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Power switched off in No. Calif. amid fire fears
Northern California’s biggest utility has taken the unprecedented step of cutting electricity for tens of thousands of customers in an attempt to prevent wildfires amid rising winds and official warnings on Monday of extreme fire danger.
Monday, October 15, 2018


US looks at military bases for coal and gas exports
The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.
Monday, October 15, 2018

No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in Florida
Residents of hurricane-ravaged communities in Florida’s Panhandle turned to volunteers and each other for help Monday, the fifth day without cell service, electricity or, in many cases, shelter.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats
Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new task force aimed at zeroing in on the three of the world’s most notorious drug cartels and the brutal MS-13 street gang, already considered a top priority for federal law enforcement.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren today released the results of a DNA analysis that strongly supports she has some Native American ancestry, a rebuttal to President Donald Trump and other critics who have long derided her claim.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Posthumously, Hawking says that science is under threat
Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Sears files for Chapter 11, massive debt
Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Investigation of Saudi Consulate begins
A team of investigators entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul otoay for what Turkish officials called a joint inspection of the building where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared nearly two weeks ago.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Millions spent to guard Confederate cemeteries
After last year’s deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries, documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs show.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Youth living in settlements at US border suffer poverty and lack of health care
Recent media stories from the U.S.-Mexico border about immigration have largely missed the daily struggle of families and children in U.S. communities called "colonias."
Monday, October 15, 2018

New technology, housekeeping among concerns in hotel strikes
Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

13 Dartmouth organizations face hazing allegations
A spike in reports of hazing at Dartmouth College prompted the Ivy League school to hire an external investigator to look at over a dozen organizations including fraternities and sororities.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

'Life or death': Face-to-face with Michael's fury
Tom Garcia watched in terror as fingers of water pushed inland across the beach and began filling up his home.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Melania Trump ignores cheating rumors about husband
Melania Trump says she loves President Donald Trump and has “much more important things to think about” than allegations he cheated on her with a porn star, a Playboy Playmate or anyone else.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

What could soothe markets? Solid earnings, economic reports
After a harrowing week for financial markets, investors will look for solid corporate earnings reports and healthy economic news over the next few weeks to calm things down.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Recreation on US land generates billions for western states
A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on U.S. land administered by the Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states' economies.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Journalist's disappearance tests Trump's Saudi ties
Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Postal Service proposes 5 cent increase on stamp
The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Slight increase in Medicare's 'Part B' premium
Medicare says its “Part B” premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. That means retirees should be able to keep more of their recently-announced Social Security cost-of-living increase.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Tyndall AFB sustains 'catastrophic' storm damage
Tyndall Air Force Base suffered catastrophic damage when Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle, ripping roofs off airplane hangars, tossing vehicles around a parking lot and leaving a fighter jet that had been on display flipped over on the ground.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Search crews look for dead and missing
Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 11 across the South.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a pre-election GOP priority
The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday, all but wrapping up its pre-election work on a top Republican priority days after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Ronald Reagan is waving to crowds again
A smiling Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car during a 1984 campaign stop in a new hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president’s namesake library in Southern California.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases
The youngster’s mysterious symptoms stumped every expert his parents consulted: No diagnosis explained why he couldn’t sit up on his own, or why he’d frequently choke, or his neurologic and intestinal abnormalities.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Mortgage rates leap this week to seven-year highs
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates leaped this week to their highest levels in seven years amid global anxiety over rising interest rates that has gripped financial markets.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein assault case
Manhattan’s district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand jury.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 by 2.8 %
Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Unimaginable destruction
The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus today with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and search-and-rescue crews made their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who defied evacuation orders.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Judge wants sentencing for Manafort before cooperation ends
The judge in one of Paul Manafort’s criminal cases threw a wrench Thursday into special counsel Robert Mueller’s plans for the former Trump campaign chairman’s cooperation.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

FBI says usual process followed in Kavanaugh probe
FBI Director Chris Wray said Wednesday that the FBI’s background investigation of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was limited in scope but that the “usual process” was followed.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Michael pounding Florida panhandle, 150 mph gusts
Gaining fury with every passing hour, Hurricane Michael began pounding the Florida Panhandle with sideways-blown rain and crashing waves today as it closed in on the coastline with potentially catastrophic winds of 150 mph.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Some South Carolina Democrats say it's better if Bernie Sanders just 'got lost'
As Bernie Sanders prepares to return to South Carolina to feel out a potential 2020 presidential bid, some Democrats in this early primary, heavily Republican state say the visit isn’t wanted or helpful to their candidates in advance of next month’s election.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

