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Beer flowing as Oktoberfest opens
BERLIN (AP) — The first keg was tapped, and the beer started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway Saturday in the southern German city of Munich.
Saturday, September 21, 2019


Electric car push could cost thousands of jobs
DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Feds charge 11th prson in UAW corruption probe
DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Detroit have filed charges against an 11th person in an investigation of corruption in the United Auto Workers.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Iran's Guard says ready for any scenario
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and “any scenario,” its chief commander said Saturday, as the country’s nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Patient records found at shuttered abortion clinic
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators found thousands of abandoned medical records at three shuttered Indiana abortion clinics that were operated by a late doctor who took home more than 2,200 sets of fetal remains, Indiana’s attorney general said Friday.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Morgan Spurlock takes 2nd bite of fast food world
NEW YORK (AP) — Last time out, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food for a month. This time, he’s the one dishing out the fried stuff.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Met takes a look at Frank Lloyd Wright's textiles, home goods
NEW YORK (AP) — A small but important exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores a little-known facet of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations: his line of wallpapers, printed and woven textiles, and other home goods designed for the public.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Good news for the housing market: Construction, sales both up
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. home construction jumped 12.3% last month to a 12-year high on a surge in apartment building.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The 'good enough' home may be just perfect
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Constructed from aspirational Instagram feeds and reality TV, the dream home floats in the imagination like a castle in the sky but dissolves in the rain of hard numbers.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Half the American Dream: It's a precarious spot for mobile home owners as investors swoop in
ASPEN, Colorado (AP) — When the time came for her to sell the mobile home park she and her son owned near Aspen, 89-year-old Harriett Noyes had two big offers and an even bigger decision: Take nearly $30 million from a developer who would likely evict her family and friends to build luxury homes, or sell to the county for a fraction of that to preserve affordable housing in one of the most expensive areas in the United States.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fire can be deadly drawback of living in mobile home
GREELEY, Colorado (AP) — For many with low or fixed incomes, mobile homes provide an affordable housing option that’s hard to beat as housing costs continue to rise in Colorado.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

'House Hunters' host Suzanne Whang dies at 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suzanne Whang, whose smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV’s “House Hunters” for years, has died. She was 57.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wright house up for auction
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona home that architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed during the last year of his life is going on the auction block.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Like wine from Rhone Valley? Head to Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP)  Southeastern Washington has been producing high-quality wines for decades. But in the past five years, the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley have drawn international accolades for the reds  particularly syrahs  produced from the unique soil just across the border in Oregon.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Social use of marijuana could be next topic
SPRINGFIELD — Some of the lead negotiators of the law to legalize adult-use marijuana in Illinois are seeking to provide clarity on a provision that gives local municipalities control over which facilities, if any, would be authorized to allow cannabis consumption.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Trump signals restraint on Iran strike
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he’s not inclined to authorize an immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attacks on the Saudi oil industry, saying he believes showing restraint “shows far more strength” and he wants to avoid an all-out war.
Friday, September 20, 2019

23 states sue over emission standards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation’s most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Saudis allow media to see damaged oil facility
BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Friday, September 20, 2019

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week’s quarter-point rate cut on Friday highlighted the current deep divisions at the central bank.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Is America really ready for a gay president? Voters in Iowa will decide first
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn’t ready to elect a gay man as president?
Friday, September 20, 2019

Joe Biden flexes his 2020 muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements
(AP) — Joe Biden sought to demonstrate a broad appeal to Democrats on Thursday with new endorsements from leading African American lawmakers and a former governor of a pivotal swing state.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Scientists use DNA to make skull of Neanderthal cousin
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they’ve deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Trudeau faces furor over brownface photo from 2001
TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” costume party and two other similar incidents came to light.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Board weighs release of woman in texting suicide case
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Nevada desert towns prep for 'Storm Area 51' influx
LAS VEGAS (AP) — No one knows what to expect, but people are preparing for “Storm Area 51” in the remote Nevada desert.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

US putting $3M into CBD research
(AP) — The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Iran: Any strike will result in 'all-out war'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “all-out war,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned today, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom’s oil industry that shook global energy markets.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dillinger family applies again to exhume body
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of 1930s gangster John Dillinger have submitted a new application to exhume his Indianapolis gravesite.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

A captivating new novel about word-obsessed twins
(AP) — Cathleen Schine's captivating new novel, "The Grammarians," centers on a pair of identical twins named Daphne and Laurel, after the Greek myth of transformation, and their obsessive love of language. It's also about their family, and what happens to them as they grow older and some die.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

'Downton Abbey' even more stately on the big screen
(AP) — The “Downton Abbey “ movie isn’t exactly a movie. It’s more like another season of the popular “Masterpiece Classic” show that’s been condensed to 90 minutes instead of 8 hours.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Trump bans California from setting stricter fuel standards
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bermuda battens down for Cat 3 storm
MIAMI (AP) — Bermuda’s government called up troops and urged people on the British Atlantic island to make final preparations for an expected close brush today with Hurricane Humberto, a powerful Category 3 storm. Authorities ordered early closings of schools, transportation and government offices.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sen. McConnell says Congress remains in a 'holding pattern' on gun control
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains “in a holding pattern” on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trump names hostage negotiator nat'l security adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s naming hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his new national security adviser.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Facebook still auto-generating ISIS, al-Qaida pages
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it’s reported.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Saudi Arbia says Iranian missiles hit oil facilities
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia alleged today that Iranian cruise missiles and drones attacked the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry, showing journalists the remains of the weapons while stopping short of directly accusing Iran of launching the assault.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing
(AP) — Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The White House has been getting an upgrade under first lady Melania Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — She’s done a lot with the place.

Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Illinois and Indiana AGs investigate after fetal remains found
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general said Monday that he will work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate what he called the “grisly discovery” of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Water quality sensor hitching ride on river boat
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lack of toothbrushing for seniors a serious health risk
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Elderly people in nursing homes often go without a good toothbrushing.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Avoid the six biggest retirement mistakes to make sure your money lasts
(NERDWALLET via AP) — One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don’t know.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Amazon to add workers and space to Chicago Loop office
Amazon is doubling the number of workers at his operations in Chicago’s Loop.
Monday, September 16, 2019

UAW: GM's offer came too late to avoid strike
A strike by over 49,000 United Auto workers against General Motors could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the union’s top negotiator said in a letter to the company.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Forecasters: Huricane Humberto will lash Bermuda later this week
Weather forecasters say Hurricane Humberto will lash Bermuda with high winds and heavy rain later this week.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Trump on attack: US locked and loaded
Tensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Shifting sands: NY Times omits facts on Kavanaugh
Several Democratic presidential candidates have lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Biden on racism: 'Those who are White try, but we can can never fully understand'
Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Ag secretary issues statement on EPA announcement
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking another step to fulfill President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. 
Monday, September 16, 2019

New food and ag resources available for teachers
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Corteva Agriscience have collaborated to bring new, science-based lesson plans and resources to elementary teachers nationwide. A series of 10 teacher-reviewed lesson plans exploring food and agricultural themes are now available at https://www.nsta.org/corteva.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Online site for cattle sales plans to go national
A South Dakota man has created a new online site where livestock producers can contract to sell their cattle.

Kim Ulmer, who owns a livestock and machinery marketing company in Huron, said he created the American Mercantile Exchange in response to volatile market conditions.
The first contract sales on the American Mercantile Exchange were Sept. 3. Four loads of cattle were up for sale and all four sold, Ulmer told the Aberdeen News.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tate & Lyle announces Illinois-Indiana initiative
Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food, beverage and industrial ingredients and solutions, and Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, the sustainable solutions business of one of America's largest farmer-owned cooperatives, today announced a major new initiative to help bolster sustainability on 1.5 million acres of U.S.-grown corn. Using best-in-class technology and sustainability solutions from Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, U.S. Midwest corn farmers will be helped to more effectively target and measure the impact of efforts to protect the environment.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Trump backs a Netanyahu priority ahead of Israeli election
President Donald Trump is lending support to embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a critical election Tuesday by appearing to publicly back one of his key priorities.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Coming for your AR-15? O'Rourke scrambles Dems' gun message
Beto O’Rourke’s “hell yes” moment at the Democrats’ presidential debate is scrambling his party’s message on guns.

The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean they want to take away law-abiding citizens’ firearms. But on Friday, they struggled to square that message with their presidential contender’s full-throated call on national TV for confiscating assault rifles.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

bin Laden son killed in US operation
The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Vaping illness in US gives Canada pause
The serious lung illness affecting hundreds of people in the U.S. who vaped cannabis-based oil is giving Canadian health officials pause as that country prepares to allow the sale of vaping products in its legal marijuana market.

No illnesses have yet been reported north of the border, but they are monitoring the situation closely, and British Columbia’s top health official says it’s just a matter of time before symptoms are reported in Canada.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Liz Cheney and Rand Paul duke it out over policy
He called her a warmonger. She called him a terrorist-supporting loser. And on it went Thursday between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney in the latest Republican contest to influence — or just figure out — President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
Friday, September 13, 2019

What bankruptcy means for the Sackler family
Purdue Pharma could be heading for bankruptcy but the extent to which it would affect the Sackler family fortunes remains unclear.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Greenpeace activists shut down Houston Ship Channel
Eleven protesters have been arrested after they rappelled from a busy highway bridge over the Houston Ship Channel, closing the vital artery for hours.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Key takeaways from the 2020 Democratic candidates' debate: Status quo prevails
Democratic debate night No. 3: Attacks and counter-attacks. Love for one former president, loathing for the current one. A 76-year-old front-runner essentially got called old, and he turned around and called another rival a “socialist.”

But will it change the fundamentals of a nominating fight that remains remarkably stable at the top with five months until voting begins? Here’s a look at some takeaways and potential answers:

Friday, September 13, 2019

Nadler: It's an impeachment investigation, no matter how you phrase it
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says there’s no confusion about what his committee is doing: It’s an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

US, China exchange goodwill gesture before talks
The United States and China traded conciliatory gestures, raising hopes they can de-escalate a standoff over trade that has shaken financial markets and cast gloom over the global economy.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

America vows to 'never forget' 9/11
People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath-layings and the solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on U.S. soil.

“As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here,” Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, said as she attended the ground zero anniversary ceremony, as she has every year. “I want people to remember.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pelosi plan would overhaul how drugs are paid for
A draft plan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaked Tuesday would overhaul how Medicare pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for costly medications, curbing annual price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

On 9/11 Al-Qaida chief calls for attacks on West
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders argue
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in “theatrics” over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that “people are dying” because the Senate leader refuses to act.

After a summer of devastating mass shootings, Congress appears no closer to approving legislation to curb gun violence as President Donald Trump wavers on what kind of bill he wants the lawmakers to send for his signature.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Governor says Missouri in 'crisis' with violence
Missouri is in a “crisis” with violent crime in its largest cities, Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday.

Parson met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and about a dozen other area leaders to address violence in the city. The officials didn’t release a new crime-fighting plan, but Parson said one will be announced soon, possibly later this month.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

San Francisco declares the NRA a 'domestic terrorist organization;' NRA sues
The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One America News sues Rachel Maddow for $10M over 'propaganda' comment
A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it “paid Russian propaganda.”

One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A top general says US faces a new 'Sputnik moment' in space race competition
The U.S. has reached a new “Sputnik moment” in which the military must act to keep the nation’s competitive advantage in space against adversaries such as Russia, China, and to a lesser extent, Iran and North Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?
Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread into every corner of life. In the late 1970s, about 40 percent of American adults said they didn't have any snacks during the day. By 2007, that figure was just 10 percent.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Coast Guard: 4 'OK' inside cargo ship
Coast Guard rescuers found four South Korean crew members trapped inside a massive cargo ship, by rappelling down the side and drilling a hole through the hull to contact them on Monday.

