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Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court
Egypt’s state TV says the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi has collapsed during a court session and died.
Monday, June 17, 2019


Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Midwestern floodwaters hurt seafood catches
This is a bad year for people who make their living from seafood in Louisiana and Mississippi. Floods from the Midwest are killing oysters, and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of bays and marshes, into saltier water where they can survive.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Iran speeds up uranium enrichment
Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at the age of 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ‘80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Unicyclist completes 180-mile Trek across Maine
Thousands have ridden their bicycles in the three-day Trek Across Maine. But only one participant has accomplished the feat on a single wheel.
Monday, June 17, 2019

High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding case
The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird
Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Trump aims to slash federal advisory committees
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to take an ax to federal advisory committees, ordering that their numbers be slashed.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Shooting inside California Costco kills 1, injures 3
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Southern California Costco during an argument Friday night, killing a man, wounding two other people and sparking a stampede of terrified shoppers before he was taken into custody, police said.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Middle East attack jolts oil-dependent Asia
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region’s oil import-dependent economies.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mnuchin says 2020 for Tubman $20 bill is not possible
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday called “completely erroneous” a published report that an initial 2020 deadline for completing the design of a $20 bill featuring Harriett Tubman could have been met.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen plant reject union
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Judge grants American Airlines order against 2 unions
DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered unions that represent American Airlines mechanics not to interfere in the airline’s operations.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Millennials Aren't Likely To, But There Are Benefits To Merging Finances
(NERDWALLET viaåP) — As a millennial couple, you and your partner might not be planning to blend finances even if you’ve been together for a while.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Vikings unveil food truck to serve hungry youth
EAGAN, Minn. (AP)  Dalvin Cook's rookie year was dominated by his rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery, and his second season included recuperation from a significant hamstring strain. The arduous process of recovery from injuries quickly made the Minnesota Vikings running back realize the necessity of eating right.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Just exactly what's so bad about processed foods?
NEW YORK (AP) — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there’s something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Air museum in Indiana to house Cold War-era bomber
BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — The aircraft museum at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base is working to raise $300,000 toward a building to protect and display one of the few surviving Cold War-era B-58 Hustler bombers.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baltimore art museum adds over 70 works to its collection
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Museum of Art has so far this year added more than 70 contemporary and historic artworks to its broad collection.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

137-year-old Winchester rifle found in Nevada has new home
BAKER, Nev. (AP) — A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the “Forgotten Winchester” at the park visitor center near the Utah border.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rare 13-star flags going on display at Revolution museum
Saturday, June 15, 2019

US donors, not French tycoons, are the ones footing Notre Dame work bills
PARIS (AP) — The billionaire French donors who publicly promised flashy donations totaling hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Trump says he'd tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that “of course” he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent. It was an apparent walkback from his earlier comments that he might not contact law enforcement in such a situation.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Immigration official tapped as border czar
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today said he was bringing a longtime lawman and enthusiastic supporter out of retirement to serve as “border czar” as his administration struggles with a worsening crisis that his hard-line immigration policies have failed to stem.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Two Years Later
Friday, June 14, 2019

SC woman stopped for driving drunk on toy truck
Friday, June 14, 2019

Klein, who helped created 'American Bandstand,' dies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget, has died. He was 91.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Federal watchdog agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers.
Friday, June 14, 2019

US: Video shows Iran involvement in tanker attack
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military released a video today it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its alleged involvement.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Sanders leaving White House; Trump encourages her to run for governor
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced.
Friday, June 14, 2019

NY ends religious exemption to vaccines
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Dems assail Trump on being open to foreign election help
President Donald Trump’s assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power’s help in his 2020 campaign ricocheted through Washington on Thursday, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired
A federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz
Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz came under a suspected attack Thursday, setting one of them ablaze in the latest mysterious assault targeting vessels in a region crucial to global energy supplies amid heightened tension between Iran and the U.S.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat
Lawmakers and experts said Thursday that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Not to be outdone, Tyson enters plant-based meat market
The fast-growing market for meat alternatives has a surprising new player: Tyson Foods.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities unreported
Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it’s a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Friends gather on Anne Frank's 90th
For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank’s 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

White House asserts exec privilege in census fight
President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jon Stewart accuses lawmakers of disrespecting 9/11 first responders
Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Big Tech about to become big politics
The House Judiciary Committee is launching its investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, starting with a look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, news organizations and advertisers.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Maryland gov urges no delay on new Tubman bill
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday to reconsider delaying the redesign of the $20 bill to feature abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Investors should guard against tunnel vision on trade
Once this trade-war cloud gets lifted, investors should have little to worry about, right?
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Mexico says country's new Guard being deployed
Mexican officials said today they are beginning deployment of the country’s new National Guard for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment of a 6,000-strong force made as part of an agreement with the United States to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

