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Financial markets: US stocks waver as banks fall but smaller companies climb
U.S. stocks indexes are mixed today as weak results from banks are partly canceled out by gains for smaller and more domestically-focused companies. Disney and Comcast both rose after Comcast ended its bid to buy most of Twenty-First Century Fox. In testimony before Congress, representatives of the auto industry are speaking out against tariffs on imported cars and car parts proposed by the Trump administration.
Thursday, July 19, 2018


Michelle Obama joins voter registration effort
Stepping back into the political fray, Michelle Obama is lending her star power to a new nationwide effort to register anyone who wants to vote in the November midterm elections.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Trump wants second meeting with Putin
President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants another meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed in Helsinki, casting the summit as a starting point for progress on a number of shared concerns.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lawmakers threaten action on Trump's tariffs
Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs.  
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spy or student? Who is Maria Butina
A 29-year-old woman accused of being a covert Russian agent was “likely” in contact with operatives of the successor agency to the KGB while she lived in the United States, prosecutors said today in court papers.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Unions pour millions into Mo. to fight right-to-work
Unions from around the country are pouring money into Missouri ahead of a statewide vote that could ban mandatory union fees at workplaces, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that dealt a blow to public sector unions.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A day after back-tracking, Trump defends summit
Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising “big results” from better relations with Russia and hitting back at “haters.”
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Little surprise fired FBI chief Comey urges voters to support Democrats in fall
James Comey, the FBI director who was fired last year by President Donald Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in November’s midterm elections.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lawmakers warn tariffs threaten local newspapers
About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of cutting coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Unfazed by criticism, Trump says meeting was great
Unbowed by the broad condemnation of his extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went “even better” than his meeting with NATO allies last week in Brussels.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Elon Musk's conduct on social media just might be bad for his business
Whether it’s investors betting against his stock or reporters or analysts who ask tough questions, Elon Musk has fought back, often around the clock on Twitter.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

'This is what happens when you run away from home'
A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hawaii volcano boat tours will continue even after 23 are injured by lava
Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard’s revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

US challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs
The Trump administration is filing a challenge at the World Trade Organization against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey for retaliating against American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
Monday, July 16, 2018

US retail sales rise at a healthy pace in June
U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Putin says he wanted Trump to win in 2016
Russia’s Vladimir Putin said Monday he did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election but took no action during the campaign to make it happen. He said he favored the celebrity businessman because of his policies.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Judge halts deportations of reunited families
The Latest on the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Kushners sued for allegedly pushing out tenants
The Kushner Cos. is being sued by renters at one of its largest residential buildings in New York for allegedly using construction crews to make living conditions so intolerable they would leave, freeing up apartments to be sold as high-priced luxury condos.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo over weekend
The death of a wounded fox brings to nine the number of animals that have died as the result of the weekend escape of a jaguar from its enclosure at the zoo in New Orleans.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Town tosses 'Footloose' anti-dancing law
Officials in a western Arkansas city say residents can finally kick off their Sunday shoes.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Deadly Ferguson Fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park
A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Finland protests: Human rights for all - and save the planet
One sign in Helsinki read: “Build saunas not war!”

Activists used Monday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow
Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Man accused of killing officer, bystander to be arraigned
A man accused of fatally shooting a Massachusetts police officer with the officer’s own weapon and an innocent bystander is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on murder charges.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Showdown looms as Washington Metro workers approve strike
A showdown looms in Washington now that Metro’s largest union has overwhelmingly authorized a potential transit system strike, just as thousands of tourists arrive in the nation’s capital for this week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Army ponders changes after insider attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s too early to tell if training or other changes must be made in light of an insider attack in Afghanistan that killed one American soldier and wounded two others, because there’s some uncertainty about whether the assailant was a disgruntled Afghan soldier or an insurgent infiltrator, the Army’s top officer says.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trump faults Obama for response to Russian hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. election — cyberattacks underpinning the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trump-Putin talks: Nuclear arms race
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seems of two minds on nuclear weapons. He muses about eliminating them but also has called for a U.S. buildup and bragged about his nuclear “button.”
Saturday, July 14, 2018

FDA okays drug to treat smallpox in event of a terror attack
Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Woman overdoses moments after surrendering
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a woman overdosed and was saved by officers moments after she walked into a suburban Chicago jail to turn herself in on an arrest warrant.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Universe from Aristotle to Einstein at museum
SPRINGFIELD — Learn about what was known of “The Universe from Aristotle to Einstein” at the Illinois State Museum’s monthly Paul Mickey Learning Series program on Wed., July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the ISM in Springfield.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

TV show tells backstory of travel icons like Mount Rushmore and Lady Liberty
(AP) — Did you know that the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was basically built as a scheme to get road-trippers to make the trip out to South Dakota?
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Idaho: Craters of the Moon, Sun Valley and more
ARCO, Idaho (AP)  Huckleberry beer, Craters of the Moon park and Sun Valley: It was a trio of unique Idaho experiences.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

