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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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer group finds biggest 1-year drop in death rate
Researchers today reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they credited to advances in lung-tumor treatments.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Patients push limits for clues to chronic fatigue syndrome
Researchers hooked Zach Ault to medical monitors as he slowly climbed onto a gym bike. An invisible disease is sidelining this once avid athlete and he knew the simple exercise would wipe him out — but Ault was pedaling for science.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Some CBD pet products don't have any
Companies have unleashed hundreds of CBD pet health products accompanied by glowing customer testimonials claiming the cannabis derivative produced calmer, quieter and pain-free dogs and cats.

But some of these products are all bark and no bite.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

HUD seeks to roll back Obama rule on housing
The Trump administration took steps today to roll back an Obama-era housing rule, saying local governments have been overburdened by the requirements.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

US trade deficit lowest since 2016
The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in more than three years as U.S. exports rose while imports declined, putting the country on track to see the first annual decline in the trade deficit in six years.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

56 killed in stampede at Soleimani funeral
A stampede broke out today at a funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

War Powers: Trump's confrontation with Iran poses a gut check for Congress
President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran is posing a gut check for Congress, brazenly testing whether the House and Senate will exert their own authority over U.S. military strategy or cede more war powers to the White House.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Founders of sex tech startups says products are about wellness
Sex tech will grace the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week after organizers endured scorn for revoking an innovation award to a sex device company led by a female founder.

CES will allow space for sex tech companies as a one-year trial. The companies will be grouped in the health and wellness section of the Sands Expo, an official, but secondary CES location, one geared toward startups.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Homeland will share data with Census
The Department of Homeland Security is agreeing to share citizenship information with the U.S. Census Bureau as part of President Donald Trump’s order to collect data on who is a citizen following the Supreme Court’s rejection of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form.
Monday, January 6, 2020

US restricts exports of AI for analyzing satellite images
U.S. technology companies that build artificial intelligence software for analyzing satellite imagery will face new restrictions on exporting their products to China and elsewhere.
Monday, January 6, 2020

The feast of Epiphany: worshippers celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ today
Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria today to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in Epiphany ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Iraq PM urges cooperation to prevent war
Iraq’s caretaker prime minister has met with the U.S. ambassador to say cooperation is key to prevent “sliding towards an open war” between the U.S. and Iran.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi said the U.S. must also work with Iraq to bring about the withdrawal of American troops from Iraqi soil.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Global benchmark for crude oil hits $70 a barrel
The global benchmark for crude oil rose above $70 a barrel on Monday for the first time in over three months, with jitters rising over the escalating military tensions between Iran and the United States.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Global stocks sink, gold and oil prices jump over escalating US-Iran tension
Stocks fell in morning trading on Wall Street Monday as investors worried that tensions between the U.S. and Iran would escalate.

A U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general last week and prompted threats of retaliation from Iran. That has rattled financial markets around the world and made oil prices more volatile as investors remain uncertain about how Iran will respond.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Congress demands answers from President Trump about Soleimani killing
President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also warned Iraq that he would levy punishing sanctions if it expelled American troops in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian official.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Delta plane slides off taxiway at Green Bay airport
A Delta Air Lines plane slid off a taxiway amid icy conditions Saturday morning at an airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Democrats call US killing of Iranian general 'reckless'
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that President Donald Trump has “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox“ with the targeted killing of Iran’s top general in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Trump flouts risks that gave others pause
President Donald Trump  is not the first American leader to have Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in his sights, but he was the first to pull the trigger.

It’s a pattern that has emerged throughout Trump’s presidency. On a range of national security matters, he has cast aside the same warnings that gave his predecessors in both parties pause.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Rocker John Mellencamp gives $50K to his Indiana hometown
Rocker John Mellencamp has donated $50,000 to his southern Indiana hometown for construction of a plaza near a mural that pays homage to the singer-songwriter and his 1980s hit “Small Town.“
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Federal Reserve saw a declining risk of recession
The Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee saw much less risk of recession at its meeting last month, when it kept interest rates steady after three straight cuts and signaled that it expected to keep low rates unchanged through this year.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it's catching on
Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she’s packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras.

What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. school day is gym class.

So she’s taking that one minus the gym, and on her own time.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse
United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan Friday for a new conservative denomination that would split from the church in an attempt to resolve a decades-long dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

In a 24/7 food culture, periodic fasting gains followers
On low-carb diets, meat and cheese are OK.

