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Tax reform dominates as Congress takes a Thanksgiving break

Congressional Republicans left Capitol Hill late last week excited about the prospects for sweeping legislation which would deliver tax cuts and tax reform, as with approval of a House tax bill, the focus has shifted to the Senate, and whether GOP leaders can muster the needed votes to approve a slightly different GOP tax measure after Thanksgiving. “This bill gives Americans...
Trump in Palm Beach: Wall of school buses to protect the president

Trump in Palm Beach: Wall of school buses to protect the president

Among the arsenal being assembled to protect President Donald Trump when he arrives next week for Thanksgiving are…school buses. The yellow school buses are parked end-to-end along a fence at Palm Beach International Airport where Air Force One is parked while the president is in town. The buses were also used in 2013 when President Obama visited Palm Beach County. Presumably, the buses would...
Fireman's kin seek honor for grandfather who died in 1935

Fireman's kin seek honor for grandfather who died in 1935

New York City firefighter Tom O'Brien had been battling a blaze in Manhattan for two hours on Oct. 27, 1935, and knew something was wrong as soon as he got back to the firehouse. Reports indicate he complained of a booming headache and decided to "self-medicate" with a bottle of booze before heading to his bunk to sleep. He never woke up. Now, 82 years later, O'Brien's heirs are going to...

Car plunges into gorge killing 5 in Pakistan

Pakistani police say a car carrying a family has fallen off a mountainous road into a deep gorge killing five and wounding one in the country's northwest. Police officer Qasim Jadoon said Sunday that three young girls were among the dead along with their father and grandfather. He said driver of the car was being treated for critical injuries. Jadoon said the incident took place some 160 kilometers...
10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before. The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Among them: the first black woman to lead the...

Some firsts among 32 US students picked as Rhodes scholars

The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African-Americans, the most ever in a single Rhodes class, a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before. The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen from a group of 866 applicants who were endorsed by 299 colleges and universities for post-graduate studies at Oxford University...
Kenya's Odinga calls for international help in deadly crisis

Kenya's Odinga calls for international help in deadly crisis

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called Sunday for "international intervention" in the country's election crisis, saying at least 31 supporters have been killed by police and militia since his return from an overseas trip on Friday. Odinga said Kenya "was being pushed to the precipice" after residents of a Nairobi slum protested the killing of at least 13 people in an overnight...
Clarkson, Pink honor victims of hurricanes, violence at AMAs

Clarkson, Pink honor victims of hurricanes, violence at AMAs

Kelly Clarkson and Pink kicked off the 2017 American Music Awards paying tribute to those affected this year by hurricanes, gun violence, hate crimes and other tragic events. Before the pop stars sang R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" on Sunday, Jamie Foxx said this year "we needed the power of music to help us escape the news of the day ... to help us heal." First responders stood behind...
Italy Senate chief: Mafia planned to kill me next in 1992

Italy Senate chief: Mafia planned to kill me next in 1992

The president of the Italian Senate revealed Saturday that the Mafia's "boss of bosses" allegedly had targeted him to be assassinated next after twin bomb blasts killed Italy's two leading Sicilian magistrates. Senate President Piero Grasso served as a judge for the Mafia trial in the 1980s that yielded convictions for hundreds of mobsters. Among them was top Cosa Nostra boss Salvatore "...
Widow of Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer auctions rare items

Widow of Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer auctions rare items

The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band. Hal and Jesse Kant's memorabilia collection includes signed artwork by the band's late leader, Jerry Garcia, and backstage passes from concerts spanning 30 years. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports some of the items are expected to go for as much as $100...
Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Saturday of two United States prosecutors involved in putting a Turkish-Iranian businessman on trial for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to Turkey's official news agency. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said it is investigating Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Bharara's successor...

