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  • 2017 in review: 'Disruption, despair and dumpster fires'

    2017 in review: 'Disruption, despair and dumpster fires'

    Friday, December 15 2017 1:26 PM EST2017-12-15 18:26:05 GMT
    Hurricane Harvey damage.Hurricane Harvey damage.
    By MATT SEDENSKY AP National Writer    NEW YORK (AP) - The news alerts gushed in: An attack on a concert, a church, an ice cream parlor ; an assailant wielding a gun or hammer or acid . There's an earthquake in Mexico, a monsoon in India, a volcanic eruption in Bali, hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. Keep up as your phone vibrates with word of your favorite actor accused of misconduct. Make that anchorman. Or politician. Or radio star.    The volatile yea...
    By MATT SEDENSKY AP National Writer    NEW YORK (AP) - The news alerts gushed in: An attack on a concert, a church, an ice cream parlor ; an assailant wielding a gun or hammer or acid . There's an earthquake in Mexico, a monsoon in India, a volcanic eruption in Bali, hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. Keep up as your phone vibrates with word of your favorite actor accused of misconduct. Make that anchorman. Or politician. Or radio star.    The volatile yea...
  • Trump blasts FBI leadership but says he's loyal to police

    Trump blasts FBI leadership but says he's loyal to police

    Friday, December 15 2017 12:42 PM EST2017-12-15 17:42:05 GMT
    QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump laced into FBI leadership Friday, while proclaiming his loyalty and support for law enforcement in an address at the agency's training academy.    "It's a shame what's happened" with the FBI, the president said as he left the White House for a speech at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Virginia. He called the agency's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation "really disgraceful" and told reporters...
    QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump laced into FBI leadership Friday, while proclaiming his loyalty and support for law enforcement in an address at the agency's training academy.    "It's a shame what's happened" with the FBI, the president said as he left the White House for a speech at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Virginia. He called the agency's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation "really disgraceful" and told reporters...
  • US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

    US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:24 AM EST2017-12-15 12:24:58 GMT
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that’s exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader’s arrest a year ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah cites the digital currency’s volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when Aaron Shamo was arrested on drug charges, but the val...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that’s exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader’s arrest a year ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah cites the digital currency’s volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when Aaron Shamo was arrested on drug charges, but the val...
  • As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

    As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

    Friday, December 15 2017 6:30 AM EST2017-12-15 11:30:02 GMT

    After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney’s deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the “Big Six” major movie studios, toppling one of the industry’s most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map. Disney’s move — to pay $52.4 billion in stock for Fox assets — has countless reverberations. But by effectively absorbing Fox’...

    After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney’s deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the “Big Six” major movie studios, toppling one of the industry’s most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map. Disney’s move — to pay $52.4 billion in stock for Fox assets — has countless reverberations. But by effectively absorbing Fox’...

  • Ordering last-minute gifts? Free Shipping Day is here

    Ordering last-minute gifts? Free Shipping Day is here

    Friday, December 15 2017 4:52 AM EST2017-12-15 09:52:45 GMT

    If you still need to wrap up your holiday shopping get online, because today is the 10th annual Free Shipping day, and retailers are waiving shipping fees on all orders. More than 950 merchants are participating in free shipping day this year, such as Target, Best Buy, JC Penny, Macy's and Old Navy. No codes, just shop and shipping is free, with no minimum purchase required and delivery is promised by Christmas Eve. To check out who is participating, just l...

    If you still need to wrap up your holiday shopping get online, because today is the 10th annual Free Shipping day, and retailers are waiving shipping fees on all orders. More than 950 merchants are participating in free shipping day this year, such as Target, Best Buy, JC Penny, Macy's and Old Navy. No codes, just shop and shipping is free, with no minimum purchase required and delivery is promised by Christmas Eve. To check out who is participating, just l...

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress

    House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress

    Friday, December 15 2017 3:20 AM EST2017-12-15 08:20:28 GMT

    House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published stories speculating that Ryan would make this two-year Congress his last or even resign after lawmakers approve the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which could happen next week.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published stories speculating that Ryan would make this two-year Congress his last or even resign after lawmakers approve the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which could happen next week.

  • Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

    Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

    Friday, December 15 2017 2:43 AM EST2017-12-15 07:43:58 GMT

    A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. Iverson, 32, is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Iverson had been with the sta...

    A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. Iverson, 32, is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Iverson had been with the sta...

  • White House aims to sway opinion on immigration overhaul

    White House aims to sway opinion on immigration overhaul

    Friday, December 15 2017 2:34 AM EST2017-12-15 07:34:11 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure. The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was born in Bangladesh tried to blow himself up in Midtown Manhattan on Monday. It is assembling data to bolster the argument that ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure. The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was born in Bangladesh tried to blow himself up in Midtown Manhattan on Monday. It is assembling data to bolster the argument that ...
  • Suspect in car attack faces new charge: first-degree murder

    Suspect in car attack faces new charge: first-degree murder

    Friday, December 15 2017 1:46 AM EST2017-12-15 06:46:04 GMT

    The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlot...

    The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlot...

  • FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

    FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

    Thursday, December 14 2017 2:42 PM EST2017-12-14 19:42:32 GMT

    In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.

    In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.