On low-fat diets, fruit and oatmeal are fine.

With the latest diet trend, no foods at all are allowed for long stretches of time.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Cycle of revenge: What's next after killing?
The unprecedented killing of Iran’s top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq has sent shockwaves across the Middle East, with Iran and its allies vowing revenge amid fears of an all-out war.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Oil prices surge, stocks slip after U.S. forces in Iraq kill top Iranian general
Stocks fell on Wall Street in afternoon trading today and oil prices surged  after U.S. forces in Iraq killed a top Iranian general.
Friday, January 3, 2020

US sending 3,000 more troops to Mideast as reinforcements after killing
The United States is sending nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Mideast as reinforcements in the volatile aftermath of the killing of an Iranian general in a strike ordered by President Donald Trump, defense officials said Friday.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Trump says Iranian General Soleimani should have been taken out years ago
President Donald Trump said Friday that the targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was ordered because he was “plotting to kill” many Americans.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Blagojevich: House Democrats would've impeached Abraham Lincoln, too
Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich argued in a column that fellow Democrats in the U.S. House who impeached President Donald Trump also would have tried to remove Abraham Lincoln.
Friday, January 3, 2020

The attention the West gave Soleimani only boosted his profile at home
For Iranians whose icons since the Islamic Revolution have been stern-faced clergy, Gen. Qassem Soleimani was a popular figure of national resilience in the face of four decades of U.S. pressure.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Year one of best in decades for investors
Break out the Spice Girls CDs. That was one of the best years in decades for funds.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors
U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Interpol issues wanted notice for former Nissan chairman who jumped bail
Interpol issued a wanted notice Thursday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges in an escape that has baffled and embarrassed authorities.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

White evangelicals distinct on issues at play in 2020, abortion and LGBT policy
White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on how the government should act on two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll of Americans from various faith backgrounds.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

As more women run for office and are elected, child care still remains a hurdle
When Kimberly Dudik ran for her fourth term in the Montana House, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

New York Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game dies
Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory when he threw a perfect game in 1956 with the New York Yankees for the only no-hitter in World Series history, died Wednesday night. He was 90.

He died of esophageal cancer while in hospice in Hayden, Idaho, said Larsen’s agent, Andrew Levy.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The latest diet trend entails going for long stretches without eating
On low-carb diets, meat and cheese are OK.

On low-fat diets, fruit and oatmeal are fine.

With the latest diet trend, no foods at all are allowed for long stretches of time.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Militiamen breach US Embassy in Baghdad
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, angered over deadly U.S. airstrikes targeting the Iran-backed militia. U.S. guards fired tear gas and palls of smoke rose over the grounds.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Use of Taser on 70-year-old woman spurs investigation
A Florida sheriff’s office said Monday it would launch an internal investigation into why deputies used a Taser three times on a 70-year-old woman after she tried to stop them from coming into her home on her birthday.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

China trade deal to be signed on Jan. 15
The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, adding that he will visit Beijing at a later date to open another round of talks aimed at resolving other sticking points in the relationship.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls
An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won’t make all such calls disappear.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

GOP lawmakers in 2 states seek anti-red flag laws on guns
Republicans in two Midwestern states where GOP-controlled legislatures have gun-rights majorities are proposing measures aimed at preventing the U.S. government or other states from taking guns away from residents whom the courts deem a danger to themselves.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

U.S. had slowest growth rate in a century
The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Optimism over growth, some wariness in Atlantic City in 2020
Atlantic City heads into 2020 with some optimism , buoyed by an expanded casino market with more jobs and more revenue.

But there is also some concern over whether all nine casinos will make it to the finish line of 2020, and whether nearby states will eat into Atlantic City’s main strengths right now: online gambling and sports betting.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Big red buoy missing for 2 years beached in Florida
A big red navigation buoy that bounced along Atlantic waves for two years has beached in Florida, where it’s drawing attention.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Messy primary finally meets election year
The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we’re watching as the preseason closes and election year opens:
Monday, December 30, 2019

Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Ukraine
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine will be the first stop on the trip, the State Department said Monday.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Congressman John Lewis says cancer is his latest battle
As a civil rights activist at 25, John Lewis was beaten so badly his skull was fractured and the TV images from an Alabama bridge in the 1960s forced a nation’s awakening to racial discrimination. As a congressman today at 79, Lewis is facing a foe like none before: advanced pancreatic cancer.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Hanukkah stabbing suspect had mental illness history
A man accused of storming into a rabbi’s home and stabbing five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City was raised to embrace tolerance but has a history of mental illness, his family said.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Man offers $10K for safe return of stolen dog named Bella
A  South Carolina man is offering $10,000 for the safe return of his dog after someone stole his truck with the pet inside.

