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  • Onion beer bread is a crowd-pleaser

    Onion beer bread is a crowd-pleaser

    A larger-than-usual crowd meeting up at your house for dinner? This Onion Beer Bread would add a lot to the menu. It's delicious, of course, but it's also very easy to whip up. Unlike more conventional breads, this one doesn't involve yeast or require multiple risings. And except for the rosemary,...

  • Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

    The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment. In Florida, that wasn't enough for relatives,...

  • Israel's Netanyahu: A singular leader with a divisive legacy

    A serial survivor of scandals, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in trouble once more after police recommended a range of bribery and other charges against him in two separate investigations. Yet the law doesn't require him to step down until convicted, the process could drag...

  • Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

    Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. The announcement of the new members of the...

  • 'Is this a kind of mistake?' Snowboarder wins Alpine gold

    This made no sense to Ester Ledecka. Just simply couldn't be. Could. Not. Be. Which is why the part-time ski racer, part-time snowboarder from the Czech Republic stood so still, absolutely motionless and expressionless, for several moments after crossing the finish line in the Olympic super-G and...

  • NBA commissioner lauds refs, players for airing differences

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league's players and referees are on their way to forging an improved relationship. In his state-of-the-league news conference before the All-Star Saturday festivities at Staples Center , Silver said the NBA "should be playing a very active role in bridging...

  • Hirscher gets gold again, Braaten wins slopestyle

    Two events, two gold medals for Marcel Hirscher. The 28-year-old Austrian has a good chance to leave the Pyeongchang Olympics with one more. Hirscher won the men's giant slalom Sunday , finishing in 2 minutes, 18.04 seconds, and beating Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen by 1.27 seconds — the largest...

  • Russian athlete suspected of doping at Olympics

    The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics has announced that one of its athletes has failed a drug test. Two Russian state news agencies cited Konstantin Vybornov, spokesman for the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" team, as saying the delegation received an official notification from the...

  • AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

    Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work under sunny skies in the Arizona desert....

  • $30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

    International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group, Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to help the battle-ravaged nation. While falling short of an estimated $88.2 billion needed to...

  • APNewsBreak: Wellstone Action pushing out senator's sons

    A liberal campaign organization dedicated to the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone is pushing out the senator's two sons over differences in how the organization should run. Wellstone Action informed David and Mark Wellstone on Wednesday that they would be voted off the governing board in the...

  • AP sources: Mitt Romney to launch Senate campaign Thursday

    Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he's running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch , three people with direct knowledge of the plan confirmed Wednesday. He'll be a heavy favorite to keep the seat in Republican hands. The 70-year-old Romney,...

  • At museum, current and ex-inmates create art and futures

    As a child, Russell Craig spent time in the 1990s locked up at Philadelphia's Youth Study Center for truancy. It was a stubby, bleak dose of reality interrupting a touristy stretch of museums, monuments and splashing fountains along Philadelphia's grandest boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway....

  • Court: Execution OK for inmate claiming damaged veins

    A federal appeals court says Alabama, at least for now, can proceed toward the execution of an inmate who argues that a lethal injection would be cruel because lymphoma and hepatitis C have damaged his veins. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a federal judge's stay of...

  • Frenchman admits killing girl who vanished from Alps wedding

    French authorities say a man in custody has confessed to "unintentionally" killing a 9-year-old girl whose disappearance from a wedding party in the Alps prompted nationwide concern. Grenoble prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat said that investigators found some of Maelys De Araujo's remains Wednesday...

  • In minutes, jury convicts Florida man of girl's murder, rape

    It took less than 15 minutes Wednesday for a Florida jury to convict a 61-year-old man of abducting, raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl. The Jacksonville courtroom had just gone into recess after the judge read instructions to the jurors when everyone quickly returned. A decision was in: unanimous...

  • Admiral says North Korea aiming to reunify Korean Peninsula

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's long-term goal is to reunify the divided Korean Peninsula under his totalitarian government, the senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific told lawmakers Wednesday. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. said during testimony before the House Armed...

  • Roger Deakins wins 4th ASC award. Is Oscar next?