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite. Finnish experts were scrambling to calculate its trajectory and find where it landed, according to Tomas Kohout of the University of Helsinki's physics department, who said Thursday night's...
Stolen Van Halen guitar returned to Hard Rock Cafe in Texas

Stolen Van Halen guitar returned to Hard Rock Cafe in Texas

A guitar owned by rock ’n’ roll legend Eddie Van Halen worth more than $100,000 was recovered Friday, hours after it was stolen from a Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio, Texas, KSAT reported. The guitar, nicknamed “Frankenstrat,” had been reported stolen around 1 a.m. Friday. It was returned later in the day, but it is unclear how the restaurant was able to retrieve the instrument...
Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soul

Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soul

A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation." The remarks Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama said Moore — dogged by recent allegations of inappropriate conduct toward teenage girls decades ago — is...
Montana congressman misled authorities on reporter's assault

Montana congressman misled authorities on reporter's assault

A Montana congressman misled investigators about his assault on a reporter the day before he was elected and claimed that the "liberal media" was "trying to make a story" out of it, according to documents released Friday. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, told an officer in the aftermath of the attack that Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist...
Student Snapchatted high-speed police chase that exceed 100 mph

Student Snapchatted high-speed police chase that exceed 100 mph

A University of Georgia student was arrested early Thursday morning after a high-speed chase in Athens. According to police, Hunter Ty Wilkerson, 19, reached speeds of 110 mph during the chase before he was eventually taken into custody. They said he was speeding because he had just stolen five traffic signs off the UGA campus. Athens-Clarke County police got involved when they noticed Wilkerson going...
Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoed a U.N. resolution Friday that would extend the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, dooming its operation and making it exceedingly difficult to hold anyone accountable for the deaths of hundreds of civilian victims. It was Russia's second veto in 24 hours of a resolution to keep the Joint Investigative Mechanism...
Russian yacht docks in port; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?

Russian yacht docks in port; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?

Days before President Trump flies into town for Thanksgiving, one of the world’s most expensive yachts, owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, sailed into the Port of Palm Beach Friday afternoon. The 533-foot Eclipse, valued at $400 million to $500 million, comes equipped with a pool, helipad, submarine and room for a crew of 92, according to marine websites. It made its way past The...
Johnson says Senate tax bill would hurt small businesses (like his own)

Johnson says Senate tax bill would hurt small businesses (like his own)

Here's what Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the first Republican to oppose the Senate tax bill, doesn't like about the measure: It would slash tax rates for conventional corporations and give a much smaller tax cut to firms like the four in which he has millions of dollars in investments.  Johnson's office says he does not support the Senate bill because it would roughly double the gap between corporate...
Forensic artist helps families of fallen officers grieve though his artwork

Forensic artist helps families of fallen officers grieve though his artwork

His art usually helps put alleged criminals behind bars, or put a face to a name. But a police officer and forensic artist is using his talents to help ease the pain of the family members of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Johnny Castro, who is a retired military police officer, has loved to draw for a long time, telling CNN that he learned a lot from his father...

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly

A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The report, issued Friday by an independent monitor who is keeping tabs on the recalls, also shows that auto companies are only about halfway toward a Dec. 31 goal of 100 percent replacement of...
State Department battles criticism of Tillerson's management

State Department battles criticism of Tillerson's management

The State Department is hitting back at the growing bipartisan criticism of Rex Tillerson's leadership and accusations he is presiding over a debilitating brain drain of the nation's diplomatic corps. At the same time, it allowed that a lack of communication with employees about Tillerson's intent to reorganize the department had contributed to low morale. In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations...
Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

More than two dozen young Nigerian women who drowned during a migrant crossing from Libya were honored Friday with an interfaith funeral, closing out a gruesome new chapter in the years-long tragedy of desperate migrants trying to reach Europe and dying along the way. To date, only two of the 26 women whose bodies were recovered Nov. 3 by Spanish rescue ships have been identified: Marian Shaka, a...
White House asks for $44 billion in hurricane relief, floats offsetting budget cuts

White House asks for $44 billion in hurricane relief, floats offsetting budget cuts

The Trump Administration on Friday asked Congress to approve a third major disaster aid relief package for areas hit hard by hurricanes in 2017, which would bring total federal aid to nearly $100 billion, as for the first time, the White House proposed budget savings to offset some of that cost. “This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has resulted in historic, widespread...
Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny

Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny

The director of Puerto Rico's power company resigned on Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company's board effective immediately. Ramos said in a brief video posted on Twitter...
Turkish envoy: Cleric's network has infiltrated US justice

Turkish envoy: Cleric's network has infiltrated US justice

Turkey's top diplomat says followers of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for last year's failed coup have infiltrated the "American system" of justice and are behind accusations leveled against a Turkish-Iranian businessman in the U.S. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also told journalists Friday that cleric Fethullah Gulen "has entered American missions here through their local staff...
After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

As negotiations at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany, draw to a close Friday, here's a look at which steps will be taken in the coming years to further international efforts to curb global warming: — Dec. 12, 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron has invited more than 100 world leaders to Paris for the second anniversary of the landmark climate accord forged in the city in 2015...
White House requests $44 billion disaster aid bill

