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Officials: US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia
With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by Washington after it toppled Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Saturday, July 20, 2019


Dangers of nonstick and stain-resistant compounds
At first, Tomas Monarrez didn’t notice the labels when he went shopping for pots and pans.

‘Completely toxin free!” said a big green message on a line of nonstick frying pans in the cookware aisle at a store in the nation’s capital.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Nation celebrates 50th anniversary of 1st lunar footsteps
A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world Saturday, gathering in record heat at races and other festivities to commemorate Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s “giant leap.”
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe
Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies?
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week
The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Berkeley defines language of 'inclusively'
There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into “maintenance holes” instead.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Dems' Mueller questioning to focus on obstruction
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans’ attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump’s conduct.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary
President Donald Trump has selected lawyer Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be his new labor secretary.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed drone
Iran today denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of tensions between the two countries less than a month after Trump nearly launched an airstrike.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Deepfake videos pose an election threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be even worse
Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be “dumbfakes” — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are easy and often cheap to produce.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Trump chides supporters who chant 'Send her back!' as Omar stands defiant
President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Heat wave is just getting warmed up
The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Parties unite to repeal health care tax
House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that’s a symbol of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Judge denies bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein
A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges today, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the “heart of this decision.”
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Data shows how opioid crisis grew county by county
The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation’s opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump blasts congresswomen again at rally while crowd roars, 'Send her back'
Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be declining some
U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Big Tech gets some big questions
Big Tech faced tough questions this week as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook’s plan for a new digital currency.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sex tech is in, skimpy outfits out at technology show
The CES gadget show is cracking down on its dress code, introducing more sessions focused on women and minorities and creating a new “sex tech” category after a debacle over a robotic personal massager for women.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

19 of 22 MS-13 gang members on trial here illegally
Members and associates of the MS-13 gang committed seven murders including several in which victims were hacked to death with machetes in a Southern California forest, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New immigration policy denies asylum to anyone who crosses thru another country
A major immigration policy shift took effect Tuesday to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump admin: Federally-funded family planning clinics can't offer abortion referrals
Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration’s ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

El Chapo sentenced to life in prison
The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

John Paul Stevens evolved into Supreme Court's liberal lion
John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice.

That’s how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court’s liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection and limits on the death penalty.

Stevens, who died Tuesday at age 99 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, served longer than all but two justices and was the second-oldest after Oliver Wendell Holmes in the court’s nearly 230 years.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fed says moving land agency will save millions
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a “top heavy” office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation’s biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

USDA says fewer than 40 percent of transferred agriculture researchers will move to the Midwest
The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the Midwest.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bayer AG moving 500 jobs from NC to St. Louis
German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is closing its crop science division headquarters in North Carolina and moving 500 jobs to the St. Louis area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and a company executive announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Africans also on dangerous journey to US
When an armed conflict erupted in his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Stone
No more Instagram for Roger Stone. Facebook and Twitter are out, too.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation
President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, “not show weakness” and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries. His comments, he insisted, “were NOT Racist.”
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Facebook exec defends currency plan
Under withering criticism from senators, a Facebook executive today defended the social network giant’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users’ data.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Foreman of grand jury investigating Chappaquiddick says 'Justice wasn't served'
The crash ended a young woman’s life, and with it, a man’s White House dreams.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fifty years later: The original account of Kennedy's Chappaquiddick accident
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s 1969 car crash on Chappaquiddick Island killed a woman — and ended any aspirations he had of challenging President Richard Nixon in 1972.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity
Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris
Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Police: Officer, suspect shot at Baltimore treatment center
A Baltimore police officer was shot as well as a suspect Monday at a drug treatment center, police said.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Trump's tweets against 4 liberal congresswomen called racist
Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border
The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down immigration.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Biden cancer nonprofit suspends operations indefinitely
A nonprofit foundation set up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that relied on health care world partnerships to speed a cure for cancer has suspended its operations, it announced Monday.
Monday, July 15, 2019

American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations
American Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Man faces second sentence in Charlottesville car attack
A man sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to face a state judge who could add another life sentence, plus 419 years.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Hawaii activists get ready for start of work on telescope
Native Hawaiian groups vowed to protect Hawaii’s tallest mountain from an attempt to resume construction of a giant telescope.
Monday, July 15, 2019

