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Chronic insomnia? Docs urged to try a behavior therapy first
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tossing and turning night after night? Don’t automatically reach for the pill bottle. New guidelines say the first choice to treat chronic insomnia should be cognitive behavioral therapy — a way to condition your body to slumber again.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016


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Foreign activist seeks US help as threats escalate
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to “send this Ashif to Allah.”
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DC celebrates another year of record-breaking crowds
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation’s capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jury: School failed to protect girl who claims rape
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s public school system failed to protect a special education student who says she was raped by a classmate, a jury determined Monday.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

STL jury awards $55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Anti-abortion activist goes to trial over letter to doctor
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas anti-abortion activist faces trial in federal court this week over a letter she sent to a Wichita physician saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor’s car.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Prince siblings in court in 1st hearing
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Five of Prince’s six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn’t known to have left a will.
Monday, May 2, 2016

3 Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting dwarf star
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Duck leads ducklings on annual waddle thru school
HARTLAND, Mich. (AP) — A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs and then walk the hallways with her ducklings — with the help of students and staff — to safely get to a nearby pond.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Gannet tells Trib shareholders not to vote for board
NEW YORK (AP) — Gannett is escalating its pursuit of rival newspaper company Tribune, telling shareholders of Tribune not to vote for its board member nominees up for election in June.
Monday, May 2, 2016

1st US cruise in decades docks in Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and docked in Havana today, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Princess Charlotte rakes in the gifts on her 1st birthday
LONDON (AP) — She may be too young to appreciate it, but Britain’s Princess Charlotte has received an extraordinary array of birthday gifts.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists’ concerns and Americans’ shifting views.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Fighting rages in Aleppo, parts of Syria calm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city, as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jill Biden hosting USS Delaware keel-laying ceremony
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will mark the beginning of construction on the future USS Delaware submarine.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said. Investigators called the attack a “disproportional response to a threat that didn’t exist.”
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Changes to expect as cats age
Dogs are widely referred to as “man’s best friend,” and few dog owners can imagine life without their beloved pups. But Fido’s feline counterparts are incredibly popular as well.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Let your dogs go for gold with this Olympic-inspired gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the trail, in the water or happy on the lawn, let your dogs in on some Olympic-inspired fun with new gear and activities that will have them going for gold.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Americans pony up record $60B keeping pets healthy, happy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Americans spent just over $60 billion on their pets last year, a record fueled by a big jump in what owners shelled out for services like grooming, boarding and training.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Touring sites from London's punk rock scene, 40 years later
LONDON (AP) — The Sex Pistols and The Clash led the British punk rock revolution in the steamy summer of 1976. London is marking 40 years since that summer with a series of events, gigs and exhibits this year.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

USDA offers urban farmers an online toolkit
BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering urban farmers some help in growing and marketing their produce.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Supreme Court refuses to block Texas voter ID law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law today. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.
Friday, April 29, 2016

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
Friday, April 29, 2016

NJ Weedman: Officials 'exaggerated big-time' in pot charges
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities "exaggerated big-time" in charging him with distributing pot from his restaurant and cannabis church.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Murder charge for mom after boy beaten at motel dies
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The mother of two boys found badly beaten at an Ohio motel has been charged with murder now that one of them has died.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Ohio schools close over video threatening American students
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” posted to a location-based social media app group connected to Ohio University prompted heightened security on the campus and closed six area school districts Friday.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Death Raises Questions: Did Prince Die of an Overdose?
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince’s final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It’s possible the innovative musician’s demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Dog missing 10 years found in Alabama, returning to owner
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Tracy Dove assumed the worst after her 1-year-old dog named Charlie disappeared in 2006. Days without the animal turned into years, and Dove figured the brown-and-white pointer was dead.
Friday, April 29, 2016

MSF says Syria hospital bombing killed 50
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders says the death toll from the bombing of a hospital and nearby buildings in Aleppo in Syria has risen to 50, including 6 medical staff and patients.
Friday, April 29, 2016

California brothers arrested in parents' shooting deaths
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two California brothers were arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of their parents, who were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Fights follow Trump rally in Southern Cal, about 20 arrested
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump took to the streets in California leading to some 20 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Abbott Labs to spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical
(AP) — Abbott Laboratories will spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cash-stock deal that aims to strengthen the medical device maker’s stake in cardiovascular care.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

School project's graffiti sparks fears Zodiac Killer is back
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University class project about drug cartels and serial killers took a turn when students scrawled a message on a sidewalk associated with the infamous Zodiac Killer.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers will seek significant premium hikes under President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer - stiff medicine for consumers and voters ahead of the national political conventions.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Airstrikes kill at least 60 in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, lifting from their 2016 lows but remaining historically low during the spring home-buying season. 
Thursday, April 28, 2016

