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Nancy Wilson, Grammy award winning pop-jazz singer, dies at age 81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.
Friday, December 14, 2018


How the red kettles became a Christmas tradition
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Tinseled trees and snowy landscapes are not the only signs of the upcoming holiday season. Red kettles, staffed by men and women in street clothes, Santa suits and Salvation Army uniforms also telegraph Christmastime.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being spy
A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted today that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump, Obrador speak about migration, job creation
Mexico’s leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he spoke by telephone Wednesday with U.S. President Donald Trump about migration and job creation.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump Africa policy takes aim at China
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, which are “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage.”
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump welcoming governors-elect, Pritzker among them
President Donald Trump is welcoming governors-elect from both parties to the White House.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Congress approves 5-year farm bill
After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming
With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act , even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cohen gets three years in prison
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s once-devoted lawyer and all-around fixer, was sentenced today to three years in prison for allowing what he said was his “blind loyalty” to Trump to lead him astray. “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” he said.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border wall
Congressional leaders on Wednesday were digging in for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The metaphorical Washington 'swamp' is overrun by opportunistic vermin
Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Former Vice President Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020 run
Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In a season of big Indian weddings, the marriage of two business scions is the biggest of them all
In a season of big Indian weddings, the marriage todayof the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trump admin proposes major rollback of water rules
The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and mining executives.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote
Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

US arrests 32 at San Diego border demonstration
U.S. authorities arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

US demands answers from Cuba on 8 detainees
The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight detainees it says are political prisoners held by the communist government.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Trump: No border wall, no government
Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly today to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. He insisted the military can build it if Democrats won’t vote for the funding.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A primer on the Mueller investigation and what may lie ahead for the president
President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

'Truth isn't truth' tops list of 2018 notable quotes
The assertion that “truth isn’t truth,” made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian’s list of the most notable quotes of 2018.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Journalists and newspaper are Time's Person of Year
Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment
Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Justices won't hear states' appeal over 'Parenthood'
The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Hundreds of young demonstrators push Democrats for environmental change
Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their sights.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Ex-Vice President Biden vows to stay involved, but no talk of presidency for now
Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he promised his dying son Beau he would not retreat from life after his son’s death and he promised he would stay engaged.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Prosecutors connect Trump to federal crime
The Justice Department says that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Trump picks Army chief as top advisor
President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he’s picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s next top military adviser.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Working when they can while they wait, migrants seek jobs at US border
Before dawn each morning, migrants slip away from a Tijuana shelter within sight of the U.S. border to head to jobs across this sprawling city. Moving solo or in pairs, they are easily recognized by their determined strides as people with someplace to be.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

After Irag defeat, IS fights on in last enclave in Syria
A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Living Coral color of year
It’s the color of underwater reefs hanging on for dear life. The sky at dusk. Some of the latest iPhones and the latest looks on the runways of Marc Jacobs and other top fashion designers. Living Coral has been chosen by the Pantone Color Institute as its 2019 color of the year.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cory Booker trip to New Hampshire possible preview for 2020 announcement
Cory Booker is returning to the first-in-the-nation primary state for a trip that could turn out to be a tuneup for the New Jersey senator’s potential Democratic presidential campaign.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

As new UN ambassador, Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume
President Donald Trump’s pick to be America’s ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president’s “America first” approach to foreign policy.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Uber goes to Wall Street
Ride-hailing giant Uber has filed confidential preliminary paperwork for selling stock to the public.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Trump names Heather Nauert as UN ambassador
President Donald Trump announced Friday he’s nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Friday, December 7, 2018

President Trump says he will nominate William Barr for attorney general
President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr, the late President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Now 97, veteran recalls 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor
Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the bombs and bullets killed and wounded thousands.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Supreme Court seems likely to preserve the double jeopardy exception
The Supreme Court seemed likely today to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

US household wealth jumps $2T, led by market
A stock market rally, which has since reversed, propelled U.S. household net worth to a record high of $109 trillion in the July-September quarter.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

EPA may roll back another coal rule
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll back another coal regulation, this one for new coal plants.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers go for it?
The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bush celebrated with praise and humor at farewell
George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Massive European sting cracks down on Italian mob
Hundreds of police in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters and seized around 2 million euros ($2.3 million) today in a series of coordinated raids targeting a powerful branch of the Italian mafia.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Deep-pocketed Democrat billionaires with eye on White House to visit key states
Two deep-pocketed Democrats are set to travel to early presidential primary states, stoking further speculation about whether they will soon launch bids for the White House.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Special counsel Mueller to detail ex-NSA Flynn's cooperation in Russia probe
Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors in the Russia investigation.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Empty boxes top high-tech toys on doctor-recommended list
Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors program features tributes to George H.W. Bush
Last year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was almost overshadowed by controversy surrounding the sitting president. This year’s event took place in the shadow of the death of a former commander-in-chief.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Devastating tornado hits Taylorville
UPDATE — Sunday, December 2, 5:31 p.m.

Disaster recovery efforts have been ongoing all day on Sunday. Officials say considerable progress has been made, but the damage was extensive. More than 300 total structures were assessed. According to Joe Gasparich, assistant emergency management director of Montgomery County, fifty-three of those showed major damage, 29  were destroyed, and 219 were damaged but inhabitable

The National Weather Service has not yet commented on the classification of the wind speed of the storm that caused that destruction.

“By the end of the night, I don’t’ think those numbers are going to change too much, or at all.” Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews said.

Crews initially stated that he thought a federal or state disaster proclamation was unlikely, which would make securing disaster relief funds difficult. He softened his stance on that a little at the 4:00 p.m. press conference. “There is new legislation we’re aware of. We were really concerned about the per capita numbers; we may be looking more at the disaster impact. I spoke with the IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) director briefly before I came over...we’ll review the numbers, double check the numbers, then we’ll send those numbers electronically up to IEMA. They, in turn, will mesh the per capita versus what the actual impact is. We’ll be making a narrative to IEMA; we’re going to plead our case and kind of tell them how we’ve been affected. Of course, we have businesses, residences, infrastructure, and basically paint a poor picture of how we’re suffering...I guess there may be a chance that we may have some state funding, and that’s a big if.”

