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2nd year, the US again is slashing the number of refugees that it will accept
The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world’s danger zones.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018


NC officials say the flooding is far from over
Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to open a second route into the surrounded city.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Trump says trove of declassified Russia probe documents expose 'bad things'
President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI’s Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey’s text messages.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ACLU says Facebook's allowance of gender-biased job ads is discriminatory
The ACLU accused Facebook of discrimination, saying the company violated federal and state laws prohibiting businesses from excluding women from job ads.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Too much screen time? New phones help control
Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones — really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don’t lie.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Feds approve importation of pot drug
In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

NC pork producers say storm damage exaggerated
Hog farmers in North Carolina are watching with great concern the still-rising flood waters brought by the historic impact of Hurricane Florence. Efforts continue in affected areas to provide feed and care for animals, and fuel to power farms, while ensuring safety for our farm families and farm employees.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Farmers Union responds to increased trade tariffs
In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. The Chinese government has already responded in kind with tariffs on $60 billion worth of American imports.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tyson Foods CEO to step down for personal reasons
Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat producers in the world, announced Monday that its president and chief executive officer Tom Hayes will step down at the end of September for “personal reasons.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hurricane: Hog farms compromised from floods
Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

US soybean farmers caught in crosshairs of trade war
Farmers worry about falling crop prices and lost sales overseas. Manufacturers fear rising costs and new foreign taxes on their exports. American allies overseas are furious.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Two million US teens are vaping marijuana, school survey shows
A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oldest US nuclear plant shuts down after nearly 49 years
America’s oldest nuclear power plant has shut down as planned.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Number of governments boycotting Nike or considering it mounting
A Rhode Island town is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, and the American Civil Liberties Union is objecting.
Monday, September 17, 2018

More rain, Florence flooding spreads
Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence’s still-rising floodwaters, as helicopters and boat pulled people from homes swamped by swollen rivers.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Group slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs
Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Kavanaugh and accuser say they're ready to testify - but how?
Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault both indicated Monday they would be willing to testify to a Senate panel as the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee shifted from seemingly painless to problematic.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Rare photos go inside America's most famous family
It’s an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album.

Here’s a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There’s Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long before she’d become the family matriarch and trade girlhood grins for imperious stares. Here’s Kathleen Kennedy, awkwardly twisting upside down in a skirt to kiss Ireland’s Blarney Stone. There’s little Teddy Kennedy on the playground, sporting skinned knees.

Monday, September 17, 2018

More than 4 billion birds fly during fall migration
Using cloud computing and data from 143 weather radar stations across the continental United States, Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers can now estimate how many birds migrate through the U.S. and the toll that winter and these nocturnal journeys take. Their findings are published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
Monday, September 17, 2018

DowDuPont names leaders for Corteva Agriscience
DowDuPont has named the chief executives who will lead its agriculture and specialty products businesses once they’re split off from the company.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Huge squirrel population driving farmers nuts
There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Florida photographer explores surrealist artist Dali's roots
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Photographer Clyde Butcher is known for his sweeping, evocative black-and-white photos of Florida’s Everglades. But when he first arrived in the Sunshine State almost 40 years ago, he looked around and couldn’t find anything to photograph.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Trump, Pompeo bash ex-Secretary of State Kerry
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Shelters overnight as Red Cross helps in multiple states
SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOS — The American Red Cross is helping people in multiple states as Hurricane Florence pummels the Carolinas with strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous tidal surges. Twice the size of Louisiana, Florence is inundating communities and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas event
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Murder trial of Chicago cop puts troubled force in spotlight
CHICAGO (AP) — In a Chicago courtroom over the coming weeks, the spotlight will focus on one night in 2014, 16 gunshots, a white police officer, the death of a black teenager and an essential question: Murder or self-defense?
Saturday, September 15, 2018

For black women at church, it's more than the eulogy
DETROIT (AP) — A black pastor's controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin's funeral laid bare before the world what black women say they have experienced for generations: sexism and inequality in their houses of worship every Sunday.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Visit these festively named locations
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are some of the most anticipated, jolly and busy moments of the year. People partake in all sorts of traditions in the name of holiday festivity. Trimming the tree or caroling with friends may be some of the more standard holiday protocol. However, there are always opportunities to bring new traditions into the mix.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Some Bob Evans sausage links recalled
XENIA, Ohio (AP) — The Agriculture Department says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds (21,318 kilograms) of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic.
Friday, September 14, 2018