The dog named Bella was inside Ben Brengle’s truck when it was stolen last week from outside a home improvement store in North Charleston, news outlets report.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Armed congregates kill gunman who shot 2 at Texas church
A gunman who killed two people during a Texas church service was fatally shot within seconds by armed congregants, said Texas officials, who hailed the state’s gun laws that allow weapons in places of worship.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Science teachers get New Year's stage
NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will spotlight efforts to combat climate change when high school science teachers and students press the button that begins the famous 60-second ball drop and countdown to next year.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

6 men first to cross perilous Drake Passage unassisted
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As freezing water thrashed their rowboat in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, six men fought for 13 days to make history, becoming the first people to traverse the infamous Drake Passage with nothing other than sheer manpower.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Jim Beam fined $600k in massive bourbon spill
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam was fined $600,000 earlier this month after a July warehouse fire sent a nearly 23-mile plume of alcohol into the Kentucky and Ohio rivers, killing fish.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Age limit now 21 across US for tobacco products
(AP) — nyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the U.S.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

UN official: Past decade has seen a backlash against human rights in every front
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Federal judge says he won't undo Georgia's removal of 100,000 voters from rolls
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia doesn’t have to put almost 100,000 voters back on its rolls, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Navy is considering shipbuilding cuts
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy’s goal of a larger fleet — and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal .
Saturday, December 28, 2019

US mass killings hit new high in 2019
(AP) — The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Virginia. Twenty-two more died at a Walmart in El Paso in August.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79
NEW YORK (AP) — Radio personality Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died. He was 79.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Why diet soda actually may be hurting your diet
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, but the jury is still out on whether these chemicals are harmless. Also called non-nutritive sweeteners, these can be synthetic – such as saccharin and aspartame – or naturally derived, such as steviol, which comes from the Stevia plant. To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved six types of artificial and two types of natural non-nutritive sweeteners for use in food.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

This year, some once-waning germs roared back to life
’NEW YORK (AP) — This year, the germs roared back.

Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

One of largest districts in US will excuse students to protest
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) —  One  of the largest school districts in the United States has announced that it will allow students one excused absence per school year to participate civic activities such as protests.
Friday, December 27, 2019

New Mexico nat'l monument recognized as Dark Sky Park
RAMAH, N.M. (AP) — A national monument in western New Mexico that’s home to more than 2,000 inscriptions and petroglyphs on a towering sandstone bluff has earned recognition as an International Dark Sky Park.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Report reveals depth of Mexican corruption
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s top financial investigator on Friday reported on the webs of corruption and money laundering that thieves, traffickers and political figures have used to hide their wealth.
Friday, December 27, 2019

12 dead, dozens hurt in jetliner crash in Kazakhstan
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A jetliner with 98 people aboard struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly after takeoff today in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people, authorities said.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Venezuela's poor struggle to bury the dead
MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — The last time anybody in Nerio Garcia’s family heard his voice was on a crackly call from jail outside Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second city. He called from a borrowed cellphone, pleading to his brother for help.
Friday, December 27, 2019

New Russian weapon travels 27x speed of sound
MOSCOW (AP) — A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational today, Russia’s defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Private museum dedicated to the free press got beaten by free museums
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2008, the Newseum — a private museum dedicated to exploring modern history as told through the eyes of journalists — opened on prime Washington real estate.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Disney World characters say they were inappropriately touched by tourists
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Thousands see reenactment of Washington's crossing
WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — Thousands turned out Wednesday to watch the annual reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 — the first time the crossing was completed in three years.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

No evidence museum's stovepipe hat was Lincoln's
(AP) — A new study has found no evidence to corroborate that a beaver-skin stovepipe hat — for years a centerpiece of Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln museum — ever actually belonged to the 16th U.S. president, according to a published report.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

JFK letter promising Santa safe during Cold War is on display
BOSTON (AP) —  In the throes  of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