Reports of injuries have not increased since early estimates that pegged the number at less than 30. City officials did state, however, that two people were transported to intensive care units as a result of the storm. One of those individuals was a male that suffered a cardiac episode during the clean up process and not during the storm. According to Crews, he was successfully resuscitated by Taylorville Fire Department personnel. Officials, however, were uncertain about the exact condition of those two individuals.

The City of Taylorville and Ameren are also still dealing with extensive power outages. “We’ve got about 1,081 customers that are currently without power in Christian County,” said Ameren representative Tucker Kennedy. “We do expect to have all but about 300 of our customers restored by midnight. Again, we had about 110 poles down...we’re making significant progress in putting those back up, but it does take time.”

“Customers who have damage to what we call their weather head -which is the facility that is right outside their home where the piping comes down with the wire in it - if they have that damaged, they have to get that repaired by a qualified electrician before we can turn that power back on.”

Taylorville will implement a 9:00 p.m. curfew for the affected areas, which includes neighborhoods west of Shumway Street, East of Houston, south of Park or Spreser Street, and all the way to Illinois Route 48.

“Law enforcement will be out in that area. We will be enforcing the curfew. In all practicality, we will be issuing a warning at first unless somebody refuses to, and then we could issue an arrest,” Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said.

“If people need to get out, that’s obvious.” Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said of the curfew. “This is just to minimize the traffic  and try to prevent people from being in the areas that don’t need to be there. If somebody is there and needs to go or has to get out, obviously they would be able to come and go.”

The curfew will be lifted at 6:00 a.m.

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has also announced a burning ban for all affected areas; that includes leaves and storm debris. “With the wind, the last thing we want is to start a fire,” Barry said while noting that law enforcement will be on the lookout for any illegal burning.

The city is asking home owners to try and separate woody material and tree limbs from home debris as there are two different entities responsible for picking up each respective debris type.

City officials say that volunteer efforts have been a critical component in the speed of Sunday’s recovery effort. “In large part, this response, much of it, a great part of it, is strictly volunteers...From that, look at the immense gain we’ve made today. It’s because people are engaging, and strangers are helping strangers...it’s really amazing to see,” Crews said.

Crews did say that the city has currently had to turn away volunteers. Currently, there is no dedicated avenue for volunteers to contribute, but he says the city is evaluating the needs of the residents right now and that a proper channel for volunteerism will be created an announced. “Just sit tight,” he said to those wishing to lend a helping hand.
See Monday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier for additional coverage on Saturday’s storm.

UPDATE — Sunday, December 2, 9:26 a.m.

Damage in the Hewittville area, along Prairie Street, and near South School, is devastating. Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews says the injury total has remained at approximately 30 people. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported.

Christian County 911 Director Mickie Earhardt says that dispatchers handled 309 incoming 911 calls between approximately 4:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday. They dispatched 175 of those calls.

Damage assessments are ongoing. Crews sad he hopes to have the total number of homes affected by approximately 4:00 p.m. today.

While damage is extensive in many neighborhoods, especially the Hewittville area, Crews says he does not believe the damage will be enough to qualify for federal disaster reimbursement funds.

Pictures are available on the Breeze-Courier Facebook page.

 UPDATE — Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:55 p.m.

Emergency services personnel are now reported that 30 patients have been transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with injuries resulting from Saturday’s devastating storm. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported.

In an updated press release from the City of Taylorville, officials are asking residents to monitor for downed power lines and gas leaks. “If they suspect a gas leak, they should contact Christian County 911, and they should not try to correct or mitigate the hazard on their own,” it reads. “Residents should not attempt to clear debris as there may be downed power lines in the debris.”

The city also stated that residents will be given information on what to do with their debris in a later press briefing. “Citizens are not encouraged to be removing debris until all utilities have been secured,” the release continues.

Contact numbers for the Red Cross were also made available. Volunteers who wish to contribute to the recovery are urged to contact the Red Cross at 661-992-6031. They will begin accepting volunteers at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning at the Christian County Fairgrounds.

Any family member needing to make contact with someone affected by the storm is urged to call the Red Cross reunification number at 844-319-6560.

Any resident in need of shelter can go to the Crossroads Apostolic Church at 212 Jaycee Drive in Taylorville.

Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews says progress has been steady in the early hours of the recovery. “We believe that we’re transitioning from a life-safety incident into an incident-stabilization incident,” he said. “We’re going to start doing damage assessment at 7:00 in the morning. We’re going to have our local team team up with the emergency management team, and we’ll get a strong number on what homes are affected, damaged, and destroyed. We’ll get some idea what our infrastructure losses have been.”

“We’re finishing up searching the areas that were heavily damaged...I know we had probably 12 or 15 houses, at least, where people were trapped,” Goodall commented of the work already done.

Sheriff Kettelkamp warned that he has received a few reports of looting. He assured that police personnel are working to combat that issue as well.

Route 48 was still closed as of approximately 11:15, but the Illinois State police said they were hoping to have the highway opened by approximately midnight.

According to Joe Gasparich, assistant emergency management director of Montgomery County, Ameren has estimated that 2,500 people in Christian County are without power. Approximately 1,270 residents in Taylorville are without power. He said they are bringing crews in to replace what he says is approximately 20 poles that were damaged.

Gasparich also reported a potential hazardous situation that is developing at Willey’s Station. He did not offer any additional details other than to say a HAZMAT team was responding to investigate.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

 

TAYLORVILLE — Saturday evening was supposed to be a festive occasion, a  kickoff to the Christmas season as Taylorville was set to host its annual Twilight Christmas Parade.

