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Pence meets with Erdogan, seeking Syria cease fire
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence concluded more than four hours of negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday with no immediate word on whether any progress was made toward a cease-fire in Turkey’s fight with Kurdish troops in northern Syria.
Thursday, October 17, 2019


Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; the next hurdle is Parliament
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc’s leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Warren, the candidate with the answers, dodges the big tax hike question
Elizabeth Warren is rising to the top of the Democratic pack with ambitious promises to reshape the political and economic system. But as she faces growing scrutiny, the Massachusetts senator is opening herself to criticism that she’s just another politician dodging the tough questions.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Toxic PCBs linger in schools: EPA and lawmakers fail to act
At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained carpets.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Trump: US has no stake in Turkey's fight
President Donald Trump declared today that Turkey’s attacks in Syria against Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American soldiers are not a U.S. concern.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years
The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sanders and Warren stockpile millions more than their 2020 rivals have
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don’t just lead the Democratic presidential primary in fundraising. They’ve stockpiled millions more than their rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who burned through money at a fast clip over the past three months while posting an anemic fundraising haul.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Russia moves to fill void left by US in Syria
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria today, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government and Turkish forces. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winner Farrow says NBC lacked enthusiasm for Weinstein story
NEW YORK (AP) — In reporter Ronan Farrow’s account of his contentious divorce from NBC News, the more evidence he gathered on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, the less enthusiastic his bosses seemed to be.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In a last-ditch effort to save spotted owls, federal officials are killing barred owls
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor
If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved.

 But the local organ collection agency said no. It gave no reason, no explanation to his family, though the Connecticut man appeared to be a well-qualified donor despite advancing age: He died in a hospital, on a ventilator, previously healthy until a car crash that led to a stroke.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Columbus Day: At least 5 states have done away with holiday in deference to Native Americans
A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Portraits drawn by the most prolific serial killer in US could help crack cold cases
Most of the women in Samuel Little’s hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning.

Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off to the side. Some wear lipstick and jewelry.

Monday, October 14, 2019

State's role in prosecuting immigrants
Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could lead to Morales’s deportation.
Monday, October 14, 2019

In Sanders' plan to 'end corporate greed' companies give ownership stakes to workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has released a major proposal to “end corporate greed and corruption” by requiring large companies to give ownership stakes to their workers. The proposal also would ensure that many of the nation’s most profitable firms pay more in federal taxes and government authorities do more to target monopolies and halt mergers that may harm consumers.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info: Illinois, others don't comply
(AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers’ license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Hunter Biden is stepping down from board of Chinese-backed private equity firm
NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Army revampinge process to become a Green Beret
CAMP MACKALL, N.C. (AP) — Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It’s after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Ruling leaves Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions on hold
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s decision to put on hold an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down
Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from his post as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job, President Donald Trump announced Friday. McAleenan told The Associated Press that he was leaving on his own terms, which would be unlike other top administration figures pushed out during Trump’s tenure.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

U.S., China declare trade war truce
The Trump administration and China declared a temporary truce Friday in their 15-month trade war. Yet the grievances that led them to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods remain largely unresolved.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

100,000 people are evacuated in wildfire near LA
A wildfire raged out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles early today, forcing thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Pentagon urges Turkey to halt incursion into Syria
An “impulsive” decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war and puts America’s Syrian Kurdish partners “in harm’s way,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Major highways closed in crippling fall snowstorm
Hundreds of miles of major highways in North Dakota have been closed due to what forecasters are calling a crippling fall snowstorm.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Trump sets meeting with Chinese negotiator
President Donald Trump said he would meet at the White House on Friday with the leader of the Chinese negotiating team now in Washington for the latest round of talks aimed at ending a 15-month trade battle that is weighing on the global economy.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Flooding: Wealthy counties get more FEMA buyouts
FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently, a new study finds.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Social Security: Retirees will get a modest 1.6% raise
Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Florida men tied to Giuliani arrested
Two businessmen tied to efforts by President Donald Trump’s lawyer to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son were charged Thursday with campaign finance violations in the U.S. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump’s reelection.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Season's greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing thru Plains
A powerful winterlike storm moving through the Great Plains was closing schools and causing travel headaches in several states, authorities said today.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

What Fox has to say: Non-impeachment impeachment is a political hit job
Critics of President Donald Trump who wonder about the tenacity of his supporters need only to spend three hours with Fox News Channel’s headliners to get an idea why.

On his most influential venue, Trump’s firewall remains secure.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text
Dr. Anna Nguyen spoke with none of the five patients she treated on a recent weekday morning. She didn’t even leave her dining room.

The emergency physician nevertheless helped a pregnant Ohio woman handle hip pain, examined a Michigan man’s sore throat and texted a mom whose son became sick during a family trip to Mexico.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Trump doesn't want US troops in Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today defended his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, insisting he is focused on the “BIG PICTURE” that doesn’t include American involvement in “stupid endless wars” in the Middle East.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Killer's lifetime of evil backed by prodigious memory
(AP) — Samuel Little’s depravity is matched only by his prodigious memory.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