“The early indication is they are on board and OK,” Lt. Lloyd Heflin told The Associated Press.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Judiciary panel to set rules for impeachment investigation
The House Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panel’s investigations of President Donald Trump.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Blaze destroys synagogue in Minnesota
Fire officials say a blaze has gutted a historic synagogue in a Minnesota city.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Brown University official suspended amid Epstein gift probe
Brown University has placed a fundraising director on administrative leave following a report that accused him of participating in covering up disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump cancels secret meetings at Camp David
President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet canceling secret meetings at Camp David with the Taliban and Afghan leaders just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is the latest example of a commander in chief willing to take a big risk in pursuit of a foreign policy victory only to see it dashed.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump's North Carolina rally to be a test for his clout, GOP
President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina will serve as a measure of his clout in trying to elect a Republican to the House in a closely watched special election that’s seen as a tossup race.

It will be his first campaign rally since a tough end of summer that saw slipping poll numbers, warning signs of an economic slowdown and a running battle over hurricane forecasts.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Pompeo: Taliban 'overreached' in attack that killed American
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban “overreached” with their car bomb attack in a diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing an American soldier — and that led President Donald Trump to pull back from planned Afghanistan peace talks at Camp David.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Schools face backlash for not reporting threats to parents
When officials at a Catholic high school in South Carolina learned that a 16-year-old student made videos of himself firing a gun and using racial slurs, they alerted police, but not parents. After the videos made it into the news over the summer, the backlash came quickly.
Monday, September 9, 2019

In the Amazon, indigenous debate saving their land
TEKOHAW, Brazil (AP) — Under a thatch-roof shelter in the Amazon rainforest, warriors wielding bows and arrows, elderly chieftains in face paint and nursing mothers gathered to debate a plan that some hope will hold at bay the loggers and other invaders threatening the tribes of the Tembe.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Fed chairman says he doesn't expect a recession
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the Fed is not expecting a U.S. or global recession. But it is monitoring a number of uncertainties, including trade conflicts, and will “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Indiana links its 1st death to vaping, 3rd in nation
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials say they’ve confirmed that a resident died from severe lung injury linked to vaping.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Bahamians arrive in Florida via cruise ship
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) More than 1,100 Bahamians have arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, after being evacuated by cruise ship from their hurricane-battered islands.
The Grand Celebration cruise ship returned to its home port after setting sail Thursday for Freeport, Grand Bahama, to deliver more than 112 tons of supplies and ferrying dozens of health workers and emergency crews.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Adviser compares China trade talks to Cold War
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow compared trade talks with China on Friday to the U.S. standoff with Russia during the Cold War. In other words, negotiations could continue for a long time.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Reaching deal in opiod case difficult
(AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma made headlines earlier this year when it reached a landmark deal with Oklahoma over the toll the opioids crisis has taken on that state. Attempts to get a national settlement resolving all claims against the company are proving more difficult.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Keep Your Budget On Track: Best Ways To Stretch Your Dollar At Starbucks
(NERDWALLET via AP) — One Starbucks grande Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam, please.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Illinois to receive $29 million to combat opioid epidemic
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after the Trump Administration announced Illinois would receive $29 million in federal grants to address the opioid crisis in the state.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Bahama aid effort picks up momentum
ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — Carrying their meager possessions in duffel bags and shopping carts, hundreds of desperate people gathered at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the hurricane-devastated island, as an international disaster-relief effort took shape.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Trump challenges California power to control auto pollution
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday began an all-out challenge to California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Nature calls for Maryland Church of the Wild
SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — When Leah Rampy and her husband moved from Washington, D.C., to Shepherdstown, W.Va., last August, she was interested in building community.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Man pleads guilty for trying to access Trump's tax returns
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man has pleaded guilty to trying to hack the IRS to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Attorney general announces Facebook antitrust probe
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James says a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general is investigating Facebook for alleged antitrust issues.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Trump's Mideast peace envoy set to leave the White House
The Trump administration official tasked with developing a plan to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians is leaving the White House.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, will depart the administration in the coming weeks, the White House said Thursday. The former Trump Organization lawyer had been leading the effort to devise the oft-delayed peace plan. His departure casts further doubt on the proposal’s future.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Facebook ads underscore Trump's mixed messages on guns
President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that he wanted to move quickly on gun violence legislation, but his new push came just days after posting an ad on his official Facebook page that defended the Second Amendment and warned that Democrats were looking to seize Americans' firearms.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hurricane Dorian rakes Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian raked the Carolina coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday, spinning off tornadoes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses as it pushed northward toward the dangerously exposed Outer Banks.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

US, Chinese envoys to meet in October
U.S. and Chinese envoys will meet in early October for more talks aimed at ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth.

Stock markets rose on Thursday’s announcement but there has been no sign of progress since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed in June to resume deadlocked negotiations about trade and technology.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

US services sector expanded at faster pace in August
U.S. services expanded at a stronger pace in August, driven by an uptick in business activity and new orders.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

US farmers hope Trump delivers on trade deal with Japan
American farmers have not only endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations, they’ve watched as most of their top foreign competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market with nearly 127 million consumers.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Artificial intelligence in medicine raises legal, ethical concerns
The use of artificial intelligence in medicine is generating great excitement and hope for treatment advances.

AI generally refers to computers’ ability to mimic human intelligence and to learn. For example, by using machine learning, scientists are working to develop algorithms that will help them make decisions about cancer treatment. They hope that computers will be able to analyze radiological images and discern which cancerous tumors will respond well to chemotherapy and which will not.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law
Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent.