US recycling industry in the dumps
A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Year-round sale of high-ethanol gas boon to farm states
The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fast-moving Michael closing in on Florida
An estimated 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 110 mph and a potential storm surge of 12 feet.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

UN Ambassador Haley resigning at end of year
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is leaving the administration at the end of the year, she and President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. She gave no reason for her departure after two years, though there is speculation she will return to government or politics at some point.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Court mood is jovial on day one for Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high court confirmation.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A four-week sprint to Election Day: The Kavanaugh effect and other issues
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court fired the starting pistol for the final sprint to Election Day, with control of the House and Senate at stake.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Uof NM considering covering mural with white man
A blond-haired, blue-eyed man gazes forward from the decades-old, controversial mural, his arms stretched out holding the hand of a faceless Hispanic man on one side and a faceless Native American on the other.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

McConnell says he's open to Supreme Court nomination in 2020
The Senate’s majority leader, insisting his chamber won’t be irreparably damaged by the bitter fight over new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is signaling he’s willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Michael strengthens into a hurricane, menaces Florida
A tropical weather system rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and forecasters said it was moving Monday into the Gulf of Mexico where warm waters would continue to fuel its development.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Facebook wants to invite its cameras into their homes
Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Russia dismisses suspected spy actions as routine Dutch trip
Russia’s foreign minister on Monday dismissed accusations made in the Netherlands against suspected Russian spies, saying they were intended to distract public attention from stark divisions between Western nations.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein
President Donald Trump said Monday he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, delivering a reprieve for the Justice Department official whose future has been the source of intense speculation for two weeks.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Animal welfare saves 71 beagles crammed in small home in PA
Animal welfare workers removed 71 beagles from a cramped house in rural Pennsylvania, where officials say a woman had been breeding them without a license before she died last month.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Authorities seek inmate who escaped jail by hiding in trash
Authorities in Kentucky are searching for one of two inmates who escaped a Louisville jail by hiding in trash cans.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Hurricane delays Florida school shooting meeting
The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local):
Monday, October 8, 2018

Statue of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell unveiled
A life-size, bronze statue of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been unveiled at a Seattle museum.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Mourners gather for officer killed in South Carolina
Hundreds of friends, family and fellow officers gathered in South Carolina to say goodbye to a police officer whose chief said he died trying to save three other wounded officers.
Monday, October 8, 2018

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning
Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Taylor Swift breaks political silence, backs Tennessee Dems
Music superstar Taylor Swift announced Sunday she’s voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Roads where limo crash killed 20 are a menace, store says
The site of a devastating accident that killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine headed to a birthday party, including four sisters, is a known danger spot that has long worried locals, according to a manager of the store that sits at the intersection where the accident happened.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Two very divergent paths on Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: “No.”
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Mormon no more: Tabernacle Choir renamed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be singing the same tune but under a new name.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Banksy artwork self-destructs moment after $1.4M sale
LONDON (AP) — Art prankster Banksy has struck again.
A work by the elusive street artist apparently self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million).

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Annual Albuquerque balloon fiesta launches
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)  The 47th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to start Saturday and will feature nearly 600 hot air balloons.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Agent who tried to shield Kennedys honored
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Secret Service agent who used his body to shield first lady Jacqueline Kennedy the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated will receive the highest honor bestowed by his home state of North Dakota.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100,000
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man recently learned that a rock he’s been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle
WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle today, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a spellbinding battle that’s seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump’s effort to tip the court rightward for decades.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Unemployment rate falls to 49-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — signaling how the longest streak of hiring on record has put millions of Americans back to work.
Friday, October 5, 2018

FEC guidance will limit impact of dark money campaign cash court ruling
(AP) — With a month to go until midterm elections, the Federal Election Commission on Thursday issued new guidance governing the flow of untraceable campaign cash to so-called “dark money” groups.
Friday, October 5, 2018

N Dakota's Heitkamp says no to Kavanaugh, citing temperament as the reason
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court defies her state’s heavy support for President Donald Trump, but could boost the vulnerable Democrat’s standing with independents and women.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Senators: Nothing new in FBI report
A high-stakes partisan row quickly broke out Thursday over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found “no hint of misconduct” and Democrats accusing the White House of slapping crippling constraints on the probe.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