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported Thursday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy in suspect's death
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff’s deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Search resumes for missing treasure hunter
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday resumed the search for a Colorado man who disappeared more than three months ago while hunting for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts in a rugged part of New Mexico.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

McNugget Makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Car full of people in PJs may mean 'heroin rush hour'
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) — “Heroin rush hour” has some telltale signs in northern Kentucky, like a car filled with people in their pajamas venturing to Cincinnati around 9 or 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Once-fugitive real estate heir's plea deal approved
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Real estate heir Robert Durst will serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge — more than 4  1/2 times the maximum under federal guidelines.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed poised to overturn the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on political corruption charges and place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

French prosecutor: Key Paris attacks suspect moved to France
PARIS (AP) — Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam — Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Belgium last month — was transferred Wednesday to France and was to appear before investigating judges who will decide how to charge him, the French prosecutor’s office said.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepared Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner of "playing the woman card" in her presidential campaign.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Panel confirms first female officer for warfighting command
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of the first female officer to lead one of the military’s warfighting commands.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its final argument of the term, the Supreme Court will weigh a former Virginia governor’s contention that doing favors for a businessman who gave him gifts like a Rolex watch, golf outings and money for wedding catering did not amount to public corruption.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Senators again reach deal on Flint water crisis aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two months, the Senate has reached a bipartisan deal to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2 baby bald eagles get new names
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two baby bald eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington have been officially named “Freedom and “Liberty” following a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

House GOP leader: No help for Puerto Rico before deadline
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will not act to help debt-ridden Puerto Rico ahead of a May 1 deadline when nearly half-a-billion dollars in bond payments come due, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Public face of US re-entry effort speaks from experience
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after being busted for cocaine trafficking, Daryl Atkinson is the public face of the Justice Department’s efforts to help convicted felons re-enter society.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tribune calls Gannett 'erratic,' still reviewing deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Tribune Publishing said Tuesday in a letter that USA Today owner Gannett was “erratic” and “unreliable” as the two newspaper companies tried to discuss a possible tie-up.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sioux tribe to meet with fed official over pipeline concerns
MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Members of the Standing Rock Sioux plan to meet with a federal official later this week to express their concerns over a planned oil pipeline.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Intelligence director rejects spy agency relocation reversal
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The director of national intelligence says he doesn’t plan to overturn a subordinate’s preliminary decision to build a federal spy agency’s new regional headquarters in St. Louis rather than relocate to Illinois.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NC LGBT debate spurs arrests
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A day of protests and arrests around North Carolina’s statehouse marked what’s likely to be weeks of impassioned debate over a law limiting protections for LGBT people.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fed will likely keep rates unchanged
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-lows.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Obama boosts Islamic State fight
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up “momentum” in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.
Monday, April 25, 2016

QB Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' penalty
NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game “Deflategate” suspension imposed by the NFL, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M
CLEVELAND (AP) — The city has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Royalty, Obama, fans mark bard's death

LONDON (AP) — If all the world’s a stage, William Shakespeare is its architect.

The playwright died 400 years ago Saturday, but remains the world’s most famous writer, living on through endlessly reinterpreted plays and globally known characters, including the tormented prince Hamlet and the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

How early is too early when it comes to a tornado?
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Meteorologists are finding something much tougher to forecast than a stormy atmosphere: the human mind.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pa. paper shares account of missing teen

By JOE PINCHOT 

The Herald » Sharon, Pennsylvania

WOLF CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police arrested a trucker Tuesday after pulling him over for a traffic violation and finding a 17-year-old girl reported missing from Illinois in his sleeper cab.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

400 year later, Shakespeare's voice still echoes in sports

(AP) — He's the cleanup hitter of the English language, the sultan of sonnet and song.

 


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Too Much Of A Good Thing - What You Need To Know About Nutrients
Most American adults already get enough calcium, folic acid and iron without eating fortified foods or taking dietary supplements, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

US acknowledges more civilian deaths in airstrikes
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airstrikes aimed at Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq killed 20 civilians between September and February, including eight in a single attack on a mortar position used by militants, the U.S. military said today.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Lawmakers pass short-term fix for colleges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved today a $600 million short-term funding fix for colleges and universities that have been struggling without state funding during the monthslong budget stalemate, a much-needed lifeline for institutions that have been laying off employees.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Obama declines to call Armenian killings genocide
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declined today to call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Nuke deal: US buys Iranian heavy water
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is buying 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water, a key component for one kind of nuclear reactor, to help Iran meet the terms of last year’s landmark nuclear deal under which it agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Can dogs heal veterans with PTSD? Jury still out
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. "Clear," Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Pop superstar Prince dies at 57
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Americans expected to remodel this year
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising number of Americans are preparing to renovate their homes this year, a potential boost for the economy, according to projections released Thursday by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

White House to give $90M for apprenticeships
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it’ll distribute $90 million this year to help states expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Only US grizzly bear recovery coordinator retiring
(AP) — The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

