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Drug cost legislation gets a push from White House
The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign.
Monday, November 18, 2019


Police chief: 3 people killed in Oklahoma Walmart shooting
Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma, the chief of police said.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Trump summons Powell to discuss rates
President Donald Trump summoned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to the White House on Monday to discuss the economy and interest rates — issues on which Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Envoy's Ukraine tale differs from others
The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale.

Then there’s Gordon Sondland.

Monday, November 18, 2019

House agrees to short halt in fight for Trump records
The House of Representatives is telling the Supreme Court it will agree to a 10-day halt in its fight for President Donald Trump’s financial records.
Monday, November 18, 2019

10 shot, 4 killed at backyard football party in California
Ten people were shot and four of them were killed Sunday at a party in Fresno when suspects sneaked into a backyard filled with people and fired into the crowd, police said.
Monday, November 18, 2019

White House release of first Zelensky call reveals conflicting reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump released the rough transcript Friday of a congratulatory phone call he had with the incoming president of Ukraine, holding it out as evidence he did nothing wrong. Instead, the memorandum shows how White House descriptions of Trump’s communications with foreign leaders at times better reflect wishful thinking than the reality of the interactions.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Trump pardons a former U.S. Army commando and a former Army lieutenant
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former Army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two, the White House announced late Friday.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Cards reach agreement to stay on KMOX
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will remain on their longtime radio flagship station through at least 2024, and with the same team of announcers.
Friday, November 15, 2019

High tides surge through Venice, Italy; locals rush to protect art
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Exceptionally high tidal waters surged through Venice again on Friday, prompting the mayor to close St. Mark’s Square and call for more donations for repairs just three days after the Italian lagoon city suffered its worst flooding in 50 years.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Trump: Everywhere Yovanovitch served 'turned bad'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch provided chilling detail today in Trump impeachment hearings of being suddenly ousted from her post and feeling threatened upon learning President Donald Trump had denounced her in a July phone call with Ukraine’s president. In that call, Trump assailed her as “bad news” and said she was “going to go through some things.”
Friday, November 15, 2019

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Browns' Garrett suspended for rest of season by NFL
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason by the NFL for swinging a helmet and striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head.
Friday, November 15, 2019

World Vision tinkers with child sponsorship model
(THE CONVERSATION via AP)  — With offices in nearly 100 countries, a US$2.75 billion annual budget, and about 40,000 employees, World Vision is among the largest Christian humanitarian agencies on Earth.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Court rules man can get "IM GOD' license plate
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase “IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving.
Friday, November 15, 2019

1 dead, several injured in school shooting
One person is reported dead and several people were injured today during a shooting at a Southern California high school and the gunman was in custody, authorities said.

Reports on the number of people injured have fluctuated.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Goodwill gesture: China lifts ban on US poultry
China is lifting a five-year ban on U.S. poultry, a goodwill gesture at a time when the world’s two biggest economies are trying to finalize a tentative trade deal.

China had blocked U.S. poultry imports a month after an outbreak of avian influenza in December 2014, closing off a market that bought more than $500 million worth of American chicken, turkey and other poultry products in 2013.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Manure is behind Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists
Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

US superbug infections are rising, but deaths are falling
Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

California sued again for requiring women on boards
California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge.

The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by year’s end. By 2021, boards with five members must have two women, while those with six directors must have three.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across ocean
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thanksgiving travel rush is likely to shatter records
Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sad day or a scam? What to know as impeachment inquiry of Trump goes public
A “solemn day” or a “show trial”?

Americans and the world can decide for themselves as House Democrats let the public in to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

1st Hispanic elected to lead US Catholic bishops
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, overwhelmingly won election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Apparent meteor flashes across sky over St. Louis
An apparent meteor has brightened the night sky over St. Louis.

The National Weather Service posted a video of the flashing light streaking across the area Monday night with homes in the background. It was captured by a volunteer storm spotter in the suburb of O’Fallon.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Conservative majority may end DACA
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows some immigrants to work legally in the United States and protects them from deportation.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Stocks rally ahead of Trump's speech on trade
Stocks climbed today, and indexes rode a rising tide toward more records.

All but one of the 11 sectors that make up the S&P 500 were higher in morning trading, led by health care and technology companies, and two stocks rose in the index for every one that fell. Momentum for the market has been upward for more than five weeks as worries about the U.S.-China trade war have eased, among other factors.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Impeachment aside, budget remains a pressing matter
Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business.

The politically explosive hearings and the possibility of impeachment and a trial create yet another layer of complications for senior lawmakers pressing for an agreement on $1.4 trillion worth of federal agency budgets or finalizing a rewrite of the North American trade rules.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Napolitano's legal takedowns of Trump set him apart from other analysts at Fox
More than two decades into his career as a commentator at Fox News Channel, Andrew Napolitano reached a milestone of sorts when he was called a “fool” on his own network.