  • 2 St. Louis-area cops shot but saved by bulletproof vests

    2 St. Louis-area cops shot but saved by bulletproof vests

    Thursday, December 14 2017 1:09 PM EST2017-12-14 18:09:22 GMT
    Photo: TwitterPhoto: Twitter
    BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (AP) - A gunman shot two suburban St. Louis police officers in the chest before barricading himself inside a home Thursday, but bulletproof vests apparently saved both officers from serious injury.    https://t.co/mg8o93VeZe — St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) December 14, 2017 The shooting happened in the city of Bellefontaine Neighbors. St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire said both Bellefontaine Neighbors officers - a 44...
    BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (AP) - A gunman shot two suburban St. Louis police officers in the chest before barricading himself inside a home Thursday, but bulletproof vests apparently saved both officers from serious injury.    https://t.co/mg8o93VeZe — St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) December 14, 2017 The shooting happened in the city of Bellefontaine Neighbors. St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire said both Bellefontaine Neighbors officers - a 44...
  • Colossal California fire now 4th largest in state history

    Colossal California fire now 4th largest in state history

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:24 AM EST2017-12-14 16:24:47 GMT
    Photo: CalFire/TwitterPhoto: CalFire/Twitter
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The colossal wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles became the fourth largest in California history and authorities said it would likely keep growing and threatening communities as hot, gusty winds fanned the flames.    #ThomasFire [update] Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) is now 242,500 acres and 30% contained. Unified Command: CAL FIRE, @VCFD_PIO, @LosPadresNF, and @VenturaCityFD. https://t.co/vfLtDXYjzO pic.twit...
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The colossal wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles became the fourth largest in California history and authorities said it would likely keep growing and threatening communities as hot, gusty winds fanned the flames.    #ThomasFire [update] Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) is now 242,500 acres and 30% contained. Unified Command: CAL FIRE, @VCFD_PIO, @LosPadresNF, and @VenturaCityFD. https://t.co/vfLtDXYjzO pic.twit...
  • Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in new GOP tax accord

    Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in new GOP tax accord

    Thursday, December 14 2017 8:42 AM EST2017-12-14 13:42:44 GMT
    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, ANDREW TAYLOR and MARCY GORDON Associated Press    WASHINGTON (AP) - Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress.    Middle- and low-income families would receive smaller tax cuts, though President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for the middle class. The agreeme...
    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, ANDREW TAYLOR and MARCY GORDON Associated Press    WASHINGTON (AP) - Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress.    Middle- and low-income families would receive smaller tax cuts, though President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for the middle class. The agreeme...
  • Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

    Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

    Thursday, December 14 2017 7:39 AM EST2017-12-14 12:39:50 GMT
    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.    Before the buyout, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company ...
    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.    Before the buyout, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company ...
  • Omarosa exits the White House with a dose of drama

    Omarosa exits the White House with a dose of drama

    Thursday, December 14 2017 6:04 AM EST2017-12-14 11:04:40 GMT
    PHOTO: Omarosa Manigault, American reality game show personality and former contestant on Donald Trump's show, 'The Apprentice'PHOTO: Omarosa Manigault, American reality game show personality and former contestant on Donald Trump's show, 'The Apprentice'
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press    WASHINGTON (AP) - True to form, former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is ending her time at the White House with a dose of drama.    Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters, was escorted off the White House grounds after resigning her post as a presidential adviser, according to two White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.    Whi...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press    WASHINGTON (AP) - True to form, former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is ending her time at the White House with a dose of drama.    Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters, was escorted off the White House grounds after resigning her post as a presidential adviser, according to two White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.    Whi...
  • Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

    Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

    Thursday, December 14 2017 4:58 AM EST2017-12-14 09:58:20 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week’s stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment. Bannon wholeheartedly backed Roy Moore, the insurgent conservative who faltered in Tuesday’s spec...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week’s stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment. Bannon wholeheartedly backed Roy Moore, the insurgent conservative who faltered in Tuesday’s spec...
  • Gwendoline Christie’s fighting bridges Star Wars, Westeros

    Gwendoline Christie’s fighting bridges Star Wars, Westeros

    Thursday, December 14 2017 4:47 AM EST2017-12-14 09:47:52 GMT

    Gwendoline Christie plays fearsome fighters in both Westeros and a galaxy far, far away. And while the statuesque British actress keeps the two worlds distinct in her mind, her combat skills are actually a bridge between them. Christie’s fight with Finn (John Boyega) as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the face-off between Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) on “Game of Thrones” were created by the s...

    Gwendoline Christie plays fearsome fighters in both Westeros and a galaxy far, far away. And while the statuesque British actress keeps the two worlds distinct in her mind, her combat skills are actually a bridge between them. Christie’s fight with Finn (John Boyega) as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the face-off between Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) on “Game of Thrones” were created by the s...

  • Lines cut around a third of still-powerful California blaze

    Lines cut around a third of still-powerful California blaze

    Thursday, December 14 2017 4:41 AM EST2017-12-14 09:41:32 GMT
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire lines have been established around nearly a third of one of the largest wildfires in California history, but danger remains. Coastal communities in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were warned Wednesday that they’re still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and fan the flames. The National Weather Service extended warnings through Friday of extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of Southern California due to lack of moisture alo...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire lines have been established around nearly a third of one of the largest wildfires in California history, but danger remains. Coastal communities in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were warned Wednesday that they’re still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and fan the flames. The National Weather Service extended warnings through Friday of extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of Southern California due to lack of moisture alo...
  • Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

    Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

    Thursday, December 14 2017 4:14 AM EST2017-12-14 09:14:12 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area, then g...

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area, then g...

  • AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

    AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

    Thursday, December 14 2017 2:18 AM EST2017-12-14 07:18:13 GMT

    “Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place. Here’s a look at what the developmen...

    “Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place. Here’s a look at what the developmen...

  • Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on ‘Frida’

    Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on ‘Frida’

    Thursday, December 14 2017 1:36 AM EST2017-12-14 06:36:06 GMT

    In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic “Frida,” into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein’s relentless advances. “For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday by The New York Times.

    In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic “Frida,” into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein’s relentless advances. “For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday by The New York Times.

  • Former "Apprentice" figure Omarosa leaving White House staff

    Former "Apprentice" figure Omarosa leaving White House staff

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:35 PM EST2017-12-14 04:35:05 GMT
    Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

    (AP) - Omarosa Manigault Newman - one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters - plans to leave the administration next month, the White House said Wednesday.

    (AP) - Omarosa Manigault Newman - one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters - plans to leave the administration next month, the White House said Wednesday.

  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations dies in apparent suicide

    Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations dies in apparent suicide

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:19 PM EST2017-12-14 04:19:11 GMT
    Photo: WDRB.comPhoto: WDRB.com

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has committed suicide.

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has committed suicide.

  • Record number of journalists jailed worldwide, report says

    Record number of journalists jailed worldwide, report says

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 10:37 PM EST2017-12-14 03:37:37 GMT
    A map showing the locations of at least 262 jailed journalists worldwide. Image: Committee to Protect JournalistsA map showing the locations of at least 262 jailed journalists worldwide. Image: Committee to Protect Journalists

    (AP) - An advocacy group for journalists says 262 people are imprisoned around the world for their work gathering and reporting the news, a record high.

    (AP) - An advocacy group for journalists says 262 people are imprisoned around the world for their work gathering and reporting the news, a record high.

  • FCC vote over 'net neutrality' nears

    FCC vote over 'net neutrality' nears

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:40 PM EST2017-12-13 23:40:31 GMT
    Image: MGNImage: MGN

    (AP) - The federal government is preparing to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. And advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.

    (AP) - The federal government is preparing to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. And advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.

  • Air Force Academy accused of retaliating over sex assaults

    Air Force Academy accused of retaliating over sex assaults

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:47 PM EST2017-12-13 22:47:19 GMT
    The US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo: EpicV27 / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 / MGNThe US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo: EpicV27 / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 / MGN

    (AP) - A former U.S. Air Force Academy official who was harshly criticized for her handling of sexual assaults said the school made her a scapegoat and that commanders are downplaying the number of attacks.

    (AP) - A former U.S. Air Force Academy official who was harshly criticized for her handling of sexual assaults said the school made her a scapegoat and that commanders are downplaying the number of attacks.

  • Fed. to raise interest rate for third time in 2017

    Fed. to raise interest rate for third time in 2017

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 4:35 PM EST2017-12-13 21:35:19 GMT
    Image: MGNImage: MGN

    (AP) - The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

    (AP) - The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

  • New DHS secretary says border wall would help ease "national crisis"

    New DHS secretary says border wall would help ease "national crisis"

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 4:18 PM EST2017-12-13 21:18:24 GMT
    DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen. Photo: MSNBCDHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen. Photo: MSNBC

    (AP) - The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says she hopes construction on a border wall will begin soon.

    (AP) - The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says she hopes construction on a border wall will begin soon.

  • Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

    Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:40 AM EST2017-12-13 12:40:56 GMT
    By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer    NEW YORK (AP) - Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees.    The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced Wednesday. They will be inducted on April 14, in Cleveland, Ohio.    The six inductees were chosen f...
    By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer    NEW YORK (AP) - Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees.    The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced Wednesday. They will be inducted on April 14, in Cleveland, Ohio.    The six inductees were chosen f...
  • Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

    Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:40 AM EST2017-12-13 11:40:16 GMT
    PHOTO: Doug Jones, American lawyer and politician; he served as a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama., Photo Date: October 3, 2017PHOTO: Doug Jones, American lawyer and politician; he served as a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama., Photo Date: October 3, 2017

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.    It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the ...

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.    It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the ...

  • $191M Powerball prize claimed by unnamed Louisiana family

    $191M Powerball prize claimed by unnamed Louisiana family

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 8:11 PM EST2017-12-13 01:11:50 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A $191 million Powerball jackpot has been claimed in Louisiana, with the state lottery describing the award as the largest single prize ever won in its 26-year history.      The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says Lafayette attorney Jean Breaux Jr. arrived at the lottery's headquarters Tuesday to claim the Oct. 25 prize on behalf of three members of a family who didn't publicly release their names.      The winners released a statement th...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A $191 million Powerball jackpot has been claimed in Louisiana, with the state lottery describing the award as the largest single prize ever won in its 26-year history.      The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says Lafayette attorney Jean Breaux Jr. arrived at the lottery's headquarters Tuesday to claim the Oct. 25 prize on behalf of three members of a family who didn't publicly release their names.      The winners released a statement th...
  • Sean Spicer book coming out next summer

    Sean Spicer book coming out next summer

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 7:59 PM EST2017-12-13 00:59:30 GMT
    File photo.File photo.
    NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don't expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer's target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with.      Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer's book will come out next summer. Its working title is "The Briefing."      Spicer quit as press secretary in July, just six months...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don't expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer's target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with.      Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer's book will come out next summer. Its working title is "The Briefing."      Spicer quit as press secretary in July, just six months...
  • House and Senate tax bills treat disaster victims unequally

    House and Senate tax bills treat disaster victims unequally

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 7:49 PM EST2017-12-13 00:49:06 GMT

    (AP)-If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida who've yet to account for all their losses could deduct them on their 2018 taxes. Not so for victims of the California wildfires.     

    (AP)-If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida who've yet to account for all their losses could deduct them on their 2018 taxes. Not so for victims of the California wildfires.     

  • Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

    Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 3:18 PM EST2017-12-12 20:18:26 GMT
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a conference and official press release that he would recuse himself from any probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election.Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a conference and official press release that he would recuse himself from any probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

    (AP) - A botched suicide mission on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during a stop in Baltimore with the new Homeland Security chief.      Speaking at a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, Sessions said two terrorist in...

    (AP) - A botched suicide mission on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during a stop in Baltimore with the new Homeland Security chief.      Speaking at a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, Sessions said two terrorist in...

  • Prosecutors say suspect taunted Trump before subway bombing

    Prosecutors say suspect taunted Trump before subway bombing

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 11:55 AM EST2017-12-12 16:55:02 GMT
    PHOTO: Explosion at New York Port Authority; Suspect Akayed Ullah in CustodyPHOTO: Explosion at New York Port Authority; Suspect Akayed Ullah in Custody
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing blamed President Donald Trump for the botched suicide mission that he said he carried out for the Islamic State group, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him Tuesday.    Akayed Ullah posted a statement on his Facebook account on his way to the Monday morning attack stating: "Trump you failed to protect your nation," the criminal complaint said. He also told law enfo...
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing blamed President Donald Trump for the botched suicide mission that he said he carried out for the Islamic State group, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him Tuesday.    Akayed Ullah posted a statement on his Facebook account on his way to the Monday morning attack stating: "Trump you failed to protect your nation," the criminal complaint said. He also told law enfo...
  • Officer honored for adopting baby from opioid addicted mom

    Officer honored for adopting baby from opioid addicted mom

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 11:34 AM EST2017-12-12 16:34:04 GMT
    Photo: CNNPhoto: CNN
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A police officer who persuaded a pregnant woman he found using heroin to let him adopt her unborn child has been honored by the city of Albuquerque.    Officer Ryan Holets and his wife were praised Monday for adopting a baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her baby.    Police say Holets found the homeless woman and a man using heroin near a conve...
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A police officer who persuaded a pregnant woman he found using heroin to let him adopt her unborn child has been honored by the city of Albuquerque.    Officer Ryan Holets and his wife were praised Monday for adopting a baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her baby.    Police say Holets found the homeless woman and a man using heroin near a conve...
  • Sean Spicer book coming out next summer

    Sean Spicer book coming out next summer

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 11:28 AM EST2017-12-12 16:28:58 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don't expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer's target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with.    Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer's book will come out next summer. Its working title is "The Briefing."    Spicer quit as press secretary in July, just six months into Trump'...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don't expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer's target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with.    Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer's book will come out next summer. Its working title is "The Briefing."    Spicer quit as press secretary in July, just six months into Trump'...
  • NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit

    NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 9:57 AM EST2017-12-12 14:57:56 GMT
    PHOTO: Retired NFL Running Back Marshall Faulk, Photo Date: 9/25/14PHOTO: Retired NFL Running Back Marshall Faulk, Photo Date: 9/25/14
    NEW YORK (AP) - Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts have been suspended after a former employee alleged sexual misconduct in a lawsuit.    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Tuesday identified the three as Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. He says they have been "suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations."    According to court documents first reported by Bloomberg, former ...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts have been suspended after a former employee alleged sexual misconduct in a lawsuit.    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Tuesday identified the three as Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. He says they have been "suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations."    According to court documents first reported by Bloomberg, former ...
  • Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

    Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 9:42 AM EST2017-12-12 14:42:17 GMT
    President Donald Trump. Photo: NBC NewsPresident Donald Trump. Photo: NBC News
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met."    Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Trump says Democrats "have been unable to show any collusion with ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met."    Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Trump says Democrats "have been unable to show any collusion with ...
  • Supporters stand by bullied boy, question mother's motives

    Supporters stand by bullied boy, question mother's motives

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 9:19 AM EST2017-12-12 14:19:12 GMT

    "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em?"  Those words from a boy named Keaton Jones went viral after his mother posted the video to social media.  Within days, the video was viewed more than 20 million times and Keaton gained support from what seemed like the entire internet, including numerous celebrities. Hi @Lakyn_Jones, could you pass this message along to Keaton? ? p...

    "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to 'em?"  Those words from a boy named Keaton Jones went viral after his mother posted the video to social media.  Within days, the video was viewed more than 20 million times and Keaton gained support from what seemed like the entire internet, including numerous celebrities. Hi @Lakyn_Jones, could you pass this message along to Keaton? ? p...

  • 'Man Flu' may actually be a real thing, researcher says

    'Man Flu' may actually be a real thing, researcher says

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 9:09 AM EST2017-12-12 14:09:19 GMT

    A recent study shows that the so-called "Man Flu" may be real. The Oxford dictionary defines it as "a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms." One Canadian scientist, who was "tired of being accused of overreacting," wanted to see if men were just wimpy or if they actually do get sicker than women. The study revealed evidence that suggests men do have weaker immune systems ...

    A recent study shows that the so-called "Man Flu" may be real. The Oxford dictionary defines it as "a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms." One Canadian scientist, who was "tired of being accused of overreacting," wanted to see if men were just wimpy or if they actually do get sicker than women. The study revealed evidence that suggests men do have weaker immune systems ...

  • Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

    Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 8:36 AM EST2017-12-12 13:36:52 GMT
    STILL UNTITLED: Alabama Election - Roy Moore (R) Doug Jones (D)STILL UNTITLED: Alabama Election - Roy Moore (R) Doug Jones (D)
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allowing "decency" to prevail back home.    At the center is Roy Moore - "Judge Moore," to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law, and now he's attempting a political resurrection amid accusations...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allowing "decency" to prevail back home.    At the center is Roy Moore - "Judge Moore," to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law, and now he's attempting a political resurrection amid accusations...
  • Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

    Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

    Monday, December 11 2017 8:24 PM EST2017-12-12 01:24:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon - and on to Mars.      Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery."      The move, Trump said, "marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration." 

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon - and on to Mars.      Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery."      The move, Trump said, "marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration." 

  • Military fails to disclose criminal convictions to FBI

    Military fails to disclose criminal convictions to FBI

    Monday, December 11 2017 8:18 PM EST2017-12-12 01:18:25 GMT
    DALLAS (AP) - A recent lapse by the U.S. Army to disclose a Texas veteran's criminal record to the FBI is the latest example of the military failing to document criminal convictions, according to a newspaper's review.      Former Army 1st Sgt. Gregory McQueen pleaded guilty two years ago to more than a dozen military charges for attempting to run a prostitution ring in Fort Hood. But the conviction didn't show up in a state background check when a foster-care agency hir...
    DALLAS (AP) - A recent lapse by the U.S. Army to disclose a Texas veteran's criminal record to the FBI is the latest example of the military failing to document criminal convictions, according to a newspaper's review.      Former Army 1st Sgt. Gregory McQueen pleaded guilty two years ago to more than a dozen military charges for attempting to run a prostitution ring in Fort Hood. But the conviction didn't show up in a state background check when a foster-care agency hir...
  • Louisiana man admits misusing Trump's Social Security number

    Louisiana man admits misusing Trump's Social Security number

    Monday, December 11 2017 12:31 PM EST2017-12-11 17:31:20 GMT

    (AP) - A Louisiana private investigator pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president's federal tax information before his election last year.      Jordan Hamlett, 32, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea in federal court.      Authorities have said Ha...

    (AP) - A Louisiana private investigator pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president's federal tax information before his election last year.      Jordan Hamlett, 32, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea in federal court.      Authorities have said Ha...

  • Official: Device explodes on NYC subway platform

    Official: Device explodes on NYC subway platform

    Monday, December 11 2017 12:14 PM EST2017-12-11 17:14:18 GMT
    Photo: NBC NewsPhoto: NBC News

    (NBC) New York officials confirm there has been an explosion at 42nd and 8th in Manhattan. The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available. pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 This is a breaking news story, updates will be posted to this story as they are received. SPECIAL RE...

    (NBC) New York officials confirm there has been an explosion at 42nd and 8th in Manhattan. The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available. pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 This is a breaking news story, updates will be posted to this story as they are received. SPECIAL RE...

  • Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo

    Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo

    Monday, December 11 2017 11:46 AM EST2017-12-11 16:46:52 GMT
    Photo: Yahoo Sports/TwitterPhoto: Yahoo Sports/Twitter
    NEW YORK (AP) - Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo's app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.    But people who want to watch football through online-TV services like Sling will have more problems. An NFL game on ESPN will still be blocked on the Sling app on a phone - and starting next season, on tablets, too. Verizon apps will have the exclusive rig...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo's app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.    But people who want to watch football through online-TV services like Sling will have more problems. An NFL game on ESPN will still be blocked on the Sling app on a phone - and starting next season, on tablets, too. Verizon apps will have the exclusive rig...
  • New evacuations ordered as California wildfires whip across region

    New evacuations ordered as California wildfires whip across region

    Monday, December 11 2017 10:32 AM EST2017-12-11 15:32:15 GMT
    PHOTO: Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, Photo Date: 12/7/2017PHOTO: Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, Photo Date: 12/7/2017
    (NBC News) A string of deadly wildfires continue to burn in Southern California.  The largest of the fires, the Thomas fire, has burned 230,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained.  Firefighters say the the dry, windy conditions are perfect for the fires.  "We're in December, the vegetation is as dry as it's ever been. We haven't had rain since what, last February, it's just so ready to go," says Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain Dave Zani...
    (NBC News) A string of deadly wildfires continue to burn in Southern California.  The largest of the fires, the Thomas fire, has burned 230,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained.  Firefighters say the the dry, windy conditions are perfect for the fires.  "We're in December, the vegetation is as dry as it's ever been. We haven't had rain since what, last February, it's just so ready to go," says Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain Dave Zani...
  • List of nominees for 75th Golden Globe Awards

    List of nominees for 75th Golden Globe Awards

    Monday, December 11 2017 9:01 AM EST2017-12-11 14:01:42 GMT
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:    MOTION PICTURES    -Picture, Drama: "Call Me By Your Name," ''Dunkirk," ''The Post," The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."    -Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Disaster Artist," ''Get Out," ''The Great...
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:    MOTION PICTURES    -Picture, Drama: "Call Me By Your Name," ''Dunkirk," ''The Post," The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."    -Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Disaster Artist," ''Get Out," ''The Great...
  • Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

    Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

    Monday, December 11 2017 5:49 AM EST2017-12-11 10:49:39 GMT

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders.    Many Republicans see the vote as chance to ratify their conservative values and protect President Donald Trump's agenda ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.    At the center are Republican Roy Moore, a former jurist tw...

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders.    Many Republicans see the vote as chance to ratify their conservative values and protect President Donald Trump's agenda ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.    At the center are Republican Roy Moore, a former jurist tw...

  • Officials urge Santa Barbara residents to flee

    Officials urge Santa Barbara residents to flee

    Sunday, December 10 2017 9:44 PM EST2017-12-11 02:44:17 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire officials say the most destructive of the Southern California wildfires has burned more than 270 square miles and is only 15 percent contained.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire officials say the most destructive of the Southern California wildfires has burned more than 270 square miles and is only 15 percent contained.

