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5 questions for next Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg's 1st
There’s a new kid in town for the ninth Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg, the self-funding billionaire presidential candidate. Five questions ahead of the faceoff Wednesday night in Las Vegas:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020


MIT to caption online videos after discrimination lawsuit
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has agreed to provide captions for more of its publicly available online videos as part of a settlement announced Tuesday in a case that accused the school of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Suspended sheriff in SC faces 13 more corruption charges
A suspended South Carolina sheriff already indicted on domestic violence charges now faces 13 additional criminal charges including giving alcohol to someone under 21 and using his power to continue a sexual relationship with an employee, authorities said.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela
The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro keep his grip on power in the South American country.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

White House correspondents' dinner returns to comedic roots
Comedians are making their return to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after last year’s hiatus.

Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will headline this year’s dinner, which takes place April 25.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The 10 waived laws include requirements for having open competition, justifying selections and receiving all bonding from a contractor before any work can begin.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trump calls for case against Roger Stone to be thrown out
Hours before a court session regarding his longtime ally Roger Stone, President Donald Trump is tweeting that Stone’s recent conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress “should be thrown out.”

The barrage of Tuesday morning tweets comes days after Trump earned a  public rebuke  from his own attorney general, William Barr, who had said the president’s tweets were “making it impossible” for Barr to do his job.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Get the facts about the cold and flu
A cold or the flu can make people quite ill. Prevention is key this time of year.

Those who think they know all about a cold or the flu can still benefit from a refresher course, which may even debunk some prevailing myths about both ailments.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2 Chicago patients in isolation released
State and Chicago health authorities have announced the two Chicago area patients confirmed as having had coronavirus disease  were released from home isolation late yesterday.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Courtroom psychology tests may be unreliable, dependent on junk science
Courts are not properly screening out unreliable psychological and IQ tests, allowing junk science to be used as evidence, researchers have concluded. Such tests can sway judges or juries and influence whether someone gets custody of a child or is eligible for bail or capital punishment.

The scientists looked at hundreds of different psychological tests used in recent court cases and found that a third of those exams weren’t reviewed in the field’s most prominent manuals. Of those that were reviewed, just 40% were graded favorably. Nearly a quarter were deemed unreliable.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Businesses ordered to function in China
Automakers are reopening factories in China that were idled by anti-virus controls as they try to reverse a sales slump in their biggest market.

Local officials have orders from the ruling Communist Party to get businesses functioning again while still enforcing anti-disease curbs that shut down much of the world’s second-largest economy.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Experts say the 'big one' is coming to Pacific NW
Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast.

But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, the Oregon Legislature appears headed to approve building standards for those facilities, like police and fire stations. The House Committee on Natural Resources last week approved the measure by a 6-1 vote, sending it to the House floor for a vote.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Fort Lauderdale: 11 million gallons of sewage spilled
Fort Lauderdale officials say 211.6 million gallons of sewage has spilled into Fort Lauderdale waterways in the past few months.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that’s enough to fill 320 Olympic-sized pools.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Floodwaters unleashed after days and days of rain
Days and days of heavy rain have created a dilemma for authorities managing dams along swollen rivers in Mississippi and Tennessee. The water has to be released eventually, worsening the flooding for people living downstream.

Dramatic video posted by a Tennessee fire department showed the impact: Two houses tumbled down  a bluff over the Tennessee River, while many others have been swamped to their rooftops, as entire neighborhoods disappear in muddy water below the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Pickwick Reservoir.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Pot shops turn to highway sponsorship to advertise
Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado’s strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Sandra, orangutan granted personhood, turns 34
A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine’s Day with a special new primate friend.

Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says Sandra “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Small home living: not 'downsizing' but 'right-sizing'
With the current trend toward de-cluttering and downsizing, there are plenty of books about how to winnow down possessions to the few that are truly necessary and loved. This book shows how you can live well once that’s done.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Emerging deck trends
Custom-built decks can expand usable outdoor entertaining spaces. Decks can surround pools and create outdoor patio areas that make it easy to establish multitiered living spaces, improving the functionality of outdoor areas.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Startups see a market in renting couches by the month
Zachariah Mohammed’s living room is filled with stuff he doesn’t own.

He pays $200 a month for the sofa, side table, bar cart, dining table and four chairs in his living room. It’s worth it, the 27-year-old New Yorker says. If he needs to move, which he’s done twice in the last 12 months, he won’t need to lug a sofa across the city or worry if it will fit in a new place. The furniture-rental startup, Feather, will swap out items for something else.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable
Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Saturday, February 15, 2020

ASK A DESIGNER: Easy ways to brighten rooms in winter
When home designer and builder Marnie Oursler talks with clients about building their dream homes along the Delaware coast, their No. 1 request is having bright spaces with lots of natural light.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Thanks to plant breeders, camellia moves farther north
Remind me not to plant camellias.

Not that camellias (Camellia japonica) aren’t wonderful plants, with their elegant, sometimes fragrant, blossoms and their glossy, evergreen foliage. But where I garden, with winter lows dipping to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s just too dang cold for camellias — outdoors, at least.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

5 home improvements that may not pay off when you sell
You spent the holidays binging on HGTV, and now visions of shiplap accent walls and freestanding soaking tubs are dancing through your head.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

BLM to fund 11,000 miles of fuel breaks
The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

US defense chief slams China as threat
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order — saying the world’s most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an “advantage by any means and at any cost.”
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Questions complicate efforts to contain new virus
Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the sick is finally getting counted.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers
A government watchdog is launching a nationwide probe into how marketers may be getting seniors’ personal Medicare information aided by apparent misuse of a government system, officials said today.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Bitter cold in Midwest, Northeast to ease during weekend
Bitterly cold temperatures persisted from the Northern Plains to parts of the Great Lakes and northern New England, with schools in some Upper Midwest communities canceling classes for a second day Friday.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Iowa Dems hire lawyers to investigate caucus chaos
Iowa Democratic Party officials have agreed to hire two high-profile lawyers to investigate the factors leading to a meltdown in the state’s lead-off presidential caucuses and how the party responded.
Friday, February 14, 2020

US closes case against McCabe with no charges
Federal prosecutors have declined to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, closing an investigation into whether he lied to federal officials about his involvement in a news media disclosure, McCabe’s legal team said tody.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Official says US, Taliban reach Afghanistan truce
A senior U.S. official said today the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Trump Fed nominee faces skepticism
One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning today from senators who expressed skepticism at her unorthodox economic views, including two Republicans who raised doubts about her nomination.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

House acts to remove deadline for Equal Rights
In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

No injuries after barges break loose at St. Louis
Towing vessels are working to gather up several barges that broke away from a fleeting area on the Mississippi River at St. Louis.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Brrrr! Wind chills plunge to 40 below in some areas
Students stayed home from school today and several businesses were closed in parts of the upper Midwest as arctic air pushed wind chill readings to dangerously low temperatures.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Howard Buffet helping Colmbia kick cocaine's butt
With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter and trudges through the wet grass in steel-toe boots chewed through by his dog’s teeth.