FDA warns of fake government warning letters
Friday, July 13, 2018

Officials look into rise in foodborne parasitic illness
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Election meddling: 12 Russians indicted
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted on charges they hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and released stolen information in the months before Americans headed to the polls, the Justice Department said today.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Author of Emmett Till book gave info to FBI
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen.
Friday, July 13, 2018

(THE CONVERSATION via AP) —  After almost three weeks in the dark, 12 Thai boys and their coach, were rescued from a cave deep underneath the mountains that form the Thai-Burmese border.
Friday, July 13, 2018

A Kentucky family is taking on the Bluegrass State one county at a time
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP)  When it came to planning a vacation with her four teenagers this summer, Krystal Albers took the term "road trip" to an all-new level.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Benches, trees and caves provide respite in fast-moving Arizona canyon flood
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Benji Xie stood beside a trail in an Arizona canyon, his camera fixed on a waterfall cascading into a blue-green pool where people swam beneath a double rainbow.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Millions from anonymous donors to influence Kavanaugh fight
Millions of dollars from anonymous donors are helping shape the fight over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee as Republicans and Democrats undertake a bruising battle for ideological control of the nation’s loftiest tribunal.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Democrats introduce legislation to abolish ICE
Democrats in Congress are introducing legislation to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

FBI agent Strzok explains 'we'll stop' Trump text
An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias said at a bitterly contentious and occasionally chaotic hearing in Congress today that his work has never been tainted by politics, angrily rejecting Republican allegations that he set out to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Political tightrope walk is getting even trickier for centrist Heidi Heitkamp
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s daunting political challenge just got that much harder.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Government reopens investigation in brutal 1955 slaying of Emmet Till
The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager from Chicago whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer
House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that she must appear for a private interview with two House committees investigating the Justice Department or the House could take action against her.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Experts worry about testing DNA to reunite families
The Trump administration’s use of DNA testing to match migrant children separated from their parents is justifiable as a last resort, medical experts say, but raises a host of ethical problems.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thai boys: 'Everyone is strong in mind and heart'
The 12 boys rescued from deep within a flooded cave in northern Thailand made two-finger victory signs from their hospital beds on Wednesday in a moving video from the isolation ward where they’re recuperating from their 18-day ordeal.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

176 dead in Japan after flooding and landslides
Residents shoveled mud and debris to clear streets so they could get out for food and other supplies Wednesday in areas of western Japan hard hit by landslides and flooding that still swamped some areas.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kavanaugh's intro to law was at the family dinner table
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an Ivy Leaguer who worked for the justice he has been nominated to replace, investigated a Democratic president, served in a Republican White House and now is an influential member of what is often called the second most powerful court in the country.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trump heads to Europe, says Putin is the 'easiest' of all his meetings
President Donald Trump launched a weeklong Europe trip today with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the “easiest” leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ohio elections chief is making changes to try to keep voters on the rolls
Ohio’s elections chief said Monday that he is making extra efforts to help Ohio voters remain registered after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s stringent practices for removing inactive voters from rolls.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trump still has 'Rocket Man' CD for Kim
President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t deliver Trump’s gift of an autographed Elton John CD to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his trip this week. Pompeo didn’t get to meet with Kim.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Daniels' strip club act bookends Trump's court reveal
As President Donald Trump exercised his power by nominating Brett Kavanaugh Monday night at the White House, adult film star Stormy Daniels exercised hers about a mile away, wearing nothing but black heels. 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Networks covering court pick move to battle stations
Television networks moved swiftly Monday from deciphering a mystery to setting up battle stations in their coverage of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How Apple's app store has changed our world vastly in just one decade
A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an unannounced trip to Afghanistan today to step up the Trump administration’s calls for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Monday, July 9, 2018

What to expect after tonight's revelation
The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Citing ocean threat, Starbucks is ditching plastic straws
Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans.
Monday, July 9, 2018

In the Senate, Mitch McConnell doing his part to remake the judiciary
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was upbeat the night after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Washington and European capitals alike are clamping down on immigration
As NATO allies convene, one issue not on their formal agenda but never far from their thoughts is immigration — even though illegal border crossings are decreasing on both sides of the Atlantic.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Haiti: Looting follows violent protests
Looters pillaged burned and vandalized shops in Haiti’s capital Sunday following two days of violent protests over the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Police open murder probe as one of two nerve agent victims dies in the UK
A woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England died Sunday, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found.
Monday, July 9, 2018

8 rescued from cave, 4 plus coach remain; rescue effort halted over night
Four more of the boys trapped for over two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were brought out on Monday, an official said, bringing to eight the number extracted in a high-stakes rescue operation.
Monday, July 9, 2018