'Uninvited brute': Florence pounds the Carolinas
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Feinstein gives investigators info on Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she has notified federal investigators about information she received — and won’t disclose publicly — concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Cuomo cruises past Nixon in New York primary
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Ringo plays at Radio City Music Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the season for Beatles in New York City.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Kavanaugh says he didn't recognize Parkland parent
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he would have shaken the hand of a school shooting victim’s father during a break in last week’s Senate hearing had he recognized him before being whisked away by security detail.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Millions prepare for monster storm
Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

US, Cuba to meet on mysterious 'health attacks'
National security agencies and members of Congress are frustrated by the lack of answers about what the United States describes as “health attacks” that have injured American diplomats in Cuba.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Senate okays IRS head despite Democrat protests
Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump’s choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their donors’ identities.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Karen Pence wants to help ease burden for spouses of active-duty service members
Being married to the vice president has its privileges.

“Now people take my phone calls,” Karen Pence told The Associated Press in an interview.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Google execs in video say Trump win not consistent with what company stands for
A recently leaked video from 2016 shows Google executives lamenting the election of Donald Trump, who has accused the company of doctoring search results for his name.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device
Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

DHS says FEMA money transfer won't harm relief
The Homeland Security Department is pushing back against a Democratic U.S. senator’s claim that the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million from the government’s disaster relief agency to immigration enforcement.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

East Coast military bases are bracing for Florence
The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

US median incomes grew for third straight year
The income of a median U.S. household rose for a third straight year in 2017, boosted by a rise in the number of Americans with full-time, year-round jobs.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

AP Fact Check: Former President Obama doesn't always tell the straight story
Former President Barack Obama’s recent denunciation of President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican “sabotage” has cost 3 million people their health insurance.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

EU giving internet firms 1 hour to remove content
European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google and Facebook with big fines if they don’t take down extremist content within one hour.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Putin says suspects in poisoning are just 'civilians'
President Vladimir Putin said today that the two Russians named by Britain as suspects in the spy poisoning case do not work for the military and that there is “nothing criminal” about them.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pope summons bishops for abuse prevention summit
Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Florence has ingredients that make experts worry
To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients — and Florence has them all.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hurricane Center: Florence's size is 'staggering'
Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

US marks 9/11 with somber tributes, new monument to victims
Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Immigration judges must be efficient with backlog
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a group of new immigration judges Monday they have an obligation to decide cases efficiently in a system besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy backlogs.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Wallets open as sports betting meets NFL season
Football fans had their jerseys on and their wallets open as pro football season arrived in places where sports betting is newly legal.
Monday, September 10, 2018

High stakes as 2-month sprint to Election Day begins
Control of Congress and the future of Donald Trump’s presidency are on the line as the primary season closes this week, jump-starting a two-month sprint to Election Day that will test Democrats’ ability to harness opposition to Trump and determine whether the Republican president can get his supporters to the polls.
Monday, September 10, 2018

North Korea wraps up 70th anniversary with mass rally
Tens of thousands of North Korean students rallied in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square on Monday night in the final major event of the country’s 70th anniversary, an elaborate celebration that has showcased the nation’s aspirations for economic growth and Korean unity.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Deadly fire exposes wealthy man's secret underground tunnels
The wealthy stock trader took elaborate steps to conceal the network of tunnels beneath his house in this Washington, D.C., suburb. Even the young man helping him dig them didn’t know where they were.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Pence: I'm confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column
Vice President Mike Pence says he’s “100 percent confident” that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast
Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Texas officer faces manslaughter charge in neighbor's death
A white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor in his home and later said she mistook his apartment for her own parked on the wrong floor of the complex’s garage after getting home from work that night, the city’s mayor said.
Monday, September 10, 2018

US policy drives Russia, China together ahead of summit
When Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet this week, they will have plenty to talk about thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump.
Monday, September 10, 2018

China promises retaliation if US imposes more tariffs
China on Monday promised retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump escalates their tariff battle, raising the risk Beijing might target operations of American companies as it runs out of imports for penalties.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Palestinians say informed US shutting PLO delegation office
The U.S. has notified the Palestinians it’s closing their mission in Washington, a senior official said Monday, the latest in a series of American blows to the Palestinians.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Parents, Frat leaders launch national anti-hazing effort
Tim Piazza and Marquise Braham told their parents they just wanted to make some new friends by joining fraternities while away at college. Neither got much of a chance: They died before their 20th birthdays, after brutal fraternity hazing rituals.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the situation.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