  • Lawmakers urge more funding, awareness to suicide prevention

    Lawmakers urge more funding, awareness to suicide prevention

    Sunday, December 10 2017 1:51 PM EST2017-12-10 18:51:23 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii legislators are grappling with how to prevent suicides, the leading cause of fatal injuries in the state. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports one person dies every two days by suicide in Hawaii. 

    HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii legislators are grappling with how to prevent suicides, the leading cause of fatal injuries in the state. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports one person dies every two days by suicide in Hawaii. 

  • Trump talks tax cuts and budget on golf course with Graham

    Trump talks tax cuts and budget on golf course with Graham

    Sunday, December 10 2017 1:46 PM EST2017-12-10 18:46:06 GMT

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump sought Sunday to gloss over the difficult work ahead for lawmakers laboring to finalize tax cut legislation he can sign by his self-imposed Christmas deadline.

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump sought Sunday to gloss over the difficult work ahead for lawmakers laboring to finalize tax cut legislation he can sign by his self-imposed Christmas deadline.

  • Bono tells paper he takes tax probe 'incredibly seriously'

    Bono tells paper he takes tax probe 'incredibly seriously'

    Sunday, December 10 2017 1:35 PM EST2017-12-10 18:35:26 GMT
    PHOTO: Bono is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock band U2. Birthday 5/10 1960, Photo Date: 11/6/14PHOTO: Bono is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock band U2. Birthday 5/10 1960, Photo Date: 11/6/14

    BERLIN (AP) - U2 frontman Bono says he takes the investigation into his business arrangements "incredibly seriously" and wants them to be transparent. Bono was named in the "Paradise Papers " leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals.

    BERLIN (AP) - U2 frontman Bono says he takes the investigation into his business arrangements "incredibly seriously" and wants them to be transparent. Bono was named in the "Paradise Papers " leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals.

  • 'Coco' tops box office again before 'Star Wars' hits

    'Coco' tops box office again before 'Star Wars' hits

    Sunday, December 10 2017 1:33 PM EST2017-12-10 18:33:08 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would brin...

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would brin...

  • Trump draws protests while honoring civil rights heroes

    Trump draws protests while honoring civil rights heroes

    Sunday, December 10 2017 1:24 PM EST2017-12-10 18:24:33 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Donald Trump has honored figures of civil rights movement, some famous, some not. But his tour of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and adjacent Museum of Mississippi in Jackson drew protests Saturday.

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Donald Trump has honored figures of civil rights movement, some famous, some not. But his tour of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and adjacent Museum of Mississippi in Jackson drew protests Saturday.

  • New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

    New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

    Sunday, December 10 2017 1:18 PM EST2017-12-10 18:18:50 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns.

  • Accusations of misconduct followed top gossip editor

    Accusations of misconduct followed top gossip editor

    Sunday, December 10 2017 10:18 AM EST2017-12-10 15:18:17 GMT

    Dylan Howard, the top editor at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., who previously faced allegations of sexual misconduct at the gossip news giant, was also accused of harassing behavior at another employer, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. 

    Dylan Howard, the top editor at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., who previously faced allegations of sexual misconduct at the gossip news giant, was also accused of harassing behavior at another employer, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. 

  • The Latest: Pope warns of Jerusalem ‘spiral of violence’

    The Latest: Pope warns of Jerusalem ‘spiral of violence’

    Sunday, December 10 2017 9:59 AM EST2017-12-10 14:59:40 GMT

    The Latest on the fallout from the U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The Vatican says Pope Francis is praying so that “leaders of nations” commit themselves to work to “avert a new spiral of violence” over Jerusalem and is expressing “sorrow for the clashes in recent days that have produced victims.” 

    The Latest on the fallout from the U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The Vatican says Pope Francis is praying so that “leaders of nations” commit themselves to work to “avert a new spiral of violence” over Jerusalem and is expressing “sorrow for the clashes in recent days that have produced victims.” 

  • Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town

    Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town

    Sunday, December 10 2017 9:16 AM EST2017-12-10 14:16:57 GMT

    The three students were arrested after punching and kicking a white shopkeeper that the 18- and 19-year-old students said was because they were racially profiled as customers in the store.

    The three students were arrested after punching and kicking a white shopkeeper that the 18- and 19-year-old students said was because they were racially profiled as customers in the store.

  • ‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become normal in California

    ‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become normal in California

    Sunday, December 10 2017 6:38 AM EST2017-12-10 11:38:12 GMT

    A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season. “This is the new normal,&rd...

    A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season. “This is the new normal,&rd...

  • Early praise for ‘The Last Jedi’ after elaborate premiere

    Early praise for ‘The Last Jedi’ after elaborate premiere

    Sunday, December 10 2017 6:34 AM EST2017-12-10 11:34:11 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online. Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed. “She’s up there flipping the bird...

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online. Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed. “She’s up there flipping the bird...

  • Snow slows or shuts down much of normally sunny Deep South

    Snow slows or shuts down much of normally sunny Deep South

    Saturday, December 9 2017 10:20 PM EST2017-12-10 03:20:51 GMT
    Snow covered portions of the beach in Port Aransas.Snow covered portions of the beach in Port Aransas.

    (AP) - An unusually heavy December snowfall across much of the Deep South tapered off Saturday, icy road conditions were still a threat and thousands remained without electricity throughout the region.      Forecasters warned that moisture on the roadways could freeze overnight and cause black ice to form. The National Weather Service said that even after snow flurries ended by midday, areas includ...

