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Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of border

Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks, according to a report. The spill was caused Feb. 2 during rehabilitation of a sewage collector pipe and wasn't contained until Thursday, the International Boundary and Water Commission said in its report...
Final cleanup begins at Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

Final cleanup begins at Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A Florida-based company has been hired to provide trash removal and environmental cleanup in the main Oceti Sakowin camp on the north side of the Cannonball River and the smaller Rosebud camp on the south side. Both are on federal...
State trooper goes viral for PSA on using turn signal

State trooper goes viral for PSA on using turn signal

An Indiana state trooper who filmed a PSA encouraging drivers to use their turn signal has gone viral on social media. Sgt. John Perrine, the spokesman for the Indianapolis division for the agency, posted a short video on his Facebook page about the “often forgotten, incredible safety feature that is standard on all vehicles.” “The auto industry has made incredible advancements on...
Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena

Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena

The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles. The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday will host competitive video game tournaments. It's part of a trend that the...
The Latest: Kansas bar reopens 3 days after deadly shooting

The Latest: Kansas bar reopens 3 days after deadly shooting

The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A suburban Kansas City sports bar has reopened, three days after a man shot two Indian men and a third man who tried to intervene, in what some believe was a hate crime. Brandon Blum, a co-owner of Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe (Oh-LAY-thuh), Kansas, told The Associated Press...
Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right

Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right

The leaders of a Minnesota nonprofit that works to improve the lives of young Somalis knew the stakes were high when they rejected $500,000 in federal funding earlier this month. Eighty students who were expected to go through a career mentoring and job placement program over the next two years now might not get the chance. Workshops designed to help hundreds of Somali parents might have to be cancelled...
Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative has some congressional Republicans considering whether to ask the states to reboot...

GOP congressman: Special prosecutor needed for Russia probe

A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump's team during the campaign. Rep. Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) of California says it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation. Issa made the comments Friday on HBO's "Real Time with...
Florida woman accused of abandoning 'Baby Willow' pregnant again, officials say

Florida woman accused of abandoning 'Baby Willow' pregnant again, officials say

The woman accused of abandoning her newborn child in 2016 near an Orlando apartment complex is once again pregnant, state officials said. Susan Richardson was the subject of a massive search after she gave birth to a baby girl at or near the Willow Bend apartment complex. The girl was named “Baby Willow” by police, after the apartment complex where she was born. She told investigators...
5 things to know about J.C. Penney store closures

5 things to know about J.C. Penney store closures

J.C. Penney announced on Friday that it will close up to 140 stores in the coming months, but hasn’t identified specific locations that will be impacted. Here are five things to know about the store closures and the local impact: 1. The retail chain has a presence in the Dayton region with seven stores, including one at the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp., one at Fairfield Commons in Dayton and...
Democrats aim to define struggle against Trump in Atlanta

Democrats aim to define struggle against Trump in Atlanta

The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday’s vote to elect a new party leader. And for a party struggling to find a balance between the liberal wave of outrage at Donald Trump and its...
Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed. Regulators are still scrambling to get California's recreational pot market...
Report: Florida deputy fired after woman he met on Tinder admits on-the-clock rendezvous

Report: Florida deputy fired after woman he met on Tinder admits on-the-clock rendezvous

A Florida deputy was fired this month after an internal investigation found he had lied about spending several hours on the clock with a woman he met on Tinder. Deputy David Patterson was facing allegations of violating the Marion County Sheriff’s Office code of conduct, providing incorrect information on time sheets and dereliction of duty. The internal investigation substantiated all...

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars

U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb...
Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding. Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, creating the lake. The lake overflowed Saturday morning following heavy rain overnight, forcing the closure of...
STORE CLOSINGS: 4 local Christian gift stores set to close

STORE CLOSINGS: 4 local Christian gift stores set to close

Christian faith-based gift and book store chain Family Christian announced it’s closing all of its 240 stores nationwide, including four locations in the area. Store closures will impact employees in 36 states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The company is based out of Grand Rapids, Mich. The chain has 12...
The Latest: Some candidates quit race for Democratic leader

The Latest: Some candidates quit race for Democratic leader

The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Several candidates for Democratic Party leader have bowed out — and that's left a showdown between Tom Perez — labor secretary under President Barack Obama — and Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman. It takes 214.5 votes to win — and Perez has come up just one short in...