For Sessions, attacks may define his legacy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump’s agenda at the Justice Department, and before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Coast Guard: Cruise ship to continue on after inspection
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a cruise ship that became disabled off Massachusetts has cleared an inspection and will be allowed to continue to New York.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh vote as pressure grows
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The end of contentious confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is shifting the focus to potential swing votes like Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Frog symphony and ancient trees in a verdant Louisiana swamp
MARRERO, La. (AP) - It was 93 degrees and humid when I set out on a 4-mile stroll through a Louisiana swamp.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Trump denounces anonymous column as officials cry 'Not me!'
WASHINGTON (AP) — One after another, President Donald Trump’s top lieutenants stepped forward to declare, “Not me.”
Friday, September 7, 2018

US hiring picked up in August as pay surged
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years — evidence that employers remain confident despite the Trump administration’s ongoing conflicts with its trading partners.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Carper wins, antiestablishment Democrat wave ebbs in Delaware
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Longtime U.S Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware easily fended off a Democratic primary challenge Thursday from a political newcomer who was part of an antiestablishment wave that hoped to move the party farther to the left.
Friday, September 7, 2018

US envoy for North Korea to visit South Korea, China, Japan
The newly appointed U.S. special envoy for North Korea will make his first diplomatic trip abroad next week in the Trump administration’s latest effort to press for progress in uncertain denuclearization talks.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Amway founder and Magic owner Richard DeVos dies at age 92
Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

President Trump fumes over NYT op-ed
Pushing back against explosive reports his own administration is conspiring against him, President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote a New York Times opinion piece claiming to be part of a “resistance” working “from within” to thwart his most dangerous impulses.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Montana Sen. Tester talks up Trump to defuse GOP challenge
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester unveiled a new television ad Wednesday promoting his collaboration with President Donald Trump as the Montana Democrat sought to inoculate himself against conservative critics ahead of Trump’s Thursday visit to the state.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Survey: United States companies added a solid 163,000 jobs in August
U.S. businesses added 163,000 jobs in August, a private survey found, a decent gain that suggests that employers are confident enough to keep hiring.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Carper-Harris matchup highlights Delaware primary elections
A battle between Delaware’s senior senator and an upstart challenger riding an antiestablishment wave within the Democratic Party highlights the state’s primary elections Thursday.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Alaska village experiences boom in polar bear tourism
A tiny Alaska Native village has experienced a boom in tourism in recent years as polar bears spend more time on land.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gordon, never a hurricane, killed child in mobile home
Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm later weakened into a depression on Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wildlife officials work to coax stray sea lion back to sea
Wildlife officials came up with a new plan to try and coax a Steller sea lion back to the ocean after it had been shuffling through neighborhoods in Sitka since Friday.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Kavanaugh stresses independence
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence on the second day of his confirmation hearing Wednesday as he faced questioning from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump’s man on the high court. But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Facebook, Twitter defend efforts to stop election meddling
Facebook and Twitter executives, defending their companies on Capitol Hill, said Wednesday they are aggressively trying to root out foreign interests seeking to sow divisions in American democracy as the November elections near.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value
Amazon has become the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain
Sen. John McCain’s widow on Tuesday said former Sen John Kyl will fill her late husband’s seat.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

'Money Match' Program to return $12 million to taxpayers
The new ‘Money Match’ program automatically will return lost money to Illinois residents without the usual need to gather paperwork or file a claim, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

EPA watchdog faults agency for Pruitt's 24/7 security costs
The Environmental Protection Agency had no proper justification for spending more than $3.5 million on round-the-clock security for former head Scott Pruitt, including nearly $1 million in travel costs for his bodyguards, the agency’s internal watchdog concluded on Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Chaos marks start of Kavanaugh confirmation hearing
Quarreling and confusion disrupted the start of the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, with Democrats trying to block the proceedings over documents withheld by the White House while protesters interrupted the session in a persistent display of opposition.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Parents arrested after teen dies following religious fast
A father and mother have been arrested in southern Wisconsin after their teenage son died and another child was hospitalized following what the father described as a weekslong religious fast.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New Yorker drops plans to interview Bannon at festival
Facing widespread outrage, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

South Sudan accused of killings, torture, squalor in jails
Pushing filthy hands between the bars of his cell, Maluel Chol held up a small black plastic bag.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

From penny press to Snapchat: Parents fret through the ages
When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase “screen time,” nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an investment in their future and encouraged them to use it as much as possible.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Trial in lawsuit alleging mishandled burials set to begin
Galilee Memorial Gardens, the Tennessee cemetery where caskets were crushed and stacked, remains were mishandled and bodies were lost, remains closed.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Costumes, drums and tight security at NYC Caribbean party
Steel drum bands and paint-splashed, wildly costumed revelers took to the streets of Brooklyn on Monday for one of North America’s largest Caribbean Carnival celebrations.
Monday, September 3, 2018