Waiting under a tin-roofed shack is a small group of coca farmers. They’ve never heard of multi-billionaire investor Warren Buffett, but after decades of neglect by their own government they’re grateful for the outstretched hand of his eldest son, who they refer to simply as “the gringo.”

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snakes could be the original source of virus outbreak in China
Snakes – the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra – may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter.

The illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a major city in central China, and has been rapidly spreading. Since then, sick travelers from Wuhan have infected people in China and other countries, including the United States.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NEA: Kids are terrified by active shooter drills
The nation’s  two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday that they can harm students’ mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.

The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association joined with the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund in calling for an end to unannounced drills or drills that simulate gun violence.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Banned cruise ship will finally dock
The operators of a cruise ship that was barred from docking by four governments announced Wednesday it will finally land and disembark passengers in Cambodia.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Big survey finds small decline in medical bill worries
The proportion of people in families struggling to pay medical bills is down, but the number isn’t dropping like it used to, according to a big government study.

In a 2018 national survey, just over 14 percent of people said they belonged to a family struggling with those bills, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. That’s a big drop from nearly 20 percent in 2011 but only slightly less than the proportion who reported the problem in 2016 and 2017.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Plan to create US women's history museum okayed
Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian’s landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women’s history.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill  to establish the museum inside the Smithsonian network and take steps toward funding and construction. The vote was 374-37.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bernie Sanders won the young, the liberal and the disaffected in New Hampshire
Bernie Sanders won the young, the liberal and the disaffected in New Hampshire. Their votes were enough to deliver him a victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, while Pete Buttigieg earned a slight edge among more moderate and conservative voters, with Amy Klobuchar close behind.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Clarence Thomas says judges must resist temptation to legislate from the bench
Judges must resist the temptation to bend their rulings to personal racial, religious or partisan preferences and instead uphold the rule of law, even when that leads to unpopular decisions, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Klobuchar picking up support from Democrats looking for a liberal alternative
It took a year of campaigning, countless stump speeches and an especially strong night on the debate stage for little-known Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to break into the top tier of the 2020 campaign in New Hampshire.

Now she has less than two weeks to make it count.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lawsuit to protect real-life 'teddy bears' tossed out
A lawsuit seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears has been thrown out by a federal judge.

The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to remove Louisiana black bears from the “threatened” list, wrote District Judge John Bate of Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Driver traveling 79 mph when cross country team was hit
A pickup truck was traveling 79 mph in a 25 mph  zone when it struck members of a high school cross-country team on a sidewalk in suburban Oklahoma City, killing two and injuring the others, a police sergeant said today.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Remote-control slots let gamblers play online from anywhere
Slot machines, the bread and butter of the casino industry, long ago lost their nicknames as “one-armed bandits” when manufacturers did away with the lever gamblers had to pull in order to activate the machine, replacing it with buttons.

Now, people can gamble on a real-life slot machine without touching it at all.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Universal to release controversial 'Hunt' film in March
Universal Pictures said Tuesday that it will release the social satire “The Hunt,” a film it canceled in the wake of criticism about its premise of “elites” hunting people for sport in red states.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Some hospitals wary as new liver transplant rules take effect
Long-delayed rules that will more broadly share scarce donated livers have gone into effect, to the dismay of some hospitals in Tennessee, Kansas and other states that fear their patients may lose out.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal
President Donald Trump is offering a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan that recycles previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and Medicaid to promise a balanced budget in 15 years — all while leaving Social Security and Medicare benefits untouched.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Barr: Justice has process to take Ukraine info from Giuliani
Attorney General William Barr said Monday the Justice Department is taking information that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is gathering in Ukraine about the president’s Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Police: 3 people shot at Walmart in eastern Arkansas
At least three people were shot Monday morning at a Walmart in eastern Arkansas, police said.

The shooting was reported mid-morning in Forrest City, a dispatcher with the Forrest City Police Department told The Associated Press.

Monday, February 10, 2020

US charges 4 Chinese military members
Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Amazon wants to depose Trump over loss of military contract
Amazon wants to depose President Donald Trump over the tech company’s losing bid for a $10 billion military contract.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Plea change expected in Louisiana black church burnings
The suspect in a series of fires set at African American churches in Louisiana last spring is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Monday in federal court, where he faces hate crime charges.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Drugs fail to slow decline in inherited Alzheimer's disease
Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people who are virtually destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease at a relatively young age because they inherited rare gene flaws.
Monday, February 10, 2020

It's easy to let travel rewards go unused. Don't
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Amtrak’s “buy one, get one” spring sale got me started.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

SIU Edwardsville gets record number of fall applications
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A increase in the number of applicants to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has officials feeling hopeful about enrollment for the coming fall semester.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Death toll grows as does China virus
BEIJING (AP) — The rate of increase in new cases of the virus in China rose again after a brief respite, as the death toll rose to 722 on the mainland and countries around the world enforced stricter measures to contain its spread.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Military suicides: Air Force rate highest in 3 decades
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Antarctica appears to have broken a heat record
WASHINGTON (AP) — The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian who enlivened the game show “To Tell the Truth“ and played a crotchety merchant on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. He was 91.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sit tight, gardeners, the plants just need to chill
(AP)Outdoor plants in cold climates need to bank a certain number of hours being chilly during the winter for their buds to awaken in the coming months. And that’s not the same thing as being cold.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sunday News: Guest Lineups
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows:
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation
NEW YORK (AP) — Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Secret Service may leave Homeland
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing its support behind a plan to transfer the U.S. Secret Service back to the Treasury Department to better focus on the growing threat of online financial crimes.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Fed signals steady rates as economic risks lessen
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve believes that downside risks to the U.S. economy have lessened with the easing of trade tensions and better prospects for global growth but officials note a concern that possible spillovers from a deadly virus in China represent a new threat.
Friday, February 7, 2020

