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Cuomo on slogan: America 'was never that great'
America "was never that great," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again."
Thursday, August 16, 2018


Group formed for Iran post-nuke policy
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is forming a dedicated group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic’s behavior after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Overdose total hits 76 in park near Yale
The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

After Brennan, 9 others face losing clearances, too
President Donald Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security clearance, as is custom, but had also become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump’s.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Joe Biden appearance at Illinois State Fair is canceled
A trip by former Vice President Joe Biden to Springfield, Illinois, has been called off because of illness.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A rising concern: After straws, balloons get scrutiny
Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

US sanctions firms over NK nuke program
The Trump administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on three foreign companies it says are helping North Korea with illicit shipments of goods to fund its nuclear program.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Legislation combating texting and driving is signed into law
Legislation strengthening the law on texting while driving was signed into law by the governor. House Bill 4846, which takes effect July 1, 2019, cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations. Under the current law, which took effect in 2014, second and subsequent texting while driving offenses are treated as moving violations, while first offenses are treated as nonmoving violations.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Report documents disturbing abuse by priests
A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Colorado baker: State trying to crush him
The Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and won a ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court is suing the state over another discrimination allegation.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Credibility: Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump
For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Scientists share $500,000 for work on cancer therapy
Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies emerging from the work of three scientists chosen to receive a $500,000 medical prize.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Survivor of newly found WWII ship wreck: 'There were so many to rescue'
Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gates testimony dredges up inaugural spending
Donald Trump’s inaugural committee pushed back hard last summer on questions about whether the unprecedented $107 million budget for the event was fraught with cost overruns and misspending. A top inauguration official assured The Associated Press that spending had been restrained and monitored.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Probe: Immigrant teens not being abused
A state review into the treatment of immigrant teens held at a Virginia detention center confirmed the facility uses restraint techniques that can include strapping children to chairs and placing mesh bags over their heads.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Multi-gene testing may find risk for heart disease, diabetes, Afib and more
You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help. 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Manafort's defense rests after calling no witnesses
Paul Manafort’s defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax evasion and fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Midwest primaries will test Trump working class appeal against 'blue wave'
Democrats are fighting to beat back Republican gains across the Midwest as the 2018 primary season roars through Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states where President Donald Trump’s appeal among working-class voters threatens to upend decadeslong political trends this fall and beyond.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Only one state in nation celebrates V Day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so.
Every few years, state residents debate changing the name of Victory Day or doing away with it entirely.

Monday, August 13, 2018

FBI fires Strzok in wake of text messages
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation over text messages criticizing President Donald Trump.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's southern Gulf Coast
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Bill Shine, Trump's image man, described as a well-respected professional
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — For years he dutifully carried out Roger Ailes’ orders, earning himself the nickname “the Butler” at Fox News.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Like it or not, Google tracks your every movement
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Bayer shares plunge in wake of Monsanto verdict
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in German farm chemicals, materials and drug company Bayer have plunged in the wake of a U.S. court verdict against Monsanto, which Bayer has acquired.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency just keeps falling
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank took action today to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Memo: Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Growing Spokane, Wash. sheds its sleepy city image
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ramsey and Amy Pruchnic lived in the Seattle area for five years before deciding they wanted to escape the Puget Sound rat race and move closer to family on the opposite side of the state.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Spa and beauty industry hopes to fill 30,000 jobs
NEW YORK (AP) — The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Court ruling doesn't settle beach access
LONG BEACH, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man alleges a homeowner along Lake Michigan tried to remove people from the beach despite an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing lakeshore access.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Authorities probe how suicidal employee could steal plane
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators worked to find out how a “suicidal” airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Former White Sox pitcher Loaiza pleads guilty to drug charges
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug charges in California.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Jury awards $289M in 'Roundup' trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto’s Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, the man’s lawyers said.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Decatur man who claimed to represent big acts get prison time
ATLANTA (AP) — An Illinois man who falsely claimed to represent big-name entertainers, including musicians like Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, and duped clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced Friday in Atlanta to serve nearly four years in federal prison.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lonely Planet launches guidebooks to cruising
(AP) — The travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched its first guidebooks to cruising.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Badlands, history in Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
MEDORA, N.D. (AP)  For travelers looking to visit all 50 states, North Dakota is often one of the last to be checked off. It's not exactly on the way to anywhere else, and flying there is expensive.
Friday, August 10, 2018