In New Orleans, a regulation reboot for short-term rentals
The sounds of a raucous pool party drift over a privacy fence amid brightly colored cottages that have become vacation rentals in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, and Allen Johnson laments the dwindling number of full-time neighbors.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Congress must consider Kavanaugh nomination, pay the bills
Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November elections.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Trump attacks union leader on Labor Day
President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Family, friends say final goodbye to Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain’s final journey ended on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend.
Monday, September 3, 2018

US Foods Hits the Food Runway with Fall Scoop 2018
-US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today the launch of Fall Scoop™ 2018 (Fall Scoop), introducing 27 innovative, versatile and fashion-forward products. Inspired by the intersection between food and fashion, US Foods created Fall Scoop under the banner of “Food Runway ” and focuses on introducing the right trends at the right time. As part of the company’s “Great Food. Made Easy.” strategy, these products will ensure restaurant operators stay on the leading edge of dining trends and diner interests.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Victims in Amsterdam stabbing are Americansa
Two people wounded in a knife attack at the Dutch capital’s busy main railway station on Friday are both American citizens who were visiting the Netherlands, the U.S. ambassador said Saturday as police investigated possible motives, including the possibility it was an extremist act.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

What is the risk of Russian meddling?
Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

A topsy-turvy day of NAFTA talks ends with plans to resume
Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc are to resume this coming week with the longtime allies divided over issues such as Canada’s dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pepper spray discharges during flight to Hawaii, 15 provided with emergency treatment
A can of pepper spray went off inside a plane headed from Oakland, California, to Maui on Friday, requiring emergency help for several people aboard, Hawaiian Airlines said.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Washington says goodbye to John McCain
It’s Washington’s turn to say goodbye to John McCain. His way.

The six-term Republican senator, who lived and worked in the nation’s capital over four decades, is lying in state under the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'
A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Virginia prosecutor won't charge officer in deadly shooting
Virginia prosecutors will not seek criminal charges against a Richmond police officer who fatally shot a naked, unarmed man on an interstate highway.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Away, away: Alabama high school won't play 'Dixie' any more
The fight over Confederate symbolism has landed in an Alabama town where education leaders have banned the high school marching band from playing “Dixie” as the fight song.
Friday, August 31, 2018

At least 7 die as Greyhound bus, semitrailer collide head-on
A blown tire on a semitrailer may be to blame for a deadly head-on crash with a commercial passenger bus along Interstate 40 in New Mexico near the Arizona border, according to authorities.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Trump stumps for Republican Senate hopeful
President Donald Trump sought to turn up the pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly at an Indiana rally Thursday night, saying the state must defeat the vulnerable Democrat because “Joe’s not going to vote for us on anything.” 
Friday, August 31, 2018

U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains. At the same time, a key gauge of inflation posted its sharpest annual gain in six years, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on track to keep raising interest rates gradually.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal
The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ohio State: 145 firsthand accounts of doctor sex misconduct
At least 145 people have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by a former Ohio State University team doctor accused of groping scores of male athletes and other students during his two decades there.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

US economy grew at a brisk 4.2 percent
The U.S. economy grew at a strong 4.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the best showing in nearly four years, as growth stayed on track to produce its strongest full-year gain in more than a decade. Strength in business investment offset slightly slower consumer spending.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Homeless Samaritan suing couple who raised funds to help him
A homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia got him worldwide attention is suing the couple who led a $400,000 fundraising campaign to help him
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Legal marijuana industry tries to shake 'stoner' stereotypes
Michelle Janikian, who writes about marijuana for publications like Herb, Playboy and Rolling Stone, says after she tells someone what she does for a living, she usually spends the rest of the conversation “trying to act so friendly and mainstream” so they don’t think she’s stoned.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Soldier to plead guilty in trying to help Islamic State
A soldier based in Hawaii who is accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and fixating on videos of beheadings and suicide bombings planned to plead guilty Wednesday to attempting to support the terrorist group.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A controversial comeback for a highly prized tuna
On a drizzling summer afternoon in South Portland, marine biologist Walt Golet is helping attach a quarter-ton Atlantic bluefin tuna to a heavy crane so it can be weighed as part of New England’s premier tournament for the giant fish. And this year’s derby is different than many in the past — there are far more tuna.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Exchange student pleads guilty to firearm charge for threat
A Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening to carry out a shooting at his suburban Philadelphia high school pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge Tuesday.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fans mourn Aretha Franklin at gospel-infused public viewing
Mourners began pouring into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