President Trump says nationwide immigration arrests are to begin today
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hurricane Barry hits coastal Alabama and Mississippi the hardest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carrying “off the chart” amounts of moisture, sprawling Hurricane Barry crawled slowly toward shore, knocking out power on the Gulf Coast and dumping heavy rains that could last for days in a test of flood-prevention efforts implemented after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 14 years ago.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Facebook faces $5B FTC fine, largest ever in tech
At $5 billion, the fine the FTC is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it’s given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in 2012.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Silicon Valley house offers family several options
Dear Helaine: I own a single-family home in the Silicon Valley. There's about $1 million equity in it and an annual property tax of $2,000 (thanks to Proposition 13, which limits annual tax increases).
Saturday, July 13, 2019

High avocado prices in Mexico leading to 'mock guac'
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans are dismayed by continued increases in the price for avocados, a staple of the country's cuisine.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Nashville country stars love to play tourist at home
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tourism comes alive in the Music City during summer, but the thousands who flock here aren’t the only sightseers in town.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry tours get updated with new immersive film
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The backstage of the Grand Ole Opry, a radio staple since 1925, is a place where you might run into your favorite country star, drop a letter in a singer's mailbox or take a peek inside a dressing room where an impromptu jam session is happening.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

The moon landing 50 years ago was a giant leap not just for mankind but for filmmaking, too
NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Friday to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy, including a bipartisan proposal to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Acosta resigning amid Epstein deal scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein , who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Indiana University issues alert after knife attack on girl
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University police say a female juvenile suffered superficial cuts in an attack that prompted an emergency alert about a person with knife on the Bloomington campus.
Friday, July 12, 2019

VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles
NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Trump immigration policies inflicting lasting harm, Dem says
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies are inflicting lifetime damage on children separated from their families and worsening conditions at overcrowded and unsanitary detention facilities at the border, a Democratic House chairman said Friday as his panel held a hearing on the surge of migrants.
Friday, July 12, 2019

House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report
The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report , including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Shortening trainee doctor hours hasn't harmed patients
When reforms shortened working hours for U.S. doctors-in-training, some worried: Was that enough time to learn the art of medicine? Would future patients suffer?
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Social media spat erupts over South Dakota missing girl case
A South Dakota state lawmaker has been hit with a no-trespass order after a social media blowup over her activism in a missing girl case.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez feud with Pelosi tests party heading into 2020
They don’t talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they’re lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ivanka Trump women's initiative announces $27M in grants
A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to help women in developing countries get ahead economically is announcing its first batch of grants, $27 million for 14 projects in 22 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tom Steyer launches 2020 campaign after saying he wouldn't
Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist, said Tuesday he’s joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he would forgo a run.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Judge blocks 9 government lawyers from quitting census fight
The Justice Department can’t replace nine lawyers so late in the dispute over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census without explaining why it’s doing so, a judge says.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dems want Acosta to quit for role in financier's sex plea
A growing collection of congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump’s labor secretary should resign because of his role in a 2008 plea deal that let a billionaire financier escape prison time for alleged sex crimes.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Under a microscope: Startups grow meat in lab, face scrutiny
Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews slowly, absorbing the taste.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Administration reviews human rights' role in US policy
The Trump administration said Monday that it will review the role of human rights in American foreign policy, appointing a commission expected to elevate concerns about religious freedom and abortion.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Wealthy financier charged with molesting dozens of girls
Eleven years after letting Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a secret deal, federal prosecutors took another run at putting the billionaire financier behind bars on sex charges, accusing him in an indictment unsealed Monday of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Justice Department shaking up legal team on census case
The Justice Department is shaking up the legal team fighting for the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census but offered no specifics on why the change was being made
Monday, July 8, 2019

