New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, but the show will go on in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Some lawsuits over 'natural' cigarette may proceed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes but is allowing others to move forward over a line of tobacco touted as natural.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Rohingya refugees who fled to Chicago seek counseling

CHICAGO (AP) — Rohingya refugees in Chicago are facing stress and anxiety after escaping violence in Myanmar.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Barry Gibb, Ringo Starr tapped as British knights

LONDON (AP) — A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated citizens who have been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain’s monarch.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

For popular mystery writer Sue Grafton, the alphabet ends at Y, there is no Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling “alphabet series” of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Theme parks 2018: Disney's Toy Story looms large, new coaster at Branson

(AP) — If you're planning ahead to spring and summer trips, and your family loves theme parks, you'll want to know about some of the new rides and attractions debuting in the new year.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

NFL changes concussion protocol today

HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union announced a series of changes today to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Tightest security ever for New Year's

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before in Times Square for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which will cap off a year that saw a number of deadly attacks on innocent crowds, including a vehicle rampage at the very spot where revelers will ring in 2018. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

Actress Rose Marie dies at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rose Marie chafed at being a supporting player in the shadow of Mary Tyler Moore’s fetching suburban housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”


Friday, December 29, 2017

Trump trains crosshairs on Amazon once again

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump returned to a favorite target today, saying that Amazon.com should be charged more by the U.S. Postal Service for the packages it sends around the world. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

US stock indexes edge lower on final trading day

(AP) — U.S. stock indexes edged lower early Friday on the final day of trading for 2017. Losses by technology and energy companies outweighed gains by consumer products and health care stocks. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

Apple apologizes for secretly slowing older iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple apologized for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a move it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Goldman Sachs expects $5B hit from tax overhaul

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs expects to take a $5 billion hit to profits for the fourth quarter and year because of the tax overhaul signed into law last week. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

Wife chosen as nominee after lawmaker's suicide

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself following a sexual assault allegation has been nominated by Republicans to fill the seat he held.

Bullitt County GOP Chairman Paul Ham said a vote was taken Thursday night to nominate Rebecca Johnson.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Defining a word with a limerick? Some examples

(AP) — The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (or OEDILF) has published more than 97,000 definitions written in the singsong poetry of a five-line limerick. Here are some examples selected from the website.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Egypt says 10 killed in attack near Cairo church

CAIRO (AP) — At least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed when an unidentified gunman opened fire outside a church in a south Cairo suburb, Egypt’s Health Ministry said today. It was the latest attack targeting the majority Muslim country’s embattled Christian minority. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

Prime targets: A look at recent attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christians

CAIRO (AP) — An attack today on Egypt’s Coptic Christians in which gunmen opened fire outside a church and at a store in the south Cairo suburb of Helwan, killing at least eight Copts and a policeman, is the latest episode in what have now become regular assaults by Islamic militants on the country’s Coptic community. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

Best friends discover they're brothers

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii men who grew up as best friends recently learned that they're actually brothers and revealed the surprise to family and friends over the holidays.

Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been friends for 60 years. Born in Hawaii 15 months apart, they met in the sixth grade and played football together at a Honolulu prep school.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Will we get a sad poop emoji? There's a process

NEW YORK (AP) — We have a smiling pile of poop. What about one that’s sad?

There’s a loaf of bread and a croissant. But where’s the sliced bagel?


Friday, December 29, 2017

More energy consumption could push prices even higher
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plunging temperatures across half the country today underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren’t going to go as far this winter because of rising energy costs.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Activists seek injunction against new Illinois abortion law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Conservative activists and legislators pressing a lawsuit against publicly funded abortions in Illinois are seeking an emergency injunction to prevent the law from taking effect Monday.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Moore files suit to block election result
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

New record set in 'icebox of the nation'
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come as two Minnesota cities already have set record low temperatures and a city in Pennsylvania continues to dig out from a record snowfall.  
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tax law may have sparked year-end stream of bigger charitable contributions
WASHINGTON (AP) — In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Islamic State kills at least 41 people in attack on Afghan cultural center
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group's growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

China says the US should curb its demand for opioids, not blame China
BEIJING (AP) — The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals, a top Chinese drug enforcement official said Thursday.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Critics say those who help homeless ultimately are doing them no favors
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mohammed Aly does not see why he shouldn’t try to ease the lives of Orange County’s homeless. But the authorities — and many of his neighbors — disagree.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Rebuilding Iraq: Cities in ruins after Islamic State, but little cash to work with
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — For nearly 2 1/2 miles along the western bank of the Tigris River, hardly a single building is intact. The warren of narrow streets of Mosul’s Old City is a crumpled landscape of broken concrete and metal. Every acre is weighed down by more than 3,000 tons of rubble, much of it laced with explosives and unexploded ordnance.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Final goodbye: A roll call of A-list celebrities and others who died in 2017
(AP) — They made music that inspired legions of fans.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Branagh teases of return of 'Death on the Nile'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kenneth Branagh is teasing the return of “old friends” in his planned sequel to “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Thursday, December 28, 2017