The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when users view such videos, regardless of their age.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

'We need help': Says rescuers in Bahamas
Rescue crews in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes Wednesday, trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian and take the full measure of the disaster. The official death toll stood at seven but was certain to rise.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

US trade gap fell 2.7% in July including the gap with China
The U.S. trade deficit declined in July, including the gap with China that has been the focus of President Donald Trump’s tariffs.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Judge to discuss unsealing new trove of Epstein court papers
A federal judge will discuss plans Wednesday for unsealing a new trove of court records involving sexual abuse allegations against Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who took his own life last month while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Family, teenagers among 34 presumed dead in boat fire
High school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among those presumed to have died when fire tore through a scuba diving boat off the Southern California coast, trapping dozens of sleeping people below deck.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dive company owner among missing in California boat fire
Marine biologist Kristy Finstad first put on a dive tank at the age of nine.

The 41-year-old co-owner of Worldwide Diving Adventures was leading the scuba tour off Southern California when fire engulfed the dive boat, Conception, early Monday with 39 people on board, including six crew members.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Woman survives 80-foot cliff fall in So. Dakota state park
Authorities say a Minnesota woman has escaped with minor injuries after falling more than 80 feet (24 meters) from a cliff at a state park in South Dakota.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Would US deal bring peace to Afghanistan
The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all local civilians, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he and the militant group had reached a deal “in principle” to end America’s longest war.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Neighbor: Texas gunman was 'violent, aggressive person'
The gunman in a West Texas rampage “was on a long spiral of going down” and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both before and after the shooting began, authorities said.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question
Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in American history, age's importance will be tested as never before.

Only a few years separate President Donald Trump, 73, from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, and former Vice President Joe Biden, 76. But as Trump mocks Biden for verbal missteps, suggesting age has slowed his Democratic rival, both Sanders and Biden have conspicuously showcased their physical activity during the campaign.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

UVa researches gender differences in autism diagnoses
A University of Virginia research team is tackling one of the most consistent and puzzling findings about autism spectrum disorder: Why are four times more boys diagnosed as having autism than girls?
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

UK's Johnson takes aim against opponents of Brexit plans
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is getting tough with members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans at the start of what promises to be a pivotal week in British politics.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Looting, violence spread in South Africa's major cities
Looting and violence spread across several neighborhoods in South Africa’s major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg today, after a spate of overnight attacks that appeared to target foreign-owned shops.
Monday, September 2, 2019

After tragic year, Bode Miller heads to Montana's mountains
Retired U.S. downhill skier Bode Miller decided a change of scenery was needed after a tumultuous year in which he experienced the tragic death of his toddler daughter, the birth of a son and now the expected arrival of twin boys this fall.

So the 41-year-old six-medal Olympic champion and his pregnant wife, Morgan, headed to the Montana mountains with four children in tow to settle into a new home at Big Sky Resort north of Yellowstone National Park. There, he plans to give his California-raised children a modernized taste of his childhood in northern New Hampshire, where he and his hippie parents lived in a home without running water or electricity.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Some deaths, 33 missing in California boat fire
Some people have died and rescuers were searching for 33 more this morning after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the Southern California Coast.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Trump will work with Congress to stop mass shootings
President Donald Trump expressed a commitment Sunday, hours after the latest deadly mass shooting, to work with a divided Congress to “stop the menace of mass attacks.” He said any measures must satisfy the competing goals of protecting public safety and the constitutional right to gun ownership and seemed to cast fresh doubt on the merits of instituting more thorough background checks for gun purchases.
Monday, September 2, 2019

US and Poland sign agreement to cooperate on 5G
The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement on Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology amid growing concerns about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Big tech or big labor? 2020 Democrats line up with unions
Thousands of miles from the union halls of Pennsylvania and Michigan, organized labor is flexing its muscles in a pitched battle with Big Tech.

And the Democratic Party’s 2020 class isn’t being shy about picking sides.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Police unsure why man went on West Texas shooting rampage
Police say they are not sure why a man with a misdemeanor on his record and no warrant for his arrest erupted in a spate of violence after a routine traffic stop in West Texas, killing seven including a man slain outside his parents’ home and a teenager fatally shot as she left a car dealership with her family.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Brazil says it is successfully controlling fires in Amazon
Brazil’s foreign minister said his country is successfully extinguishing the fires in the Amazon region that have generated international concern after discussing the situation with President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Woman tosses Molotov cocktail into Fla. Citizenship office
A woman tossed a lit Molotov cocktail into the lobby of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Oakland Park, Florida. No one was reported injured, according to a report of the incident sent to Trump administration officials and viewed by The Associated Press.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

'They're on,' Trump says of tariffs
Expect a direct hit on many U.S. consumers from President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports. He had no intention of pulling back on import taxes set to kick in Sunday.

“They’re on. They’re on,” the president told reporters Friday before departing for a weekend stay at Camp David.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question
Science says age is a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term American president, age’s importance will be tested as never before.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

'Conservative' string attached to $50 million gift
A $50 million gift made earlier this year to Virginia’s largest public university was given specifically to “promote the conservative principles of governance,” newly released documents show, raising concerns from critics that it compromises academic freedom at the school.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is looking increasingly dire
Unsure of where Hurricane Dorian might strike, Florida residents watched the increasingly dire forecast with a sense of helplessness Friday and braced for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the state’s east coast in nearly 30 years.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Jim Leavelle, lawman at Oswald's side, dies at 99
Jim Leavelle, the longtime Dallas lawman who was captured in one of history’s most iconic photographs as he escorted President John F. Kennedy’s assassin as he was fatally shot, has died. He was 99.
Friday, August 30, 2019

US service member killed in combat in Afghanistan
NATO says a U.S. service member has been killed in combat in Afghanistan.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Issa moves toward challenging indicted US Rep Duncan Hunter
Former Congressman Darrell Issa has taken a step toward challenging indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter for a Southern California seat, a campaign that would bring his strong name recognition, deep pockets and reputation as one of President Barack Obama’s chief antagonists to a race that has long been safe for Republicans.
Friday, August 30, 2019

DNC to recommend scrapping Iowa, Nevada virtual caucus plans
The Democratic National Committee will recommend scrapping state plans to offer virtual, telephone-based caucuses in 2020 due to security concerns, sources tell The Associated Press.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Apple welcomes India's easing of foreign investment rules
Apple Inc. on Thursday welcomed India’s decision to relax rules on foreign direct investment and said it is eager to open its first retail store in the country.