    Roger Deakins may be inching closer to making good on his 14th Oscar nomination after winning the American Society of Cinematographers' feature film award for "Blade Runner 2049." His wife, James Deakins, accepted the award on her husband's behalf Saturday night, saying he was busy filming in New...

  • Tears, exuberance as 'Black Panther' opens across Africa

    "Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump . As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film's Wakanda...

  • Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

    A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world. It towers over this Korean coal community that is much like its American counterparts: poor, aging, hollowing out since the mines shut down and the...

  • Even as markets shook, many investors held steady

    This month's sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors' mettle in years. And many ended up doing exactly what the experts were recommending: hold steady. Even as stock markets tumbled around the world, putting a halt to an unusually calm and strong ride upward, many investors resisted...

  • Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

    Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit are touting their populations of people of...

  • Hard falls at Olympics but no hard rules about concussions

    At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term "slap back" is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working on all those flips and spins. "We learn how to fall," U.S. jumper Jon Lillis...

  • Column: Red, white and bruised, US struggles to win medals

    It was, perhaps, the defining moment for the U.S. team at this Olympics. Not Shaun White blitzing the halfpipe in a final run to win gold, a win that came with some baggage by itself. Or Chloe Kim delighting fans from two countries when she won her halfpipe, either. No, it came on Friday when —...

  • Washington snipped here? College says it found prez's hair

    Tucked in the pages of a grimy, leather-bound almanac in the archives at New York's Union College was a tiny envelope with the hand-scrawled words "Washington's hair." A librarian who had been cataloging old books gingerly opened the yellowed envelope to find a lock of silvery hair tied with a...

  • Wisconsin bankruptcy filings in 2017 lowest in 10 years

    Records show that Wisconsin had its fewest bankruptcy filings in a decade last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Court figures show that filings decreased to 16,769 in 2017 from 16,835 in 2016. That continued a downward trend that started after the peak of almost 30,000 filings in 2010. The Journal Sentinel...

  • Former CEO indicted in mega-mansion tax fraud scheme

    The former chief executive of a Pennsylvania health services company has been indicted on tax fraud charges in claiming his 39,000-square-foot mansion near Pittsburgh and luxury cars as business expenses. Federal authorities on Wednesday announced conspiracy and tax fraud charges against Joseph...

  • Trump has chosen nominee to lead NSA, US Cyber Command

    President Donald Trump has picked Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be the next director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Trump's cyber adviser, Rob Joyce, announced the president's pick in a tweet late Tuesday, praising Nakasone for having a strong background in cyber issues. If...

  • Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

    Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank , was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system. Latvian state TV showed Ilmars Rimsevics arriving...

  • Where to turn for tax help

    Tax returns surge over Presidents Day weekend, with the IRS saying it receives more phone calls on the day after Presidents Day than on any other day of the year. That can mean long waits for filers trying to get through on the phone. So where should you turn if you have a question? ONLINE Getting...

  • Trump vents frustration over Russia probe, rails against FBI

    Venting his fury over the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump on Sunday asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling, insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign and said "they are laughing their asses off in Moscow."...

  • Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

    A military helicopter carrying officials who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top of people who had fled their homes and were spending the night outside. Thirteen people were killed — the only known fatalities...

  • Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

    Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met. The rallies in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg...

  • Disney says 'Black Panther' is raking it in

    "Black Panther" is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend. The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry history. Disney now estimates the movie will earn between $190 million...

  • Once near death, Tropicana now No. 2 casino in Atlantic City

    Ten years ago, Atlantic City's Tropicana casino was on the verge of death, having been stripped of its casino license after its then-owners laid off vast swaths of the workforce, leading to filthy rooms, insect infestations, hourlong waits for slot machine payouts and food and drink orders that...

  • Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct?

    The Weinstein Co. thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was an eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards in almost every industry....

  • How best to treat opioids' youngest sufferers? No one knows

    Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued...

  • Homeless man arrested in random beating of elderly LA woman

    Police say a homeless man has been arrested in the random beating of an 86-year-old woman in Los Angeles. Detective Hee Bae Cho said Wednesday that Richard Colomo was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on an elderly person. Cho, the case's lead investigator, said the 41-year-old was arrested...

  • 'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

    Already a much-celebrated pop-culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. The Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales in North America over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes "Black Panther"...