Buffett's firm says 4Q profit up 15 percent on investments

Warren Buffett's company says fourth-quarter profit improved 15 percent, but most of the gains came from the paper value of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s investments and derivative contracts. The Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate released its latest results Saturday along with Buffett's annual letter to shareholders. Berkshire said it earned $6.29 billion, or $2.55 per Class B share. That's up from $5...
Warren Buffett sticks to business, avoids politics in letter

Warren Buffett sticks to business, avoids politics in letter

Investors who wanted billionaire Warren Buffett to address the current state of the world in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders will likely be disappointed, but they can still take some comfort in his consistently rosy long-term outlook for the U.S. economy. Buffett re-emphasized points he's made in the past, such as his advice to avoid high Wall Street fees by investing in low-cost...
Same boy kidnapped in 2014 returns home safely again

Same boy kidnapped in 2014 returns home safely again

The Atlanta Police Department has found the 12-year-old boy who was last seen leaving his home. His mother said that Willie Myrick,12, left his home on Confederate Court at 10 p.m. Friday.  >> Read more trending news Officers immediately canvassed the area but Willie was not located on Friday. However, police successfully found him on Saturday morning.  Willie is the same boy...
Apple investigating iPhone7 that caught fire

Apple investigating iPhone7 that caught fire

This is not the kind of hot smartphone Apple wants to publicize. The company said it is looking into an incident involving an iPhone 7 Plus that caught fire, Hollywood Life reported. Brianna Olivas, 18, from Arizona, posted video on Twitter of the device unleashing a steam of smoke. The incident was reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 issues, in which defective batteries caused some of those...
Ohio teen arraigned in shooting death of father

Ohio teen arraigned in shooting death of father

The teenager was charged with aggravated murder, police said. She was arraigned in court on Friday, where she appeared with her two attorneys. Seized as evidence were a book bag, an Apple iPhone, one bloody pillow, a high-power 9 mm handgun with a magazine, 9mm shell casings, one gun shooting bag, one Cobra .380 semi-automatic pistol, one soft gun case with two magazines, two tablets, a desktop computer...
Photographer recalls shooting picture of captured Boston Strangler

Photographer recalls shooting picture of captured Boston Strangler

Charlie Zapolski – known to his friends as Zap – loves photography and has been snapping pictures since he was 14.

15 Ways to Save at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you’ve ever walked into Bed Bath & Beyond with five items on your to-get list and walked out with 20 purchases, you’re not alone. Luckily there are plenty of ways to save at this home goods mega-store. Here are 15. Sign up to receive emails from BB&B and you’ll get 20% off one in-store purchase right away, plus plenty more exclusive offers and promotions directly to your inbox...
Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days — the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now...
Group wants Obama to run for president in France

Group wants Obama to run for president in France

If a group of voters in France have their way, their country’s next president will be a man who already has executive office experience: former U.S. President Barack Obama. Voters circulating a petition are attempting to collect 1 million signatures by March 15 in order to persuade the former president to run for France’s highest office, Time reported. "Barack Obama has the best...
Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome. Merkel's comments in her weekly video message Saturday came ahead of a March 2 visit to regional power Egypt, where she said she will discuss the matter with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Trump...
Ellen DeGeneres gifts scholarships to an entire senior class

Ellen DeGeneres gifts scholarships to an entire senior class

The senior class at the Summit Academy in Brooklyn, New York, received an unforgettable gift from television host Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart.  All 41 members of the graduating class at the charter school received full four-year college scholarships to any state university in New York. The gift, donated by Walmart, is worth $1.6 million, DeGeneres told USA Today. Walmart already had given...

