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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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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


Trump now 45th president

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Defense, security picks get OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led Senate, taking little time to fill two critical national security posts, overwhelmingly confirmed a pair of retired Marine generals tapped by ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Autopsy suggests Orlando officer on back when fatally shot

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An autopsy shows that an Orlando police officer gunned down outside a Wal-Mart last week was struck four times and the fatal ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Drought watchers eye Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Arizona would be the first state to feel the effects of Colorado River cutbacks if the water level continues to fall at ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Incoming first lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Bogus doctor performed physicals at Philly high school

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities are investigating how a woman with phony medical credentials ended up giving physicals last year at a Philadelphia public high school.

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request ...

January 19, 2017 | | Nation


In Alaska, minus 59 takes toll on cars, pipes, minds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Cynthia Erickson woke up early, hoping her four furnaces were working.

January 19, 2017 | | Nation


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