UAW senior official pleads guilty to corruption
DETROIT (AP) — A former senior official at the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty today to a broad corruption scheme, admitting that he conspired with others to conceal the use of union cash for vacation villas, golf, cigars and booze.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Buttigieg still leads in Iowa; final review extended
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party extended until Monday a deadline originally set for midday today for presidential candidates to request a review of the results of the Iowa presidential caucuses following the reporting debacle that forced a days-long delay in final numbers from the contest and left inconsistencies in the final count.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Hiring surges as Americans flood into job market
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring jumped last month as U.S. employers added a robust 225,000 jobs, bolstering an economy that faces threats from China’s viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Former state congressman ends GOP bid for president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh  ended his Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump on Friday, abandoning an effort that faced long odds and financial struggles from the start.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Irish elections are usually a two-horse race, but Sinn Fein may change that
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s elections are usually two-horse races. But this time there’s a third contender, as a party with historic links to the Irish Republican Army soars in the polls.
Friday, February 7, 2020

7 strongest Democratic presidential contenders prepare for New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Democratic Party’s seven strongest presidential contenders are preparing for what could be the fiercest debate stage clash of the 2020 primary season as candidates look to survive the gauntlet of contests that lie ahead.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Trump admin devoting attention to religious freedom
NEW YORK (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump sharply challenged the faith of his political opponents this week, he was drawing new attention to a religious issue that he’s staked repeated claim to: the global freedom to worship.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Chicago Catholic church no longer hosts 'World's Largest Block Party'
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Old St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church will no longer host its World’s Largest Block Party, the church announced on its website Tuesday.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Acquitted: Trump unleashes fury at enemies
President Donald Trump unleashed his fury against those who tried to remove him from office at a prayer breakfast today, a day after his acquittal by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

Speaking from a stage where he was joined by congressional leaders, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led the impeachment charge against him, Trump shattered the usual veneer of bipartisanship at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Experts scramble, but vaccine may not come in time
The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in time.

Just days after Chinese scientists shared the genetic map of the culprit coronavirus, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health had engineered a possible key ingredient for a vaccine they hope to begin testing by April.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Crackdown on teen vaping has blind spot: disposables
The U.S. government today began enforcing restrictions on flavored electronic cigarettes aimed at curbing underage vaping. But some teenagers may be one step ahead of the rules.

Parents, researchers and students warn that some young people have already moved on to a newer kind of vape that isn’t covered by the flavor ban.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

US productivity up 1.7% in '19, best gain in 9 yrs.
U.S. productivity rebounded in the final three months of last year, helping to boost productivity growth for the year to the best showing in nearly a decade.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said today that productivity grew at an annual rate of 1.4% in the October-December quarter, reversing the direction of a 0.2% drop during the third quarter.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Trump's fate now in the hands of voters; his place in history? Only time will tell
Years from now, will you remember where you were and what you were doing when President Donald Trump was impeached? Have you forgotten already?

The country has been on a constitutional bullet train that took off with a whistleblower’s highly detailed account of wrongdoing, roared ahead through a cascade of tweets and lurched to a halt after more than four months of inquiry, angst and debate with Trump’s acquittal on Wednesday. So can you point to Ukraine on a map?

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Barnes & Noble suspends plan to reissue classics with new diverse images
Barnes & Noble is withdrawing a planned line of famous literature reissued with multicultural cover images that has been met with widespread criticism on social media.

“We acknowledge the voices who have expressed concerns about the Diverse Editions project at our Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue store and have decided to suspend the initiative,“ Barnes & Noble announced in a statement Wednesday.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Attorney General Barr warns against Chinese 'dominance' in wireless networks
Attorney General William Barr waded into ongoing diplomatic tensions between the United States and China on Thursday, decrying what he said was Beijing’s determination to establish “dominance” in the market of next-generation, high-speed wireless networks.

Barr spoke as the Trump administration has accelerated efforts to warn other countries to be wary of Chinese investment and influence. The U.S. government has been lobbying allies to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from involvement in the network because of cybersecurity concerns.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Changing counts reveal inexact science of calorie labels
Almonds used to have about 170 calories per serving. Then researchers said it was really more like 130. A little later, they said the nuts may have even less.

Calorie counting can be a simple way to help maintain a healthy weight — don’t eat and drink more than you burn. And the calorie labels on food packaging seem like an immutable guide to help you track what you eat.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Still too close to call, but Pete's ahead
Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in the opening contest of the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, according to partial results released by the Iowa Democratic Party.

The results that came out late Tuesday followed 24 hours of caucus chaos. Technical problems marred the complicated process, forcing state officials to apologize and raising questions about Iowa’s traditional place atop the presidential primary calendar.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2 jets with Americans escaping virus land in Ca.
Two jets carrying about 350 Americans fleeing the virus zone in China landed this morning at an Air Force base in Northern California. Some will be quarantined at a hotel on the base for 14 days while others will go under quarantine at a Southern California military base, officials said.

Guests and staff at the hotel on Travis Air Force Base near the city of Fairfield, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from San Francisco, were moved out ahead of the planes’ arrival, said Technical Sgt. Traci Keller. The Americans were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the new virus outbreak.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

KC Mayor: 'Joy ride' driver arrested on parade route
An impaired driver taking a “joy ride” today along the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade route was put into a forced spin by law enforcement officers who then arrested the driver and another person at gunpoint, according to officials and video footage of the incident.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

CNN reporters excluded from State of Union briefing
The White House excluded CNN on Tuesday from its annual off-the-record briefing with television news personalities prior to the State of the Union address with no public protest from the network or any other journalists who attended.

No news organization boycotted the event to show support for CNN, in contrast to the British journalists who walked out of a Monday meeting with an aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to back competitors who were being kept from the session.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Vulnerable Democrat Jones sticking to party lines in impeachment vote today
President Donald Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate, bringing an end to only the third presidential  impeachment trial  in American history in a vote at the start of the tumultuous campaign for the White House.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, however, the most endangered Democrat in this November’s elections, said today that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump as the Senate impeachment trial reaches its climax.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Pence: Not sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution
And then she tore up the speech.

No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his State of the Union address than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the paper it was printed on in two.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What to look for in tonight's State of the Union address
Who’s clapping now?

On the brink of his Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing “relentless optimism” during his third State of the Union address, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive for reelection. Trump is speaking from a position of strength, with nearly complete control of the Republican Party. The theme of his speech: “The Great American Comeback.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Some Iowa results expected by day's end
Clouded by doubts on a chaotic day-after, Democratic Party officials planned to release a majority of Iowa’s delayed presidential caucus results by late today, according to details shared with campaigns on a private conference call.

The news did little to stem rising confusion and concern more than 12 hours after voting ended without the release of a single result in the opening contest of the Democrats 2020 primary season.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

China's virus outbreak weighs on global business
Global business is catching a chill from China’s virus outbreak.