In North Carolina do go chasing waterfalls
Some are big. Some are small. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some crash down. Some are a slow trickle. And some, you can slide right down.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Local food hub strives to be new heart of community
Sitting on a box in the middle of a dusty floor surrounded by unfinished counters, paint supplies and boxes, Hanna Flanders, 29, of Sunapee summed up a guiding philosophy behind the Kearsarge Food Hub.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Global economy at risk due to trade war
The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'
North Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

EPA's relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief's exit
Taking over from an ambitious predecessor known for seeking out the rich, powerful and conservative, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious staffers throughout the demoralized agency and to lawmakers of both political parties.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Four children, one adult in NJ family killed in Delaware crash
Five members of a New Jersey family, including four children, were killed Friday in a crash on a Delaware highway, according to state police.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Jobs report: More people looking for work
U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs, a sign of confidence in the economy despite the start of a potentially punishing trade war with China.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Missouri waterslide injury highlights lack of regulation
No government officials conducted a safety inspection of a new waterslide at Six Flags St. Louis before a woman said she suffered whiplash last month from the force of the “Typhoon Twister” that featured a five-story drop and a “45-foot zero gravity wave wall.”
Friday, July 6, 2018

Library had a 'Fifty Shades' censor
A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy “Fifty Shade” series.
Friday, July 6, 2018

US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits
Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Big-name charter school backers donating to some key gubernatorial races
Prominent charter school supporters are dishing out campaign money, as key gubernatorial races in several states have now begun in earnest.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Luxury tents, gourmet meals redefine camping in NYC
Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Hotel? Not exactly.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Feminists, animal rights groups protest bull fest
The topics of sexual abuse and animal cruelty are dominating this year’s San Fermin festival in Pamplona, which kicks off today for nine days and eight nights of round-the-clock alcohol-soaked partying, traditional celebrations and dangerous bull runs.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Anne Frank's family tried to escape to US, but hit roadblocks
Research suggests the family of Anne Frank, the world famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America’s restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Former Fox News executive Shine joins Trump staff
Former Fox News executive Bill Shine is officially joining the White House.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Trump gets 'welcome' from senator he opposed
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana today by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Government will meet court deadlines on children
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the government will meet court deadlines to reunite migrant children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Service companies expanded at strong pace in June
U.S. service firms expanded at a surprisingly strong pace in June as companies saw gains in business activity and new orders.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Should police use computers to predict crimes and criminals?
Years of secrecy by America’s police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

'Pianos in the Parks' returns to Chicago until August 1
Pianos are returning to Chicago’s parks.

The “Pianos in the Parks “ program to inspire neighborhoods to make music will run until Aug. 1.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wrong Lady Liberty on stamp to cost USPS $3.5 million
A stamp that mistakenly featured the image of a Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas instead of the original New York Statue will cost the U.S. Postal Service $3.5 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

No softening in stand as envoy heads to NK
The State Department is pushing back against suggestions the Trump administration has softened its stance on North Korea as the top U.S. diplomat travels to Pyongyang for crucial nuclear talks.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

3 more Supreme Court candidates meet with Trump
President Donald Trump spoke with three more potential Supreme Court candidates on Tuesday as a key senator privately aired concerns about one of the contenders.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Judge's ruling slows plans for Medicaid work requirement
The Trump administration’s drive to wean poor people from government benefits by making them work has been slowed by a federal judge framing a fundamental question: Are poverty programs meant to show tough love or to help the needy?
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Social issues weight on Independence Day
In these complex times, a simple question about the quintessential American holiday of fireworks, cookouts and parades isn’t always so simple.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Exploding wildfires in US West derail holiday plans
A growing wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains, while other blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders and derailed holiday plans.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Some lawmakers would like to lawmaker on court
As President Donald Trump considers his next Supreme Court pick, some Republicans in Congress want him to consider pulling from their ranks on Capitol Hill.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Schools may take race-neutral approach
The Trump administration is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a person’s race into account to encourage diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Exhibit explores country music's outlaws
If the term “outlaw country” evokes images of Willie Nelson’s hippie braids or Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes,” then you’ll want to see a  museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

AP Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell dead at age 64
Jim O’Connell, the longtime college basketball writer for The Associated Press and a member of the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 64.
Monday, July 2, 2018

The Senate’s top Democrat tried today to rally public opposition to any Supreme Court pick by President Donald Trump who’d oppose abortion rights, issuing a striking campaign season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting “pressure on the Senate.”
Monday, July 2, 2018

UN chief congratulates Mexico on its election
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Mexico on its election.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday the secretary-general “congratulates the people of Mexico for the civic exercise of participation in the largest elections that the country has celebrated.”