  • Ohio woman killed by gunshot fired from outside home

    Police say gunshots fired from outside a home in southwest Ohio has killed a 22-year-old woman standing inside the residence. Authorities have identified the woman killed Friday night as Keyona Murray, of Dayton. She died at a Dayton hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. A neighbor told WDTN-TV...

  • 'Corporate capitulation': Mercedes chided for China apology

    Two Republican lawmakers lashed out Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz for apologizing in China for quoting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama , in a social media post. Sen. Marco Rubio complained that many major companies "are increasingly prepared to toe Beijing's line." Rep. Chris Smith called...

  • NBC searches for Olympic clips to go viral

    In a room lined with computer terminals buzzing all night during the Olympics, an intern raises a hand. He's spotted an amusing piece of film footage of a dropped walkie-talkie skittering down a mountain closed to competition because of bad weather, eluding the grasp of a couple of skiers trying...

  • NBC's ski announcers attempt to explain their blunder

    Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: OOPS: Instead of laughing off or owning up to making a wrong call the night before in the women's super-G, NBC's ski announcers seemed intent on justifying themselves Saturday night. In that Alpine race, little-known Ester Ledecka of the...

  • NHL condemns fans chanting racial taunt against black player

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league condemns the behavior of four male fans chanting a racial taunt against a black player, and backs the Chicago Blackhawks for ejecting the offenders. Bettman says no one "should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games." The NHL released Bettman's...

  • What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 9 of the Olympics

    It's Sunday and the perfect day to curl up on the couch and watch, well, more curling! And if that isn't your speed, there is a lot more going on in Pyeongchang. Here are some highlights to look out for (all times Eastern): FIGURE SKATING After yesterday's epic quadruple jumps, the ice skating...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump on collapse of immigration effort

    President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for abandoning the young immigrants whose legal status is up in the air because of a step he took six months ago. Those immigrants, who arrived in the United States illegally as children, became a bargaining chip in legislation that collapsed this past...

  • Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction

    The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy. The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A statement announcing the firing was released to the Los Angeles Times...

  • Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

    For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears. New York City's medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It's...

  • Trump once again wants to cut energy assistance to the poor

    The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it. The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it...

  • Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

    President Donald Trump 's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate...

  • A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

    Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire. Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. They...

  • Trump overreaches to claim indictment proves 'no collusion'

    President Donald Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russia meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory. Now, in a 37-page indictment Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller has laid bare the details...

  • Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

    The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison. The fate of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 counts of first-degree murder...

  • Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

    Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump , contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. "You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David Hogg, a 17-year-old...

  • What will Meghan wear? Royal wedding dress a top UK secret

    Where does one shop for a wedding gown set to be the dress of the year — an outfit chic enough for a fashion-loving bride but suitable for a church so regal it's the burial place of monarchs? Everyone at London Fashion Week — and elsewhere — is dying to know. With only three months to go before...

  • Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

    Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller , the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something...

  • Watchdog's report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff made "false representations" to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense on an 11-day European trip that mixed business and sightseeing, according to an internal investigation. The report...

  • NYC Court Calendar

    Associated Press NYC Court Calendar for Sunday, Feb. 18. The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover. Please keep the AP in mind when news develops. The New York bureau is reachable at 212-621-1670. Send...

  • A Westminster wow: Bichon frise becomes America's top dog

    Flynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden. Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark...

  • 2 dead in suspected murder-suicide outside Arkansas plant

    Two people died early Wednesday in a suspected murder-suicide outside of a cosmetics factory near Little Rock, police said. The shooting was reported shortly after 3 a.m. in the parking lot of a plant that makes cosmetics for the Maybelline and L'Oreal brands. North Little Rock police said 19-year-old...

  • Judge in Manafort case chides lawyers over sealed filings

    The judge overseeing the criminal case against two of the men charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation chided lawyers Wednesday for the number of sealed filings and said she was eager to set a trial date. Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump...

  • Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black announce impending fatherhood

    British diver Tom Daley and screenwriter husband Dustin Lance Black have announced that they are to become parents. The couple is pictured in an Instagram photo Wednesday holding a picture from a baby scan. A spokesman for Daley confirmed that "Tom and Dustin are thrilled to share that they are...

  • UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

    British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her country's European Union partners on Saturday not to let "rigid institutional restrictions" get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security alliance, warning that there would be "damaging real-world consequences" if none can be agreed. In a speech...

  • Hirscher: 2nd gold by largest Olympic GS margin in 50 years

    Here's one way to explain just how dominant Marcel Hirscher was Sunday: His winning margin of 1.27 seconds was the largest in the men's giant slalom at an Olympics in 50 years. Here's one way to explain just how dominant Hirscher is right now: The Austrian, who also won the Alpine combined last...

  • Ahead of UK film awards, stars seek end to sexual harassment

    Almost 200 British female entertainment stars called for an international movement to end sexual misconduct across society in a letter published ahead of Sunday's British Academy Film Awards. Kate Winslet , Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson , Naomie Harris , Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton are...

  • Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

    Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards . Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year. "I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the Grammys...

  • Baltimore area sees some snow before warming up again

    The Baltimore area went from a stretch of warm weather Friday to a couple of inches of snow and some sleet Saturday, with more warm weather expected Sunday. The National Weather Service recorded 2.2 inches of snow at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. A winter weather...

  • Russian election plot touched even minor Trump supporters

    The request was simple: organize or attend a sign-waving rally supporting Donald Trump . But some of the Florida Republicans on the receiving end of those requests now know that they didn't come from Republican allies, but from Russian adversaries. Caught up in an elaborate Russian plot without...

  • Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

    President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did Trump address the debate over...

  • Stocks climb as investors shake off inflation worries

    U.S. stocks are shaking off an early decline and rising Wednesday as banks climb along with bond yields. The increase in rates came after the government said consumer prices climbed in January at a rate that was faster than economists had expected. There were few signs of the worries about inflation...

  • House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy , R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters...

  • Travel writer Rick Steves pushing for marijuana legalization

    Travel writer Rick Steves' next trip is happening far from Europe and is focused on helping people in New Jersey get high. The public TV host is coming to Princeton Wednesday as part of a regional tour to advocate for legalizing and regulating marijuana. He's a board member of the marijuana law...

  • Swiss gov't seeks to bar minors from using tanning salons

    Switzerland's government says minors should be prohibited from using tanning salons because of the long-term risk that radiation from ultraviolet beds could cause skin cancer. The seven-member Federal Council took the position Wednesday as it opened a consultation about measures aimed to protect...

  • Taliban letter addresses 'American people,' urges talks

    The Taliban are urging the "American people" to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan and reminded Americans that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at a cost of "trillions of dollars." The rambling, nearly 3,000 word letter issued Wednesday,...

  • Tennessee blaze kills 3 women, injures 5 other people

    A house fire in Nashville, Tennessee, has killed three women and injured five other people, including a firefighter. The fire department confirmed the deaths on its verified Twitter account Wednesday morning. It says 12 adults and a child were living in the home, which was operating as a residential...

  • Ohio court won't reopen case of convicted killer of 11

    The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to reopen the death penalty case of a Cleveland man sentenced to die for killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home. At issue were arguments by attorneys for 58-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) that he had poor legal assistance from the...

  • Longest-serving Dutch premier, Ruud Lubbers, dies at age 78

    Ruud Lubbers, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union , has died at age 78. The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died Wednesday in Rotterdam surrounded by his wife...

  • West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

    West Africa's extremist threat has moved into a new part of the vast Sahel region, with a previously calm area of Burkina Faso facing the kinds of assaults that have forced thousands elsewhere to flee over the past year. Last week a police station was attacked by about 10 people in the eastern...

  • French court acquits man accused of hiding Paris attackers

    A French court acquitted a man charged with harboring Islamic extremists after they carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, bringing a surprising end Wednesday to the first criminal trial from the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II. The presiding judge said the Paris court found...

  • Rise in core consumer prices stokes inflation fears

    U.S. consumer prices, excluding the volatile food and energy categories, rose 0.3 percent last month. That was the biggest climb in a year and has intensified inflation fears in financial markets. Overall consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in January, the most in four months, the Labor Department...

  • JFK Library holds special Presidents Day festival

    What better way to spend Presidents Day than at a presidential library? The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston is hosting its seventh annual Presidents' Day Family Festival on Monday. Actors portraying presidents John Adams , Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Ulysses...

