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AP Source: GM to announce $1B factory investment, new jobs

General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter said Monday. The Detroit automaker will make the announcement Tuesday morning. The investment is part of the normal process of equipping factories to build new models, and it's been planned for months, the person told The Associated Press. The person didn't...
Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon. It was a moment that defined the Apollo 17 commander in both the public eye and his own. "Those steps up that ladder, they were tough to make," Cernan recalled in a 2007 oral history. "I didn't...
Photos: DC prepares for inauguration

Photos: DC prepares for inauguration

Workers prepare for hundreds of thousands expected for Donald Trump's inauguration Friday.
Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration

Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration

As the nation's security agencies gear up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, some experts in the field are warning of the potential for volatility. >> Read more trending stories  "Unlike previous inaugurations in presidential history, this is predicted to be the most volatile," said Ross Bulla, a security expert and founder of The Treadstone Group in Denver...
Impish, boyish looks permeate Milan's menswear runways

Impish, boyish looks permeate Milan's menswear runways

Impish, boyish looks are permeating the Milan menswear runway this season, and the mood seems to be a search for a simpler past. Hooded parkas with contrasting color panels, straight trousers, boxy jackets and slightly oversized knitwear bely a nostalgia for the 1970s — a time when, more than one designer has recalled, there was more social protest and less social pressure. Here are some highlights...
Authorities: Trooper was shot by driver who caused rollover

Authorities: Trooper was shot by driver who caused rollover

An Arizona state trooper who was beaten and shot while responding to a traffic collision on Interstate 10 was attacked by a Mexican man who was responsible for the one-vehicle rollover, authorities said. Leonard Pennelas-Escobar opened fire on Trooper Edward Andersson early Thursday after the officer had stopped on the interstate and set up flares in a bid to get motorists to slow down. Pennelas-Escobar...
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

As a war of words plays out between President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, one is left to wonder what MLK Jr. would have done in the wake of the 2016 election. >> Read more trending stories  Two days before her famous father's birthday, the daughter of the civil rights icon answered that question. “My dad was one who - he was nonpartisan...
Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments

Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter waded into controversial territory over the weekend when he wrote a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis -- a civil rights legend already locked in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump -- a “racist pig.” The reaction to Hunter, a Republican, taking on Lewis a few days before the holiday honoring the life of counterpart Martin...
Another musical act drops out of Trump inauguration lineup

Another musical act drops out of Trump inauguration lineup

It was announced last week that the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, was going to perform at the Garden State Inaugural Gala to ring in the Trump-Pence administration with song. Not anymore. >> Read more trending stories  The band, which performed after two election wins by outgoing President Obama, told 'Entertainment Weekly' that the decision was made out of respect...

More than 80 whales found dead off Florida coast

Wildlife officials are working to save false killer whales stranded in the area of Everglades National Park. NOAA Fisheries said that 95 of the whales were reported stranded off Hog Key on Saturday afternoon. The agency tweeted Saturday, saying that 81 of those whales are dead, one has been seen alive and 13 are unaccounted for. NOAA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission have asked for...

Bank of England Governor: Bank will protect economic growth

The Bank of England remains ready to protect economic growth in the face of pressures caused by Britain's departure from the European Union, the central bank's top executive said Monday as investors waited for the country's prime minister to lay out her vision for Brexit. The bank's Monetary Policy Committee has the discretion to balance its legally mandated goal of controlling inflation against the...
CNN breaks its silence on reporter called out by Donald Trump for being 'fake news'

CNN breaks its silence on reporter called out by Donald Trump for being 'fake news'

President-elect Donald Trump singled out CNN reporter Jim Acosta last week during his first news conference of the year and denied him the opportunity to ask a question, saying “You are fake news.” >> Read more trending stories 
Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dead at 82

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dead at 82

The government agency took to Twitter to remember retired astronaut Gene Cernan on Monday. We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. https://t.co/Q9OSdRewI5 pic.twitter.com/gPdFTnXF2C— NASA (@NASA) January 16, 2017 NASA said that Cernan logged more than 566 hours in space, 73 of which were on the moon. Cernan served in Gemini 9A, Apollo...
Teen slain in 'rape-murder fantasy' was friend to the lonely

Teen slain in 'rape-murder fantasy' was friend to the lonely

The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table. But the 14-year-old posted a more haunting picture, a forlorn selfie taken in a dimly lit room, when she opened a Facebook account last year and invited people to comment on it. No one did....