'Colors of the Mountain' author dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Da Chen, the brilliant storyteller who drew from the hardships he suffered as a persecuted child growing up in the midst of China’s cultural revolution to create the critically acclaimed memoir “Colors of the Mountain,“ has died at age 57.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Law will force small biz to rethink staffing
NEW YORK (AP) — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sustainability in fashion industry an uphill climb
LONDON (AP) — Sustainability in fashion is a hot button topic, with retailers large and small racing to prove their green credentials, but the desire for new attire churns and the industry remains one of the world’s largest polluters as climate activists and watchdogs sound alarms.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Online sales make up larger portion of sales again
NEW YORK (AP) — More people did their shopping online this year during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping to push total sales higher.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Illinois wind company secures contract
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Illinois-based company that develops wind farms in the United States and Canada has won a bid for thousands of acres of state trust land in New Mexico where it plans to build its next project.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Transgender treatment reform ordered
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prisons must undergo wide reforms in the treatment of transgender inmates, including training for employees and avoiding cross-gender strip searches, under a court order earlier this month.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Regular tooth brushing could keep your heart healthy
DECATUR, Ill. — People who brush their teeth three times a day are less likely to develop atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) or heart failure than those with less frequent oral hygiene habits, a new study suggests.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Eve is here and millions are watching Santa's journey in real time
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Depending on which country they’re from, the kids may ask about Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nick or Santa Claus.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Tips to make the best of post-holiday shopping
NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas.

Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items between Christmas and well into January.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Thousands mark Christmas in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Botanical garden working to save Fraser Firs
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) — It’s one of America’s most popular Christmas trees, grown by the millions at tree farms around the country and known for its scent, its long-lasting needles and branches that can support the heaviest ornaments.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Effort to reopen New Harmony bridge gets boost
NEW HARMONY, Ind. (AP) — An effort to reopen a Wabash River bridge between Indiana and Illinois that was closed in 2012 amid safety concerns is getting a $350,000 boost from the state of Indiana.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Congress goes on recess without Route 66 preservtion funds
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress has recessed for the holidays, and it has gone another year without passing legislation that would boost funding for Route 66.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

'1917' a technical feat and great storytelling, too
(AP) — It’s been a good time for World War I buffs — especially if they’re also movie buffs. A year ago director Peter Jackson applied state-of-the-art technology to century-old war footage to bring the Great War alive with sudden, stunning immediacy in his documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review: Understated and undeclared love on every page of this book
“This is Happiness,“ Bloomsbury Publishing, by Niall Williams

“This Is Happiness” is a breathtaking tale told through the eyes of Noel, or Noe, Crowe. After a crisis of faith, the 17-year-old Noe is shipped off to stay with his grandparents in western Ireland, to “the drowning edge of the furthermost that was Faha.”

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one capsule.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

McConnell not ruling out witnesses
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that he was not ruling out calling witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial — but indicated he was in no hurry to seek new testimony either — as lawmakers remain at an impasse over the form of the trial by the GOP-controlled Senate.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Saudis sentence 5 to death for Khashoggi killing
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose grisly slaying in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew international condemnation and cast a cloud of suspicion over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Iran starts new operations at nuclear reactor
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran began new operations on Monday at a heavy water nuclear reactor, the head of the country’s nuclear agency said. The move was seemingly designed to intensify pressure on Europe to find an effective way around U.S. sanctions that block Tehran’s oil sales abroad.
Monday, December 23, 2019

After deadly crashes, Boeing CEO is stepping down
(AP) — Boeing’s CEO is stepping down with no end in sight for a crisis that has enveloped the manufacturer and its marquee aircraft, the Max 737.
Monday, December 23, 2019

University library acquires trove of early 19th century images of Native Americans
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Of the roughly 1,000 images of Native Americans from the 19th through the early 20th century, Eric Hemenway kept returning to one: a lone woman hoeing potatoes in a Michigan garden.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Final goodbye: Recalling people who died in 2019
Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2019 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):
Saturday, December 21, 2019

US heads to court to build border wall
Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. government is ramping up its efforts to seize private land in Texas to build a border wall.

Trump’s signature campaign promise has consistently faced political, legal, and environmental obstacles in Texas, which has the largest section of the U.S.-Mexico border, most of it without fencing. And much of the land along the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border in Texas, is privately held and environmentally sensitive.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Wildlife center mourns owl that was its winged ambassador
A northern Indiana wildlife center’s staff is mourning the death of an owl that was its longtime winged ambassador and also nurtured more 20 baby owls until they could be released into the wild.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

President Trump escapes chill of Washington for Florida holiday
President Donald Trump has escaped the chill of Washington and his impeachment to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in sunny Florida with family and friends.

