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Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019
(AP) — On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “unidentified armed men” who, according to witnesses, got away on motorcycles.
Saturday, December 14, 2019


Reparations new front for US colleges tied to slavery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) —  The promise of reparations  to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

'Nuts!' US troops thwarted Hitler's last desparte gamble 75 years ago
BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Pvt. Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium’s Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

US giving boot to official foot measurement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Change is afoot for the official measuring stick used to size up big places in America.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

2 involved in Fruend case no longer state workers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two child welfare workers at the center of an investigation four months before the death of a 5-year-old from Crystal Lake are no longer state employees, state officials confirmed Friday.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

In surprise decision, US approves second drug to treat muscular dystrophy
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Illinois' Black Hawk statue repairs almost finished
OREGON, Ill. (AP) — The restoration project for a northern Illinois landmark known as the Black Hawk statue is near completion after funding and weather-related delays.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Scientists describe tramadol as a messy and unpredictable man-made opioid
(AP) — Scientists who’ve studied the curious chemistry of the opioid tramadol use an array of adjectives to describe it: “unpredictable,” “messy,” “crazy.”
Saturday, December 14, 2019

US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting high-risk heart complications
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

US travel opportunities abound this holiday season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Santa Monica beachfront hotel built without proper permits and fined nearly $15.6 million will be allowed to remain open.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Pelosi faces choice on impeachment prosecutors
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a campaign going on in  Washington  that even the most garrulous members of Congress aren’t eager to talk about: to be part of a team of uncertain size, with a risky mission, to be named by a leader who isn’t talking about what she’s looking for or when she’ll decide.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Trump says US, China have reached a trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Vaping illness death count surpasses 50 in US
NEW YORK (AP) — The death toll in the vaping illness outbreak has topped 50, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Trump says US, China have reached deal; Sunday tariffs off
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Catholic dioceses spar over sainthood for Sheen
(AP) — In an unusual public spat, the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is accusing the Rochester, New York, diocese of trying to “sabotage” the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Black church believed to be oldest in US finishes repairs
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 160-year-old church believed to be the oldest black church in the United States and built by enslaved Africans has been restored to a version of its former glory.
Friday, December 13, 2019

News from China, with ties to Baptist hero Lottie Moon
The news reports shocked Christians worldwide, as Chinese police units demolished the giant Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi Province early in 2018.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Federal Reserve leaves low rates alone
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Jerome Powell made clear Wednesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to keep its benchmark interest rate very low through at least next year — and possibly longer.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Pelosi drug bill up for vote reflects a Trump idea
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a White House candidate, Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions of dollars by negotiating prescription drug prices.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

California panel considers calling THC in pot a potential risk to moms-to-be and require warnings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

New drugs show rare promise against advanced breast cancer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Doctors on Wednesday reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread widely and resisted many previous treatments.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

'So many basic and fundamental errors'
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress today that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors“ were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes two days after the release of a  report that identified significant problems with applications to receive and renew warrants to eavesdrop on a former Trump campaign aide in 2016 and 2017. Despite those problems, the report also found that the FBI’s actions were not motivated by partisan bias and that the investigation was opened for a proper cause.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 homeless
The president of the Oakland City Council in the San Francisco Bay Area is proposing bringing a cruise ship to the city’s port to house up to 1,000 homeless people.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Meet the scholar who diagnosed 'surveillance capitalism'
A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still since.

In a 700-page book, the Harvard scholar skewered tech giants like Facebook and Google with a damning phrase: “surveillance capitalism.” The unflattering term evokes how these companies vacuum up the details of our lives, make billions from that data and use what they’ve learned to glue our attention more firmly to their platforms.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dominion partnership to convert manure to natural gas
One of the nation’s largest energy producers is launching a $200 million effort to convert methane from cow manure into natural gas.