No more ties? Spelling Bee to get harder words
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two straight years of ties, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding more sting: The championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Great American Eclipse - August 21, 2017: Event drawing droves of tourists to path of totality
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Where’s the best place to watch next year’s eclipse? If you’re thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rio Olympics flame lit starting 15-week journey
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled today at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Queen has reached many milestones in her life
LONDON (AP) — Today Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reach the age of 90. It’s just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here’s a look at some other numbers regarding Britain’s queen:
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Court: doubts about drunk driving laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is expressing doubts about laws in at least a dozen states that make it a crime for people suspected of drunken driving to refuse to take alcohol tests.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Terror victims win judgment against Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a judgment allowing families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and other terrorist attacks to collect nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senate okays bill promoting clean coal technology
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Harriet Tubman to replace Jackson on $20-bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years, a Treasury official said today.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II at 90: A look at the highs, lows of her reign
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday on Thursday as Britons and many throughout the world celebrate her long and dignified reign. She will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Birthplace marks 400 years since Shakespeare died
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England (AP) — “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this week. But he played out much of his life in one small English market town: Stratford-upon-Avon.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senate passes bill that would boost airport security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan aviation policy bill Tuesday that would boost airport security, extend new protections to airline passengers and help speed the introduction of package-delivery drones.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boston Marathon movies filmed during race Monday
BOSTON (AP) — With the real-life Boston Marathon underway Monday, Hollywood film crews took to the marathon finish line and Fenway Park to shoot scenes for competing movies about the deadly 2013 marathon attacks.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Study backs hoped-for diabetes cure
WASHINGTON (AP) — Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.
Monday, April 18, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a 76-year-old Alabama man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for possessing less than three pounds of marijuana that he said he grew for personal use.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Okla. City a defining moment in Garland's career
Monday, April 18, 2016

Trump wuz robbed
Monday, April 18, 2016

The Early American Dream House
Monday, April 18, 2016

Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices today over President Barack Obama’s immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Man plans to sue over wrongful conviction
CHICAGO (AP) — A 76-year-old Washington state man released from prison after a prosecutor concluded he was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a schoolgirl says he intends to sue Illinois for the suffering five years of imprisonment caused him and his family.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II turning 90
LONDON (AP) — The longest-reigning monarch in British history turns 90 on Thursday, but Queen Elizabeth II is not planning a major, fireworks-filled celebration to mark the happy occasion.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Judge says lawsuit to integrate war monument can proceed
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge says members of the American Legion can press their lawsuit seeking to bring long-delayed integration to a World War I memorial that separates the soldiers’ names by race.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren, comic book hero?
BOSTON (AP) — Her parents didn’t hail from the planet Krypton, and she was never bitten by a radioactive spider, but that hasn’t stopped Elizabeth Warren from starring as a comic book hero.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Project aims to locate firefighters' graves in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Active and retired firefighters in central Illinois are working to locate and honor the graves of 75 firefighters.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Immigration drives Supreme Court dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

New report says tourists spending more money in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourists are spending more money on their trips to Sin City, according to a new report by the Las Vegas tourism board.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fred Hayman dies in Malibu, age 90
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street into one of the world’s pre-eminent fashion districts, earning him the sobriquet “Godfather of Rodeo Drive,” has died at age 90.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Hickory Farms founder dies
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman who started specialty food company Hickory Farms that sells sausage sticks and cheese trays has died. Richard Ransom was 96.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Fatal deer disease growing in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin’s deer population is growing geographically and in prevalence.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Painkiller critics take aim at hospital procedures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Raging immigration battle hits Court Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Education chief wants more well-rounded learning
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for a return to a more well-rounded education for schoolchildren — one that spotlights the importance of science, social studies and the arts, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. says.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Banks looking to enter the lucrative business of advance check cashing
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Banks are rolling out services that allow their customers to cash a check before it clears — for a fee, of course.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

EPA: Changes to lead water rule next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s top water regulator said Wednesday that officials are working urgently to strengthen a federal rule limiting lead and copper in drinking water — a key focus in the ongoing lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hawaiian, Alaska tops for on-time flights
(AP) — Here are the government's rankings of the leading airlines and their on-time performance for February.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Peabody files for bankruptcy today
NEW YORK (AP) — Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, has filed for bankruptcy protection as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

US: Russian planes buzz Navy ship in Baltic Sea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian attack planes buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea multiple times on Monday and Tuesday, at one point coming so close — an estimated 30 feet — that they created wakes in the water around the ship, a U.S. official said today.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

House GOP seeks consensus on Puerto Rico help
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress must act quickly to help Puerto Rico manage its $70 billion debt as multimillion-dollar payments to creditors loom, a House committee chairman said today.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Iraqi tank dubbed 'The Beast' on battlefield tear
WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Beast” is running wild on the streets in Iraq.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