General says Afghan battlefield losses are rising
Afghan military and police forces had higher numbers of battlefield casualties in a “difficult and bloody summer” of fighting the Taliban insurgency, the American general overseeing the war said Thursday.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Vice President Pence accuses China of interfering in US policies, politics
Vice President Mike Pence accused China today of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic and foreign policies.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Study shows more older women may benefit from bone drugs
A bone-strengthening drug given by IV every 18 months greatly lowered the risk of fracture in certain older women, a large study found. The results suggest these medicines might help more people than those who get them now and can be used less often, too.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

US terminates 1955 treaty with Iran
In response to a U.N. court order that the U.S. lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said today it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the two countries. The move is a largely symbolic gesture that highlights deteriorating relations between Washington and Tehran.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

GOP senators smack Trump for mocking Ford
Three wavering Republican senators lambasted President Donald Trump on toay for mocking a woman who has claimed Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, underscoring the risks of assailing Kavanaugh’s accusers as Senate support teeters for the Supreme Court nominee.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NKorea may have stolen fortune in online heists
North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have stopped, but its hacking operations to gather intelligence and raise funds for the sanction-strapped government in Pyongyang may be gathering steam.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Prosecutor will review Ellison case only after police probe
A Minnesota prosecutor said Tuesday that he would agree to review allegations of domestic abuse against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison only if a formal complaint is first investigated by law enforcement.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Group of secured lenders seeks to revive Toys R Us
There may be a second act for Toys R Us, the retail wonderland for children that turned out the lights at hundreds of stores for what was thought to be the final time over the summer.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Red tide closes some Florida beaches
Preliminary tests show red tide may be the cause of breathing problems some beach goers on Florida’s Atlantic coast have experienced.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Conservation fund lapses, lawmakers debate fix
A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Posts overseeing financial health of Social Security, Medicare vacant 3 years
Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Zero Waste households winnow their trash to almost nothing
Less may be more, but zero is the best of all — at least where contributing to landfills is concerned.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

FBI completes interview of Mark Judge
The FBI has finished interviewing a friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who was said to have attended a high school gathering in the early 1980s where a woman says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, the man’s lawyer said Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

How NAFTA 2.0 will shake up business in three-country bloc
American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Christian Broadcasting TV network enters the world of 24-hour news
A Christian TV network is entering the crowded world of 24-hour news broadcasting at a time when the mainstream news media is under increasing attack by President Donald Trump and some of his supporters, many of them evangelicals.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Medicare upgrades website ahead of sign up season
Approaching annual sign-up season, Medicare is modernizing its website to make it more useful for beneficiaries already accustomed to searching online for insurers, hospitals and doctors, officials announced on Monday.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Discoveries that revolutionized cancer care win Nobel Prize
Two researchers from the U.S. and Japan won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that have revolutionized cancer care, turning the body’s immune system loose to fight tumors in an approach credited with saving an untold number of lives.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Trump: Trade deal returns US to powerhouse status
President Donald Trump on Monday celebrated a revised North American trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a return of the United States to a “manufacturing powerhouse,” vowing to sign the agreement by late November.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Trump says he supports FBI probe
President Donald Trump said Monday he wants the FBI to do a “comprehensive” investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh. But he also said he stands by his Supreme Court nominee “all the way.”
Monday, October 1, 2018

Arizona's Jeff Flake stokes presidential speculation as the court debate rages on
The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive debate over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick was set to address New Hampshire voters today ahead of a possible run for president.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Compliant: Racial bias behind health woes in Alabama county
An advocacy group claims Alabama health officials are discriminating against residents of a poor, mostly black county by failing to address sanitation problems that led to an outbreak of a parasite most common in underdeveloped countries.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Rocket City, Alabama: Space history and an eye on the future
The birthplace of NASA's rockets lies in the land of cotton, hundreds of miles from Cape Canaveral's launch pads.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

A look at what the FBI's investigation will entail
President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s background investigation after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. Just what the FBI will investigate remains a mystery.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments
A federal district judge in Washington has ruled that a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives have legal standing to sue President Donald Trump to prove he violated the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign and domestic interests.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

United States closes consulate in southern Iraq following attacks
The State Department said Friday that it would temporarily close the U.S. consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra following a rocket attack earlier this month blamed on Iranian-backed militias.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

California extends Trump's border mission by 6 months
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday extended the state National Guard’s participation in President Donald Trump’s border deployment by six months, a low-key announcement that was made without any of the acrimony that characterized his early negotiations with the federal government.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