Italy says tests show Fiat 500X cars meet emissions rules

The Italian transportation ministry says its tests show that Fiat 500X cars meet emissions rules, despite German contentions that the cars contain so-called defeat devices meant to cheat emissions tests. A ministry statement Monday says it carried out the necessary checks and sent a detailed report to Germany indicating the model "meets the existing regulations" on emissions testing. The...
Downtown Springfield building added to National Register

Downtown Springfield building added to National Register

A downtown Springfield building has been added to National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The 1921 Edward Wren Co. Building, also known as McAdams Building, is located at 31 E. High St. and owned by a real estate arm of the Turner Foundation. RELATED: $4.8M raised for downtown Springfield redevelopment “It gives it a level of respect in the community. It...
Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

President Barack Obama celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke about the power sports has to unite people. "Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided," Obama said at a White House ceremony for his hometown team. "Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately...
Parents warn others of mold inside popular teething toy

Parents warn others of mold inside popular teething toy

A popular teething toy for infants is susceptible to mold, according to some parents who took a closer look at the inside of the toy. >> Read more trending stories   Pediatric dentist Dana Chianese said she used to recommend the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy to parents regularly. But that was before she made a discovery in her own children's Sophies.  Chianese said she noticed...
The Latest: Inaugural committee releases parade detail

The Latest: Inaugural committee releases parade detail

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:50 p.m. Military bands and units from all branches of the service, high school bands and even the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will join newly sworn-in President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Friday's Inaugural parade. More than 8,000 people are expected to follow the new president and vice president as they proceed 1.5 miles...
Trip to Disney World helps unravel Army veteran's $300,000 disability fraud, officials say

Trip to Disney World helps unravel Army veteran's $300,000 disability fraud, officials say

An Army veteran who received $300,000 in benefits over the course of several years is facing more than a decade in prison after investigators discovered that she was faking her disability. A federal jury in Jacksonville found her guilty on Thursday. A trip that Crystel Lee Riedling, 44, took with her daughter to Disney World in Orlando turned out to be a key piece of evidence as investigators...
Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter

Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter

The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday. Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco Bay area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. A Twitter post from the United States attorney's...
FBI arrests wife of Pulse nightclub shooter

FBI arrests wife of Pulse nightclub shooter

Mateen was responsible for the shooting rampage at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, which left 49 people dead. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during a standoff with police. Salman was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Almeda County in California. She is expected to face a judge in Oakland on Tuesday morning.  Last year, Salman told The New York Times...
DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism

DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism

Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary, prompting pushback from teachers unions. But Democrats and activists also are raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs and advocacy for family values might impact minority and LGBT students. The wealthy Republican donor's financial and political...

Report: Trucking firms using gadgets to cheat on emissions

German public broadcaster ZDF reports that trucking companies in Europe may be using electronic equipment to commit large-scale emissions fraud. Tests commissioned by ZDF and freight industry organization Camion Pro found that one in five diesel trucks operated by Eastern European firms had suspicious emission levels. Experts at the University of Heidelberg concluded that the trucks were pumping out...
Video shows dog standing on trailer of car on busy interstate

Video shows dog standing on trailer of car on busy interstate

A woman who was driving in the Palm Coast area recorded video of a dog on top of a trailer while the car was traveling on Interstate 95. The woman, Brenna Cronin, said she could not get the driver's license plate information when the vehicle exited the interstate. Cronin, who said the dog was chained to a crate, posted the video on Facebook. The video has been viewed more than 2 million...
Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

He will be a president like no other, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing seems to, at this point, be a matter of remarkably disparate opinion. But when President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, the nation will see a sweeping change in policy, style and rhetoric, possibly unlike any they’ve seen in their lifetimes. “He is not going to behave like...
Watch: Massive gator spotted at Florida reserve

Watch: Massive gator spotted at Florida reserve

The police department in Lakeland, Florida, posted a video to Facebook Monday morning showing a giant gator taking a stroll at a nature reserve.  As a group of people spot the gator, you can see the massive reptile crossing a grass pathway before it walks back into a bunch of bushes.  The Lakeland Police Department said in their Facebook post that the gator was filmed by resident...
Piccadilly Circus signboard goes dark for digital overhaul

Piccadilly Circus signboard goes dark for digital overhaul

The lights have gone out at Piccadilly Circus. The famous electronic advertising signboard in central London went dark Monday for several months of renovation. It's the longest period of darkness since World War II, when the city's lights were turned off to confuse German bombers. The Piccadilly Circus signs were switched back on in 1949, and — power cuts aside — have only been dimmed...
Years after slayings, some seek relief in killer's execution

