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Women will march again with aim to become a political force

Activists are returning to the streets a year after a million people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office. Hundreds of gatherings are planned Saturday and Sunday across the U.S. and in places such as Beijing, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Nairobi, Kenya. A rally Sunday in Las Vegas will launch...

Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

The governor of California has again denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson. Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision announced Friday night that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at age 83. Brown's determination came even though Van Houten said at her parole hearing that she accepts full responsibility...
Senate fails to pass budget; government shutdown begins at Midnight

Senate fails to pass budget; government shutdown begins at Midnight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 11:25 p.m. White House Press Secretary tweeted a response to the Senate failing to pass a budget. “Democrats can’t shut down the booming Trump economy, they’ll shut down the government instead.” -- 11 p.m. Senate Democrats appear to have derailed a Republican bill aimed at preventing a federal...
Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock: He was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend. But hundreds of interviews and thousands of pieces of evidence have not answered the key question: Why did Paddock open fire from his high-rise hotel...
Drake makes surprise appearance at Memphis nightclub

Drake makes surprise appearance at Memphis nightclub

He may have started from the bottom, but rapper Drake is making headlines after doing one dance that started in the Bluff City. According to party promoter Curtis Givens, the Grammy winner called him wanting to have a private party at In LOVE Memphis, a popular nightclub. Givens said it was a last minute call, but he and his business partner were up for the challenge. As word quickly spread that Drake...
Woman dies after falling from balcony of Carnival cruise ship

Woman dies after falling from balcony of Carnival cruise ship

A woman died Friday after falling from the balcony of a room on the Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation cruise ship. The woman fell from the balcony to several decks below, Carnival said in a statement. Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville on Thursday for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. Carnival sent the following statement to Action News Jax:"Early this morning a guest fell from her balcony...
Scientists worry brain-wasting 'zombie deer' disease could spread to humans

Scientists worry brain-wasting 'zombie deer' disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animals’ nervous systems. And scientists are concerned that the infection could make its way to humans.  Chronic wasting disease — or “zombie deer disease” — was first observed in 1967 in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has since infected wild herds in 24 states and Canada, as well...
Governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

Governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn't tell the public until 15 minutes later. Maj. Gen. Arthur "Joe" Logan told state lawmakers at a hearing that he called the governor at 8:09 a.m. Saturday after speaking to a supervisor at the Hawaii Emergency Management...
Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a statement Friday on his Facebook page, moments before coroner's officials in Los Angeles released their findings and the rocker's...
5-foot tapeworm wiggles out of California man after eating sushi

5-foot tapeworm wiggles out of California man after eating sushi

A sushi-loving California man with a habit of consuming raw salmon recently pulled out a 5-foot tapeworm from his own body. According to Dr. Kenny Bahn, who treated the man in August and revealed the case on a Jan. 8 episode of the medical podcast “This Won’t Hurt a Bit,” his patient thought he was dying. "He asked me for worm treatment and I was like, 'Oh, not an everyday...
Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked...
Records paint bleak picture of suspect in serial killings

Records paint bleak picture of suspect in serial killings

A man accused of killing nine people in metro Phoenix grew up in a household plagued by domestic violence, left home at 16 to live with his girlfriend and was in prison three years later for manslaughter after participating in a robbery at a strip club where an accomplice was fatally shot, court records show. The documents paint a bleak picture of Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr., characterizing him...
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose after taking a variety of medications, the family for the legendary rock star said Friday.  Petty, who suffered emphysema, knee problems and more recently a fractured hip, was prescribed various pain medications including Fentanyl patches, his family said.  “On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and...
‘Ramp of Mystery’ in middle of nowhere was drone test site

‘Ramp of Mystery’ in middle of nowhere was drone test site

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears. It’s a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field. It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the side, an aging and precarious set of wooden steps goes up to the top, where the path that led to the ramp leads to nothing...
AP Explains: Why is the government close to a shutdown?

AP Explains: Why is the government close to a shutdown?

A standoff between Democrats and Republicans has the federal government on the brink of shutting down. Here's a look at what the dispute is about and what will happen if it isn't resolved by midnight Friday. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT? Since the end of the fiscal year in September, the government has been operating on temporary funding measures. The current one is set to expire at midnight...
What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?

What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?

Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.  The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open. After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget cycle. That exempts the department from the latest funding...
Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?

Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?

One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs if the government shuts down, according to the U.S. Treasury...
Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told The Associated Press. In Touch magazine published its 5,000-word interview with the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels on Friday — more than six years after Trump's...
Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown occurs

Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown occurs

Thousands of Wright-Patterson employees were expected to report to work Monday morning for further instructions “to carry out orderly shutdown activities” if a partial federal government closure stuck at midnight Friday, base authorities said. The scenario could be a replay of October 2013 when most civil service employees at Wright-Patterson were sent home on furlough at the state&rsquo...