Mink breeders in Denmark called off a fur auction because Chinese buyers can’t attend due to travel curbs imposed to contain the disease.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

US top commander slips into Iraq for talks to try to salvage relations there
The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government’s push for an American troop withdrawal.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

McConnell slams drive to impeach as 'the most rushed and least fair' in history
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday slammed House Democrats’ drive to  impeach President Donald Trump as “the most rushed, least fair and least thorough“ in history and confirmed that he will vote to acquit him.

McConnell said the two impeachment charges against Trump — that he abused his power and obstructed Congress’ ensuing investigation — are “constitutionally incoherent” and don’t “even approach a case for the first presidential removal in American history.“

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Two leaders of Milwaukee's committee for Democratic convention put on leave
he two leaders of Milwaukee’s host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention have been placed on leave pending an investigation into allegations that they oversaw a toxic work environment, a letter sent to staff working on planning the event revealed.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Super Spreaders play key roles in infectious disease outbreaks
As the emerging Wuhan coronavirus outbreak dominates the daily news, you might be wondering just how the pathogen is working its way around the world. This virus travels from place to place by infecting one person at a time. Some sick people might not spread the virus much further, but it looks like some people infected with the novel coronavirus are what epidemiologists call "super spreaders."
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Mathematicians, geeks celebrate rare palindrome day
Mathematicians and geeks everywhere celebrated a rare occurrence Sunday, 02/02/2020, a kind of 8-digit palindrome that hasn’t happened for more than 900 years.
Monday, February 3, 2020

San Diego gets $300M in intercept Mexico sewage
The San Diego region will get $300 million in federal funding for a new U.S. facility to capture sewage spills from Mexico before they foul shorelines north of the border, according to a newspaper report Sunday.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Trial heads to historic conclusion
President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly rejecting Democratic demands to summon witnesses.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Mississippi has at least 15th inmate death in recent weeks
Another inmate has died in Mississippi, bringing the total to at least 15 in the state prison system since late December.
Monday, February 3, 2020

New virus has infected more than 14,550 globally
The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 14,550 people globally.
Monday, February 3, 2020

UK, EU clash over trade; 11 months to make deal
Britain and the European Union set out clashing opening gambits Monday on striking a trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to walk away without an agreement rather than compromise on key issues.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a bravado-filled salvo toward Brussels three days after Britain left the bloc, the first country to exit. In a speech to business leaders and international diplomats in London, Johnson said “we want a free trade agreement” — but not at any cost.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Muslim nations reject Trump's Middle East plan
Days after Gulf Arab states expressed their support for President Donald Trump’s efforts at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, representatives from these same countries and other Muslim nations gathered in Saudi Arabia and rejected the White House’s plan as “biased.”
Monday, February 3, 2020

'Othered' in America, an old story, but one still playing out on a daily basis
Activist Hoda Katebi rarely takes a break from organizing. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in recent weeks, she became even busier.

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the 25-year-old Iranian American sat in her Chicago apartment shifting between monitoring her Twitter feed, taking phone calls and texting via encrypted messaging: She and other organizers had word that an Iranian student was being detained at O’Hare International Airport.

“This past week, I think I slept one night,” she said.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Former nat'l taxpayer advocate talks about your rights
Nina Olson is the former National Taxpayer Advocate, where she represented the voice of the taxpayer within the IRS and before Congress for 18 years. As part of her job, she oversaw the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which has staff and offices around the nation. While her role was within the IRS, it was independent of the agency and she was often considered one of its most vocal critics. She retired in July and recently launched a nonprofit, the Center for Taxpayer Rights.
Monday, February 3, 2020

US wants to return codebreaker's seized items
A U.S. woman who said she was visiting England to do a study of the late World War II codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing walked into the prestigious boys’ boarding school he attended and asked to see a collection of his memorabilia.

She was given a wooden box with items that once belonged to Turing, who helped crack Nazi Germany’s secret codes and whose story inspired 2014’s Oscar-winning film “The Imitation Game.” Inside the box was his Ph.D. from Princeton University, his Order of the British Empire medal and other mementos.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Caffeine content in popular coffees
Many people insist they cannot make it through a morning without their favorite cup of coffee. For some, the taste of the coffee might be a secondary consideration. In such instances, caffeine, and the jolt it provides on sleepy, earling mornings, is the true allure of that morning cup of joe.
Sunday, February 2, 2020

US bars foreigners coming from China
The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency and took drastic steps to significantly restrict entry into the country because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations.

President Donald Trump has signed an order that will temporarily bar foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days. The new restrictions, which take effect at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, were announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who is coordinating the U.S. response.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Polling: Americans dissatisfied with the state of the union
The turbulence of impeachment, a contentious presidential campaign and a global virus health threat confront President Donald Trump as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night. But one thing about the Trump era has remained remarkably steady: public opinion on the president.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

With Brexit taking effect today, residents of Northern Ireland are concerned
The border was drawn in 1921, splitting communities and sometimes property, as the British government sought to create a home for the majority Protestant population of Northern Ireland at a time when the largely Catholic Republic of Ireland won its independence.
Friday, January 31, 2020

24 US mining deaths in 2019 lowest number ever
Two dozen people died in mining accidents in the U.S. last year, the lowest nationwide total ever recorded, according to the Department of Labor.

Among them were 11 deaths in coal mines, including four in West Virginia and four in Kentucky, according to data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The coal mine total matched the tally from 2018.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Brexit day is here: Johnson hails new beginning
Britain begins the day as a member of the European Union. Its status at the end of the day — as a proud nation that has reclaimed its sovereignty, or a diminished presence in Europe and the world — will still be up for debate.

The EU will have to bounce back from one of its biggest setbacks in its 62-year history to confront an ever more complicated world as its former member becomes a competitor,  just across the English Channel.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Drinkers want fizz and low carbs and ads reflect it
When Americans crack open a cold one during Sunday's Super Bowl, it might not be a traditional domestic beer.

Sales of classic beers like Bud Light have been dropping for nearly a decade as new choices hit the shelves. First, it was a host of craft beers. Now, there are fizzy, fruit-flavored hard seltzers like Truly, canned margaritas and vodka tonics and wine spritzers.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Ten ads you'll want to see on Super Bowl Sunday
This year’s Super Bowl won’t be a politics-free zone, as both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will air campaign ads during the game.

But most other advertisers will offer escape  from impeachment and the upcoming presidential election by stuffing multiple celebrities in their ads, appropriating iconic songs, going for inoffensive humor, and trying to tug at people’s heartstrings.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Mobster steakhouse may offer menu you can't refuse
A new steakhouse is coming to Las Vegas and its named after two of the city's most notorious mobsters.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Bugsy & Meyer’s is set to open on the Strip later this year at the Flamingo.