Instead, it was marred by one of the worst storms Taylorville has ever seen.

“We were following a storm track that came into the county a few hours ago...We believe that the bulk of the damage for Christina County has occurred in Taylorville,” Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews said.

What transpired was a massive storm that left a trail of twisted wreckage and destruction. “We took the unprecedented step of activating our sirens twice,” Crews said of his initial concern for the storm. “We have a policy not to do that, but we felt that because of the size of the storm, we did do that. The storm sirens in our town were activated right when the storm was at the cusp of our county.”

Those sirens may have sounded the alarm, but the damage is still immense.

“I was out in the field. I was on the south side where the storm went through...there is multiple, I would guess, over a hundred, easily, that are damaged severely from the storm because it took a path almost right through town,” Taylorville Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall said of the damage to Taylorville homes. “Most of those houses, roofs are gone, significant damage, including my own. That’s one of the things we gotta manage, and that’s what this team is doing. We’re going to get this all put together and try to get everybody back whole as soon as we can.”

Downed power lines are strewn across city streets, so, too, are fallen limbs and home wreckage. Additionally, Crews stated that some railroad crossing gates are currently inoperable. “We just received a call from the railroads. We’re aware that the train signals are down as well...we’ve asked Norfolk Southern to halt their trains in the short term...so, obviously, we don’t want anyone crossing the tracks at this point,’ he said.

“We’ve got damaged houses out in the county, several have been reported to us,” Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp added. He also noted that he was aware of at least one home that he says was totaled in the Hewittville area.

Crews and emergency responders say no fatalities have yet been reported as a result of the storm, but there have been many injuries. “We had several injuries; I can’t comment on the number of injuries at this time. To our knowledge there were no fatalities. We did have several individuals who were trapped in their homes initially,” he pointed out.

In a press release issued by the city, it states that approximately 15 residents have been transported for medical treatment. “That’s a ballpark figure from the 911 director,” said Joe Gasparich, assistant emergency management director of Montgomery County. That estimate was as of approximately 7:45 p.m.

The protocol for the next several hours is still search and rescue.  “Soon, we’re going to be getting all the resources from the fire side and police and sending task force out to do search and rescue,” Crews said, while Gasparich added that that process would include a home-by-home search.

Once search and rescue efforts are completed, Crews says responders will move to damage assessment.  “When the morning comes along, we’re going to be getting a damage assessment team from Christian County...At some point, I suspect that we’ll be reaching out to the governor and potentially asking for a (disaster) declaration of some kind for this,” he said. “We have a team of about 20 volunteers that will be doing damage assessment for us. They’re trained to do that; they’ll go through, they’ll assign the damage to that, and we’ve encouraged all the superintendents to start tracking their costs if we are able to capture a disaster declaration with this thing.”

In the meantime, Crews says responders are also working on establishing a hotline that absentee family members can call to try to contact Taylorville residents that are otherwise unreachable.  It will be staffed by the Red Cross he says. “We’re going to try to get a number set up with Red Cross; they’re on site right now.” Crews commented.  That number was not yet available as of approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. “Red Cross will be managing our shelters too. We haven’t received any sheltering needs yet; I suspect we probably will as the night goes on. Typically, they’re actually at the fire station,” Crews continued.

Crews said that the most important thing that residents can do right now is clear the roadways for emergency personnel. “Right now, we’re working a variety of issues. We have, obviously, a significant debris issues. We also have, quite honestly, a lot of people that are out inhibiting us from getting to where they need to be. In fact, our crews right now are working a structural fire...We’re encouraging people, strongly, to stay off the streets.”

Saturday, December 1, 2018

May faces more Brexit woes after 1 more minister quits
The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government because of Brexit said Saturday that the prime minister’s divorce agreement with the European Union would leave Britain outnumbered and outmaneuvered in future negotiations.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

At G-20, possible breakthrough after all-night talks
All-night talks at the Group of 20 summit led to a possible “breakthrough” on fixing the global trading system, European diplomats said Saturday, as negotiations stretched into the final hours of the gathering’s crucial second and final day in the Argentine capital.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Trumps to attend state funeral for George H.W. Bush
Donald Trump, the disruptive, anti-establishment president who spent years deriding much of what George H.W. Bush stood for, set aside differences in politics and temperament Saturday to honor the iconic American and former president a day after his death.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Flags at half staff for former president
He was the man who sought a “kinder, and gentler nation,” and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single term. Blue-blooded and genteel, he was elected in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

In GM country, workers aren't abandoning President Trump, at least not yet
Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shut down its hulking Lordstown plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions. Will they have jobs come spring? Should they put in for transfers and move their families to Texas or Tennessee? How much should they spend on Christmas?
Saturday, December 1, 2018

US-Canada-Mexico sign trade pact today
President Donald Trump teamed up with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on today to sign a revised North American trade pact, a deal that fulfills a key political pledge by the American president but faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Congress. The celebratory moment was dimmed by ongoing differences over Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as plans for massive layoffs in the U.S. and Canada by General Motors.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Lawsuit says schools don't prepare kids for civic life
Public school students and parents are suing Rhode Island’s governor and education officials in federal court, saying the state fails to prepare young people to fully participate in civic life.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Unsanitary conditions decline further in shelter
Aid workers and humanitarian organizations expressed concerns Thursday about unsanitary conditions at the sports complex in Tijuana where more than 6,000 Central American migrants are packed into a space adequate for half that many people and where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Southern neighbor: New leftist president promises transformation of Mexico
Mexico’s incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is folksy, plain-spoken, and spontaneous — perhaps too much so for financial markets, which have been roiled in advance of his inauguration Saturday.
Friday, November 30, 2018