MedMen's ends huge deal with Chicago co. adding to cannabis stock woes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana stocks have come down hard from their highs a year ago, and the skid isn’t just spooking investors.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Admin blocks diplomat from testifying
President Donald Trump intensified his fight with Congress today over the Democrats’ impeachment investigation, as the administration blocked a U.S. diplomat from testifying behind closed doors about the president’s dealings with Ukraine. House committee chairmen said they would subpoena the envoy to force him to appear.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT rights
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard highly anticipated cases on whether federal civil rights law should apply to LGBT people, with Chief Justice John Roberts questioning how doing so would affect employers.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Border apprehensions drop as crackdown continues
The number of migrants apprehended at the southern U.S. border declined in September for the fourth straight month, Trump administration officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Biden plan: Community, technical college free; more generous fed loan plans
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to make community and technical college free and federal college loan programs more generous as he shifts leftward but not as far as his 2020 rivals.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Three win Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense low oxygen
Two Americans and a British scientist won a Nobel Prize on Monday for discovering details of how the body's cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, providing a foothold for developing new treatments for anemia, cancer and other diseases.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Democrats issue more subpoenas
House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine issued subpoenas Monday to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and acting White House budget director Russell Vought.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Trump pulls back U.S. troops from northern Syria
President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria drew quick, strong criticism Monday from some of his closest allies in Congress. It was condemned, too, by Kurdish fighters who would be abandoned to face a likely Turkish assault after fighting alongside Americans for years against the Islamic State.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Trump to sign US-Japan trade deal that benefits farmers
President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement today with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Immigration protesters shout down DHS secretary
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Dallas mayor: Avoid speculation after Guyger witness death
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas’ mayor has asked the public to avoid speculating about the fatal shooting of a key witness in the recent trial of a former police officer who was convicted of murder in the killing of her upstairs neighbor.
Monday, October 7, 2019

First lady calls for end of e-cigarette marketing to youth
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump is calling on companies to stop marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they’re addictive and dangerous.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Police shoot, kill armed man in suburban St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say police officers have shot and killed an armed man while responding to a disturbance in suburban St. Louis.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Woman hides in store's ceiling to avoid shoplifting arrest
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces multiple charges after authorities say she climbed into the ceiling of a Big Lots store to avoid a shoplifting arrest.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines went into records after crash
SEATTLE (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet after it crashed this year — a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included routinely signing off on shoddy repairs.
Monday, October 7, 2019

US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university.
Monday, October 7, 2019

1 of 2 men wanted in deadly Kansas bar shooting arrested
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — One of the two men accused of opening fire inside a Kansas bar early Sunday, killing four people and wounding five others, was arrested Sunday afternoon while the other remained at large, police said.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter 'feels fine' after fall
PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter fell Sunday at his home in Georgia and needed some stitches above his brow, but “feels fine,” his spokeswoman said.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Election-year court agenda is hot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights as well as protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Family album found in Texas has ties to Illinois
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Knees in the dirt, Mike Rodriguez dug through a plastic bin at the Mission Open Air Market on San Antonio’s South Side and pulled out an unexpected treasure.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Indiana women crossing state lines for abortions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 18,000 women traveled out of Indiana to terminate their pregnancies in recent years, according to state and federal data, likely fueled by the closure of abortion clinics and new laws restricting access to the procedure.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Ways For Your Student To Cover College Costs If Financial Aid Isn't Enough
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Crunch, slurp, burp: Binge eating videos find big audience, even for weight loss
NEW YORK (AP) — While trying to lose weight, Becky Beach found assistance in an unlikely place: thousands of online videos featuring people binging on massive amounts of ramen, burgers, chicken wings and seafood boils brimming with crab and lobster.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Untangling tattoos' influence on immune responses
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my movement was due to pain.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Son retraces father's WWII footsteps in Europe
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP)  Dave Sheen wore out his father's World War II field jacket during junior high.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Unemployment hits 50-year low of 3.5%
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added a 136,000 jobs in September, a gain that managed to help lower the unemployment rate to a new five-decade low of 3.5%.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Supreme Court will plunge into abortion debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed today to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights.
Friday, October 4, 2019

The White House is formally objecting to probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today the White House is preparing a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally objecting to the Democrats conducting their impeachment inquiry without an official vote. The letter is expected to say the administration won’t cooperate with the probe without that vote — but he also said he believes it will pass.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Trump admin says plan would restore ethanol demand
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration says it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Impeachment deepens some evangelicals' affinity for President Trump
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Rev. Franklin Graham did not utter the word “impeachment” as he spoke to thousands of Christians here this week, the latest stop on a long-running tour he has dubbed Decision America — a title with political and religious undertones.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Fetal remains found in doctor's garage in Illinois are returned for 'safekeeping'
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than 2,200 sets of preserved fetal remains found in the Illinois garage of a late Indiana abortion doctor have been returned to Indiana.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Family: Driver in mall crash has mental illness
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a man facing an Illinois terrorism charge for plowing an SUV into a suburban Chicago mall says he shouldn’t be called a “terrorist“ because there was no political reason behind his action.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Schuncks chain to end tobacco sales as of Jan. 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Schnuck Markets Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest grocery store chains, will stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as of Jan. 1.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Jury convicts man in alley killing of Chicago boy
CHICAGO (AP) — A jury convicted a man of first-degree murder Thursday night in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box.
Friday, October 4, 2019