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go and what to do in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — From Malta to Minneapolis, here's a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Consumer confidence highest since 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were a bit less confident about this economy this month than they were in November, but their spirits remained high overall during the holiday shopping season.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Famed magnolia being removed because of weakened condition
GREENACRES, Fla. (AP) — A large portion of a famed magnolia tree planted on the south grounds of the White House by President Andrew Jackson will be removed because it is weak and poses a safety risk, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump says.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

US stock indexes edge higher in afternoon trading
(AP) — U.S. stock indexes edged higher in light trading Wednesday afternoon, recouping some of their modest losses from a day earlier. Health care and technology stocks were among the biggest gainers. Homebuilders notched gains following a report showing pending U.S. home sales edge up last month. Energy stocks declined the most following a drop in crude oil prices.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Biggest tax savings in overhaul go to manufacturers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. Retailers, long saddled with heavy tax bills, will get relief. So will some high-profile names in corporate finance, led by Wells Fargo.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

In the heart of Trump Country, his base's faith still remains unshaken
SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) — The regulars amble in before dawn and claim their usual table, the one next to an old box television playing the news on mute.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Israel plans Trump train station at Western Wall
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City, passing near sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims — and ending at the Western Wall with a station named after President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Obama to Prince Harry: Use care on social media
LONDON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Old-school pinball is no longer old school
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (AP) — The old-school arcade game of pinball is resurging in popularity.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

'Sound of Music' actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film, “The Sound of Music,” has died. She was 68.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bitter cold expected until the new year
CHICAGO (AP) — A white Christmas for much of the Northeast and Midwest has given way to bitter cold until the New Year.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chill Out
Jack Frost made an appearance in Rochester, Minn., Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, Christmas day, as the mercury hovered near the zero degree mark. A cold week of more of the same is projected for the Midwest for the week ahead.  In Taylorville tomorrow, wind chill values could range between minus 1 and minus 11.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Woman stunned to get electric bill of $284 billion
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she went online to check her electric bill and was stunned at the amount — more than $284 billion.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

One more thing to ask Alexa: Where's Santa on Christmas Eve?
DENVER (AP) — Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated computer service, is enlisting in the military-run program that takes phone calls from children asking when Santa will arrive on Christmas Eve.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sessions wants review of Obama-era Hezbollah investigations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered a review of the Obama administration’s handling of a Drug Enforcement Administration program targeting drug trafficking by Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Storm leaves 120 dead, 160 missing in southern Philippines
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, reportedly leaving more than 120 people dead and 160 others missing, officials said Saturday.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

FBI: Man wanted to attack San Francisco's Pier 39 on holiday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The FBI said Friday that it found a martyrdom letter and several guns in the home of a former Marine who said he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39, a popular tourist destination.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

US officials say lethal weapons headed to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, a long-awaited move that deepens America’s involvement in the military conflict and may further strain relations with Russia. Moscow responded angrily on Saturday.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Prosecutor: 'No doubt' gunman was targeting police officers
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There’s “no doubt” a gunman who fired at police in several locations in the state capital, wounding one of them before they shot and killed him, was targeting police officers, a prosecutor said.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pressed by lawmakers, US mulls more sanctions on Myanmar
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday the U.S. is considering further actions against those responsible for “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims, after a Myanmar general was blacklisted and Democratic lawmakers called for more military officers to face sanctions.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Nonprofit saves George Washington's famous Christmas river crossing
WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — George Washington and his troops’ annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River has been saved by a nonprofit organization.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Warm up with a hot toddy
Come the holiday season, hot toddies are ideal for entertaining, providing spirited fun and a means to chasing away the winter chill.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Baking shortcuts for time-pressed entertainers
'Tis the season for baking cookies, cakes and other treats. However, during the holiday rush, it's easy to get side-tracked or tired, and perhaps even a little bit overwhelmed by all the things to do in such a short period of time. Holiday baking doesn't have to add to seasonal stress. With these tips and shortcuts, there will be plenty of sweet treats for the family.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Savannah: Food tour, historic squares and the purple line
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Every few years, my cousin Molly Carpenter and I plan a trip together to somewhere we've never been. Our priorities: sightseeing, shopping, good food and wine. This year, Savannah checked all those boxes for us.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Senate: $1.5 million quietly paid over 20 years for 'harrassment' settlements
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate quietly released a bare-bones report late Thursday on what a statement called “harassment settlement” data, showing that nearly $1.5 million in taxpayers’ money has been spent over the past two decades to cover claims against lawmakers and other Senate offices.
Friday, December 22, 2017