White House requests $44 billion disaster aid bill

The White House Friday sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that's already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small. The request, President Donald Trump's third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that's before most...
Black Friday 2017: Get these Walmart deals on laptops, TVs and more now

Black Friday 2017: Get these Walmart deals on laptops, TVs and more now

Last week, Walmart revealed its Black Friday online discounts would begin as early as Nov. 9, while in-store bargains will start on Nov. 23 on Thanksgiving.  Most Walmart chains will be open all day on Thanksgiving, but Black Friday sales begin at 6 p.m.  “There’s only one place to shop this Black Friday – Walmart,” Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer of...
The Latest: Interfaith ceremony for drowned Nigerian women

The Latest: Interfaith ceremony for drowned Nigerian women

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Catholic and Muslim preachers in Italy have celebrated a funeral for 26 young Nigerian women who drowned in a crossing from Libya, as prosecutors work to contact their relatives using phone numbers they had hidden in their clothes. To date, only two of the women whose bodies were recovered Nov. 3 have been identified: A Christian...
EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

European Union leaders warned Britain on Friday that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade from next month onward. With British Prime Minister Theresa May mired in political disputes at home, Friday's EU summit in Sweden again showed that the negotiations on Britain's divorce from the bloc are moving as slow as ever despite...
Keystone pipeline leak won't affect last regulatory hurdle

Keystone pipeline leak won't affect last regulatory hurdle

Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision. The Nebraska Public Service Commission was scheduled to rule Monday if a Keystone XL expansion pipeline proposed by...
Tesla touts new Roadster as world's 'quickest car'

Tesla touts new Roadster as world's 'quickest car'

Tesla unveiled what it called “the quickest car in the world” late Thursday, And the new Roadster is fast. Very fast. On its website, Tesla said that its Roadster production car, the newest version of its original sports vehicle, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Tesla also said that the Roadster, which will be available in 2020, can go from 0 to 100 mph in 4.2...
Rights group: Militants, troops violated law in Marawi siege

Rights group: Militants, troops violated law in Marawi siege

Amnesty International said Friday it has documented violations of humanitarian law, some amounting to war crimes, during the five-month conflict between Philippine government troops and Islamic State-allied militants who laid siege to the southern city of Marawi. The human rights group said the militants committed unlawful killings, hostage-taking, pillage and mistreatment of prisoners. They allegedly...

White House to submit $44 billion disaster request Friday

The White House is sending Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request Friday that will fall short of demands from hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Congressional aides briefed on the request required anonymity to discuss it in advance of its release. The request, President Donald Trump's third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring...
Army medic charged with rape, murder of 9-month-old twin daughter 

Army medic charged with rape, murder of 9-month-old twin daughter 

A U.S. Army medic stationed at Fort Campbell has been charged with sexually assaulting one of his 9-month-old twin daughters before strangling her to death with a cord, police said. Christopher Paul Conway, 22, of Clarksville, Tennessee, is charged with homicide and the aggravated rape of a child, according to Montgomery County jail records. His bail was set at $100,000 on the rape charge, and...
Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

Rival U.S. and Russian resolutions to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria were defeated Thursday at a heated Security Council meeting that reflected the deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow. The result of the two votes means that the expert body — the Joint Investigative Mechanism known as the JIM — will cease...
Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California. CEO Elon Musk said the semi is capable of traveling 500 miles (804 kilometers) on an electric charge — even with...
Cruise company won’t refund customers after FEMA takes over ship

Cruise company won’t refund customers after FEMA takes over ship

MIAMI — Native-born Montanan Mindy Bausch thought the cruise she booked after a random political survey call might be the ticket to getting her nature-loving husband out of Montana and to the Bahamas for a warm Caribbean vacation. “We don’t travel,” she explained via email. “My husband’s idea of a vacation is sleeping in a tent in 20 degree temperatures &hellip...
Syria activists: 22 civilians die in fighting near Damascus

Syria activists: 22 civilians die in fighting near Damascus

Syrian government shelling and airstrikes have killed nearly two dozen civilians in three days of fighting in the suburbs of the capital where rebels are trying to take over a military installation, activists and a monitoring group said Thursday. The fighting in the opposition-held Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus is the latest in now regular breaches of a local truce brokered by Russia, Turkey and...