St. Louis Wash U unveils tuition-free aid program
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University in St. Louis will provide a free education to any student from Missouri or southern Illinois whose family income is under $75,000.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Walmart rolling out health care pilot program, high quality providers, fewer choices
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out a health care pilot program for its employees that will come up with a curated list of high quality providers but offer fewer choices than under the current plan.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Payouts for Vegas victims a 'cold, mathematical calculation'
LAS VEGAS (AP) — They may have been united by a love for country music, but the people gunned down two years ago at a Las Vegas concert will not be seen as equals when up to $800 million is paid out from a legal settlement.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Kiss will perform under the sea for great whites and guests
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Having played nearly every corner of the Earth in a nearly 50-year career, the rock band Kiss is taking its show to a new place — under the sea, where they will perform for great white sharks and eight fans separated from them by a small submarine.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Erivo cast as Aretha Franklin in 'Genius'
NEW YORK (AP) — National Geographic has found its next “Genius.“
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Watchdog agency probes Juul and others
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal consumer watchdogs have ordered Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes, the government’s latest move targeting the industry.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Trump calls on China to investigate Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, ensnared in an impeachment inquiry over his request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, today called on China to do the same.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lawmakers question former US envoy to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers heard testimony today from the former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine who has become a central figure in the unfolding impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. It’s the first in what is expected to be a series of interviews with officials inside and outside the State Department.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Study contradicts previous advice about red meat consumption
NEW YORK (AP) — Eating red meat is linked to cancer and heart disease, but are the risks big enough to give up burgers and steak?
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mexico conflicted over how to fight crime, gangs
The Mexican army — the country’s last line of defense against violent gangs — is struggling with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s desire to avoid confrontation while simultaneously dealing with gangs that have become more aggressive and often use townspeople as human shields.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Pompeo also on the Ukraine phone call
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed today that he was on the telephone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president that is the subject of an impeachment inquiry back in Washington.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Whistleblowers in America have a long, diverse and complicated history
Erin Brockovich, who has some experience in revealing disturbing secrets, knows what she would say to the government whistleblower at the heart of allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

UAW strike could cost GM about $1 billion
With the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors in its third week, pressure is mounting on both sides to reach a deal, with the company losing an estimated $1 billion and workers living on $250 per week in strike pay — about one-fifth of what they usually make.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Johnson settles with Ohio counties over opioids
(AP) — Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached an agreement worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, becoming the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation’s opioids crisis.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

DEA 'slow to respond' to opioid epidemic
The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report today that faulted the agency for cutting back use of a key enforcement tool and continuing to raise production quotas even as the number of deaths rose.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fired teacher who wouldn't use trans student's pronouns sues
A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has filed a lawsuit.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Court: FCC had right to dump net-neutrality rules
The Federal Communications Commission can dump rules that keep internet providers from favoring some services over others, but couldn’t bar states like California from enacting their own prohibitions, a federal court ruled.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ukraine pres: No one told him why aid was delayed
Ukraine’s president says no one explained to him why U.S. military aid to his country was delayed.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told reporters today that he stressed the importance of the military aid repeatedly in discussions with President Donald Trump, but “it wasn’t explained to me” why the money didn’t come through until September.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ag Secretery: No guarantee small farms will survive
President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary said today during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

UAW strike forces closure of Mexican truck factory
A strike by the United Auto Workers union has caused a parts shortage, forcing General Motors to shut down its pickup truck and transmission factories in Silao, Mexico.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sanders raises $25 million in 3rd-quarter 2020 cash, Buttigieg $19 million
Bernie Sanders reported Tuesday that he raised $25.3 million over the last three months, the largest quarterly sum a Democratic White House hopeful has posted this year and an amount that ensures he will be an enduring presence in the primary. 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Alzheimer's study used electrostimulation to evoke memories
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded diagnoses, and the fear is particularly acute among older people. This complex brain disorder, which usually affects older individuals, can cause many cognitive disabilities, most notably memory impairment.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Universities launch degrees in esports to capitalize on gaming industry boom
On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve all enrolled in.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates a milestone, his 95th birthday
Jimmy Carter is celebrating his 95th birthday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone as he continues his humanitarian work and occasionally wades back into politics and policy debates almost four decades after leaving office.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

First-in-the nation law to let college athletes sign endorsements
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California’s governor signed a first-in-the-nation law today that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Bolton pessimistic on North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton gave a characteristically pessimistic outlook on the prospects for getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as he made his first public appearance since he was ousted from his post by President Donald Trump.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Activists ask why donor wasn't arrested
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When a dead man was carried out of Ed Buck’s apartment two years ago, members of the gay political club he lavished with thousands of dollars in political donations swiftly ousted him.
Monday, September 30, 2019

GOP divided on impeachment pushback as Democrats plow ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — The president’s lawyer insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the “deep state.” And a Republican congressman is pointing at Joe Biden’s son.
Monday, September 30, 2019

CPR saves man in Cardinals dugout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A videographer who collapsed from a heart attack in the visiting dugout at Busch Stadium is alive, thanks in part to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Average price of gas in US spikes by 10 cents gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 10 cents per gallon  over the past two weeks to $2.73.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Category 5 hurricane is unprecedented for being so far north and east
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo is back to being a Category 4 storm in the central Atlantic Ocean after several hours as a Category 5 — which made it the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin.
Monday, September 30, 2019

September storm dumps record amount of snow
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Prince Harry walks through Angola mine field, echoing Diana
A body armor-wearing Prince Harry on Friday followed in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Judge blocks sole use of databases to detain immigrants
A federal judge Friday blocked Immigration and Customs Enforcement from relying solely on flawed databases to target people for being in the country illegally, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

President Donald Trump is facing a high-velocity threat
From the moment Donald Trump became a national political figure, he has been shadowed by investigations and controversy.  