GOP proposal aims to end insurance mandate in 'Obamacare'

A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees...
White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in...
Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity

Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity

President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters "make up stories and...
Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress

Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies. Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to...
Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad. "If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel," Pence told the group Friday night. The...
Perez, Ellison head to second ballot in DNC race

Perez, Ellison head to second ballot in DNC race

Democrats were still deadlocked over who should lead their party in the era of President Donald Trump, with the contest between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison headed to a second ballot on Saturday. The election of chairman of the Democratic National Committee has animated the hundreds of party officials, donors and activists who convened in Atlanta. The unusually...
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after Kansas worker killed

GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after Kansas worker killed

GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it. It's the place 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla came to work a few years ago. By his wife's account Friday he willingly spent long hours on an aviation systems engineering team alongside Alok Madasani...
Kansas community tries to heal from shooting; bar to reopen

Kansas community tries to heal from shooting; bar to reopen

In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help. Hours later, the 51-year-old former air traffic controller reportedly told a bartender in another town that he needed a place to hide because he had just...
Conservative North Carolina laws spur NAACP call for boycott

Conservative North Carolina laws spur NAACP call for boycott

An economic boycott by the NAACP is the latest fallout over North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill and other conservative policies. The civil rights organization urged religious conferences, athletic events and musicians Friday to take their business elsewhere. They cited a state law that limits protections for LGBT people as well as ongoing legal fights over voting rights. The group stopped short...

Friend: Livestreaming gamer 'in rough shape' before death

A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say. Brian Vigneault, 35, had spent about 22 hours playing the online wargame "World of Tanks" on the streaming platform Twitch.tv. He told followers watching him play the game that he was raising...
Witches cast mass binding spell against Trump

Witches cast mass binding spell against Trump

Before taking office as president, Donald Trump called the controversy over Russian hacking during the 2016 election “a witch hunt.” For some people who are disgruntled with Trump after one month in office, the witching hour has arrived. A document making its rounds among the witch community is asking people who practice the craft to perform a monthly binding ritual until the president...
Scammer uses credit cards to go on $100,000 shopping spree

Scammer uses credit cards to go on $100,000 shopping spree

Laura Godfrey said she got a call earlier this month from someone she thought was with the FBI.
Muhammad Ali’s son detained at Florida airport

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at Florida airport

Muhammad Ali Jr., the son of the legendary boxer and a resident of Deerfield Beach, Florida, was detained for hours at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month after returning from Jamaica, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.  Ali Jr., 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, were singled out and pulled aside by customs officials on Feb. 7 due to their Arabic-sounding...
Survey: Tooth Fairy’s payouts hit all-time high

Survey: Tooth Fairy’s payouts hit all-time high

This is the best time for kids to lose their baby teeth. The Tooth Fairy is paying out cash at an all-time rate. According to Delta Dental’s 13th annual Tooth Fairy survey, cash payouts have soared during the past year to an all-time high average of $4.66, a 75-cent increase over 2015. The Tooth Fairy’s high payout rate has historically been a good indicator of the economy, USA Today...
This time Democrats providing the anger at town halls

This time Democrats providing the anger at town halls

Rep. Mike Turner was out of the country last week, but that didn’t stop the demand for a town hall with the Dayton Republican. Turner, a member of the House Armed Services and House Intelligence Committees, was in Europe, receiving briefings at NATO and the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters. But Tuesday, several dozen protesters gathered outside his Dayton office, clamoring for...
Family Christian closing all stores nationwide

Family Christian closing all stores nationwide

Christian faith-based book and gift store Family Christian is closing all of its 240 stores nationwide due to "declining sales," according to a Thursday news release from the company. The closure affects employees in 36 states, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The nonprofit chain employed more than 3,000...
In December, Sean Spicer said the White House wouldn’t ban media

In December, Sean Spicer said the White House wouldn’t ban media

On Friday, the White House announced that certain media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and The Los Angeles Times, were banned from the press briefing called the gaggle. >> Read more trending news  After the bombshell decision by the White House, footage has been unearthed showing Sean Spicer reassuring a reporter that, unlike the campaign trail, the Trump...
Ex-sheriff with Alzheimer's faces trial on corruption counts