US life expectancy drops as suicides and drug overdoses are on the rise
Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Abortion opponents seek President Trump's help
Anti-abortion leaders are seeking help from the Trump administration as they shift their political strategies now that the U.S. House will be controlled by Democrats who support abortion rights.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Einstein's religious views on display at NYC auctions
Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime.
Friday, November 30, 2018

McDonald case: Officer says reports on shooting citing her are lies
A Chicago police officer testified Wednesday that she’s being called a traitor by some of her colleagues for contradicting department reports about the circumstances surrounding the fatal 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships
The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen tensions between the two countries following a weekend confrontation in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Climate change is more extensive and worse than once thought
Climate scientists missed a lot about a quarter century ago when they predicted how bad global warming would be.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Trump cancel Puting meeting over Ukraine
President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 Nations summit today, injecting fresh drama into what already promised to be a tense gathering of world leaders.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Coal miners ask Congress to extend black lung funding
Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Another gene-edited baby may be on the way, scientist says
A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

House leadership elections: Pelosi unopposed
Nancy Pelosi entered the House Democratic leadership elections today in an unusual position: She’s running unopposed.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Powell: US economy and banks sturdy
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says he’s pleased with the state of the U.S. economy but cautions that some forms of corporate debt have reached risky levels. At the same time, Powell says the financial system and markets appear far sturdier than they did before the 2008 crisis.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New developments put Manafort back in the Russia probe spotlight
The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new element of uncertainty into the Trump-Russia investigation.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rise in US deaths in Afghanistan clouds peace outlook
A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump’s commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mexico says US should put $20B into migrants
As Mexico wrestles with what to do with more than 5,000 Central American migrants camped out at a sports complex in the border city of Tijuana, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government signaled that it would be willing to house the migrants on Mexican soil while they apply for asylum in the United States — a key demand of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Divisive Mississippi race ends with win for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about “public hanging.”
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Kremlin warns of war simmering in Ukraine
The Kremlin warned today that a simmering war in eastern Ukraine could boil over after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and Kiev responded by declaring martial law in parts of the country. Russia paraded the captured seamen on television, a move that Ukraine called criminal.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Caravan migrants explore options after border clash
Many among the more than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana were urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Charities hope wallets stay open Giving Tuesday
Charities and non-profits are happy to see that people spent loads of money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with hopes that those same wallets stay open on Giving Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Pence, Kushner push for criminal justice reform
Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, visited Capitol Hill today as lawmakers from both parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Pelosi likely but not a lock: Democrats jockey to become her heir apparent
As Nancy Pelosi moves closer to securing the votes to become House speaker, the stage is being set  for the next generation of leaders jockeying to be the Democrats’ heirs apparent.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery
Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they’re in.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chinese claim first gene-edited babies
A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.
Monday, November 26, 2018

GM to cut 14,700 jobs in North America
General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Fox begins new digital service Tuesday
The new streaming service Fox Nation that launches Tuesday is aimed at people who don’t think Fox News Channel offers enough opinion.
Monday, November 26, 2018

No. California fire is finally contained
A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Flood insurance rebuilds homes with public money, time and time again
After Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the nation’s financially troubled, taxpayer-backed flood insurance program is likely to restore homes and businesses that have already been rebuilt repeatedly, sometimes at costs totaling more than the building is worth.
Monday, November 26, 2018

FDA to overhaul the long criticized medical device system
U.S. health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation’s decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments.
Monday, November 26, 2018

EU seals Brexit deal as May faces hard sell at home
After months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations, Britain and the European Union on Sunday finally sealed an agreement governing the U.K.’s departure from the bloc next year.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Mexico to up security after hundreds storm border
Mexico looked set to shore up security near its border with the United States today, and local authorities said that 39 migrants were arrested after a peaceful march devolved into mayhem when U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to stop some migrants who tried to breach the international line.
Monday, November 26, 2018

How many kids have autism? Gov't measures 3 ways
How many American children have autism? The U.S. government answers that question at least three different ways and says the latest estimate — 1 in 40 kids — doesn’t necessarily mean the numbers are rising. 
Monday, November 26, 2018

Russia fires on Ukrainian vessels
Ukraine’s president demanded today that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to report to prison today
Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was scheduled to report to prison on Monday after a federal judge rejected his last-minute bid to delay his two-week sentence.
Monday, November 26, 2018

iPhone apps: Justices seem ready to proceed, monopoly case against Apple
The Supreme Court seemed ready today to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.
Monday, November 26, 2018

84 and counting: Senate GOP taking up judicial nominee some call 'the worst'
Senate Republicans are working to soon fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy with a North Carolina lawyer whose nomination has raised objections from black lawmakers and civil rights groups concerned about his work defending state laws found to have discriminated against African-Americans.
Monday, November 26, 2018

The chaos theory: Democrats shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker's race
Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Dictionary.com chooses misinformation as word of year
Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com’s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times.
Monday, November 26, 2018

French protesters angry over fuel taxes clash with police
PARIS (AP) — French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and beyond and staged road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Quick ruling on transgender troops case sought
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It’s the fourth time in recent months the administration has sought to bypass lower courts that have blocked some of its more controversial proposals and push the high court, with a conservative majority, to weigh in quickly on a divisive issue.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Researchers examining how dogs got to Americas
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Veterans find community, hard work in rare firefighting crew
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After being in firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of one of America’s newest elite wildfire crews are tasked with fighting fires in rugged country back home.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters
WASHINGTON (AP) — As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fights, escapes, harm: Migrant kids struggle in facilities
HOUSTON (AP) — In one government facility for immigrant youth, a 20-year-old woman who had lied that she was 17 sneaked a needle out of a sewing class and used it to cut herself.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Cruising aficionados offer practical tips and tricks to maximize experience
(AP) — Cruising can be an ideal vacation for people of any age, but particularly for seniors. Cruises combine all-inclusive meal packages with accommodations, breathtaking ports of call and pre-arranged activities, so vacationers do not have to lift a finger for days on end.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Foster the love of travel early: Tune your kids into PBS' 'Let's Go Luna!'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carmen, Leo and Andy are globe-trotters to envy, jumping from Paris to Nairobi to New Orleans and beyond in the company of a tour guide who knows her way around: Luna the moon.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