One thing he isn’t celebrating is the delay in his Senate impeachment trial.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Buttigieg backers defend 'wine cave' fundraiser
The California winemakers  who hosted a dinner at a “wine cave” for Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg are defending the fundraising event.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Former 'Mob Wives" star arrested
Drita D’Avanzo of the reality TV series “Mob Wives” and her spouse have been arrested on weapons and drug charges.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Second Amendment Sanctuary push aims to defy new gun laws
A standing-room only crowd of more than 400 packed the meeting room, filled the lobby and spilled into the parking lot recently in rural Buckingham County, Virginia. They had one thing on their minds: guns.

The vast majority favored a proposal to protect their right to carry firearms: declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Slave life's harsh realities are virtually erased in many of the Christmas tours of old Southern plantations
Over the holiday season, many Americans tour historic mansions in the Southern United States that are beautifully decked out in traditional wreaths, garlands and mistletoe for Christmas.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving
Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic.

His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between traditional grazing grounds in the high mountains bordering Norway in the summer and the forests farther east in the winter, just as his forebears in the Sami indigenous community have for generations.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

UK lawmakers OK Johnson's Brexit bill, pave way to exit EU
Britain took a big step towards the European Union exit door on Friday when lawmakers gave preliminary approval to Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU divorce bill in a decisive vote that broke years of political deadlock over Brexit.

The House of Commons, with its Conservative ranks swollen after Johnson’s election victory last week, voted 358-234 for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, clearing the way for the U.K. to leave the European Union next month.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Impeached or not impeached; Trump mad
President Donald Trump railed behind closed doors about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay sending articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate, putting an expected trial in limbo.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump GOP ally, emerged from a White House meeting with the president with a message.

Friday, December 20, 2019

FDA warns of breathing risks with popular nerve drugs
U.S. health regulators are warning that popular nervous system medications can cause dangerous breathing problems when combined with opioids and certain other drugs.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Boeing's Starliner capsule makes launch debut, but hits snag
Boeing’s new Starliner capsule ran into trouble and went off course in orbit minutes after blasting off Friday on its first test flight, a crucial dress rehearsal for next year’s inaugural launch with astronauts.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Poll: Americans grateful at holidays - and a bit stressed
Wade Holcomb has a lot to be grateful for this year. In addition to graduating college and getting a job, he also has a beautiful 4-month-old girl — who will be celebrating her first Christmas with her dad clearly wrapped around her tiny fingers.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Just seven Democrats on stage for tonight's debate
A winnowed field of Democratic presidential contenders takes the debate stage for a sixth and final time in 2019, as candidates seek to convince anxious voters that they are the party’s best hope to deny President Donald Trump a second term next year.

Tonight’s televised contest ahead of Christmas will bring seven rivals to heavily Democratic California, the biggest prize in the primary season and home to 1 in 8 Americans. And, coming a day after a politically divided House impeached the Republican president, the debate will underscore the paramount concern for Democratic voters: Who can beat Trump in November?

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Among the public, a great divide
We interrupt the holiday spirit to bring you the impeachment of a president.

In festive haunts, buzzing stores and rush-hour frenzy, Americans absorbed the moment Donald Trump became only the third president branded with the mark of impeachment, the Constitution’s gravest political indictment.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Legacy moment: Pelosi leads somber proceedings
The House’s center of power took a seat toward the back of the chamber Wednesday. Her golden mace brooch, symbol of the House and the speaker’s authority, glinted.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Government proposing new rules to increase organ transplants
The U.S. government proposed new rules Tuesday to increase organ transplants — steps to make it easier for the living to donate and to make sure that organs from the deceased don’t go to waste.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping by kids
About 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, according to a report released Wednesday.

“The speed at which kids are taking up this behavior is very worrisome,” said Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the federal agency that pays for the large annual teen survey.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Trump admin advances prescription drug import plan
The Trump administration, eager to show progress on prescription drug costs, on Wednesday moved forward on its plan to allow Americans to safely and legally get access to lower-priced medicines from abroad.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Why come cities and states are balking at the use of facial recognition software
Police departments around the U.S. are asking citizens to trust them to use facial recognition software as another handy tool in their crime-fighting toolbox. But some lawmakers — and even some technology giants — are hitting the brakes.