Ex-sheriff with Alzheimer's faces trial on corruption counts

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went on trial on federal corruption charges Friday stripped of a ceremonial badge and unable to present a defense that might have won him sympathy if jurors knew he was in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. Instead, his lawyer dropped only a hint of what he couldn't say as he attacked the obstruction of justice and lying charges as an outgrowth of a...
Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights. Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key were among the speakers at Friday's rally, organized by the United Talent Agency outside their Beverly Hills headquarters...
Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump violated their client's due-process rights by repeatedly calling him a "traitor" and that the judge should dismiss charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl is scheduled for trial in April, and could face life in prison on the latter charge. The Judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, wrote in his ruling that Trump's comments were "...
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down

GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down

GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it. It's the place 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla came to work a few years ago. By his wife's account Friday he willingly spent long hours on an aviation systems engineering team alongside Alok Madasani...

Man pleads guilty in killing of priest at Phoenix church

A homeless ex-convict has pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church. The plea deal reached Friday spares 57-year-old Gary Michael Moran the possibility of a death sentence. Instead, the agreement calls for Moran to serve a life sentence in the death of the Rev. Kenneth Walker...
Judge sentences high school football player in assault case

Judge sentences high school football player in assault case

An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a locker room sexual assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town. District Court Judge Randy Stoker sentenced John R.K. Howard of Keller, Texas, on Friday. The Times-News (http://bit.ly/2l9aA6f ) reports that Stoker's decision...
A relaxed Barack Obama showed up in New York City and people couldn’t handle it

A relaxed Barack Obama showed up in New York City and people couldn’t handle it

Former President Barack Obama has only been gone from the White House for a little over a month, but for some, it seems like a lifetime. So when America’s 44th president showed up in New York City this week, many people were excited. A relaxed, tie-less Obama was pictured leaving a building on Fifth Avenue, and while no one was sure what he was doing, no one seemed to care. Joyous onlookers...

New EPA chief delays mining rule after industry objects

The Trump administration has delayed consideration of a proposal to require companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up polluted mining sites after a pushback from industry groups and Western-state Republicans. Companies in the past have avoided cleanups of many mining sites by declaring bankruptcy. That prompted the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama...
The Latest: Border Patrol wants probe of woman's detention

The Latest: Border Patrol wants probe of woman's detention

The Latest on the controversy over the arrest on immigration charges of a transgender woman at an El Paso courthouse (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The Border Patrol has asked for an internal investigation of the circumstances leading up to the arrest of a transgender woman in an El Paso courthouse. Irvin Gonzalez was as she was seeking court-ordered protection from an abusive boyfriend. The arrest...
Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday. Adding to the problems, many communities have drained their emergency budgets and are looking...

Protesters again greet McConnell appearance at home

Protesters who shadowed Mitch McConnell during his home state appearances this week are vowing to keep tracking the Senate majority leader whenever he returns to Kentucky. More than 200 protesters chanted and held signs Friday evening across the street from a Louisville conference center where McConnell and other Republicans were celebrating the GOP's sweeping fall victories. Protesters chanted "...
Dog the Bounty Hunter had a message about bipartisanship at CPAC

Dog the Bounty Hunter had a message about bipartisanship at CPAC

Dog the Bounty Hunter is not a candidate for office. >> Read more trending news  “But I like to back them up,” he said, speaking from a podium as a giant banner showing Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s face hung behind him. Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, was taking questions Friday at a Draft Sheriff David Clarke for Senate Super PAC reception that was a subset...

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Capital Gains Taxes

When you turn a profit on the sale of assets, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds or real estate, it’s called a capital gain. It’s generally considered taxable income. In most cases, however, the tax rate on capital gains is lower than the rate on your regular income. In some cases, you might not owe any taxes on your capital gains. The exact capital gains tax rate you’ll pay depends...