Monday, July 2, 2018

US factories register faster than expected growth in June
American factories expanded at an unexpectedly fast pace in June, another sign of strength for U.S. industry. But U.S. manufacturing will have to contend in coming months with uncertainty over trade and a strengthening dollar.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Dismantling NKorea nukes may face resistance
The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said, although U.S. intelligence reported signs that Pyongyang doesn’t intend to fully give up its arsenal.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Prosecutors appeal sentence for man who attacked Rand Paul
Federal prosecutors are appealing the 30-day sentence given to the man who tackled U.S. Sen. Rand Paul while the lawmaker was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Stabbings at kid's party echo violence refugee families fled
Families who had fled danger and violence overseas were enjoying a 3-year-old’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho, when the unthinkable happened: A man ran up and began chasing and stabbing the children, then turned his knife on the adults who tried to stop him.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Illinois Democrats push back on Trump's immigration hard line
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly pushed back last spring against Republican President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration, aiming to protect Illinois residents regardless of their residency status and, in some cases, firing off direct repudiation of the nation’s top executive.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

More than a thousand march to honor the victims of newsroom attack
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Quietly clutching candles or hoisting (hash)Annapolis Strong signs, more than 1,000 people streamed through Maryland’s capital, remembering five people slain in a newspaper office not just as gatekeepers of the news but as a crucial piece of their tight-knit community.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hemingway's life and legacy inspire new JFK Museum display
BOSTON (AP) — A new Ernest Hemingway exhibition puts a fresh spin on the author’s colorful life and legacy by displaying his own books and belongings alongside pop culture items from his time.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Documentary tells the dark tale of triplets who were separated at birth
NEW YORK (AP) — The first time that brothers David Kellman, Bobby Shafran and Eddy Galland were in the public eye, it was joyous. The then 19-year-old identical triplets, separated at birth, had just learned about the others’ existence.  
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Trump's Supreme Court search begins
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has already said he plans to pick a young Supreme Court justice who could serve for decades. But other factors will also be in play as the candidates are vetted: their ideological bent, their ability to win confirmation and even whether, according to a key adviser, they are “not weak.”
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Toy Story Land opens at Disney Hollywood Studios
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — For children of the mid-1990s, Disney’s new Toy Story Land offers the opportunity to visit the imaginary world they grew up in. For their parents, it brings back sweet memories of a magical time of toys and make-believe. And for everyone else, the new theme park land offers a whimsical experience from the moment a nearly 20-foot (6-meter) statue of Sheriff Woody welcomes guests as if they are honorary toys in Andy’s backyard.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

When can police legally fire on fleeing suspects?
Friday, June 29, 2018

State on hook for $300 million in nursing care
Friday, June 29, 2018

Shooter had a history with newspaper
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump has offered a statement of support for journalists after a gunman fatally shot five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
Friday, June 29, 2018

Senate passes farm bill, setting up a showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House.
Friday, June 29, 2018

Court change may limit, no kill, abortion rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is Roe v. Wade really in peril? The worst fears — and highest hopes — excited by the prospect of a new Supreme Court justice may well be overblown.
Friday, June 29, 2018

GOP likely to follow Gorsuch playbook
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican game plan for selecting the next member of the Supreme Court was ready to go even before longtime Justice Anthony Kennedy made his retirement announcement this week.
Friday, June 29, 2018

Liberal activist Cynthia Nixon taking inspiration from socialist win in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Up against an entrenched incumbent with a $30 million war chest, Cynthia Nixon is taking inspiration from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s long-shot victory in Tuesday’s Democratic congressional primary.


Friday, June 29, 2018

DHS requests 12,00 beds at the border for families
The Department of Homeland Security has formally requested space for up to 12,000 beds at a military base to detain families caught crossing the border illegally, the Defense Department said Wednesday.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Angry Republicans accuse Justice Dept. of conspiracy
Republicans accused top federal law enforcement officials today of withholding important documents from them and demanded details about surveillance tactics during the Russia investigation in a contentious congressional hearing that capped days of mounting partisan complaints.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Neighboring Iowa getting tough on self-promoting politicians in office
Michael Fitzgerald, Iowa’s longtime state treasurer, in some ways has become synonymous with college savings and helping people find unclaimed property.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Battle begins over confirmation timing
The Senate battle over Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start — even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trump and Putin to meet following NATO gathering
President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next month comes after what will likely be a tense gathering with NATO allies and follows Trump’s repeated calls to improve relations with Russia.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

A look at a few considered to be at the top of the list
The search for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement has begun. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’ll choose a replacement from “an excellent list” of 25 candidates.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