If Eagles are to get respectable, they must get wins now
AP — Enough of this.
If the Eagles are going to make a respectable showing after their first Super Bowl title, it's time to do so. They have lost three of their past four, turn over the ball too often, and can't make big defensive stops.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Warriors star Steph Curry not injured after multicar wreck
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors said star Stephen Curry wasn't injured after two drivers hit his car on a rain-slicked freeway on Friday.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Houston Texans founder and owner McNair dies at 81
HOUSTON (AP) — Robert "Bob" McNair, the man who brought football back to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee by founding the Texans, has died. He was 81.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Man shot at New Jersey mall on Black Friday; shoppers flee
ELIZABETH, New Jersey (AP) — A man was shot during Black Friday shopping at a New Jersey mall, sending terrified shoppers running and hiding in stores.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retirees
CHICAGO (AP) The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Friday, November 23, 2018

Duck boat owner settles with family
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake in the summer, killing 17 people, has settled the first of several lawsuits filed in the accident.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday shoppers ditch their computers and flock to stores
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easier to turn on their computers over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Fire evacuees do their best on Thanksgiving
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Tijuana mayor declares crisis in his city
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday that he has asked the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants who have arrived.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Saudi crown prince in UAE on first trip abroud since Khashoggi murder
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in the United Arab Emirates today, on his first tour abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Impeach the president? House Democrats in new Congress say not so fast
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump?
Friday, November 23, 2018

Cyber Monday: Shoppers will see more online sites charging tax
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they’re being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the Supreme Court.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Adults want comfy and cozy, kids just want gross
NEW YORK (AP) — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Central Illinois town recovers five years being ravaged by deadly tornado
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A relief group is finishing up work five years after a tornado destroyed or damaged about 1,000 homes and killed one person in a central Illinois city.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Menace from sky: Federally protected black vultures attacking small livestock
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in parts of the Midwest are fending off a new menace: the federally protected black vultures, which swoop down and peck newborn calves and other small animals to death.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Menace from sky: Federally protected black vultures attacking small livestock
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in parts of the Midwest are fending off a new menace: the federally protected black vultures, which swoop down and peck newborn calves and other small animals to death.
Friday, November 23, 2018

A delicious, vicious acting feast in 'The Favourite'
(AP) — Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite," a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — in a deliciously performed romp through the wigs and corsets of 18th century British aristocracy.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Rick Springfield performing in Memphis Jan. 19
MEMPHIS, Tenn — Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Rick Springfield returns to Memphis to perform on the Graceland Soundstage on January 19, 2019 in a high energy, interactive full band show.
Friday, November 23, 2018

St. Peter's: Sand castles to star in Vatican Nativity
VATICAN CITY (AP)  Sand castles are coming to the Vatican.

The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Holidays bring increase in drinking, feeling guilty? Ask the saints
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) —  Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Gifts for crafters: pair how-to books with supplies
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Santa has his crew of crafty elves, but those of us living south of the North Pole could use a little help.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas comes to life at Dolly Parton's Stampede
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Experience the spirit of Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner attraction this holiday season. Now  through January 5, 2019, families can create new traditions at "The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies."
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wrapping up the holidays in an eco-friendly way
(AP) — For many of us, wrapping gifts is even more fun than giving them. But each year, we throw away miles and miles of wrapping paper, much of which can’t be recycled because of inks, coatings or other additives.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Five useful facts to know about Thanksgiving pricing
(THE CONVERSATION via AP —  Few foods are tied as closely to one holiday as turkey is to Thanksgiving. At almost every Thanksgiving feast an enormous turkey is one of the central attractions.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Black Friday: Should you shop it or just skip it?
(NERDWALLET via AP) — A solid 70 percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a recent NerdWallet study conducted by The Harris Poll.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Trump team turns over written answers to Mueller
President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It’s the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tijuana mayor says caravan harbors gang members
Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a California court blocked President Donald Trump’s asylum ban for illegal border crossers.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Trump defies calls to punish Saudi crown prince
President Donald Trump publicly thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices just a day after he was harshly criticized for deciding not to further punish the kingdom for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Harder to find the perfect Christmas tree this year
People may need to trim back their Christmas tree expectations this year.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving travel off to a good start
Favorable weather is helping get the Thanksgiving air-travel rush off to a relatively smooth start, but that could change in the next day or two.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Trump can't refuse asylum to illegals
A federal judge barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Rain could hamper search for California fire victims
It’s been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains that are likely her mother’s.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tijuana arrests 34 men in caravan; will deport them
Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants  and turned them over for deportation.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Democrat freshmen in the House caught in center of escalating power struggle
It’s the thorny first question confronting newly elected House Democrats: Will you vote for Nancy Pelosi?
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How your cat's sandpapery tongue deep cleans
Cat lovers know when kitties groom, their tongues are pretty scratchy. Using high-tech scans and some other tricks, scientists are learning how those sandpapery tongues help cats get clean and stay cool.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Trump, first lady accept official Christmas tree; Peas and Carrots get pardon
As strains of “O Christmas Tree” wafted through the cool air, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Monday accepted the official White House Christmas tree that will go on display in the Blue Room and anchor the holiday season at the executive mansion.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Heart meeting features fish oil, vitamin D, cholesterol news
Fish oil, vitamin D, novel drugs, new cholesterol guidelines: News from an American Heart Association conference last week reveals a lot about what works and what does not for preventing heart attacks and other problems.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Concierge offers travel tips for a happier journey
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Heeding the expert advice of our seasoned concierges can help ensure more seamless holiday travel this season. And who couldn't use more stress-free holidays?
Monday, November 19, 2018