Friday, January 31, 2020

For the 1st time in 4 years, life expectancy rises in US
Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years.

The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses.

“Let’s just hope it continues,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees the report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Weinstein excused his behavior as 'showbiz norm'
Two women who say they met Harvey Weinstein when they were aspiring actresses in their 20s testified at his rape trial Wednesday that the one-time Hollywood titan preyed on their dreams of stardom to sexually assault them.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Gulf Arabs back Trump's efforts in Middle East
A tectonic shift in relations quietly underway for years now was on full display as representatives of Gulf Arab states attended President Donald Trump’s unveiling this week of an Israeli-Palestinian plan that heavily sides with Israel and all but crushes Palestinian aspirations.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Pentagon wants to put Patriot missile at bases in Iraq
The United States has asked Iraq for permission to put Patriot missile systems at bases hosting U.S. troops to improve defenses against attacks like the Jan. 8 Iranian missile strike that caused brain injuries to more than 50 U.S. troops, Pentagon officials said Thursday.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Pot patrol: Suit says Kansas targets out-of-state drivers
The Kansas Highway Patrol has a practice of unlawfully targeting motorists based on their out-of-state license plates or Colorado travel plans, due to that state’s legalization of marijuana, according to a federal court filing Thursday.

Among the allegations contained in the new filing are statistics showing that drivers with out-of-state plates made up 93% of all of the agency’s traffic stops in 2017.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

US reports 1st case of person-to-person spread of virus
Health officials today reported the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China.

The individual is married to the Chicago woman who got sick from the virus after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak. There have been cases reported of the infectious virus spreading to others in a household or workplace in China and elsewhere.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

New literacy group aims to help people discern what information is trustworthy
A special effort launched this week is promoting the idea of news literacy education to help the public, particularly young people who have grown up with social media, learn to track down trustworthy information.

News organizations across the country are backing National News Literacy Week, with a particularly aggressive campaign across television stations and other properties owned by the E.W. Scripps Co. Teachers are meeting journalists at Bloomberg News to learn how newsgathering works.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dozens of questions at the impeachment trial: Here are some of the most notable
There were questions about quid pro quos and whisteblowers, the Constitution and an unpublished book.

Senators in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial posed dozens of questions to White House lawyers and to House Democrats prosecuting the case. The questions, written on paper and read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts, provided a window into the thinking of senators who until now had been silent inside the chamber.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Do face masks offer protection from the new virus? It depends
People around the world are buying up protective face masks in hopes of keeping the new virus from China at bay. Some companies have required them for employees. Schools in South Korea have told parents to equip their children with masks and hand sanitizer when they return from winter vacation.

But do the masks work? It depends.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

New USMCA trade deal will boost US growth
President Donald Trump today signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico that he said replaces the “nightmare“ of a Clinton-era agreement and will keep jobs, wealth and growth in America.

Trump made renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement a priority during his 2016 campaign, although trade experts say the impact of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be modest.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

McConnell, in private, tells senators he doesn't yet have votes to block witnesses
President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Last surviving member of Kingston Trio has died
Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has died.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Frank Lloyd Wright architecture school to close
The architecture school that architect Frank Lloyd Wright started nearly 90 years ago is closing, officials announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Man stirs the pot in court by lighting a joint
The rapper Afroman famously sang about how getting high on marijuana prevented him from going to court. A Tennessee man decided to combine the two when he lit a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom, authorities said.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Antiques Roadshow guest floored by value of watch
An “Antiques Roadshow“ guest in North Dakota was floored when he found out the current value of a Rolex watch he purchased while serving in the military more than four decades ago.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wienermobile pulled over for traffic infraction
Oscar Mayer’s iconic Wienermobile got a grilling from a Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy because the driver of the giant hot dog failed to give enough room to another car on the road with emergency lights.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Trump plan calls for Palestinian state
President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan today, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem. He declared it a “win-win” opportunity for both Israel and the Palestinians.

The plan ends speculation as to whether his administration, in preparing a proposal without input from Palestinian leaders, would abandon a “two-state resolution“ to the conflict.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

New pressure on Prince Andrew in investigation
The pressure on Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew increased Tuesday after the revelation by U.S. authorities that he has failed to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into his ties with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five of Epstein’s alleged sexual trafficking victims, said Tuesday that it’s time for Andrew “to stop playing games and to come forward to do the right thing and answer questions.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Stocks move higher on Wall Street after big drop
U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading toay as investors shifted money into technology companies following a broad sell-off a day earlier over fears that the spread of a deadly virus in China could affect the global economy.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

'Like I'm trapped': Africans in China see no escape
The normally bustling supermarket in Wuhan was deserted, looking more foreign than ever. Khamis Hassan Bakari walked the aisles and saw just two other shoppers, and fear sank in.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

It's that time: What to know for year two of the Trump tax plan
It’s that time again.

The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday.

Last year’s filing season was an adjustment for taxpayers and industry professionals alike as it was the first under a massive overhaul of federal tax law. While this year’s season is expected to be more sedate, there are a few tweaks to be aware of.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Alabama fire chief confirms deaths as fire destroys 35 boats
Boaters leaped into the water to escape an explosive fire that consumed at least 35 vessels docked along the Tennessee River early Monday. Authorities said there were fatalities as seven people were sent to hospitals and seven others were initially reported missing.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Arizona, California cases push US tally of new virus to 5
The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Trump dismisses Bolton book revelations
Pressure is increasing on senators to call John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after the revelation that a draft of a book by the former national security adviser undercuts a key defense argument — that Trump never tied withholding military aid to Ukraine to his demand the country help investigate political rival Joe Biden.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Mom of two missing kids found in Hawaii with new husband
Police say the mother of two missing children has been found in Hawaii, along with her new husband, but the children still have not been located.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad
A top U.S. commander said on Monday mortars were used in an attack on the American embassy in Baghdad that injured one person and caused some material damage the previous night, not katyusha rockets as was initially reported by staffers and a statement from the military.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Irish leader Leo Varadkar says EU will have upper hand in UK trade talks
Ireland’s prime minister has warned Britain that Brexit is far from finished — and the European Union will have the upper hand in upcoming negotiations on future relations between the two sides.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Bryant's helicopter flew in fog that grounded other choppers
The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers.
Monday, January 27, 2020

'World's worst cat' is up for adoption
BAKERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The “world’s worst cat” is available for adoption — just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Even if peace plan fails, it may have benefits some say
WASHINGTON (AP) — A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Trump lawyers say Dems want to overturn election
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers opened their impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to drive him from the White House.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Campaign heats up ahead of caucuses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial keeping them on Capitol Hill for part of Saturday, several Democratic candidates trying to oust him in November will challenge the reality that even would-be presidents can’t be in two places at once.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