Alleged extremist tortured in Mali, lawyer tells Hague court
A defense lawyer for an alleged jihadist leader from Mali accused International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday of ignoring claims that her client was tortured in custody and called into question a judge’s impartiality.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Former Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty in corruption case
A former Arkansas lawmaker who is the governor’s nephew has admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to help a health nonprofit as part of a plea deal in a sprawling federal corruption investigation.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Man charged in July 4 road rage attack that hurt family of 4
Authorities say an 18-year-old man accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle into a car, igniting fireworks in the vehicle and leaving two child passengers severely burned has been charged with assault.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Bourbon spill from fire making way to Ohio River
Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Admiral picked to lead Navy is retiring; bad judgment cited
The four-star admiral set to become the Navy’s top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Apps help visually impaired navigate airport
Navigating airports can be tricky. They’re loud, crowded and not always laid out intuitively. They’re even more challenging for visually impaired people.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Before moon landing, astronauts learned geology in Arizona
Before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin knew they would be the first to walk on the moon, they took crash courses in geology at the Grand Canyon and a nearby impact crater that is the most well-preserved on Earth.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity
Americans’ age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Rainbow flag again set on fire at New York gay bar
A rainbow flag was set on fire at the entrance to a New York City gay bar on Monday — the second such incident at the same club in just over a month.
Monday, July 8, 2019

St. Paul district uses food truck to feed kids in the summer
The food truck trend has reached St. Paul Public Schools. The district is using a truck that would feel right at home outside of a brewery to bring healthy breakfasts and lunches to kids at apartment buildings and city parks all summer long.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

DOJ presses for census citizenship question
The Justice Department says it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to get the question on the form.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Southern California jolted by biggest quake in 20 years
The largest Southern California quake in nearly 20 years jolted an area stretching from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico as it cracked buildings, set fires, wrecked roads but only caused minor injuries.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration
Down to earth about most things, folks in this small western Ohio city are over the moon as they get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day the world watched their native son take a “giant leap for mankind.”
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Final defendant sentenced in multistate dog fighting ring
The last of 12 defendants convicted of roles in a multistate dog fighting ring has been sentenced in New Jersey to more than four years in prison.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dementia tied to hormone blocking prostate cancer treatment
Alzheimer’s disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Plane makes emergency landing in Boston after fire on board
A fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Boston.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mystery of NSA leak lingers as stolen document case winds up
Federal agents descended on the suburban Maryland house with the flash and bang of a stun grenade, blocked off the street and spent hours questioning the homeowner about a theft of government documents that prosecutors would later describe as “breathtaking” in its scale.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Williamson warns US elections could become more like Iran's
Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Friday warned that American elections could become more like voting in countries like Iran.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Trump says he's mulling executive order for census
President Donald Trump said Friday he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Trump call America's story 'the greatest political journey in human history'
President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as “the greatest political journey in human history” in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity.
Friday, July 5, 2019

US sees solid job growth; rate cut less certain
U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Salt Lake City has been chosen to host the U.S. Quidditch World Cup in 2021.
Friday, July 5, 2019

TV channels go dark after Nexstar, ATT fail to reach a new deal
Some DirecTV customers saw blacked-out channels on Thursday where they would usually see local news.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Aftershocks follow strong earthquake
The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Biden says a female VP would be great
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden says it would be “great” to have a female vice president, but he won’t say whether he’d pick Sen. Kamala Harris for the No. 2 spot if he receives his party’s nomination.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Satirical publication MAD magazine leaving newsstands after 67-year run
MAD, the long-running satirical magazine that influenced everyone from “Weird Al” Yankovic to the writers of “The Simpsons,” will be leaving newsstands after its August issue. Really.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Rich father-in-law has both helped and complicated Beto O'Rourke's career
Beto O’Rourke was running for the El Paso City Council in 2005 when he asked to meet with the illustrious real estate investor William Sanders.
Friday, July 5, 2019

2nd and 3rd presidents both died on 4th
WASHINGTON (AP) — Through history, the Fourth of July has been a day for some presidents to declare their independence from the public. They’ve made tracks to the beach, the mountains, the golf course, the farm, the ranch. In the middle of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt was sailing to a Hawaii vacation.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

America celebrates Independence Day
NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America’s birth as a country is  filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and of course, fireworks.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Amash quitting the Republican Party
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.”
Thursday, July 4, 2019

San Francisco to paint over Depression-era mural of George Washington
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

President says officials are working on the holiday on the census dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said administration officials were working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question even though the government has begun the process of printing the questionnaire without it.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Some big farms are collecting big checks from Trump aid package
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