As an ode to passion, big books make great gifts
NEW YORK (AP) — Whether as a design element or an ode to a passion or hobby, coffee table books have it covered, especially as holiday gifts.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Limiting screen time for your kid?
For many parents, limiting screen time for their children seems like an exercise in futility. They are busy, overwhelmed and tired of the fight against increasingly omnipresent screens. Barb and Allen Hailey know the drill well, including the tussles to get their 10-year-old son, Henry, to stop playing the popular online game “Fortnite” — often his early Saturday morning routine.
Monday, November 19, 2018

US blacklists South African for business ties to North Korea
U.S. authorities have accused a Russian-born citizen of South Africa of taking part in a scheme to help North Korea evade sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons program.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Lawsuit filed against operators of limo in fatal NY crash
The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the “dangerous and defective” vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of the victim’s parents.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Democratic senators sue over Whitaker's appointment as AG
Three Democratic senators have filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
Monday, November 19, 2018

GOP comes out on top in Florida
This was the year Florida’s Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top for governor and even picking up a U.S. Senate seat.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Statue of Liberty's original torch moved to museum
NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty’s original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island on Thursday to its new home in a museum that will open next year.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback
NEW YORK (AP) — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Trump visits California as death toll rises
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lennon's killer 'feels shame every day'
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The man who killed John Lennon told a parole board he feels “more and more shame” every year for gunning down the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

John Hinckley can move out of mother's house
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother's house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

US official: US intel says the prince ordered Khashoggi killing
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official said. The Saudi government has denied the claim.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

3,000 migrants now flooding Tijuana and thousands more are expected
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — With about 3,000 Central American migrants having reached the Mexican border across from California and thousands more anticipated, the mayor of Tijuana said Friday that the city was preparing for an influx that will last at least six months and may have no end in sight.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

10 days of post-governor race drams ends, but Abrams refuses to concede
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia’s closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for “gross mismanagement” of a bitterly fought election.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Political 'veteran' at age 36 a leading contender for chief of staff position
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Ayers could almost be confused for a college fraternity brother as he flashes a broad grin in a selfie taken with Mike Pence just moments after the Indiana governor was named Donald Trump’s running mate.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Film: 'Green Book' sure to put a smile on your face
(AP) — If there is a big studio movie that’s more generally crowd-pleasing than “Green Book “ this season, I have yet to find it. In this landscape of challenging, provocative, edgy films, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and, of all people, director Peter Farrelly have come along with a movie about friendship that goes down so easy that it’s almost suspect, as though it were flung out of 1996 and gifted to our weary 2018 brains. 
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Review: Lee Child has delivered another winner
(AP) — While Jack Reacher is exploring the United States, he stumbles on a rural area in New Hampshire and spots a sign with a name that’s familiar to him — the town where his father was born.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nancy Pelosi has 'candid' talk with her top potential rival for speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with her top potential rival for House speaker, Rep. Marcia Fudge, as the Democratic leader works to gather support and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined to stop her from reclaiming the gavel.
Friday, November 16, 2018

2,000 migrants at the US border now; another 1,200 are on their way
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants had already reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana and another 1,200 from a second caravan set out from Mexico City toward the border Friday.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Paradise is reduced to ash and rubble, but memories survive the flames
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There’s a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Company gives revolvers to employees for Xmas
HORTONVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin company is giving employees revolvers for Christmas in what it says is an effort to promote personal safety and team building.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Judge orders White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's credentials
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration today to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, saying Acosta suffered “irreparable harm” by the decision to bar him.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Network of cities paying for lawyers for illegal immigrants is expanding
DENVER (AP) — A network of U.S. cities and counties paying for lawyers to represent immigrants facing deportation in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown is planning to expand.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Judge allows class-action lawsuit by mentally ill veterans
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs benefits can sue the military.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on the way to US border
The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next moves.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi killing
Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said today he’s seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

California wildfire is the deadliest in last 100 years
Wildfire experts say the Northern California wildfire that has killed at least 56 is the deadliest in a century.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal can pass Congress.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Icy roads cause 5 deaths as wintry weather blows east
A pre-winter storm slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy Arkansas interstate.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Never Nancy: Pelosi unfazed as unhappy Democrats claim votes to block her rise
As a steadfast Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but dared potential rivals for the gavel to come forward, a group of restive House Democrats vowed Wednesday to produce enough votes to block her from becoming the House’s new speaker.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

More US kids get paralyzing illness; CDC says cause still unknown
More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said this week that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Leadership: McConnell, Schumer, McCarthy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators chose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for another term leading Republicans and Chuck Schumer for Democrats in closed-door party elections today lacking the high drama underway on the House side in the midterm election fallout.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lion-car combo the latest selfie bling
PARIS (AP) — When Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop this week, they exposed the tip of what animal campaigners say is a bizarre and disturbing new trend: People buying or renting cubs to take bling-bling selfie photos of themselves with a baby big cat.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Splintered migrant caravan groups arrive at border
ESCUINAPA, Mexico (AP) — Some migrants in a caravan of Central Americans have made long leaps forward in their journey to the U.S. border, with a first sizable group arriving in the border city of Tijuana, while others on Wednesday were left stranded far behind.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wildfire near LA flares up again, winds to quell
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s huge wildfire flared before sunrise today in rugged mountain wilderness as winds buffeted parts of the region, but forecasts called for a decline in the withering gusts.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SoCal wildfire roars to life in wilderness
Southern California’s huge wildfire roared to life again today in a mountain wilderness area even as many neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled its advance last week.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes
The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

US hardens border at Tijuana; largest caravan averaging 185 miles per day now
The U.S. government said it was starting work on Tuesday to “harden” the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