Richmond-based Dominion Energy announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Vanguard Renewables to develop and operate conversion facilities at dairy farms across the U.S.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogue
The Trump administration today hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign“ against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Democrats agree to Trump's North America trade pact: Just what's in it?
After months of political wrangling, House Democrats agreed Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s revamped version of a 25-year-old North American free trade agreement. But they pried some concessions out of the Trump administration before saying they’d go along.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Democrats unveil impeachment charges
House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he threatened the integrity of  the U.S. election system and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Watchdog: Black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions
A cut to the tax coal companies pay to fund a trust for sick miners will cost taxpayers at least $15 billion by 2050, according to a new report from a national watchdog group.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Gov't funding for Planned Parenthood at stake in Missouri
Government funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics is at stake in a lawsuit set to be argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

State attorneys are asking Supreme Court judges to back the Republican-led Legislature’s decision to block funding from Planned Parenthood. The Attorney General’s Office appealed to the high court after a lower court in June ruled the move was unconstitutional.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

North Dakota county votes to limit refugees after first considering banning them
A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially signaling it would be the first to ban them since President Donald Trump ordered that states and counties should have the power to do so.

The 3-2 vote by the Burleigh County Commission, which included a provision for further study of the issue, followed a four-hour meeting and came a week after a vote was postponed when the audience overflowed the county’s usual meeting space. If commissioners had voted no, refugee resettlement groups say they believe Burleigh — home to about 95,000 people and the capital city of Bismarck — would have been be the first local government to do so since Trump’s executive order in September.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Probe: FBI justified, some means unacceptable
The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia  and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been the target of a “witch hunt.”

The long-awaited report rejected theories and criticism spread by Trump and his supporters, though it also found “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command that Republicans are citing as evidence that Trump was targeted by an unfair investigation.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

President handed major Capitol Hill win on North American trade pact
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

The California Democrat said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a significant improvement over the original North American Free Trade Agreement, crediting Democratic negotiators for winning stronger provisions on enforcing the agreement.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Texas sweethearts are world's oldest married couple
It was 1934 and John Henderson wanted a car.

So he shelled out $26 for a used green Dodge Roadster, hoping the wheels would bring new adventures and impress fellow University of Texas classmates like Charlotte Curtis, the pretty girl who sat in front of him in zoology class.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Brain differences may be tied to obesity, large kids' study says
New results  from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function.

Does excess body weight somehow reduce brain regions that regulate planning and impulse control? Is obesity a result of that brain difference? Or are eating habits, lifestyle, family circumstances and genetics to blame?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ex-Fed Chair Volcker dies at age 92
(AP) — Paul Volcker, who as Federal Reserve chairman in the early 1980s elevated interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died, according to his office.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Tentative deal on North American trade
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Climate scientists try to cut own carbon footprints
(AP) — For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Court leaves Kentucky ultrasound law in place
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Courttoday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.
Monday, December 9, 2019

NYC to require 'bird-friendly' glass on construction
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city’s buildings every year.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Challenging times: Catholic priests across the nation are beset by overwork, isolation, scandals
More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses, challenges and sex abuse scandals complicating their lives and those of their fellow priests across the United States.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia takes another step toward ending decades of restrictions on women
Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to use separate entrances from men or sit behind partitions at restaurants in the latest measure announced by the government that upends a major hallmark of conservative restrictions that had been in place for decades.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Naval shooter had possible terror links
U.S. officials investigating the deadly attack by a Saudi aviation student at a naval air station in Florida were working Saturday to determine whether it was motivated by terrorism.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ceremony remembers those killed in Pearl Harbor attack
Thousands of people attended a ceremony Saturday to remember those killed when Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor 78 years ago and launched the U.S. into World War II.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

'Mexico, US, Canada trade talks continue in Washington
Mexico’s top trade negotiator wrapped up an 11-hour meeting with his U.S. counterpart Friday night, saying they had not finalized a new trade agreement for Mexico, United States and Canada.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Unemployment hits 50-year low
Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as U.S. employers shrugged off trade conflicts and a global slowdown and added 266,000 jobs.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Historic US towns endured wars and hurricanes; now sea level rise is the latest threat to these cities
Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Gov't report says prices for prescription drugs edged down 1% last year
Prices for prescription drugs edged down by 1% last year, a rare result driven by declines for generics and slow, low growth in the cost of brand-name medications, the government said Thursday.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Uber says more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during last year
Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018.