Not to his face, of course. But Tucker Carlson guest Joseph diGenova’s dismissal of Napolitano for saying that soliciting campaign aid from a foreign government is against the law illustrates the awkward place that the former New Jersey Superior Court judge finds himself in at Fox during the Trump era.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

US health officials link childhood trauma to adult illness
U.S. health officials estimate that millions of cases of heart disease and other illnesses are linked to abuse and other physical and psychological harm suffered early in life.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nat'l Guard sgt. pleads guilty, theft of WWII dog tags
A Virginia National Guard sergeant accused of stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland has pleaded guilty to a theft charge.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Justices take up high-profile DACA case
The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Avg. price of gas stays steady at $2.69
The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has remained steady over the past two weeks with a .30 cents per gallon (3.8 liters) rise to $2.69.
Monday, November 11, 2019

In memoir, Haley alleges disloyalty from Rex Tillerson, John Kelly
President Donald Trump’s former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley , alleges in her upcoming memoir that two administration officials who were ultimately pushed out by Trump once tried to get her to join them in opposing some of his policies.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day: Pete Buttigieg says he would pick the VA's first female secretary
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says if elected he’d like to name a woman to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time as 2020 hopefuls take aim at President Donald Trump’s record on stemming military suicide and helping female vets.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Many American students now say a high school diploma is enough to succeed
Although most young Americans believe in the value of higher education, many still consider a high school diploma alone to be enough for success, according to a survey of teens and young adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell
BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

GOP seeks 8 witnesses, Biden son is 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine whether President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family and to investigate the country’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp
NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Millennial Money: Secrets of a Black Friday Shopper
My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I mine.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Woman found in desert after harrowing, weeklong kidnapping
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suburban Las Vegas woman dragged to California by father-and-daughter kidnappers was found cold but alive after a harrowing, weeklong kidnapping where she was raped, robbed and left for dead in the desert, authorities said.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Residents say wild turkeys are attacking community
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey residents have been getting an early Thanksgiving surprise.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Beatles album cover photographer Robert Freeman dies at 82
LONDON (AP) — Photographer Robert Freeman, who helped define the image of The Beatles with some of the band’s best-known album covers, has died aged 82.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

OJ Simpson sues Las Vegas casino, contends he was defamed
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino that banned him in November 2017, alleging that unnamed employees defamed him by telling a celebrity news site he had been drunk, disruptive and unruly.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Stocks wobble as investors listen for trade deal clues
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks wobbled between small gains and losses in afternoon trading today as investors grew more cautious about prospects for a trade deal between the U.S. and China.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Possible culprit found in vaping illness outbreack
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are reporting a breakthrough in their investigation into the cause of an outbreak of vaping illnesses.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Trump dismisses reports US will remove china tariffs
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump otoday dismissed a Chinese official’s assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it’s imposed on Chinese goods.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Court to revisit Native American adoptions
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court announced Thursday that it will take a second look at an emotionally fraught lawsuit governing the adoption of Native American children.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Mexican killings spotlight Mormon history of polygamy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The slaying in Mexico of nine people who belonged to a Mormon offshoot community where some people practice polygamy spotlights the mainstream church's struggle to distance itself from plural marriage, which has a history in the faith but has long been denounced.
Friday, November 8, 2019

In a tight labor market, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to rais wages in some areas
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Faced with a tight labor market, U.S. Census Bureau officials said Thursday they plan to raise wages for census workers in some areas and make it easier for applicants to get fingerprinted for background checks.
Friday, November 8, 2019

If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed out of place, you're not alone
(AP) — If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren’t alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Struggles in one California city show the wider effects of the wildfires
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Amber Blood got to Chico on Nov. 8, 2018, wearing pink slacks and her favorite white peacoat. It was all she had left.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ginsburg, in book, questions MeToo agreements
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new book on Ruth Bader Ginsburg explores the Supreme Court justice’s thoughts on the (hash)MeToo movement and her hope that non-disclosure agreements, which have come under fire in sexual misconduct cases, “will not be enforced by the courts.”
Thursday, November 7, 2019

LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Pose” and “Batwoman” are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

US teen vaping numbers climb, fueled by Juul and mint flavor
(AP) — New research shows U.S. teens who use electronic cigarettes prefer those made by Juul Labs, and mint is the favorite flavor for many of them, suggesting a shift after the company stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors in stores.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Judge rejects moral objection rule for abortion providers
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care clinicians to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Former UAW executive charged in corruption probe
A retired vice president of the United Auto Workers union on Wednesday became the 13th person to be charged in a widening federal investigation of corruption at the union and auto companies.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Bill aims to preserve pensions of retired coal miners
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia’s two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

KC votes to remove MLK from historic street
Kansas City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King’s name from one of the city’s most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Voters in US states decide big issues: Sanctuary status, Airbnb, ranked voting
Voters in some states are deciding whether to roll back conservative policies adopted in earlier eras. Ballot measures in Tucson, Arizona and the states of Colorado and Washington gave voters another say on hot-button social issues: immigration, gambling, taxes and affirmative action.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Department of Justice sends letter to publisher of book by 'Anonymous'
The Justice Department has sent a letter to the publisher and literary agency of the anonymous government official whose book is scheduled to come out later this month. The letter raises questions over whether any confidentiality agreement has been violated and asked for information that could help reveal the author’s identity.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

After fall of Berlin Wall, East-West divide remains
The walls of the Bornholmer Huette pub were last painted in 1973, a light beige that has gradually cracked and darkened into a caramel brown from decades of cigarette smoke.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

US citizens die in Mexico cartel attack
Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering at least six children and three women — all of them U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico — in a grisly attack that left one of their vehicles a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk, authorities said Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Iran to fuel centrifuges in new step away from nuke deal
Iran will start injecting uranium gas into over a thousand centrifuges at a fortified nuclear facility built inside a mountain, the country’s president announced Tuesday in Tehran’s latest step away from its atomic accord with world powers since President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal over a year ago.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Stocks wobble a bit midday but stay near record high
U.S. stocks wobbled between small gains and losses Tuesday as investors paused following several record-setting rallies.

