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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 19, 2019

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

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

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

Monday, August 19, 2019

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

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

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

Saturday, August 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China threatens retaliation for tariff hike
BEIJING (AP) — China on today threatened retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned tariff hikes go ahead, while the renewed acrimony between the two biggest global economies sent stock markets tumbling.
Friday, August 2, 2019

US stocks fall again in sell-off on tariffs
NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets around the world buckled Friday, and the S&P 500 was on track for its worst day in months following President Donald Trump’s latest escalation in his trade war with China.
Friday, August 2, 2019

The Kennedy Curse
AP) — The Kennedy dynasty has been touched repeatedly by tragedy — most recently the death of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill at age 22.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter dies at age 22
BOSTON (AP) — A granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968 while running for president, has died. Saoirse Kennedy Hill was 22.
Friday, August 2, 2019

July US jobs report shows solid gains amid trade friction; unemployment 3.7%
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Health care back in focus, but potential disruption of coverage a risk for Dems
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates are split over eliminating employer-provided health insurance under “Medicare for All.”
Friday, August 2, 2019

1,000 year old British house of worship adds miniature golf course
LONDON (AP) — Putts are joining prayers at Britain’s Rochester Cathedral, where a mini-golf course has been installed inside the medieval house of worship. 
Friday, August 2, 2019

Dillinger relatives doubt body in grave is the gangster
Descendants of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger seeking to have his remains exhumed say they have “evidence” the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery beneath a gravestone with his name on it may not be him and FBI agents possibly killed someone else in 1934.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate
A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate today, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Lawmaker's threats triggered fear
An Oregon state senator’s threats against the Senate president and the state police on the eve of a walkout by Senate Republicans in June sent a wave of fear through the Capitol.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

33-year-old who hacked Capital One made little attempt to hide her actions
The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking Capital One made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it.

It’s one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle “erratic.” Well-known in Seattle’s hacker community, Thompson has lived a life of tumult, with frequent job changes, reported estrangement from family and self-described emotional problems and drug use.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Atlanta to add context about racism on markers next to historic monuments
Atlanta will soon add some lessons about the South’s history on markers placed next to four historic monuments amid the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

US to set up plan allwing script meds from Canada
The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a pathway allowing Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of opposition from federal health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Loophole allows families to get aid meant for needy
The U.S. Education Department is being urged to close a loophole that has allowed some wealthy families to get federal, state and university funding that’s meant to help needy students.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Media fight involving Trump, McConnell, MSNBC and The Post gets personal
A skirmish involving President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Washington Post and MSNBC has escalated into unusual personal bitterness this week, with election security legislation and Trump’s attacks on U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings as the triggers.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Debate: 'Medicare for All' proposal favored by leading liberals came under attack
The signature domestic proposal by the leading progressive candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination came under withering attack from moderates in a debate that laid bare the struggle between a call for revolutionary policies and a desperate desire to defeat President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

2 dead, 2 wounded in Walmart shooting
A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested today at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Body of 1930s gangster Dillinger to be exhumed
The body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger is set to be exhumed from an Indianapolis cemetery more than 85 years after he was killed by FBI agents.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

106 million compromised in latest breach
A security breach at Capital One Financial, one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards, compromised the personal information of about 106 million people, and in some cases the hacker obtained Social Security and bank account numbers.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

AF general Pentagon nominee denies sexual misconduct allegations
The Air Force general nominated to be the nation’s number two military officer strongly denied allegations of sexual misconduct Tuesday, telling a Senate committee that he was falsely accused and did nothing wrong.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Some comparing Trump rhetoric and actions to that of George Wallace
If President Donald Trump putting race at the forefront of his re-election campaign rings familiar, that’s because another White House hopeful did the same half a century ago — and saw the strategy resonate with many Americans.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