That figure includes 235 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked and that some assaults occurred between riders.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Wedding planning sites revising policies on ceremonies at slave plantations
Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group’s campaign urging the companies to stop promoting venues where black people were once brutalized.
Friday, December 6, 2019

A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases
It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye.

Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately, the victims and the person who exploited them.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Buyers rush to purchase guns in reaction to politics
Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates’ calls for tighter restrictions.

By the end of November, more than 25.4 million background checks — generally seen as a strong indicator of gun sales — had been conducted by the FBI, putting 2019 on pace to break the record of 27.5 million set in 2016, the last full year President Barack Obama was in the White House.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

House pressing on to draft impeachment articles
The U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

US trade gap narrows by 7.6 percent
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped.

The Commerce Department said today that the gap between what America sells and what it buys abroad dropped 7.6% to $47.2 billion in October. Imports tumbled 1.7% to $254.3 billion on reduced purchases of foreign oil, cars and auto parts and pharmaceuticals. Exports dipped 0.2% to $207.1 billion on a drop in sales of soybeans and aircraft engines.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Researchers: Parkinson's drug can also curb dementia's delusions
A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson’s patients did the same for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Higher-speed Florida train has highest death rate
After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, with no problems.

That was likely a great relief to railroad staff who have dealt with a higher than average number of deaths involving the sleek, neon-yellow trains, which travel at speeds of up to 79 mph (127 kph) through some of Florida’s most densely populated cities.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Food stamp work requirement tightened
The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program.

The final rule, announced today, will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which  feeds more than 36 million Americans.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Season's greetings at Sears: Dingy shops, sparse shelves
Nearly 10 months out of bankruptcy, Sears is limping into the holiday shopping season.

Eddie Lampert, the hedge fund billionaire who promised to save 425 Sears and Kmart stores and roughly 45,000 jobs when he bought the company out of bankruptcy, has seen his $5.2 billion lifeline wither.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Roberts appears to be key vote in expanding gun laws or sidestepping the case
Chief Justice John Roberts appeared Monday to be the key vote in whether the Supreme Court considers expanding gun rights or sidesteps its first case on the issue in nearly 10 years.

The court’s dismissal of the case would be a disappointment to gun-rights advocates and a huge relief to gun-control groups. Both sides thought a conservative Supreme Court majority fortified by two appointees of President Donald Trump, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, might use the case to expand on landmark decisions from a decade ago that established a right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

China's climate paradox: The country is a leader in coal and clean energy
As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases.

China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s total. Yet it’s also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, and it manufactures about two-thirds of solar cells installed worldwide.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Government now providing daily HIV prevention drug for free
The government launched a new program on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Powerful typhoon nears Philippines, forcing evacuations
A powerful typhoon drew closer to the Philippines today, forcing tens of thousands of villagers to flee to safety, knocking out power in entire provinces and prompting authorities to plan the closure of Manila’s international airport.

Typhoon Kammuri was forecast to slam into the country’s eastern coast Monday night to early Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers (96 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 190 kph (118 mph), government forecasters said. In Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes provinces, where the typhoon is expected to blow ashore, pounding rain and wind started to rattle tin roofs and block visibility by nightfall.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Justices weigh dismissal of gun law case
The Supreme Court considered today whether to dismiss the first gun rights case it has heard in nearly 10 years, an outcome that would come as a huge relief to gun-control advocates.

The justices heard arguments in a dispute over New York City restrictions on transporting licensed, locked and unloaded guns outside the city limits. New York has dropped its transport ban, but only after the high court decided in January to hear the case.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House
Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House this year.

Melania Trump announced “The Spirit of America” as the theme in a late Sunday tweet that included a minute-long video of the Christmas decorations being unveiled Monday.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Trump to tariff Argentina and Brazil
President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate.

Trump also called on America’s central bank to take action to prevent other countries from devaluing their currencies.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Deadly storm moves cross country taking aim at Northeast
Hundreds of flights were canceled and thousands delayed for travelers heading home after the Thanksgiving holiday as a deadly winter storm moved to the Northeast on Sunday, packing one last punch of snow and ice.