US and Mexico near deal for NAFTA revamp
The Trump administration says an “understanding” to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement omits a provision Canada and Mexico opposed after the U.S. proposed it.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Confederate markers removed from New Mexico rest areas
The last remaining memorials to Confederate President Jefferson Davis have been removed from New Mexico rest areas along Interstate 10, the main east-west route across the state, New Mexico officials have said.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Filling McCain's seat a political balancing act
Sen. John McCain’s death in office has handed Arizona’s governor an empty Senate seat to give out — and a difficult political puzzle to solve before he does.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Nation's top student loan official resigns
The top government official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned Monday, citing what he says is the White House’s open hostility toward protecting the nation’s millions of student loan borrowers.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Trump: NAFTA trade agreement with Mexico 'looking good'
President Donald Trump says the prospects are “looking good” for an agreement with Mexico that could set the stage for an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Monday, August 27, 2018

McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy
It will be a fitting final resting place for a man who prized military service, cherished friendship and had little patience for formalities.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Baseball, beer help Wright Brothers' hometown rise again
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - When I was growing up in greater Dayton, Ohio, in the 1960s and '70s, the city already had been to the top of prosperity hill and was coasting down the other side.
Saturday, August 25, 2018

A president who demands loyalty finds it fleeting in Washington DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Et tu, Michael Cohen?
Loyalty has long been a core value for President Donald Trump. But he’s learning the hard way that in politics, it doesn’t always last.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Iowa governor chokes up relaying call with Tibbetts' mother
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds became emotional Friday discussing her telephone conversation with the mother of slain college student, and she urged residents not to politicize the case.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Govt acts to stop high-tax states from skirting $10K cap
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Ex-CDC director Thomas Frieden arrested on sex abuse charge
NEW YORK (AP) — A former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been arrested in New York on a sex abuse charge.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Woman held captive by South Carolina killer awarded $6.3M
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A woman who was chained in a shipping container by a man who killed seven people in South Carolina has won more than $6 million from his estate.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Missouri principal apologizes about dress code speech
OAKVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The principal of a suburban St. Louis high school is apologizing after telling girls they shouldn’t display their breasts, bellies or rear-ends because it’s distracting to boys.
Friday, August 24, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor who lied about using his own sperm to impregnate possibly dozens of women surrendered his medical license Thursday to a state board that also barred him from ever seeking its reinstatement.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Mother charged with sex trafficking disabled teen daughter
A Missouri mother has been charged with accepting money and cocaine in exchange for letting men sexually assault her 14-year-old daughter who authorities say has cerebral palsy and the mental capacity of a 2- to 3-year-old.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

US wants 10-year prison term for ex-commander
Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to impose a stiff 10-year prison term on an ex-commander of a Mexican intelligence unit who worked closely with U.S. agents while divulging secrets to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.  
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach charged in case
Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was charged Thursday with lying to police amid an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dad charged in death of baby in hot car pleads not guilty
An Ohio man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was found unresponsive in a hot car last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores
The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their environmental impact.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Trump lashes out at his former lawyer
President Donald Trump lashed at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a day after the onetime “fixer” implicated Trump in a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of women who said they had sexual relationships with him.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Police: 2 Kentucky inmates injure jail staff, escape Wednesday
Two southeast Kentucky jail inmates who escaped, spraying bleach in the eyes of one jail worker and assaulting another, were being sought Wednesday, police said.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Police find body believed to be Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts
Investigators have recovered a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared from her small hometown in central Iowa a month ago, police said Tuesday.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Oklahoma judge resigns over accusations of abuse, oppression
A veteran Oklahoma judge accused of abuse of power after he jailed hundreds of people citing contempt of court has resigned.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Novelty hand grenades found in checked luggage at airport
Authorities say two suspected hand grenades found in a woman’s checked bag at Newark Liberty International Airport were actually novelty bottle openers.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Toddlers survive alone for days after car wreck kills mother
A 3-year-old boy and his 1-year-old brother survived alone for about two days after they were passengers in a single-car wreck that killed their mother in south Arkansas.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Angry crowd asks St. Louis suburb to drop protest charges
Several people arrested at mall protests in suburban St. Louis nearly a year ago are expressing frustration that municipal prosecutors have decided to charge them
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Trump plan scales back Obama's coal emissions standards
The Trump administration on Tuesday came out with new rules scaling back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants, striking at one of the former administration’s legacy programs to rein in climate-changing fossil-fuel emissions.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

7-year-old boy reopens lemonade stand shuttered by inspector
A 7-year-old New York boy is back selling lemonade and raising money for a friend in need after a state health inspector put the squeeze on him last month.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Police: Driver tries to rape woman who mistook car for cab
New York City police say a woman fought off a man who tried to rape her at gunpoint after she got into his car thinking it was a livery cab.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Trump dares Brennan to sue
President Donald Trump on Monday dared former CIA Director John Brennan to take legal action to try to prevent him from stripping security clearances from other current and former officials.
Monday, August 20, 2018

US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods
Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee.

Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese goods: Don’t do it.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Subway riders try to save woman pushed in front of train
Horrified subway riders rushed to save a woman who was pushed in front of a commuter train in Atlanta, but she was hit and seriously injured, witnesses said.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Cuomo says Trump fools the country, but not New York
In a searing speech from the pulpit of a black church, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a Brooklyn congregation on Sunday that Donald Trump is a “slick salesman” who fooled many people in this country, but the Democrat said the Republican president hasn’t fooled New Yorkers.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Longview farm part of larger effort toward food equality
Longview's popular farm and plant nursery Watershed Garden Works is brimming with life: from goldenrod, Douglas aster and lupine to purple basil, Desert King Figs and sweet wild strawberries. As soon as one crop is harvested, another one is planted.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano
Slowing activity at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

AP source: Omarosa has video, audio, texts
It’s not just audiotapes.

Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Short sentence recommended for former adviser
A former Trump campaign adviser should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the FBI during the Russia probe, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday that also revealed several new details about the early days of the investigation.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Explosion destroys a coffee shop and injures three in rural Georgia
An explosion and fire destroyed a coffee shop Friday in this rural south Georgia city, seriously injuring three people and prompting a warning from city officials for residents to avoid the downtown area.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in MeToo era
As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Chief investigator opens up about Russia probe
For much of the last two years, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has been the Russia investigator who is seen but rarely heard on Capitol Hill.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Pennsylvania Diocese holds forgiveness Mass
A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is holding a Mass of forgiveness, as the Vatican expresses “shame and sorrow” over the burgeoning scandal.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Cuomo on slogan: America 'was never that great'
America "was never that great," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again."
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Group formed for Iran post-nuke policy
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is forming a dedicated group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic’s behavior after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Overdose total hits 76 in park near Yale
The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

After Brennan, 9 others face losing clearances, too
President Donald Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security clearance, as is custom, but had also become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump’s.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Joe Biden appearance at Illinois State Fair is canceled
A trip by former Vice President Joe Biden to Springfield, Illinois, has been called off because of illness.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A rising concern: After straws, balloons get scrutiny
Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

US sanctions firms over NK nuke program
The Trump administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on three foreign companies it says are helping North Korea with illicit shipments of goods to fund its nuclear program.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Legislation combating texting and driving is signed into law
Legislation strengthening the law on texting while driving was signed into law by the governor. House Bill 4846, which takes effect July 1, 2019, cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations. Under the current law, which took effect in 2014, second and subsequent texting while driving offenses are treated as moving violations, while first offenses are treated as nonmoving violations.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Report documents disturbing abuse by priests
A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Colorado baker: State trying to crush him
The Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and won a ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court is suing the state over another discrimination allegation.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Credibility: Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump
For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Survivor of newly found WWII ship wreck: 'There were so many to rescue'
Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Scientists share $500,000 for work on cancer therapy
Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies emerging from the work of three scientists chosen to receive a $500,000 medical prize.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gates testimony dredges up inaugural spending
Donald Trump’s inaugural committee pushed back hard last summer on questions about whether the unprecedented $107 million budget for the event was fraught with cost overruns and misspending. A top inauguration official assured The Associated Press that spending had been restrained and monitored.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Probe: Immigrant teens not being abused
A state review into the treatment of immigrant teens held at a Virginia detention center confirmed the facility uses restraint techniques that can include strapping children to chairs and placing mesh bags over their heads.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Multi-gene testing may find risk for heart disease, diabetes, Afib and more
You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help. 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Manafort's defense rests after calling no witnesses
Paul Manafort’s defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax evasion and fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Midwest primaries will test Trump working class appeal against 'blue wave'
Democrats are fighting to beat back Republican gains across the Midwest as the 2018 primary season roars through Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states where President Donald Trump’s appeal among working-class voters threatens to upend decadeslong political trends this fall and beyond.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Only one state in nation celebrates V Day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so.
Every few years, state residents debate changing the name of Victory Day or doing away with it entirely.