New US Space Force logo is unveiled
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s new U.S. Space Force is not Star Trek’s Starfleet Command, but their logos bear a striking similarity.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Trump will draw a crowd when newly minted Republican Rep.Van Drew rallies
(AP) — President Donald Trump  is expected  to draw a crowd — and headlines — Tuesday when he comes to the New Jersey shore to reward newly minted Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew with a rally for leaving the Democrats  and opposing impeachment.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Army probes handling of Illinois assault complaints
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Army officials have quietly ordered an investigation into allegations that leaders of an Illinois-based reserve unit mishandled sexual assault complaints and retaliated against a whistleblower, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Fear about new virus spreading thru markets faster than the sickness itself
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world fell this week on worries that a new type of virus in China may ultimately hit profits for companies from Wuhan to Washington. The World Health Organization has held off on calling the outbreak a global health emergency but says it may become one.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Houseplants become more active as days get longer
(AP) — Houseplants are quick to tell you when they need help. They display discolored leaves, drooping stems, and little or no growth. That usually gives you enough time to make things right.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

'Low-intervention' raw wines get their own shop
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — It started with one glass. On a trip to Tulum, Mexico, in 2017, Katie and Denny Culbert tasted a wine from the Baja California region. It was a natural wine, an increasingly popular style made without technology and additives. The couple was hooked.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Throwing away food is throwing away money: Make this the year you stop
(NERDWALLET via AP) — ho hasn’t felt the shame of a refrigerator purge? You’re sentenced to face the forgotten leftovers, fuzzy produce and years-old salad dressing that you swear must have come with the fridge. But it didn’t. You paid money for all these things, and now you have to throw them away.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Feeling sick is emotion meant to help you get better faster

(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — You know what it's like to be sick. You feel fatigued, maybe a little depressed, less hungry than usual, more easily nauseated and perhaps more sensitive to pain and cold.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Start planning to save money on travel in 2020
Summer vacation season will be here sooner than you think, making this a good time to start planning that trip and figuring out how to get the most fun and value for your dollar.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Famous homes around the country get an update
BALTIMORE (AP) — A national association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Longtime PBS 'NewsHour' host Jim Lehrer dies, age 85
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Trump becomes first sitting president to address pro-life March for Life after taking the stage today
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just four years ago when a political committee supporting one of Donald Trump’s Republican rivals unveiled an ad slamming his views on abortion, complete with footage from a 1999 interview in which he declared, “I am pro-choice in every respect.“
Friday, January 24, 2020

Adam Schiff is the face of the impeachment case
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the otherwise scripted impeachment trial, it was a rare spontaneous moment: Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump’s chief defenders, stopped Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead prosecutor, to shake his hand and compliment him on his arguments for Trump’s removal.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children
MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defense patrols, Mexico’s president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company that controls the dot-org online universe is putting the registry of domain names up for sale, and the nonprofits that often use the suffix in their websites are raising concerns about the move.
Friday, January 24, 2020

One of first cases of its kind: Court orders man held for promoting formation of migrant caravan
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In one of the first cases of its kind, a court in El Salvador ordered a man held in jail Thursday pending trial on charges he promoted the formation of a migrant caravan.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Trump vs. Bloomberg: New Yorkers' fortunes collide in pricey knife fight
NEW YORK (AP) — They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling descriptions. They rose to prominence in Manhattan on parallel tracks, amassed wealth real and perceived and displayed a penchant for putting their names on things.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Chicago woman becomes 2nd US case of virus from China
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China, health officials announced Friday.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Monday, Jan. 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
(AP) — eventy-five years after the killing stopped at Auschwitz, the survivors still bear witness, and many observe the rising hatred and anti-Semitism in the world today with a sense of deep disquiet.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Davis to review state's voter registration error
Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced the Committee's minority, which has oversight authority of federal elections, plans to host a listening session in Illinois following the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) admission of having over 500 non-U.S. citizens registered in their Automatic Voter Registration program (AVR). Not only are these non-citizens registered to vote in Illinois, but several non-citizens may have voted in the 2018 election and previous elections.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

US imposes rules on 'birth tourism'
The Trump administration toay published new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,“ in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport.

Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth, according to the rules in the Federal Register. It is a bigger hurdle to overcome, proving they are traveling to the U.S. because they have a medical need and not just because they want to give birth here. Those with medical needs will be treated like other foreigners coming to the U.S. for medical treatment and must prove they have the money to pay for it — including transportation and living expenses.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Impeachment rules making some Senators miserable
So much for the Senate’s quaint rules and tradition.

Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday’s session of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines in a chamber that prizes decorum.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Curious Kids: Is it okay for teens to drink coffee? If so, how much?
When my daughter was around 14 years old, she began to ask if she could have a cup of coffee in the morning like Mom and Dad. As a scientist who studies the effects of caffeine  the ingredient in coffee that helps wake you up  on kids, I had more information available to me to inform my answer than most parents would.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

2 Western states seek court ruling on coal exports
Wyoming and Montana asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on Washington State’s denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S. coal exports.

The coal-producing Rocky Mountain states argue the denial violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits states from impeding trade between one another and with other countries.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Washington man 1st in US to catch virus from China
The U.S. on Tuesday reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak’s epicenter was hospitalized near Seattle.

The man, identified as a Snohomish County resident is in his 30s, was in good condition and wasn’t considered a threat to medical staff or the public, health officials said.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Roberts admonishes both sides at trial
Chief Justice John Roberts drew little attention to himself in the beginning 12 hours of his first impeachment trial. But it was just before 1 a.m., as tempers on the floor had started to wear thin, that he reminded senators, House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s defense team who was in charge.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Program features St. Louis teen who began book club
When a black student from St. Louis created a book club because he didn’t find books at his majority-white school’s library that told stories of people who look like him, he had no idea his initiative would land him on Disney’s screen as a hero.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dad strangles coyote to defend family under attack
A coyote attacked a pair dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk Monday, police said.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Trial quickly bursts into partisan fight
President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight today as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth surge
Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation’s drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

What to know about the viral outbreak in China
Health officials around the world are keeping a close watch on an outbreak of a new virus in China. In response, governments are stepping up surveillance of airline passengers arriving from the affected area to try to prevent the virus from spreading.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

California could list acetaminophen as carcinogen
A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

President Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes
President Donald Trump said today that he’s led a “spectacular” turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate change issues that are a focus of this year’s gathering of top business and political leaders in the Swiss Alps.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Hillary on Bernie Sanders: 'Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him'
Hillary Clinton says “nobody likes” her former presidential rival Bernie Sanders, even as the Vermont senator remains entrenched among the front-runners in the Democratic race, with the Iowa caucus beginning in less than two weeks.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Britain's tortured relationship with Europe: When De Gaulle said 'non' twice
Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout 2020.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How can you make healthy food resolutions really stick this year?
For many of us, January is all about giving things up: Maybe we’re going to stop eating meat and embrace a plant-based diet. Or we’re ready to kick excess sugar to the curb after a holiday season awash in sweets. Or we’re committed to avoiding fast food.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Faith and politics mix on this holiday
The nation marked the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes today recalling his past struggles for racial equality, observing the federal holiday named for him against the backdrop of a presidential election year.