US presidents have made racist comments and gestures throughout history
When President Donald Trump drew condemnation for describing a majority-black congressional district as a “rat and rodent infested mess” and for tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color, it was not the first time a U.S. president attracted such attention.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Homeland alert: Small planes vulnerable to hackers with physical access
The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Conservative who advocates privatizing some public lands named BLM chief
A conservative lawyer and writer who argues for selling some of the nation’s public lands is now in charge of a nearly quarter-billion acres in federally held rangeland and other wilderness.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Baltimore-area district residents push back against president's comments
As Latoya Peoples painted a mural with high school-age students Monday in Baltimore, she was determined not to let President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about the city “sink in too much.”
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hurry up and wait: Docs say insurers increasingly interfere
After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Trump signs 9/11 victims' fund extension
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund helping those impacted by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks never runs out of money, ending years of legislative gridlock as the number of first responders dying of Ground Zero-related illnesses mounted.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Trump steps up attack on Rep. Cummings
Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics today and sought to deflect the criticism by labeling a leading black congressman as himself racist.

In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, Trump said his weekend comments referring to Rep. Elijah Cummings’ majority-black Baltimore district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live” were not racist. Instead, Trump argued, “if racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess.”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Fed set to cut rates for first time in decade
There’s little dispute that the Federal Reserve this week will do something it hasn’t done since 2008, when the U.S. economy was gripped by the Great Recession: Cut its benchmark interest rate.
Monday, July 29, 2019

3 killed in garlic festival shooting, including 6-year-old
A 6-year-old boy described by his grandmother as always kind and happy was one of three people killed and at least 15 others injured when a gunman heard to be “really angry” opened fire during the closing moments of a popular weekend garlic festival in Northern California.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Driving to or thru Ohio this summer?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If your summer travel plans involve traveling through Ohio and you’re still a fan of paper maps, it’s time you meet Bruce Hull.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Trump can use Pentagon funds for wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Economists: New Trump farm aid may be distributed more fairly
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they’ve planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system of payments per bushel heavily skewed toward soybean growers, an agricultural economist said Friday.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Trump seeks to crack down on food stamp 'loophole'
(AP) — Residents signing up for food stamps in Minnesota are provided a brochure about domestic violence, but it doesn’t matter if they even read the pamphlet. The mere fact it was made available could allow them to qualify for government food aid if their earnings or savings exceed federal limits.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Dig into the terms to get the best Equifax data breach settlement possible
(AP) — Consumers affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach (that’s most U.S. adults who have credit) can get their names on the list to get free credit monitoring and/or monetary compensation.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

FDA warns top pot company about CBD claims
(AP) — U.S. regulators warned a leading marijuana company for making unproven health claims about CBD, the trendy ingredient that’s turning up in lotions, foods and pet treats.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

'Elvis in Vegas' is a gem of pop culture history
Elvis Presley spent the better part of that decade appearing in one silly movie after another instead of performing live, a career strategy that tested the patience of his fans and cost him his edge in the music world. Meanwhile, The Beatles and the rest of the British invasion bands were redefining popular music just as he had done years earlier.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Breast implant maker recalls model linked to cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Breast implant maker Allergan Inc. issued a worldwide recall Wednesday for textured models because of a link to a rare form of cancer.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Survey finds girls are victimes of cyberbullying more than boys in U.S.
SEATTLE (AP) — Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to others online.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Eagle with golf clubs? Altered seal at Trump speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it didn’t know that an altered presidential seal featuring a two-headed eagle clutching golf clubs would be displayed at a speech by President Donald Trump this week.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Officials: Iran test launched medium-range missile
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile inside its borders, U.S. officials said Friday, defying Trump administration demands that it curtail the weapon program and demonstrating its intent to further push back against U.S. sanctions.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Pelosi downplays differences with AOC after talk
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is downplaying any differences with high-profile progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she had a “nice meeting” Friday with the social media dynamo who’s made some tart observations about the Democratic leadership team.
Friday, July 26, 2019

A look at immigration by the numbers
(AP) — An unprecedented number of families have been coming to the southern border over the past year, straining government resources and resulting in dangerously overcrowded detention facilities.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Mexican Americans also experienced racial terror during the 'Red Summer'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Twenty years ago, a knock on the door opened the past for Arlinda Valencia.
Friday, July 26, 2019