On The List
President Donald Trump’s list of candidates for the Supreme Court, posted on White House website last November:
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Supreme Court's ruling hits teachers unions, but just how hard is unclear
Teachers unions are hoping that recent grass-roots protests over pay and working conditions will blunt the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees and help persuade dues-paying members not to abandon them.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Conservative counter-wave o-f pro-Trump books coming this summer and fall
In a year dominated by such anti-Trump best-sellers as “Fire and Fury” and “A Higher Loyalty,” a conservative counter-wave is growing.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Red Hen still not open; owner who ousted Sanders quits local organization
The co-owner of the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has resigned from a local business group.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pelosi doesn't see party shift to left in Crowley defeat
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says while the New York City district of a defeated Democratic congressman may have shifted to the left, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s happening everywhere.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

US begins to dismantle Iran nuclear deal sanctions
The Trump administration today began dismantling the sanctions relief that was granted to Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal, a step that follows President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the international accord.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Democrat socialist beats 4th ranking Dem in NY
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political novice running on a low budget and an unabashedly Democrat socialist liberal platform, upset longtime U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley on Tuesday in the Democratic congressional primary in New York.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Disgraced ex-Madigan aide to collect $130,000
The former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations will collect $130,500 for unused vacation and sick time, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Court deals big setback to labor unions
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Some in Mexico want pact with organized crime
Dominga Garcia Lopez's only son, Francisco Ramirez Garcia, had nearly completed a master's degree in psychology, and at 36 was supporting the parents who had toiled to give him every opportunity to escape their hillside poverty above this famed Pacific resort.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Water ride at Six Flags shut down after injury
A water ride at Six Flags in suburban St. Louis has been closed after a woman said she was flung from a tube and suffered whiplash.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban
A sharply divided Supreme Court today upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. A dissenting justice said the outcome was a historic mistake.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Court: Crisis pregnancy centers do not have to provide info on abortion
The Supreme Court effectively put an end today to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

House to vote on GOP immigration bill tomorrow
House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Supreme Court accepts the Texas voting maps
A divided Supreme Court kept Texas’ voting maps largely intact Monday, dealing an election-year blow to Democrats by reversing earlier findings that intentional racial discrimination continues to stain several statehouse and congressional districts.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Trump trash talks DC-area restaurant
President Donald Trump on Monday trash-talked a Virginia restaurant that asked his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to leave because she worked for his administration.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Manchin cracks McCaskill's rib with Heimlich
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has cracked a rib of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill while performing the Heimlich maneuver on the fellow Democrat when she began choking.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Manafort appeals jailing, civil case against Mueller
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is appealing a judge’s decision to jail him while he awaits trial on several felony charges.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Milestone: US okays marijuana-based drug
U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Democrats hoping to flip the House aren't just trash-talking the president
Democrats hoping to flip enough seats to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives say they aren’t putting all their eggs in the anti-Trump basket.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Former presidential candidate aims to clinch GOP nod in Utah Senate race
Mitt Romney has a second chance during a Tuesday primary election to dispatch a Utah state lawmaker who defeated him at the state Republican Party convention in the race for a Senate seat opening up with the retirement of long-serving U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch
Monday, June 25, 2018

Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration
Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet saying they should quit wasting their time on it.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sanders says she was asked to leave Virginia restaurant
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledges in a tweet that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cohen's photo with Tom Arnold fuels Trump tape speculation
President Donald Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen retweeted a photo of himself with comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a TV show to hunt down recordings of the president, fueling speculation Friday that Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Manafort wants to bar mention of links to Trump at trial
Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort want a judge to bar any mention of Manafort’s connections to the president at his Virginia trial.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe
The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after they had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Portion of Kentucky bourbon warehouse collapses
Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Court ruling changes police tracking of cell records
The Supreme Court ruled today that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age.
Friday, June 22, 2018

GOP still hopeful for an immigration compromise
President Donald Trump tweeted today “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” he tweeted. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
Friday, June 22, 2018

House narrowly passes farm bill with work requirement
The Republican-led House narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill Thursday that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Her visit says she cares; her jacket doesn't
Melania Trump went to Texas to show she cared about migrant children. Her fashion choice carried a baffling counter-message.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Krauthammer: 'I leave this life with no regrets'
Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died.
Friday, June 22, 2018

New evidence viruses may play role in Alzheimer's
Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Online shoppers can be forced to pay tax
States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision today that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bureaucracy: White House proposes merging education, labor depts.
The Trump administration will propose a major reorganization of the federal government today that calls for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spoiler alert, brencheese, buzzy and more added to dictionary
From the positively medieval to the beat of contemporary music: Brencheese, deathshildy and hip-pop are among about 1,000 new or refreshed entries added in June to the online Oxford English Dictionary.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

ABC apologizes for Manafort graphic
ABC News is apologizing for a graphic that incorrectly said that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fonda apologizes for suggesting Barron Trump be put in cage with pedophiles
Peter Fonda apologized Wednesday for a late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.”
Thursday, June 21, 2018