Mueller, Manafort OK with lawsuit being transferred

A lawsuit challenging special counsel Robert Mueller's authority may soon be transferred to another judge. Mueller and lawyers for Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, filed a joint notice Friday saying they have no objection to transferring Manafort's lawsuit to the federal judge overseeing the criminal case against him. Manafort sued this month seeking to have...
How an Ohio woman lost 125 pounds

How an Ohio woman lost 125 pounds

New Year’s resolutions can begin in any month of the year. August 2015 is when a success story started for Springboro resident Christina Littleton. Although athletic and thin during her younger years, her father’s passing from pancreatic cancer in 1999 left her reeling emotionally. She gained a lot of weight, met her husband, Jason, got married, got pregnant, and gained more weight. &ldquo...
Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Police in Florida arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after authorities said he attempted to order a burrito from a Bank of America after confusing it for a Taco Bell, according to multiple reports. Records from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office show authorities arrested Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, on Wednesday. The manager of the Bank...

How major US stock indexes fared on Friday

Stocks closed higher Friday, driving several of the major indexes to record highs. Retailers, banks and consumer goods companies accounted for much of the latest gains, which reversed modest losses from a day earlier. Energy stocks fell along with crude oil prices. Utilities also declined as bond yields hit the highest level in more than three years. On Friday: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose...
L’Oreal features first hijab-wearing model in major hair campaign, sparking controversy online

L’Oreal features first hijab-wearing model in major hair campaign, sparking controversy online

L’Oreal Paris made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign. Khan, a British beauty blogger, model and co-founder of Ardere Cosmetics, is the first hijab-wearing model to star in a hair campaign for a major international brand. >> Read more trending news  She revealed the video campaign to her more than 570,000 Instagram followers last week...
Crunch time: What Amazon wants for its new HQ

Crunch time: What Amazon wants for its new HQ

Just 20 cities are left standing in the competition for Amazon's second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it will bring. Now comes the hard part for the finalists — and for Amazon. Based on the cities that made the cut, and what the company told some of the cities that didn't, the company will likely scrutinize six key criteria when making its final call. It plans to announce its decision later...
Wright State on track to meet budget but finances still ‘tenuous’

Wright State on track to meet budget but finances still ‘tenuous’

Wright State University has collected the bulk of its revenue for this fiscal year, meaning all the school has to do now to meet its budget is keep expenses in check. Officials also are targeting enrollment. The single biggest source of revenue for most colleges is tuition revenue, and with the final semester of the year now underway, WSU has already received its last large lump of revenue. Wright...
Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources. That data will influence what others see in their news feeds. It's the second...
Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bill into law to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program, announcing his action in the latest in a series of confusing tweets about the spy program. Trump's tweet on Jan. 11 created chaos in the House just before it voted to reauthorize what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He linked the intelligence program to...
Doctors urge residents not to ignore flu symptoms following Florida man's death

Doctors urge residents not to ignore flu symptoms following Florida man's death

Friends and loved ones are mourning the loss of an Orlando man who his family said died after he caught the flu. There have been least two other flu-related deaths, both of which were children, in the state this flu season. Doctors said the symptoms of the flu can get very serious very quickly, which is why it's critical for people to pay attention to the signs and immediately contact a doctor. Over...
Did Chris Christie attempt to skip Newark’s security checkpoint despite not being governor?

Did Chris Christie attempt to skip Newark’s security checkpoint despite not being governor?

Despite no longer being in office Chris Christie tried to enter Newark Liberty International Airport via a special entrance, the Port Authority said. Port Authority officials said Christie, who was traveling with his New Jersey State Police-provided security detail, tried to go through what WCBS described as a special access area Thursday morning. It is located near an exit of a restricted area,...
Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union

Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union

Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations of past improper behavior, it was announced Friday. The news followed word that Times journalists had voted to join a union — a first in the paper's 136-year history. Some Times employees had called for Levinsohn to be fired after National Public Radio reported Thursday on...
Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

District of Columbia officials are vowing not to let the looming shutdown of the federal government affect the city's normal functions, with local departments picking up the slack for shuttered federal agencies. At a Friday press conference, with the shutdown due to start at midnight, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced, "Shutdown or no shutdown — D.C. is open." Vast swaths of...
LOCAL IMPACT: Government shutdown threatens 100th birthday party for Springfield veteran

LOCAL IMPACT: Government shutdown threatens 100th birthday party for Springfield veteran

Kevin Black hadn’t thought about how the possibility of a government shutdown would affect his family. World War II veteran Thomas Eubanks of Springfield turns 100 on Jan. 23. To celebrate, his grandson, Black, organized a birthday party for him at the Air Force Museum on Saturday. With the possibility of the government shutting down tonight, the museum may not open, and the outlook of the party...
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman delivers statement victim against Larry Nassar

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman delivers statement victim against Larry Nassar

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom over the past week to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children. Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting girls with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents...
Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

Talk about lousy timing. President Donald Trump had hoped to spend the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration amid friends at his opulent Palm Beach, Florida, estate. Instead, he's facing a government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to depart Friday for his Mar-a-Lago club, where he'd been set to attend a high-dollar fundraiser Saturday night to commemorate his first year...