US pushes forward with plans for anti-Iran Arab alliance
The Trump administration pressed ahead Friday with plans to create an “Arab NATO” that would unite U.S. partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance, but Qatar said the crisis among Gulf countries must be solved first.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Earthquake-spawned tsunami leaves path of death in Indonesia
The sun had just slipped behind the mountains, leaving a soft pink glow as the blue sea melted into the darkening horizon. It could have been a postcard from a tropical paradise, except for the long white wave stretching the width of the bay — getting larger and closer with each passing second.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kavanaugh's nomination advances to full Senate
At approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday afternoon, The Senate Judiciary Committee  voted along party lines to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Man holds yard sales to fund his funeral
Two friends who set up a GoFundMe page for a Pennsylvania man who’d been holding yard sales to pay for his own funeral expenses say they’ve received so many donations they’re planning to help other veterans in similar situations.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Tesla without Musk? It's what the SEC wants
Tesla without Elon Musk at the wheel? To many of the electric car maker’s customers and investors that would be unthinkable. But that’s what government securities regulators now want to see.
Friday, September 28, 2018

New Orleans gallery acquires Lincoln opera glasses
It’s not the gilt-detailed craftsmanship or the age of the small, brass, black-enameled binoculars that might fetch a French Quarter antique gallery’s asking price of $795,000. It’s their history: Abraham Lincoln is believed to have used them to get a better view of the stage at Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Kentucky bourbon inventory highest level since 1972
Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries ratcheted up production again last year, boosting overall inventory to 7.5 million barrels of aging whiskey — the highest volume since 1972, an industry group said Thursday.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Houston pushes back on proposed robot brothel
The first so-called "robot sex brothel" in the U.S. slated to open in the Houston area this month has prompted a massive backlash from residents and activists who say it will ruin the neighborhood.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Ford celebrates century of production at storied Rouge plant on Nat'l Register
Ford Motor Co.’s historic Rouge factory complex will continue well into its second century of production with the announcement Thursday that it will make at least one version of the next-generation F-150 pickup truck.
Friday, September 28, 2018

'I believed he was going to rape me'
Christine Blasey Ford declared today that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as he and a friend shared “uproarious laughter” in a locked room at a 1980s high school gathering, recounting her allegations to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a riveted nation in a drama that threatens to derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Meeting between Trump and Rosenstein postponed
A highly anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was postponed until next week to avoid conflicting with a dramatic Senate hearing involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the White House said Thursday.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Alaska gov declares emergency for native indigenous languages
Gov. Bill Walker has declared an emergency for Alaska Native languages, aiming to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

80,000 people died from flu last winter in the United States
An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Anita Hill says the Kavanaugh issue not a barometer of success of #MeToo
Her 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation, but failed to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court. Now, 27 years later, Anita Hill says the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing — with no FBI investigation and no witness testimony — is destined to be unfair, just as she and many others felt the Thomas hearing was.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Trump to UN: China interfering with election
President Donald Trump today accused China of attempting to interfere in the upcoming United States congressional elections, claiming the Chinese are motivated by opposition to his tough trade policy.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kavanaugh's 2nd accuser never sought spotlight
Between shifts ladling hot meals at the dining hall, Deborah Ramirez did her best to fit in with the blue-blooded social set of Yale University in the 1980s. She took a chartered flight to the Bahamas sophomore year with dozens of other spring breakers and attended booze-filled parties on campus with posh private school grads.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Inmate No. NN7687 spends first night in jail in single cell near infirmary
Bill Cosby spent his first night in prison alone, in a single cell near the infirmary, as he began his three-to-10-year sentence for sexual assault.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The eve of testimony: 4 affidavits submitted
Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers said Wednesday they have given the Senate sworn affidavits from four people who say she told them well before Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination that she had been sexually assaulted when she was much younger.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cosby, a 'sexually violent predator,' sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison
A judge declared Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” on Tuesday and sentenced the 81-year-old comedian to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

After the hurricane comes the deluge
Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Eyeing the White House in 2020, Cory Booker introduces himself to Iowa
Cory Booker is not being subtle.

