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Chinese-led investment group to buy Chicago Stock Exchange
NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Stock Exchange, founded more than a century ago, said Friday that it is being acquired by a Chinese-led investor group.
Friday, February 5, 2016


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State asking appeals court to compel testimony in Gray case
BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore are asking an appeals court to compel one city police officer to testify against another in the Freddie Gray case, after a judge refused to do so.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Life in prison for man who shot wife, put photo on Facebook
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting his wife eight times during an argument, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook.
Friday, February 5, 2016

US added 151,000 jobs in January, unemployment at 4.9 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January, a slowdown from recent months but still a sign of a solid job market. Employers raised pay, more people felt confident enough to look for work and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent, its lowest level since 2008.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Police officials quarrel over effort to raise the bar on use of force
WASHINGTON (AP) — A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers.
Friday, February 5, 2016

National parks face $12-billion backlog for maintenance work
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing.
Friday, February 5, 2016

HSBC reaches $470M deal with US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country’s economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced today.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Ape at Utah zoo predicts Panthers to win Super Bowl Sunday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An ape at the Salt Lake City zoo has predicted the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Woman, 82, tracks down 96-year-old birth mother
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Idaho school seeks 'Maniac' license plate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho lawmaker is once again seeking to create a specialized license plate depicting a hotly disputed Idaho high school mascot.
Friday, February 5, 2016

NYPD officers wounded in housing project shooting
NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers shot and wounded by a gunman they encountered in the stairwell of a public housing project were in stable condition Friday.
Friday, February 5, 2016

One dead, two hurt in Manhattan crane collapse
NEW YORK (AP) — One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan during a snow squall Thursday, smashing the roofs of parked cars as it crashed onto the street, authorities said.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Search for Missouri couple suspected in crime spree ends in deadly shootout
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended in a shootout in the Florida Panhandle early toay that left the man dead and the woman wounded, authorities said.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Prosecutor details how Va. Tech students plotted stabbing
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two engineering majors at Virginia Tech university carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

General says troop cuts constrain Afghan mission
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said today.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Columbia to ask for money, change in terror list
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the verge of a historic truce, the leader of Colombia will ask President Barack Obama for more money and tweaks to U.S. policy to help Colombia rebuild after half a century of guerrilla fighting.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Prayer breakfast: Obama warns of fear in public life
WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering his last annual sermon to Washington’s elite, President Barack Obama today warned of the corrosive impact of fear in public life and urged a bipartisan group of powerbrokers to abide by their faith “even when no one is watching.”
Thursday, February 4, 2016

IS numbers up in Lybia, down in Iraq, Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — New intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria but is rising in Libya, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

China's yuan to erode, but not end, the US dollar's dominance
WASHINGTON (AP) — China’s yuan will chip away at the U.S. dollar’s dominance over the next decade but is unlikely to supplant it as the world’s top currency, says a report from a federal watchdog.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

CMT to air 'Million Dollar Quartet' miniseries
NEW YORK (AP) — The CMT network is casting for its “Million Dollar Quartet” miniseries this month at Elvis Presley’s alma mater in Memphis, Tennessee.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Historic ocean liner could be turned into luxury cruise ship at cost of $700M
NEW YORK (AP) — An ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds may one day sail again.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Navajo Nation seeking millions from retailer
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is seeking potentially millions of dollars from Urban Outfitters Inc. over clothing, jewelry and other merchandise bearing the tribe's name that the popular retailer has sold.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jimmy Buffett Musical To Premiere Next Spring
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm — the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