More leeway now for states to expand inpatient mental health
The Trump administration today allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

US trial to tell brutal, epic tale of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo'
During the height of Mexican drug wars in 1993, an attempted hit on Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman went wrong.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CNN sues Trump, demanding the return of Acosta to the White House
CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials to cover the White House be returned because it violates the constitutional right of freedom of the press.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sinema's strategic win in Arizona may be a guide for Democrats in 2020 elections
In a year of liberal challenges to President Donald Trump, an avowed centrist scored the Democratic Party’s biggest coup — flipping a red state’s U.S. Senate seat.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less and start younger
Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Canadian intelligence has heard Khashoggi tapes
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday became the first Western leader to acknowledge his country had heard recordings of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Migrant caravan marks one month on the road
Several thousand Central American migrants marked a month on the road today as they hitched rides to the western Mexico city of Guadalajara and toward the U.S. border.
Monday, November 12, 2018

America 1st: World leaders take aim at nationalism
For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. Naturally.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Scientists: Bad management not cause of fires
Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Former coach says California shooter was 'out of control' during high school
A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him on Sunday as volatile and intimidating, and said that repeated complaints to school administrators about his behavior failed to prompt any discipline.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Grim search now for more fire victims
The death toll from the wildfire that incinerated Paradise and surrounding areas climbed to 29 — matching the mark for the deadliest single blaze in California history — as crews continued searching for bodies in the smoldering ruins, with nearly 230 people unaccounted for.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Democratic state gains likely mean tighter gun control, looser pot laws
From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy.
Monday, November 12, 2018

A look at some of the House Democrats who now will be running the show
Now that Democrats have captured control of the House for the next two years, the party’s most senior members are poised to regain the wide-ranging power of committee chairmanships.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Pabst says Miller trying to put them out of business
Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are going to trial, with hipster favorite Pabst contending that MillerCoors wants to put it out of business by ending a longstanding partnership through which it brews Pabst’s beers.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Effort underway to seal old mines, but some want them open
Underneath the mountains and deserts of the U.S. West lie hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines, an underground world that can hold serious danger and unexpected wonder.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Future seems uncertain for Trump's acting AG
Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appears uncertain as President Donald Trump denies even knowing the man he’s just named acting attorney general.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Officials probe why Las Vegas airport controller went silent
Federal and airport authorities said Friday they are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Erdogan: Saudi officials and others have heard tapes of writer death
Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s president said Saturday, in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Trapper captures record-setting python in Everglades
Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Deadly fire leveled a California town in less than a day
Not a single resident of Paradise can be seen anywhere in town after most of them fled the burning Northern California community that may be lost forever. Abandoned, charred vehicles cluttered the main thoroughfare, evidence of the panicked evacuation a day earlier.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Death in the final minutes of WWI highlighted folly of war
It was supposed to be the “War to End All Wars,” a great clash of nations that began with stirring words of duty and patriotism and ended with 14 million dead, empires destroyed and the social order torn asunder.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Trump says migrants must 'have merit'
President Donald Trump today invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Trump on acting AG: 'I don't know Matt Whitaker'
President Donald Trump distanced himself Friday from his new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, whose past business ties and comments on the Russia investigation and other topics have drawn scrutiny.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Advance group of about 500 migrants heads to US
About 500 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City  today to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one day more at  a massive improvised shelter.
Friday, November 9, 2018

113 million voter turnout is highest total for midterm election in US history
President Donald Trump has inspired outrage, love, fear and every emotion in between. He has also inspired record-breaking turnout at the ballot box.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall
Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

California shooter a decorated combat veteran
Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life, authorities said today.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Missouri duck boat captain is indicted
Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Migrants voting on what route to take to the US
Central American migrants resting in Mexico City debated which route they should take to the border and what options were available to them in Mexico and the United States ahead of a vote on what their caravan’s next step should be. 
Thursday, November 8, 2018

With Sessions out, fate of probe in question
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Louis Farrakhan warns Trump about pulling trigger of war in the Middle East
Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, warned President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle Eas, at the insistence of Israel,” speaking Thursday while on a visit to Iran.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Midterm election has a healthy impact on health care stocks
The outcome of the midterm elections was good for the stock market in general, mostly because it didn’t produce any big surprises, but it was especially good for the health care industry and several other companies.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Divisive political era ushers a record number of women into the House
A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, nearly two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Abrams, Kemp await more ballots in hotly-contested Georgia governor's race
Georgia’s hotly contested and potentially historic governor’s race may not be over yet, with Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp awaiting the final accounting of absentee and provisional ballots.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Democrats sweep statewide races
Democrats dominated in Illinois on Tuesday, winning all statewide offices and flipping two Republican-held congressional seats, including one that's been in GOP hands for decades.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Michigan okays pot; Mass. backs transgender rights
In the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, Massachusetts voters on Tuesday beat back a repeal attempt and reaffirmed a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people, including their use of public bathrooms and locker rooms.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dead brothel owner Dennis Hoff wins election for Nevada legislative seat
A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate has won a heavily GOP state legislative district.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