How the US has split families throughout history
Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it’s not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Crying children fill 'tender age' shelters; Trump says he'll sign 'something'
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has drafted an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. She was at the White House where Trump told reporters he would be “signing something” shortly.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gaza Palestinians launching crude incendiary kites to ignite Israeli wildfires
After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Parkland brother and sister detail NeverAgain inception in their new book
The polarizing survivor of the Parkland mass shooting has been falsely labeled a crisis actor, vilified by the NRA and called names by TV hosts. And David Hogg isn’t avoiding self-criticism in his new book. In fact, he calls himself “arrogant,” “skinny” and details his rejection by girls.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Canada becomes second country in world to legalize marijuana nationwide
Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, calling it hypocritical and self-serving
The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New health insurance option for small biz
The Trump administration today rolled out a health insurance option for small businesses and self-employed people that could lead to lower premiums but may also cover fewer benefits than current plans.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

IBM pits computer against two human debaters
IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it’s been working on for more than five years.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

US could back the first marijuana-derived prescription drug
A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, but parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WHO: Compulsive video-game playing could be a mental health problem
Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump digs in on immigration amid outrage
Facing a rising tide of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in today, again blaming Democrats in the escalating political crisis.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian
Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Man impersonates general for helicopter ride
A man accused of trying to impress a woman by landing a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina technology company plans to plead guilty to impersonating a three-star Army general and will concede that he was sane at the time, according to a new court filing.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls
Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country’s second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.
Monday, June 18, 2018

3 Democrats look to make history in Wisconsin governor race
Mahlon Mitchell likes to remind voters while campaigning that they can make history by electing him Wisconsin’s first black governor. Meanwhile, Kathleen Vinehout and Kelda Roys — who breast-fed her daughter in a campaign video — are each hoping to become the first woman to lead the state.
Monday, June 18, 2018

DC's public schools go from success story to cautionary tale
As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Apple aims to solve problems locating 911 calls for help
Apple is trying to drag the U.S.’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out
A 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two other suspects, were injured.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Trump supports GOP immigration bill after all
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn’t sign a “moderate” package. The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Up or on the rocks, beaver-secretion flavored bourbon?

TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone? 

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs. 


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Marking Tabasco's 150th with an island tour
AVERY ISLAND, La. (AP) — One of the world’s most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Judge jails ex-campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is going to jail.
Friday, June 15, 2018

GOP setback: Trump says he won't sign a 'moderate' package on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion today over Republican efforts to push immigration through the House next week, saying he won’t sign a “moderate” package. A top House Republican said the chamber would not tackle the issue without Trump’s backing.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Trump: Tariffs on $50B in Chinese imports
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing to cut U.S. trade deficits and protect the nation’s high-tech “crown jewels,” President Donald Trump said today he’s levying a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Oil company is honoring once-forgotten slaves
CONVENT, La. (AP) — A major oil company is taking steps to honor once-forgotten slaves buried on its land west of New Orleans in an area where sugar plantations once abounded, an effort that some hope will grow into a larger movement to recognize and protect such cemeteries around the country.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

Funeral this afternoon for World War II pilot missing since 1944
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Second Lt. Robert R. Keown was piloting his P-38 aircraft to an airfield after a mission in 1944 when it crashed into a mountain in Papua New Guinea. World War II ended without Keown’s family knowing what had happened to him, and the military later declared him dead.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Trump Foundation: NY lawsuit 'politics at its worst'
A lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general Thursday said President Donald Trump used his charitable foundation to settle personal business disputes and bolster his political image with donations directed by his staff.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Immigration: Ryan not comfortable with separating parents, kids at border
House Speaker Paul Ryan said today he’s not comfortable with a Trump administration policy that separates children and parents at the southern border, as House Republicans, under increasing pressure to address the humanitarian crisis, raced to finish a new immigration bill.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

IG faults Comey in Clinton email probe
The Justice Department’s watchdog faults former FBI Director James Comey for breaking with established protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but it says his decisions before the 2016 elections were not driven by political bias, according to a person familiar with the findings.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weak pay growth puzzles the Federal Reserve chief, just like everyone else
Halfway through a news conference Wednesday, the head of the world’s most powerful central bank was asked a question weighing on the minds — and the checking accounts — of Americans everywhere:

When will people finally start getting meaningful pay raises?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Chief, yesterday, today, forever
A billboard supporting the controversial former mascot of the University of Illinois has resurfaced after a decade-long hiatus.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ryan: Trump backs compromise immigration plan
President Donald Trump backs compromise immigration legislation that House Republican leaders are trying to craft in hopes of ending the party’s standoff over the issue, Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers Wednesday. Details of the measure remained in negotiation between conservatives and moderates, and whatever emerges faces an uphill climb.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Senate panel okays moderate bipartisan farm bill
A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Charitable giving in US tops $400 billion
Fueled by a surging stock market and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mideast team to push peace plan
The White House says President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiating team will visit the region next week as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip. The trip comes as officials say the Trump administration is near completion of the plan with an eye on a possible release this summer.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower
A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped early today, and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summit: 'Complete denuclearization'
Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Effects of Supreme Court voter roll decision appear limited in most states
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump to leave NK summit early too
In the latest twist in the drama-filled nuclear talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump announced on the eve of their historic meeting that he will be leaving Singapore early because the nuclear negotiations have moved "more quickly than expected."
Monday, June 11, 2018