More Super Bowl Commercials Preview Online
NEW YORK (AP) — With Super Bowl Sunday just days away, a flurry of advertisers including Budweiser and LG Electronics have already released their game-day ads in the hopes of stoking excitement and building up shares on social media.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?
(AP) — When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric wooly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Video shows only known jaguar roaming wild in US
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lawyer for man shot by deputy: He should get $24 million
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An unarmed black man shot and paralyzed by an Asian-American sheriff’s deputy will need more than $6 million to cover medical expenses over the course of his life and should receive total compensation of $24 million, his lawyer argued Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lacking enough execution drugs, Virginia eyes electric chair
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can’t be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Peabody coal clean-up costs questioned
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Midwest environmental group is questioning the ability of the country’s largest coal producer to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois mines.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, it's a blame game
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials fought on Wednesday over who was to blame for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, at a combative congressional hearing that also pitted Democrats against Republicans.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Report: It's ethical to test three-person embryos
WASHINGTON (AP) — Creating babies from the DNA of three people — a man and two women — one day might prevent mothers from passing on devastating genetic diseases, and advisers to the government now say it’s ethical to test the procedure under certain conditions.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Obama makes controversial first visit to a US Mosque today
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — PPresident Barack Obama paid his first visit to a U.S. mosque today.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Desk in museum carved with 'JFK' isn't Kennedy's
(AP) — It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials "JFK" from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Still no answers in mystery of looping fight song
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The beat goes on near a Niagara Falls bistro. And on and on and on and on.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Columbus Day Indigenous People's Day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The faculty at Brown University has voted to rename what used to be called Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Captured clerk shares glimpse of captors' life on run
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hotel clerk abducted at gunpoint says his captors shared glimpses of their life on the run, telling him they hope to make it to Florida to get married and start a new life together.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sports Illustrated: swim suit edition to be TV show
NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is turning the unveiling of its 2016 top swimsuit model into a television special.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fight over hostage's fate broke up jail escapees
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who teamed up to pull off an intricate escape from a California jail stuck together and eluded authorities for nearly a week. Then authorities said their alliance began to unravel over a disagreement on whether to kill a cab driver they’d taken hostage.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Marine squadron leader fired days before crash
HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine general fired the commander of a Hawaii helicopter squadron days before two of the unit’s helicopters crashed and killed all 12 Marines on board.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Iowa: Trump can't meet hype, Clinton underwhelms, Rubio rises
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump failed to live up to his own hype and finished second to Ted Cruz, but it was a late surge from Marco Rubio that may wind up the as the biggest surprise of the Iowa caucuses.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ID bands offer protection for people with disabilities
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Peace of mind. That's what medical identification bracelets bring to Becky and Michael Dornoff.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Price tag for Biden cancer 'moonshot' at $1B
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in his upcoming budget, the White House said Monday, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer "moonshot" to $1 billion.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Documents detail price hike decisions
WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers have released a trove of documents detailing hikes in drug prices by Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals that have sparked public outrage over pharmaceutical pricing.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pennsylvania groundhog 'predicts' early spring
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he “predicted” an early spring.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rough ride for privatization of air traffic
WASHINGTON (AP) — The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world — and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NTSB: Amtrak engineer in fatal crash 'extremely cooperative'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The engineer at the controls of an Amtrak train when it fatally derailed in Philadelphia has been “extremely cooperative” with investigators trying to determine the cause of the crash, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Monday.
Monday, February 1, 2016

US official visits northern Syrian town of Kobani
BAGHDAD (AP) — President Barack Obama’s envoy to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State said he visited northern Syria over the weekend to review the ongoing fight against the extremist group, marking the first visit by a senior administration official to Syria since the beginning of the U.S.-led campaign against IS in August 2014.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Democratic, GOP races tight as Iowa kicks off 2016 voting
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a high-stakes test of enthusiasm versus organization, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders hope to ride voter energy into victories in Monday's Iowa caucuses, as Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton bank on sophisticated get-out-the vote operations months in the making.
Monday, February 1, 2016

WHO starts special meeting on Zika virus
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has begun a crisis meeting considering whether the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus — which is linked to birth defects in the Americas — should be declared a global health emergency.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Fugitive found in 'elaborate tunnel system' at trailer park
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an "elaborate tunnel system" dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska.
Monday, February 1, 2016

10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union police agency says authorities dealing with Europe's migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children over the last 18 months amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Global concerns led Fed to keep rates unchanged
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official says increased concerns about the global economic outlook led the central bank to leave a key interest rate unchanged last week.
Monday, February 1, 2016

United joins others, lets families board early
NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines is trying to bring back a bit of the friendly skies, allowing families with young children to board early.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Work for aid requirements to kick in
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Look At Other Federal Cases Involving Classified Info:
The best-known recent prosecution involves the former CIA director who pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor count of unlawful removal and retention of classified materials.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

State Dept. declares 22 Clinton emails 'top secret'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation came three days before the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate competes in the Iowa caucuses.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Remaining escaped inmates arrested in San Francisco
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two inmates who remained at large after breaking out of a California jail more than a week ago have been arrested, Orange County sheriff’s officials said Saturday.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Things to know about delegates at stake in Iowa
WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegates are the key to claiming both the Republican and Democratic nominations for president, and the battle to win them starts Monday at the Iowa caucuses.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why Cheap Oil Isn't Bad for the Environment
It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public's craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sanders says he'll quickly break up big banks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

A look at numbers of able-bodied adults subject to work for public assistance
(AP) — Here’s a state-by-state look at the number of able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49 without dependents who became subject to work requirements this year because of the end of statewide waivers.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Consumers Adverse To Facial Recognition Surveillance For Marketing
Facial recognition is a broad field in which researchers use 3-D modeling, analysis of patterns of light and dark in photographs and other techniques to first pick out faces from a video stream or still photo, then identify either characteristics of the subject (male or female, age range, race) or a specific identity. Though it is still used largely for security, other applications are spreading, particularly in the hospitality industry.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Heading to Mardi Gras? Hit the boudin trail
SCOTT, La. (AP) — Want a true taste of the real Louisiana? You'll want to get behind the wheel and head out of New Orleans and off into the cypress swamps and rice paddies of Cajun country.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Review: Doctors ought to learn from this compassion
(AP) — In his posthumously published "When Breath Becomes Air," Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a scan showing he had advanced cancer and likely little time left.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pepsi opening hipster joint to make soda cool
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo’s quest to make soda edgy has brought it to one of the great restaurant towns of the world, where it will open its own joint with cuisine “inspired by the exploration of the kola nut.” 
Friday, January 29, 2016