London exhibit: A brief history of underwear
LONDON (AP) — Think of it as Victoria’s (and Albert’s) secret. London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has peeled back fashion’s layers to expose everything from long johns to lingerie in “Undressed,” an exhibition tracing the hidden history of underwear.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Duke and Duchess safari focuses on conservation
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, India (AP) — After a night of traditional music and dance, The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, headed out in a jeep Wednesday morning into the wilds of remote northeast India for a wildlife safari to see rhinos, elephants and more.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Husband of woman shot at Jewish site sues gun sellers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The husband of one of the three people killed by a white supremacist at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City has sued over the sale of the shotguns used in the April 2014 attack.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Businesses that share the Trump name get swept up in the circus
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not easy being Trump these days. Just ask the people at Trump Tobacco in California, Trump Travel in New York, Trump Memorials in Nebraska and Trump Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Kansas.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bomb threats prompt 7 Ind. schools to cancel classes
ST. JOHN, Ind. (AP) — Seven northwestern Indiana schools have canceled classes after local police received bomb threats naming some of the schools as targets.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Goodbye, Lake Wobegon: 'Prairie Home' is getting a new host
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — No more Guy Noir, Private Eye. No more tales of Dusty and Lefty, the luckless cowboys. And no more weekly "News From Lake Wobegon," the imaginary Minnesota town famous for strong women, good-looking men and above-average children.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is
WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

US woman jailed for 'insulting' United Arab Emirates
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A 25-year old American woman appeared in court Monday on misdemeanor charges for allegedly insulting the United Arab Emirates in public while waiting for a taxi at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Medicare plan on payment for cancer drugs stirs battle
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Medicare proposal to test new ways of paying for chemotherapy and other drugs given in a doctor’s office has sparked a furious battle, and cancer doctors are demanding that the Obama administration scrap the experiment.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Network a 'supercell' of extremism
PARIS (AP) — The number of people linked to the Islamic State network that attacked Paris and Brussels reaches easily into the dozens, with a series of new arrests over the weekend that confirmed the cell’s toxic reach and ability to move around unnoticed in Europe’s criminal underworld.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Canadian Pacific ends bid to buy Norfolk Southern
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Canadian Pacific said Monday that it is ending its nearly $30 billion takeover bid for Norfolk Southern, less than six months after it offered to buy the rival railroad.
Monday, April 11, 2016

SpaceX delivers world's 1st inflatable room for astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world’s first inflatable room for astronauts.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Bill draft would prohibit unbreakable encryption
WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government access data on a computer or mobile device with a warrant.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Don't be fooled by 'smashing windows' prank calls
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding, police said Saturday, mirroring similar deceptions at Burger Kings and other fast-food restaurants in other states in recent months.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

With negative feelings for front runners, election's about who we dislike least
WASHINGTON (AP) — In any other election year, more than half the country holding an unfavorable impression of a candidate for president would be cause for alarm.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Opinions are rising on Obama, but 71 percent say country is on wrong track
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ ratings of President Barack Obama are creeping up.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pill Splitting: Is This Money-Saving Medicine Strategy Really Safe For Me?
It sounds simple enough: Cut your pills in half to cut your prescription costs in half. The do-it-yourself practice of pill splitting is one that many doctors and health plans support.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Long-ago Champaign champions revisit the glory days
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — On a recent morning, Ted Beach and Earl Harrison huddled outside Combes Gym and hoisted the state championship trophy.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson reveals complicated life
NEW YORK (AP) — PBS’ documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson gets most interesting when the gloves and bats are put away for good.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: 'Unbroken Brain' takes a look at addiction
Nancy Reagan's death last month caused some to take stock of her mantra "Just Say No" and why it failed to prevent addiction or dissuade many young people in the 1980s from experimenting with dangerous drugs.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Head to the Blue Room in Kansas City
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Smokies to use lottery for firefly event
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors hoping to see the synchronous fireflies this summer will need to enter a lottery for the limited parking spots.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Cost of mailing a letter drops to 47 cents Sunday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of mailing a letter is going down.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Teen suspect faces murder charge in Austin student's killing
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old suspect will be charged with murder Friday in the killing of a University of Texas dance major whose body was found in a creek on campus in Austin, police said.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Official: Airman shot his commander at Texas base
DALLAS (AP) — An airman shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide Friday at a U.S. Air Force base in San Antonio, a senior U.S. official said.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Pope: Conscience, not rules, must lead faithful
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said today that Catholics should look to their own consciences rather than rely exclusively on church rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Swedes invite world to call 'random' citizens
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ever felt like calling up a complete stranger in Sweden?
Friday, April 8, 2016

Siesta alert: Spain may end WWII time warp
MADRID (AP) — Spain's celebrated siesta could be facing a modern makeover.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Feds: Payday lender charged 700 percent interest
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The head of a payday lending enterprise accused of charging as much as 700 percent interest on short-term loans has been indicted on federal racketeering charges in Philadelphia.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Democrats block SEC nominees over political money
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition from top Senate Democrats Thursday stalled two of the president’s nominees to the Securities and Exchange Commission over whether the nominees support requiring publicly-traded corporations to disclose political spending.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