The S&P 500 index is just below the record it set on Monday, its fourth in six days. The Nasdaq and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were also trading near the record highs they set on Monday.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Good night's sleep, a long-sought dream for some apnea patients
For millions of people who suffer from sleep apnea, getting a good night’s sleep is an elusive dream. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea have blockage of breathing while they sleep, leading to snoring, disruption of sleep and the drowsiness or fatigue that often occur. The ailment also can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure and a risk of heart attack or stroke.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Yovanovitch says she was not disloyal
Laying out the anatomy of a chilling smear campaign, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators that Ukrainian officials warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other allies of President Donald Trump were planning to “do things, including to me” and were “looking to hurt” her.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Trump admin eases Obama-era rule on coal pollution
The Trump administration moved today to relax Obama-era limits on coal plants discharging ash- and metal-contaminated waste into waterways, the latest in a series of administration breaks for the lagging U.S. coal industry and for utilities using coal-fired power plants.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Facebook CEO on outs with Democrats
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network in Washington is shrinking.

Bipartisan hostility against Facebook has been building for months, fueled by a series of privacy scandals, the site’s role in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and accusations that Facebook crushes competitors.

Monday, November 4, 2019

White House lawyer expected to defy impeachment subpoena
The lead lawyer for the National Security Council is expected to defy a subpoena on Monday to appear before House impeachment investigators, as are three other White House witnesses, following President Donald Trump’s orders not to cooperate with the probe.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Space shipment launched with sports car parts, cookie oven
A supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to protect against radiation
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Gretchen Carlson wants to speak freely about Fox News tenure
When Gretchen Carlson heard that NBC News was considering letting people out of their non-disclosure agreements involving alleged sexual misconduct at the network, she couldn’t help but think of the NDA she signed with Fox News before her departure three years ago.

“It would be nice to be able to be able to tell my full story,” Carlson said.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

'Mockinbird' courthouse gets preservation grant
The south Alabama courthouse linked to Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is receiving a preservation grant.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

'Chalkbus' inspires drawings and connectivity
No matter where he parks his VW bus coated in chalkboard paint, Jonathan Sherman comes back to find great new art adorning the sides.

Once a week, he washes it and creates a new canvass for the amateur artists of American Fork who are inspired to fill its sides.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time is on your side this weekend as daylight saving sunsets
Time’s on your side this weekend when daylight saving sunsets.

Most of the United States bids adieu at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, when standard time returns, bringing an extra hour of sleep for one night.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

UAW leaders send Ford contract to ratification vote
Union workers at Ford will start voting Monday on a proposed four-year contract that includes wage increases and more than $6 billion for investments at 19 plants.

The United Auto Workers said Friday that its National UAW-Ford council voted to send the deal to 55,000 workers for a ratification vote.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Long-running coal plan on Navajo land nears end
One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the American West will close before the year ends and others in the region are on track to shut down or reduce their output in the next few years.

Owners of the Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah border are turning to cheaper power produced by natural gas as they and other coal-fired plants in the U.S. face growing pressure over contributing to climate change.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Measles saps kids' ability to fight other germs
Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system's memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Ex-Trump aide testifies that military aid to Ukraine linked to Biden probe
A former top White House official confirmed that military aid to Ukraine was held up by President Donald Trump’s demand for the ally to investigate Democrats and Joe Biden but testified that there’s nothing illegal, in his view, about the quid pro quo at the center of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.
Friday, November 1, 2019

ND gov wants more monitoring after pipeline leak
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appealed to Keystone pipeline owner TC Energy to review its inspection and monitoring of the line after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) in the northeastern part of the state.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Unemployment still near 5-decade low
U.S. employers added a solid 128,000 jobs in October, a figure that was held down by a now-settled strike against General Motors that caused tens of thousands of workers to be temporarily counted as unemployed.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Greta Thunberg joins LA protest aimed at getting oil drilling out of California
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who accused international leaders of standing idly by as global warming threatens to destroy the planet in a speech shared around the world is joining young activists in Los Angeles for a protest aimed at getting California out of the oil-drilling business.
Friday, November 1, 2019

After new federal tax law, Florida sees movers but not from New York
In the first few months after the new federal tax law went into effect, Florida saw jumps in new residents moving from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Test shows question about citizenship on census has little impact on response
Including a citizenship question didn’t have much of an impact on overall response rates on a test for the 2020 Census, though responses by people who identified as Hispanic were down slightly, according to preliminary results released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Border wall and impeachment battle imperil budget progress
A bitter fight over funding for border fencing is imperiling Capitol Hill efforts to forge progress on more than $1.4 trillion worth of overdue spending bills, one of the few areas in which divided government in Washington has been able to deliver results in the Trump era.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Top doctor at Missouri's sole abortion clinic defends handling of patient care
The top doctor at Missouri’s sole abortion clinic on Wednesday defended its handling of four patients who faced complications — women whose care has been cited by the state as it seeks to revoke the clinic’s license.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Diplomat says Bolton cautioned him about Giuliani and the Ukraine
A State Department Foreign Service officer is telling House impeachment investigators that former national security adviser John Bolton cautioned him that Rudy Giuliani “was a key voice with the president on Ukraine” and could complicate U.S. goals in the Eastern European country.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New Mexico farmer, writer starts global garlic war
Among the residents of Dixon, New Mexico, Stanley Crawford has long been known as a gentleman farmer and a thoughtful man of letters.

He's the author of such books as "A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm" and "Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico," and teaches creative writing at Colorado College.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Official says US-Mexico border crisis is not over
A top U.S. Border Patrol official has a warning: The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is not over.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Not over yet: New US mission after al Baghdadi
Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country’s Russian allies. It’s a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are withdrawn from other parts of the country.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Army officer says he raised concerns about Ukraine
An Army officer at the National Security Council who twice raised concerns over the Trump administration’s push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden, testified behind closed doors against White House orders today in the impeachment inquiry.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Trump-Netanyahu relationship unintentionally strengthens liberal Jews influence
As Israel and the United States grapple with uncertain politics that could have a massive effect on the future of Israel-Palestinian relations, politically progressive Jewish Americans are showcasing their influence.