Families still waiting for help from '11 flood
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of southern Illinois families still awaiting new housing after they accepted government buyouts following the 2011 Mississippi River flood instead got socked by another round of damage amid the prolonged political fight over the state’s budget.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Obama to adress Illinois Gen. Assembly Feb. 10
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is returning to Springfield, Illinois, the place where his political career began, to mark the ninth anniversary of his entrance into the 2008 presidential race.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Official: Man who led escape had help from jail teacher
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The probable mastermind in the brazen escape of three inmates from a California jail had help from a woman whose English classes he was taking while locked up, authorities allege.
Friday, January 29, 2016

56 members of MS-13 gang charged in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they have charged 56 members of the MS-13 gang in and around Boston.
Friday, January 29, 2016

'Affluenza' teen not going to adult jail
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck will remain in a juvenile detention center as he awaits a judge’s ruling on transferring his case to the adult court system, a judge ruled today.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Lawmakers consider bill inspired by Peter Falk
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine and other states are considering legislation stemming from a dispute among family members of actor Peter Falk near the end of his life.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Bennett shows artistry on Grammy-nominated CD
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett really belongs in a different category at this year’s Grammy Awards than the one he’s dominated for the past quarter-century.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Giving new meaning to the term 'globetrotting'
BOSTON (AP) — Two American endurance athletes have just redefined the meaning of the term “globetrotter.”
Friday, January 29, 2016

Kasich cites Christian faith for his policy positions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the budget expert with the wry humor and regular-guy style, is coming to the starting line of the nomination process — the Iowa caucuses — with one of the biggest compliments a presidential candidate can receive: attack ads against him.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Pope Francis answers questions from kids in book
NEW YORK (AP) — “Dear Pope Francis,” 10-year-old Mohammed begins, “Will the world be again as it was in the past?”
Friday, January 29, 2016

San Francisco park reopens with new outdoor urinal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's iconic Dolores Park is now home to the city's first open-air urinal, the latest move to combat the destructive scourge of public urination in the City by the Bay.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Cattle drive draws focus to Florida's cowboy history
KENANSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Some cowboys had selfie-sticks, and others posted regularly on Facebook while helping to herd more than 400 head of cattle more than 50 miles through central Florida.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Afghanistan worsening new pick says
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. commander in Afghanistan said today the security situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating and assured senators he will do a thorough review of American troop levels needed to stabilize the nation.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Drug traffickers seek safe haven amid Colorado's legal marijuana market
DENVER (AP) — Seeking a safe haven in Colorado’s legal marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state’s sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and court records consulted by The Associated Press.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Murray Energy coal executive demands tax break for industry in free fall
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest coal producers, Murray Energy, made an emotional call Wednesday for steep cuts in state mining taxes to support an industry in free fall.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Changes for the world's most scrutinized body
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie’s got a brand new bod.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mammoth bones unearthed at OSU football field
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Georgia trooper patrolling I-75 in suburban Atlanta shot in gun battle
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia trooper who was wounded in a gun battle after a high-speed chase on the interstate is improving following surgery, a state patrol spokesman said Thursday.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Principal to parents: No pajamas at school
LONDON (AP) — The principal of a primary school in northern England wants to impose a dress code — not on students, but on their parents.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Texas dad who took daughter's phone not guilty of theft
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas father who was accused of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter’s cellphone over an inappropriate text has been acquitted of the misdemeanor charge.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Creator of covert Parenthood videos in spotlight
(AP) — David Daleiden became an anti-abortion activist back in high school in Davis, California, learning tactics from his elders and helping mobilize his peers. In college, he co-wrote an article with a professor depicting self-doubt among some abortion providers.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Third of federal pain panel tied to drug industry
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers "horrible," have drug-industry ties.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Health care fines press millenials as sign-up deadline nears
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Frustration grows as Oregon standoff continues
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons, citing the potential for “devastating, lasting psychological consequences” from the use of the isolation as punishment.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data. 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

House postpones upcoming votes due to storm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has postponed votes this coming week — including one on overriding President Barack Obama’s health care veto — because of the snowstorm that has socked in the nation’s capital.
Monday, January 25, 2016

At least 36 killed in snow-related deaths
(AP) — At least 36 people have died as a result of the mammoth snowstorm that pounded the eastern U.S. The deaths occurred in car accidents, from carbon monoxide poisoning, and from heart attacks while shoveling snow:
Monday, January 25, 2016

House postpones upcoming votes due to storm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has postponed votes this coming week — including one on overriding President Barack Obama’s health care veto — because of the snowstorm that has socked in the nation’s capital.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Court upholds energy conservation program
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Iowa caucuses will provide answers to some questions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Only a week remains before the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in a tumultuous presidential campaign that has challenged long-held political assumptions.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Justices reject tough abortion law, uphold ban on automatice teen life sentences
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Obama Cabinet members lining up behind Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton hasn’t just been wrapping herself in President Barack Obama’s legacy lately. She’s been wrapping herself in his Cabinet.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Trump's wife still remains private despite prospect of presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump. If that prospect evokes no clear image, that’s no accident.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Cruz bid aided by billionaire donors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four of America’s wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz’s now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Clinton's pragmatism vs. Sanders' idealism
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting the Democratic primary to replace him as a contest between Hillary Clinton’s pragmatism and experience versus Bernie Sanders’ idealism and liberalism.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Exhibition tells story of Disney-Dali relationship
(AP) — Visitors to a new exhibition at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, won't just be looking at art. Thanks to virtual reality, they'll be exploring a Dali painting in a dreamy, three-dimensional world that turns art appreciation into an unforgettable, immersive experience.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Egypt warns against unrest on uprising anniversary
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president, speaking ahead of next week’s anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, vowed on Saturday to unleash a firm response to any unrest and to press ahead with the fight against the country’s Islamic militants.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wider change in Hollywood sought after Academy reforms
NEW YORK (AP) — The widespread outrage over two straight years of largely white Oscar nominees coalesced behind three damning, viral words: “OscarsSoWhite.” The hashtag, which activist April Reign is credited with creating, lent social-media unity to a tide of frustration that on Friday led to diversity reforms announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe
Over the past two and a half years, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation’s nuclear missile corps.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