4 Fed leaders to share thoughts on bank's influence
WASHINGTON (AP) — Their words move markets. Their plans stir speculation. Their tenures spark debate.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Obama at Univ. of Chicago pushing for Garland
WASHINGTON (AP) — The stalled nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is giving President Barack Obama a chance to do what he says he’s missed: go back to school.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hawaii dealing with big teacher shortage
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education has been seeking out educators from the mainland to deal with the state’s growing teacher shortage.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

U of I head sends email about 'chalking'
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The interim chancellor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has sent an email to the campus addressing what she calls “painful” speech.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Illinois mayor takes civics lesson to the classroom
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — Mayor Jeff Grove explained La Salle government recently to 16 students in Jaicyln Brown’s eighth-grade American history class at Trinity Catholic Academy.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cruz outmaneuvering Trump in delegate fight
DENVER (AP) — While the focus of the Republican presidential campaign shifts eastward to the New York primary, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is pivoting west, where he is quietly trying to chip away at Donald Trump’s lead in the race for convention delegates.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wobble cushions, bean bags and exercise balls replace classroom seating
MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — Northside Elementary School second-grader Maya Decker bounced gleefully on an exercise ball. P.E.? Negative. This is how Chelsea Stuart’s students roll. And sit, bounce, recline and lie down.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Clinton and Sanders clash over qualifications
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign fired back at her rival Bernie Sanders after the Vermont senator questioned whether she is “qualified” to be president.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Merle Haggard dies Wednesday on 79th birthday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home,” died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Justice Dept. sues to stop Haliburton oilfield deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sued to stop Halliburton Co. from acquiring oilfield services rival Baker Hughes Inc., saying the deal would eliminate head-to-head competition and harm consumers.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Gov't seeks to limit questions on Clinton's email
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for the State Department have asked a federal judge to limit the scope of testimony about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of state. 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A surprising top haven for tax cheats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. lambastes and strong-arms countries that help drug lords and millionaire investors hide their money from tax collectors. Critics say it should look closer to home.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How stricter rules for brokers will affect retirement
WASHINGTON (AP) — High fees. Conflicts of interest. Inappropriate investments.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Become a smaller target for ransomware attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacking for ransom is on the rise — on pace to beat out last year’s figures — and hits people where it hurts, locking them out of files, photos and critical records until they pay hackers a bounty to restore their access. Hackers bait users to click on infected email links or open infected attachments, or they take advantage of outdated and vulnerable systems.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

LHC Group inks home health, hospice partnership in Arizona
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-based LHC Group will become the majority owner and operator of two of Northern Arizona Healthcare's home health agencies and a hospice under a joint venture agreement.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Medicare opens new push on hip, knee replacement
WASHINGTON (AP) — From Akron to Tampa Bay, from New York City to San Francisco, Medicare on Friday launches an ambitious experiment changing how it pays for hip and knee replacements in an effort to raise quality and lower costs.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Laptop theft from US hits 'most vulnerable'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top watchdogs in the House demanded to know Tuesday why a personal laptop taken from a federal building in Washington state was used to conduct child-support audits, especially because it and other stolen hard drives may have contained millions of names and Social Security numbers.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review panel says Rep. Grayson likely violated rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional review panel says there is “substantial reason to believe” Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida acted improperly in a number of business activities and in managing his congressional office.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

YMCA drops tackle football, citing risks
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — A YMCA in northeast Nebraska has cited concussion and other health risks in announcing that it will drop its tackle football program for children in third through sixth grades.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Autistic boy's mother wins locker room access battle
DETROIT (AP) — The mother of an autistic boy who was barred from the women's locker room at a recreation center has won a legal battle with the city of Detroit.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fever: Federal report says global warming making America sick
WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming is making America sicker, and it's only going to get worse, according to a new federal government report.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Facebook programs computers to describe photos for the blind
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Senate back in session this week; little expected
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress increasingly is being defined by what it’s not doing this election year.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Obama: NATO alliance remains key to security
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday called NATO “the linchpin” of U.S. security policy and a critical ally in the fight against terrorism, indirectly countering Republican Donald Trump’s recent claims that the 67-year-old alliance is obsolete.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Trump's wisdom: 'I automatically win' if Kasich would just quit
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is pushing rival John Kasich to get out of the White House race, arguing that the Ohio governor shouldn’t be allowed to collect future delegates because the nomination is already beyond his grasp.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Court rules states can count everyone
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can count everyone, not just eligible voters, in deciding how to draw electoral districts.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Princeton to keep Wilson's name despite his views
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Woodrow Wilson’s name will remain on Princeton University’s public policy school, despite calls to remove it because the former U.S. president was a segregationist, the Ivy League university announced today.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Trump overwhelmingly leads his rival for support among less educated
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was in Nevada, just about month ago, when Donald Trump proclaimed his affection for the uneducated.
Monday, April 4, 2016