Five Democratic presidential candidates addressed thousands of attendees on Sunday and Monday at the national conference of J Street, founded in 2007 as a liberal counterweight to Washington advocacy that its leaders saw as aligning U.S. policymakers with the Israeli government exclusively enough to limit the prospects for meaningful peace with Palestinians. The candidates’ attendance — in addition to videos sent to J Street by five other hopefuls who could not attend — underscores the importance of the Democratic-leaning Jewish-American voting bloc.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

More severely obese kids should get surgery, MD group says
Even some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery, according to new recommendations.

The guidance issued Sunday by the American Academy of Pediatrics is based on a review of medical evidence, including several studies showing that surgery in teens can result in marked weight loss lasting at least several years, with few complications. In many cases, related health problems including diabetes and high blood pressure vanished after surgery.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country
Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the west side of Los Angeles today, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Residents in one city seek to rename MLK Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri, voters will decide if a lengthy and historic street named in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. should keep that name or revert to its old one.

Until January, the nearly 10-mile-long, street through the city’s predominantly black east side was known as The Paseo. The City Council voted to rename it Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, but many in the community want the old name back. The Kansas City Star reports that a petition drive successfully put the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hearing begins today on the fate of Missouri's lone abortion clinic
The fate of Missouri's only abortion clinic is at stake starting today, when a member of the state's Administrative Hearing Commission will begin hearing arguments over whether the clinic can keep its abortion license.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Situation Room: Two photos capture vastly different presidential styles
Two high-risk raids. Two dramatic moments in the White House.

Photos taken in the White House Situation Room during the killings of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday and of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden eight years earlier capture the vastly different styles of two American presidents.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Longest-serving black member of Congress and founder of Black Caucus dies
Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90.

Conyers, among the high-profile politicians toppled by sex harassment allegations in 2017, died at his home on Sunday, said Detroit police spokesman Cpl. Dan Donakowski. The death “looks like natural causes,” Donakowski added.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Census bureau preparing to battle misinformation
Worried about internet trolls and foreign powers spreading false news, census officials are preparing to battle misinformation campaigns for the first time in the count’s 230-year history.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

When will it matter: Deficit nears 1 trillion
The federal deficit for the 2019 budget year surged 26% from 2018 to $984.4 billion — its highest point in seven years. The gap is widely expected to top $1 trillion in the current budget year and likely remain there for the next decade.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Experts still struggle to define "why' in vaping illness outbreak
Health officials acknowledged Friday they are still looking at a wide range of products and chemicals that could be causing the U.S. vaping illness outbreak.

A large majority of the more than 1,600 people who have been sickened said they vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, but it’s likely something else — or perhaps several things — are to blame, officials say.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Warren promises to release plan to pay for "Medicare for all' universal insurance
For Elizabeth Warren, it was supposed to be one more big idea in a campaign built around them: a promise that everyone could get government-funded health care, following the lead of her friend and fellow White House hopeful Bernie Sanders. Instead, “Medicare for All” is posing one of the biggest challenges to the Massachusetts senator’s candidacy.

Persistent questions about whether she would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for universal health coverage have dominated her campaign in recent weeks. Warren has refused to answer, arguing that it’s more important to note that overall costs would fall for nearly everyone but large corporations and the wealthy.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Average Wall Street salary dropped to $399k last year
Smaller bonuses last year contributed to a 5.6% drop in average Wall Street salaries, according to a report released Friday by New York state’s comptroller.

The average 2018 salary, including bonuses, for New York City’s securities industry employees was $398,600. That was down from $422,500 in 2017, which was the highest level since the 2008 financial crisis.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

In tight labor market, ski areas up ante
It used to be that a free ski pass was enough to lure workers to seasonal jobs at mountain resorts. No longer.

In the current tight labor market, ski areas across the country are having a tough time filling jobs, so they’re upping the ante by boosting wages, providing more housing and offering other perks to fill those jobs before the snow flies.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

How steak became manly and salads became feminine
When was it decided that women prefer some types of food  yogurt with fruit, salads and white wine  while men are supposed to gravitate to chili, steak and bacon?
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Auto strike likely to end after GM deal
Striking workers at the General Motors factory with the most employees have approved a new contract with the company, all but assuring the deal will be ratified and a contentious 40-day strike will end soon.
Friday, October 25, 2019

S&P touches record high on solid profits today
U.S. stocks touched a record high in midday trading Friday, driven by solid corporate profits and gains by technology companies.

Intel rose 7.4% after raising its profit forecast for the year following a solid third quarter. Fellow chipmakers, including Nvidia, also made strong gains.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Census: Noncitizens can be hired for language gaps
A Census Bureau official says noncitizens can be hired as workers for the 2020 Census if they speak a language that’s needed for the count and a citizen is unavailable to do the job.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Cummings is remembered as 'fierce champion'
Congressman and civil rights leader Elijah Cummings was remembered Friday as a “fierce champion of truth, justice and kindness” at a funeral that brought Washington politicians and ordinary people alike to the Baltimore church where he worshipped for nearly four decades.
Friday, October 25, 2019

As Pete Buttigieg's star rises in early states, scrutiny of him is increasing, too
For much of the year, Pete Buttigieg has glided through the Democratic presidential campaign, raising stunning amounts of money, impressing many with his calm eloquence and gaining ground in early voting Iowa.