As bishops gather, prosecutors step of scrutiny in growing clergy abuse scandals
Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kavanaugh hires daughter of Yale law professor and 'tiger mom' Amy Chua
The daughter of Yale Law School professor and “tiger mom” Amy Chua, who praised Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a mentor to women after his nomination to the Supreme Court, is going to work for Kavanaugh this summer.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

US aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugs
Sally Atwater’s doctor spent two months on calls, messages and paperwork to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Stocks rise after US deal; car companies gain
U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in midday trading today after the U.S. and Mexico averted a trade war and potentially damaging tariffs, while several companies inked billion-dollar deals.
Monday, June 10, 2019

US employers hire a record number of people
U.S. employers hired the most people on record in April, while the number of open jobs was largely unchanged, evidence that the job market remains solid.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Renewed focus this week on Mueller
Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry, but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Justin Trudeau says Canada plans to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021
Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.
Monday, June 10, 2019

A Wisconsin city considering ordinance to fine the parents of young bullies
A Wisconsin city is considering an ordinance that would impose fines on the parents of young bullies after a viral social media post showed handwritten notes that students sent to a middle school girl urging her to kill herself.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Activists out to oust 2020 House Democrats try to capture the AOC fervor
Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year’s primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez .
Monday, June 10, 2019

Hand-painted battle flag carried by black Union troops going up for auction
A flag that was carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War and hand-painted by an acclaimed African American artist is going up for auction in Pennsylvania.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Legacy of biggest slave revolt in US history still lingers, but physical traces are vanishing
Kids grow up in rural Southampton County hearing that the mist creeping across the fields might be something unearthly. Old folks warn them not to sneak into abandoned houses, where rotting floors and walls are said to be stained with blood.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Food trucks gaining popularity, customers in Victoria
Despite the occasional spring shower, a group of friends were enjoying an evening of warm conversation, cold beer and boiled crawfish at an outdoor food truck garden in Victoria.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Foreign ownership of US farmland grow
Foreign investors acquired at least 1.6 million acres of U.S. agricultural land in 2016, the largest increase in more than a decade, according to a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting of the latest available federal data.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Flooding hits recreation, tourism hard
As the waters of the swollen Arkansas River rose in Little Rock, and threatened to reach record heights, Samuel Ellis had to make the tough, but prudent, decision to indefinitely shutter kayak rentals from his tour company.
Friday, June 7, 2019

US hiring slows amid trade tensions, global economy
U.S. hiring stumbled in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses have become more cautious in the face of weaker global growth and widening trade conflicts.
Friday, June 7, 2019

White House says the tariffs are 'going forward'
President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico are set to take effect Monday as planned, the White House said Friday, even as negotiators continued to meet to try to stave off his latest push to force the U.S. ally to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Abberrant social media usage may contribute to mental health issues in teens
High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Son, retracing dad's steps, tells emotional story
Exactly 75 years — almost to the minute — after his dad battled his way through the carnage that was Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944, Randall Atanay kicked off his shoes and waded into the chill waters, so cleansing and still, that had run red when his father, an army medic, tended the dying and injured.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Talks and more talks, yet no deal to avert tariffs
U.S. and Mexican officials labored for a second day Thursday to avert import tariffs that President Donald Trump is threatening to impose as he tries to strong-arm Mexico into stemming the flood of Central American migrants at America’s southern border.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

D-Day at 75: Nations honor veterans
With silent remembrance and respect, nations honored the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago on D-Day, the assault that portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

'Sell By' or what? US pushes for clarity on food expiration dates
If milk is a few days past its “Sell By” date, is it safe to drink?
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Trump downplays chance of deal with Mexico
White House officials downplayed expectations ahead of the high-level, face-to-face meeting Wednesday between the U.S. and Mexico over President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexican goods flowing into the United States.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