LA father charged with killing son for being gay
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting his son outside a home where his wife was found dead has been charged with one count of premeditated murder as a hate crime, with prosecutors alleging he killed his son for being gay.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ex-girlfriend says bus station gunman hated police officers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A woman who dated the Virginia bus station gunman says he frequently expressed his hatred toward police and once nearly choked her to death after she broke up with him.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Several US presidents had Confederate ties
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though the phrase “brother against brother” is overblown, the American Civil War divided families, neighbors, and soldiers in the U.S. Army.  It also divided some former Presidents.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Connecticut commissioner participates in Zika conference
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Public Health is participating in a White House summit on how to fight the Zika virus.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Teeny statue museum opening soon in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A small, odd-on-purpose museum devoted to Statue of Liberty kitsch has opened in Indianapolis on East 10th Street, already one of the city's quirkier, more interesting areas.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

University disavows chocolate milk study, returns money
NEW YORK (AP) — The University of Maryland on Friday disavowed its study saying a company's chocolate milk could help athletes recover from concussions, citing a range of problems uncovered by an internal investigation.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Where Americans found jobs in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail, construction and health care went on a hiring spree last month. The three sectors combined accounted for almost two-thirds of total U.S. job gains in March.
Friday, April 1, 2016

History: Several US presidents had Confederate ties
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though the phrase “brother against brother” is overblown, the American Civil War divided families, neighbors, and soldiers in the U.S. Army.  It also divided some former Presidents.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Spoonbread Fest in Ky canned over Confederate flag
BEREA, Ky. (AP) — An annual festival that draws thousands of people to a small central Kentucky city has been canceled this year because of controversy over selling and displaying merchandise depicting the Confederate flag.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Obama says nuke terror attack would change world
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that the world faces a persistent and evolving threat from terrorists who are eager to unleash a devastating nuclear attack. “It would change our world,” he said.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Effort to recall Michigan gov can move forward
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge says a political activist can proceed with efforts to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder over his handling of Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Clinton tries to win NY with her congressional record
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is releasing a $10 billion plan aimed at revitalizing manufacturing in Syracuse today, part of an effort to highlight her work as a senator from New York ahead of that state’s primary later this month.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Obama to push court nominee at Univ. of Chicago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads to law school next week to push his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Western tale by a teenage Thurber published for 1st time
NEW YORK (AP) — Before becoming one of the great wits of the 20th century, James Thurber was a teenager hooked on Westerns.
Friday, April 1, 2016

'Manspreading' illustrated: Exhibit studies subway etiquette
NEW YORK (AP) — “Manspreading” is an indelicate new term to describe how some male subway riders deprive other passengers of a seat. But seat-hogging is just one of many inconsiderate behaviors that have been the bane of commuters at least as far back as the 1940s in transit systems across the globe.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Rooms are pricey this weekend in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Of all the cities hosting March Madness games this year, Houston, which opens its doors to the men’s NCAA Final Four on Saturday, will set ticket-holders back the most money.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

US joins with allies to deter N. Korea nukes
WASHINGTON — The United States pledged today to deepen cooperation with allies South Korea and Japan on deterring the North Korean nuclear threat, working to ramp up pressure following worrying provocations. Leaders of the three countries urged the world community to vigilantly enforce new U.N. sanctions.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

US to change stance on dollars for Iran after all
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press, describing an arcane tweak to U.S. financial rules that could prove significant for Tehran’s sanctions-battered economy.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Under fire on abortion, Trump fights to improve his standing with women
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Donald Trump is fighting to convince a skeptical Republican Party he can improve his standing among women, even as he takes back an explosive comment about abortion and attacks the credibility of a female reporter police say was illegally grabbed by the GOP front-runner’s campaign manager.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Alabama governor's scandal not going away, brings resignation of top aide
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Wednesday, a week after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Obama commutes sentences for 61 offenders
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on today including more than a third serving life sentences, working to give new energy to calls for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Foreign adoptions in US reach lowest mark since 1981
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 12 percent last year to the lowest level since 1981, according to new State Department figures.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Study shows big performance gap for car headlights
WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be a reason why people have trouble seeing while driving at night, and it’s not their eyesight. A new rating of the headlights of more than 30 midsized car models gave only one model a grade of “good.”
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