Now he is starting to pay the price of success.

Friday, October 25, 2019

'Just too darn old:' 78-year-old Sanders, 76-year-old Biden confront age concerns
Bernie Sanders insists he feels better than ever less than a month after heart surgery, but his return to the campaign trail this week sparked new questions about the unusually old age of the Democratic Party’s leading 2020 presidential candidates.
Friday, October 25, 2019

GOP stands by Trump after diplomat's testimony
They pleaded ignorance, saying they’d not read the diplomat’s damning statement. They condemned the Democrats’ tactics as unfair. They complained that the allegations against President Donald Trump rested on second- or third-hand evidence.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Census: US growth will slow as population ages
The United States will add 79 million people in the next 40 years, but growth will slow as the U.S population gets older, according to new projections presented Thursday at a meeting of demographers.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mountain skeleton may be man from internment camp
In the closing days of World War II, a Japanese American set out with other men from the infamous internment camp at Manzanar on a trip to the mountains, where he went off on his own to paint a watercolor and got caught in a freak summer snowstorm.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hundreds flee fire in Ca. wine country
Hundreds of people were forced to flee Northern California wine country early today as a wildfire exploded in size amid dangerous winds that prompted utilities throughout the state to impose electrical blackouts to prevent fires.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Medical marijuana on campus: Colleges say no and face lawsuits
Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws as students who use medical pot challenge decades-old campus drug policies.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sheriff on trial; prosecutor says he hired woman to get sex
A South Carolina sheriff hired a young woman as his personal assistant for more than $60,000 a year to persuade her into a sexual relationship, prosecutors said at his trial.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey during cease-fire
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to withdraw American troops, saying the U.S. should not be the world’s policeman.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

TV reporter climbs on classic cars, is handed walking papers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Maybe the “Good Day Sacramento” reporter just thought he’d drive a little more traffic to his television station’s website when he climbed on top of a classic 1950s Thunderbird convertible and struck a silly pose, putting his feet on its pristine yellow paint job.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

NTSB blames Miami bridge fall on design, lack of oversight
Federal officials have determined a Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people showed significant design errors and the state government should have conducted greater oversight because of the project’s complexity.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Trump; impeachment inquiry 'a lynching'
President Donald Trump enraged Democrats on Tuesday by comparing their impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Company says it will seek approval of Alzheimer's drug
The drug company Biogen Inc. said Tuesday it will seek federal approval for a medicine to treat early Alzheimer’s disease, a landmark step toward finding a treatment that can alter the course of the most common form of dementia.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has won a second term
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada’s national elections, losing the majority but saying Tuesday he was given a clear mandate despite an increasingly divided Parliament and nation.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Deliberate blackouts possible again in California amid winds
With windy, dry weather in the forecast again, California’s largest utility said Monday it’s considering shutting off power this week to about a half million people to try and prevent wildfires ignited by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric said shutoffs in the northern part of the state could potentially begin Wednesday and affect some 200,000 customers in 16 counties mostly in Sierra foothills and to the north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Winds in some areas could top 60 mph (97 kph), according to forecasters. Any blackouts would last at least 48 hours, the utility said.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Pelosi leads delegation in Afghanistan visit
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led a congressional delegation on a visit to Afghanistan.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Trump defends Gabbard in Clinton spat, says she's no agent
President Donald Trump is attacking Hillary Clinton for suggesting Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian agent.
Monday, October 21, 2019

$260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit
The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties Monday over the deadly havoc wreaked by opioids, striking a deal just hours before they were set to face a jury at the start of the first federal trial over the crisis.
Monday, October 21, 2019

US will require DNA samples from asylum-seekers
The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.
Monday, October 21, 2019

US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields
Even as American forces make a hasty and chaotic withdrawal from northeastern Syria, the U.S. is considering leaving some troops behind to secure oil fields in the region and make sure they don’t fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back
Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration’s unorthodox policy toward Ukraine.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Burns planned for 1,100 acres of Indiana Dunes National Park
PORTER, Ind. (AP) — More than 1,000 acres of the Indiana Dunes National Park will soon be going up in flames during prescribed burns at Indiana’s only national park .
Monday, October 21, 2019

Team investigates training deaths at Georgia's Ft. Stewart
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — A team of Army accident investigators is looking into a weekend training accident that killed three soldiers and injured three others in Georgia.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Woman in custody after St. Louis fire that killed infant
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman is in police custody after an apartment fire in St. Louis that killed an infant girl and left two other girls in critical condition, children who had been left home alone.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Search for small plane missing near North Carolina airport
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A search for a small plane continues in a densely forested state park near Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft as it prepared to land.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Torture video found in Alaska contains vital clue to killing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a brutal torture killing in Alaska’s biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” that contained video of the dying woman.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Woman in custody after St. Louis fire that killed infant
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman is in police custody after an apartment fire in St. Louis that killed an infant girl and left two other girls in critical condition, children who had been left home alone.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Marines correct ID of 2nd man who raised flag at Iwo Jima
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps this week corrected the identity of a second man in the iconic photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Proposals seek to modernize nat'l parks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Food trucks. Wi-Fi. Hot showers. Those campground upgrades could be coming to a national park near you.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Scientists discover big storms can create 'stormquakes'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they’re calling them “stormquakes.”
Saturday, October 19, 2019

70% Of Millennial Women Have Experienced Financial Abuse By A Partner
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Nearly 70% of millennial women have experienced financial abuse by a romantic partner.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