1,000 migrants cross into Mexico, headed for US
Hundreds more Central American migrants have crossed into Mexico from Guatemala, and a group of about 1,000 has started walking en mass to the north.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Officials warn of climate risk as Trump dismisses it
Senior U.S. officials warned Congress on Wednesday about the threat to national security from melting ice in the Arctic as Russia and other adversaries take advantage of the increasing possibilities for shipping and other commercial activity that will emerge as a result of a climate change.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Trump ends federal fetal tissue research
The Trump administration said today it is ending medical research by government scientists using human fetal tissue, overriding the advice of scientists that there’s no other way to tackle some health problems and handing abortion opponents a major victory.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Charles Koch's latest initiative tackling poverty takes center stage in his empire
If a billionaire’s approach to philanthropy is a reflection of himself, Charles Koch’s latest initiative tackling poverty embodies both the wealthy industrialist’s business acumen and his distaste for big government.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Queen Elizabeth, world leaders honor veterans on eve of D-Day anniversary
Queen Elizabeth II and world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on D-Day, a bloody but ultimately triumphant turning point in World War II.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba
The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island’s communist government. 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mississippi River flooding approaches 1993 records
The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as the water level in some places approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Ron Howard tells Pavarotti's 'bittersweet' story
Ron Howard says he hopes his new documentary about opera icon Luciano Pavarotti will introduce the singer to a young generation that never got to hear him before his death in 2007.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Missouri subpoenas abortion docs amid legal fight
A St. Louis judge on Tuesday weighed whether physicians from Missouri’s only abortion clinic can be forced to testify amid a legal fight over the facility’s license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Powell hints Fed will cut rates if needed over trade war
Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to respond to the Trump administration’s trade conflicts to protect the U.S. economy, signaling that the Fed will cut interest rates if necessary.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Biden pitching $5 trillion-plus climate proposal with net zero emissions by 2050
Presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

China handles Tiananmen anniversary with silence
Dissidents silenced. Security tightened. References scrubbed from the internet.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

D-Day: Black troops fought Germans and Jim Crow
It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy for the final assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host of invaders, in fact it also included many African Americans.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

US scientist sounds warning on future Everest dangers
Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous for future climbers, a U.S. scientist who spent weeks in the Everest region said Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

CVS announces further expansion into health care services
CVS Health is pushing deeper into health services with plans to add dietitians, medical equipment and space for the occasional yoga class to 1,500 stores over the next few years.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

US aircraft carrier deployed over Iran remains outside Gulf
A U.S. aircraft carrier the White House ordered to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf amid efforts to de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Gunman's resignation email had no sign of shooting
The resignation email the gunman sent hours before the shooting at a municipal building was brief, unremarkable and didn’t contain anything that foreshadowed the bloody rampage to come, a city official told The Associated Press on Monday.
Monday, June 3, 2019

3 teenagers plead guilty in death of police officer
The last three teenagers accused in the death of a Baltimore County police officer have pleaded guilty to felony murder charges.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Priest begs gays not to leave church over tweet
A priest is asking parishioners not to leave his church over a tweet by Rhode Island’s bishop urging Roman Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Survey: US manufacturing growth slowed in May
U.S. manufacturers grew at a slower pace in May, as production levels fell slightly.
Monday, June 3, 2019

US, Mexico officials begin talks over tariffs
Mexico launched a counteroffensive today against the threat of U.S. tariffs, warning not only that it would hurt the economies of both countries but also could cause a quarter-million more Central Americans to migrate North
Monday, June 3, 2019

The MacArthur Foundation plans a $5 million grant
The MacArthur Foundation plans a $5 million grant to create a new Chicago Public Library branch at the Obama Presidential Center.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Rare albino fawn found, rescued by trucker in California
A rare, all-white fawn has been found and rescued in Northern California by a truck driver who delivered the animal to a rescue center.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Pretrial hearing set for man charged in newsroom attack
A judge has scheduled a hearing this month to resolve several pretrial matters for the man charged with killing five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
Monday, June 3, 2019

8 killed in head-on crash on Mississippi highway
Eight people were killed before dawn Monday in a head-on collision between a box truck and a passenger van on a rural highway.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Kentucky woman arrested for DUI twice in same day
Authorities say a Kentucky woman was arrested for DUI twice in the same day.
Monday, June 3, 2019

FDA food sampling finds contamination by 'forever chemicals'
The Food and Drug Administration’s first broad testing of food for a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds found substantial levels in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according to unreleased findings FDA researchers presented at a scientific conference in Europe.
Monday, June 3, 2019

US aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugs
Sally Atwater’s doctor spent two months on calls, messages and paperwork to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine.
Monday, June 3, 2019

US seeking social media info from visa applicants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Justice Dept. preparing antitrust probe of Google
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google’s business practices and whether they violate antitrust law, according to news reports.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Unions at Illinois colleges protesting for wages, job security
CHICAGO (AP) — Faculty and graduate student workers at Illinois universities are protesting as college unions seek improved wages, benefits and job security.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Record floods breach levees on 3 rivers
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Relentless flooding in the central U.S. has inundated communities and damaged or spilled over levees on three major rivers in two states, and authorities discovered the body of a drowning victim at a Missouri lake.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Dominican police investigating attack on US woman at resort
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Police in the Dominican Republic are investigating an attack on a U.S. tourist in Punta Cana that the woman recently made public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

D-Day anniversary June 6: GI's sons piece together lost WWII love story thru DNA
LUDRES, France (AP) — After decades of searching, Andre Gantois had lost hope.