Former judge reprimanded for sexual tryst with defendant

A former Kentucky judge was reprimanded Friday for having sex with a woman while he was presiding over her felony criminal case. Ronnie C. Dortch, who retired last month, had a relationship with the woman from 2014 to 2015 and discussed the case with her outside of court, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission said in its order reprimanding the judge. "The conduct of the judge shocks the conscience...
Five things to know about La Niña

Five things to know about La Niña

Five things to know about La Niña: 1. La Niña is part of an important climate phenomena called ENSO, or the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. ENSO includes the climate patterns of El Niño, La Niña and when the atmosphere is in a neutral state.2. La Niña occurs when the waters of the central and equatorial Pacific are cooler than normal. The change in water temperatures...
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'I will do this job as long as I can do it'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'I will do this job as long as I can do it'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday that she will keep her position on the nation's highest court for as long as she's able to do her job. "I will do this job as long as I can do it full speed, and when I can't, that'll be the time I will step down," the 83-year-old associate justice said during an appearance at George Washington University...
2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque early Friday, investigators said. The arson occurred at the Islamic Society of New Tampa, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said in a news release. Fire investigators responded at around 2 a.m. After gathering evidence, they determined the fire was intentionally set. No one was at the mosque when the fire started. "It is worrisome...

Pentagon: Out with 'ISIL,' in with 'ISIS'

The change of U.S. administrations has produced a change of terminology in the war against the Islamic State group. Out goes the name preferred by the Obama administration: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. In comes the name favored by President Donald Trump: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Why? A Feb. 13 memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the...
14 fast facts about giraffes

14 fast facts about giraffes

April the giraffe may be welcoming her new calf with partner Oliver at any time now. The mammal at the Animal Adventure Park in New York has had viewers on high alert for over 24 hours. While we wait for the new calf, here are some facts on giraffes: Calves are 6 feet tall when they are born. Male giraffes, such as April's partner, Oliver, may grow up to 18 feet tall. Female giraffes such as mother...
Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment

Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment

Of course, any effort to limit sources would conflict with the First Amendment. Separately, 39 states and the District of Columbia have reporter shields, which offer various protections from subpoenas and the forced disclosure of sources, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. But there is no shield in federal law, despite past efforts in Congress to pass one. "The Supreme...
Pence tells Jewish group world will know US supports Israel

Pence tells Jewish group world will know US supports Israel

Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad. "If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel," Pence told the group Friday night. The Republican...
Comey faces pressure as White House fights Russia reports

Comey faces pressure as White House fights Russia reports

FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days — the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now...

11 Ways to Get the Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rate

In the hunt for the lowest mortgage refinance rate, there are some things you can control and some you can’t. Rates moving up just when you’re about to refi? Can’t control that. But there are at least 11 things you can do to get the best mortgage refinance rate. The best way to earn the lowest rate on a mortgage refinance is to knock out the dents in your credit score and polish...

Why Your Tax Refund Is Ideal for Paying Credit Card Debt

If you’ve ever promised to pay off your credit card debt “when you have more money,” now’s your chance. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that 70% of taxpayers will get refunds this year. Last year, the average refund was $2,860, according to the IRS. If you’re in the red, using the bulk of your tax refund to pay down your high-interest credit card debt can give...
AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few...
Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump wasn’t ‘endorsement nor a political statement’

Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump wasn’t ‘endorsement nor a political statement’

Golfer Rory McIlroy apparently has been taking some heat for teeing up with President Donald Trump last weekend at Trump International Golf Club. McIlroy, currently the PGA Tour’s third-ranked player in the world, issued a statement on Twitter this afternoon that suggests he’s been “called a fascist and a bigot” for hitting the links...
Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border. The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers"...
AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters

AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters

National Democrats will elect a new chair whose task is to steady a reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Leading contenders in the Saturday vote are former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is a longshot hoping he can rise to the top if neither of the two front-runners...
APNewsBreak: Therapy, husband lead musher back to Iditarod

APNewsBreak: Therapy, husband lead musher back to Iditarod

One of dog mushing's leading figures has suffered panic attacks and undergone therapy in the year since she was stalked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska. "I had a really hard time this first half of the season, a really hard time," musher Aliy Zirkle told The Associated Press on Friday. Zirkle, who has five straight top-five finishes...