At Madame Tussauds in New York, they've built a little bit of Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — On the ninth floor of the Madame Tussauds building in New York, they’ve built a little piece of Broadway.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Joanna Wallfisch's travels result in a unique album
(AP) — Songstress, poet and darn good cyclist Joanna Wallfisch draws from both disappointment and wonder on her latest album. The emotions chronicle a west coast road trip and result in “Far Away from Any Place Called Home,” a curious mix of jazz and spoken word.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

'Evergreen' is a textured, emotionally-charged tale
(AP) — When Willie Black was 15 months old, his father, Artie Lee, was killed in an apparent automobile accident.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

In 'Marianne & Leonard,' love immortalized in song
IAP) — t's not exactly a hit parade, the songs that have been turned into movies. There was the shambling reconstruction of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," the fizzy pop of "Earth Girls Are Easy," the Sandra Bullock rom-com "Love Potion No.9." But digging into a Leonard Cohen song, as the documentary "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love" does, holds more promise. Cohen's songs can hold eternities in them.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Maddow question: Is it wise to have opinion-show host moderate a debate?
NEW YORK (AP) — During her turn as moderator in last week’s Democratic primary debate, Rachel Maddow briefly scuffled with Bernie Sanders and, with Pete Buttigieg, induced the campaign rarity of a politician admitting to a failure.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Trump: not dropping citizenship question effort
President Donald Trump insisted today that he is not dropping efforts to include a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 census, even as the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without it.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Show of hands on immigrant health care belies a thorny issue
In one unanimous show of hands, Democratic presidential candidates moved the idea of full health insurance for people who are not legally in the United States into the political mainstream.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Thousands of barrels of Jim Beam bourbon burn in Kentucky
Firefighters in Kentucky are trying to extinguish a burning Jim Beam warehouse filled with about 45,000 barrels of bourbon.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lee Iacocca, engineer of Chrysler's turnaround, dies at 94
Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, has died in Bel Air, California. He was 94.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Separating extended families at border in effect for years
One year after President Donald Trump ended his widely criticized practice of separating migrant children from parents, his administration is again under fire for a different kind of family separation crisis.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Sheriff: Inmates were fermenting vegetables to make alcohol
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff says jail inmates were caught making some truly “disgusting” alcohol out of fermenting vegetables.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Clickety clack, let's look back: Typewriters return
For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, if we’ve heard them at all.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Sheriff: Inmates were fermenting vegetables to make alcohol
An Alabama sheriff says jail inmates were caught making some truly “disgusting” alcohol out of fermenting vegetables.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Clickety clack, let's look back: Typewriters return
For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, if we’ve heard them at all.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

DC to Trump on 4th: 'Tanks, but no tanks'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised military tanks along with “Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” for the Fourth of July in Washington. But the District of Columbia’s says “Tanks, but no tanks” and complains that Trump is politicizing what traditionally has been a nonpartisan celebration.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Committee files suit for Trump tax returns
A House committee sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Baptism by fire: Grisham's eventful first few days
She is President Donald Trump’s new top spokeswoman. But she said barely a word during what became her introduction to the world.
Stephanie Grisham received a baptism by fire over the weekend as she accompanied the president on his high-stakes trip to Asia and threw her body into a fracas with North Korean security officials.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Border Patrol head condemns agents' Facebook posts
The head of the U.S. Border Patrol on Monday slammed as “completely inappropriate” sexually explicit posts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man and his young daughter in a secret Facebook group for agents. 
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Appellate judges who will hear Obamacare lawsuit are identified
An appeals court has identified the three judges who will hear arguments next week in a frontal assault on President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Liberals and conservatives have wildly different TV-viewing habits
There's been a lot of concern about how conservatives and liberals consume their news from sources that merely confirm their preexisting beliefs. The result, supposedly, has been a disintegration of a shared reality and a fracturing of the nation's political life.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Why it matters that athletes are talking about mental health
The great basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently stood at the front of a hotel ballroom in Tampa taking questions after collecting a career achievement award from the Association for Women in Sports Media.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Protesters in Hong Kong break into legislature
Hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong swarmed into the legislature’s main building Monday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber as frustration over a lack of response from the administration to opposition demands boiled over.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Kudlow: US sales to Huawei won't imperil national security
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow insisted Sunday that President Donald Trump won’t back off national security concerns after agreeing to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
Monday, July 1, 2019