The retired French postal worker figured he’d likely go to his grave without ever knowing who his father was, unable to identify the U.S. serviceman who had fought his way across France after the D-Day landings, taken a bullet to the skull and been nursed back to health in a military hospital by Gantois’ mother.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

From closets to cooktops, technology aims to bring efficiency into your home
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Closets that freshen clothes, cooktops that won’t let pots boil over, faucets told to dispense just enough water to fill the coffee maker. Wherever one looked at the annual Design and Construction Week, there was a new way to make our lives more efficient.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Foodies, faithful flock to Detroit Ramadan festivals
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Shortly before midnight, a buzzing crowd stood patiently in a line that bent around the corner of a community center and stretched far back into the night. After a countdown, the throng streamed into the fairway of food trucks and other vendors, then pressed forward to the cadence of a banging bass drum.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Companies report progress on tests to detect cancer
(AP) — ACalifornia company says its experimental blood test was able to detect many types of cancer at an early stage and gave very few false alarms in a study that included people with and without the disease.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Health paradox: Diabetes cases fall as obesity rises
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren’t sure why.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Roundhouse of historic locomotives offers look into transportation's past
SUGARCREEK, Ohio (AP)  Jerry Jacobson was a young boy in Cuyahoga Falls, living near the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, when he first fell in love with steam trains.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

My Marshall plan
Over Memorial Day weekend, some shocking news broke about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. David Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning King biographer, came across some new details about the FBI's secret bugs of King in the National Archives. (The full tapes are not scheduled for public release for about another decade.)
Friday, May 31, 2019

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year average below 4%
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fifth consecutive week, tipping the key 30-year loan average below 4% for the first time in nearly a year and a half.
Friday, May 31, 2019

UN atomic watchdog raises questions of Iran's centrifuge use
VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. atomic watchdog said Friday that Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, but reported its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and heavy water are growing and raised questions for the first time about Iran’s adherence to a key provision intended to limit the country’s use of advanced centrifuges.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Record flooding causes levee breach in Arkansas
DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Trump gets pushback on new Mexican tariffs
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal, President Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Alabama set to execute man for pastor's slaying
A man who was nearly put to death before an execution warrant expired last month amid disagreements between U.S. Supreme Court justices is again set to die by lethal injection in Alabama.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mueller's public statement fuels more calls for Trump impeachment
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s first public statement on the Russia investigation is fueling fresh calls to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a step that Democratic leaders have so far resisted.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Heal launches first-ever contextual, data-driven telemedicine solution
Heal, the leader in doctor house calls, today introduces Heal Telemedicine™ for returning Heal users, providing complete and connected care between patients with chronic conditions and their doctors. Combined with the powerful Heal Hub™, initially introduced as the award-winning Heal Wellbe, for the first-time ever, telemedicine is being delivered by a doctor who truly knows their patient through the context of their complete health history, home environment, and real-time vitals.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ex-Roger Stone aide agrees to testify before grand jury
A former aide to Trump confidant Roger Stone has agreed to testify before a grand jury initially used in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Snake slithers out of toilet, bites Florida man on arm
Authorities say a ball python slithered out of a toilet and bit a South Florida man on the arm.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Supreme Court signals more openness to state abortion rules
The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday it is more open to state restrictions on abortion, upholding an Indiana law supported by abortion opponents that regulates the disposal of fetal remains.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Familiar challeges haunt early months of Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential bid
It was supposed to be different this time.

But three months into his second presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is struggling with some of the same challenges that sank his last bid: doubts about his electability, worries about support from minority voters and an opponent with deep ties to the party establishment.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tornadoes leave trail of destruction
A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Scorching heat wave before the summer even starts grips South
A scorching heat wave weeks before the start of summer is gripping the Deep South with several cities reporting the hottest temperatures ever recorded in May.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

JFK's legacy re-examined as Kennedy milestones are marked
The National Park Service is marking two Kennedy milestones this week.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Normandy tries to keep alive gratitude for D-Day
At 10 years old, Henri-Jean Renaud watched U.S. paratroopers landing through the window of his Normandy home in the early hours of D-Day. Like other French who lived through the war, he's trying to pass on to younger generations the gratitude he feels.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk
E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

D-Day's anniversary renews interest in some classrooms
Kasey Turcol has just 75 minutes to explain to her high school students the importance of D-Day — and if this wasn’t the 75th anniversary of the turning point in World War II, she wouldn’t devote that much time to it. D-Day is not part of the required curriculum in North Carolina — or in many other states
Monday, May 27, 2019

Tornadoes rake two Oklahoma cities
A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second twister raked a suburb of Tulsa more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away, authorities said Sunday.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Exhibit highlights cartonists' focus on First Amendment
The First Amendment right to free speech is no laughing matter, as illustrated by a new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon library.
Monday, May 27, 2019

If Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, it wouldn't turn back clock to 1973
A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned?

Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the states, and many would be eager to impose bans.

Monday, May 27, 2019

US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran
The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Trade war: Trump admin prepares another $16 billion in aid for farmers
President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Tornado hits Jeff City as deadly storms sweep state
A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state that left at least three people dead and dozens injured.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Nearly 2 dozen liberal groups want 2020 Democrats to back Pentagon spending cuts
Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a push to get Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fewer babies as US birth rate fails to rebound with the economy
America’s baby bust isn’t over. The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gabe Goodroe to keep summer kool with his Kona Ice business
As the school year comes to a close, you would expect most high school juniors relishing in the nirvana of passage into their senior year. Not so, for at least one Taylorville High School senior-to-be, Gabriel Goodroe. Gabe, 17, has his sights set on fairs, festivals and community celebrations for his first season running his Kona Ice business all across central Illinois.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Trump walks out, demands end to Russia probes
President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders today with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In defining consent, the nation's laws lag behind the culture at large
It may sound simple: You either consent to sexual activity or you don’t.   
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

States sue over new abortion refusal rule
Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Oregon hunts for bodies at asylum seen in Cuckoo's Nest
Oregon will use ground-penetrating radar to search for bodies buried on the campus of a now-defunct psychiatric hospital where the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed before a developer builds housing on the land.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mexico: regional development may address immigration
A U.N. commission on Monday presented a roadmap to boost economic development in three Central American nations whose poverty and violence now pushes desperate migrants to travel across Mexico to the United States.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tornadoes flip campers and damage homes in Tulsa and Southern Plains
A tornado touched down Tuesday near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes, amid storms in the Southern Plains that brought a deluge of rain and powerful winds, closing an interstate and flipping campers at a raceway.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

'Medicaid for All's' rich benefits would exceed what other leading countries provide
The “Medicare for All” plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what other advanced countries offer, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Expert says fetal abduction is rare but the practice has endured
The grisly act is rare, yet it’s common enough to have a name: fetal abduction.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President denies plan to fly migrants to Florida
President Donald Trump on Sunday denied reports that hundreds of migrants would be flown from the Mexican border to Florida and other areas in the U.S. interior to lessen the workload at crowded Border Patrol facilities.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united
President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama’s restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Adam Schiff says Amash criticism is not enough to launch impeachment
A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash’s sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump’s “impeachable conduct” in the Russia investigation isn’t enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings.
Monday, May 20, 2019

US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan next month
The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Trump to Iran: Don't threaten US or else
President Donald Trump warned Iran early on today not to threaten the United States again or it would face its “official end,” shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight and only 48 hours after he seemingly sought to soften his tone.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Virginia town remembers high price paid on D-Day
Marguerite Cottrell remembers the summer day 75 years ago when a Western Union telegram was delivered to her family farm as her mother was hanging clothes on the line to dry.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Jimmy Carter is reemerging in the 2020 presidential race as candidates go to Plains
Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again.
Monday, May 20, 2019

US warns commercial airliners flying in Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions
U.S. diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may help Trump
For all of President Donald Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their argument, and that could be a win in itself.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Flooding on Mississippi disrupts ag shipments
Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Trump hopes for no war with Iran as tension escalates
President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Globe-trotting architect, I.M. Pei, dies at age 102
I.M. Pei (PAY), the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102.
Friday, May 17, 2019

New immigration plan would overhaul green card
After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation’s legal immigration system should be overhauled.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Alabama law moves abortion to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign
Alabama’s new law restricting abortion in nearly every circumstance has moved one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

de Blasio announced today he's joining crowded field of presidential contenders
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on Donald Trump.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Now you can use a smartphone to sound out kids' ear infections
Researchers have created a way for a smartphone to “hear” a warning sign of ear infections — fluid buildup behind the eardrum.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Border wall to go up in national monument area
The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles  of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Female veterans want new caucus in US politics
Congresswomen who have served in the military are setting up a new caucus to support the nation’s growing ranks of female service members, and they’re looking for clout, too, in American politics.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pelosi warns Trump against war in Mideast
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she declared the White House has “no business” moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Alabama Senate passes near total ban on abortion
Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Groups pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of slaves
— Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

