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The dictionary folks at Merriam- Webster sum up 2016: surreal

NEW YORK (AP) - Was 2016 a dream or a nightmare?

December 19, 2016 | | Nation


Homeless fall victim to synthetic pot

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's homeless are proving to be especially susceptible to a new, dirt-cheap version of synthetic marijuana, which leaves users glassy-eyed, aimless, sprawled on streets and sidewalks oblivious to their surroundings or wandering into traffic.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: Michelle Obama’s ‘no hope’ comment about the past

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump said first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense of hope after his election.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


China says it will give drone back, Trump says ‘keep it’

BEIJING (AP) - China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, but that it will give it back. President-elect Donald Trump, however, says the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!"

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn't ready to accept the finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump. Even if it's true, they said, Trump still won the White House fair and square.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Heimlich, life-saving maneuver creator, dies at 96

CINCINNATI (AP) - The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Role of first daughter may evolve

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With Ivanka Trump, the typically minor role of a first daughter could get a major makeover.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump Cabinet excites his voters noting ‘We have to trust him’

NEW YORK (AP) - As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of the wealth, connections or opinions of Donald Trump's latest appointees, many Americans who voted for him say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Selections signal bold shift

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart program: Stash cash in savings, win prizes

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart has a new program that offers prizes as incentives to get its legion of shoppers to sock away money in saving accounts.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Fed: 8 biggest banks shift loss burden to investors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The eight biggest U.S. banks will be required to build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors. The action by the Federal Reserve was the latest bid by regulators to reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Border cities worry ending NAFTA would hurt economies

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Donald Trump's only visit to the U.S.-Mexico border while running for president was a stop in Laredo that lasted less than three hours. On some days, that's not long enough for 18-wheelers hauling foreign-made dishwashers and car batteries to lurch through the gridlocked crossing.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


GM testing autonomous cars on public roads

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors has started testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads around its technical center in suburban Detroit.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Justice Department probing California jail snitch scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday opened an investigation into a long-running scandal over the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County, California, federal authorities said.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Ice found hidden in shadowy craters on dwarf planet Ceres

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several shadowy craters on the dwarf planet Ceres contain ice, scientists reported Thursday.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


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Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


OSU president apologizes for blackface incident

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The president of Oklahoma State University issued an apology Monday after a white student posted an image of herself on social media ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Former congressman Mike Pompeo sworn in as director

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pompeo was sworn in Monday night as director of the CIA at a crucial time for U.S. national security as intelligence ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


‘The windows exploded’: Storm death toll at 20 in the South

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A tornado warning on television sent Anthony Mitchell, his pregnant wife and their three children scrambling for what little shelter their mobile ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Protesters take control of crossing

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Protesters took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Neon rock ‘n’ roll history up for sale

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction - a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


What mackerel & volcano say about climate change

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s pick to lead State gaibs support in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil executive with close business ties to Russia, saw his prospects of becoming secretary of state brighten Sunday ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


1 dead, multiple injured San Antonio shopping mall shooting

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A robbery inside a San Antonio shopping mall ended with shots fired on Sunday, leaving one person who tried to intervene dead ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


More deaths reported after 16 die in tornadoes

ADEL, Ga. (AP) - Emergency responders rushed to answer new reports of deaths and injuries Sunday evening in southern Georgia as violent storms already blamed for ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Combative Trump pledges to rise to challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was ready ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Russia may decriminalize domestic violence cases

MOSCOW (AP) - In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over Roor fakes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


FUTURE OF ‘OBAMACARE

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


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