Congress moves bill to speed medical reviews for military

The U.S. military would gain new options for speeding reviews of medical products for soldiers on the battlefield under a legislative compromise passed by Congress. But the Food and Drug Administration would remain the only federal agency capable of approving new medical products. The bipartisan bill fixes a measure in the defense spending bill which would have allowed the Pentagon to unilaterally...
Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session

Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session

Oklahoma legislators have been raising thousands of dollars from lobbyists at lavish fundraisers during a special session limping into its eighth week, yet they've failed to make much progress toward plugging a $215 million hole in the state budget. The Associated Press obtained invitations to a dozen scheduled fundraisers held over the past few weeks for some of the Legislature's top Republican leaders...
Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport, contending that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the vulnerable species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation...
Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in DC

Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in DC

Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family's $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups. Now, Green would begin collecting biblical artifacts that he hoped could become the starting point...
Trump administration pulls back curtain on secretive cybersecurity process

Trump administration pulls back curtain on secretive cybersecurity process

The White House on Wednesday made public for the first time the rules by which the government decides to disclose or keep secret software flaws that can be turned into cyberweapons — whether by U.S. agencies hacking for foreign intelligence, money-hungry criminals or foreign spies seeking to penetrate American computers.  The move to publish an unclassified charter responds to years of...
What to expect as Palm Beach’s second season of President Trump begins

What to expect as Palm Beach’s second season of President Trump begins

When President Donald Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday for a second season of golfing and governing, he’ll find a different mix of tenants in his ballroom and a large construction project where protesters and supporters used to gather to watch his motorcades. The White House has not yet confirmed details of Trump’s first trip to his part-time home for the 2017-2018 season...
Moore says he’s a ‘witch hunt’ victim; tell that to thousands of women killed in real ones

Moore says he’s a ‘witch hunt’ victim; tell that to thousands of women killed in real ones

By now, five women have accused Roy Moore of misdeeds, enough that the Republican Senate candidate can finally — without a whiff of intentional irony — compare his plight to the deadly persecutions of tens of thousands of women at the hands of delusional men.  Moore's wife slammed the media organizations that have been reporting on her husband's campaign on Wednesday, calling it a...
Cambodia's top court orders opposition party dissolved

Cambodia's top court orders opposition party dissolved

Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the country's main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state. The decision means authoritarian leader Hun Sen, who has held power for more than three decades, will face no serious challengers in elections due in July — a scenario likely...
Criticism of US sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake

Criticism of US sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake

With Iranian-Americans abroad unable to send money directly to Iran to aid those affected by this week's powerful earthquake that killed over 530 people, criticism of U.S. sanctions on Iran flared up anew on Thursday. The 2015 nuclear deal Tehran struck with world powers lifted some sanctions but others, dating back as far as the days after the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover, still stand, including those...
The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe

The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe

The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 6:05 a.m. The head of the African Union Commission is backing efforts by the Southern African Development Community to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe. Moussa Faki Mahamat tells The Associated Press that the AU is working with the regional group. He says he believes a solution will be found that's within "constitutional legality...
Children quieted others at California school as gunman fired

Children quieted others at California school as gunman fired

Teacher Jennifer Bauman threw herself against a classroom door that wouldn't lock right, terrified that the gunman shooting outside her small Northern California elementary school would barrel in and find the children huddled under desks. Shooter Kevin Neal, 44, bypassed their door, taking out a window before he went on to attack a kindergarten class in another portable building. Despite her terror...
Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

In the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and mediators, including South African Cabinet ministers and a Catholic priest. Meanwhile, an emergency summit of heads of state of regional countries was called by the 16-nation Southern African Development Community and is...
Quick-thinking school staff saved kids at California school

Quick-thinking school staff saved kids at California school

A school secretary at a tiny elementary school rushed out to shoo children inside. A custodian swooped in, yelling "get into the classrooms," at kids in the play yard. Inside Rancho Tehama Elementary School, children and some parents huddled under desks as bullets riddled the tan and teal portable classrooms. "I didn't know what was happening and this boy was like, 'Get down, get down!'...
Court ruling expected to dissolve main Cambodian opposition

Court ruling expected to dissolve main Cambodian opposition

Cambodia's embattled opposition braced for a court ruling due Thursday that is widely expected to see the party dissolved in the latest move by authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen to remove threats to his power ahead of elections next year. The government accuses the Cambodia National Rescue Party of involvement in a plot to topple the government and has asked the judiciary to dissolve it. CNRP officials...
The Latest: Leonardo Christ painting sells for record $450M