The California-based company said in a statement that it appreciated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support for the new rules, which eased a 30% local sourcing requirement for single-brand retailing and permit online sales without the prior opening of brick-and-mortar stores.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Iranian rocket burns up on launch pad
A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian picks up steam, menaces Florida
Leaving mercifully little damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a strengthening Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida on Thursday as it swirled toward a possible direct hit on the state over Labor Day weekend.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies
James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump in the weeks before he was fired as director of the bureau, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

US agency sees low risk in contaminated blood pressure drugs
U.S. health officials on Wednesday tried to reassure patients that they face very low risks from ongoing contamination problems with widely prescribed blood pressure drugs.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

US consumer confidence dips slightly in August
Consumer confidence dipped slightly in August after a big rebound in July.

The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index edged down to 135.1 in August, slightly below a July reading of 135.8, which had been the highest since November. Economists had been looking for a bigger drop in August.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Marriott banning little shampoo bottles
It could be lights out for tiny toiletries.

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020. They’ll be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the hotel.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Manhunt ends with capture of naked man in family's slaying
Police in Virginia apprehended a naked 18-year-old after an intense manhunt in the slayings of two women and a child.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rep Bourne's Seizure Smart Act coming to schools
A new law sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), the Seizure Smart Act, will require a plan of action for students who live with epilepsy.

"It's important for educators to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of seizures, and to know what to do if a child experiences a seizure while in their care," Rep. Bourne said. "With these plans in place, students will feel safer and both parents and schools can have some peace of mind."

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

OxyContin maker negotiating settlement
Purdue Pharma and the thousands of state and local governments suing the maker of OxyContin over the nation’s deadly opioid crisis are negotiating a $10 billion to $12 billion settlement under which the Sackler family would give up ownership of the company, according to published reports.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs
The Department of Homeland Security is moving $271 million from other agencies such as FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard to increase the number of beds for detained immigrants and support its policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases play out.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let's talk
Iran’s president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran,  otherwise a meeting between the two would be a mere photo op.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sick and dying workers demand help after cleaning coal ash
The Tennessee Valley Authority, long respected for providing good jobs and cheap electricity, is facing a growing backlash over its handling of a massive coal ash spill a decade ago, with potentially serious consequences for an industry often opposed to environmental regulation.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Brazil willing to go it alone on Amazon fires
Brazil insisted today that it would set conditions for accepting any aid from the world’s richest nations to help fight Amazon fires, saying France couldn’t protect the Notre Dame Cathedral from fire devastation and should focus on its own problems.

The increasingly personal feud between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French leader Emmanuel Macron threatened to derail a pledge of tens of millions of dollars by the Group of Seven nations for the Amazon region.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Census takers are working in the county
Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau launched the first major field operation of the 2020 census. As a result, local census takers are already canvassing area neighborhoods.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Justice moves to add more marijuana growers for federally-authorized research
The Justice Department said Monday it would move forward to expand the number of marijuana growers for federally authorized cannabis research.

The long-awaited move comes after researchers filed court papers asking a judge to compel the Drug Enforcement Administration to process the applications to grow research pot. The DEA began accepting applications to grow marijuana for federally approved research about three years ago, but the agency hasn’t acted on the applications.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A look at role of Amazon in global climate change
Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the worlds largest rainforest. Here’s a look at the role the Amazon plays in regulating the world’s climate:
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Admin ends protection for migrant medical care
The Trump administration has eliminated a protection that lets immigrants remain in the country and avoid deportation while they or their relatives receive life-saving medical treatments or endure other hardships, immigration officials said in letters issued to families this month.

Critics denounced the decision as a cruel change that could force desperate migrants to accept lesser treatment in their poverty-stricken homelands.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

St. Louis offering up to $100k in child shootings
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says the city suffering a rash of child deaths by gunfire this summer will offer a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the killing of four children.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Troubling rise of gun violence in St. L, Kansas City
From huge rewards to calls for allowing Missouri cities to enact their own gun laws, leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City are grappling with a troubling rise in shooting deaths, especially those involving children.

This past weekend was especially violent. In Kansas City, four men were killed Sunday, including two in a drive-by shooting in a popular entertainment district. In St. Louis, six people were killed in shootings, including 8-year-old and 10-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Group challenges move to block permitless carry
The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association is challenging efforts that would put on hold a new permitless carry law until voters weigh in on the issue.

The law passed earlier this year will allow Oklahoma residents to openly carry guns without a background check or training. The new law takes effect Nov. 1, but efforts are now underway for a statewide referendum on the measure.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

E-cigs can trigger the same lung changes seen in smokers
E-cigarette "vaping" is widely assumed to be safer than cigarette smoking, but scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have uncovered evidence suggesting that vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers who suffer with emphysema.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Iran says oil aboard tanker pursed by US sold
Iran on Monday announced that the 2.1 million barrels of crude aboard an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. has been sold to an unnamed buyer as the ship, at the center of a crisis roiling the region, continued its voyage in the Mediterranean Sea.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Global Outrage Over Amazon Fires
The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged $20 million to help Amazon countries fight fires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said rich countries were treating the region like a “colony.”

The G-7 pledge came despite tensions between European countries and the Brazilian president, who suggested the West was angling to exploit Brazil’s natural resources.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Trump: 'Sorry, it's the way I negotiate'
Brushing off concerns about global economic instability, President Donald Trump on Monday defended the way he is trying to squeeze a trade deal out of China, saying it’s what worked for him in business.