OPEC weighs extension of output cuts amid slackening demand
OPEC looked set to extend its current deal to cut production for nine months as the oil cartel faces a weakening outlook for demand because of waning global growth.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Iran breaches uranium stockpile limit
Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran said Monday, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Closing arguments due in Navy SEAL court-martial
It was called the “The Sewing Circle,” an unlikely name for a secret subsect of Navy SEALs. Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their chief, a decorated sniper and medic, committed on a recent tour of duty in Iraq.
Monday, July 1, 2019

O'Rourke visits Mexico, meets turned away US asylum seekers
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visited Mexico on Sunday and listened to tearful immigrants say they fled Central American violence and turmoil to seek asylum in the U.S., but were turned away at the border.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Harris lands 2020 endorsement from 2 Black Caucus members
Two more members of the Congressional Black Caucus are backing Kamala Harris’s bid for the presidency: Reps. Bobby Rush of Illinois and Frederica Wilson of Florida.
Monday, July 1, 2019

10 killed when small plane crashes on takeoff in Texas
All ten people on board a small plane were killed in a fiery crash Sunday morning when the aircraft struggled to gain altitude after taking off from a suburban Dallas airport, veered to one side and plunged into a hangar, local authorities and witnesses said.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Fair season is here and thousands of rides and attractions will be inspected
SPRINGFIELD — It's finally summer and carnival and fair season is nearing its peak. That means lots of fun for people and lots of work for the amusement ride safety inspectors of the Illinois Department of Labor.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Illinois Fourth of July facts
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Supreme Court to rule on 'Dreamers'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding a high-stakes immigration case to its election-year agenda, the Supreme Court said toay it will decide whether President Donald Trump can terminate an Obama-era program shielding young migrants from deportation.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Justices won't revive Al. abortion ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t revive Alabama’s attempt to ban the most commonly used procedure in second-trimester abortions after the measure was blocked by lower courts.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Study finds waiting to take Social Security is best
(AP) — It’s tough to decide when to start taking Social Security benefits and it appears many people are shorting themselves with their choice. 
Friday, June 28, 2019

Abortions can coninue at Missouri's lone clinic
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri commissioner on Friday ruled that the state’s only abortion clinic can continue providing the service at least until August as a fight over its license plays out, adding that there’s a “likelihood” that the clinic will succeed in the dispute.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Harris delivers a deeply personal attack on former Vice President Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris spoke slowly but bluntly as she stared at Joe Biden, then began treating him as a hostile witness.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Evangelical group to spend $50M on voting effort
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed said Wednesday that the faith-based group he leads plans to spend at least $50 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Justices deal blow to effort to limit partisan districts
The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain today in a ruling that could embolden political line-drawing after the 2020 census.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Court puts citizenship question on hold
The Supreme Court on Thursday maintained a hold on the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and the question’s opponents say there’s no time to revisit the issue before next week’s scheduled start to the printing of census forms.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Doctors, lawyers describe border conditions for children as dire
Immigrant advocates are asking a federal judge to immediately require inspections and let doctors into border detention facilities where they say sleep-deprived, flu-stricken children are languishing in filthy conditions.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Vehicle age hits record high
The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Future is in doubt for cheaper versions of biologic drugs
They were the drugs that were supposed to save the U.S. tens of billions of dollars.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Motor vehicle head resigns over crash that killed a group of Marine bikers
The head of the Massachusetts motor vehicle division has resigned after her agency failed to terminate the commercial driving license of a man whose collision with a group of motorcyclists on a rural New Hampshire road left seven bikers dead.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lawmakers seek to revoke Wounded Knee medals
Advocates for Native Americans called Tuesday for Congress to revoke the Medals of Honor given to the U.S. soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee massacre.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

First lady's spokeswoman to be WH press secretary
Stephanie Grisham, longtime spokeswoman and confidante to Melania Trump, will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary, the first lady announced Tuesday. Grisham is jumping into her new role by accompanying President Donald Trump on a trip to Asia starting Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What to watch in the primary debate tonight
Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Showdown looms over border aid
A House-passed $4.5 billion emergency border aid package faces a dim future in the GOP-held Senate, the chamber’s top Republican said today, as pressure builds to wrap up the measure before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Graves of 30 US servicemen found on Pacific WWII battlefield
A nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo
Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched.