In an early tribute to King, Vice President Mike Pence spoke Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee, at a church service in which he recalled the challenges and accomplishments of the slain civil rights leader.

Monday, January 20, 2020

IMF: Global economy should grow in next 2 years
Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico
Hundreds of Central American migrants began crossing the Suchiate River into southern Mexico today in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border.

The migrants moved off the border bridge and toward the river after Mexican officials told them they would not be granted passage through the country.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Trump team in legal brief calls impeachment flimsy
President Donald Trump’s legal team asserted today that he did “absolutely nothing wrong,“ calling the impeachment case against him “flimsy“ and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution.“ The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged and insisted that abuse of power was not a crime.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Thousands rally in Virginia capital for gun rights
Thousands of gun-rights activists rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday under a heavy police presence, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs
Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Few statehouses feature memorials to actual historical women
Ohio’s Statehouse would join a small number of others around the country with outdoor monuments dedicated to real women in U.S. history under a proposal Thursday to create a memorial to Ohio women who fought for voting rights.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

New home construction jumps 16.9% in December
Construction of new homes surged in December to the highest level in 13 years, capping a year in which falling mortgage rates and a strong labor market helped lift the prospects of the housing industry.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that builders started construction on 1.61 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in December, up 16.9% from the November pace of home building.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Trump's impeachment legal team will include Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr
President Donald Trump’s legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general and a Trump ally.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Pompeo breaks silence on threats to Ukraine envoy
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong but that he had an obligation to evaluate and investigate the matter.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Officials credit tough stance in reducing number of migrants on new caravan
United States officials are crediting tough measures taken over the past year and cooperation from regional governments for sharply reducing the number of Central American migrants who responded to a call for a new caravan.

But even so, the several thousand mostly Honduran migrants who set out on foot this week are a testament to the continued driving forces of violence and unemployment plaguing the region.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Prohibition Began 100 Years Ago, And Its Legacy Remains
In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol.

The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December 1933, is now viewed as a failed experiment that glamorized illegal drinking, but there are several intriguing parallels in current times.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Judge postpones sentencing hearing for ex-Trump aide Flynn
A federal judge on Thursday postponed the sentencing of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, two days after Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Trump's impeachment trial opens
Congress opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Thursday, with House Democrats reading the formal charges from the well of the U.S. Senate ahead of the swearing in of all 100 senators as jurors for only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Senate passes US-Canada-Mexico trade deal
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy win before senators turn their full attention to his impeachment trial.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Group finds aircraft approval process safe, despite crashes
A government committee asked to review U.S. approval of new passenger planes after two deadly crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max has found that the system is safe and effective but could be improved.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

US, China deal aims to simmer trade tensions
President Donald Trump signed a trade agreement Wednesday with China that is expected to boost exports from U.S. farmers and manufacturers and is aimed at lowering tensions in a long-running dispute between the economic powers.

Trump said during a White House ceremony that the deal is “righting the wrongs of the past.“ He promoted the signing as a way of delivering economic justice for American workers and said, “We mark a sea change in international trade“ with the signing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker endorses Biden
Billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker, a major Democratic fundraiser and former commerce secretary under President Barack Obama, has endorsed Joe Biden for president.

The former vice president’s campaign announced her endorsement on Wednesday. Pritzker’s support could give Biden a considerable fundraising boost.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sharper jabs expected in tonight's debate
Rougher shoving and sharper jabs are expected as a tighter field of Democrats takes the stage for Tuesday night’s final debate before Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

House expected to vote Wenesday on articles of impeachment
After weeks of delay and strategizing, the U.S. House is planning to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate to start the trial on removing him from office.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Seattle reins in corporate political spending by 'foreign-influenced' companies
The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed a measure to rein in political spending by “foreign-influenced” companies, following city council elections last year that drew unprecedented spending — including a record $1.5 million from Amazon.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Big study finds no strong sign linking baby powder and cancer
U.S. government-led research found no strong evidence linking baby powder with ovarian cancer in the largest analysis to look at the question.

The findings were called “overall reassuring” in an editorial published last week with the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis involving 250,000 women isn’t definitive but more conclusive research probably isn’t feasible because a dwindling number of women use powder for personal hygiene, the editorial said.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cory Booker ends White House bid
Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign with a message of unity and love that failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Squirrel wrecks home, insurance won't fix it
An  Atlanta couple said they came home from a winter vacation to find their house had been ransacked by an unusual suspect: a squirrel.

Kari and Dustin Drees bought their first home last month in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead district and went to visit family a week later, news outlets reported.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Anger in Iran; gunfire disperses protests
Popular anger swelled Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government’s attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy, as online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Insider Q&A: Antitrust expert looks for strong enforcement
Sally Hubbard is an antitrust expert who is director of enforcement strategy at the Open Markets Institute, whose central mission is to call attention to the risks of corporate monopolization. Hubbard previously served as an assistant attorney general in the antitrust bureau of New York state.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization
A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast  — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York.
Monday, January 13, 2020

12 shot, five dead, in single day of shootings in Baltimore
Authorities say 12 people were shot, five of them fatally, in eight separate weekend shootings in Baltimore.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Rare salt formations appears along Great Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rare salt formations have been documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Viking-era runestone may have reflected fears of a climate disaster in 9th century
Stockholm (AP) — The writing on a famous Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of an approaching climate disaster in 9th century Scandinavia, according to new research by a team of Swedish academics.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Iran admits it shot down the jetliner by mistake
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Saturday acknowledged that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations and mounting evidence that it was responsible.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

US tried to take out another Iranian leader but failed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day that an American airstrike killed the Revolutionary Guard’s top general, U.S. officials said.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Severe storms sweep through southern US
BENTON, La. (AP) — Authorities say at least four people have died as severe storms sweep across parts of the U.S. South, bringing high winds and unrelenting rain.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Megyn Kelly says she did 'twirl' before Roger Ailes
NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly says she did the “twirl” before Roger Ailes, too.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