They have been layered, lengthy and often inconclusive, leaving many Americans scandal-weary and numb to his behavior. And with each charge against him, Trump has perfected the art of deflection, seemingly gaining strength by bullying and belittling those who have dared to take him on. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Researchers question Census Bureau's new approach to privacy
The U.S. Census Bureau is creating tighter privacy controls in response to new fears that census answers could reveal the identities of people who fill out the questionnaires.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Boeing CEO to testify before House committee on 737 Max
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has agreed to testify before a congressional committee investigating the grounded 737 Max.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

US investigation of vaping related illnesses focuses on THC
Health officials say their investigation into a recent outbreak of severe vaping-related illnesses is increasingly focused on products that contain THC.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Trump signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown
President Donald Trump has signed a temporary government-wide funding bill that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thousands rally to commemorate 2014 Hong Kong protests
Thousands of people gathered Saturday for a rally in downtown Hong Kong, belting out songs, speeches and slogans to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2014 protest movement that called for democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Standing by Ellie: Man's loyalty to dog defies rare illness
It’s hard to regard Ellie as a menace.

When Greg Manteufel is frustrated or feeling down, she sits by him. At night, she sleeps under his covers. At dinner, she’s there next to him, knowing he’ll throw something her way. She belies the stereotype of the vicious pit bull.

Friday, September 27, 2019

After Pelosi, Trump raises $13 million
President Donald Trump’s repeated criticism of a Democratic impeachment inquiry has helped prompt a $13 million flood of campaign cash to bolster his reelection effort.

House Speaker “Nancy (Pelosi) just called for Impeachment. WITCH HUNT!” his campaign said in one fundraising text message. “I need you on my Impeachment Defense Team.”

Friday, September 27, 2019

White House attorneys directed sealing of transcript
The White House on Friday confirmed a key detail in the intelligence whistleblower’s complaint alleging that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office.

A senior administration official acknowledged that the rough transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was moved to a highly classified system maintained by the National Security Council at the direction of attorneys. The motivation and timing of the move remained unclear.

Friday, September 27, 2019

US vaping illness count at 805, deaths rise to 13
Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 13, health officials said Thursday.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Ukraine prosecutor says no probe into Biden or son
Ukraine’s top anti-corruption official said Friday his agency hasn’t investigated former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden or his son as U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Democrats are united against Trump, but they're all not defending Biden
Democratic presidential candidates are united in condemning President Donald Trump for seeking a foreign country’s help to trash a domestic political rival. But when it comes to defending the president’s target, former Vice President Joe Biden, it’s more complicated.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Officials urge getting flu shot before end of October
The flu forecast is cloudy and it’s too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday not to delay vaccination.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unidentified whistleblower invited to testify
The whistleblower at the center of Congress’ impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to “solicit interference from a foreign country” in next year’s U.S. election. The White House then tried to “lock down” the information to cover it up, the official’s complaint says.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Former economic development official pleads guilty
The former chief executive officer of a central Illinois economic development organization has pleaded guilty to a theft charge for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from it.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Opiods settlement will not reverse financial and social ills in areas hardest hit
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s tentative legal settlement over the toll of the nation’s opioid crisis is unlikely to reverse the consequences of the epidemic in the hardest-hit towns and regions, according to a report released Wednesday.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

What we know (and don't) about Juul, teen vaping and illness
An outbreak of vaping illnesses. A surge in teens using electronic cigarettes. They’re often spoken of in the same urgent breath, but it’s not clear how — or even if — they are connected.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Why transcript of Ukraine call is not verbatim
The five pages released by the White House documenting President Donald Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy are not a word-for-word transcript of the call.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trump seeks info on Biden from Ukraine
President Donald Trump repeatedly prodded Ukraine’s new leader to work with the U.S. attorney general and lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript summarizing the call released Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Iran defense minister rejects missile program deal
Iran’s defense minister Wednesday rejected the idea of a deal with world powers over the country’s missile program.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New rules seek to extend life of Arlington Cemetery
The Army is proposing new rules to significantly restrict eligibility for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, seeking to preserve a dwindling number of gravesites well into the future.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mueller spinoff: Probe of lobbyists Podesta, Weber ends with no charges
A Justice Department investigation of two prominent lobbyists that was spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has concluded without charges, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Massive science report paints grim report about world's oceans and ice
Due to climate change, the world’s oceans are getting warmer, rising higher, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic at an ever-faster pace and melting even more ice and snow, a grim international science assessment concludes.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

McDonald's enlists Alexa to help with hiring
Want a job at McDonald’s? Just ask your smartphone.

Starting Wednesday, McDonald’s Corp. will let job seekers start an application by using voice commands with Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Arby's parent company buys Jimmy John's
The parent company of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings is buying Jimmy John’s Sandwiches.

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands said Wednesday the acquisition will make it the fourth-largest restaurant company in the U.S., with annual sales of $14 billion and 11,200 restaurants. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of October. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Workers, car owners, dealers and GM all feel the pinch from the strike
As the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, it’s not just the company and striking workers getting pinched.