California governor rejects parole of Manson follower, 73
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a third time for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson 46 years after a series of bloody murders rocked Southern California.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Phoenix Essentials: Dining, hikes, art and sunshine
PHOENIX (AP) — With hundreds of golf courses and 300 days of sunshine a year, it's easy to cast metropolitan Phoenix as a retiree's paradise that leaves everyone else out in the cold. But within the desert beats the heart of an actual urban core that has come into its own.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dozens killed in Yemen in coalition airstrikes
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led military coalition carried out a series of airstrikes across Yemen today, killing dozens and striking an ambulance for a hospital supported by the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders, according Yemeni officials, rebel media and a statement by the charity.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Mexico pres to accelerate extradition of drug lord
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday he’s ordering officials to accelerate the extradition of recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States.
Friday, January 22, 2016

$1.7B payment to Iran now raising questions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s $1.7 billion payment to Iran to settle an arcane, decades-old financial dispute is prompting questions among Republican lawmakers trying to piece together the full scope of last weekend’s dramatic U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap and the lifting of many American sanctions on Tehran.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Administration imposing new rules on methane gas flaring at drilling sites
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration today proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change.
Friday, January 22, 2016

East cost hunkers down as storm arrives
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers raided grocery and hardware stores, bishops excused Catholics from Sunday Mass and the nation’s capital was shutting down Friday ahead of a weekend blizzard that has begun to blanket much of the Eastern United States. Washington could be buried in two feet or more of wet, driving snow.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Lake Michigan ferry gets historic landmark status
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The last coal-fired steamship operating on the Great Lakes has been assigned National Historic Landmark designation.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Book captures pop culture moments that scream love
NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion and style have forever been in bed with film, television and music, especially the moments that scream love.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Westminster Dog Show to feature seven new breeds and new competition
NEW YORK (AP) — A bumper crop of seven new dog breeds will get a shot at being best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club competition next month, while a new obedience contest makes more room for mixed-breed dogs at the nation's premier canine competition.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Crocodile takes dip in Florida Keys pool
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A crocodile apparently decided a morning dip in a Florida Keys swimming pool was just the thing.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee dies
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was convicted of murdering two women and was sentenced to death for the second killing, has died at a hospital where he was taken for emergency treatment, state corrections officials said.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Polish court rightfully cancels lease of Hitler's WWII bunker
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court says the state was right to terminate the lease of Hitler’s World War II bunker to a private company that failed to pay rent or upgrade it as a tourist attraction.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Light dusting causes chaos as blizzard looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — A light dusting of snow that stuck drivers in icy gridlock for hours in and around Washington served an ominous prelude to the massive blizzard bearing down today on the nation’s capital and threatening the eastern United States.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Month of Guantanamo releases ends as 2 more leave
MIAMI (AP) — A flurry of releases from the Guantanamo Bay prison has ended with two men being sent to Europe to start new lives. A third refused to board the flight out and remains at the U.S. base in Cuba.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Coalition to boost propaganda war on ISIS
PARIS (AP) — U.S. and coalition forces are battling Islamic State militants in the skies and on the ground across Iraq and Syria, but the allies are increasingly also targeting the airwaves, where they now are losing the propaganda war.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sanders' health plan far more generous than Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls his plan for a government-run health care system “Medicare for all.” But it’s not.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Administration easing visa rules for some travelers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is easing new visa requirements for certain European travelers who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years, a move certain to anger some in Congress who pushed for new travel restrictions.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vietnam communists meet in secrecy to pick leaders
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party began an eight-day congress Thursday that starts an orchestrated transfer of power to new leaders who will face myriad challenges including economic reforms, corruption and maritime aggression from China.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Findings from British report into former agent's killing released
LONDON (AP) — Judge Robert Owen’s report into the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was published in Britain today.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Microwaved muffin in a mug just the treat you need
(AP) — I'm not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. I'm a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I've only taken interest in the individually-made microwave version recently.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Paper marbeling: Fun and messy and lots of uses
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — No matter how you swirl it, making marbled paper is messy. But not all methods are equal when it comes to cash outlay and outcome.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Scientists: Solid evidence for 9th planet in solar system
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists reported today they finally have "good evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AG Lynch defends executive actions on guns as being legal
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. — “This subcommittee will have no part in undermining the Constitution and the rights that it protects.”
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Democrats want vote on religious test for immigrants
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats maneuvered today to put Republicans on the spot with an election-year vote on legislation barring a religious test for immigrants.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All eyes on Nikki Haley in advance of state address
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will call for amicable political disagreement in her fifth State of the State address today as she continues the message of her State of the Union response.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

