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Exhibit of important papers marks MLK's 90th birthday
A collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s papers on display in Atlanta provides insight into the slain civil rights leader’s thought processes as he drafted some of his most well-known speeches and notable sermons.
Saturday, January 19, 2019


President Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit
President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear program, the White House announced Friday.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark
Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Fireball at illegal Mexico pipeline tap kills many
— Forensic experts attempted to separate and count charred heaps of corpses in central Mexico on Saturday after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap, killing at least 66 people.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Women's March returned to DC amid controversy
The Women’s March was returning to Washington on Saturday, bracing for inclement weather, coping with an ideological split and reconfiguring its route due to the government shutdown.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Trump fires back after Mueller disputes report
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News’ report that President Donald Trump’s former attorney told Mueller that Trump directed the lawyer to lie to Congress.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Labour Party seeks 'frank debate' on UK's Brexit plan
Britain’s Labour Party is calling for an “open and frank debate” on the government’s stalled Brexit plan and an increased role for Parliament — but still won’t meet with Prime Minister Theresa May for talks.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jury convicts ex-Utah State football player of rape charges
A jury Friday found a former Utah State University football player guilty of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Archbishop calls for unity at slain Polish mayor's burial
The Catholic archbishop of the Polish city of Gdansk urged an end to political and social divisions in Poland Saturday, as thousands across the country attended the funeral Mass for Pawel Adamowicz, the northern city’s slain mayor.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

New migrant caravan headed to the United States
Hundreds of mainly Honduran migrants began crossing peacefully into Mexico on Thursday without the confrontations that marked last fall’s migrant caravans.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday
Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Federal appeals court says Texas can bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
A federal appeals court panel on Thursday lifted a lower-court ban that prohibited Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program.
Friday, January 18, 2019

2 rescued from avalanche at Taos ski area
An avalanche rushed down a mountainside at a New Mexico ski resort on Thursday, injuring two people who were pulled from the snow after a roughly 20-minute rescue effort, a resort spokesman said.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Woman testifying against El Chapo details their affair
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind — fleeing with Guzman and others from authorities through an underground tunnel, her outlaw love interest in the buff.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Opiod crisis brings unwanted attention to extremely wealthy Sackler family
The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world’s great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family’s ties to OxyContin and the painkiller’s role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted kind of attention and complicating their philanthropic legacy.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Prince Phillip, 97, recovering after serious car crash
Queen Elizabeth II’s 97-year-old husband was recovering today at the royal Sandringham estate after the Land Rover he was driving rolled on a nearby highway in a collision with another vehicle.
Friday, January 18, 2019

On each side of the debate, battles expected in many states over abortion bills
On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women’s access to the procedure.
Friday, January 18, 2019

In limbo: Clinics and couples struggle with what to do with leftover embryos
Tens of thousands of embryos are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics, leftovers from pregnancy attempts and broken dreams of parenthood.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Calif. weather: Blizzards, high surf and flash floods
The latest in a series of Pacific Ocean storms pounded California with rain and snow Thursday, prompting officials to put communities on alert for mudslides and flooding and making travel treacherous.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Opioids, possible birth defect link
Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Trump: US will develop space-based missile defense
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has authorized state licensing of firearms dealers after his Republican predecessor rejected the idea.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Shutdown: State Dept. to pay diplomats
The State Department is telling all U.S. diplomats in Washington and at embassies abroad to return to work starting next week and that they will be paid despite the ongoing government shutdown.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Email prompts man to attend stranger's bachelor party
An email about a bachelor party sent to the wrong person has led to an Arizona man taking a trip to a Vermont ski resort to attend the party of someone he doesn’t know this weekend.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Estranged attorney Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014 and 2015
President Donald Trump’s estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump’s standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Colbert, Maddow are coveted slots for presidential wanna-bes
Kirsten Gillibrand is hitting the television daily double this week. The New York senator announced her presidential candidacy on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show,” following it up with an MSNBC interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of Union speech
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation — set for Jan. 29 — until the government reopens.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwide
A federal judge on Monday put a nationwide hold on Trump administration rules that allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Iowa's Republican Steve King off House committees after remarks about race
Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms.  
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Democrats celebrate crop of new governors who took GOP seats in 7 states
Democrats are celebrating capturing governor’s offices in seven states previously led by Republicans, including new chief executives taking office Monday in red-leaning Kansas and solidly blue Illinois.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