US targets $300B in Chinese goods for new hikes
U.S. officials listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed Tuesday to “fight to the finish” in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Washington state to offer first 'public option' insurance in US
Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Court allows lawsuit over iPhone apps
A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that consumers can pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.
Monday, May 13, 2019

THS Class of '84 to hold 35th Class Reunion
The 35th Class Reunion for the THS class of 1984 will be held Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Taylorville VFW beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Kudlow's version of who pays tariffs contradicts Trump
The White House’s top economic adviser has acknowledged that U.S. consumers and businesses pay the tariffs that the Trump administration has imposed on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, even as President Trump himself insisted in a tweet, incorrectly, that China pays.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Measles cases still on the rise, topping 800 this year
U.S. health officials say this year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation’s highest in 25 years.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Britain: US-Iran conflict could break out by accident
Britain warned Monday that armed conflict might be sparked “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with officials from European powers that are racing to salvage a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.
Monday, May 13, 2019

New 'heartbeat' abortion bans approved by 4 US states, still advancing elsewhere
If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there.
Monday, May 13, 2019

US moving Patriot missile battery to Mideast to counter Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Talk shifts toward defiance of Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced a new concept into the debate over President Donald Trump’s actions: “self-impeaching.”
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Ex-truck driver linked to homicides to undergo evaluation
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A former long haul trucker authorities say is linked by DNA to slayings of four women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois has been ordered hospitalized at a psychiatric facility to determine if he’s mentally competent to stand trial on rape charges outside Cleveland.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Texas boys ranch moves forward as more men allege abuse
DALLAS (AP) — When Allan Votaw stepped onto Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Texas in 1957, the 5-year-old hoped he and his two brothers — ages 3 1/2 and 6 — had found a home. Instead, the now-66-year-old says, they found a “horror house” where sadistic staff members whipped children until they were bruised and bloody and children were molested by older kids.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Report: Doors unlocked before tiger attack at Kansas zoo
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state report says that safety doors in a Sumatran tiger’s enclosure at a Kansas zoo were left unlocked before the animal attacked and injured a veteran zookeeper.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Uber, Lyft losses keep competitors at bay
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces trial for 'pedo' insult of diver
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk will have to go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile in a verbal sparring match that unfolded last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

2019 James Beard restaurant and chef award winners
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Michigan on verge of showdown over high car insurance rates
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Schedules show West Virginia governor largely absent in job
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — He’s a billionaire who owns mines, farms and the swankiest resort in all of West Virginia. But how Jim Justice spends his time as the state’s 36th governor has largely been a mystery.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Powell: Need to address slowdown in income growth
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

US celebrates 1869 completion of Transcontinental Railroad
The presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in remote Promontory, Utah, to mark the occasion, driving a last ceremonial spike to connect their rail lines.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Downpours prompt flash flood fears
Rain swamping the nation’s midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere Wednesday prompting yet more flash flood concerns.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mt. lion sighting confirmed in Des Moines
Iowa wildlife officials have confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion near downtown Des Moines.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Beverly Hills poised to become first US city to end tobacco sales
The smoke hasn’t cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales. 
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Federal regulators get sympathetic hearing for request for policing privacy
Federal privacy regulators got a sympathetic hearing from Congress on Wednesday for their request for greater powers and funding to police privacy, as lawmakers warned that fines against big companies may be inadequate to change their conduct.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Trump invokes 'privilege' over full Mueller report
The White House invoked executive privilege Wednesday, claiming the right to block lawmakers from the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller on his Trump-Russia probe and escalating the battle between President Donald Trump and Congress.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

TV pitches for drugs will have to include price
TV pitches for prescription drugs will soon include the price, giving consumers more information upfront as they make medication choices at a time when new drugs can carry anxiety-inducing prices.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Denver deciding on psilocybin decriminalization
Voters on Tuesday could make Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin — the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms” — and add a new chapter to the city’s role in shaping wider drug policy.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

House Democrats expected to file lawsuit or subpeona IRS for Trump taxes
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Warren Buffett says a trade war with China would be bad for the world
Investor Warren Buffett says if the U.S. has a full-blown trade war with China, it will be bad for the entire world.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Meatsplainer: How new plant-based burgers compare to beef
If you want to skip meat, a new era of options is here.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

US rushes ships to Middle East over unspecified Iran threats
The U.S. is rushing an aircraft carrier and other military resources to the Middle East after seeing Iranian troops and proxy forces making preparations for attacks against U.S. forces and interests in the region, a defense official told The Associated Press.
Monday, May 6, 2019