South, East brace for what could be a crippling nor'easter
WASHINGTON (AP) — The South and East are bracing for a nor’easter at week’s end with the potential for significant snowfall.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stocks, price of oil plunge; Dow off by 500 points
NEW YORK (AP) — Another plunge in the price of crude oil sent stocks sharply lower on Wednesday, bringing the market to its lowest level in nearly two years. The Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 500 points.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' steers clear of politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bay’s new film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” tells the story of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya through the heroics of the private security contractors assigned to protect Americans.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Arizona city made famous by Eagles song celebrates life of Glenn Frey
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Winslow, Arizona, was all but forgotten when Interstate 40 displaced Route 66 and began whisking travelers around its downtown in the late 1970s.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HEALTHBEAT: Complex issue of when to stop mammograms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they'll all eventually face: when to stop.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Obama touts Australia's contribution to Islamic State fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked Australia for its “steadfast” alliance and key contributions in the fight against Islamic State group, as he we welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House for the new leader’s first visit to Washington since taking office in September.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gov't report: Budget deficit to rise to $544B this year
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government report released Tuesday estimates that this year’s budget deficit will rise to $544 billion, an increase over prior estimates that can be attributed largely to tax cuts and spending increases passed by Congress last month. The deficit and debt picture over the long-term has also worsened considerably.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Woman charged with nursing without license in Brown case
ATLANTA (AP) — A woman accused of posing as a nurse at the hospice where Bobbi Kristina Brown spent her final days has been charged with practicing nursing without a license.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

US Supreme Court rejects Arkansas bid to revive abortion law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to revive an Arkansas law that would have banned abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Missing Illinois girl dies in Arizona after being shot
PHOENIX (AP) — Police say a teenage girl reported missing in Illinois has died in Arizona after being shot.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Frey, prolific Eagles singer-songwriter-bandleader, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Frey, a rock ’n’ roll rebel from Detroit who journeyed West, co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley formed one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” has died.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wyoming officials back various schemes in bid to rescue coal
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Public enemy No. 1 for climate change and no longer the fossil fuel utilities prefer to burn to generate electricity, coal has few allies these days. But one state is still fighting to save the industry: Wyoming.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Triumph or travesty, US-Iran ties warming over nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomatic triumph or travesty, America’s relationship with one of its most intractable foes took two giant leaps forward this weekend when Iran released four Americans in a prisoner swap after locking in last summer’s nuclear deal and receiving some $100 billion in sanctions relief.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in 17 years, civil rights leaders gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse to pay homage to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. without the Confederate flag casting a long shadow over them.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Davis reacts to another anti-coal move by Obama
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the Obama administration announced Friday it has ordered a moratorium on new leases for coal mined on federal lands:
Monday, January 18, 2016

Liquid gold goes bold a spicy new take on cheesy pasta
(Family Features) If cooler days have you wishing for savory dishes, give your menu a boost this fall with a bold, spicy twist on your favorite comfort foods. Rich, creamy dishes featuring pasta and a kick of spicy heat will warm you up from the inside out.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Winning back weeknight cooking
(Family Features) Moms pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals. But here's the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to eat because they don't have the ingredients on-hand to make dinner.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Missing teen found shot in Phoenix; suspect dead
PHOENIX (AP) — Police say a teenage girl reported missing in Illinois was found shot in Phoenix and the man she was believed to be with has taken his own life.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Farmer loses deer, boar when hunting preserve fences are cut
PARKER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania farmer who runs a guided hunting preserve said Friday someone cut his fences around Jan. 1, causing a huge financial loss when dozens of deer and boars escaped.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Army cites deep flaws at biodefense lab
WASHINGTON (AP) — A one-star general and 11 other people associated with an Army biodefense laboratory face potential punishment for leadership, management and technical failures that an Army report says contributed to the mistaken shipment of live anthrax to other labs over a period of years.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nebraska boy presented prosthetic arm by 'Star Wars' group
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 9-year-old Omaha boy has received a 3-D-printed prosthetic arm delivered by a "Star Wars" fan organization dedicated to charity work.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Obama missed opportunity to highlight red tape in final State of the Union
In a speech that lasted more than an hour and used more than 5,400 words, President Barack Obama on Tuesday night assured Americans that he was confident in the state of the union. But he found precious little time – one brief mention – to talk about the problem of over-regulation, a problem that even his administration has publicly acknowledged.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hotel seizure ends; 4 jihadis, 23 others dead