The Latest: Leonardo Christ painting sells for record $450M

The Latest on the auction of a painting of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A rare painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci of Christ holding a crystal orb has sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at a New York auction. The painting, "Salvator Mundi," Italian for "Savior of the World," was sold Wednesday by Christie's auction house...
Homeowner finds man with 130 arrests hiding in tub with knife

Homeowner finds man with 130 arrests hiding in tub with knife

A Connecticut homeowner had a disturbing night, but luckily came out safe thanks to her home’s safe room. Police say a man broke into her home in Hartford Monday evening.  The woman was alone when she said she heard glass breaking. When she yelled out, thinking it was a family member, and got not response, she retreated to her safe room and called police, The Hartford Courant reported...
Agency: Texas chemical plant unprepared for Hurricane Harvey

Agency: Texas chemical plant unprepared for Hurricane Harvey

Federal investigators said Wednesday they've seen no signs that a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey considered moving its highly unstable compounds offsite as a precaution. Much of Arkema Inc.'s facility in Crosby, just outside Houston, was placed into the 100-year flood plain in 2007. But its emergency response plan, revised as recently as 2016...
BREAKING: Husband of missing Delray woman to change plea in coin case

BREAKING: Husband of missing Delray woman to change plea in coin case

Lewis Bennett — whose wife, Isabella Hellmann of suburban Delray Beach, disappeared at sea six month ago today — plans to change his not-guilty plea on federal charges that he transported as much as $100,000 in stolen coins, court documents show. In a filing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King said that he will hold a “change of plea” hearing Nov...
The Latest: Goodall asks Senate to reject Arctic drilling

The Latest: Goodall asks Senate to reject Arctic drilling

The Latest on congressional action on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Primatologist Jane Goodall is urging the Senate to keep oil and gas drilling out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Goodall, best known for her study of chimpanzees in Tanzania, says in a letter to all 100 senators that the remote Alaska refuge "speaks to our...
Trump likely to change watchdog agency as Cordray leaves

Trump likely to change watchdog agency as Cordray leaves

Richard Cordray, the aggressive first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, plans to leave the agency by the end of the month, giving President Donald Trump a chance to appoint a replacement likely to be friendlier to the financial industry. Cordray was a holdover from the Obama administration, appointed to his position in 2013 for a five-year term. Under his leadership, the CFPB implemented...
Couple offering large reward for missing record-holding cats

Couple offering large reward for missing record-holding cats

A couple is offering a total reward of $100,000 if two Guinness World Record-holding cats and two other felines are found alive after a fire destroyed their home in suburban Detroit. Will and Lauren Powers are offering $25,000 worth of bitcoins for each cat returned alive. Arcturus, Cygnus and the others haven't been seen since Sunday's fire in Farmington Hills. Arcturus holds the record as the world's...
Computer issues lead to prescription problems at CVS, company says

Computer issues lead to prescription problems at CVS, company says

Two days of problems at some CVS pharmacy locations have customers turning away and looking elsewhere for life-saving medication. A spokesperson for the Rhode Island-based medical giant told Boston 25 News that some of the pharmacies experienced system connectivity interruptions, and they were working to resolve them. "They can fill prescriptions and dispense to customers, but cannot process...
Jewish group honors Ginsburg for lifetime achievement

Jewish group honors Ginsburg for lifetime achievement

A prominent Jewish organization on Wednesday awarded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg its first lifetime achievement award. The Genesis Prize Foundation noted Ginsburg's "groundbreaking legal work in the field of civil liberties and women's rights" in its announcement. The foundation sponsors the annual Genesis Prize — an award that is informally known as the Jewish Nobel...
Big vote totals don't convert to wins for House Democrats

Big vote totals don't convert to wins for House Democrats

By almost any measure, Democrats crushed Republicans in Virginia's elections last week, sweeping all three statewide offices and knocking out more than a dozen incumbent GOP legislators. Add up the votes in all 100 House districts, and Democrats beat Republicans by a 10-point margin, 54 percent to 44 percent. That's an even wider margin than Democrat Ralph Northam's victory over Ed Gillespie in the...
Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a veteran of global efforts to curb climate change, disappointed environmental campaigners Wednesday by refusing to lay down a deadline for ending her country's use of coal. Green groups and developing countries had called on Merkel to use global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this week to set a date for her country to phase out coal-fired power plants — as...
Police knew 'madman' had guns before killing rampage