  • Cramer cites patriotism, reconsiders North Dakota Senate bid

    Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said Wednesday he is reconsidering a bid for Senate in North Dakota out of "patriotism" and because people from his party don't think Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp can be defeated without him. Cramer told The Associated Press he would make a decision by the weekend,...

  • South Dakota, Marsy's Law campaign reach amendment deal

    South Dakota lawmakers advanced changes Wednesday to a voter-approved constitutional bill of rights for crime victims under an agreement with the group that campaigned to pass the measure. South Dakota would be the first state to change "Marsy's Law" of the six that have enacted it. The House State...

  • Trump-sought military parade could cost $10M-$30M

    The White House budget director says a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money is not included in the administration's new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget...

  • Mother of Kansas man killed in hoax call seeks tougher laws

    The mother of a Kansas man fatally shot by police after a hoax emergency call has urged lawmakers to toughen penalties for making false calls. Lisa Finch spoke at hearing Tuesday on a bill that would allow prosecutors to file a murder charge if someone is killed. The Wichita Eagle reports she wants...

  • Former Michigan State president Mackey dies at age 89

    Former Michigan State University President Maurice Cecil Mackey Jr. has died at age 89. Mackey, the school's 16th president, served from 1979 to 1985. He died Thursday in south Florida, according to a cremation company. He previously led the University of South Florida and Texas Tech University....

  • 2 boaters clinging to capsized vessel rescued off Louisiana

    The U.S. Coast Guard says two boaters found clinging to the hull of their capsized vessel in the Gulf of Mexico have been rescued. The Coast Guard says in a statement that a search for the boaters ended Tuesday after a good Samaritan vessel, Lady Tierny, discovered them roughly 20 miles (30 kilometers)...

  • Ex-school worker who stole laptops for drugs gets probation

    A former Vermont high school information technology director has been sentenced to three years' probation for stealing school laptops and selling them for drugs. The Rutland Herald reports 36-year-old Matthew Fredette pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rutland to a felony charge of grand larceny. As part...

  • Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

    Russian media are reporting that a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in the Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others. Police then killed the assailant. The shooting took place Sunday evening in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on...

  • Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

    Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth , and that's the way she likes it. The decorated Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly white, mostly male and very fusty Senate . And now, with a baby due in April,...

  • How to disrupt an election: Fake IDs, fraud and Facebook

    A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting the legitimacy of the 2016 election. What began as a Cold War-like attack by an old adversary would mix old-fashioned political...

  • Talks to restore Northern Ireland government break down

    Talks to restore Northern Ireland's collapsed government have failed after weeks of intense talks, the leader of the region's major Protestant party said Wednesday. Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said negotiations with Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein to restore the power-sharing...

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

    The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone. Netanyahu said of...

  • Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

    From their outpost on Iraq's westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing stability....

  • Proposed animal rights legislation to be unveiled

    Requiring people to provide adequate shelter for dogs and changes to a special jail diversionary program for animal abusers are among the animal-related legislation a bipartisan group of Connecticut lawmakers hope to pass this session. The legislators plan to unveil their list of animal welfare...

  • Idaho wins delay on destroying wilderness wolf, elk data

    A federal court says Idaho officials don't have to destroy information from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by illegally landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area where engines are prohibited. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill earlier this week agreed to an Idaho...

  • Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law

    Alabama lawmakers are moving to strike anti-gay language from the state's sex education law. The current law says students are to be taught that homosexuality is a lifestyle that's not "acceptable to the general public." The Senate Education Policy Committee voted Wednesday to delete that phrase,...

  • All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

    An Iranian commercial airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials said they feared all 65 people on board were killed. The crash of the Aseman Airlines ATR-72 marks yet another...

  • Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating

    Yuzuru Hanyu was introduced as the Olympic gold medalist, skated over to the podium and jumped high onto it. With a perfect landing, naturally. He also leaped into the figure skating history books Saturday, becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button in 1952. "Just happy....

  • Judge: Administrators not liable for Ohio school shooting

    Five former administrators at a northeastern Ohio school district where three high school students were fatally shot and a fourth permanently disabled are not liable for the shootings six years ago, a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims ruled Thursday. The administrators,...

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