With many replacement part warehouses shut down, dealers are beginning to run short of components to repair cars, trucks and SUVs. And companies that make auto parts are also starting to see work slowdown. Dealer inventory of new vehicles is holding up but starting to get depleted on a few models.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Juul to end product advertising and replace CEO
Juul Labs will no longer promote its e-cigarettes in print, digital and TV advertisements and is replacing its CEO amid an escalating backlash against vaping nationwide.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Senate Republican allies give okay to $5B wall request
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Senate GOP allies are pushing to give him his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles (322 kilometers) of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the plan ran into immediate opposition from Democrats and is a non-starter with powerful House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Official expects 'hundreds more' cases of vaping illness
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. could soon climb much higher, a public health official said Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sanders says his plan to tax wealthiest housholds will generate $4 trillion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday a plan to tax the nation’s wealthiest households, saying it will generate more than $4 trillion over the next decade and substantially reduce billionaires’ fortunes — his version of Democratic presidential rival Elizabeth Warren’s signature proposal.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Airbnb offering all-expense paid trip to Antarctica for people to participate in serious scientific research
NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is offering a handful of people concerned about the environment a chance to participate in scientific research on how to help preserve it during an all-expense paid trip to Antarctica.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Coral die-off predicted as massive marine heat wave engulfs Hawaiian Islands
CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands’ most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In a fast moving age, botanical illustration persists
(AP) — Think of botanical illustrators, and you might envision a world of medieval herbalists, tulip or orchid collectors, or affluent young women of the 17th and 18th centuries making detailed drawings and watercolors of garden plants.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hold on and marvel as Ta-Nehisi Coates takes you on a ride on the Underground Railroad in Water Dancer
“The Water Dancer” (One World), by Ta-Nehisi Coates
If the power of fiction is to transport readers to a world they otherwise couldn’t imagine, “The Water Dancer” is a smashing success.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

President Trump, the Bidens and Ukraine
Monday, September 23, 2019

US universities see decline in students from China
After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut into a major source of tuition revenue.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Beer flowing as Oktoberfest opens
BERLIN (AP) — The first keg was tapped, and the beer started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway Saturday in the southern German city of Munich.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Electric car push could cost thousands of jobs
DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Feds charge 11th prson in UAW corruption probe
DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Detroit have filed charges against an 11th person in an investigation of corruption in the United Auto Workers.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Iran's Guard says ready for any scenario
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and “any scenario,” its chief commander said Saturday, as the country’s nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Patient records found at shuttered abortion clinic
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators found thousands of abandoned medical records at three shuttered Indiana abortion clinics that were operated by a late doctor who took home more than 2,200 sets of fetal remains, Indiana’s attorney general said Friday.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Morgan Spurlock takes 2nd bite of fast food world
NEW YORK (AP) — Last time out, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food for a month. This time, he’s the one dishing out the fried stuff.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Met takes a look at Frank Lloyd Wright's textiles, home goods
NEW YORK (AP) — A small but important exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores a little-known facet of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations: his line of wallpapers, printed and woven textiles, and other home goods designed for the public.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Good news for the housing market: Construction, sales both up
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. home construction jumped 12.3% last month to a 12-year high on a surge in apartment building.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The 'good enough' home may be just perfect
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Constructed from aspirational Instagram feeds and reality TV, the dream home floats in the imagination like a castle in the sky but dissolves in the rain of hard numbers.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Half the American Dream: It's a precarious spot for mobile home owners as investors swoop in
ASPEN, Colorado (AP) — When the time came for her to sell the mobile home park she and her son owned near Aspen, 89-year-old Harriett Noyes had two big offers and an even bigger decision: Take nearly $30 million from a developer who would likely evict her family and friends to build luxury homes, or sell to the county for a fraction of that to preserve affordable housing in one of the most expensive areas in the United States.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fire can be deadly drawback of living in mobile home
GREELEY, Colorado (AP) — For many with low or fixed incomes, mobile homes provide an affordable housing option that’s hard to beat as housing costs continue to rise in Colorado.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

'House Hunters' host Suzanne Whang dies at 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suzanne Whang, whose smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV’s “House Hunters” for years, has died. She was 57.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wright house up for auction
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona home that architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed during the last year of his life is going on the auction block.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Like wine from Rhone Valley? Head to Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP)  Southeastern Washington has been producing high-quality wines for decades. But in the past five years, the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley have drawn international accolades for the reds  particularly syrahs  produced from the unique soil just across the border in Oregon.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Social use of marijuana could be next topic
SPRINGFIELD — Some of the lead negotiators of the law to legalize adult-use marijuana in Illinois are seeking to provide clarity on a provision that gives local municipalities control over which facilities, if any, would be authorized to allow cannabis consumption.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Trump signals restraint on Iran strike
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he’s not inclined to authorize an immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attacks on the Saudi oil industry, saying he believes showing restraint “shows far more strength” and he wants to avoid an all-out war.
Friday, September 20, 2019

23 states sue over emission standards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation’s most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Saudis allow media to see damaged oil facility
BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Friday, September 20, 2019

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week’s quarter-point rate cut on Friday highlighted the current deep divisions at the central bank.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Is America really ready for a gay president? Voters in Iowa will decide first
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn’t ready to elect a gay man as president?
Friday, September 20, 2019

Joe Biden flexes his 2020 muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements
(AP) — Joe Biden sought to demonstrate a broad appeal to Democrats on Thursday with new endorsements from leading African American lawmakers and a former governor of a pivotal swing state.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Scientists use DNA to make skull of Neanderthal cousin
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they’ve deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Trudeau faces furor over brownface photo from 2001
TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” costume party and two other similar incidents came to light.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Board weighs release of woman in texting suicide case
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Nevada desert towns prep for 'Storm Area 51' influx
LAS VEGAS (AP) — No one knows what to expect, but people are preparing for “Storm Area 51” in the remote Nevada desert.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

US putting $3M into CBD research
(AP) — The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Iran: Any strike will result in 'all-out war'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “all-out war,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned today, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom’s oil industry that shook global energy markets.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dillinger family applies again to exhume body
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of 1930s gangster John Dillinger have submitted a new application to exhume his Indianapolis gravesite.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