DC police, protesters prepare for white nationalists
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend’s planned white nationalist rally without violence.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Ca. fire crews scramble to keep flames from homes
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters battled Friday to keep a growing Southern California forest fire feeding on dry brush and trees from reaching foothill neighborhoods a day after flames roared to new ferocity and came within yards of homes.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Pentagon details plans for Space Force
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020.
Friday, August 10, 2018

2 new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes
BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Illinois men charged with luring Mississippi teen from home
OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program.
Friday, August 10, 2018

New sanctions against Russia to be imposed
New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Pence outlines plan for sixth branch of U.S. service
Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Prosecutors say judge was wrong to scold them
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial said Thursday that the judge presiding over the former Trump campaign chairman’s case incorrectly admonished them in front of the jury, and they want him to correct the error.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Buffet announces $30-million investment in Decatur
The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Michigan twins advance in election
Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Woman tells police she's a clean, thoroughbred, white girl
A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn’t arrest her because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” police said.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Aerosmith van found in woods
Long before Aerosmith filled stadiums with tens of thousands of fans, the band traveled New England in a tiny van playing to smaller crowds.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Anti-union law limiting labor powers defeated in Mo.
The steady march of new right-to-work laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign against it.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gates wraps up testimony against Manafort
Paul Manafort’s protege on Wednesday wrapped up his testimony aimed at implicating the former Trump campaign chairman in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Battling 18 blazes, California facing worst fire season
The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Saturday: A red-hot voyage to the sun
A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to “touch” the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tesla CEO drops latest bombshell
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is considering leading a buyout of the electric car maker in a stunning move that would end the maverick company’s eight-year history trading on the stock market.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

When your child's first words are Google, not ga ga
Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids’ every command, never tiring, even if they ask it to tell jokes for two hours or answer all their homework questions?
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gates describes funneling millions, Cyprus accounts
Paul Manafort’s longtime deputy told jurors Tuesday how he spent years disguising millions of dollars in foreign income as loans to lower the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax bill.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Trump says sanctions reinstated against Iran for world peace
U.S. sanctions that kicked in early today against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Groom rescues swimmer
A bridegroom is being credited with saving a struggling swimmer just moments after his beach wedding on the Gulf Coast.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Zoo closed after hail storm kills birds
A busy Colorado zoo was closed Tuesday as officials assessed damage from a severe hail storm that sent five people to the hospital and killed two zoo birds.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Missouri voters deciding today on right-to-work law curbing union power
Missouri voters were deciding today whether to implement a right-to-work law limiting labor union powers that had been passed more than a year ago by Republican state officials but placed on hold when labor groups petitioned to force a public referendum.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2 drown in bad wave conditions on Lake Michigan Sunday
Authorities say beachgoers formed human chains along the shores of Lake Michigan to rescue swimmers caught in rough water blamed for two drownings over the weekend.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Buffet foundation to announce exceptional investment in Decatur
The foundation of Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett says it’s making an “unprecedented investment” in Decatur.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers
Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won’t be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location, according to a new Pentagon order.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Body found is not that of missing Iowa student
Authorities say the body of a young woman found in southeast Iowa is not that of a missing college student.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Search resumes for plane in Denali
A search resumed Monday for an airplane that crashed on a mountain ridge in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Alleged MS-13 leader asks for easier jail restrictions
A man identified by prosecutors as the East Coast leader of the MS-13 gang says he’s suffering from his Long Island jail lockdown.
Monday, August 6, 2018

GOP raves about him; Dems prepare to grill him
Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall.
Monday, August 6, 2018