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation’s president said.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Syrian-born US citizen pleads guilty to aiding militants
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Syrian-born U.S. citizen charged with smuggling rifle scopes, night-vision goggles, knives, bulletproof vests and other gear from the United States to Islamic militants in his native country pleaded guilty Friday.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Autopsy: US woman found dead in Belize was strangled
BELIZE CITY, Belize (AP) — An autopsy on the body of a U.S. tourist found dead in western Belize has determined that she was strangled to death.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Turkey company says its working with officials
HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (AP) — The company behind the commercial turkey farm in southern Indiana where bird flu was found says it is working closely with state and federal officials.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tennessee Powerball winners: No big changes to lives
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The small-town Tennessee couple that bought one of three magic tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they don't plan to quit their jobs or buy a new house.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Early interaction initiative expected to help employers stay current with payroll taxes
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new initiative designed to more quickly identify employers who are falling behind on their payroll or employment taxes and then help them get caught up on their payment and reporting responsibilities. The effort is called the Early Interaction Initiative.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 standard mileage rates for announced
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 tax season opens January 19
WASHINGTON — Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Some tax benefits increased due to inflation adjustments
WASHINGTON — For tax year 2016, the Internal Revenue Service today announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2015-53 provides details about these annual adjustments.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Special tax tips series to help taxpayers available through January
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service, state revenue departments and the tax industry today released the first in a series of special tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Rehearsal dinner how-to
Many couples find their wedding rehearsal dinners to be relaxing respites from the whirlwind of wedding planning. Such dinners enable the happy couple to slow down and enjoy themselves in a relatively casual gathering with their closest friends and family members.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Step into the world of San Francisco's Chinatown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The best plan for tackling San Francisco's Chinatown is no plan at all. Simply wandering the wide streets and narrow alleys will take you where you need to go.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

'Idol' stars sound unconvinced this will be last season
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Fox is calling this the farewell season of “American Idol,” but the stars involved with the singing contest sound unconvinced.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

8 foods you must try in San Francisco during the Super Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is a city with serious food game, whether playing as multi-starred cuisine served in a white tablecloth hush or a simple crab cocktail eaten amid the boisterous clamor of Fisherman's Wharf.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Which Wheaton? Hate mail rekindles confusion of 2 colleges
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The angry emails came in a flurry to the president’s office at Wheaton College, a small, picturesque campus near Boston. But they all shared one simple mistake. They were sent to the wrong Wheaton.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Review of Environmental Impact
Friday, January 15, 2016

Obama halts new coal leases on federal land
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Fact Check: Misshapen rhetoric in Republican debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz stretched matters involving Iran and his own finances. Donald Trump seemed to forget he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods. Chris Christie took a magic eraser to things he’s said and Ben Carson was caught unaware of the punishing ways the Islamic State group says, Thank You for Not Smoking.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Virginia, Missouri limit media access at Capitols
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers in Virginia and Missouri are moving to limit media access to the goings on at their respective state legislatures.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Clinton cries foul over Sanders TV ad on Wall Street
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Thursday accused Democratic rival Bernie Sanders of breaking a self-imposed pledge against negative advertising, offering up the latest sign that her campaign is concerned about the Vermont senator’s rise in Iowa.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Trump-Cruz rivalry intensifies in rollicking GOP debate
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The rivalry between the Republican Party’s two leading candidates for president intensified in Thursday’s debate, which featured the most rollicking action to date.
Friday, January 15, 2016

When hurting people flee the pews
In the not-so-distant Baptist past, all Sunday services ended with altar calls, in which people came forward to make public professions of Christian faith or to become part of a local congregation.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Anglicans sanction Episcopal Church over gay marriage
NEW YORK (AP) — Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage.
Friday, January 15, 2016

French Jews ask: Is wearing your faith a risk, or a right?
PARIS (AP) — Religious Jews in Marseille are facing a wrenching choice: Whether to wear the skullcap that proclaims their religion or tuck it away in hopes of staying safe.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Debate: Should lottery winners' names be secret?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even a jackpot isn’t enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.
Friday, January 15, 2016

IDs from 5 states no longer enough to enter Fort Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Some visitors to Fort Bragg will no longer be able to enter with just a driver’s license as identification.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Los Angeles landlords, tenants to share quake retrofit costs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles landlords and tenants must equally share the costs of earthquake retrofitting, under a deal approved by the City Council.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Republican debate sure to highlight party's fractured field
WASHINGTON (AP) — A smaller cast of Republican presidential candidates returns to the main debate stage Thursday night, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the White House hopefuls to sway voters before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman, star of stage and 'Harry Potter' dies at 69
LONDON (AP) — British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died. He was 69.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pittsburgh carjackers run away from stick-shift vehicle
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police are searching for two would-be carjackers who apparently can't drive a stick-shift.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street charged with assault
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olympic gold-medalist skier Picabo Street has been charged with assault and domestic violence after authorities say she pushed her father down the stairs in a Utah home in December.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sheriff, police chase mayor down over expired car sticker
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The mayor of a small Virginia city refused to pull over as law enforcement officers chased him over an expired inspection sticker on his car, the sheriff said, and he now faces charges.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot goes to 3 winners in 3 states
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

House approves greater oversight of Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after Iran’s detention and release of U.S. sailors, the House approved GOP-backed legislation that amplifies Republican distrust of Tehran and would give Congress greater oversight of the landmark nuclear agreement.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Latest: Turkey detains 4 more in Istanbul blast probe
ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the explosion in the historic center of Istanbul. All times local.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Congress votes to scrap new rules to protect smaller waters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a threatened presidential veto, Congress has voted to scrap new federal rules intended to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