Years after slayings, some seek relief in killer's execution

The brutal murders of a well-known Richmond couple and their young daughters as they were preparing to host a New Year's party sent shock waves through Virginia's capital city. More than 11 years later, some hope the execution of a man convicted in their deaths will close a painful chapter of this community's history. "I do not think we should be saddled with the cost of keeping that heinous...
Obama issues warning on 1st anniversary of Iran nuclear deal

Obama issues warning on 1st anniversary of Iran nuclear deal

President Barack Obama is marking the first anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal by warning the Trump administration that the accord can't easily be undone and is preferable to war. Obama says the agreement is the product of years of work between Iran and six world powers, not just between the U.S. and Iran. He says a diplomatic solution that keeps Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is preferable...
Ford recalls more than 4,500 Kuga SUVs in South Africa

Ford recalls more than 4,500 Kuga SUVs in South Africa

The South African unit of the Ford Motor Company says it is recalling 4,556 Kuga vehicles following several dozen reports of the car catching fire. Jeff Nemeth, Ford's regional chief executive, said Monday that 1.6-liter Kugas made between December 2012 and February 2014 must be taken to a Ford dealer as soon as possible. Ford held a joint news conference with South Africa's National Consumer Commission...
King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters. In more than one venue Monday, speakers and attendees expressed reservations about President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration, some...
Politicians, celebs honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Politicians, celebs honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated each year on MLK Jr. Day and throughout February for Black History Month.  >> Read more trending stories   The Atlanta-born Baptist minister encouraged equality, desegregation and civil disobedience as a way to stand for change. Each year, Americans remember him and honor him, and many celebreties and politicians...
IMF raises China growth forecast but warns on debt

IMF raises China growth forecast but warns on debt

The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its growth forecast for China but warned that rising debt which has prompted concern about the country's finances increases the risk of a sharper slowdown. The world's second-largest economy should expand by 6.5 percent this year, the IMF said in a report. That is up by 0.3 percentage points from the agency's last forecast in October. However, that...
Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity. The eight tycoons' net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality...
Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia

Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, has met with Ukraine's president and called on the impending Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Biden's comments Monday at a briefing with President Petro Poroshenko came after Trump indicated in a Times of London interview that he could end sanctions imposed in the aftermath Russia's...
Ice threat lingers for some Midwest states

Ice threat lingers for some Midwest states

A few states in the Midwest again are on alert for icy conditions. Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan are expected to see a mix of rain and freezing rain Monday, with the precipitation pushing into southern Minnesota and much of Wisconsin during the evening. While the weekend's storm caused travel issues in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, some meteorologists acknowledged it fell short of dire forecasts...
IMF boosts growth forecast for US, cites Trump impact

IMF boosts growth forecast for US, cites Trump impact

The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump's policies should boost economic growth, particularly in 2018. But officials warned that if Trump's protectionist trade proposals set off a trade war, that could be "quite destructive" for the global economy. The IMF also increased 2017 growth projections...
Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village

Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed at 7:40 a.m. local time while approaching Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek, in this Central Asian nation. Footage from the scene...

Your Driving Record: Insurance Companies’ Crystal Ball

You look at your driving record and see speeding tickets, an accident, maybe a DUI, and chalk everything up to dumb mistakes or bad luck behind the wheel. But insurance companies see clues about how you manage your life — and even about when you’ll die. “Motor vehicle records give insight into how folks behave,” says Karen Phelan, senior director of life Insurance for LexisNexis...
Liz Weston: Retirement advice from retired financial experts

Liz Weston: Retirement advice from retired financial experts

So I asked money experts who have quit the 9-to-5 for their best advice on how to prepare for retirement. They still faced curveballs when it was their turn. Making the right financial moves is important, they said, but so is getting ready mentally, emotionally and socially. YOU CAN'T PLAN FOR EVERYTHING A central retirement decision is when to do it. Working longer can reduce the odds of running...

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces in the West Bank. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the deceased as 17-year-old Qusai Hassan Al-Aamour. A wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence erupted in the fall of 2015. In that time, Palestinian attackers have carried...
Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the U.S. president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his criticism that European allied members aren't paying their fair...