Trump was challenged on a negotiating style in which he praises Chinese President Xi Jinping one day and castigates him the next. Allies are complaining that that’s contributing to stability problems for them and other nations, a questioner noted at a news conference closing out Trump’s participation in the Group of Seven summit.

Monday, August 26, 2019

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin resigning from Congress
Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who represents northern Wisconsin in Congress, announced Monday that he is resigning next month to spend more time with his family.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment, trial delayed
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to a new indictment Monday that includes revised charges of predatory sexual assault, a development that caused the judge to delay the start of his trial until early next year.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio running to try to get his job back
Nearly three years after he was voted out of office, the former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to rounding up immigrants in the country illegally is going after his old job.
Monday, August 26, 2019

US exports to lobster loving China go off cliff amid tariffs
U.S. lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift the seafood business farther north.

China, a huge and growing customer for lobster, placed heavy tariffs on U.S. lobsters — and many other food products — in July 2018 amid rising trade hostilities between the Chinese and the Trump administration.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Atlanta councilwoman adds to reward to catch campus shooter
An Atlanta city councilwoman is pleading with the public to cooperate with police in their search for the suspected gunman who opened fire on a crowd of about 200 people outside a university library last week.

The Aug. 20 gunfire wounded four college students, all of whom survived.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Trump orders retaliatory tariffs on Chinese goods
WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Justice Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, the Supreme Court said Friday.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

G-7 a test of unity for world leaders
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — Efforts to salvage consensus among the G-7 rich democracies frayed Saturday in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictable America-first approach even before the official start of the summit in southern France.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's career as professor started by studying families who went broke
CHICAGO (AP) — As a young scholar, Elizabeth Warren traveled to federal courthouses, studying families overwhelmed by debt. She brought along a photocopier, gathering reams of statistics as she tried to answer one question: Why were these folks going bankrupt?
Saturday, August 24, 2019

AP Was There: 75 years ago today, Allied forces liberate Paris from the Nazis
PARIS (AP)  This story was first published after Allied troops entered Paris on Aug. 25, 1944 to liberate the French capital from Nazi occupation. The Associated Press is republishing a version of the story to mark the 75th anniversary of the important moment in World War II, along with wartime photos . It was the first witness account published in the U.S. press, and was passed through field censors.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

1950s British model became Christian Dior muse by knocking on his door
LONDON (AP) — Before there were supermodels, there were “mannequins” — living, breathing women who played an active role in designing haute couture by standing very, very still. Designers and artisans would pin, prod or tuck fabric and toiles to the mannequins to bring sketches and ideas to life.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Researchers look for Bigfoot in Louisiana nat'l forest
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP)  In the middle of Kisatchie National Forest, a Bigfoot researcher who calls himself "Tex-La", lets out four howls in an area that he and another researcher, Claude, say has visible signs of Bigfoot activity.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Carlsbad Caverns creating digital maps
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP)  The National Park Service is creating a digital map of Carlsbad Caverns National Park to help with repairs and maintenance projects.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Record air travel is expected over Labor Day
WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Home of gov't studies on outer space creatures ready for 'Storm Area 51'
LAS VEGAS (AP)  Officials in Nevada's sparsely populated Lincoln County have drafted an emergency declaration and are planning with neighboring counties and the state in case crowds arrive for an event next month dubbed "Storm Area 51."
Saturday, August 24, 2019

1619: Family of first Africans marks 400 years here
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A family that traces its bloodline to America’s first enslaved Africans said today that their ancestors endured unimaginable toil and hardship — but they also helped forge the nation.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Powell speech: Some see sign of rate cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled today that the Fed stands ready to cut interest rates further if the economy needs it but wasn’t clear about when or by how much.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment so docs can share
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Friday, August 23, 2019

G-7 to open summit focused on world economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations will open their annual G-7 summit over the weekend by discussing the global economy.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died today at 79.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Race for the Arctic: Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot
TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland’s brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn’t fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Music: Marc Cohn, Blind Boys of Alabama pair for an uncontrived blend of pop, soul and gospel
(AP) — Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama’s new album began as an EP of studio recordings before being wisely extended with their performance for the PBS concert series “The Kate.”
Friday, August 23, 2019

Invisible army set the stage for liberation of Paris from the Nazis 75 years ago
PARIS (AP) — The Nazis knew everything about the city of Paris that they occupied — almost.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Pentagon cancels missile defense project
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Key Mueller cooperator Gates testitifes in DC trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, testified Thursday against a prominent Washington attorney accused of concealing from the Justice Department work done for the Ukrainian government.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

US economy already strong, Trump says he's abandoned idea of cutting taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had “a strong economy.”
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Congressional Budget Office: US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sanders' $16 trillion climate plan would declare climate change nat'l emergency
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Eczema impacts physical and mental health of 31M Americans
Eczema is an itchy, scaly skin condition that can have a profound impact on a patient's sense of well-being. Symptoms can be both emotionally and physically debilitating and may linger for years.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stocks march broadly higher in midday trading as investors welcome earnings news
U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in midday trading Wednesday as investors welcomed a batch of strong earnings reports from several big retailers.

Target and Lowe’s surged, leading a rally in retail stocks, as the market bounced back from its first loss in four days. Technology companies accounted for a big share of the market’s gains. Microsoft gained 1.1% and Apple rose 1.4%.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Leader of huge organic food scheme dies by suicide
A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, days after he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, a coroner said today.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Court: Gender pronouns part of LGBT fight
Dozens of legal briefs supporting fired funeral director Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court use “she” and “her” to refer to the transgender woman.

So does the appeals court ruling in favor of Stephens that held that workplace discrimination against transgender people is illegal under federal civil rights law.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New US guidelines say more women may benefit from gene testing for cancer
More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer once, an influential health group recommended Tuesday.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pharma company settles in opioid suit
One pharmaceutical company has reached a settlement to avoid being a defendant in the first federal trial on the drug industry’s accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis.

Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has agreed to pay the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga and Summit a total of $10 million to settle their suits, which are still scheduled to go to trial against other drugmakers and distributors Oct. 21.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Warren offers public apology to Native Americans over past claim to tribal heritage
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability.

“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” the Massachusetts senator said at a forum on Native American issues in this pivotal early voting state. “I am sorry for the harm I have caused.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Assuming Social Security will crash before they retire could cost millennials
Few issues unite millennials like the future of Social Security. Overwhelmingly, they’re convinced it doesn’t have one.

A recent Transamerica survey found that 80% of millennials, defined in the survey as people born between 1979 and 2000, worry that Social Security won’t be around when they need it. That’s not surprising — for years, they’ve heard that Social Security is about to “run out of money.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mormon health code: Java still a no-no despite fancy coffee names
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Iranian tanker sought by US headed toward Greece
An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, with its next destination reported to be Greece.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Trade war's losers could include energy, banks, more
Looking across the stock market, it’s hard to find a company that isn’t vulnerable in some degree to the U.S.-China trade war.

Stocks of companies that do lots of business with China, such as chipmakers and other technology companies, are obvious candidates for investors to sell when trade worries rise. They have fallen more than the rest of the market whenever President Donald Trump sends out a tweet or speaks about tariffs.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Trump calls on Fed to cut interest rates
President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by at least a full percentage point “over a fairly short period of time,” saying that such an action would make the U.S. economy even better and would also “greatly and quickly” enhance the global economy.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Biden in his own words: His political career was forever grounded in tragedy
On the night before Joe Biden’s world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room.

Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from Christmas in 1972, and Neilia, also 30, was addressing holiday cards as her husband rambled on. But then she interrupted his musings to share an ill premonition.

Monday, August 19, 2019

New York City subway scare suspect taken into police custody
New York City police say they’ve apprehended a man suspected of placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a subway station.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

House speaker Pelosi as US emissary
There’s an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving.

It’s not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative ambassador abroad, an emissary for bedrock democratic values and the promise of stability that some see as diminishing in the Trump era.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

US tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan
The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan in a move that will inflame already high tensions with China.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

AP sources: Trump has talked about buying Greenland for US
Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Israel bars entry to US congresswomen
Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

US long-term mortgage rates stay near historic lows
U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained near historically low levels this week against a backdrop of volatile financial markets around the globe.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials
With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope.

In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some looked like mashed potatoes, others like green worms or air-filled rubber gloves. Each lets the spider produce a different type of silk.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ex-Treasury chief: Boris Johnson is wrecking Brexit deal
Britain’s former top finance official accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government on Wednesday of steering the country toward a damaging no-deal Brexit that isn’t backed by Parliament or British voters.

Johnson, in turn, alleged that anti-Brexit U.K. politicians were collaborating with the European Union to block Britain’s exit from the bloc.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Administration takes step to relax trucker drive-time rules
The Trump administration has taken a step closer to relaxing federal regulations governing the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, winning praise from the trucking industry and drawing scorn from highway safety advocates.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency of the Transportation Department, issued proposed changes on Wednesday to the “hours of service” rules that dictate breaks truckers are required to take, and their time on and off duty.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Statue of Liberty's poem is about Europeans
A top Trump administration official says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty, welcoming “huddled masses” of immigrants to American shores, was referring to “people coming from Europe” and that the nation is looking to receive migrants “who can stand on their own two feet.”
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules
A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California’s governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the agency’s Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding upgrades for coal-fired power plants.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Georgia's Abrams announces new voter protection program
Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she’s launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Shootout on freeway overpass leaves officer, gunman dead
A driver stopped by police pulled out a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others during a shootout on a freeway overpass that left the gunman dead and sent terrified motorists running for cover.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NYC funeral home dog is 1 millionth 'canine good citizen'
Who’s a good dog? The American Kennel Club says there are now a million of them.

The club is announcing Wednesday that a Bernese mountain dog named Fiona recently became its 1 millionth “canine good citizen,” including dogs past and present.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trump delays tariffs on some Chinese goods
Responding to pressure from businesses and growing fears that a trade war is threatening the U.S.  economy, the Trump administration is delaying some import taxes it planned to impose on Chinese goods and is dropping others altogether.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ex-baseball star gets home detention in insider trading case
Former Major League baseball player Doug DeCinces has been sentenced to eight months of home detention and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for his role in an insider-trading scheme.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Animals rights complaint details dog deaths at Johns Hopkins
An animal rights group has filed a federal complaint against Johns Hopkins University researchers over a lab experiment in which nine dogs had to be euthanized after spinal surgeries.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Feds: Man who threatened agents lived in gun-filled house
Prosecutors say an 18-year-old Ohio man charged with making online threats against federal agents was arrested at a home filled with guns and a huge stockpile of ammunition.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Report: Great Lakes cleanups boost economic development
A new report says cleaning up some of the Great Lakes region’s most heavily polluted areas has led to billions of dollars’ worth of economic development and brought communities closer together.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tennessee lawmakers mull passing strict abortion ban
Tennessee lawmakers said Monday they are considering whether to seek one of the nation’s strictest abortion bans even as such laws continue to be struck down in court.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Trump overhauls endangered species protections
The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes critics contend could speed extinction for some struggling plants and animals.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Rules would further restrict legal immigration
The Trump administration is moving forward with one of its most aggressive steps yet to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance, officials said announced Monday.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Federal lockup under scrutiny after death
The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has brought new scrutiny to a federal jail in New York that, despite chronic understaffing, houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country.  
Monday, August 12, 2019

Alleged online opioid drug kingpin; former Eagle Scout to stand trial in Utah
As America’s opioid crisis spiraled into a fentanyl epidemic, prosecutors say one young Utah man made himself a drug kingpin by creating counterfeit prescription painkillers laced with the deadly drug and mailing them to homes across the United States.
Monday, August 12, 2019

