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‘An Irish Christmas’ returns to Bankhead

LIVERMORE – Back by popular demand, "An Irish Christmas" returns to the Bankhead Theater in December with an exhilarating exhibition of Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Human ancestor was one tall dude

NEW YORK (AP) - He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds and maybe had a harem. That's what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million year ago.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Colorado district to allows teachers to arm themselves

DENVER (AP) - A rural Colorado school district decided Wednesday night to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


100 march to protest school police shooting of Reno teen

RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 100 classmates, friends and family of a 14-year-old Reno boy who was shot by a school district police officer marched to the district headquarters Wednesday afternoon to protest the use of lethal force on the high school campus.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


New light shed on role of K9s during Pulse attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - When Omar Mateen claimed to have explosives during the Pulse nightclub shooting rampage in June, two bomb-sniffing dogs got a "positive hit" on his vehicle outside the gay bar.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Mistakenly sold Apollo 11 moon mission bag is buyer’s

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A bag used to collect lunar samples during the first manned mission to the moon legally belongs to an Illinois woman who bought it for $995 when it was mistakenly sold during a government auction, a judge ruled Wednesday.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Trump to tech leaders: ‘We’re here to help’

NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump, who faced fierce opposition from some Silicon Valley leaders during the election campaign, strove to assure the titans of tech on Wednesday that his administration is "here to help you folks do well."

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Fed raises key interest rate, foresees 3 hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more rate hikes in 2017.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Exxon Mobil names Woods CEO

DALLAS (AP) - Exxon Mobil Corp. will promote insider Darren Woods to chairman and CEO, replacing Rex Tillerson, who is leaving the oil giant after President-elect Donald Trump picked him to become secretary of state.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


Perry would bring oil ties to cabinet post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for energy secretary, has close ties to the Texas oil industry and corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing for government approval of the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has stoked mass protests in North Dakota.

December 14, 2016 | | Nation


From ‘oops’ to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) - He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering "oops" when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

December 13, 2016 | | Nation


Government to require cars be able to talk to each other

WASHINGTON (AP) - All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.

December 13, 2016 | | Nation


Vermont gas station goes solar

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Pump & Pantry looked unremarkable - a gas station, grocery and deli along the main road through the rural Vermont town of Williamstown.

December 13, 2016 | | Nation


Dow nears 20,000 as energy firms & tech stocks climb

NEW YORK (AP) - Major U.S. stock indexes set records again Tuesday as energy companies continued to climb following international deals that will cut oil production. Big-name technology companies like Apple and IBM also traded higher as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,900 for the first time.

December 13, 2016 | | Nation


Oklahoma to require restroom signs in anti-abortion effort

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions in the state.

December 13, 2016 | | Nation


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Trump election increase Canada’s college applicants

QUEBEC (AP) - For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling.

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Energy firms, banks led rally on S&P 500

NEW YORK (AP) - In 2016, the Standard & Poor's 500 index jumped 9.5 percent and bounced back from a flat result the year before ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Coal mining has year of record low 9 deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The nation's coal mines are nearing a record low mark for on-the-job deaths for the third year in a row and ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Yiannopoulos book being published despite backlash

NEW YORK (AP) - In the face of heavy criticism, Simon & Schuster is moving forward with plans to publish a book by the conservative provocateur Milo ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


New wood tech may offer hope for timber

RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) - John Redfield watches with pride as his son moves a laser-guided precision saw the size of a semi-truck wheel into place over ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Trump includes prosperity preachers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Two preachers who teach that God will make the faithful rich are among the religious leaders chosen to offer prayers at ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


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