The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago.  And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Baptism by fire for acting Pentagon chief
With barely one day on the job, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is heading to Europe to try to persuade reluctant and increasingly wary NATO allies to work with the Trump administration on Iran sanctions and security in the Middle East, amid worries that the U.S. and the Islamic Republic may be on a path to war.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now
A Missouri judge on Monday ruled that the state’s lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions through Friday but kicked the clinic’s lawsuit out of court.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Stakes high in 2-night Demcratic debate this week
Don’t envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week’s inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it’s likely, one tweeting president.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Blurred lines: Trump's UN choice Kelly Craft and her coal magnate spouse
The email went out from senior Environmental Protection Agency officials to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, responding to questions she had about a funding matter.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Hollywood lovin' this: Lithgow, Bening, more stars perform Mueller report
John Lithgow joined the growing list of actors who have taken on the role of President Donald Trump, portraying the world leader in a live reading of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What does the dust in your home mean for your health?
You vacuum it, sweep it and wipe it off your furniture. But do you know what it actually is  and how it may affect your health?
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Trump signs new sanctions against Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order today targeting Iran’s supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Average US price of gas drops 11 cents per gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline dropped 11 cents per gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.73.
Monday, June 24, 2019

High court strikes down 'scandalous' part of trade mark law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a section of federal law that prevented officials from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory Monday to California fashion brand FUCT.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Trump order seeks disclosure of hospital prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down , administration officials said.
Monday, June 24, 2019

GPS, special maps and the wild: Tech help searchers zero in
HONOLULU (AP) — Yesenia D’Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looking for a missing hiker.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Truck driver charged with 7 homicides
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The driver of a truck in a fiery collision on a rural New Hampshire highway that killed seven motorcyclists was charged Monday with seven counts of negligent homicide.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Italy will host the 2026 Winter Games in Milan
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Italy will host the 2026 Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, taking the Winter Games to the Alpine country for the second time in 20 years.
Monday, June 24, 2019

AMA warns climate change is health emergency
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned today to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as "a health emergency."
Monday, June 24, 2019

Walgreens to provide drug disposal packets free to customers
(AP) — Walgreens is making it easier for customers dispose of unused drugs safely.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Trash mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Mt. Everest
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world’s highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that threatens drinking water.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Santa Anita racing season comes to a close after the deaths of 30 horses
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita’s troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were among the casualties.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign
Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Prague set to see biggest protests since Velvet Revolution
Prague won’t have seen anything like this since the protests of 1989 which brought down the communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project
New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Missouri denies license for state's lone abortion clinic
Missouri’s health department has declined to renew the abortion license for the state’s lone clinic, but a court order allows the St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate to perform the procedure — for now.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Trump calls off Iranian strikes
President Donald Trump said today the U.S. was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched after being told 150 people could die.
Friday, June 21, 2019

US home sales climbed 2.5%, lower mortgage rates
U.S. home sales jumped 2.5% in May, as lower mortgage rates appeared to help buyers overcome affordability challenges.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Supreme Court issues ruling on federal gun laws
The Supreme Court says prosecutors must prove that people charged with violating federal gun laws knew they were not allowed to have a weapon. The government says the decision could affect thousands of prosecutions of convicted criminals who are barred from having a firearm.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Biden's SC trip will test whether recent race and abortion fumbles really matter
Joe Biden has sat atop the crowded Democratic presidential field from virtually the moment he joined the race, leading the polls, raking in money and campaigning with the air of an inevitable nominee. But his recent fumbles on abortion and race are a reminder that early front-runners often face the most intense scrutiny.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Rot in peace: Sites lacking for whale corpses amid die-off
So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Lost wallet? More cash means you're likely to get it back
People are more likely to return a lost wallet if it contains money — and the more cash, the better.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land
A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled today in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Storms bring tornadoes, floods, power outages
Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left more than 200,000 people without power across the southern United States — and fierce winds were expected to wallop parts of several states as new storms form Thursday, forecasters said.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