John Kasich, frequent Trump critic, lands regular role as CNN commentator
Former Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says he’s joined CNN as a political commentator.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with the grind
Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trump rejects suggested short-term fix
President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the suggestion that he temporarily reopen government while negotiations continue on his proposed border wall, signaling no speedy resolution to the partial government shutdown now into a fourth week.
Monday, January 14, 2019

China sentences Canadian to death
A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death Monday in a sudden retrial in a drug smuggling case that is likely to escalate tensions between the countries over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Facing massive liability, PG&E seeks bankruptcy protection
Pacific Gas and Electric said it plans to file for bankruptcy protection amid potentially massive liabilities resulting from the deadly California wildfires.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Trump's AG nominee: 'Vitally important' Mueller finish work
President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general will tell senators at his confirmation hearing “it is vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press on Monday.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators
President Donald Trump denied Monday he ever worked for Russia, answering a question he declined to directly address over the weekend.
Monday, January 14, 2019

The day molasses was deadly fast
Slow as molasses? This treacle didn’t trickle. It was a sticky, deadly tsunami that flattened an entire Boston neighborhood within seconds.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states
A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.
Monday, January 14, 2019

'Miracle' flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness
It’s been 10 years, but there isn’t anything Tripp Harris doesn’t remember about the cold January day he cheated death on US Airways flight 1549.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Surgeons fear pelvic mesh lawsuits will spook patients
Saturday, January 12, 2019

US flu season appears to be milder, one year after a terribly brutal season
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Syria: US starts withdrawing supplies, not troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Longest federal closure in US history
WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.
A solution couldn’t come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Illinois event to simulate homelessness
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents of a central Illinois city can glimpse what it’s like for those whose only shelter is their car while raising money for a group that supports homeless people.  
 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

NBC News, Megyn Kelly reach separation agreement
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Rosetta Stone CEO says top leaders listen, learn
(AP) — John Hass has worked at Goldman Sachs, a small startup and now as CEO of Rosetta Stone, the Arlington, Virginia-based company best known for teaching foreign languages. Five years ago, Rosetta Stone acquired Lexia Learning, which helps teach reading in K-12 schools.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

What is, isn't available for businesses during shotdown
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are increasingly feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. Agencies including the Small Business Administration and the IRS are not providing information and services, although the SBA’s disaster loan operations are at work.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

A word to young couples: Forget your mother's advice, sometimes money can buy you happiness
(NERDWALLET via AP) — If you have a few extra bucks that you don't need for necessities like rent or loan payments, consider shopping for happiness.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

US approved thousands of child bride requests in past decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Wisconsin man is arrested in teen's abduction, parents' deaths
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she’d been abducted in October and held against her will.
Friday, January 11, 2019

AG pick to reassure senators he backs sentencing overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to be attorney general will assure lawmakers he supports a recent criminal justice overhaul that eases federal sentencing rules, even though he pushed tough-on-crime policies for decades, a person close to the confirmation process told The Associated Press.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Cohen to testify publicly before Congress next month
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo of a promised Democratic effort to scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Shutdown: Bill on workers' pay heads to Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to pay for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as pressure mounts to end the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government and deprived hundreds of thousands of workers of their salaries.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Faith in cleregy's honesty drops among Catholics
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Fewer than a third of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as "very high" or "high," the latest evidence of the hierarchy's diminished credibility as a result of the clergy sex abuse scandal, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Montana Rep. proposes state give $8M for border wall
A Montana politician is proposing the state give more than $8 million to help build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border as a government shutdown over the $5.7 billion project continues. The proposal seems unlikely to pass in a state with a Democratic governor exploring a run for president.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Trump threatens emergency declaration
President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. He headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to draw further attention to his case after negotiations with lawmakers blew up.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ex-Guantanamo commander charged with hindering death probe
A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was arrested Wednesday on charges that he interfered with the investigation into the death of a civilian with whom he fought after an argument over whether the officer had had an affair with the man’s wife.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Klick Health earns spot on Ad Age's Best Places to Work List
Klick Health is one of the top marketing, media, and advertising companies to work at across North America, according to Ad Age, which has published its 2019 list of Best Workplaces. The list is based on both employee and employer survey results examining a wide range of criteria that best reflect a healthy work environment, including diversity and inclusion policies, growth, employee advancement opportunities, compensation, benefits, perks, and resources, such as mentoring programs.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Rosenstein, frequent Trump target, will leave Justice
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s wrath for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller and defending his Russia probe, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump’s nominee for attorney general is confirmed.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