UN working for tougher sanctions on N. Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s most powerful body is working on a resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea to reflect its claim that it tested a powerful hydrogen bomb for the first time, a Security Council diplomat said Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Michigan National Guard, FEMA help Flint amid drinking water crisis
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Michigan National Guard began arriving in Flint on Wednesday for briefings on the drinking water crisis ahead of a larger contingent of Guardsmen who will help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sanders ad burst coincides with upward movement in polls
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has been putting up major advertising cash to seize momentum heading into the Democratic presidential primaries — outspending his rival Hillary Clinton just as voters are beginning to pay attention to the race.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In Iowa, is Trump stronger than people think?
DES MOINES -- Who's leading the Republican presidential race here in Iowa? Most recent polls say Ted Cruz, including last month's edition of the influential Des Moines Register poll, which had Cruz ahead of second-place Donald Trump by 10 points.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he’d keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears of some in the chamber antsy to get to Iowa to campaign for president.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ocean search for Malaysian airliner finds 2nd shipwreck
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The undersea search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished almost two years ago has found a second 19th century shipwreck deep in the Indian Ocean off the west Australian coast, officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Iranian official says US sailor issue 'is being resolved'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The detention of 10 U.S. Navy sailors taken into custody by Tehran after their two boats drifted into Iranian waters “is being resolved,” a leading Iranian official said, indicating they could be set free as early as Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Latest: Police warn residents of scam amid water crisis
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nevadans long for lotto, the bit of gambling they can't have
NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Waiting in the longest line ever outside what officials call the busiest lottery store in the nation, 74-year-old William Burke had three hours to think about what he’ll do if he wins a multi-state Powerball jackpot estimated at $1.5 billion.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Battle Creek woman returns to modeling at age 82
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Many people in the community will recognize Leah Keene's face. She's lived in Battle Creek for more than 50 years, raising her kids, selling sewing machines at JoAnn Fabrics and perfume at Hudson's and working at Bank of America. Most recently, she's been a greeter at Meijer on Beckley Road, the first face you see as you walk into the store.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force has declared in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

State Dept. to review 29,000 pages of Clinton aide's emails
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has agreed to review 29,000 pages of emails from Huma Abedin, a close aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, from their days at the State Department for possible public release under a new legal agreement with a conservative legal group. But even as Clinton presses her campaign, many of the emails would not be publicly released until six months after the election.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Obama says Trump of campaigning by 'scapegoating'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Donald Trump is waging a White House campaign based on “simplistic solutions and scapegoating.”
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As Democratic race tightens, Clinton attacks Sanders
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is ripping into rival Bernie Sanders, saying the Vermont senator offers unrealistic policies and overstates his anti-establishment credentials.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Democrats must also address illegal immigration
As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump's storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other party estrange millions of potential voters. But they do so at their own peril.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Veep Biden defends Bernie Sanders on guns, authenticity
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden described Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday as more authentic on economic inequality than Hillary Clinton, and he defended Sanders’ record on gun control.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuscaloosa turns into party town after Alabama title win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama may have won its fourth national championship in seven seasons, but for the students in Tuscaloosa the party never gets old.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What to watch for in 2016: Rising Michigan; Texas hot seats
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There is no reason to ask whether Alabama can contend for another national championship under Nick Saban in 2016.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

US border agents to inspect US-bound trucks on Mexican soil
SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the first time, U.S. border authorities will inspect trucks entering the United States on Mexican soil, working simultaneously with Mexican counterparts.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Powerball prize invites myths, misconceptions about lottery
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday’s Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant as the convenience-store kiosks offering tickets for the record-breaking jackpot.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The World Mourns For David Bowie
Monday, January 11, 2016

Powerball jackpot increases as ticket sales surge
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has grown to $1.4 billion, and the drawing is still two days away.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Lengthy budget delay to dominate 2016 legislative session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has limped along without a budget since July and solving that gridlock will be lawmakers’ top priority in the impending session, a time when they’ve traditionally turned attention to passing a fresh budget for the coming fiscal year.
The epic budget fight that’s crippling many state services will overshadow other key issues lawmakers want to address in the 2016 session, which begins Wednesday, including legislation to allow recall efforts against Chicago mayors and regulating fantasy sports gambling.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, US seek roadmap to peace
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Four countries  —— Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States —— were cloistered away late into the night Monday trying to lay a foundation they hope will eventually lead to peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban fighters. But in the end, the biggest decision that appeared to be reached was to meet again.
Monday, January 11, 2016

CNN reports American detained by North Korean government

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government of North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying, CNN reported today.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Army acting secretary steps aside; waits Senate confirmation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Army Secretary Eric Fanning is stepping aside, at least temporarily, because Senate hasn’t confirmed his nomination, officials said Monday.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Supreme court won't hear appeal from former Alabama governor
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman over his prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Senate Democrats rammed judges through, now GOP calls shots
WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 400 days, Luis Felipe Restrepo is finally getting a confirmation vote in the Senate that would make him the first Hispanic federal judge from Pennsylvania on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Arch Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
NEW YORK (AP) — Arch Coal, which has been hurt by the weakening demand for coal, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday.
Monday, January 11, 2016

VW CEO plans to submit emissions fixes to EPA chief
DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen’s new chief executive plans to present remedies for fixing diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests when he meets with the top U.S. environmental regulator this week.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Ringling circus elephants to retire in May

