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Obama blocks new Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Oklahoma residents hit by quakes sue 27 energy firms

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Residents of a town hit by Oklahoma's strongest earthquake have filed a class-action lawsuit against dozens of energy companies, accusing them of triggering destructive temblors by injecting wastewater from oil and natural gas production underground.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


UN climate talks end with pleas for Trump to join fight

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) - The first U.N. climate conference after the landmark Paris Agreement closed Friday with delegates appealing to Donald Trump to join the battle against global warming and inviting him to see its impacts in Pacific islands.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


University stops wrestlers from competing after lewd social texts

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Columbia University wrestlers will be suspended from the team for as long as the rest of the school year over lewd and racially insensitive text messages, but some teammates can keep competing, including in a state championship this weekend, the university announced on Friday.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Indiana sheriff, mayor, other officials charged with bribery

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a northwestern Indiana sheriff, his top deputy and a mayor, accusing them of collecting bribes in return for contracts for towing and other services, a prosecutor announced Friday.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


As Trump talks wall, China builds bridges to Latin America

LIMA, Peru (AP) - An expected U.S. economic retreat from Latin America under Donald Trump is causing the region's leaders to look halfway around the world, to China, for help weathering the possible financial headwinds.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Lennon’s Beatles breakup letter sold at auction for $30,000

BOSTON (AP) - An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney written shortly after the Beatles' breakup has been sold at auction for nearly $30,000.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Why Trump won’t privatize Social Security

In the past week or so, I've heard from dozens of fearful readers asking about Donald Trump's plans to privatize Social Security. I'm going to suggest that people relax. President-elect Trump and his cohorts may have plans to privatize the Social Security system, but I highly doubt those plans will ever see the light of day.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Rule bans bars, many restaurants from creating marijuana-use areas

DENVER (AP) - Bars and many restaurants in Denver won't be able to offer on-site marijuana consumption because of a new state rule announced Friday that prohibits liquor-license holders from applying for the permit.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Oregon cities setting rules after opting in to legal pot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Some 30 counties and cities in Oregon approved some type of marijuana businesses in last week's election, and officials in those communities now must establish rules for every step in the production and supply chain.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Daily fantasy sports rival firms merging

BOSTON (AP) - Daily fantasy sports rivals DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to merge after months of speculation and increasing regulatory scrutiny.

November 18, 2016 | | Nation


Denver allows pot in bars, eateries

DENVER (AP) - Denver has approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing people to use marijuana at bars, restaurants and other public spaces such as art galleries or yoga studios.

November 15, 2016 | | Nation


After complaints, Trump-branded apartment towers being renamed

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican president-elect.

November 15, 2016 | | Nation


Five students stabbed in locker room; teen detained

OREM, Utah (AP) - As a group of boys at a Utah high school changed Tuesday morning into gym clothes for physical education class, a straight-A student pulled out a knife in the locker room and stabbed five of his classmates, sending the injured running for their lives and covered in blood, police said.

November 15, 2016 | | Nation


House GOP nominates Ryan as speaker, with Trump’s support

WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaker Paul Ryan unanimously won his GOP colleagues' votes on Tuesday for another term at the helm of the House. He told fellow Republicans he had President-elect Donald Trump's support, and heralded "the dawn of a new, unified Republican government."

November 15, 2016 | | Nation


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A one-sided Social Security reform proposal

Quite a few readers have asked me to comment on a bill sponsored by Representative Sam Johnson, R.-Texas, that he calls The Social Security ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


After fiery derailment Union Pacific OKs changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Congress targets labeling almond milk as milk per se

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Got milk? Twenty-five bipartisan members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Stocks higher in slow pre- holiday trading

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street traders sometimes root for year-end "Santa Claus rallies," but on Friday, hardly a creature was stirring as stocks finished slightly ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Another Trump tweet jab, again in the defense private sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares Lockheed Martin slipped while rival Boeing's rose Friday after a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump appeared to pit the two ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Splurging not an option for many workers scraping by

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - At the brightly lit mall, clothing stores highlight holiday sweaters and big signs tout the sales, while Duquan Allen keeps his ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


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