A captivating new novel about word-obsessed twins
(AP) — Cathleen Schine's captivating new novel, "The Grammarians," centers on a pair of identical twins named Daphne and Laurel, after the Greek myth of transformation, and their obsessive love of language. It's also about their family, and what happens to them as they grow older and some die.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

'Downton Abbey' even more stately on the big screen
(AP) — The “Downton Abbey “ movie isn’t exactly a movie. It’s more like another season of the popular “Masterpiece Classic” show that’s been condensed to 90 minutes instead of 8 hours.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Trump bans California from setting stricter fuel standards
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bermuda battens down for Cat 3 storm
MIAMI (AP) — Bermuda’s government called up troops and urged people on the British Atlantic island to make final preparations for an expected close brush today with Hurricane Humberto, a powerful Category 3 storm. Authorities ordered early closings of schools, transportation and government offices.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sen. McConnell says Congress remains in a 'holding pattern' on gun control
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains “in a holding pattern” on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trump names hostage negotiator nat'l security adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s naming hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his new national security adviser.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Facebook still auto-generating ISIS, al-Qaida pages
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it’s reported.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Saudi Arbia says Iranian missiles hit oil facilities
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia alleged today that Iranian cruise missiles and drones attacked the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry, showing journalists the remains of the weapons while stopping short of directly accusing Iran of launching the assault.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing
(AP) — Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The White House has been getting an upgrade under first lady Melania Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — She’s done a lot with the place.

Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Illinois and Indiana AGs investigate after fetal remains found
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general said Monday that he will work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate what he called the “grisly discovery” of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Water quality sensor hitching ride on river boat
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lack of toothbrushing for seniors a serious health risk
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Elderly people in nursing homes often go without a good toothbrushing.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Avoid the six biggest retirement mistakes to make sure your money lasts
(NERDWALLET via AP) — One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don’t know.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Amazon to add workers and space to Chicago Loop office
Amazon is doubling the number of workers at his operations in Chicago’s Loop.
Monday, September 16, 2019

UAW: GM's offer came too late to avoid strike
A strike by over 49,000 United Auto workers against General Motors could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the union’s top negotiator said in a letter to the company.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Forecasters: Huricane Humberto will lash Bermuda later this week
Weather forecasters say Hurricane Humberto will lash Bermuda with high winds and heavy rain later this week.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Trump on attack: US locked and loaded
Tensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Shifting sands: NY Times omits facts on Kavanaugh
Several Democratic presidential candidates have lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Biden on racism: 'Those who are White try, but we can can never fully understand'
Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Ag secretary issues statement on EPA announcement
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking another step to fulfill President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. 
Monday, September 16, 2019

New food and ag resources available for teachers
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Corteva Agriscience have collaborated to bring new, science-based lesson plans and resources to elementary teachers nationwide. A series of 10 teacher-reviewed lesson plans exploring food and agricultural themes are now available at https://www.nsta.org/corteva.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Online site for cattle sales plans to go national
A South Dakota man has created a new online site where livestock producers can contract to sell their cattle.

Kim Ulmer, who owns a livestock and machinery marketing company in Huron, said he created the American Mercantile Exchange in response to volatile market conditions.
The first contract sales on the American Mercantile Exchange were Sept. 3. Four loads of cattle were up for sale and all four sold, Ulmer told the Aberdeen News.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tate & Lyle announces Illinois-Indiana initiative
Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food, beverage and industrial ingredients and solutions, and Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, the sustainable solutions business of one of America's largest farmer-owned cooperatives, today announced a major new initiative to help bolster sustainability on 1.5 million acres of U.S.-grown corn. Using best-in-class technology and sustainability solutions from Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, U.S. Midwest corn farmers will be helped to more effectively target and measure the impact of efforts to protect the environment.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Trump backs a Netanyahu priority ahead of Israeli election
President Donald Trump is lending support to embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a critical election Tuesday by appearing to publicly back one of his key priorities.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Coming for your AR-15? O'Rourke scrambles Dems' gun message
Beto O’Rourke’s “hell yes” moment at the Democrats’ presidential debate is scrambling his party’s message on guns.

The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean they want to take away law-abiding citizens’ firearms. But on Friday, they struggled to square that message with their presidential contender’s full-throated call on national TV for confiscating assault rifles.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

bin Laden son killed in US operation
The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Vaping illness in US gives Canada pause
The serious lung illness affecting hundreds of people in the U.S. who vaped cannabis-based oil is giving Canadian health officials pause as that country prepares to allow the sale of vaping products in its legal marijuana market.

No illnesses have yet been reported north of the border, but they are monitoring the situation closely, and British Columbia’s top health official says it’s just a matter of time before symptoms are reported in Canada.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Liz Cheney and Rand Paul duke it out over policy
He called her a warmonger. She called him a terrorist-supporting loser. And on it went Thursday between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney in the latest Republican contest to influence — or just figure out — President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
Friday, September 13, 2019

What bankruptcy means for the Sackler family
Purdue Pharma could be heading for bankruptcy but the extent to which it would affect the Sackler family fortunes remains unclear.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Greenpeace activists shut down Houston Ship Channel
Eleven protesters have been arrested after they rappelled from a busy highway bridge over the Houston Ship Channel, closing the vital artery for hours.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Key takeaways from the 2020 Democratic candidates' debate: Status quo prevails
Democratic debate night No. 3: Attacks and counter-attacks. Love for one former president, loathing for the current one. A 76-year-old front-runner essentially got called old, and he turned around and called another rival a “socialist.”