The biggest US aid recipients ignored White House threat on UN vote
JERUSALEM (AP) — Ahead of a dramatic vote at the United Nations on Thursday, the United States made an unprecedented threat to fellow members of the international community: those who vote against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital risk diplomatic retaliation and losing American financial aid.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Much to do next year for Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown, doing the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punting disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year.
Friday, December 22, 2017

McConnell mocks Bannon's 'genius'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser’s “political genius” for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate seat.
Friday, December 22, 2017

After making gigantic gains throughout the year, bitcoin falls sharply today
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly lower Friday morning as a subdued week of trading comes to a close. Losses for athletic apparel maker Nike weigh on retailers. Technology companies are also lower. High-dividend stocks are making small gains even as bond yields remain near their recent highs. The price of bitcoin fell sharply after making gigantic gains throughout the year.
Friday, December 22, 2017

298 die in rail crashes that system could've stopped
(AP) — Nearly 300 people have died in train crashes that could have been prevented if railroads across the U.S. implemented critical speed-control technology that federal safety investigators have been pushing for close to five decades, according to rail crash data obtained by The Associated Press.
Friday, December 22, 2017

What's in a name? If it's close to 'bitcoin' or blockchain, it's good as gold
(AP) — What’s in a name? These days, if it’s anything close to “bitcoin,” it’s Wall Street gold.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Florida, Texas may attract athletes after tax change
NEW YORK (AP) — Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Longtime sportscaster Dick Enberg is found dead in his home at age 82
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known as much for his excited calls of “Oh my!” as the big events he covered during a 60-year career, died Thursday. He was 82.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Ecosanctuary Offers Tours And Lodging
COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma ranch offers visitors an up-close look at wild horses through a federal program aimed at protecting the symbols of the American West but also managing public land for multiple uses. Mowdy Ranch in Coalgate is one of the Bureau of Land Management's three ecosanctuaries for mustangs. The BLM's Debbie Collins, with the agency's horse and bureau program, says it houses 150 mares relocated from Nevada. Collins says the horses have 1,280 acres (518 hectares) of pastureland to graze. They are provided with hay in the winter. Tours are available, and visitors can stay on site. Lodging options include two bunk rooms, four motel-style rooms and a common area with a kitchen. The BLM estimates there are 73,000 wild horses and burros on lands that can sustain under 27,000.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Science Says: Truth about some holiday myths
CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here’s what science says about some of them:
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Major US companies say workers will see some of the tax windfall
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after landing a massive tax windfall, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo and Boeing — among other major companies — announced plans Wednesday to share a fraction of their bounty with workers.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Snowy owls descending on Great Lakes in big way
CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic home.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mormons perform baptisms on Holocaust victims
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims as well as grandparents of public figures like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg, despite church rules intended to restrict the ceremonies to a member’s ancestors, according to a researcher who has spent two decades monitoring the church’s massive genealogical database.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Pitch Perfect 3' not such a high note
(AP) — Sorry, Pitches, but it’s a good thing “Pitch Perfect 3 “ is billed as the farewell tour for this musical franchise. It hasn’t jumped the shark, exactly, but it does send its singing Bellas jumping off an exploding yacht. Because that’s what a cappella competitions are about!
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Insidious Intent' an incisive British police procedural
(AP) — A highlight of Val McDermid's novels is the tight control she maintains over her complex plots that are enhanced by believable and complicated characters. The same can be said about other top crime writers, but McDermid brings something special to the table as she shows in her latest novel about detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and psychologist-profiler Tony Hill.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Downsizing' is a big-picture film about some very little people
(AP) — It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jackman's a great 'Showman.' The movie? Not so much
(AP) —“Don’t fight it,” goes the opening song of “The Greatest Showman,” sung by Hugh Jackman. “It’s coming for you, running at ya.”
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in 'The Post'
(AP) — "The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer's row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn't even seem fair. Is there any way it wouldn't be great or at least very good?
Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Year of MeToo: A scoop, a tweet, then a reckoning
NEW YORK (AP) — It began with a news story, and then a tweet, and suddenly it seemed like everything had changed overnight. 2017 will forever be known as the Year of the Reckoning.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nation's Nuclear Plants At Risk
This file photo frame grab taken from video provided by the Better Government Association shows Exelon's Byron Generating Station in Ogle County, Ill. A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission engineer warns Byron is one of many nuclear power plants across the nation at risk of serious problems because of faulty internal valve systems needed to relieve water pressure in an emergency.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Illinois sees largest population loss of all
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today show Idaho as the nation's fastest-growing state, with a population increase of 2 percent. Utah, Washington, Florida and Arizona were also among the states with the biggest gains.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

US home sales climb 5.6 percent to 11-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6 percent in November.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017










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