    (AP) - An unusually heavy December snowfall across much of the Deep South tapered off Saturday, icy road conditions were still a threat and thousands remained without electricity throughout the region.      Forecasters warned that moisture on the roadways could freeze overnight and cause black ice to form. The National Weather Service said that even after snow flurries ended by midday, areas includ...

  • Pooch in 'dog pound' after allegedly destroying Christmas decoration

    Pooch in 'dog pound' after allegedly destroying Christmas decoration

    Saturday, December 9 2017 7:45 PM EST2017-12-10 00:45:58 GMT
    (Courtesy: NBC)(Courtesy: NBC)

    One pooch in San Juan, New Mexico is learning if you do the crime then you got to do the time. Josie was taken into custody after she was accused of attacking a beloved elf. Her owner Shane Ferrari says he and his family woke up one morning and found the elf headless and in pieces.

    One pooch in San Juan, New Mexico is learning if you do the crime then you got to do the time. Josie was taken into custody after she was accused of attacking a beloved elf. Her owner Shane Ferrari says he and his family woke up one morning and found the elf headless and in pieces.

  • California fires burn more than 1,000 structures

    California fires burn more than 1,000 structures

    Saturday, December 9 2017 3:26 PM EST2017-12-09 20:26:18 GMT

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've counted more than 1,000 homes and others buildings destroyed by wildfires ravaging Southern California for the past week. 

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've counted more than 1,000 homes and others buildings destroyed by wildfires ravaging Southern California for the past week. 

  • Agent: Japanese star pitcher-hitter Ohtani to join Angels

    Agent: Japanese star pitcher-hitter Ohtani to join Angels

    Saturday, December 9 2017 11:34 AM EST2017-12-09 16:34:39 GMT
    PHOTO: Shohei Ohtani, Japanese professional baseball pitcher and outfielder, Photo Date: 2015 Photo: WBSCPHOTO: Shohei Ohtani, Japanese professional baseball pitcher and outfielder, Photo Date: 2015 Photo: WBSC

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is bringing his arm and bat to the Los Angeles Angels, pairing him with two-time MVP Mike Trout. Ohtani's agent put out a statement Friday saying the prized two-way player had decided to sign with the Angels, a surprise winner over Seattle, Texas and several other teams.

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is bringing his arm and bat to the Los Angeles Angels, pairing him with two-time MVP Mike Trout. Ohtani's agent put out a statement Friday saying the prized two-way player had decided to sign with the Angels, a surprise winner over Seattle, Texas and several other teams.

  • Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

    Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

    Saturday, December 9 2017 11:24 AM EST2017-12-09 16:24:20 GMT
    Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor.Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor.

    Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor LUXOR, Egypt (AP) - Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have discovered two ancient tombs in the southern city of Luxor.

    Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor LUXOR, Egypt (AP) - Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have discovered two ancient tombs in the southern city of Luxor.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Blue high-tax states fund red low-tax states

    AP FACT CHECK: Blue high-tax states fund red low-tax states

    Saturday, December 9 2017 11:20 AM EST2017-12-09 16:20:27 GMT

    (AP) - Republican leaders have spent months promoting the myth that red low-tax states are subsidizing blue high-tax states because of the deduction for state and local taxes. An Associated Press Fact Check finds it's actually the other way around. High-tax, traditionally Democratic states (blue), subsidize low-tax, traditionally Republican states (red) - in a big way.

    (AP) - Republican leaders have spent months promoting the myth that red low-tax states are subsidizing blue high-tax states because of the deduction for state and local taxes. An Associated Press Fact Check finds it's actually the other way around. High-tax, traditionally Democratic states (blue), subsidize low-tax, traditionally Republican states (red) - in a big way.

  • US wants world to isolate N. Korea, but what's that mean?

    US wants world to isolate N. Korea, but what's that mean?

    Saturday, December 9 2017 11:14 AM EST2017-12-09 16:14:59 GMT
    Soldiers march in a military parade on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, Photo Date: 4/15/2012Soldiers march in a military parade on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, Photo Date: 4/15/2012

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador has urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea. But what's that mean? Should all embassies close? How about those providing U.S. with intelligence? And what of Sweden, which helps with imprisoned Americans?

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador has urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea. But what's that mean? Should all embassies close? How about those providing U.S. with intelligence? And what of Sweden, which helps with imprisoned Americans?

  • Firefighters had to step aside as winds powered infernos

    Firefighters had to step aside as winds powered infernos

    Saturday, December 9 2017 11:12 AM EST2017-12-09 16:12:20 GMT
    Photo: Thomas Wildfire in Ventura County, CaliforniaPhoto: Thomas Wildfire in Ventura County, California

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos.

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos.

  • Boycotts, protests to greet Trump on Mississippi visit

    Boycotts, protests to greet Trump on Mississippi visit

    Saturday, December 9 2017 11:08 AM EST2017-12-09 16:08:19 GMT
    President Donald Trump. Photo: NBC NewsPresident Donald Trump. Photo: NBC News

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to celebrate heroes of the civil rights movement during a visit to Mississippi, but at least one leader of that era says plans to be a no-show.

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to celebrate heroes of the civil rights movement during a visit to Mississippi, but at least one leader of that era says plans to be a no-show.