While gov't employees go unpaid, refuges are staffed for hunters
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In 2019, books on immigration conceived before Trump's rise are especially timely
Not long before Election Day, 2016, Samira Ahmed completed the first draft of her novel, “Internment,” a dystopian narrative about the rounding up of Muslim-Americans.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Facing pressure, networks awkwardly fact-check Trump's precedent-setting speech
Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge President Donald Trump following Tuesday’s Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Border wall fight going primetime tonight
Making his case on prime-time TV, President Donald Trump is stressing humanitarian concerns at the U.S.-Mexico border as he tries to convince the American people he must get funding for his long-promised border wall before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing missed paychecks.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Former rep Mia Love joining CNN
The first black Republican woman in Congress is joining CNN as a commentator after being unseated by a Democratic challenger in November. 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Looking at 2020, Kamala Harris addresses prosecutorial past in new memoir
As she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency, Sen. Kamala Harris is taking on what could be a hurdle in a Democratic primary: her past as a prosecutor.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Former felons registering to vote in Fla.
The right to vote was restored for most Florida felons as of Tuesday, increasing the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

'Don't feed the fatberg': Mass blocks sewer
A British official says a giant “fatberg” has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England: a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 210 feet long.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Kroger, Microsoft collaborate on digital shelf technology
Kroger is collaborating with Microsoft to test an upgraded digital shelf technology that the Cincinnati-based supermarket chain says could speed up shopping for its customers.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Air travelers start to feel effects of gov't shutdown
The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

'Get Your Health Score' app calculates consumer health score
Get Your Health Record, a web and mobile Android and Apple app developed by Health Endeavors and approved by Medicare in April 2018 syncs four years of Medicare enrollee health history using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) EOB resources. After the data syncs, data-driven intelligence calculates the consumer’s health score.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Supreme Court: Overturn of Skakel conviction stays
The Supreme Court announced today that it is leaving in place a decision that vacated a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.
Monday, January 7, 2019

7 dead in shooting, Playa del Carmen Mexican resort
Seven men have been killed in a shooting attack at a bar in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort city of Playa del Carmen, authorities said Monday.
Monday, January 7, 2019

World Bank president announces his departure
Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, announced Monday he is resigning at the end of January.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Pressure mounts in shutdown's 3rd week
With no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is standing firm in his border wall funding demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Ginsburg missing arguments for 1st time
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Man in the middle: DNC chair Perez prepares for a long, divisive primary fight
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is at the center of the biggest test his party has faced in recent history.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Like it or not, home items are getting a lot smarter and a lot creepier, too
One day, finding an oven that just cooks food may be as tough as buying a TV that merely lets you click between channels.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Famed Connecticut herbalist's widower ordered off farm
Since the death of famed herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons, her Connecticut farm that once drew visitors by the busload has fallen into disrepair, with green tarps covering parts of the roof on the 18th century house and the perennial gardens overgrown.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Trump aide trying to allay Israeli concerns on Syria pullout
The White House has sent national security adviser John Bolton on a mission to allay Israel’s concerns about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Pence leading shutdown talks with staffers
With many federal workers frozen out of the jobs and vacationers blocked from public attractions their tax dollars pay for, talks between White House officials and congressional aides kicked off Saturday aimed at ending a government shutdown that President Donald Trump has said could last years.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

High-speed rail from St. Louis to Chicago faces more delays
Railway commuters traveling between St. Louis and Chicago have yet to see faster rail journeys, despite most of the Amtrak corridor’s $1.95 billon upgrade concluding a year ago.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Funeral will be held in California for slain police officer
Funeral services will be held in central California Saturday for Cpl. Ronil Singh, the police officer who authorities say was shot to death by a man in the country illegally.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