Monday, August 13, 2018

FBI fires Strzok in wake of text messages
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation over text messages criticizing President Donald Trump.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's southern Gulf Coast
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Bill Shine, Trump's image man, described as a well-respected professional
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — For years he dutifully carried out Roger Ailes’ orders, earning himself the nickname “the Butler” at Fox News.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Like it or not, Google tracks your every movement
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Bayer shares plunge in wake of Monsanto verdict
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in German farm chemicals, materials and drug company Bayer have plunged in the wake of a U.S. court verdict against Monsanto, which Bayer has acquired.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency just keeps falling
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank took action today to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Growing Spokane, Wash. sheds its sleepy city image
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ramsey and Amy Pruchnic lived in the Seattle area for five years before deciding they wanted to escape the Puget Sound rat race and move closer to family on the opposite side of the state.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Memo: Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Spa and beauty industry hopes to fill 30,000 jobs
NEW YORK (AP) — The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Court ruling doesn't settle beach access
LONG BEACH, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man alleges a homeowner along Lake Michigan tried to remove people from the beach despite an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing lakeshore access.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Authorities probe how suicidal employee could steal plane
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators worked to find out how a “suicidal” airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Former White Sox pitcher Loaiza pleads guilty to drug charges
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug charges in California.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Jury awards $289M in 'Roundup' trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto’s Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, the man’s lawyers said.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Decatur man who claimed to represent big acts get prison time
ATLANTA (AP) — An Illinois man who falsely claimed to represent big-name entertainers, including musicians like Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, and duped clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced Friday in Atlanta to serve nearly four years in federal prison.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lonely Planet launches guidebooks to cruising
(AP) — The travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched its first guidebooks to cruising.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Badlands, history in Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
MEDORA, N.D. (AP)  For travelers looking to visit all 50 states, North Dakota is often one of the last to be checked off. It's not exactly on the way to anywhere else, and flying there is expensive.
Friday, August 10, 2018

DC police, protesters prepare for white nationalists
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend’s planned white nationalist rally without violence.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Ca. fire crews scramble to keep flames from homes
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters battled Friday to keep a growing Southern California forest fire feeding on dry brush and trees from reaching foothill neighborhoods a day after flames roared to new ferocity and came within yards of homes.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Pentagon details plans for Space Force
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020.
Friday, August 10, 2018

2 new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes
BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Illinois men charged with luring Mississippi teen from home
OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program.
Friday, August 10, 2018

New sanctions against Russia to be imposed
New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Pence outlines plan for sixth branch of U.S. service
Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Prosecutors say judge was wrong to scold them
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial said Thursday that the judge presiding over the former Trump campaign chairman’s case incorrectly admonished them in front of the jury, and they want him to correct the error.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Buffet announces $30-million investment in Decatur
The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Michigan twins advance in election
Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Woman tells police she's a clean, thoroughbred, white girl
A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn’t arrest her because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” police said.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Aerosmith van found in woods
Long before Aerosmith filled stadiums with tens of thousands of fans, the band traveled New England in a tiny van playing to smaller crowds.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Anti-union law limiting labor powers defeated in Mo.
The steady march of new right-to-work laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign against it.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gates wraps up testimony against Manafort
Paul Manafort’s protege on Wednesday wrapped up his testimony aimed at implicating the former Trump campaign chairman in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Battling 18 blazes, California facing worst fire season
The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Saturday: A red-hot voyage to the sun
A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to “touch” the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tesla CEO drops latest bombshell
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is considering leading a buyout of the electric car maker in a stunning move that would end the maverick company’s eight-year history trading on the stock market.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