She owns 3,000 handbags and keeps them in a bunker
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ilene Hochberg Wood's collection of 3,000 handbags — the majority of which dwell in a 2,400-square-foot Quonset hut on her Lehigh Valley estate — will make a fashionista fall to her knees.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Battle Of Midway
Crew of researchers scanning the seafloor of the Pacific has found final resting place of a warship lost during the historic World War II Battle of Midway
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Some US farmers get reprieve after challenging year
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was interrupted by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen harvest prospects go from bad to worse.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Weather Service winter forecast: A bit warmer, chaotic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect big swings in weather this winter, government forecasters say.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Bankers survey shows improved rural economy
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states showed an improved rural economy this month, but the ongoing trade disputes continue weighing on the economy.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Pence meets with Erdogan, seeking Syria cease fire
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence concluded more than four hours of negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday with no immediate word on whether any progress was made toward a cease-fire in Turkey’s fight with Kurdish troops in northern Syria.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; the next hurdle is Parliament
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc’s leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Warren, the candidate with the answers, dodges the big tax hike question
Elizabeth Warren is rising to the top of the Democratic pack with ambitious promises to reshape the political and economic system. But as she faces growing scrutiny, the Massachusetts senator is opening herself to criticism that she’s just another politician dodging the tough questions.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Toxic PCBs linger in schools: EPA and lawmakers fail to act
At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained carpets.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Trump: US has no stake in Turkey's fight
President Donald Trump declared today that Turkey’s attacks in Syria against Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American soldiers are not a U.S. concern.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years
The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sanders and Warren stockpile millions more than their 2020 rivals have
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don’t just lead the Democratic presidential primary in fundraising. They’ve stockpiled millions more than their rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who burned through money at a fast clip over the past three months while posting an anemic fundraising haul.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Russia moves to fill void left by US in Syria
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria today, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government and Turkish forces. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winner Farrow says NBC lacked enthusiasm for Weinstein story
NEW YORK (AP) — In reporter Ronan Farrow’s account of his contentious divorce from NBC News, the more evidence he gathered on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, the less enthusiastic his bosses seemed to be.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In a last-ditch effort to save spotted owls, federal officials are killing barred owls
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor
If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved.

 But the local organ collection agency said no. It gave no reason, no explanation to his family, though the Connecticut man appeared to be a well-qualified donor despite advancing age: He died in a hospital, on a ventilator, previously healthy until a car crash that led to a stroke.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Columbus Day: At least 5 states have done away with holiday in deference to Native Americans
A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Portraits drawn by the most prolific serial killer in US could help crack cold cases
Most of the women in Samuel Little’s hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning.

Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off to the side. Some wear lipstick and jewelry.

Monday, October 14, 2019

State's role in prosecuting immigrants
Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could lead to Morales’s deportation.
Monday, October 14, 2019

In Sanders' plan to 'end corporate greed' companies give ownership stakes to workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has released a major proposal to “end corporate greed and corruption” by requiring large companies to give ownership stakes to their workers. The proposal also would ensure that many of the nation’s most profitable firms pay more in federal taxes and government authorities do more to target monopolies and halt mergers that may harm consumers.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info: Illinois, others don't comply
(AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers’ license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Hunter Biden is stepping down from board of Chinese-backed private equity firm
NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Army revampinge process to become a Green Beret
CAMP MACKALL, N.C. (AP) — Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It’s after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Ruling leaves Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions on hold
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s decision to put on hold an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down
Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from his post as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job, President Donald Trump announced Friday. McAleenan told The Associated Press that he was leaving on his own terms, which would be unlike other top administration figures pushed out during Trump’s tenure.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

U.S., China declare trade war truce
The Trump administration and China declared a temporary truce Friday in their 15-month trade war. Yet the grievances that led them to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods remain largely unresolved.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pentagon urges Turkey to halt incursion into Syria
An “impulsive” decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war and puts America’s Syrian Kurdish partners “in harm’s way,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday.
Friday, October 11, 2019

100,000 people are evacuated in wildfire near LA
A wildfire raged out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles early today, forcing thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Major highways closed in crippling fall snowstorm
Hundreds of miles of major highways in North Dakota have been closed due to what forecasters are calling a crippling fall snowstorm.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Trump sets meeting with Chinese negotiator
President Donald Trump said he would meet at the White House on Friday with the leader of the Chinese negotiating team now in Washington for the latest round of talks aimed at ending a 15-month trade battle that is weighing on the global economy.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Flooding: Wealthy counties get more FEMA buyouts
FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently, a new study finds.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Social Security: Retirees will get a modest 1.6% raise
Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Florida men tied to Giuliani arrested
Two businessmen tied to efforts by President Donald Trump’s lawyer to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son were charged Thursday with campaign finance violations in the U.S. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump’s reelection.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Season's greeting: Fall snowstorm pushing thru Plains
A powerful winterlike storm moving through the Great Plains was closing schools and causing travel headaches in several states, authorities said today.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

What Fox has to say: Non-impeachment impeachment is a political hit job
Critics of President Donald Trump who wonder about the tenacity of his supporters need only to spend three hours with Fox News Channel’s headliners to get an idea why.

On his most influential venue, Trump’s firewall remains secure.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text
Dr. Anna Nguyen spoke with none of the five patients she treated on a recent weekday morning. She didn’t even leave her dining room.