New House Democrats get early political lesson
The education of the star-studded class of House freshmen has begun.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

California attorney general leads Trump resistance in 2019
Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation’s most influential attorney general when he was named California’s top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the “Resistance State” to pummel President Donald Trump’s administration with dozens of legal actions.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

US employers added a stellar 312,000 jobs
U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Signs of GOP unease over shutdown as White House talks start
For the second time in three days, congressional leaders arrived at the White House Friday for talks with President Donald Trump amid signs of growing Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Death toll in Florida highway crash rises to 7
The Latest on a fatal highway crash in Florida (all times local):
Friday, January 4, 2019

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst
Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?
Friday, January 4, 2019

President Trump says Democrats' impeachment talk is 2020 ploy
President Donald Trump pushed back Friday against some Democrats’ calls to impeach him, saying they’re only seeking impeachment because they know they can’t win the White House in 2020.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Orrin Hatch ends 4-decade Senate run
Orrin Hatch ended his tenure Thursday as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, capping a unique career that positioned him as one of the most prominent conservatives in the United States. 
Friday, January 4, 2019

GOP candidate asks North Carolina court to declare he won
The Republican in the nation’s last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn’t act.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Latest: Rare walk-back from Apple weighs on US markets
The Latest on sales at Apple Inc., which issued a rare cut to its revenue forecast citing weakness in China (all times local):
Thursday, January 3, 2019

North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes
North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

US firms added a strong 271,000 jobs in December
U.S. businesses added a robust 271,000 jobs in December, according to a private survey.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Congress gavels in, ready to confront Trump
The House and Senate gaveled into session Thursday swathed in history, returning the first woman to the speaker’s office and ushering in a diverse class of Democratic freshman lawmakers ready to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 years
American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years, with some manufacturers complaining about the impact of President Donald Trump’s contentious trade policies.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

China lands spacecraft on 'dark' side of moon in world first
China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon that brings the country closer to its goal of becoming a space power.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tops on House Democrats' to-do list: Try to end shutdown
House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Shanahan makes clear his focus is China
On his first working day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan made clear that his focus is on China.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Trump answers Mitt Romney's criticism: 'I won big, and he didn't'
Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday, reminding him that “I won big, and he didn’t.”
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Facebook sends apology for banning evangelist Franklin Graham
Facebook has apologized for temporarily banning North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham from its platform over a 2016 post about the state’s “bathroom bill.”
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Man drowns when wheelchair falls into backyard swimming pool
Officials in Florida say a 68-year-old man drowned on New Year’s Eve when his wheelchair fell into a backyard swimming pool.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Israeli settlement activity appears to surge in Trump era
With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IL rejects $8M from Michigan for Asian carp project
DETROIT (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected Michigan’s offer of $8 million to support a project to keep invasive carp from establishing themselves in the Great Lakes, saying the money wouldn’t be useful for at least 10 years.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The officers suit up in the pre-dawn darkness, wrapping on body armor, snapping in guns, pulling on black sweat shirts that read POLICE and ICE.
Monday, December 31, 2018

NYPD drone to oversee Times Square revelry
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Senator: Trump slowing down troop pullout from Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Newspapers virus still unclear
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays and being brought to the attention of federal investigators.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Lion kills young worker after escaping locked area
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife center Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Yeet! List says ban 'optics,' 'thought leader,' 'collusion'
DETROIT (AP) — No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.)
That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”

Monday, December 31, 2018

Court records detail Spacey's encounter with teenager
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who says he was groped by Kevin Spacey at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016 caught part of his encounter with the actor on video, according to court records.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Santa, romance and horror? 'Bird Box' bucks holiday trend
NEW YORK (AP) — For so long, movies around the holidays have been merry and bright. Lately, more and more seem murderous and designed to fright.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Wells Fargo pays $575 million to settle state investigations
NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement with attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are investigating fake accounts opened without the knowledge of customers and a string of other dodgy practices.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