But will it change the fundamentals of a nominating fight that remains remarkably stable at the top with five months until voting begins? Here’s a look at some takeaways and potential answers:

Friday, September 13, 2019

Nadler: It's an impeachment investigation, no matter how you phrase it
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says there’s no confusion about what his committee is doing: It’s an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

US, China exchange goodwill gesture before talks
The United States and China traded conciliatory gestures, raising hopes they can de-escalate a standoff over trade that has shaken financial markets and cast gloom over the global economy.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

America vows to 'never forget' 9/11
People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath-layings and the solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on U.S. soil.

“As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here,” Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, said as she attended the ground zero anniversary ceremony, as she has every year. “I want people to remember.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pelosi plan would overhaul how drugs are paid for
A draft plan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaked Tuesday would overhaul how Medicare pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for costly medications, curbing annual price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

On 9/11 Al-Qaida chief calls for attacks on West
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders argue
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in “theatrics” over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that “people are dying” because the Senate leader refuses to act.

After a summer of devastating mass shootings, Congress appears no closer to approving legislation to curb gun violence as President Donald Trump wavers on what kind of bill he wants the lawmakers to send for his signature.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Governor says Missouri in 'crisis' with violence
Missouri is in a “crisis” with violent crime in its largest cities, Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday.

Parson met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and about a dozen other area leaders to address violence in the city. The officials didn’t release a new crime-fighting plan, but Parson said one will be announced soon, possibly later this month.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

San Francisco declares the NRA a 'domestic terrorist organization;' NRA sues
The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10M over 'propaganda' comment
A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it “paid Russian propaganda.”

One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A top general says US faces a new 'Sputnik moment' in space race competition
The U.S. has reached a new “Sputnik moment” in which the military must act to keep the nation’s competitive advantage in space against adversaries such as Russia, China, and to a lesser extent, Iran and North Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?
Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread into every corner of life. In the late 1970s, about 40 percent of American adults said they didn't have any snacks during the day. By 2007, that figure was just 10 percent.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Coast Guard: 4 'OK' inside cargo ship
Coast Guard rescuers found four South Korean crew members trapped inside a massive cargo ship, by rappelling down the side and drilling a hole through the hull to contact them on Monday.

“The early indication is they are on board and OK,” Lt. Lloyd Heflin told The Associated Press.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Judiciary panel to set rules for impeachment investigation
The House Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panel’s investigations of President Donald Trump.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Blaze destroys synagogue in Minnesota
Fire officials say a blaze has gutted a historic synagogue in a Minnesota city.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Brown University official suspended amid Epstein gift probe
Brown University has placed a fundraising director on administrative leave following a report that accused him of participating in covering up disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump cancels secret meetings at Camp David
President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet canceling secret meetings at Camp David with the Taliban and Afghan leaders just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is the latest example of a commander in chief willing to take a big risk in pursuit of a foreign policy victory only to see it dashed.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump's North Carolina rally to be a test for his clout, GOP
President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina will serve as a measure of his clout in trying to elect a Republican to the House in a closely watched special election that’s seen as a tossup race.

It will be his first campaign rally since a tough end of summer that saw slipping poll numbers, warning signs of an economic slowdown and a running battle over hurricane forecasts.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Pompeo: Taliban 'overreached' in attack that killed American
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban “overreached” with their car bomb attack in a diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing an American soldier — and that led President Donald Trump to pull back from planned Afghanistan peace talks at Camp David.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Schools face backlash for not reporting threats to parents
When officials at a Catholic high school in South Carolina learned that a 16-year-old student made videos of himself firing a gun and using racial slurs, they alerted police, but not parents. After the videos made it into the news over the summer, the backlash came quickly.
Monday, September 9, 2019

In the Amazon, indigenous debate saving their land
TEKOHAW, Brazil (AP) — Under a thatch-roof shelter in the Amazon rainforest, warriors wielding bows and arrows, elderly chieftains in face paint and nursing mothers gathered to debate a plan that some hope will hold at bay the loggers and other invaders threatening the tribes of the Tembe.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Fed chairman says he doesn't expect a recession
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the Fed is not expecting a U.S. or global recession. But it is monitoring a number of uncertainties, including trade conflicts, and will “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Indiana links its 1st death to vaping, 3rd in nation
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials say they’ve confirmed that a resident died from severe lung injury linked to vaping.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Bahamians arrive in Florida via cruise ship
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) More than 1,100 Bahamians have arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, after being evacuated by cruise ship from their hurricane-battered islands.
The Grand Celebration cruise ship returned to its home port after setting sail Thursday for Freeport, Grand Bahama, to deliver more than 112 tons of supplies and ferrying dozens of health workers and emergency crews.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Adviser compares China trade talks to Cold War
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow compared trade talks with China on Friday to the U.S. standoff with Russia during the Cold War. In other words, negotiations could continue for a long time.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Reaching deal in opiod case difficult
(AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma made headlines earlier this year when it reached a landmark deal with Oklahoma over the toll the opioids crisis has taken on that state. Attempts to get a national settlement resolving all claims against the company are proving more difficult.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Keep Your Budget On Track: Best Ways To Stretch Your Dollar At Starbucks
(NERDWALLET via AP) — One Starbucks grande Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam, please.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Illinois to receive $29 million to combat opioid epidemic
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after the Trump Administration announced Illinois would receive $29 million in federal grants to address the opioid crisis in the state.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Bahama aid effort picks up momentum
ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — Carrying their meager possessions in duffel bags and shopping carts, hundreds of desperate people gathered at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the hurricane-devastated island, as an international disaster-relief effort took shape.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Trump challenges California power to control auto pollution
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday began an all-out challenge to California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Nature calls for Maryland Church of the Wild
SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — When Leah Rampy and her husband moved from Washington, D.C., to Shepherdstown, W.Va., last August, she was interested in building community.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Man pleads guilty for trying to access Trump's tax returns
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man has pleaded guilty to trying to hack the IRS to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Attorney general announces Facebook antitrust probe
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James says a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general is investigating Facebook for alleged antitrust issues.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Facebook ads underscore Trump's mixed messages on guns
President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that he wanted to move quickly on gun violence legislation, but his new push came just days after posting an ad on his official Facebook page that defended the Second Amendment and warned that Democrats were looking to seize Americans' firearms.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Trump's Mideast peace envoy set to leave the White House
The Trump administration official tasked with developing a plan to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians is leaving the White House.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, will depart the administration in the coming weeks, the White House said Thursday. The former Trump Organization lawyer had been leading the effort to devise the oft-delayed peace plan. His departure casts further doubt on the proposal’s future.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hurricane Dorian rakes Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian raked the Carolina coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday, spinning off tornadoes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses as it pushed northward toward the dangerously exposed Outer Banks.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