Police knew 'madman' had guns before killing rampage

Police on Wednesday called the deadly shooting rampage in California a clear case of "a madman on the loose" while defending their decision not to arrest the man for previously violating a court order prohibiting him from having guns. At a tense news conference, police conceded that neighbors had repeatedly complained about Kevin Neal firing hundreds of rounds from his house among other...
Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help

Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help

In a western Iranian town devastated by this week's powerful earthquake, families are sleeping on the rubble of their homes and were fashioning reed shelters to offer protection from the elements on Wednesday, saying authorities haven't delivered enough tents ahead of the fast-approaching winter. Icy rains will be coming soon to Sarpol-e-Zahab, hard hit by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake, which...
AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot. "It's kind of humbling" to be the first to test this...
After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over

After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over

Zimbabwe's military was in control of the capital and the state broadcaster on Wednesday and was holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest in what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state. The military was at pains, however, to emphasize it had not staged a military takeover, but was instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe's...
Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M

Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M

A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. The painting, "Salvator Mundi," Latin for "Savior of the World," is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and the only one in private hands. It was sold...
Newly discovered painting shows Washington's wartime tent

Newly discovered painting shows Washington's wartime tent

Philip Mead was online late one night in May, looking for possible artifacts from the American Revolution, when a painting up for auction caught his eye and got his heart racing. The chief historian at the American Revolution Museum had spied an unsigned watercolor from 1782. It was a panorama of an army encampment, and to his expert eye seemed to feature the only known wartime depiction of the tent...
Opioid addiction treatments face off in US trial

Opioid addiction treatments face off in US trial

The first U.S. study to compare two treatments for opioid addiction finds a monthly shot works as well as a daily drug to prevent relapse. The shot requires days of detox first and that proved to be a stumbling block for many. For those who made it past that hurdle, the shot Vivitrol worked about the same as an older treatment, Suboxone. Both drugs had high relapse rates and there were overdoses,...

Rampell: If tax bill is so great, why does GOP keep lying about it?

Nearly every claim Republicans are using to market their tax plan is at best a distortion, at worst a deliberate falsehood. Which raises the question: If their plan is really so great, why not sell it on the merits? Consider just a few of the Republicans’ key talking points and their tenuous relationship to reality. 1. The tax cuts will pay for themselves. “If we pass this tax reform package...
The Latest: Zimbabwe's war vets praise army's actions

The Latest: Zimbabwe's war vets praise army's actions

The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 6:50 a.m. The Zimbabwe army's takeover of the state broadcaster and action against some members of President Robert Mugabe's government has been praised by the chairman of the Liberation War Veterans' Association. Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the war veterans' group issued a statement from Johannesburg praising Army General Constantino Chiwenga...
Zimbabwe army controls broadcaster, says Mugabe, wife safe

Zimbabwe army controls broadcaster, says Mugabe, wife safe

In an extraordinary statement after taking over the state broadcaster during a night of unrest, Zimbabwe's army said early Wednesday it was only targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that "this is not a military takeover." Mugabe and his wife were safe and sound, the army spokesman said. "As soon as we have accomplished our...
15,000 scientists warn it will soon be 'too late' to save Earth

15,000 scientists warn it will soon be 'too late' to save Earth

More than 15,000 scientists have signed a dire warning letter to humanity, urging society to address major environmental concerns. "Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," scientists wrote in the letter signed by 15,364 of their colleagues from 184 countries. "We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our...
The GOP officials who have spent the most at Trump properties

The GOP officials who have spent the most at Trump properties

Since President Donald Trump won last year's election, his company — the Trump Organization — has experienced an increase in one particular line of business: Hosting fundraisers and receptions for Republican lawmakers.  These events have mostly happened at Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, which opened last year. The luxe hotel has a large ballroom, two smaller banquet...
In search of federal judges, Trump taps mostly white men

In search of federal judges, Trump taps mostly white men

President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that more closely reflects the nation's diversity. So far, 91 percent of Trump's nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans...
NTSB: Amtrak's lax safety led to crash that killed 2 workers

NTSB: Amtrak's lax safety led to crash that killed 2 workers

Two maintenance workers who were struck and killed by a speeding Amtrak train near Philadelphia last year were the victims of a lax safety culture that had permeated the government-owned railroad, federal investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board seized on the April 2016 crash in Chester, Pennsylvania, as the tragic outcome of years of rule bending, corner cutting and punitive...
$100,000 in guns stolen from gun show vendors in Oklahoma

$100,000 in guns stolen from gun show vendors in Oklahoma

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives are looking for more than 30 guns that were stolen from a couple who attended the Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show over the weekend. Detectives say that thieves broke into the couple’s trailer and stole a third of their gun collection, worth an estimated $100,000, sometime between 8 p.m. Sunday...

Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports

Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday. There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity. More than half...
‘Come meet a black person’: networking event in Georgia hopes to facilitate friendships

‘Come meet a black person’: networking event in Georgia hopes to facilitate friendships

To celebrate its 16th anniversary, a Lawrenceville, Georgia, professional organization is hosting a unique event. Cheryle Moses, a digital content creator and the founder and producer of UMM -- a consortium of content creators in a variety of media -- said the event was inspired by a 2014 study by Robert Jones, of the Public Religion Research Institute, which found that 75 percent of whites...
Bill Gates wants a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and he’s putting up $100 million to find it

Bill Gates wants a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and he’s putting up $100 million to find it

  Billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is pledging $100 million to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. A person is diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease every 66 seconds, according to CNN, and Gates said he has a family history of the illness. “It’s a huge problem, a growing problem, and the scale of the tragedy - even for the people...

House OKs bill slightly cutting former presidents' pensions

Former presidents get lucrative book deals and high-paid speaking gigs. So there's no need for taxpayers to support them to the degree that the federal government has done in the past. That's the reasoning behind legislation that the House backed on Monday slightly reducing the government pension of former presidents and capping how much they can bill taxpayers for office expenses and staff. The measure...
Hezbollah at the center of Lebanon's current crisis

Hezbollah at the center of Lebanon's current crisis

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah is at the center of the recent crisis that has gripped Lebanon and rattled a region already rife with conflict. When Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation in a surprise announcement from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, he blamed Hezbollah for imposing itself on the country and doing the bidding of its main backer, Iran, in Lebanon and elsewhere...
Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East. So far, however, the run-up isn't setting off alarm bells. Prices remain far below their 2014 peaks. And U.S. producers are pumping at a record rate, leading some experts to bet that the higher prices won't last long. At midday Monday, Brent crude...
Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades

Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades

President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity. So far, 91 percent of Trump's nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans and Hispanics...
Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary. If confirmed, Alex Azar would oversee a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, including "Obamacare," as well as medical research, food and drug safety, and public health. The nomination of Azar is unusual...
Relatives meet to honor Jewish girl who died in Holocaust

Relatives meet to honor Jewish girl who died in Holocaust

More than two dozen relatives from around the world met for the first time on Monday at a memorial ceremony for Karolina Cohn, a Jewish girl from Frankfurt who perished in the Holocaust more than 70 years ago. Four little brass plaques for Karolina, her sister and parents were laid in front of the Frankfurt location where the family lived before they were deported on Nov. 11, 1941, when Karolina was...
Biological weapons simulation test planned in Oklahoma

Biological weapons simulation test planned in Oklahoma

A notice in an Oklahoma newspaper set many Newkirk residents on edge.  The Department of Homeland Security announced the small town near the Kansas border will host a biological weapons simulation.  In 2018, the department wants to release "non-hazardous, non-toxic" chemicals and biological materials on buildings in the area. They want to see what might happen if a terrorist...
Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war

Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war

Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings felled by an earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq, with nearly all the casualties occurring in an area rebuilt after their ruinous 1980s war. The magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Sunday at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people were going to bed. The worst damage appeared to be in the...

Magnitude 6.5 quake hits Costa Rica coast, shakes capital

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Costa Rica on Sunday night, knocking items from shelves and sending people rushing outside in panic. The country's Public Safety Ministry said it had reports of two serious injuries as a result of the quake, but did not provide additional details. Electricity was knocked out in some areas as power lines and poles fell, but there were no...
The Latest: Church opens for first time since shooting

The Latest: Church opens for first time since shooting

The Latest on the Texas town recovering from last weekend's mass shooting at a church (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A line of about 85 people snaked from the entrance of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and curved around the block as the house of worship opened its doors to the public at 5 p.m. for the first time since a deadly shooting last Sunday. Associate Pastor Mark Collins says...
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