House fire kills 3 young siblings
TELL CITY, Ind. (AP) — Three young siblings were killed and their mother was hospitalized after she tried to save them from a house fire early Friday in a small southern Indiana city, officials said.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Going on a cruse, here are some tips and tricks
Cruising can be an ideal vacation for people of any age, but particularly for seniors. Cruises combine all-inclusive meal packages with accommodations, breathtaking ports of call and pre-arranged activities, so vacationers do not have to lift a finger for days on end. Cruising also can be a social activity, meaning singletons can meet up with other like-minded people and enjoy the cruising experience together.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Trump, Dems play blame game on shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay slogs into another weekend.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

EPA may rollback coal mercury regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

2 million people in Times Square? Experts say no way
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be there. Snoop Dogg, too.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Shutdown:Farmers risk loss of federal payments
WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Hedge fund bids $4.4M to save Sears
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund said it submitted a last-minute bid Friday valued at $4.4 billion to keep the struggling retailer from being liquidated.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

More to Las Vagas than gambling, it's weddings
One of the more popular tourist attractions in the United States is also a popular place to tie the knot. The bright lights of the Las Vegas strip and the surrounding area have drawn visitors for decades. Las Vegas also is home to more than 100,000 weddings per year, according to Clark County Clerk marriage license records.
Friday, December 28, 2018

EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off of its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Democrats refuse to fund Trump's "immoral" wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Food fight: Festival in Spain holds a flour-and-egg battle
IBI, Spain (AP) — Every year since Roman times, it’s been a pitched battle for control of the Spanish town of Ibi.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Utah gears up to implement nation's lowest DUI limit
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The United States’ lowest DUI threshold takes effect this weekend in Utah.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Brown leaves lasting mark after 5 decades from California budget to water
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office Jan. 7 after a record four terms as the state’s chief executive. After serving from 1975 to 1983, he was re-elected by voters in 2010.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise.
Friday, December 28, 2018

A year after being stolen, New Jersey man's dog is returned
WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Most support gene editing to protect babies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases — but a new poll shows they’d draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or taller.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Pelosi taps Castor to lead climate change panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Florida Rep. Kathy Castor to lead a special committee on climate change that replaces one eliminated by Republicans in 2011.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Latino support for GOP steady despite Trump immigration talk
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party.
The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he’s been heartened by the president’s steps to protect religious groups and appoint judges who oppose abortion rights. More important, Gonzalez sees Trump’s presidency as part of a divine plan.

Friday, December 28, 2018

More US police officers die on duty than ever before
WASHINGTON (AP) — More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday. The most common cause of death was gunfire, and vehicular accidents claimed nearly as many officers’ lives.
Friday, December 28, 2018

2 dogs that escaped man's euthanasia request find new home
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Two dogs that escaped death when a northwestern Indiana veterinarian refused their owner’s request to have the healthy canines euthanized have found a new home together with an Illinois couple.
Friday, December 28, 2018

New NYC train hub slowly takes shape
NEW YORK (AP) — Deep in the bedrock 15 stories below the famous Grand Central Terminal, a cavernous construction site is slowly, and expensively, taking shape as a commuter rail hub that will accommodate more than 150,000 passengers a day.
Friday, December 28, 2018

California officer killing suspect in US illegally
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The police chief of a tiny California town fought back tears as he described the officer gunned down during a traffic stop as a patriot who fought hard to serve his adopted country while the man suspected of killing him crossed the border illegally and is a "coward."
Friday, December 28, 2018

Retired nuns forced to spend holidays in a new home
NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Last year Sister Pauline Bilbrough first heard the news: The convent was going to have to close.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Russian anti-doping seeks Putin's help to release lab data
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has asked President Vladimir Putin for help in getting key doping data released to World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Legal marijuana industry had banner year in 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

US consumer confidence tumbles in December
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month as Americans began to worry that economic growth will moderate next year. But consumer spirits are still high by historic standards.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lighter load: Laundry detergents shrink for Amazon
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s rise is forcing laundry detergents to shrink.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nebraska man charged with abuse after bedridden wife dies
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Nebraska man with abuse of a vulnerable adult after his bedridden, malnourished and badly injured wife died at their home.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Manhunt launched after killing of police officer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after they said a gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