What do the new health care options mean for you?
President Donald Trump says insurers are “going wild” about his new health care options and “millions and millions” of people will be signing up.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Michelle Obama announces week of action to sign up voters before midterm
Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Influence of organized labor gets big test
On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor’s clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Trump wants a Space Force, but Pentagon has different idea
President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president’s defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Trump tries to dunk on LeBron James, says 'I like Mike'
President Donald Trump is turning his wrath on basketball superstar LeBron James.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Israel stops activist boat, Gaza teen dies from Israeli fire
Israel’s military says it intercepted an activist boat trying to breach a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Trump blasts Pelosi, LeBron James before Ohio campaign rally
President Donald Trump is seizing on the prospect of Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker again as he makes his pitch for Republican candidates.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

With scant record, Supreme Court nominee elusive on abortion
Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Police: Suspect in Bush's doctor's death killed himself
A man accused of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush’s doctors killed himself during a confrontation with authorities  Friday morning, the city’s police chief said.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Brewery removes Hindu diety from beer artwork
A Missouri brewery has apologized and removed artwork depicting a Hindu deity from one of its beers.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Sarah Sanders won't dispute claim that media is 'the enemy' of the people
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday refused to distance herself from President Donald Trump’s assertions that the media is the “enemy” of the American people.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Jobless rate now near 18-year-low
U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July, adding 157,000 jobs, a solid gain but below the healthy pace in the first half of this year.
Friday, August 3, 2018

2Q profits even better than were expected
Investors came into this earnings season with high expectations. They weren’t high enough.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Bookkeeper: Paul Manafort kept close track of bills
Paul Manafort inflated his business income by millions of dollars and kept his bookkeeper in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy luxury items and pay personal expenses, according to testimony during his trial Thursday.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Will economic boom complicate curbing immigration?
One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration.
Friday, August 3, 2018

China announces $60-billion in tariff retaliation
China today announced a $60 billion list of U.S. goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat.
Friday, August 3, 2018

1st year of Nevada pot sales exceeds expectations
Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Green Big Apple:New Yorkers document city's plants
Susan Hewitt found a special prize recently while wandering the streets of New York.

The 70-year-old spotted a mysterious patch of bright green leaves with tiny white flowers in a raised flower bed. It turned out to be tropical Mexican clover, a weed common in South America and Florida’s orange groves, but never recorded before in the state.

Friday, August 3, 2018

No word yet on the stolen Swedish royal jewels
Thieves carrying out a daring daytime robbery smashed a security case at a cathedral in Sweden and stole gold and jewel-encrusted crowns from the early 1600s before hopping on bicycles and escaping via a nearby lake, police said.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Apple becomes world's 1st trillion-dollar company
Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Commerce Dept. goes ahead with tax on Canadian newsprint
The U.S. Commerce Department is going ahead with a tax on Canadian newsprint, a threat to the  American newspaper industry.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mueller offers Trump a new proposal
In negotiations over a possible interview by prosecutors, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has offered the White House format changes, perhaps willing to limit some questions asked of President Donald Trump or accept some answers in writing, according to a person briefed on the proposal.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Q&A: How Facebook regulates the wild west of pre-election political ads
With less than three months to go before the midterm elections, Facebook is enforcing strict new requirements on digital political ads. Among other things, they force political ad buyers to verify their identities by receiving mail at a known U.S. address.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lawmaker quiuts amid allegations
A first-term Republican state representative and member of an Illinois House anti-sexual harassment task force resigned Wednesday after an ex-girlfriend claimed that he posted nude photos of her on a fake social media account under her name.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Molson Coors wants to sell pot-infused drinks
Molson Coors will attempt to sell pot-infused drinks in Canada, where consumable marijuana will become legal next year.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Man says 'voices' made him kill NY date; also admits LA attack
A man accused of killing a New York City woman he met on a dating app says voices in his head made him do it.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cheaper short-term health plans now available
The Trump administration today cleared the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Russian spy was seeking hacking tools
Six years ago, a Russian-speaking cybersecurity researcher received an unsolicited email from Kate S. Milton.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New fires erupt in Northern California
Days after wildfires left a deadly swatch of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes exploded into life and threatened more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Baseball's offensive tweets teaching moments for parents
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Presumed American remains head home
Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead were on their way Wednesday to Hawaii for analysis and identification. The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. on behalf of South Korea during the war.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Trump calls on Sessions to end Mueller probe
President Donald Trump called Wednesday for his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s election intervention, a day after Trump’s former campaign chairman went on trial.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