Appeals court stays order for changes in Texas foster system

A judge ordered Texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on Friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken. In the scathing final order, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack told the state the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping, caseworker visits and where children are placed. The changes were based on recommendations from experts the judge appointed...
Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children

Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children

David and Louise Turpin, the California couple who were charged with torture and child abuse after authorities accused them of holding their 13 children captive in dire conditions, previously lived in Texas, several news outlets have reported. ABC News reported Thursday that it had acquired pictures from inside the family’s former Texas home, near Fort Worth. The pictures were submitted...
US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought," said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One...
Spectrum reports TV streaming app service issues

Spectrum reports TV streaming app service issues

Spectrum customers are reporting service interruptions while attempting to use the Spectrum TV app, the company said on Friday afternoon. “Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize...

The Latest: Prosecutors slam Menendez trial 'racialization'

The Latest on the government's announcement that it will retry Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Prosecutors planning to retry Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges want the judge to keep out what they call "racialized" comments by the defense. In a filing Friday, they said defense lawyers "improperly injected...

Trump, Theresa May to meet on sidelines of Davos summit

President Donald Trump will hold a formal meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May next week on the sidelines of the Davos summit. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump looks forward to meeting with May "to further strengthen the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship." Trump is traveling next week to the World Economic Forum's 48th Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland...

Quarles lays out road map for bank regulations

The Federal Reserve's top official on financial regulation is putting forward a wide-ranging agenda for improving the way the nation's banks are regulated, saying he wants to focus on "efficiency, transparency and simplicity." Randal Quarles, the Fed's vice chairman for supervision, said Friday that he is looking at such things as improving the Fed's annual stress test of the nation's biggest...
Delta passenger bitten by emotional support dog couldn't escape, attorney says

Delta passenger bitten by emotional support dog couldn't escape, attorney says

The man mauled by an emotional support dog on a Delta Air Lines flight in Atlanta was attacked twice and could not escape because he was in a window seat, his attorney said Thursday. The passenger, Marlin Jackson, of Daphne, Alabama, had facial wounds requiring 28 stitches, according to attorney J. Ross Massey, of Birmingham law firm Alexander Shunnarah & Associates. “It is troubling...
French prison guards protest, 2 attacked by inmates

French prison guards protest, 2 attacked by inmates

Two prison guards were seriously injured Friday by inmates on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, an attack that threatened to further ignite national protests by prison guards who are demanding more security, more staff and safer handling of violent inmates. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet immediately traveled to the Borgo prison in northern Corsica where the attack took place. Justice...
Amazon raises monthly Prime membership rate

Amazon raises monthly Prime membership rate

The monthly membership fee for Amazon Prime rose Friday from $10.99 to $12.99. Company officials said the annual membership will remain at $99 dollars. Monthly customers do not get access to Amazon Video, which costs $8.99 a month. The last Prime subscription hike came in 2014, when Amazon increased its yearly membership from $79 to $99. The e-commerce company did not give a reason for the price increase...
Starbucks testing out stores that do not accept cash

Starbucks testing out stores that do not accept cash

Starbucks is testing out a cashless checkout in stores nationwide. As of Tuesday, one downtown Seattle store accepts only cards or mobile payments, according to a report from KIRO-7. The coffee chain is receiving mixed reviews from customers, some who like the convenience while others worry about privacy issues. Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company, told KIRO 7 that the cashless wave will only grow...
Delta tightens restrictions on emotional support animals

Delta tightens restrictions on emotional support animals

Traveling with an “emotional support animal” on a Delta flight is about to get a little trickier. Emotional support animals in special vests have become a more common sight around airports and on flights in recent years. But in the wake of a horrific mauling of a passenger by another traveler’s emotional support dog on a Delta plane l­­­ast year, the airline...
Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Prosecutors from the Department of Justice told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial "at the earliest possible date." The announcement...
Top tips for selling your old stuff on eBay (and actually making cash)

Top tips for selling your old stuff on eBay (and actually making cash)

Too much clutter, too little money, too many gifts you didn't like... an eBay auction is one of the simplest solutions to all three issues. If your trash might be someone else's treasure, an eBay business is simple to start and accessible to just about anyone. "It has low start-up costs and it can be started out of your home," noted the New Life Auctions blog, written by sellers who...
Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption but defended his actions by telling them, “When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung...
White supremacists responsible for most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says

White supremacists responsible for most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says

Far-right extremists – particularly white supremacists – were responsible for more than half of the deaths attributed to extremists in the United States last year, according to a report issued this week by the Anti-Defamation League. Twenty of the 34 extremist-related killings in 2017 were carried out by far-right extremists, more than double the number that group was responsible for in...