'Bullitt' Mustang sells for $3.75 million in Florida
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in the film “Bullitt“ was sold Friday at a Florida auction house for $3.74 million.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Trump administration is considering dramatically expanding its travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Chicago-based GrubHub says it has no plans to sell
(AP) — Grubhub says it has no plans to sell the company, a day after media reports said it was exploring its options as competition in the food delivery business grows increasingly fierce.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

New law may encourage smaller businesses to offer retirement plans
NEW YORK (AP) — A new law expanding retirement plan options for small businesses may encourage more companies to offer the benefits to their workers.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Why we are wired to worry, and how we can stop
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) —  A new year brings both hopes and anxieties. We want things to be better for ourselves and the people we love, but worry that they won't be, and imagine some of the things that might stand in the way. More broadly, we might worry about who's going to win the election, or even if our world will survive.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

San Francisco's Beefeater doorman retires after 43 years
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  Another bit of old, quirky San Francisco will be no more when Tom Sweeney finally hangs up his white pressed collar and signature Beefeater jacket this weekend after more than four decades of opening doors at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel downtown.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Los Angeles tourist car burglaries linked to Bay Area gangs
LOS ANGELES (AP)  A surge of thefts from vehicles parked at tourist locations on the west side of Los Angeles has been linked to San Francisco Bay Area gang members, authorities say.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

US rejects troop withdrawal request
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister asked Washington to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department today bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to “recommit” to their partnership.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Puerto Ricans settle in quake shelters, refuse to go home
GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — A new community has popped up in this earthquake-damaged town in southwest Puerto Rico: it houses 300 people, a dozen police officers and one macaw.
Friday, January 10, 2020

US adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an economic expansion.
Friday, January 10, 2020

South facing hurricane-force winds, baseball-size hail
(AP) — Hurricane-force wind gusts and hail the size of baseballs could accompany potent storms that also threaten to spin up tornadoes and drench the South with heavy rains, forecasters said today.
Friday, January 10, 2020

US warship faces aggressive moves by Russian ship
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American warship was “aggressively approached” by a Russian Navy ship in the North Arabian Sea, the U.S. Navy said today.
Friday, January 10, 2020

The stakes are high as US Supreme Court weighs "Bridgegate'case next week
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) —  “This is not going to end well.”

Those words spoken by a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official in the summer of 2013 could hardly have been more prophetic.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Trump, in campaign election rally, calls Soleimani killing "American justice'
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump used his first campaign election rally of 2020 to argue that he served up “American justice“ by ordering a drone strike to take out Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, while jeering Democratic leaders for questioning his decision to carry out the attack without first consulting Congress.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Tom Steyer is sixth candidate to qualify for next week's Democratic debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire Tom Steyer qualified Thursday for next week’s Democratic presidential debate, putting him on stage in Iowa alongside five other candidates.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Edd Byrnes who played 'Kookie' in '77 Sunset Strip' dies at age 87
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edd Byrnes, who played cool kid Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease,” has died. He was 87.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Prolific 'Graduate' writer-actor Buck Henry dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buck Henry, “The Graduate” co-writer who as screenwriter, character actor, “Saturday Night Live” host and cherished talk-show and party guest became an all-around cultural superstar of the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 89.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Royal courtiers chart path for Prince Harry and Meghan's independence
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has moved quickly to take control of the crisis surrounding the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to distance themselves from the royal family, ordering royal courtiers to find a future role for the pair within days.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Vatican debates about Pachamama rites refuse to fade
The scene during the Vatican's Christmas concert was simple and even childlike, as a young woman from Latin America instructed participants -- including smiling cardinals -- to fold their arms over their chests.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Pope Francis warns of risks from US-Iran tensions
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned  that increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran are setting the stage for a broader conflict in the Mideast while jeopardizing efforts to rebuild Iraq.
Friday, January 10, 2020

'IMGOD:' When vanity plate rules and free speech happen to butt heads
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)  When the Canadian province of Saskatchewan in February denied a man's request for a vanity license plate bearing his last name, saying it was offensive, David Assman got the last laugh.
Friday, January 10, 2020

House of Commons approves Jan. 31 Brexit
Britain passed a major milestone on the road to Brexit when the House of Commons on Thursday approved a bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union at the end of the month.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Iran sending mixed signals as tensions with the US appear to ease
Iran sent mixed signals today as tensions with the U.S. appeared to ease, with President Hassan Rouhani warning of a “very dangerous response” if the U.S. makes “another mistake” and a senior commander vowing “harsher revenge“ for the killing of a top Iranian general.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

House to vote on non-binding limit to war powers
The House is set to vote on a non-binding measure aimed at  President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran as Democratic criticism of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general intensifies.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Justice Department: Too late to pass ERA
The Justice Department has thrown a roadblock into efforts to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, finding that an expired pair of deadlines imposed by Congress on ratification of the measure means it’s too late for additional states to ratify it now.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Microsoft looks to detect sex predators in video chat games
Microsoft says it has developed a technique to detect online predators who try to groom children for sexual purposes using the chat function in multiplayer video games.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Officials: 'Highly likely' Iran downed jetliner
Two U.S. officials said today it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

House Speaker Pelosi says she will 'soon' transmit impeachment to Senate
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will “soon” transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but warned that Senate Republicans are rushing to acquittal without a fair trial.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Program meant to curb repeat hospital stays fails big test
Researchers thought they had a way to keep hard-to-treat patients from constantly returning to the hospital and racking up big medical bills. Health workers visited homes, went along to doctor appointments, made sure medicines were available and tackled social problems including homelessness, addiction and mental health issues.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Trump: Iran appears to be standing down
President Donald Trump said today that Iran appears to be “standing down” and no Americans or Iraqis were harmed in Iran’s missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

Speaking from the White House, Trump indicated that he would not retaliate militarily for the strikes. Instead, he said the U.S. would immediately put in place new economic sanctions “until Iran changes its behavior“ after that country’s most brazen direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

McConnell says there will be no haggling over impeachment trial terms
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that he will launch President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on his terms, without any agreement on whether to call witnesses, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the abuse and obstruction articles to the Senate.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Brain injury from foul ball permanent
A 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball  during a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park continues to receive anti-seizure medication seven months after suffering a brain injury that could leave her at risk of seizures for life, an attorney for her family said.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Constitution likely to get new amendment
Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment have filed a federal lawsuit in Massachusetts aimed at clearing a legal path for adoption of the long-delayed constitutional amendment.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020










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