TV: Dark Materials, Gemstones grapple with religion
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — HBO’s forthcoming fantasy series “His Dark Materials” and its new televangelist comedy “The Righteous Gemstones” bring wildly different worlds to the screen, yet both grapple with the same central problem: How to take on religion without degrading and demeaning viewers’ beliefs.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Migrants sent back by US dumped in Monterrey
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The bus carrying dozens of Central Americans from the Texas border arrived in this northern Mexican city late at night and pulled up next to the station. Men and women disembarked with children in their arms or staggering sleepily by their sides, looked around fearfully and wondered what to do.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Heatwave in Europe absolutely baking the continent
PARIS (AP) — Record temperatures are being set across Europe, including Paris, as the continent swelters Thursday in what is its second heat wave this summer.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

US govt will execute inmates for first time since '03
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will execute federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003, the Justice Department announced today, bringing back a seldom-used punishment pushed by President Donald Trump and escalating another divisive issue ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Man accused in dairy abuse case may be here illegally
KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of abusing calves at an Indiana dairy farm that’s a popular agritourism destination is in federal immigration custody.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

First study inside the body to test gene editing to try to cure blindness
(AP) — Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness. People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to the brain that enable sight.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

After Mueller: Dems vow to 'own August'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Thursday pivoted away from questions of impeachment by saying they are going to “own” the upcoming August recess on issues like health care and prescription drug costs.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jet-setter Pete Buttigieg's $300k on private jet travel contrasts with his image
Pete Buttigieg has spent roughly $300,000 on private jet travel this year, more than any other Democrat running for the White House, according to an analysis of campaign finance data.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Diplomats' brain scans show differences, add to Cuba mystery
Advanced brain scans found perplexing differences in U.S. diplomats who say they developed concussion-like symptoms after working in Cuba, a finding that only heightens the mystery of what may have happened to them, a new study says.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Unfiltered: The text of former special counsel Mueller's opening statement today
Good morning Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Collins, and members of the Committee.

As you know, in May 2017, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel. I undertook that role because I believed that it was of paramount interest to the nation to determine whether a foreign adversary had interfered in the presidential election.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Federal judge says Trump admin can enforce new restrictions on asylum at border
A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Top executive for opioid distributor says they have no obligation to the public
An executive at one of the nation’s largest drug distribution companies said under questioning recently that the business has no obligation to the public when it comes to the amount of prescription opioid painkillers it ships.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

USDA rule could cut food stamp benefits
The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed tightening automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program, a change that could cut benefits for about 3.1 million people.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Boris Johnson chosen as Britain's prime minister
Boris Johnson, Britain’s blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.’s next prime minister today, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs
Two senior senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs that serve seniors and low-income people.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Females nominated to service academies on rise
The percentage of female students nominated by members of Congress for admission to U.S. service academies has been rising, but men are still put forward nearly three times as often as women, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Biden criminal justice plan reverses key parts of 1994 crime bill he helped write
Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hundreds of black deaths in Red Summer ignored
America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened.

It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago. Hundreds of African American men, women and children were burned alive, shot, lynched or beaten to death by white mobs. Thousands saw their homes and businesses burned to the ground and were driven out, many never to return.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health
Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Teen activists score mental health days
Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S.
Monday, July 22, 2019

New OxyContin was supposed to reduce abuse
Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic?
Monday, July 22, 2019

Bernie Sanders concedes: He needs to talk more about where he came from
Back at Brooklyn College this winter to launch his second White House bid, Bernie Sanders paused to recall growing up nearby in a 3 1/2-room apartment beset by money worries.
Monday, July 22, 2019

1960s prankster Krassner, who named Yippies, dies
Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Deadly mega-fires bring new challenge to Europe
The European Union describes wildfires as “a serious and increasing threat” across the continent.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Officials: US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia
With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by Washington after it toppled Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dangers of nonstick and stain-resistant compounds
At first, Tomas Monarrez didn’t notice the labels when he went shopping for pots and pans.