'Hi, my name is ___, and I'm addicted to tech'
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting — but with a twist.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Chicano author, illustrator collaborate on animal adventure
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 81-year-old author is often called a dean of Chicano literature. The illustrator is a younger muralist steeped in the visual traditions of Mexican-American pop culture and low-rider cars.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Men could still face charges for fighting NYPD officer
NEW YORK (AP) — Five homeless men seen on video battling a police officer on a subway platform could still face criminal charges, New York prosecutors said Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

FBI concerned by money mules, fraud schemes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The email caught the executive at a small Connecticut company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company’s owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for supplies from a new vendor.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name?
LONDON (AP) — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

No end in sight to partial shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Israeli strike on Syria threatened civilian flights
BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian military on Wednesday criticized an alleged Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, saying it has endangered civilian flights.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

US judge orders North Korea to pay $500M in student's death
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Prep school graduate begins jail time for 2014 sex assault
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate reported to jail Wednesday to begin serving the remaining 10 months of his jail sentence.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection have ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Shanahan working to streamline defense spending
The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Santa's reindeer get high-tech makeover
Rudolph and friends no longer need to rely on the famous reindeer’s red nose to avoid getting lost. Now they have wireless technology.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Secret Santas: Charity erases past-due debts
Philip Sasser had a familiar, sinking feeling when he saw the yellow envelope in his mailbox. He figured it was another past-due medical bill, but it turned out to be quite the opposite.
Monday, December 24, 2018

No Christmas miracle for shutdown progress
Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard
When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Trump coalition cracking over policies, personality: Will they stay or will they go?
Jill Mott doesn’t like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh.
Monday, December 24, 2018

US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump's Syria move
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest to President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security officials.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Colorful cast of cooperators put the heat on El Chapo
One was a gambling addict who got plastic surgery to change his appearance even after his predecessor died from doing the same thing. Another claims to have begun his life of crime at age 4. A third was a kid from Chicago who made a fortune off of drug running.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

'Fatal Vision' doctor again denied new trial in '70 slayings
A former Army surgeon convicted of slaughtering his pregnant wife and two young daughters at Fort Bragg nearly half a century ago will not get a new trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in handing him his latest legal defeat.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

A decade-long rally on Wall Street looks like it's ending
After almost 10 years, Wall Street’s rally looks like it’s ending.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Chinese citizen charged with trade secrets theft in Oklahoma
Federal prosecutors said Friday that a Chinese national employed by an Oklahoma petroleum company has been charged with stealing trade secrets.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Charges pending for those who entered WVa. mine
A sheriff’s office in West Virginia has issued an arrest warrant for a man who escaped a coal mine where three other people were trapped.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous growths
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery today to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the Supreme Court said.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Mattis resigns after two years of deep disagreement
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Ohio bracing for showdown over the latest far-reaching abortion restrictions
With a lame duck veto showdown brewing, Ohio again finds itself on the verge of imposing some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Veteran draws millions in donations to build President Trump's border wall
An online fundraiser started by an Air Force veteran to pay for construction of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall was up to millions of dollars Thursday, bringing further attention to an issue that could lead to a government shutdown.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Conservatives to Trump: Don't retreat on wall
President Donald Trump is facing scathing criticism from conservative supporters after backing away from his threat to shut down the government over border wall funding, with some aggressively lobbying the president against signing a short-term deal with no wall dollars.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico
Migrants heading to the southwest border to seek asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico until their claims are processed, under an agreement between the two countries announced on Thursday that will affect tens of thousands of people each month.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