$86M counter-narcotics drug plane still grounded
WASHINGTON (AP) — An $86 million Drug Enforcement Administration plane purchased seven years ago to fly surveillance and counter-narcotics missions in Afghanistan remains grounded in Delaware and likely will never fly in Asia, according to a scathing audit released today by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gov't can't freeze assets unrelated to crimes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government cannot freeze the financial assets of people accused of crimes if the money has no connection to criminal activity and is needed to pay legal defense costs, the Supreme Court ruled today.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Journey toward complete retirement can be long
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The transition from employment to retirement used to be marked by a date on a calendar, along with some sheet cake, and a maybe a gold watch. Those days are long gone for most workers in the United States.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Son Sean Astin remembers Patty Duke, 'a warrior'
NEW YORK (AP) — Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” then maintained a long career while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Garland holding first meeting with GOP Illinois senator Kirk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland is set to meet with Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, marking the Supreme Court nominee’s first courtesy call on a Republican senator.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In good company: Retirement community boasts 6 centenarians
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With roughly 72,000 centenarians in the United States, it's not all that unusual to find several clustered in the same city. But to have several living under the same roof in the same city?
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Police arrest teen in fatal shooting at DC train station
WASHINGTON (AP) — A teenager was being charged Tuesday with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old last weekend on a train station platform in Washington.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Capitol returning to normal day after intruder is shot
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol complex reopened amid visibly higher security Tuesday, a day after police say officers shot and wounded a man who pulled a weapon at a security checkpoint as he entered the underground Capitol Visitor Center.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Daniels, Travis & Foster to join Country Music Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fiddler Charlie Daniels, singer Randy Travis, and producer and label owner Fred Foster are joining the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tied 4-4, high court gives unions a win
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, labor unions on Tuesday won a high-profile Supreme Court dispute they once seemed all but certain to lose.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mom delays cancer care to protect baby she says saved her
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive brain cancer, it comes down to this:  “The baby saved me. Now it’s my turn to save him.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bloomberg, others donate $125M for new cancer institute
BALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others have donated $125 million to create a cancer-fighting institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the school said Tuesday. 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Another drug company in the crosshairs of Congress
NEW YORK (AP) — Another pharmaceutical company is being targeted by lawmakers over drug pricing.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Town in rural southern Nevada up for sale for $8 million
CAL-NEV-ARI, Nev. (AP) — Buying your own town is as easy as buying 500 acres of vacant land located just 70 miles south of Las Vegas from the founder of a place called Cal-Nev-Ari.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday vowed to eliminate perpetrators of terror attacks such as the massive suicide bombing that targeted Christians gathered for Easter the previous day in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 70 people.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Supreme Court rejects Blagojevich appeal in corruption case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Belgian police hunt airport suspect
BRUSSELS (AP) — As the number of victims in the Brussels suicide attacks rose to 35, Belgian police on Monday released a video of a mysterious man in a dark hat seen in the company of the bombers who attacked Brussels Airport, indicating that he is still at large.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'
HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.”
Monday, March 28, 2016

Volcano erupts in southwest Alaska; sends ash 20,000 feet
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote and active volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted, sending ash 20,000 feet into the air, scientists said.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Attacking Cruz's wife likely to hurt Trump with women
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Donald Trump’s latest rude comments about Ted Cruz’s wife are raising new alarms among Republicans about the party front-runner’s ability to win over women, especially in a potential fall presidential match-up with Hillary Clinton.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Russian warplanes carry out 40 air strikes in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian airstrikes have seized three neighborhoods inside Palmyra, a town with famed Roman-era ruins that fell to the Islamic State group last May, state media reported Saturday.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Thousands trace Jesus' footsteps in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Catholics and Protestants commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem's Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

After a bleak week in Europe, Pope offers hope
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis  presided over a solemn vigil service to usher in the hope-filled Easter celebrations after a dark week in Europe.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pastry helps save life of hungry piglet left on interstate
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A pastry has helped save the life of a pot-bellied piglet that was abandoned on a busy highway in New Jersey.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Inside Frankenmuth, Michigan's Bavarian Inn
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — If you've stopped for a night at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, you aren't alone.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Coffee obsession reaches new peak, knowing altitude
WASHINGTON (AP) — The coffee obsession has reached a new peak: You can now know the altitude at which the beans used for your morning cup of java were grown.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

US kills ISIS top financial leader; ups troops in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said today it was moving to increase the number of American forces in Iraq and announced that U.S. forces have killed the Islamic State’s finance minister. “We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
Friday, March 25, 2016

US indicts hackers in effort to send message to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The seven Iranian hackers charged with attacking dozens of banks and a small dam near New York City may never see the inside of a courtroom, but U.S. officials hope their “name and shame” tactic sends a message to foreign governments that support such attacks.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Garry Shandling Dies At 66 fellow comedians laud his genius
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Garry Shandling’s fellow comedians fought to host a late-night show, he brushed away the prospect.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Brussels police conduct more raids; Two Americans are confirmed among dead
BRUSSELS (AP) — Police raided Brussels neighborhoods again today in an operation a local official said was linked to both the airport and subway bombings and to the arrest in the Paris suburbs of a man who may have been plotting a new attack in France.
Friday, March 25, 2016