The emergency physician nevertheless helped a pregnant Ohio woman handle hip pain, examined a Michigan man’s sore throat and texted a mom whose son became sick during a family trip to Mexico.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Trump doesn't want US troops in Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today defended his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, insisting he is focused on the “BIG PICTURE” that doesn’t include American involvement in “stupid endless wars” in the Middle East.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Killer's lifetime of evil backed by prodigious memory
(AP) — Samuel Little’s depravity is matched only by his prodigious memory.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

MedMen's ends huge deal with Chicago co. adding to cannabis stock woes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana stocks have come down hard from their highs a year ago, and the skid isn’t just spooking investors.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Admin blocks diplomat from testifying
President Donald Trump intensified his fight with Congress today over the Democrats’ impeachment investigation, as the administration blocked a U.S. diplomat from testifying behind closed doors about the president’s dealings with Ukraine. House committee chairmen said they would subpoena the envoy to force him to appear.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Border apprehensions drop as crackdown continues
The number of migrants apprehended at the southern U.S. border declined in September for the fourth straight month, Trump administration officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT rights
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard highly anticipated cases on whether federal civil rights law should apply to LGBT people, with Chief Justice John Roberts questioning how doing so would affect employers.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Biden plan: Community, technical college free; more generous fed loan plans
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to make community and technical college free and federal college loan programs more generous as he shifts leftward but not as far as his 2020 rivals.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Three win Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense low oxygen
Two Americans and a British scientist won a Nobel Prize on Monday for discovering details of how the body's cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, providing a foothold for developing new treatments for anemia, cancer and other diseases.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Democrats issue more subpoenas
House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine issued subpoenas Monday to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and acting White House budget director Russell Vought.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Trump pulls back U.S. troops from northern Syria
President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria drew quick, strong criticism Monday from some of his closest allies in Congress. It was condemned, too, by Kurdish fighters who would be abandoned to face a likely Turkish assault after fighting alongside Americans for years against the Islamic State.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Trump to sign US-Japan trade deal that benefits farmers
President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement today with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Immigration protesters shout down DHS secretary
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Dallas mayor: Avoid speculation after Guyger witness death
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas’ mayor has asked the public to avoid speculating about the fatal shooting of a key witness in the recent trial of a former police officer who was convicted of murder in the killing of her upstairs neighbor.
Monday, October 7, 2019

First lady calls for end of e-cigarette marketing to youth
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump is calling on companies to stop marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they’re addictive and dangerous.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Police shoot, kill armed man in suburban St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say police officers have shot and killed an armed man while responding to a disturbance in suburban St. Louis.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Woman hides in store's ceiling to avoid shoplifting arrest
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces multiple charges after authorities say she climbed into the ceiling of a Big Lots store to avoid a shoplifting arrest.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines went into records after crash
SEATTLE (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet after it crashed this year — a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included routinely signing off on shoddy repairs.
Monday, October 7, 2019

US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university.
Monday, October 7, 2019

1 of 2 men wanted in deadly Kansas bar shooting arrested
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — One of the two men accused of opening fire inside a Kansas bar early Sunday, killing four people and wounding five others, was arrested Sunday afternoon while the other remained at large, police said.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter 'feels fine' after fall
PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter fell Sunday at his home in Georgia and needed some stitches above his brow, but “feels fine,” his spokeswoman said.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Election-year court agenda is hot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights as well as protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Family album found in Texas has ties to Illinois
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Knees in the dirt, Mike Rodriguez dug through a plastic bin at the Mission Open Air Market on San Antonio’s South Side and pulled out an unexpected treasure.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Indiana women crossing state lines for abortions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 18,000 women traveled out of Indiana to terminate their pregnancies in recent years, according to state and federal data, likely fueled by the closure of abortion clinics and new laws restricting access to the procedure.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Ways For Your Student To Cover College Costs If Financial Aid Isn't Enough
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Crunch, slurp, burp: Binge eating videos find big audience, even for weight loss
NEW YORK (AP) — While trying to lose weight, Becky Beach found assistance in an unlikely place: thousands of online videos featuring people binging on massive amounts of ramen, burgers, chicken wings and seafood boils brimming with crab and lobster.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Untangling tattoos' influence on immune responses
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my movement was due to pain.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Son retraces father's WWII footsteps in Europe
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP)  Dave Sheen wore out his father's World War II field jacket during junior high.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Unemployment hits 50-year low of 3.5%
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added a 136,000 jobs in September, a gain that managed to help lower the unemployment rate to a new five-decade low of 3.5%.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Supreme Court will plunge into abortion debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed today to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights.
Friday, October 4, 2019

The White House is formally objecting to probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today the White House is preparing a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally objecting to the Democrats conducting their impeachment inquiry without an official vote. The letter is expected to say the administration won’t cooperate with the probe without that vote — but he also said he believes it will pass.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Trump admin says plan would restore ethanol demand
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration says it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Impeachment deepens some evangelicals' affinity for President Trump
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Rev. Franklin Graham did not utter the word “impeachment” as he spoke to thousands of Christians here this week, the latest stop on a long-running tour he has dubbed Decision America — a title with political and religious undertones.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Fetal remains found in doctor's garage in Illinois are returned for 'safekeeping'
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than 2,200 sets of preserved fetal remains found in the Illinois garage of a late Indiana abortion doctor have been returned to Indiana.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Family: Driver in mall crash has mental illness
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a man facing an Illinois terrorism charge for plowing an SUV into a suburban Chicago mall says he shouldn’t be called a “terrorist“ because there was no political reason behind his action.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Schuncks chain to end tobacco sales as of Jan. 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Schnuck Markets Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest grocery store chains, will stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as of Jan. 1.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Jury convicts man in alley killing of Chicago boy
CHICAGO (AP) — A jury convicted a man of first-degree murder Thursday night in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box.
Friday, October 4, 2019