1 in 6 trips to ER or hospital triggers 'surprise' bill
Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released today. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hicks rebuffs questions on Trump White House
Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks refused to answer questions related to her time in the White House in a daylong interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats’ chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump in their first interview with a person linked to his inner circle.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sewing for sport: Create your own workout clothes
If necessity is the mother of invention, then pending motherhood may have given Sarah Vander Neut a creative boost.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Four beach vacations that maximize your points and miles
Many travelers who squirrel away travel rewards are saving for an oceanfront vacation, paid for with points instead of cash. To make the most of your rewards, start by looking for the highest-value hotel redemptions, then check award flights. Here are four beach destinations where you could soak up the sun using points and miles.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road
School’s out for summer and Swedish lawyer Pia Bjorstrand, her husband and their two sons are shouldering backpacks, ready to board the first of many trains on a whistle-stop vacation around northern Europe.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Trump EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants
The Trump administration today completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

House panel hears debate for slavery reparations
Lawmakers today held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United States.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Rain leaves producers of specialty crops struggling without any aid in sight
Like farmers throughout the Midwest, this spring's torrential rains turned Andrew Dunham's land into sticky muck that set him back nearly a month in planting his crops.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

US sending more troops to Middle East
The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as tensions in the Persian Gulf mounted today over Iran’s announcement it will not comply with the international agreement that keeps it from making nuclear weapons. At the same time, Iran insisted it was not seeking war.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss' The Lorax topples
A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” has fallen in a coastal San Diego park.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Facebook plans its own currency for users
Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Trump says US will begin deporting millions
President Donald Trump is threatening to deport millions of people living in the United States illegally, heralding a plan that could help energize his supporters just ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid .
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Charitable giving by individual Americans drops
Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A look at Iran's nuclear program, a year after Trump's withdrawal from accord
Iran announced it will exceed the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, further escalating tensions in the Mideast.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Study suggests dog owners may affect levels of stress in their pets
When dog owners go through a stressful period, they’re not alone in feeling the pressure — their dogs feel it too, a new study suggests.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court
Egypt’s state TV says the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi has collapsed during a court session and died.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Midwestern floodwaters hurt seafood catches
This is a bad year for people who make their living from seafood in Louisiana and Mississippi. Floods from the Midwest are killing oysters, and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of bays and marshes, into saltier water where they can survive.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Iran speeds up uranium enrichment
Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at the age of 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ‘80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Unicyclist completes 180-mile Trek across Maine
Thousands have ridden their bicycles in the three-day Trek Across Maine. But only one participant has accomplished the feat on a single wheel.
Monday, June 17, 2019

High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding case
The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird
Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Trump aims to slash federal advisory committees
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to take an ax to federal advisory committees, ordering that their numbers be slashed.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Shooting inside California Costco kills 1, injures 3
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Southern California Costco during an argument Friday night, killing a man, wounding two other people and sparking a stampede of terrified shoppers before he was taken into custody, police said.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Middle East attack jolts oil-dependent Asia
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region’s oil import-dependent economies.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mnuchin says 2020 for Tubman $20 bill is not possible
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday called “completely erroneous” a published report that an initial 2020 deadline for completing the design of a $20 bill featuring Harriett Tubman could have been met.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen plant reject union
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Judge grants American Airlines order against 2 unions
DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered unions that represent American Airlines mechanics not to interfere in the airline’s operations.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Millennials Aren't Likely To, But There Are Benefits To Merging Finances
(NERDWALLET viaåP) — As a millennial couple, you and your partner might not be planning to blend finances even if you’ve been together for a while.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Vikings unveil food truck to serve hungry youth
EAGAN, Minn. (AP)  Dalvin Cook's rookie year was dominated by his rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery, and his second season included recuperation from a significant hamstring strain. The arduous process of recovery from injuries quickly made the Minnesota Vikings running back realize the necessity of eating right.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Just exactly what's so bad about processed foods?
NEW YORK (AP) — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there’s something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Air museum in Indiana to house Cold War-era bomber
BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — The aircraft museum at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base is working to raise $300,000 toward a building to protect and display one of the few surviving Cold War-era B-58 Hustler bombers.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baltimore art museum adds over 70 works to its collection
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Museum of Art has so far this year added more than 70 contemporary and historic artworks to its broad collection.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

137-year-old Winchester rifle found in Nevada has new home
BAKER, Nev. (AP) — A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the “Forgotten Winchester” at the park visitor center near the Utah border.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rare 13-star flags going on display at Revolution museum
Saturday, June 15, 2019