The swollen Mississippi River is receding, but flooding danger still lingers
The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries were receding in many flood-ravaged communities on Monday, but concerns remained high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Democrats set contempt vote for Barr
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the battle between the Democrat-led House and President Donald Trump over special counsel Robert Mueller’s report .
Monday, May 6, 2019

Betsy DeVos, one of the most polarizing figures in Trump's Cabinet, yet enduring
When President Donald Trump visits a school, it’s usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has used the word “education” six times while in office, compared with 500 uses of the word “border.”
Monday, May 6, 2019

And baby makes 3: Prince, Meghan have baby boy
Britain’s royal family has its newest member, a baby boy born to Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, nearly one year after their wedding on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Kansas couple designs covered wagons for "glamorous" camping
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)  A Kansas couple is turning the concept of covered wagons that pioneers once used to journey west into a luxury experience for campers who want to enjoy nature without sacrificing the comforts of electricity and spacious beds.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Unemployment rate hits 49-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and now anticipate strong customer demand.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Trump Fed choice Stephen Moore withdraws today
Stephen Moore, a conservative commentator whom President Donald Trump had tapped for the Federal Reserve board, withdrew from consideration today after losing Republican support in the Senate, largely over his past inflammatory writings about women.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Barr skips hearing; Pelosi says he lies
Attorney General William Barr skipped a House hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Barr had already lied to Congress in other testimony and called that a “crime.”
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Study: Kids' suicides spiked after Netflix's '13 Reasons Why'
Suicides among U.S. kids aged 10 to 17 jumped to a 19-year high in the month following the release of a popular TV series that depicted a girl ending her life, researchers said.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Barr defends actions to Senate after Mueller's complaints
 Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report on Wednesday amid new revelations that Mueller expressed frustration to Barr about how the attorney general was portraying the investigation’s findings.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

White House wants $4.5 billion in emergency border funding
The Trump administration is asking Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency spending for border security as the administration contends with a surge of Central American migrants at the southern border.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The US white majority will soon disappear forever
Since the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 and the start of the Colonial period, the U.S. has been predominantly white.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Physicians seeking Walter Jones seat advance to GOP runoff
Two physicians advanced Tuesday to a Republican runoff in the special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. The last candidate standing from the 17-member GOP field ultimately will take on a former North Carolina mayor who won the Democratic primary.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

North Carolina campus shooting leaves 2 dead, 4 injured
A shooting on a North Carolina university campus left two people dead and four wounded Tuesday, prompting a lockdown and chaotic scene in the state’s largest city.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rare conviction of officer in shooting spurs race concerns
After three weeks of testimony, a jury needed little more than a day to convict a black Minneapolis police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed white woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime, delivering a guilty verdict that immediately sparked questions about whether race played a role.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Trump: Asylum seekers should have to pay to apply
President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

'We are with you!' US says of Venezuela opposition
Venezuelan opposition leaders calling for a military uprising against the government of President Nicolas Maduro gained quick messages of support Tuesday from the Trump administration amid a possible turning point in the South American nation’s political crisis.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Scientists identify another form of dementia
Some people told they have Alzheimer’s may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither is yet curable, it’s critical to get better at telling different kinds of dementia apart.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dems: Trump agrees to $2T infrastructure
President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed today to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package — but put off for later the difficult question of how to pay for it.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Mueller report's account of Michael Flynn's lies in the developing scandal
Somehow, The Washington Post had uncovered Michael Flynn’s secret. Somehow, it had learned that he had spoken with Russia’s ambassador the same day the Obama administration announced hefty sanctions on the country.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Congress may be on the verge of passing comprehensive federal privacy law
Congress may finally be on the verge of passing a comprehensive federal privacy law after almost a half-century of trying. Even the tech lobby is on board following years of resistance.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

After blasts, Sri Lanka targets niqab veil
As Sri Lanka’s long civil war ended in this once-contested region along its eastern coast, Muslim women eager to show their piousness began wearing the black niqab veil to hide their faces.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Cuts are coming. Can Pelosi and McConnell deal?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Washington’s odd couple, have a limited set of mutual legislative interests in a capital beset by dysfunction and awash in presidential politics.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Future of loan relief for public workers topic of debate
In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Cecile Richards, others launch group aimed at harnessing power of women
Three of the nation’s most influential activists are launching an organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Are Democrats pushing the US toward socialism? Citizens weigh in on the topic
Republicans such as Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado are arguing the Senate must stay under GOP control in next year’s elections to prevent Democrats from pushing the country toward socialism . A sampling of comments from Colorado residents and others on the subject:
Monday, April 29, 2019