St. Louis Wash U unveils tuition-free aid program
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University in St. Louis will provide a free education to any student from Missouri or southern Illinois whose family income is under $75,000.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Walmart rolling out health care pilot program, high quality providers, fewer choices
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out a health care pilot program for its employees that will come up with a curated list of high quality providers but offer fewer choices than under the current plan.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Payouts for Vegas victims a 'cold, mathematical calculation'
LAS VEGAS (AP) — They may have been united by a love for country music, but the people gunned down two years ago at a Las Vegas concert will not be seen as equals when up to $800 million is paid out from a legal settlement.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Kiss will perform under the sea for great whites and guests
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Having played nearly every corner of the Earth in a nearly 50-year career, the rock band Kiss is taking its show to a new place — under the sea, where they will perform for great white sharks and eight fans separated from them by a small submarine.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Erivo cast as Aretha Franklin in 'Genius'
NEW YORK (AP) — National Geographic has found its next “Genius.“
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Watchdog agency probes Juul and others
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal consumer watchdogs have ordered Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes, the government’s latest move targeting the industry.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Trump calls on China to investigate Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, ensnared in an impeachment inquiry over his request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, today called on China to do the same.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lawmakers question former US envoy to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers heard testimony today from the former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine who has become a central figure in the unfolding impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. It’s the first in what is expected to be a series of interviews with officials inside and outside the State Department.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Study contradicts previous advice about red meat consumption
NEW YORK (AP) — Eating red meat is linked to cancer and heart disease, but are the risks big enough to give up burgers and steak?
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mexico conflicted over how to fight crime, gangs
The Mexican army — the country’s last line of defense against violent gangs — is struggling with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s desire to avoid confrontation while simultaneously dealing with gangs that have become more aggressive and often use townspeople as human shields.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Pompeo also on the Ukraine phone call
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed today that he was on the telephone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president that is the subject of an impeachment inquiry back in Washington.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Whistleblowers in America have a long, diverse and complicated history
Erin Brockovich, who has some experience in revealing disturbing secrets, knows what she would say to the government whistleblower at the heart of allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

UAW strike could cost GM about $1 billion
With the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors in its third week, pressure is mounting on both sides to reach a deal, with the company losing an estimated $1 billion and workers living on $250 per week in strike pay — about one-fifth of what they usually make.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Johnson settles with Ohio counties over opioids
(AP) — Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached an agreement worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, becoming the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation’s opioids crisis.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

DEA 'slow to respond' to opioid epidemic
The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report today that faulted the agency for cutting back use of a key enforcement tool and continuing to raise production quotas even as the number of deaths rose.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fired teacher who wouldn't use trans student's pronouns sues
A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has filed a lawsuit.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Court: FCC had right to dump net-neutrality rules
The Federal Communications Commission can dump rules that keep internet providers from favoring some services over others, but couldn’t bar states like California from enacting their own prohibitions, a federal court ruled.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ukraine pres: No one told him why aid was delayed
Ukraine’s president says no one explained to him why U.S. military aid to his country was delayed.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told reporters today that he stressed the importance of the military aid repeatedly in discussions with President Donald Trump, but “it wasn’t explained to me” why the money didn’t come through until September.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

UAW strike forces closure of Mexican truck factory
A strike by the United Auto Workers union has caused a parts shortage, forcing General Motors to shut down its pickup truck and transmission factories in Silao, Mexico.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ag Secretery: No guarantee small farms will survive
President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary said today during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sanders raises $25 million in 3rd-quarter 2020 cash, Buttigieg $19 million
Bernie Sanders reported Tuesday that he raised $25.3 million over the last three months, the largest quarterly sum a Democratic White House hopeful has posted this year and an amount that ensures he will be an enduring presence in the primary. 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Alzheimer's study used electrostimulation to evoke memories
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded diagnoses, and the fear is particularly acute among older people. This complex brain disorder, which usually affects older individuals, can cause many cognitive disabilities, most notably memory impairment.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Universities launch degrees in esports to capitalize on gaming industry boom
On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve all enrolled in.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates a milestone, his 95th birthday
Jimmy Carter is celebrating his 95th birthday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone as he continues his humanitarian work and occasionally wades back into politics and policy debates almost four decades after leaving office.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

First-in-the nation law to let college athletes sign endorsements
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California’s governor signed a first-in-the-nation law today that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Bolton pessimistic on North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton gave a characteristically pessimistic outlook on the prospects for getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as he made his first public appearance since he was ousted from his post by President Donald Trump.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Activists ask why donor wasn't arrested
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When a dead man was carried out of Ed Buck’s apartment two years ago, members of the gay political club he lavished with thousands of dollars in political donations swiftly ousted him.
Monday, September 30, 2019

GOP divided on impeachment pushback as Democrats plow ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — The president’s lawyer insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the “deep state.” And a Republican congressman is pointing at Joe Biden’s son.
Monday, September 30, 2019

CPR saves man in Cardinals dugout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A videographer who collapsed from a heart attack in the visiting dugout at Busch Stadium is alive, thanks in part to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Average price of gas in US spikes by 10 cents gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 10 cents per gallon  over the past two weeks to $2.73.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Category 5 hurricane is unprecedented for being so far north and east
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo is back to being a Category 4 storm in the central Atlantic Ocean after several hours as a Category 5 — which made it the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin.
Monday, September 30, 2019

September storm dumps record amount of snow
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Prince Harry walks through Angola mine field, echoing Diana
A body armor-wearing Prince Harry on Friday followed in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Judge blocks sole use of databases to detain immigrants
A federal judge Friday blocked Immigration and Customs Enforcement from relying solely on flawed databases to target people for being in the country illegally, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Saturday, September 28, 2019












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