The National Weather Service predicted more than a foot (0.3 meters) of snow in swaths of upstate New York and New England, as well as ice accumulations in parts of Pennsylvania.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Democrat Steve Bullock ends struggling presidential campaign
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday that he’s ending his Democratic presidential campaign, saying it’s become clear that he won’t have a shot at being his party’s nominee.

The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case that he was the best bet to beat President Donald Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to win in a state that Trump won in 2016. But he got a late start, announcing his candidacy in May and joining nearly two dozen other Democratic candidates competing for attention and campaign donations.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Kansas county to pay $37.5K to officer bitten by police dog
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county has agreed to pay $37,500 to a Wichita police officer who was bitten by a sheriff deputy’s K-9, years after the deputy received her own settlement for being bitten by a police department dog.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Oklahoma police say officer got Starbucks with 'PIG' on cups
GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on Thanksgiving only to find that the word “PIG” was printed on the cups’ labels.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Focus on early release of terror convict in London stabbings
LONDON (AP) — UK counterterrorism police on Saturday searched for clues into how a man imprisoned for terrorism offenses before his release last year managed to stab several people before being tackled by bystanders and shot dead by officers on London Bridge. Two people were killed and three wounded.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Impeachment's influence hazy as issue
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats' majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

A ship that has been at an Illinois port for years will move
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An abandoned-looking ship bulk carrier will finally be moved from an Illinois port after sitting there for decades.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Disturbing the peace? 5 hikes to avoid Yosemite crowds
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP)  Dappled sunlight kisses the valley floor of Yosemite National Park. Granite monoliths, gushing waterfalls and giant sequoias abound. The wilderness is calling.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Black Friday shooting shutters Syracuse shopping mall
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Syracuse are looking for a gunman who shot a man in the leg Friday inside a shopping mall.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Oklahoma police say officer got Starbucks with 'PIG' on cups
GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on Thanksgiving only to find that the word “PIG” was printed on the cups’ labels.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Annual town parade canceled over possible Confederate float issues
GARNER, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town has canceled its annual Christmas parade over possible issues with a float sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Georgia Police: 33 year old woman arrested for firing gun into KFC drive-thru
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia woman fired a gun into a KFC after learning her order lacked napkins and a fork.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Who made the new drapes?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s role in a bitterly divided Washington and nation may be more important than ever, yet basic details about how the court operates remain obscured.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Evacuation order lifted as huge Texas plant fire 'contained'
PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say a massive chemical plant fire that rocked a Gulf Coast town with two major explosions is finally considered contained after three days.
Friday, November 29, 2019

A liberal activist group targets Federalist Society
WASHINGTON (AP) — A liberal activist group is launching a digital ad campaign targeting the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization that has championed judges appointed by President Donald Trump, such as Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Chicago officer investigated for body-slamming man
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer is being investigated for body-slamming a man who spat on his face, authorities said Friday.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Union Pacific sues to nullify old jobs pact with Texas town
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific wants a court to invalidate an 1872 pact requiring it to keep a certain number of jobs in an East Texas town indefinitely.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Trump thanks troops in Afghanistan
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and the Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a cease-fire.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Judge rules for Indianapolis police in teen's killing
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of Indianapolis police in a lawsuit that accused officers of excessive force in a black teenager’s fatal shooting following a suspected armed carjacking.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Shorter shopping season means a more intense scramble
NEW YORK (AP) — The mad scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas has begun — but with six fewer days.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Now you can bet on your friendly, family football game
Each Thanksgiving, families and friends across America face off in backyards or public parks in pre-meal football games they dub “Turkey Bowl.”

Now, there’s a way to determine which side is favored to win — a way you can bet on.

Bookmaker William Hill US has come up with a tongue-in-cheek formula to generate point spreads in individual Turkey Bowl games. It’s designed to add some more fun to the family faceoffs while promoting itself as the fast-growing legal sports betting industry spreads throughout the country.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Behold, a new holiday tradition, the National Dog Show
Television traditions on Thanksgiving have usually involved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and then hours of football, but in recent years, another has emerged: The National Dog Show. Hosted by actor John O’Hurley, the annual parade of pooches has become one of the most popular shows of Thanksgiving week.