When your child's first words are Google, not ga ga
Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids’ every command, never tiring, even if they ask it to tell jokes for two hours or answer all their homework questions?
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gates describes funneling millions, Cyprus accounts
Paul Manafort’s longtime deputy told jurors Tuesday how he spent years disguising millions of dollars in foreign income as loans to lower the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax bill.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Trump says sanctions reinstated against Iran for world peace
U.S. sanctions that kicked in early today against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Groom rescues swimmer
A bridegroom is being credited with saving a struggling swimmer just moments after his beach wedding on the Gulf Coast.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Zoo closed after hail storm kills birds
A busy Colorado zoo was closed Tuesday as officials assessed damage from a severe hail storm that sent five people to the hospital and killed two zoo birds.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Missouri voters deciding today on right-to-work law curbing union power
Missouri voters were deciding today whether to implement a right-to-work law limiting labor union powers that had been passed more than a year ago by Republican state officials but placed on hold when labor groups petitioned to force a public referendum.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2 drown in bad wave conditions on Lake Michigan Sunday
Authorities say beachgoers formed human chains along the shores of Lake Michigan to rescue swimmers caught in rough water blamed for two drownings over the weekend.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Buffet foundation to announce exceptional investment in Decatur
The foundation of Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett says it’s making an “unprecedented investment” in Decatur.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers
Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won’t be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location, according to a new Pentagon order.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Body found is not that of missing Iowa student
Authorities say the body of a young woman found in southeast Iowa is not that of a missing college student.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Search resumes for plane in Denali
A search resumed Monday for an airplane that crashed on a mountain ridge in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Alleged MS-13 leader asks for easier jail restrictions
A man identified by prosecutors as the East Coast leader of the MS-13 gang says he’s suffering from his Long Island jail lockdown.
Monday, August 6, 2018

GOP raves about him; Dems prepare to grill him
Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall.
Monday, August 6, 2018

What do the new health care options mean for you?
President Donald Trump says insurers are “going wild” about his new health care options and “millions and millions” of people will be signing up.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Michelle Obama announces week of action to sign up voters before midterm
Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Influence of organized labor gets big test
On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor’s clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Trump wants a Space Force, but Pentagon has different idea
President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president’s defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Trump tries to dunk on LeBron James, says 'I like Mike'
President Donald Trump is turning his wrath on basketball superstar LeBron James.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Israel stops activist boat, Gaza teen dies from Israeli fire
Israel’s military says it intercepted an activist boat trying to breach a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Trump blasts Pelosi, LeBron James before Ohio campaign rally
President Donald Trump is seizing on the prospect of Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker again as he makes his pitch for Republican candidates.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

With scant record, Supreme Court nominee elusive on abortion
Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Police: Suspect in Bush's doctor's death killed himself
A man accused of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush’s doctors killed himself during a confrontation with authorities  Friday morning, the city’s police chief said.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Brewery removes Hindu diety from beer artwork
A Missouri brewery has apologized and removed artwork depicting a Hindu deity from one of its beers.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Sarah Sanders won't dispute claim that media is 'the enemy' of the people
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday refused to distance herself from President Donald Trump’s assertions that the media is the “enemy” of the American people.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Jobless rate now near 18-year-low
U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July, adding 157,000 jobs, a solid gain but below the healthy pace in the first half of this year.
Friday, August 3, 2018

2Q profits even better than were expected
Investors came into this earnings season with high expectations. They weren’t high enough.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Bookkeeper: Paul Manafort kept close track of bills
Paul Manafort inflated his business income by millions of dollars and kept his bookkeeper in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy luxury items and pay personal expenses, according to testimony during his trial Thursday.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Will economic boom complicate curbing immigration?
One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration.
Friday, August 3, 2018

China announces $60-billion in tariff retaliation
China today announced a $60 billion list of U.S. goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat.
Friday, August 3, 2018

1st year of Nevada pot sales exceeds expectations
Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Green Big Apple:New Yorkers document city's plants
Susan Hewitt found a special prize recently while wandering the streets of New York.

The 70-year-old spotted a mysterious patch of bright green leaves with tiny white flowers in a raised flower bed. It turned out to be tropical Mexican clover, a weed common in South America and Florida’s orange groves, but never recorded before in the state.

Friday, August 3, 2018

No word yet on the stolen Swedish royal jewels
Thieves carrying out a daring daytime robbery smashed a security case at a cathedral in Sweden and stole gold and jewel-encrusted crowns from the early 1600s before hopping on bicycles and escaping via a nearby lake, police said.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Apple becomes world's 1st trillion-dollar company
Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Commerce Dept. goes ahead with tax on Canadian newsprint
The U.S. Commerce Department is going ahead with a tax on Canadian newsprint, a threat to the  American newspaper industry.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mueller offers Trump a new proposal
In negotiations over a possible interview by prosecutors, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has offered the White House format changes, perhaps willing to limit some questions asked of President Donald Trump or accept some answers in writing, according to a person briefed on the proposal.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Q&A: How Facebook regulates the wild west of pre-election political ads
With less than three months to go before the midterm elections, Facebook is enforcing strict new requirements on digital political ads. Among other things, they force political ad buyers to verify their identities by receiving mail at a known U.S. address.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lawmaker quiuts amid allegations
A first-term Republican state representative and member of an Illinois House anti-sexual harassment task force resigned Wednesday after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he posted nude photos of her on a fake social media account under her name.
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