More states aiming to deflate festive balloon launches
The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Trump upbeat on potential for US-Japan trade deal
President Donald Trump expressed confidence Friday that a bilateral trade deal between the U.S. and Japan can be reached quickly despite ongoing differences over tariffs as he opened talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Attorneys in Weinstein case buy some extra time before trial
Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial, postponed until September, is now poised to end two years after a wave of women’s allegations against him sparked the (hash)MeToo movement.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion
FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Gathering of Nations powwow draws thousands to Albuquerque
One of the largest gatherings of indigenous peoples has drawn thousands of dancers, singers and artisans to New Mexico.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Elon Musk and SEC settle dispute over Telsa CEO's tweets
Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators have settled their dispute over the Tesla CEO’s tweets, with Musk agreeing to having his future communications regarding the electric-car maker pre-approved by a company-employed expert.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Commerce clocks growth rate at 3.2%
The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown.
Friday, April 26, 2019

President Trump's anger at AG grew: It's all because you recused yourself'
Jeff Sessions was “weak,” the president of the United States shouted.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Quarantines at 2 LA universities
A quarantine at two Los Angeles universities affected more than 200 students and staff who may have been exposed to measles and either have not been vaccinated or cannot verify that they are immune.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Elite service members compete for 'Best Ranger'
There’s tough, there’s Army Ranger tough and then there’s the toughest of the tough, the handful named Best Ranger.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Daimler: No idea how Kim Jong Un got the limos
German automaker Daimler, which makes armored limousines used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says it has no idea where he got them and has no business dealings with the North. 
Friday, April 26, 2019

Trump denies paying NK $2M for detainee's care
President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. did not pay $2 million to North Korea in 2017 to get American college student Otto Warmbier released from detention.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Be wary of robot emotions: simulated love isn't love
When a robot “dies,” does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is “yes” — and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to move into our lives.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Parenting guide 'Cribsheet' crunches all the data
Breastfeeding, sleep training, food allergies: Parents navigate an onslaught of decisions, particularly fraught from birth to preschool when their own sleep deprivation and inexperience may come into play.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Trump Tower meeting emails 'really bad,' aide said
The president’s communications director didn’t sugarcoat it: The emails, Hope Hicks told Donald Trump, were “really bad.”

They concerned an as-yet unpublicized meeting in Trump Tower a year earlier involving Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Major penguin breeding ground gone barren
For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica’s second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Who's running for president? Meet the Democratic candidates. . .all 20 of them
With the entrance of former Vice President Joe Biden into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, the field is largely set, with all the big names included.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations
Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

New sketch of Indiana suspect is released
A newly released sketch of a man suspected of killing two Indiana teenagers was created only days after the girls’ 2017 slayings, but authorities aren’t saying why they held onto it for more than two years.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Kim arrives in Russia, ready for Putin
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped off his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia on Wednesday, smiling and upbeat ahead of a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over Kim’s nuclear program.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

World Health says no screen time at all for babies
The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much, and none at all for those under 1.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Migrants turn to 'The Beast' after highway raids
The train known as “The Beast” is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S. border after a raid on a migrant caravan threatened to end the practice of massive highway marches through Mexico
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Trump court threat over impeachment not credible
President Donald Trump said today he’ll go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court “if the partisan Dems” ever try to impeach him.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Democrat donors swoon, and sometimes fight, over Buttigieg, the hottest ticket
Pete Buttigieg is suddenly the hottest ticket for Democratic donors in the 2020 presidential contest.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Marijuana bill likely to come up early
A key supporter of an initiative to legalize adult recreational marijuana in Illinois said substantial bill language will be filed soon, and the issue could be one of the first discussed by state lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse from their two-week spring break next week.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Court hears arguments, census citizenship question
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready today to uphold the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census , despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

US new-home sales climbed 4.5 percent in March
Sales of new U.S. homes increased 4.5% in March, the third straight monthly gain as the housing market appears to be cautiously recovering from a mortgage rate spike last year that caused homebuying to slump.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spike in tips about 2 Indiana girls who went missing
Indiana authorities say they received about 1,000 tips in 24 hours after a news conference updating their investigation into the 2017 killings of two teenage girls.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jury to decide if fatal bunker fire was crime or accident
A wealthy stock trader engaged in “extreme risk-taking behavior” before a fire broke out in his Maryland home and killed a man who was helping him dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the close of the millionaire’s murder trial.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Monuments men: Cathedral fire was a warning bell, but will Europe listen?
It’s a thin line where the patina of age on Europe’s countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it’s not.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Swole, buzzy among new words added to dictionary based on increased usage
Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you’ll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019












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