But according to O’Hurley, it almost didn’t make its way to the small screen.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Double whammy of wintry weather
A storm packing heavy snow and high winds that wreaked havoc as it whipped through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska marched into the upper Midwest today as anxious Thanksgiving travelers buckled up and barreled headlong into a busy, if not perilous, holiday week.

The wintry storm that left at least one person dead was expected to push eastward into South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, while a “bomb cyclone” weather phenomenon was expected to simultaneously topple trees, knock out power and dump snow as it rolled into California and Oregon.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Trump donates salary to help fight opioid crisis
President Donald Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to help tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

1,100 travelers spend night at Denver's airport
A storm that dumped heavy snow in Colorado and Wyoming forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights in Denver on Tuesday and has made driving impossible in some parts of the two states just as the busy Thanksgiving week travel period went into high gear.

About 7 inches (18 centimeters) was on the ground at Denver International Airport by morning but more was expected through the afternoon.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Committee's report on impeachment could come out next week
The witnesses have spoken, the politics are largely settled. Now impeachment investigators will make the case for public opinion.

On Monday, hundreds of pages from Democratic Chairman Adam Schiff’s intelligence committee were being compiled into an exhaustive report that will begin to outline whether President Donald Trump engaged in “treason, bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors” by withholding $400 million in aid as he pushed Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. The report may come as soon as next week.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Buttigieg exhibited an attention-grabbing combo of brains and curiousity early
It was a running joke in his AP U.S. history class at Saint Joseph High School: Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run for president of the United States? Or would he have a better shot of winning the voters of the future if he went by Montgomery, his middle name?
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence moves into care
The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online.

Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Emerging priority for Powell: The plight of the poor
Testifying to Congress this month, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sent a message seldom heard from his predecessors: That the Fed should consider the struggles of the lowest-income Americans in setting its interest-rate policies.

“We want to remind ourselves,” Powell said, “that prosperity isn’t experienced in all communities. Low- and moderate-income communities in many cases are just starting to feel the benefits of this expansion.”

Monday, November 25, 2019

Inventor has ambitious plan for net
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee released an ambitious rule book for online governance — a bill of rights and obligations for the internet — designed to counteract the growing prevalence of such anti-democratic poisons as misinformation, mass surveillance and censorship.

The product of a year’s work by the World Wide Web Foundation where Berners-Lee is a founding director, the “ Contract for the Web ” seeks commitments from governments and industry to make and keep knowledge freely available — a digital policy agenda true to the design vision of the 30-year-old web.

Monday, November 25, 2019

More college students turn to school for help with mental health; schools struggle to meet demand
More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and many must wait weeks for treatment or find help elsewhere as campus clinics struggle to meet demand, an Associated Press review of more than three dozen public universities found.

On some campuses, the number of students seeking treatment has nearly doubled over the last five years while overall enrollment has remained relatively flat. The increase has been tied to reduced stigma around mental health, along with rising rates of depression and other disorders. Universities have expanded their mental health clinics, but the growth is often slow, and demand keeps surging.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Impeachment crossroads: Keep going or vote?
They’ve heard enough. With stunning testimony largely complete, the House, the Senate and the president are swiftly moving on to next steps in the historic impeachment inquiry of Donald J. Trump.

“Frankly, I want a trial,” Trump declared Friday, and it looks like he’s going to get it.

Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s staff and others are compiling the panel’s findings. By early December, the Judiciary Committee is expected to launch its own high-wire hearings to consider articles of impeachment and a formal recommendation of charges.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Officials: Don't eat romaine grown in Salinas, Calif.
U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak.

The notice comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak led to a blanket warning about romaine.

Officials urged Americans not to eat the leafy green if the label doesn’t say where it was grown. They also urged supermarkets and restaurants not to serve or sell the lettuce, unless they’re sure it was grown elsewhere.

The warning applies to all types of romaine from the Salinas region, include whole heads, hearts and pre-cut salad mixes.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Obama warns Democrats against adopting 'purity tests' in the 2020 election
Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats on Thursday against adopting “purity tests” in the presidential primary and said any adversity the candidates face in the contest will make whoever emerges an even stronger nominee.