The Villages fastest growing metro area in US
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Have golf cart, will travel. At least to The Villages.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Experts answer question 'Why Belgium?'
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has come up short in its efforts to prevent extremist attacks time and again, experts say — failing to coordinate intelligence, investigate suspects and control its borders.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Poland's leaders want no refugees after Brussels blasts
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president today threw his support behind a government decision to renege on a deal to accept thousands of refugees, blaming security concerns raised by Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Obama: US slow to speak out for human rights in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Barack Obama said today that the United States was slow to speak out for human rights in Argentina during a dark chapter that still haunts the South American nation, but pledged that his administration will do its part to “confront the past with honesty and transparency.”
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Once forgotten, Calif. primary could sway contest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine Ted Cruz walking precincts in Haight-Ashbury, the hippie homeland in Nancy Pelosi’s district. Or Donald Trump stumping in Compton, the West Coast capital of hip-hop.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rainbow-colored bird attracts attention in Vt.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Bird-watchers are flocking to a small town in Vermont hoping to catch a glimpse of the painted bunting, a rare bird described as a “flying rainbow” that normally doesn’t fly north of the Carolinas on the East Coast.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Obama: Will go after ISIS aggressively
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A day after bombs ripped through Brussels, President Barack Obama declared that fighting the Islamic State is his “No. 1 priority” and pledged that the United States will pursue the jihadist group until it is destroyed.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Justices divided over health law birth control plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems deeply divided over the arrangement devised by the Obama administration to spare faith-based groups from having to pay for birth control for women covered under their health plans.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Electrics, hybrids no longer just gas-sippers
NEW YORK (AP) — When Toyota aired a Super Bowl television ad featuring a surprisingly quick Prius gas-electric hybrid eluding police, it marked a turning point for the auto industry.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

316 cybersecurity incidents logged on HealthCare.gov
WASHINGTON (AP) — The web portal used by millions of consumers to get health insurance coverage under President Barack Obama’s law logged 316 security incidents in just under 18 months, said a report Wednesday by nonpartisan congressional investigators.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

American Muslims decry Cruz comments
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Some American Muslims feel they are once again on the defensive following presidential candidate Ted Cruz's suggestion that Muslim-dominated neighborhoods should be subject to increased surveillance in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Clinton, Trump take Az., Cruz, Sanders get Utah
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a fresh cloud of overseas violence, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded wins with their chief rivals on Tuesday and attacked each other’s worldviews as the 2016 presidential contest turned into a clash of would-be commanders in chief.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Insurers try to build better directories
(AP) — Some health insurers are hoping to ease headaches that can flare when customers try to confirm whether a doctor is covered in a plan's network of providers.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FDA adds boldest warning to widely-used painkillers
Prescription painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely used prescription painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

At 100, World War II nurses have friendship of a lifetime
NEW YORK (AP) — They were young Army nurses in World War II, sharing a room and experiences that forged an extraordinary bond.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Vachel Lindsay's walk across America
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The poet Vachel Lindsay tramped across America more than a century ago, trading his poems for food and earning the nickname of “the Prairie Troubadour.” On April 2, the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site presents an original play about his travels.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

At least 31 dead after bombings in Brussels
BRUSSELS (AP) — Bombs exploded Tuesday at the Brussels airport and in the city’s subway, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Experts see little chance of charges in Clinton email case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Asked earlier this month whether she’d be indicted over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton responded: “It’s not going to happen.”
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Woman found dead in freezer of downtown Atlanta hotel
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a kitchen worker has been found dead in the walk-in freezer of a downtown hotel.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Steel made at northwest Ind. factory used in Navy vessels
BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — The 337-foot USS Illinois submarine has been built with steel made at the Arcelor Mittal USA factory in northwest Indiana.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Veterans are using pot to ease PTSD, despite scant research
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New iDevices say: Small is beautiful, too
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — As it struggles to match the success of its big-screen iPhones, Apple is now contending that small can be beautiful, too.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FBI: Attacker's phone possibly accessible without Apple help
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The government has been adamant for weeks: FBI investigators need to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, and Apple Inc. was the only one that could do it.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Justice focusing on most serious drug crimes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal drug prosecutions has dropped in the last year, but the cases that are pursued involve more serious crimes, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Monday, March 21, 2016

FDA moves to ban most powdered surgical gloves
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are moving to ban most surgical gloves made with powder, a feature designed to make them easier to wear, but which actually poses health risks to patients.
Monday, March 21, 2016

US Marines deploy to northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has set up a small Marine artillery outpost in northern Iraq to protect a nearby Iraqi military base where U.S. advisers are helping Iraqi combat troops plan and prepare for a counteroffensive in Mosul, a U.S. spokesman said today.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Justice focusing on most serious drug crimes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal drug prosecutions has dropped in the last year, but the cases that are pursued involve more serious crimes, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Monday, March 21, 2016









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