‘Completely toxin free!” said a big green message on a line of nonstick frying pans in the cookware aisle at a store in the nation’s capital.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Nation celebrates 50th anniversary of 1st lunar footsteps
A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world Saturday, gathering in record heat at races and other festivities to commemorate Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s “giant leap.”
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe
Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies?
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week
The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Berkeley defines language of 'inclusively'
There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into “maintenance holes” instead.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Dems' Mueller questioning to focus on obstruction
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans’ attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump’s conduct.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary
President Donald Trump has selected lawyer Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be his new labor secretary.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed drone
Iran today denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of tensions between the two countries less than a month after Trump nearly launched an airstrike.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Deepfake videos pose an election threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be even worse
Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be “dumbfakes” — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are easy and often cheap to produce.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Trump chides supporters who chant 'Send her back!' as Omar stands defiant
President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Heat wave is just getting warmed up
The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Parties unite to repeal health care tax
House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that’s a symbol of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Judge denies bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein
A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges today, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the “heart of this decision.”
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Data shows how opioid crisis grew county by county
The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation’s opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump blasts congresswomen again at rally while crowd roars, 'Send her back'
Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be declining some
U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Big Tech gets some big questions
Big Tech faced tough questions this week as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook’s plan for a new digital currency.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sex tech is in, skimpy outfits out at technology show
The CES gadget show is cracking down on its dress code, introducing more sessions focused on women and minorities and creating a new “sex tech” category after a debacle over a robotic personal massager for women.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

19 of 22 MS-13 gang members on trial here illegally
Members and associates of the MS-13 gang committed seven murders including several in which victims were hacked to death with machetes in a Southern California forest, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New immigration policy denies asylum to anyone who crosses thru another country
A major immigration policy shift took effect Tuesday to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump admin: Federally-funded family planning clinics can't offer abortion referrals
Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration’s ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

El Chapo sentenced to life in prison
The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

John Paul Stevens evolved into Supreme Court's liberal lion
John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice.

That’s how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court’s liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection and limits on the death penalty.

Stevens, who died Tuesday at age 99 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, served longer than all but two justices and was the second-oldest after Oliver Wendell Holmes in the court’s nearly 230 years.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fed says moving land agency will save millions
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a “top heavy” office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation’s biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

USDA says fewer than 40 percent of transferred agriculture researchers will move to the Midwest
The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the Midwest.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bayer AG moving 500 jobs from NC to St. Louis
German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is closing its crop science division headquarters in North Carolina and moving 500 jobs to the St. Louis area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and a company executive announced Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Africans also on dangerous journey to US
When an armed conflict erupted in his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Stone
No more Instagram for Roger Stone. Facebook and Twitter are out, too.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation
President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, “not show weakness” and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries. His comments, he insisted, “were NOT Racist.”
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Facebook exec defends currency plan
Under withering criticism from senators, a Facebook executive today defended the social network giant’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users’ data.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Foreman of grand jury investigating Chappaquiddick says 'Justice wasn't served'
The crash ended a young woman’s life, and with it, a man’s White House dreams.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fifty years later: The original account of Kennedy's Chappaquiddick accident
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s 1969 car crash on Chappaquiddick Island killed a woman — and ended any aspirations he had of challenging President Richard Nixon in 1972.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity
Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris
Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Police: Officer, suspect shot at Baltimore treatment center
A Baltimore police officer was shot as well as a suspect Monday at a drug treatment center, police said.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Trump's tweets against 4 liberal congresswomen called racist
Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border
The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down immigration.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Biden cancer nonprofit suspends operations indefinitely
A nonprofit foundation set up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that relied on health care world partnerships to speed a cure for cancer has suspended its operations, it announced Monday.
Monday, July 15, 2019

American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations
American Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Man faces second sentence in Charlottesville car attack
A man sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to face a state judge who could add another life sentence, plus 419 years.
Monday, July 15, 2019

Hawaii activists get ready for start of work on telescope
Native Hawaiian groups vowed to protect Hawaii’s tallest mountain from an attempt to resume construction of a giant telescope.
Monday, July 15, 2019