Obama spoke to about 100 donors during a question-and-answer session with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in Los Altos Hills, California. The event came a day after the fifth Democratic presidential primary in Atlanta and as the 17-person field continues to expand, with the expected entry of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the coming days.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Explosion at Dippin' Dots injures 4
Authorities say an explosion at the Dippin’ Dots production facility in Kentucky has injured four people.

Dippin’ Dots human resources official Steve Heisner told WPSD-TV the extent of both the injuries and the damage to the facility Friday night is unknown. He said employees weren’t being allowed inside the building as the oxygen level was too low, the power was shut off and smoke remained inside.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana
The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana.

The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal agency doles out money to states for treatment programs.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Glitch in Medicare's drug plan finder could prove costly for consumers
A glitch in Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts.

Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly used tool on Medicare.gov and just got its first major update in a decade. The Trump administration has hailed the new version and Medicare Administrator Seema Verma says it will empower beneficiaries to take advantage of their coverage options.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Shutdown averted, stopgap bill passed
The Republican-held Senate passed a temporary government-wide spending bill that would keep federal agencies up and running through Dec. 20 and avert a government shutdown after midnight Thursday.

The spending bill, passed by a 74-20 vote, would keep federal the government open for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

'Corruption' probe meant Bidens, impeachment witnesses say
Key impeachment witnesses said Thursday it was clear that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pursuing political investigations of Democrats in Ukraine. Their testimony undercuts the president’s argument he only wanted to root out Ukrainian corruption.

State Department official David Holmes said he understood that Giuliani’s push to investigate “Burisma,” the Ukraine gas company where Joe Biden’s son Hunter served on the board, was code for the former vice president and his family. Former White House adviser Fiona Hill warned that Giuliani had been making “explosive” and “incendiary” claims.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

New, old drugs may offer fresh new ways to fight heart disease
Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for interfering with heart-harmful genes without modifying the genes themselves — in one case, with treatment just twice a year.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Fox opinion hosts in odd position of bashing own programming
The reviews are biting: “mind-numbingly dull,” “a huge dud” and “a fricking  joke.”

Yet they’re coming from an unusual place — Fox News Channel personalities talking about the programming that their network has spent hours televising over the past week.

Fox’s wall-to-wall coverage of the House’s impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump is rubbing against its opinion hosts’ who believe the proceedings are a farce.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7 key questions heading into tonight's Democratic debate with top 10 candidates
New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again.

No longer is there a clear front-runner. The fight for African American voters is raging. And there are growing concerns that impeachment may become a distraction from the primary. Those issues and more will play out Wednesday night when the Democratic Party’s top 10 face off in Atlanta just 75 days before primary voting begins.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

House Dems to choose Oversight leader
As impeachment hearings resume on Capitol Hill, House Democrats are preparing to choose who will lead the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee — a key role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Three veteran lawmakers, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, the acting chairwoman, are seeking to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who died last month.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

US failing to stop China from stealing research
The United States government has failed to stop China from stealing intellectual property from American universities and lacks a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the threat, a congressional report concluded Monday.

The report says the FBI should be more effective and consistent in warning colleges and universities about the threat of Chinese economic and industrial espionage. It also says agencies that award research grants or provide visas for scientists don’t do enough to monitor or track the recipients, and says universities themselves must do a better job identifying foreign funding sources and conflicts of interest among the scientists on their campuses.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Prison system plagued by staffing crisis, violence
For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view.

The death of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and the revelation that he was able to kill himself while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America has cast a spotlight on the agency, which has also been besieged by serious misconduct in recent years.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Trump admin rolls back EPA oversight in Midwest in favor of business
Mamie Cosey and those living near this tiny, industrial village on the banks of the Mississippi River spent years wondering what poisons spewed from the three billowing stacks of a waste incinerator plant they all smell from their front porches.

Just two days before President Barack Obama left office, his Environmental Protection Agency ordered the stacks continuously monitored for arsenic, lead, mercury and other harmful metals that the 78-year-old Cosey blames for the health problems of her three great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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











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