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Family fires veteran's ashes out of guns
HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, the son of Walter "Jim" Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 shotgun shells with his father's ashes and fired them off at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park in Hurricane with the help of relatives and friends.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Couple struggles to sell 'Silence of the Lambs' house
PERRYOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple is struggling to sell a house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs."
Monday, January 11, 2016

Obama trys to define his presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — Out of time to push a new legislative agenda, President Barack Obama will look past Congress and to the American people in his final State of the Union address, aiming to define his presidency and his legacy before others can do it for him.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

U.S. refugee program comes under fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. refugee program came under fresh criticism after federal authorities revealed that two Iraqi-born men arrested on terrorism-related charges had come to America as refugees.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Police probe man's claim he shot officer in Allah's name
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officer Jesse Hartnett was slowly patrolling his usual West Philadelphia beat just before midnight when a man appeared out of the darkness, firing a hail of bullets at close range as he charged toward the policeman's car.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Business Highlights
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tax error complicates financial help for some with Obamacare
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1.4 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law failed to properly account for it on their tax returns last year, putting their subsidies at risk if they want to keep coverage.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Extradition for Mexican drug lord not likely to be swift
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say dreams of Hollywood helped them track down and capture the world’s most notorious drug trafficker. Now they face the decision of whether Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman should face a nightmare he’s long tried to avoid: extradition to the United States.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Joplin strongly recovering in both population, business
After one of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history carved a mile-wide scar through Joplin in 2011 and killed 161 people, some thought the southwest Missouri city would never regain its footing.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Neighborhoods: Lots to do in Tucson's revitalized downtown
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — As a kid growing up in Tucson, Eddie Gallego remembers "when everything was downtown." Then businesses began to move out to the malls, and downtown suffered. Now, he says, the neighborhood has come full circle.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Record-breaking 'Star Wars' movie opens in China
BEIJING (AP) — The record-breaking “Star Wars” opened Saturday in China, where it is far from certain to draw in enough moviegoers to knock off “Avatar” as the world’s all-time biggest grossing movie.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Gunman said he shot cop in Islam's name
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man using a gun stolen from police said he was acting in the name of Islam when he ambushed an officer sitting in his marked cruiser at an intersection, firing shots at point-blank range, authorities said Friday. Both the officer and suspect were injured during the barrage of gunfire.
Friday, January 8, 2016

State to help Flint in water crisis
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor pledged additional state assistance Thursday for the southeastern Michigan city of Flint as it deals with elevated lead levels in its drinking water, but he provided little detail about what additional help and money would be provided.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Prison for man over Social Security plot hatched by dead dad
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is going to prison over a decadeslong Social Security benefits scheme hatched by his father, who died in 1984.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Alleged terrorist recruiter freed from Guantanamo
MIAMI (AP) — An alleged recruiter for the al-Qaida terrorist organization has been released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent home to Kuwait, part an ongoing effort to winnow down the number of men held at the detention center and eventually close it.
Friday, January 8, 2016

US employers hire at blistering pace
WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers added a robust 292,000 jobs in December, suggesting that the U.S. economy is so far defying global weakness and growing solidly.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so “would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving health care in America.”
Friday, January 8, 2016

High court dispute over union fees could curb labor's clout
WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the union.
Friday, January 8, 2016

US added strong 292K jobs last month; jobless rate at 5 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers added a robust 292,000 jobs in December, suggesting that the U.S. economy is so far defying global weakness and growing solidly.
Friday, January 8, 2016

AP-NORC Poll: Christian rights more vital than Muslim ones
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more likely to say protecting religious liberties of Christians is important than to say the same for Muslims, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Clinton woos Asian-Americans, slams 'hateful' GOP rhetoric
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton Thursday courted Asian-American voters, telling members of the nation’s fastest growing racial minority that she disagrees with the “hateful rhetoric” of her Republican challengers.
Friday, January 8, 2016

In Iowa, establishment GOP candidates play expectations game
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jeb Bush and Chris Christie won’t win Iowa. Marco Rubio probably won’t either.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Convicted killer of 3 women executed in Florida
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A former carnival worker who was convicted of killing three Tampa Bay-area women and then married a member of his defense team has been executed in Florida.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Alabama chief justice denies defying US Supreme Court
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — ousted from office a decade ago when he refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state property — on Thursday stood by his assertion that Alabama probate judges should not issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a seemingly direct challenge to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriages nationwide.
Friday, January 8, 2016

DA plans to charge officer who shot naked man
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area prosecutor said Thursday he plans to seek an indictment of a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed naked man last year.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

NYC settles lawsuits over Muslim surveillance
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in terrorism investigations and install a civilian representative on a committee that reviews the investigations under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

'Star Wars' Monopoly to include Rey after 8-year-old's note
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The “Star Wars” version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote “Girls matter” in a letter to game maker Hasbro noting the omission.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

New dietary guidelines: lean meat OK, cut the added sugars
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Americans may not have to cut back on eggs and salt as much as they once thought and eating lean meat is still OK. But watch the added sugars, especially the sugary drinks.
Thursday, January 7, 2016












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