Saudi's Flynas to buy 80 Airbus A320neo planes in $8.6B deal

Airbus says it has agreed to sell a total of 80 A320neo planes to Saudi Arabian low-cost airline Flynas in a deal worth $8.6 billion. The agreement announced Monday includes a new order for 60 of the single-aisle aircraft and upgrades an existing order for 20 of the less-advanced A320ceo model. The value of the 60 additional planes alone is $6.4 billion at list prices, though airlines typically negotiate...
Nicole Kidman clarifies call for nation to unite behind Donald Trump

Nicole Kidman clarifies call for nation to unite behind Donald Trump

Actress Nicole Kidman clarified her comments on President-elect Donald Trump and the 2016 election results after coming under fire for suggesting that the nation should unify behind the incoming president. “I just say, [Trump's] now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on,” Kidman, who has...
The Latest: Shakira calls for more early childhood education

The Latest: Shakira calls for more early childhood education

The latest on the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Shakira is suggesting an antidote for violent conflict and divisive populism: Get more kids in pre-school. The Colombian singer is using her distinctive voice to lobby the world's rich and powerful at the World Economic Forum in Davos for more spending on early childhood education...
Trump slams 'Saturday Night Live' after press conference sketch

Trump slams 'Saturday Night Live' after press conference sketch

It's not the first time Trump has criticized "SNL." Last month, he called the show "unwatchable" and "biased," slamming Baldwin's portrayal of him. He also previously called the show "boring and unfunny" and "totally one-sided."
SKorea's Samsung in rough patch with arrest request, recalls

SKorea's Samsung in rough patch with arrest request, recalls

A request by South Korean prosecutors to arrest Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman and de facto leader of Samsung Electronics, has added to the troubles for the country's most valuable company after a spate of recalls last year. Lee faces allegations he offered $36 million in bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye, who has been impeached. Prosecutors say they also suspect him of embezzlement...

Should You Refinance Your Home in 2017?

Deciding whether or not to refinance your mortgage is complicated in the best of times. But with the unknown looming in 2017, the question is even messier than usual. Many experts and economists are predicting rising interest rates this year. Kiplinger, for instance, predicts that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will rise to 4.6% this year. That’s still a fairly low rate compared with...
Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last year for the property at 4440 Laybourne Road. It then was formally...
Superbug resistant to all U.S. antibiotics kills Nevada woman

Superbug resistant to all U.S. antibiotics kills Nevada woman

The victim, who is unnamed, was in her 70s. She was initially hospitalized in August 2016 after returning from a trip to India. There, she had sought treatment for a broken hip several times in recent years, most recently in June 2016. Her most recent hospitalization, according to a postmortem CDC report, was in June 2016. The victim died of septic shock. Though she died in September, the CDC...
'One China principle' not negotiable, China tells Trump

'One China principle' not negotiable, China tells Trump

Responding to remarks by Donald Trump, China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country's "one-China principle" regarding Taiwan is not negotiable and any attempt to reconsider the issue would be self-defeating. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that anyone attempting to use Taiwan's status in a negotiation would be "smashing their feet by lifting a rock." "...
Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday. Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos...
UK's May signals EU clean break: no 'half-in, half-out'

UK's May signals EU clean break: no 'half-in, half-out'

Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain "half-in, half-out," Prime Minister Theresa May will say Tuesday, disappointing businesses and voters who want the country to stay in the bloc's single market. In her most detailed speech on the U.K.'s exit strategy, May will promise to forge "a new and equal partnership" with the EU. "Not partial...
Eyewear giant to emerge from tie-up of Luxottica, Essilor

Eyewear giant to emerge from tie-up of Luxottica, Essilor

A new European eyewear giant worth more than 50 billion euros ($52.5 billion) is set to emerge as Italy's Luxottica — owner of Ray-Ban and Oakley glasses — merges with French lens manufacturer Essilor. Essilor International SA said Monday it had reached a share exchange deal with Luxottica's main shareholder, Delfin, to create a combined company making both frames and lenses. Shares jumped...
Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK's son

Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK's son

Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump attempted to navigate the fallout of his flap with a civil rights leader and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also losing a member of his incoming administration to accusations of plagiarism. Trump on Monday met with one of King's sons on the holiday marking the life of the slain American icon just days after the president-elect...
AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional practices. In an interview as her tenure ends, Lynch strongly defended the Justice Department's aggressive intervention in local law enforcement during the Obama administration...
Toby Keith: I won't apologize for Trump inauguration performance

Toby Keith: I won't apologize for Trump inauguration performance

In his response to critics of his decision to perform as part of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, country singer Toby Keith isn’t backing down or apologizing. “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and...