The Iowa caucuses are well over a year away, but the New Jersey senator is working overtime to make an impression in Iowa and in other states that will be crucial to winning the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rosenstein to meet Trump Thursday
President Donald Trump will meet later this week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the White House said Monday amid indications that Rosenstein was about to lose his job.
Monday, September 24, 2018

The Latest: France decries Trump's 'lone horseman' stance
The Latest on President Donald Trump at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):
Monday, September 24, 2018

Cosby lawyers argue over Pennsylvania's sex predator law
Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing began Monday with a debate over a state law that could allow the 81-year-old comedian to be branded a “sexually violent predator” — a scarlet letter that would make him subject to mandatory lifetime counseling and community notification of his whereabouts.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Side effect of trafficking law: More street prostitution?
Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Many states' governor's races become proxy battle over Trump
It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Police: Suspect dead, officer wounded in Baltimore shootout
A suspect died and an officer was wounded in a shootout Sunday evening in a violence-prone Baltimore district where a “crime suppression initiative” was taking place, Baltimore’s interim police chief said.
Monday, September 24, 2018

3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US
The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the U.S. Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Kavanaugh accuser's appearance in limbo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify on Capitol Hill stretched into Saturday as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide whether to tell her story to lawmakers and a riveted nation.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bourbon maker reaches deal to settle strike
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Striking employees at Four Roses will return to work next week after the Kentucky bourbon maker and union officials reached a tentative agreement Friday to end a two-week walkout, a union leader said.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Navajo Nation break ground on complex
EUPP, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation is bringing student interns on board as it develops and builds a travel center at the tribe's casino east of Flagstaff.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

French Lick Resort planning expansion
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP)  Southern Indiana's French Lick Resort is planning a $17 million expansion that will add dozens of guestrooms and a sports bar to the tourist destination.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Downs to offer rooftop views of Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs will offer rooftop views of the Kentucky Derby with the latest upgrade at the famed racetrack.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Modernist Homes
(AP) — Anyone who imagines that modernist houses across the United States are a homogeneous collection of sleek glass boxes may want to look again.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jane Fonda, her life and men star in revealing documentary
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As beguiling and powerful as Jane Fonda is onscreen, she’s yet to play a role that’s a match for her whiplash-inducing life of artistry, celebrity and polarizing activism. Then there’s the personal drama, including serial marriages to three very different husbands with their own claims to fame.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Tourism threatens Croatia's 'Game of Thrones' town
DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — Marc van Bloemen has lived in the old town of Dubrovnik, a Croatian citadel widely praised as the jewel of the Adriatic, for decades, since he was a child. He says it used to be a privilege. Now it’s a nightmare.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

A giant bong and huggable buds at this museum
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Jefferson Airplane's Kaukonen still on embryonic journey
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before he wrote and recorded the Jefferson Airplane classic “Embryonic Journey,” Jorma Kaukonen was on a decades-long journey of discovery of his own.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Florence devastation keeps on coming
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Quincy Jones at 85: 'I'm too old to be full of it'
TORONTO (AP) — Quincy Jones holds out his hands.

Like Jones, an easy raconteur, they tell stories. There’s a small scar from when he, as a youngster in 1930s Chicago, accidently wandered into a gang’s territory. “They nailed my hand to a fence with a switchblade, man,” he says. Jones points to a ring on his right pinkie left to him by Frank Sinatra, bearing the singer’s family crest. It has stayed lodged on his finger for years just at it did on Sinatra’s.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ancient treasures on display in exhibit reveal Germany's turbulent past
BERLIN (AP) — An arrowhead firmly lodged in the skull of an ancient fallen warrior, a voluptuous woman’s form carved from ivory and the mask of a Roman river god are among more than 1,000 major archaeological discoveries being brought together for the first time.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Pope: Sex a gift from God
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told French young people that sex is a "great" gift from God, not a taboo, and should be lived as a lifelong, passionate love between man and woman.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Gunman kills at least three; suspect is wounded badly
Three people were killed this  morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Moon to carry private message to President Trump
A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home today from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with President Donald Trump.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant
Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tax returns an issue in gov's races
The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won’t you release your tax returns?
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Record corn yield forecast weakens corn prices
The USDA crop production report released last Wednesday led to a drop in corn prices as a record yield forecast surprised the market. The December corn futures price dropped to contract lows by the close on Friday.  While corn consumption continues at a healthy pace, the prospect of a massive corn crop will continue to put pressure on prices, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

NC tobacco farmers estimate big Florence losses
As North Carolina's farmers evaluate their crop losses after Hurricane Florence, it looks like damage to tobacco fields and barns could be the most costly.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wisconsin has highest loss of dairy farms since 2013
Wisconsin is on pace for losing the most dairy farms this year since 2013.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts
In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he's no fan of President Donald Trump's trade policy.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits area
The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff’s van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe
Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter to the panel.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Trump says he's not concerned about Manafort's cooperation, if he tells the truth
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

3.4M chickens, 5,500 hogs dead in Florence floods
State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls
The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 31, 2018

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

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

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

















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