  • Firefighters had to step aside as winds powered infernos

    Firefighters had to step aside as winds powered infernos

    Saturday, December 9 2017 8:46 AM EST2017-12-09 13:46:31 GMT
    Dick Marsala looks through the debris from his destroyed home after a wildfire roared through his country club neighborhood on Friday, in Bonsall, California. Wind-swept fires have blazed through Southern California, forcing the evacuation of thousands anDick Marsala looks through the debris from his destroyed home after a wildfire roared through his country club neighborhood on Friday, in Bonsall, California. Wind-swept fires have blazed through Southern California, forcing the evacuation of thousands an

    Fires have taken people by surprise over a large swath of Southern California since the biggest fire broke out Monday evening in Ventura County, where the only death attributed to the fires, so far, involved a 70-year-old woman who was found dead in a wrecked car on a designated evacuation route in the small city of Santa Paula.

    Fires have taken people by surprise over a large swath of Southern California since the biggest fire broke out Monday evening in Ventura County, where the only death attributed to the fires, so far, involved a 70-year-old woman who was found dead in a wrecked car on a designated evacuation route in the small city of Santa Paula.

  • Final preparations underway for ‘The Last Jedi’ premier

    Final preparations underway for ‘The Last Jedi’ premier

    Saturday, December 9 2017 5:38 AM EST2017-12-09 10:38:46 GMT

    Star Wars is taking over a site near downtown Los Angeles in anticipation of the premiere of the franchise’s latest film. Crews worked Friday to set up the Shrine Auditorium for Saturday’s world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” A giant assault vehicle and gun turrets towered over the carpet where guests will make their way into the venue. 

    Star Wars is taking over a site near downtown Los Angeles in anticipation of the premiere of the franchise’s latest film. Crews worked Friday to set up the Shrine Auditorium for Saturday’s world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” A giant assault vehicle and gun turrets towered over the carpet where guests will make their way into the venue. 

  • New Mexico school shooter left note plotting attack, suicide

    New Mexico school shooter left note plotting attack, suicide

    Saturday, December 9 2017 5:10 AM EST2017-12-09 10:10:01 GMT

    A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday. William Atchison, a former student at small-town Aztec High School, had legally purchased a handgun at a local store a month ago and planned the attack, authorities said. He left a message on a thumb drive found on his body that detailed his plan.

    A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday. William Atchison, a former student at small-town Aztec High School, had legally purchased a handgun at a local store a month ago and planned the attack, authorities said. He left a message on a thumb drive found on his body that detailed his plan.

  • US Navy prepares to comb sea bed for crashed plane, Sailors

    US Navy prepares to comb sea bed for crashed plane, Sailors

    Friday, December 8 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-12-09 04:36:25 GMT
    C-2 A Greyhound / US Navy photo MC3 Alex CoronaC-2 A Greyhound / US Navy photo MC3 Alex Corona

    TOKYO (AP) - The U.S. Navy says it will deploy deep water salvage experts to search for a transport aircraft that crashed in the western Pacific last month, killing three Sailors.      The C-2A "Greyhound" aircraft was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed the day before Thanksgiving in the Philippine Sea. Eight people were rescued.      The plane's last position on the surface is known but the depth of the water ex...

    TOKYO (AP) - The U.S. Navy says it will deploy deep water salvage experts to search for a transport aircraft that crashed in the western Pacific last month, killing three Sailors.      The C-2A "Greyhound" aircraft was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed the day before Thanksgiving in the Philippine Sea. Eight people were rescued.      The plane's last position on the surface is known but the depth of the water ex...

  • Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

    Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

    Friday, December 8 2017 10:11 PM EST2017-12-09 03:11:41 GMT

    (AP) - Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases.      The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions.    &nbs...

    (AP) - Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases.      The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions.    &nbs...

  • Media fight Kushners for names of partners in Md. buildings

    Media fight Kushners for names of partners in Md. buildings

    Friday, December 8 2017 9:53 PM EST2017-12-09 02:53:26 GMT
    PHOTO: Jared Kushner, real estate investor and developer, newspaper owner, and senior advisor to President Donald Trump., Photo Date: April 3, 2017PHOTO: Jared Kushner, real estate investor and developer, newspaper owner, and senior advisor to President Donald Trump., Photo Date: April 3, 2017

    (AP) - News outlets including The Associated Press filed a motion in federal court Friday arguing that a document containing the names of investors in some Kushner Cos. apartment buildings in Maryland should be unsealed and available to the media.      The Kushner Cos. has argued that the privacy rights of its partners in its Maryland buildings outweigh the public interest in the disclosure, saying the me...

    (AP) - News outlets including The Associated Press filed a motion in federal court Friday arguing that a document containing the names of investors in some Kushner Cos. apartment buildings in Maryland should be unsealed and available to the media.      The Kushner Cos. has argued that the privacy rights of its partners in its Maryland buildings outweigh the public interest in the disclosure, saying the me...

  • Star Wars cast reflects on Carrie Fisher's and Leia's legacy

    Star Wars cast reflects on Carrie Fisher's and Leia's legacy

    Friday, December 8 2017 9:04 PM EST2017-12-09 02:04:59 GMT
    By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer      LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carrie Fisher may have been the "madcap Auntie Mame" to Mark Hamill's "square" homebody, but despite their differences, the Star Wars siblings got along famously right till the end.      While both skyrocketed to celebrity with their Star Wars roles in 1977 and remained inextricably linked through their on-screen family, Hamill says he missed a lot of Fisher's life - during "t...
    By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer      LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carrie Fisher may have been the "madcap Auntie Mame" to Mark Hamill's "square" homebody, but despite their differences, the Star Wars siblings got along famously right till the end.      While both skyrocketed to celebrity with their Star Wars roles in 1977 and remained inextricably linked through their on-screen family, Hamill says he missed a lot of Fisher's life - during "t...
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