US donors, not French tycoons, are the ones footing Notre Dame work bills
PARIS (AP) — The billionaire French donors who publicly promised flashy donations totaling hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Trump says he'd tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that “of course” he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent. It was an apparent walkback from his earlier comments that he might not contact law enforcement in such a situation.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Immigration official tapped as border czar
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today said he was bringing a longtime lawman and enthusiastic supporter out of retirement to serve as “border czar” as his administration struggles with a worsening crisis that his hard-line immigration policies have failed to stem.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Two Years Later
Friday, June 14, 2019

SC woman stopped for driving drunk on toy truck
Friday, June 14, 2019

Klein, who helped created 'American Bandstand,' dies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget, has died. He was 91.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Federal watchdog agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers.
Friday, June 14, 2019

US: Video shows Iran involvement in tanker attack
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military released a video today it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its alleged involvement.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Sanders leaving White House; Trump encourages her to run for governor
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced.
Friday, June 14, 2019

NY ends religious exemption to vaccines
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Dems assail Trump on being open to foreign election help
President Donald Trump’s assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power’s help in his 2020 campaign ricocheted through Washington on Thursday, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired
A federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz
Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz came under a suspected attack Thursday, setting one of them ablaze in the latest mysterious assault targeting vessels in a region crucial to global energy supplies amid heightened tension between Iran and the U.S.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat
Lawmakers and experts said Thursday that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Not to be outdone, Tyson enters plant-based meat market
The fast-growing market for meat alternatives has a surprising new player: Tyson Foods.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities unreported
Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it’s a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Friends gather on Anne Frank's 90th
For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank’s 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

White House asserts exec privilege in census fight
President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jon Stewart accuses lawmakers of disrespecting 9/11 first responders
Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Big Tech about to become big politics
The House Judiciary Committee is launching its investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, starting with a look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, news organizations and advertisers.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Investors should guard against tunnel vision on trade
Once this trade-war cloud gets lifted, investors should have little to worry about, right?
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Mexico says country's new Guard being deployed
Mexican officials said today they are beginning deployment of the country’s new National Guard for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment of a 6,000-strong force made as part of an agreement with the United States to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Maryland gov urges no delay on new Tubman bill
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday to reconsider delaying the redesign of the $20 bill to feature abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

As bishops gather, prosecutors step of scrutiny in growing clergy abuse scandals
Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kavanaugh hires daughter of Yale law professor and 'tiger mom' Amy Chua
The daughter of Yale Law School professor and “tiger mom” Amy Chua, who praised Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a mentor to women after his nomination to the Supreme Court, is going to work for Kavanaugh this summer.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

US aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugs
Sally Atwater’s doctor spent two months on calls, messages and paperwork to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Stocks rise after US deal; car companies gain
U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in midday trading today after the U.S. and Mexico averted a trade war and potentially damaging tariffs, while several companies inked billion-dollar deals.
Monday, June 10, 2019

US employers hire a record number of people
U.S. employers hired the most people on record in April, while the number of open jobs was largely unchanged, evidence that the job market remains solid.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Renewed focus this week on Mueller
Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry, but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Justin Trudeau says Canada plans to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021
Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Activists out to oust 2020 House Democrats try to capture the AOC fervor
Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year’s primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez .
Monday, June 10, 2019

A Wisconsin city considering ordinance to fine the parents of young bullies
A Wisconsin city is considering an ordinance that would impose fines on the parents of young bullies after a viral social media post showed handwritten notes that students sent to a middle school girl urging her to kill herself.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Legacy of biggest slave revolt in US history still lingers, but physical traces are vanishing
Kids grow up in rural Southampton County hearing that the mist creeping across the fields might be something unearthly. Old folks warn them not to sneak into abandoned houses, where rotting floors and walls are said to be stained with blood.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Hand-painted battle flag carried by black Union troops going up for auction
A flag that was carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War and hand-painted by an acclaimed African American artist is going up for auction in Pennsylvania.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Food trucks gaining popularity, customers in Victoria
Despite the occasional spring shower, a group of friends were enjoying an evening of warm conversation, cold beer and boiled crawfish at an outdoor food truck garden in Victoria.
Saturday, June 8, 2019















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