President Trump says nationwide immigration arrests are to begin today
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hurricane Barry hits coastal Alabama and Mississippi the hardest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carrying “off the chart” amounts of moisture, sprawling Hurricane Barry crawled slowly toward shore, knocking out power on the Gulf Coast and dumping heavy rains that could last for days in a test of flood-prevention efforts implemented after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 14 years ago.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Facebook faces $5B FTC fine, largest ever in tech
At $5 billion, the fine the FTC is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it’s given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in 2012.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Silicon Valley house offers family several options
Dear Helaine: I own a single-family home in the Silicon Valley. There's about $1 million equity in it and an annual property tax of $2,000 (thanks to Proposition 13, which limits annual tax increases).
Saturday, July 13, 2019

High avocado prices in Mexico leading to 'mock guac'
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans are dismayed by continued increases in the price for avocados, a staple of the country's cuisine.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Nashville country stars love to play tourist at home
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tourism comes alive in the Music City during summer, but the thousands who flock here aren’t the only sightseers in town.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry tours get updated with new immersive film
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The backstage of the Grand Ole Opry, a radio staple since 1925, is a place where you might run into your favorite country star, drop a letter in a singer's mailbox or take a peek inside a dressing room where an impromptu jam session is happening.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

The moon landing 50 years ago was a giant leap not just for mankind but for filmmaking, too
NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Friday to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy, including a bipartisan proposal to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Acosta resigning amid Epstein deal scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein , who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Indiana University issues alert after knife attack on girl
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University police say a female juvenile suffered superficial cuts in an attack that prompted an emergency alert about a person with knife on the Bloomington campus.
Friday, July 12, 2019

VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles
NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Trump immigration policies inflicting lasting harm, Dem says
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies are inflicting lifetime damage on children separated from their families and worsening conditions at overcrowded and unsanitary detention facilities at the border, a Democratic House chairman said Friday as his panel held a hearing on the surge of migrants.
Friday, July 12, 2019

House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report
The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report , including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Shortening trainee doctor hours hasn't harmed patients
When reforms shortened working hours for U.S. doctors-in-training, some worried: Was that enough time to learn the art of medicine? Would future patients suffer?
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Social media spat erupts over South Dakota missing girl case
A South Dakota state lawmaker has been hit with a no-trespass order after a social media blowup over her activism in a missing girl case.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez feud with Pelosi tests party heading into 2020
They don’t talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they’re lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ivanka Trump women's initiative announces $27M in grants
A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to help women in developing countries get ahead economically is announcing its first batch of grants, $27 million for 14 projects in 22 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tom Steyer launches 2020 campaign after saying he wouldn't
Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist, said Tuesday he’s joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he would forgo a run.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Judge blocks 9 government lawyers from quitting census fight
The Justice Department can’t replace nine lawyers so late in the dispute over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census without explaining why it’s doing so, a judge says.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dems want Acosta to quit for role in financier's sex plea
A growing collection of congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump’s labor secretary should resign because of his role in a 2008 plea deal that let a billionaire financier escape prison time for alleged sex crimes.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Under a microscope: Startups grow meat in lab, face scrutiny
Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews slowly, absorbing the taste.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Administration reviews human rights' role in US policy
The Trump administration said Monday that it will review the role of human rights in American foreign policy, appointing a commission expected to elevate concerns about religious freedom and abortion.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Wealthy financier charged with molesting dozens of girls
Eleven years after letting Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a secret deal, federal prosecutors took another run at putting the billionaire financier behind bars on sex charges, accusing him in an indictment unsealed Monday of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Justice Department shaking up legal team on census case
The Justice Department is shaking up the legal team fighting for the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census but offered no specifics on why the change was being made
Monday, July 8, 2019