After judge's ruling against 'Obamacare,' what happens now?
A federal judge's ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Federal Reserve lifts rates for 4th time this year
The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy’s continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow hikes next year.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kushner earns praise for criminal justice efforts
It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump’s White House.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cat recipient of $19K kidney transplant dies
The 18-year-old Baltimore cat who received a $19,000 kidney transplant just over a year ago has died.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Police recover woman's stolen tiny home
Police say they’ve tracked down a tiny home that was stolen in St. Louis.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Some advertisers are leaving Tucker Carlson show after immigrant comments
Some advertisers say they are leaving conservative host Tucker Carlson’s show following his remarks that immigrants could make the U.S. “poorer and dirtier.”
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Michael Flynn sentencing is abruptly postponed
A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing today for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Arizona governor names Rep. Martha McSally to fill John McCain Senate seat
Arizona’s governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CBS denies former CEO Moonves $120M severance
CBS announced Monday that former CEO Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the board of directors concluded he violated company policy and was uncooperative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Keillor back in spotlight after misconduct allegation
Garrison Keillor looked comfortable on the small stage as he sang Christmas lullabies, told off-color limericks and spun a tale about a lutefisk dinner at the fictitious Lake Wobegon.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes
The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Actor Geoffrey Rush accused of sexual misconduct
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Yael Stone alleged actor Geoffrey Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior when they starred in “The Diary of a Madman” in 2010.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Man who killed 3-year-old Kansas boy given lengthy sentence
A 41-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to 109 years and six months in prison for abusing and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, whose body was found encased in concrete in the garage of a Wichita rental home they had lived in.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Trump plans to create unified US Space Command
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command.
Monday, December 17, 2018

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14
Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain’s Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 — more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU.
Monday, December 17, 2018

White House closer to partial shutdown
Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Helping geneticists identify genes responsible for complex traits
In biomedical research, plant breeding, and countless other endeavors, geneticists are on the hunt for the specific genes responsible for disease susceptibility, yield, and other traits of interest. Essentially, they’re looking for needles in the enormous haystack that is the genome of an organism.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing
A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms, and that the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Child's death highlights communication barriers on border
Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Hallmark: 'Tis the season for more TV Christmas movies than ever...
NEW YORK (AP) — Have you heard the one about the girl who didn’t care about Christmas but found herself in a small town for the holidays surrounded by decorations, cookies and carolers, and found a new boyfriend and her Christmas spirit by Dec. 25?
Saturday, December 15, 2018

TV holiday joy: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Christmas Story live and more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In need of a jolt of holiday joy? Or a comforting share of romance or silliness or spirituality?
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Worst toys for Christmas, according to safety group
BOSTON (AP)  A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of fake trees
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Give With A Grateful Heart...Or More Aptly With A Grateful Heart You Give
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) —  'Tis the season when the conversation shifts to what you're thankful for. Gathered with family and friends around a holiday feast, for instance, people may recount some of the biggies  like their health or their children  or smaller things that enhance everyday life  like happening upon a great movie while channel-surfing or enjoying a favorite seasonal food.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas tradition in Iceland: 13 mischievous 'Yule Lads' come to town to herald the holiday
MYVATN, Iceland (AP) — The people of northern Iceland have had their travel plans disrupted with a record high snowfall this December. Roads have been shut, flights cancelled and school suspended.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

For many, 'tis the season for matching jammies
(AP) —Amy and Kevin Wilson began giving their three sons matching pajamas at Christmas for a reason: They wanted their little ones to get excited about going to bed so that they, the adults, could get ready for Christmas morning.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Family portraits by artists stand out as different
(AP) — Jewelette McDaniel always felt guilty about not sending photos often enough to her mother-in-law. So last Christmas, she commissioned an artist to paint a family portrait featuring her in-laws and their immediate family: son, daughter, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Pastry chefs make National Mall in gingerbread
WASHINGTON (AP) — The traditional White House gingerbread house isn’t exactly a house this year. It’s a massive, sugary replica of the entire National Mall.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Debt threat: Business debt and worries about it are up
NEW YORK (AP) — Homeowners appear to have learned the lesson of the Great Recession about not taking on too much debt. There is some concern that Corporate America didn’t get the message.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Trump weighs next move on border wall as clock ticks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump’s border wall. But you wouldn’t know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House’s next move.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Video of toddler yanked from mom not whole story
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City police commissioner said Friday that a more complicated and “chaotic” story is emerging from a witness video that went viral showing a tug-of-war between a New York mother with a toddler and police yanking the boy from her.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

US returns bells taken from Philipines in 1901
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — For over a century, the Bells of Balangiga have not rung in the Philippines, a silence that the president last year called “painful.” Now, the revered bells will once again be heard in the country.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans as she prepares for 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color
NEW YORK (AP) — Many companies including McDonald’s and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don’t expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