Puerto Rico governor meets with top US officials amid crisis

Puerto Rico's governor met on Friday with the U.S. treasury and health secretaries to seek support in pulling the island out of a deep economic crisis. Gov. Ricardo Rossello traveled to Washington, D.C. to talk in part with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about how the federal office could help transform the U.S. territory's economy. Mnuchin also spoke by phone with the chair of a federal control...
‘Get out of my country,’ white man screams before gunning down Indian bar patrons, witnesses say

‘Get out of my country,’ white man screams before gunning down Indian bar patrons, witnesses say

A Kansas man accused of killing an Indian man and wounding two others in a shooting in a bar screamed for them to “get out of (his) country” before opening fire, witnesses said. Adam W. Purinton, 51, of Olathe, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Wednesday night shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe...
Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump's rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open. The mayor wants its name changed. A city councilman calls it "over the top, glitz and glamor" that clashes with Canadian values. And the property developer who built it sounds traumatized by the whole affair. The 69-story building...

A Financial Advisor’s Top 10 Investment Lessons Learned

By Mike Eklund Have you made investing decisions you regret? I know I have. I recently turned 40 and thought it was a good time to reflect on my own investing mistakes and lessons learned from my 17-plus years of experience. I started investing in June 1999, right near the top of the technology bubble, and made the same mistakes as many others by buying hot tech stocks. Everyone was making money;...

Retirement Can Be a Drag. Here’s How to Fix That

We spend decades dreaming of the day when life won’t be dictated by alarm clocks, commute times, meeting schedules and office politics. Then reality sets in: Retirement can be kind of a drag. And there may be 20-plus years of it ahead of you. While traditional retirement planning covers financial essentials — expected returns, inflation, withdrawal rates, portfolio rebalancing, tax planning...
Kasich on Trump: ‘Root for the pilot’

Kasich on Trump: ‘Root for the pilot’

Gov. John Kasich and two of his top health care aides will meet Saturday with U.S. Health and Services Secretary Tom Price to offer ways to make “sure people aren’t left behind” as congressional Republicans try to scrap the 2010 health law and design a substitute. President Donald Trump asked Price to meet with Kasich and his top advisers following a one-hour meeting Friday between...

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees...
White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

The Associated Press chose not to participate in the briefing after White House press secretary Sean Spicer restricted the number of journalists included. Typically, the daily briefing is televised and open to all news organizations credentialed to cover the White House. "The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible," Lauren Easton, the AP's director...
CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

Several news organizations were barred Friday from attending a White House press briefing, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and The Hill. The Hill reported that the blocked organizations also included the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed News, the Daily Mail, BBC News and the New York Daily News. White House press secretary Sean Spicer decided against holding a traditional press briefing...
VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday. The company reported a net profit attributable to Volkswagen AG shareholders of 5.1 billion euros ($5.4 billion) last year compared with a net loss of almost 1.6 billion euros in 2015. Volkswagen acknowledged in September...
France opens full fake jobs inquiry into candidate Fillon

France opens full fake jobs inquiry into candidate Fillon

The French financial prosecutor's office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children, pushing the case to a higher and riskier level for the man hoping to become the next president of France. The announcement came as Fillon was holding a rally outside...
Dems invite immigrants to Trump's first address to Congress

Dems invite immigrants to Trump's first address to Congress

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies. Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to...

Say Goodbye to Money Stress

By Kurt Smith, Psy.D. Money-related stress doesn’t discriminate. Whether individuals are financially well off or not, most still worry about their finances: A 2016 survey by the American Psychological Association found that 61% of Americans were either somewhat or very stressed about money. Many of us get sucked into the mindset that if we just had more money, we wouldn’t worry so much...
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