8,000 pizzas sent to voters in poll lines
A group sent 8,000 pizzas to hungry voters as they waited in long lines that plagued polling places across the country Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Democrats seize House control while the GOP holds on to the Senate
Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a “blue wave” that never fully materialized.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Newlyweds killed in crash
A newlywed couple died when the helicopter they were flying in hours after their wedding crashed into a hill in the rugged terrain of southwest Texas.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Facebook blocks 115 accounts ahead of election
Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected “coordinated inauthentic behavior” linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Migrants camp in Mexico City as the US votes
Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States awoke Tuesday to donations of fruit and hot coffee at a sports stadium in Mexico’s chilly capital as the U.S. held midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Trial starts over 2020 census citizenship question
A judge launched a trial Monday in New York City over challenges to the federal government’s decision to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census by urging lawyers to put as much as possible on the public record because of high interest in the issues.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pushing political hotbuttons: How 'net neutrality' became such a hot- topic
For a fundamentally nerdy subject, net neutrality is pushing a lot of political buttons.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing
Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Search on for survivors as buildings collapse in Franc
Two buildings collapsed into a giant pile of rubble and beams Monday in the southern French city of Marseille, leaving two people lightly hurt and authorities speaking of a race against time to find survivors possibly trapped in the ruins.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Officials: Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4
A young driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or huffing, just prior to striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and critically injuring a fourth girl who had been picking up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway, police said Monday.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Tough new US sanctions on Iran take effect
The Trump administration’s tough new sanctions on Iran took effect today but eight major importers of Iranian oil were spared from immediate penalties.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Judge to hear ex-bishop's bid for early release
A Maryland judge is set to decide whether to reduce a prison sentence for a former Episcopal bishop who was drunk and texting when she struck and killed a bicyclist with her vehicle.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Iowa winner claims huge Powerball jackpot
A single mother from the small Iowa community of Redfield has claimed her share of a nearly $700 million Powerball prize.
Monday, November 5, 2018

US services firms' growth slipped in Oct. after record September
U.S. services firms expanded at a slightly slower rate in October, after achieving a record pace in September in a sign of the economy’s strength and endurance.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Gas explosion levels empty mansion under renovation
An apparent gas explosion leveled an empty mansion in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia on Sunday, reducing the 9,000-sq. foot (836-sq. meter) home to rubble and frightening neighbors and others who felt the thunderous boom.
Monday, November 5, 2018

China's Xi promises market opening as import fair begins
President Xi Jinping promised Monday to open China’s growing consumer market wider at an import fair meant to help defuse complaints Beijing abuses the global trading system. But he offered no response to U.S. and European complaints about technology policy and investment curbs.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Restaurateur aims for inclusively in new venture
When employees enter Saba — an Israeli restaurant started by award-winning chef Alon Shaya — they pass by the company’s mission statement, which emphasizes the importance of a safe and comfortable working environment. Only at the end does it really get around to food with the words: “Then, we will cook and serve and be happy.”
Monday, November 5, 2018

Democrat: GOP gov candidate blaming others for security flaw
Georgia’s online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reports emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as secretary of state.
Monday, November 5, 2018

No buses for thousands in caravan
SAYULA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan through southern Mexico resumed their journey toward the United States by hitchhiking and walking along highways on Saturday, after a governor reneged on a brief offer to provide dozens of buses to take them to Mexico City more quickly.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

No answers for questions about Civil War remains
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When Paul Davis heard earlier this year that the complete remains of two Civil War soldiers had been uncovered recently at Manassas National Battlefield, mixed among severed limbs in a surgeon’s pit, he immediately wondered: Could that be his great-great uncle William, who died at the Second Battle of Bull Run, but whose bones had been lost to history?
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Time to usher out daylight saving time Sunday in most of America
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time to usher out daylight saving time across most of the United States and welcome back standard time.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Illinois sent more than 350,000 soldiers to Europe during World War I
ILLINOIS — Artie Bennett, a Marine from Clinton, was cut down by a hail of bullets 100 years ago in a far-flung foreign field, giving his life for his country in America's first global war.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Wine made from mice, more at Disgusting Food Museum
MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Sheep eyeball juice. Bull testicles. Maggot-infested cheese. American root beer.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Tis The Season For Stuffing
Saturday, November 3, 2018

'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' falls flat
(AP) — So Disney has gone ahead and made a Christmas movie from “The Nutcracker.” Is this what we’re doing now? We’re making big Hollywood movies from 19th century ballets? Anyone have any fresh ideas at all? Talk about low-hanging fruit: It’s a sugar plum.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

You may not talk your way into first class, but you can get luxury travel for less
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Let’s shatter one myth right now: Airline passengers typically can’t talk their way into upgrades from the cheapest coach seats to first class just by dressing up and asking politely.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Train lovers forge lifelong friendships through rail travel
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)  They're aboard because they love trains: The pilot from New Orleans, the computer consultant from New Jersey, the retired tax lawyer from Florida, the computer accounting consultant from Queens and his mother, the retired corporate executive, the computer scientist from Florida's Space Coast.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Why did the flu kill 80,000 Americans last year?
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — The 2017-2018 flu season was historically severe. Public health officials estimate that 900,000 Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. For comparison, the previous worst season from the past decade, 2010-2011, saw 56,000 deaths. In a typical season, 30,000 Americans die.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Unsheltered' blends fact and fiction
(AP) — Barbara Kingsolver does something amazing in her new novel. She takes a historical figure — a naturalist who corresponded with Charles Darwin in the late 19th century — and imagines her life in Vineland, New Jersey, then creates fictional characters around her and concocts an entirely new family living in the same house in the modern day. The novel alternates eras from chapter to chapter and Kingsolver has a little writerly fun ending each chapter with the word(s) that name the next one.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Book review: Stephen King raises the bar with 'Elevation'
(AP) — After more than four decades of banging out best- sellers, Stephen King still has the power to surprise his beloved “constant readers.”
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Illinois top in the nation for campaign contributions
(AP) — The story of money in politics doesn’t stop with spending on races for Congress.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Russia and Cuba both vow to expand what they call their 'strategic' ties
MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed today to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.
Friday, November 2, 2018

US reimposes all sanctions on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration today announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the unraveling of what had been one of his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievements.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Migrants in the first of four caravans trek 40 miles Thursday in their advance
MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — The main caravan of Central American migrants spent a rain-drenched night outside before continuing their slow walk through southern Mexico, on a path that is taking them toward the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. border.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Time on retreat this weekend: fall back
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time marches ahead, usually. It’s in retreat this weekend in the United States.
Friday, November 2, 2018













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