This winter: Empower indoor flowering
URBANA — Light is essential to all plants, indoor and out.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Winter considerations for propagating plants
URBANA, Ill. – Dormant winter pruning always leaves a mess of trimmings that end up being composted or placed in your yard bin. But there is another use for those trimmings: plant clones.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Don't stress about the tree, just be sure to reuse artificial and compost natural
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) —  Environmentally conscious consumers often ask me whether a real Christmas tree or an artificial one is the more sustainable choice. As a horticulture and forestry researcher, I know this question is also a concern for the Christmas tree industry, which is wary of losing market share to artificial trees.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Herbs all winter: Growing them indoors
URBANA — While winter can give gardeners a nice break from their usual garden maintenance, they undoubtedly miss the ability to harvest and enjoy the fresh garden bounty. “Grow fresh, flavorful herbs indoors this winter to add some green to your home and zest to your recipes,” says Brittnay Haag, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in with exotic honey from rare tree
ALMOG, West Bank (AP)  An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense  the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one investor's mouth.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

With blockbuster effects, Peter Jackson brings WWI to life in documentary
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson has used digital wizardry to conjure J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and King Kong’s 1930s New York, but he has now — in perhaps his most acclaimed film — employed all his technical powers to bring to life the Western Front of the first World War.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.
Friday, December 14, 2018

US, Canada hold high-stakes talks amid turmoil with China
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Canada began high-stakes talks on Friday amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbors.
Friday, December 14, 2018

7-year-old migrant girl who crossed border illegally with father dies in custody
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl found with her father and dozens of other migrants along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border suffered seizures and spiked a high fever in immigration custody and later died, federal officials said.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Man on death row seeking new trial
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Chicago native who has been on death row in Utah for more than three decades for the death of a Provo woman is seeking a new trial.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Army officer charged with murder of Afghan suspect
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Army commando is being charged with murder in a long-simmering case alleging he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US
NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Nancy Wilson, Grammy award winning pop-jazz singer, dies at age 81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.
Friday, December 14, 2018

How the red kettles became a Christmas tradition
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Tinseled trees and snowy landscapes are not the only signs of the upcoming holiday season. Red kettles, staffed by men and women in street clothes, Santa suits and Salvation Army uniforms also telegraph Christmastime.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being spy
A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted today that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump, Obrador speak about migration, job creation
Mexico’s leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he spoke by telephone Wednesday with U.S. President Donald Trump about migration and job creation.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump Africa policy takes aim at China
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, which are “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage.”
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Congress approves 5-year farm bill
After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump welcoming governors-elect, Pritzker among them
President Donald Trump is welcoming governors-elect from both parties to the White House.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming
With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act , even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cohen gets three years in prison
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s once-devoted lawyer and all-around fixer, was sentenced today to three years in prison for allowing what he said was his “blind loyalty” to Trump to lead him astray. “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” he said.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border wall
Congressional leaders on Wednesday were digging in for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The metaphorical Washington 'swamp' is overrun by opportunistic vermin
Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Former Vice President Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020 run
Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In a season of big Indian weddings, the marriage of two business scions is the biggest of them all
In a season of big Indian weddings, the marriage todayof the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trump admin proposes major rollback of water rules
The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and mining executives.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote
Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

US arrests 32 at San Diego border demonstration
U.S. authorities arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

US demands answers from Cuba on 8 detainees
The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight detainees it says are political prisoners held by the communist government.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Trump: No border wall, no government
Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly today to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. He insisted the military can build it if Democrats won’t vote for the funding.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A primer on the Mueller investigation and what may lie ahead for the president
President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

'Truth isn't truth' tops list of 2018 notable quotes
The assertion that “truth isn’t truth,” made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian’s list of the most notable quotes of 2018.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Journalists and newspaper are Time's Person of Year
Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment
Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Justices won't hear states' appeal over 'Parenthood'
The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Hundreds of young demonstrators push Democrats for environmental change
Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their sights.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Ex-Vice President Biden vows to stay involved, but no talk of presidency for now
Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he promised his dying son Beau he would not retreat from life after his son’s death and he promised he would stay engaged.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Prosecutors connect Trump to federal crime
The Justice Department says that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Trump picks Army chief as top advisor
President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he’s picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s next top military adviser.
Saturday, December 8, 2018















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