US, Chinese envoys to meet in October
U.S. and Chinese envoys will meet in early October for more talks aimed at ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth.

Stock markets rose on Thursday’s announcement but there has been no sign of progress since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed in June to resume deadlocked negotiations about trade and technology.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

US services sector expanded at faster pace in August
U.S. services expanded at a stronger pace in August, driven by an uptick in business activity and new orders.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

US farmers hope Trump delivers on trade deal with Japan
American farmers have not only endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations, they’ve watched as most of their top foreign competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market with nearly 127 million consumers.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Artificial intelligence in medicine raises legal, ethical concerns
The use of artificial intelligence in medicine is generating great excitement and hope for treatment advances.

AI generally refers to computers’ ability to mimic human intelligence and to learn. For example, by using machine learning, scientists are working to develop algorithms that will help them make decisions about cancer treatment. They hope that computers will be able to analyze radiological images and discern which cancerous tumors will respond well to chemotherapy and which will not.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law
Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent.

The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when users view such videos, regardless of their age.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

'We need help': Says rescuers in Bahamas
Rescue crews in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes Wednesday, trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian and take the full measure of the disaster. The official death toll stood at seven but was certain to rise.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

US trade gap fell 2.7% in July including the gap with China
The U.S. trade deficit declined in July, including the gap with China that has been the focus of President Donald Trump’s tariffs.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Judge to discuss unsealing new trove of Epstein court papers
A federal judge will discuss plans Wednesday for unsealing a new trove of court records involving sexual abuse allegations against Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who took his own life last month while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Family, teenagers among 34 presumed dead in boat fire
High school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among those presumed to have died when fire tore through a scuba diving boat off the Southern California coast, trapping dozens of sleeping people below deck.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dive company owner among missing in California boat fire
Marine biologist Kristy Finstad first put on a dive tank at the age of nine.

The 41-year-old co-owner of Worldwide Diving Adventures was leading the scuba tour off Southern California when fire engulfed the dive boat, Conception, early Monday with 39 people on board, including six crew members.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Woman survives 80-foot cliff fall in So. Dakota state park
Authorities say a Minnesota woman has escaped with minor injuries after falling more than 80 feet (24 meters) from a cliff at a state park in South Dakota.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Would US deal bring peace to Afghanistan
The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all local civilians, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he and the militant group had reached a deal “in principle” to end America’s longest war.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Neighbor: Texas gunman was 'violent, aggressive person'
The gunman in a West Texas rampage “was on a long spiral of going down” and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both before and after the shooting began, authorities said.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question
Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in American history, age's importance will be tested as never before.

Only a few years separate President Donald Trump, 73, from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, and former Vice President Joe Biden, 76. But as Trump mocks Biden for verbal missteps, suggesting age has slowed his Democratic rival, both Sanders and Biden have conspicuously showcased their physical activity during the campaign.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

UVa researches gender differences in autism diagnoses
A University of Virginia research team is tackling one of the most consistent and puzzling findings about autism spectrum disorder: Why are four times more boys diagnosed as having autism than girls?
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

UK's Johnson takes aim against opponents of Brexit plans
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is getting tough with members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans at the start of what promises to be a pivotal week in British politics.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Looting, violence spread in South Africa's major cities
Looting and violence spread across several neighborhoods in South Africa’s major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg today, after a spate of overnight attacks that appeared to target foreign-owned shops.
Monday, September 2, 2019

After tragic year, Bode Miller heads to Montana's mountains
Retired U.S. downhill skier Bode Miller decided a change of scenery was needed after a tumultuous year in which he experienced the tragic death of his toddler daughter, the birth of a son and now the expected arrival of twin boys this fall.

So the 41-year-old six-medal Olympic champion and his pregnant wife, Morgan, headed to the Montana mountains with four children in tow to settle into a new home at Big Sky Resort north of Yellowstone National Park. There, he plans to give his California-raised children a modernized taste of his childhood in northern New Hampshire, where he and his hippie parents lived in a home without running water or electricity.

Monday, September 2, 2019












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