All survive crash of Mexican jetliner, some walk from wreck
Passengers and officials say a strong burst of wind hit an Aeromexico jetliner on takeoff, moments before it crashed, leaving those aboard with mere minutes to evacuate the burning plane.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Crowd jeers at town official who kneels during pledge to protest president
A town official opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance at a tense meeting packed with more than 100 people, dividing community residents and furthering an intense debate over protests and the First Amendment.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mr. Rogers will be in the PBS 'hood,' Betty White too
A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show
House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to seriously disrupt American elections
Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Trump admin considering capital gains tax break
The Trump administration is studying the idea of implementing a big tax break for wealthy Americans by reducing the taxes levied on capital gains, but no decision has been made yet on whether to proceed.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Indiana family files 2nd lawsuit in boat sinking
Members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank in Missouri filed a second lawsuit today, alleging the duck boat’s owners and operators ignored design problems and warnings, and put profits over people’s safety.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jury selection underway in Paul Manafort trial
Jury selection got underway today in the trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on tax evasion and bank fraud charges.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Twin fires threaten more California homes
Twin wildfires tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatened some 10,000 homes today in Northern California — yet another front in the battle against the flames that have ravaged some of the state’s most scenic areas.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Protesters to boycott Boston's famed Faneuil Hall; namesake owned slaves
Boston’s Faneuil Hall has served as a home for civic rhetoric from the time colonists congregated to talk about freedom from the British. But the site known as the Cradle of Liberty is named after wealthy 18th century slave owner Peter Faneuil, much to the chagrin of activists who are planning a boycott.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Trump threatens shutdown over border security
Republicans anxious about keeping control of Congress think it’s a bad idea, but President Donald Trump still says he’s willing to close the government over border security issues, including money he wants to build a promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Monday, July 30, 2018

'Medicare for all' projected to cost $32.6 trillion
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Fed is set to leave rates alone as trade war raises anxiety
The Federal Reserve will meet this week to assess an economy that has just enjoyed a healthy spurt of growth but faces a flurry of trade fights pushed by President Donald Trump that could imperil that growth over time.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Times publisher pressed Trump on 'anti-press rhetoric'
The publisher of The New York Times says he took President Donald Trump to task for “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric” that is “not just divisive but increasingly dangerous” when the two met privately at the White House this month.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Bodycam video released in fatal police shooting of black man
Authorities in Minneapolis released body camera video from two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old black man, with the footage showing the man shot from behind after a frenetic foot chase and what appeared to be a gun in his hand.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Massive California fire gets even bigger
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling a huge wildfire in Northern California kept it from doing more damage to the city of Redding but three smaller communities were in danger as flames closed in and residents packed up to leave.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Los Angeles Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a different time, at another place, and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two waitresses welcome you with smiles and friendship.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Books: 'The Real Deal' is a flirty summer beach read
(AP) — Being the only single person in the family is sometimes annoying. It’s worse when parents get involved, aggressively pushing every available guy in your direction. In “The Real Deal,” author Lauren Blakely adds a fun twist to this scenario by introducing an unexpected character into the mix.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