Are fears of an all-seeing, artificially intelligent security apparatus overblown? Not if you look at China, where advancements in computer vision applied to vast networks of street cameras have enabled authorities to track members of ethnic minority groups for signs of subversive behavior.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Weather officials: 24 tornadoes hit South over 2 days
At least two dozen tornadoes hit the Southeast this week in a deadly outbreak of severe weather, assessments by the National Weather Service show.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

5th straight year with under 30 executions in US
Fewer than 30 people were executed in the United States and under 50 new death sentences were imposed for the fifth straight year, part of a continuing decline in capital punishment that saw only a few states carry out executions, a new report issued Tuesday said.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Most opioid overdose deaths accidental
Accidental overdoses cause 90% of all U.S. opioid-related deaths while suicides account for far fewer of these fatalities than previously thought, a new analysis published Tuesday suggests.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Poison center warns about these three holiday plants
‘Tis the season to be jolly! While Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia might make you feel jolly, some winter plants used for decorating can put a damper on your holiday festivities, if ingested. The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) advises people to keep holiday plants and berries out of their mouths no matter how tempting a taste may be.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

US jobs still at historically high level
The number of available jobs jumped in October after hitting an 18-month low the previous month, a sign the job market remains strong.

The Labor Department said today that the number of available positions rose 3.3% to nearly 7.3 million. That suggests that businesses remain confident enough in the economic outlook to create more jobs.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ford to add 3,000 jobs in Detroit; invest $1.45B
Ford Motor Co. is adding 3,000 jobs at two factories in the Detroit area and investing $1.45 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Building permit applications highest level in 12 years
Construction of new homes rose again in November while applications for building permits rose to the highest level in 12 years, both encouraging signs of a rebound in the housing market.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Appeals court approves Grain Belt power line
A Missouri appeals court today gave approval to the state’s portion of a controversial wind power transmission line that would provide energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hyperpalatability: Why it can be hard to stop eating even when you're full
All foods are not created equal. Most are palatable, or tasty to eat, which is helpful because we need to eat to survive. For example, a fresh apple is palatable to most people and provides vital nutrients and calories.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Harvey Weinstein says he's advanced women's film careers
Harvey Weinstein says he is a pioneer in advancing the careers of women in the film industry, saying his work has been forgotten in the wake of allegations of sexual assault.

“I feel like the forgotten man,” Weinstein said in an interview published Sunday in the New York Post. “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!”

Monday, December 16, 2019

Mexico cites lopsided support for Yucatan Peninsula train
Mexico’s president claimed overwhelming support Monday after a weekend referendum on a train project in the Yucatan Peninsula produced lopsided results in a limited vote.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the so-called Mayan Train project will move forward after a vote Sunday in 84 municipalities in five states produced votes in favor, from 85% in Quintana Roo to 99% in Campeche. Still, only slightly more than 100,000 people voted in total.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Turbulence shakes Democrats before debate
Seven Democratic presidential candidates will stand on stage this week in Los Angeles, a pool of survivors who have withstood almost a year on the campaign trail, sustained attacks from rivals in both major political parties and five rounds of high-pressure debates.
Monday, December 16, 2019

19-year-old arrested for mercury spill
A 19-year-old man has been arrested after trace amounts of mercury spilled at three locations in Houston, leading dozens of people to be decontaminated as a precaution, FBI said Monday.

The agency’s Houston office said on Twitter that Christopher Lee Melder has been charged with burglary and unlawful disposal of hazardous material. The FBI announced early Monday that he was taken into custody for questioning in connection with the spill. He is also charged on an outstanding felony drug possession warrant.

Monday, December 16, 2019

How long is the sermon? Study ranks Christian churches
How long should a sermon be?

The major branches of Christianity in the U.S. have sharply different traditions, with sermons at historically black Protestant churches lasting — on average - nearly four times as long as Roman Catholic sermons.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Mississippi doctor convicted of groping woman during flight
A Mississippi doctor has pleaded guilty to groping a sleeping woman during a flight from New York to Memphis.

Dr. Rajesh Subramanya entered a guilty plea Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault, according to recently unsealed court records obtained by The Memphis Commercial Appeal. The pediatrician was sentenced to pay a $3,000 fine, serve one year of probation and leave the United States, the federal court documents list.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Judge holding bond hearing for man tried 6 times in killings
A judge is being  asked Monday  to set bond for a Mississippi man who has been tried six times in the same quadruple murder case.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019
(AP) — On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “unidentified armed men” who, according to witnesses, got away on motorcycles.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Reparations new front for US colleges tied to slavery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) —  The promise of reparations  to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies.
Saturday, December 14, 2019









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