'A waterfall of love': Woodstock memories 50 years later
They helicoptered over crowds into the Woodstock festival and hiked in past abandoned cars. They danced at dawn on a muddy hillside and dodged drenching rain. They barely slept, phoned Mom to say they were OK and marveled at their sheer numbers. They let behind sodden socks and sleeping bags, but gained an enduring sense of community. 
Monday, August 12, 2019

Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan
Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Alaska governor seeks to tighten work rules for food stamps
Alaska’s governor is seeking to tighten the rules for food stamp recipients, officials said.
Monday, August 12, 2019

'Workamping': Nomads find travel-like adventure while living in a van
Ron Williams and his two dogs, Bella and Sadie, will soon hop into their camper and tear out of the Jefferson City campground they have called home for the past four months, joining a growing number of recreational vehicle dwellers seeking work on the open road.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

'Underground' tour guide in St. Petersburg, Russia, is an attraction himself
Russia’s second city mixes ornate magnificence and cruel poverty. Vyacheslav Rasner straddles the extremes — becoming an unexpectedly popular tour guide after surviving a decade of homelessness.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

To boost workforce, med schools try to sell rural life
On a field trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Ashish Bibireddy put on headphones and scrolled through a jukebox of music from an influential 1927 recording session.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Shootings give rise to bullet-resistant backpacks
Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season. But critics argue they are using tragedy as a marketing opportunity and exploiting parents’ worst fears.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

For decades La Pierre has weathered a series of political storms as head of NRA
In the aftermath of the back-to-back shooting massacres in Texas and Ohio, the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation on the issue.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Trump says he wants background checks
President Donald Trump said toay he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Trump warns Mexico about failure to deal with drugs
President Donald Trump is warning he may take action against Mexico if it doesn’t do more against drug trafficking.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Librarians deal with more and more patron issues
When Jackie Narkiewicz switched careers and became a librarian, she thought she’d spend her workdays “drinking hot beverages and discussing literature with people.”
Friday, August 9, 2019

Large immigration raids will have long-term effects on poultry towns
Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Mayors urge Senate to vote on gun bill
More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead.

In a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, the mayors wrote, “Our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them.”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Number of migrants waiting at US border surges
The Cameroonian men who share 10 mattresses on the floor of a third-floor apartment above a barber shop walk every morning to the busiest U.S. border crossing with Mexico, hoping against all odds that it will be their lucky day to claim asylum in the United States. Their unlikely bet is that a sympathetic Mexican official will somehow find a spot for them.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

UN: Change land use to avoid a hungry future
Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fox News host Tucker Carlson faces criticism for calling white supremacy a hoax
Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson faced criticism Wednesday for declaring white supremacy “a hoax,” the same day President Donald Trump visited El Paso, Texas, after a white gunman who had written an anti-Hispanic rant killed 22 people.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Trump heads to Ohio, Texas after tragedy
The White House is inviting internet and technology companies for a roundtable discussion on violent extremism online.

The meeting to be held on Friday follows a pair of mass shootings that some believe were fueled by online violence and hate.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

FX says next chapter of its 'American Crime Story' will be Clinton's impeachment
The next chapter of FX’s “American Crime Story” will dramatize Bill Clinton’s impeachment with a focus on Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and other women central to the scandal.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist administration.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting
Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Stocks sink world wide as trade war worsens
Stocks tanked again today on worries that President Donald Trump’s worsening trade war will threaten a global recession and drag profits for companies even lower.

China let its currency, the yuan, drop to its lowest level against the dollar in more than a decade, a move that Trump railed against as “currency manipulation.” It followed his own tweets last week that threatened tariffs on about $300 billion of Chinese goods, which would extend tariffs across almost all Chinese imports.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Laid-off Ky. head to hearing to request back pay
As laid-off miners block coal trains in Kentucky, protesters are also taking a caravan to court in West Virginia to prod their bankrupt employer, who they say owes employees millions in back pay.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Trump accuses China of manipulation
President Donald Trump accused China of manipulating its currency after Beijing let the yuan fall to a politically sensitive level against the U.S. dollar for the first time in 11 years. The move raised concern that China could use its currency as a weapon in a trade war with Washington
Monday, August 5, 2019

Texas shooting 'act of terrorism' against Mexicans
Mexico’s government said it considers a shooting at a crowded department store in El Paso, Texas that left seven of its citizens dead an “act of terrorism” against Mexicans and hopes it will lead to changes in U.S. gun laws.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Authorities say it's hard to believe Ohio shooter didn't recognize his sister
As authorities in Ohio try to pin down a motive for the weekend’s second U.S. mass shooting and dig into the slain shooter’s life, what they find might also help answer another big question looming over the tragedy: What, if anything, could have stopped it?
Monday, August 5, 2019

Ratcliffe out of running for intelligence director
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and qualifications.  
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Lizzie Borden anniversary events planned this weekend
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Several events are planned for this weekend to mark the 127th anniversary of the death of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

ACLU concerned about surveillance balloons over Midwest
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it’s concerned about a report that the U.S. military is using high-altitude balloons to conduct surveillance tests in six Midwestern states.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Slave descendants to spend night in cabins at NC plantation
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Descendants of slaves removed from Africa to clear swamps for a North Carolina plantation are holding a reunion at the site, with some spending the night in a reconstructed slave cabin.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

ID theft stings, but it's hard to pin on specific data hacks
Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But it’s hard to pin the blame on any specific hack, as the most sophisticated criminals combine data from multiple attacks to better impersonate you.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Police: Rookie Texas officer shoots at dog, kills woman
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A rookie Texas police officer accidentally shot and killed a woman behind a shopping plaza when he fired repeatedly at a dog believed to be hers that was running at him, authorities said Friday.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Give a sightseeing treat
The search is on for thoughtful holiday gifts. While items under the tree may evoke memories of holidays past, experience gifts are unique and thoughtful ways to show loved ones and friends they are appreciated.
Friday, August 2, 2019

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)  The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.
Friday, August 2, 2019













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