Alleged extremist tortured in Mali, lawyer tells Hague court
A defense lawyer for an alleged jihadist leader from Mali accused International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday of ignoring claims that her client was tortured in custody and called into question a judge’s impartiality.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Former Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty in corruption case
A former Arkansas lawmaker who is the governor’s nephew has admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to help a health nonprofit as part of a plea deal in a sprawling federal corruption investigation.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Man charged in July 4 road rage attack that hurt family of 4
Authorities say an 18-year-old man accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle into a car, igniting fireworks in the vehicle and leaving two child passengers severely burned has been charged with assault.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Bourbon spill from fire making way to Ohio River
Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Admiral picked to lead Navy is retiring; bad judgment cited
The four-star admiral set to become the Navy’s top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Apps help visually impaired navigate airport
Navigating airports can be tricky. They’re loud, crowded and not always laid out intuitively. They’re even more challenging for visually impaired people.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Before moon landing, astronauts learned geology in Arizona
Before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin knew they would be the first to walk on the moon, they took crash courses in geology at the Grand Canyon and a nearby impact crater that is the most well-preserved on Earth.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Rainbow flag again set on fire at New York gay bar
A rainbow flag was set on fire at the entrance to a New York City gay bar on Monday — the second such incident at the same club in just over a month.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity
Americans’ age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows.
Monday, July 8, 2019

St. Paul district uses food truck to feed kids in the summer
The food truck trend has reached St. Paul Public Schools. The district is using a truck that would feel right at home outside of a brewery to bring healthy breakfasts and lunches to kids at apartment buildings and city parks all summer long.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

DOJ presses for census citizenship question
The Justice Department says it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to get the question on the form.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Southern California jolted by biggest quake in 20 years
The largest Southern California quake in nearly 20 years jolted an area stretching from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico as it cracked buildings, set fires, wrecked roads but only caused minor injuries.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration
Down to earth about most things, folks in this small western Ohio city are over the moon as they get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day the world watched their native son take a “giant leap for mankind.”
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Final defendant sentenced in multistate dog fighting ring
The last of 12 defendants convicted of roles in a multistate dog fighting ring has been sentenced in New Jersey to more than four years in prison.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dementia tied to hormone blocking prostate cancer treatment
Alzheimer’s disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Plane makes emergency landing in Boston after fire on board
A fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Boston.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mystery of NSA leak lingers as stolen document case winds up
Federal agents descended on the suburban Maryland house with the flash and bang of a stun grenade, blocked off the street and spent hours questioning the homeowner about a theft of government documents that prosecutors would later describe as “breathtaking” in its scale.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Williamson warns US elections could become more like Iran's
Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Friday warned that American elections could become more like voting in countries like Iran.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Trump says he's mulling executive order for census
President Donald Trump said Friday he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Trump call America's story 'the greatest political journey in human history'
President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as “the greatest political journey in human history” in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity.
Friday, July 5, 2019

US sees solid job growth; rate cut less certain
U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Salt Lake City has been chosen to host the U.S. Quidditch World Cup in 2021.
Friday, July 5, 2019

TV channels go dark after Nexstar, ATT fail to reach a new deal
Some DirecTV customers saw blacked-out channels on Thursday where they would usually see local news.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Aftershocks follow strong earthquake
The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Biden says a female VP would be great
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden says it would be “great” to have a female vice president, but he won’t say whether he’d pick Sen. Kamala Harris for the No. 2 spot if he receives his party’s nomination.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Satirical publication MAD magazine leaving newsstands after 67-year run
MAD, the long-running satirical magazine that influenced everyone from “Weird Al” Yankovic to the writers of “The Simpsons,” will be leaving newsstands after its August issue. Really.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Rich father-in-law has both helped and complicated Beto O'Rourke's career
Beto O’Rourke was running for the El Paso City Council in 2005 when he asked to meet with the illustrious real estate investor William Sanders.
Friday, July 5, 2019

2nd and 3rd presidents both died on 4th
WASHINGTON (AP) — Through history, the Fourth of July has been a day for some presidents to declare their independence from the public. They’ve made tracks to the beach, the mountains, the golf course, the farm, the ranch. In the middle of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt was sailing to a Hawaii vacation.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

America celebrates Independence Day
NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America’s birth as a country is  filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and of course, fireworks.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Amash quitting the Republican Party
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.”
Thursday, July 4, 2019

San Francisco to paint over Depression-era mural of George Washington
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

President says officials are working on the holiday on the census dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said administration officials were working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question even though the government has begun the process of printing the questionnaire without it.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Some big farms are collecting big checks from Trump aid package
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show.
Thursday, July 4, 2019












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