Now a candidate, Romney appears to embrace Trump
On the edge of a mountaintop in Utah, it's getting complicated for Mitt Romney.
Monday, June 11, 2018

European Union backs Canadian leader Trudeau
The European Union today backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after U.S. President Donald Trump branded him "dishonest" and "weak" following a Group of Seven summit of leaders.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Trump expresses optimism about summit
On the eve of their unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepared  for a meeting that could define the fate of millions, along with their own political futures.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Los Angeles for tourists: Hollywood, beaches - and pot?
Recreational marijuana sales became legal in California this year, and the industry is targeting tourists as well as locals, with tours, shops, lodging and ads. “Just seconds from LAX,” says an ad for the MedMen chain .
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Trump trades easy banter with allies but differences persist
President Donald Trump charged into the Group of Seven summit at odds with key allies over U.S. tariffs, then set out to defuse tension with friendly banter and offered vague claims of progress in trade talks. But details were scant and clear differences remained at the summit’s midpoint.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Justice Sotomayor writing book on kids with 'challenges'
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke Friday about a book she’s working on about kids with “life challenges,” such as attention deficit disorder, autism, blindness and diabetes.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Gulag Soviet prison camp records secretly destroyed
A museum studying Soviet prison camps said today it has discovered a secret Russian order in 2014 instructing officials to destroy data on prisoners — a move it said “could have catastrophic consequences for studying the history of the camps.”
Friday, June 8, 2018

Still no agreement on immigration from House GOP
House Republicans searched for an immigration compromise on Friday that has eluded them for decades, pressured by rebellious GOP moderates who’ve thrown a ticking clock into the mix.
Friday, June 8, 2018

G7: Trump says 'let Russia back in'
President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations today, calling for Russia, ousted for its annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Maybe a Rodman sighting at Trump-Kim talks?
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he will travel to Singapore “for the historical summit” between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, even though Trump says he wasn’t invited.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Trump may seek clemency advice from pro athletes
President Donald Trump said he is thinking “very seriously” about pardoning Muhammad Ali, even though the Supreme Court vacated the boxing champion’s conviction in 1971.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Ex-Senate aide charged after lying about contacts
A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts with multiple reporters and was expected in federal court Friday in Baltimore.
Friday, June 8, 2018

US lifts secrecy veil on foreign lobbying opinions
The Justice Department is opening up about the advice it has given to lobbyists who work for foreign governments and political interests.
Friday, June 8, 2018

San Francisco race puts ranked-choice voting in spotlight; how it works
In San Francisco, the candidate with the most first-place votes is trailing in a tight race for mayor 
Friday, June 8, 2018

Not voting could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states
Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Matt Lauer can keep New Zealand ranch
Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer can keep a lakeside ranch in New Zealand after authorities there concluded today there wasn’t enough evidence he’d breached a “good character” condition.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Suicide 10th leading cause of death and on the rise
Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday.
Friday, June 8, 2018

School uses lullaby to teach kids about lockdown
A Massachusetts kindergarten class is drawing attention for using a lullaby to teach students about lockdown drills.
Friday, June 8, 2018

French police calling death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain suicide
American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room today in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Tourists flock to Peru for mind-blowing experience
Sitting on a mattress strewn across the floor with white sheets, Pamela Moronci closes her eyes while a traditional healer starts to chant in the indigenous Shipibo language.
Friday, June 8, 2018

'White gold' harvest happening now in northern Spain
With head-mounted flashlights and boots deep in the mud, a firefly-like party of laborers in northern Spain harvest precious asparagus shoots once the night falls.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

House GOP can't bridge divide on immigration
As of noon today, House Republicans had left a private meeting on immigration without an agreement between conservatives and moderates on the divisive issue.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

DOJ offers new briefing next week on FBI's use of informant in Russia probe
The Justice Department has offered lawmakers a third classified briefing next week on the FBI’s use of a secret informant in the Russia probe, as it tries to quell allegations that it improperly spied on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