See the vanishing glaciers in Montana
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Montana (AP) — I had a lot of expectations heading to Montana last summer. I expected to check off my bucket-list dream of driving Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road. I expected to be ready should I meet any bears because I'd brought "bear bells" to repel them. And I was sure I'd love the local meat pies called "pasties."
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Massive Northern California wildfire kills a second firefighter
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire raged through several Northern California communities, killing two firefighters and destroying dozens of homes after thousands of terrified residents fled in miles-long traffic jams.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Funeral set for 4 of 9 relatives killed in duck boat accident
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana family that lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake is preparing to say goodbye to four of those loved ones.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Economy surges to 4.1% growth rate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent. That’s the fastest pace since 2014, driven by consumers who began spending their tax cuts and exporters who rushed to get their products delivered ahead of retaliatory tariffs.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Kim fulfills promise on North Korean war remains
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday for “fulfilling a promise” to return the remains of missing U.S. soldiers from the Korean War, as a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases of remains.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Trump applauds Cowboys owner for anthem stance
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump congratulated Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team, for saying his players will be required to stand for the playing of the national anthem.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Legal implications on Trump or Cohen unclear on secret tape recording
WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether and how he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But it’s not clear that the tape, on its own, creates additional legal problems for the president.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Legal implications on Trump or Cohen unclear on secret tape recording
WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret recording of Donald Trump discussing payments to a Playboy model has brought renewed attention to the question of whether and how he might have tried to block politically damaging stories ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But it’s not clear that the tape, on its own, creates additional legal problems for the president.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Senators spar about access to Kavanaugh's work as staff secretary to Bush
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade after he served as what’s been called the president’s “inbox and outbox,” Brett Kavanaugh’s role as White House staff secretary to President George W. Bush has become a flashpoint as Republicans push his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Parenting lessons from heroes of the Czech resistance
PRAGUE -- No matter what was happening outside their apartment walls, Kamila Bendova pulled her six children together every day and read to them for two hours or more.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Ryan opposes GOP effort to impeach Rosenstein
House Speaker Paul Ryan said today he does not support an effort by a group of 11 conservative lawmakers to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official who oversees the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

China, Russia, Iran conduct economic espionage on US
Iranian hackers known as “Rocket Kitten” repeatedly target American defense companies in hopes of stealing information to boost Tehran’s missile and space programs. Russian hackers last year compromised dozens of U.S. energy companies. A Chinese cyberespionage group called APT10 relentlessly attacks U.S. engineering, telecom and aerospace industries.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bucket-wearing fan saved from serious injury at Wrigley
A man might have saved himself from serious injury when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field’s centerfield scoreboard because he had a plastic bucket on his head during a Chicago Cubs game.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

House backs defense bill with pay raise for troops
The House today approved a $716 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Girl Scouts stress 'girl power' in their new recruitment efforts
As American women seek a larger role in politics, fairer wages and an end to sexual harassment, the Girl Scouts see an opportune time to show some swagger in promoting their core mission: girl empowerment.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Trump touting trade win in steel town
Steelworkers in Granite City, Illinois, threw a street party — complete with hot dogs, cold beer and a singer in red, white and blue — when U.S. Steel announced earlier this year it was bringing hundreds of laid-off employees back to work at the local mill.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

White House: Nothing malicious in omission
Pushing back against allegations of attempting to alter the historical record, the White House said Wednesday that the omission of a key question from its transcript of President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin “was by no means malicious.”
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Unions authorize strike against Consolidated
Unions representing Consolidated Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have authorized a strike if negotiators fail to reach an agreement before their contract expires in less than two weeks, officials announced Wednesday.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

US marijuana companies go public in Canada
Green Thumb Industries had a business plan, expertise and plenty of ambition to grow its marijuana business. What the Chicago-based company didn’t have was access to enough capital to make it all happen.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Trump: China using 'vicious' trade tactics
President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of “vicious” tactics on trade as he prepared for tough negotiations with European leaders in an escalating trade battle among world powers.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Very different stories emerge about recordings Trump's lawyer secretly made
Two months before the 2016 election, Donald Trump and his former lawyer discussed plans to pay for a former Playboy model’s story of an alleged  affair, according to a secretly recorded tape of the conversation released amid an escalating feud between the president and his longtime personal attorney.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

North Korea said to be dismantling launch site
North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

With the focus on Mexico, apprehensions grow at the Canadian border
While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lookouts span eras, still crucial in stopping wildfires
Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Duck boat is raised from 80 feet of water
The duck boat that capsized and sank last week on a sightseeing cruise was raised from a Missouri lake Monday, more than three days after the accident that killed 17 people near the tourist town of Branson.
Monday, July 23, 2018

10-year-old, 18-year-old dead in Toronto shooting
A man walking along a Toronto street fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes, killing two people and wounding 13 others before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Mexico sees 16% rise in murders, 1st half of year
Homicides in Mexico rose by 16 percent in the first half of 2018, as the country again broke its own records for violence.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Iran to US: 'Do not play with lion's tail'
The White House on Monday blamed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for inciting a war of words with President Donald Trump, who warned that verbal threats could escalate into military conflict with the U.S.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Uber suspends driver who live-streamed St. Louis passeners
Ride-sharing company Uber has suspended a driver who recorded hundreds of St. Louis-area riders without their permission and streamed the live video online.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Paper suggests Kenyan monkey may have inspired Dr. Seuss' Lorax
The furry orange protagonist of “The Lorax” and the Truffula trees for which he spoke may have been inspired by specific monkeys and trees in Kenya, according to researchers at Dr. Seuss’ alma mater, Dartmouth College.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Ga. lawmakers duped into dropping his pants
A Georgia lawmaker is the latest public figure caught with his pants down on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen’s new cable TV series — this time literally, as the state legislator exposes his bottom, yells a racial slur for black people, speaks with a mock Asian accent and defends his failed plan to ban burqas in public.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Private messaging apps increasingly being used to conduct public business
One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.
Monday, July 23, 2018

New Study demonstrates significant role food banks play in improving food security
Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization with 200 member food banks, concluded a two-year, randomized controlled research trial to help low-income Americans better manage and control type 2 diabetes. The study, which was recently published in American Journal of Public Health, concluded that food banks can significantly improve food security and dietary intake for people served. After six months, study participants in the intervention group had significant improvements in food security, fruit and vegetable intake, food stability, and tradeoffs between food and diabetes management supplies.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'
President Donald Trump said Saturday that his personal lawyer’s taping of their private phone conversations is “totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.”
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Judge rejects US efforts to strip terrorist of citizenship
The government can’t strip a terrorist of his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled this month in a decision siding with a Pakistan-born man serving the last few years of a 20-year prison sentence for his guilty plea to plotting to destroy New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

McConnell withdraws Trump judicial pick minutes before vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday abruptly withdrew one of President Donald Trump’s appellate court nominees when it became apparent he did not have enough support to pass.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Congress abandons bid to reverse Trump deal with ZTE
Congress is abandoning an effort to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE in a defense bill, essentially green-lighting the Trump administration’s deal to save a company that was accused of selling sensitive information to hostile regimes, aides said Friday.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent malaria relapse OK'd
U.S. regulators Friday approved a simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent relapses of malaria.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Floodwaters inundate So. Carolina's coastal gem
Heavy rain caused flooding overnight in South Carolina’s largest city, prompting police in Charleston to ask people to not come downtown until flooding subsides.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Flurry of unexpected tornadoes sweep thru Iowa
Thousands of people were without power toay after a flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people and flattening buildings in three cities.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Triple-digit temps soaring in southern heatwave
Scorching heat was spreading Friday across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius).
Friday, July 20, 2018

Death toll from duck boat accident climbs
Divers found four more bodies today in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Trump-Putin II coming this fall to DC
The White House said today it “is not considering supporting” a Vladimir-Putin-backed call for a referendum in eastern Ukraine in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s meeting with the Russian president.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Translators stay in shadows, Dems want them to talk
After a week of erraticism by President Donald Trump about what really went on in his private meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, history could use a fly on the wall.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Socialists Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez to rally Democrats in deep-red Kansas
Two luminaries in the democratic socialist movement — one its national leader, the other its new star —  descended on solidly Republican Kansas today, taking their emboldened liberal message to an unlikely testing ground before next month’s congressional primaries.
Friday, July 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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.
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