CEO is devoted to keeping the 'Girl' in Girl Scouts
The head of the Girl Scouts says that while the organization is disappointed that the Boy Scouts have decided to accept girls it is focused on helping “parents understand the benefits of Girl Scouts.”
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Samantha Bee, the angry comedian, is back; TBS accepts her apology
Comedian Samantha Bee returned to her TBS show Wednesday, apologizing again for using a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the ensuing controversy distracted from more important issues.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rhode Island plans to burn ship to protest Tea Party
Rhode Islanders feel slighted that Bostonians get all the glory for helping spark the American Revolution with the Boston Tea Party. After all, more than a year before any tea was tossed, Rhode Island colonists burned a British ship.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Obama admin sought to give Iran access to US dollars
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Former FBI official Andrew McCabe asks for immunity
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is requesting criminal immunity in exchange for testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May heat smashes records
Record heat returned to the United States with a vengeance in May.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Several thousand mark anniversary of RFK's death
Ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death have drawn several thousand people to Arlington National Cemetery.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China institutes: Fount of learning or threat?
On college campuses in virtually every state across the U.S., the Chinese government supports more than 100 institutes that teach language and culture. For university students like Moe Lewis, they offer a chance to learn about Chinese art and pick up a few phrases in Mandarin. For critics, like Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, they present a threat to academic freedom and a spy risk.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Spade remembered as vibrant, like her creations
Bright. Vibrant. Colorful. And, most essentially, fun.

The same words used so often to describe Kate Spade’s enormously popular handbags — “It” bags that were both aspirational and affordable — were an apt description of the woman herself, say many in the fashion world. And that only contributed to the sense of shock and loss in the industry upon hearing the news Tuesday that Spade had apparently taken her own life at 55.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bill Clinton says 'Today' interview not his finest hour
Former President Bill Clinton is acknowledging that his combative response earlier this week to questions about Monica Lewinsky wasn’t his “finest hour.”
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

ACLU sues over citizenship question on 2020 census
Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What's in your 401(k)? For more investors, just one fund
More and more retirement savers have their entire 401(k) account in just a single mutual fund, and investment advisers are fine with it.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

1st ever: More jobs than unemployed
For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the United States exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Senator Dianne Feinstein expected to cruise in the California primary
California’s U.S. Senate primary will determine whether 26-year incumbent Dianne Feinstein faces a fellow Democrat who characterizes her as too deferential to the president or someone from a field of largely unknown Republicans.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Part of building collapses, killing 1 of 2 trapped workers
A two-story home being demolished in Philadelphia partially collapsed Monday, killing one of two contractors who had been trapped after the fall, officials said.
Monday, June 4, 2018

UK government to sell $3.5B stake in Royal Bank of Scotland
Britain’s government says it intends to sell a 2.6 billion pound ($3.5 billion) part of its shareholding in taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland Group to institutional investors.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake
The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Scott Pruitt had top aide do personal tasks
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, according to an email and testimony from the aide released today.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Suspect in 4 Phoenix-area slayings kills himself
A man suspected in four Phoenix-area slayings that happened over three days fatally shot himself today as police swarmed the hotel where he was staying, authorities said.
Monday, June 4, 2018

High court sides with Trump admin. in pregnant teen case
The Supreme Court is rejecting a suggestion by the Trump administration that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union might deserve to be sanctioned in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen it helped obtain an abortion.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Business economists worry about possible recession in 2020
A group of top business economists believes the major tax cuts President Donald Trump pushed through Congress will give a significant boost to economic growth this year and next year. But they worry that by 2020, the country could be entering a new recession.
Monday, June 4, 2018

China: Smaller trade surplus, OK. But tech concessions? No.
Narrow our trade surplus with the United States? No problem, say Chinese negotiators. But change technology tactics that are China’s path to prosperity and its rightful place as a global leader? Absolutely not.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Facebook under scrutiny over data sharing after NYT report
Facebook is pushing back against a media report saying that it provided extensive information about its users and their friends to third parties like phone makers.
Monday, June 4, 2018

1 of 4 in small plane crash ID'd as builder to the stars
A prominent builder for celebrities’ homes was identified by authorities Sunday as being one of four people on board a small plane that crashed off the coast of Long Island, killing two and leaving two missing and presumed dead.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Busboy who held dying Robert Kennedy speaks of the lingering pain
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Romero was a teenage Mexican immigrant working as a hotel busboy 50 years ago when he was thrust into one of the seminal moments of the decade.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Investigation targets nation's oldest statewide sanctuary law in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A conservative group is taking aim at the nation’s oldest statewide sanctuary law, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon mandate limiting police coordination on immigration arrests. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Trump orders immediate steps to boost coal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic security.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sip and ship:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Until now, whiskey tourists in Kentucky have been able to sniff the aromas from bourbon-making and sip the finished product during distillery tours. But they haven’t been allowed to ship bottles home.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bourbon theft ringleader sentenced to 15 years in prison
The ringleader of a whiskey theft operation in Kentucky was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for his role in siphoning tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of bourbon from a pair of distilleries.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fitzgerald worked on 'Tender Is The Night' while living in this Alabama home
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As she sat in the house where “Great Gatsby” writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple. 
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bendable concrete can make infrastructure safer
(The Conversation via AP) — Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.
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