SEC letter shows bitcoin funds won't happen soon, if ever

It may be a while, if ever, before investors can buy an exchange-traded fund made up of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Federal regulators have a long list of questions they want answered before they'll approve a digital currency fund for Main Street investors. This week the Securities and Exchange Commission sent a letter listing more than 30 of them to trade groups representing the investment...
Coke aims to recycle a bottle for each it sells by 2030

Coke aims to recycle a bottle for each it sells by 2030

Coca-Cola announced long-term recycling goals Friday, including attempting to recycle a bottle or can for every beverage it sells by 2030. The soda maker and other consumer products companies have been under pressure from customers and environmental advocates to stop using plastic packaging, and fast-food giant McDonald's unveiled new recycling goals of its own just this week. Coca-Cola Co. said it...
Texas boy battles brain infection doctors say was caused by flu

Texas boy battles brain infection doctors say was caused by flu

Witten Ramirez is fighting for his life after doctors said he contracted a brain infection caused by the flu. Witten’s mother, Desiree, said that the whole family had the flu last week, but the 8-year-old had it worse than the others, KXAS reported. She said he was sleeping too much and stumbled when he walked. >> Read more trending news  To be safe, Desiree took him to the emergency...
Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete...
Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Advocates for an award-winning journalist trying to win asylum in the United States because he says he received death threats in Mexico accused U.S. immigration officials Friday of unjustly detaining him based on a disputed 1999 incident. An attorney for Emilio Gutierrez Soto said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are trying to discredit the journalist, who in October accepted the...
Clark Your Life: A guide to a healthier, wealthier 2018

Clark Your Life: A guide to a healthier, wealthier 2018

Are you ready to take control of your financial life? We’re here to help! Financial change is all about discipline. In order to reach your goals, sometimes you have to change your mindset — if you believe you can change your life, you can make it happen! With some determination and a little guidance, you can get on the track to financial freedom. Just a reminder: Creating a financially...
Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke has proposed opening nearly all U.S. coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling, but said soon after announcing the plan that he will...
Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday. But almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay...
13-year-old dies trying to save disabled dad from fire, father also killed

13-year-old dies trying to save disabled dad from fire, father also killed

A 13-year-old Oklahoma boy perished in a house fire Wednesday morning as he tried unsuccessfully to save his disabled father from the flames and smoke. The boy and his father, James Cummins, 60, were in their rural Love County home when the fire broke out. According to the Daily Ardmoreite, space heaters may have started the blaze.  Officials with the Oklahoma Fire Marshal’s Office...
Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station. As NASA's first designated teacher in space, McAuliffe was going to experiment with fluids and demonstrate Newton's laws of motion for schoolchildren...

Pence to travel to Middle East despite potential shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence was set to travel to the Mideast on Friday night despite a looming federal government shutdown. Alyssa Farah, a Pence spokeswoman, said the vice president's trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel was "integral to America's national security and diplomatic objectives." Congress must act by midnight Friday or the shutdown will take effect, forcing hundreds of thousands...
The Latest: Timeline offers look at Vegas shooter's moves

The Latest: Timeline offers look at Vegas shooter's moves

The Latest on the shooting in Las Vegas last October that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured on the Las Vegas strip (all times local): 3:35 p.m. An 81-page police report made public Friday offers a glimpse at Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's internet searches and a timeline of his activities ahead of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It doesn't say what drove Paddock to...

13-year-old charged with murder in boy's crossbow killing

A 13-year-old Oklahoma boy accused of fatally shooting his 10-year-old friend with a crossbow in anger has been charged with first-degree murder. The death happened Oct. 21 in the small town of Chandler, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. Authorities say 10-year-old Austin Almanza was fatally struck by an arrow, which traveled through his body and then pierced his 8-year-old...

Trump asks for Supreme Court review of immigration policy

The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling blocking the administration's decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. In a court filing late Thursday, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice say the judge's ruling requires officials to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place even though they have...
Vladimir Putin takes dip in freezing water to observe Epiphany

Vladimir Putin takes dip in freezing water to observe Epiphany

Russian President Vladimir Putin submerged himself in freezing water in celebration of Epiphany, a holiday in Orthodox Christianity that celebrates Jesus’ baptism. The Associated Press reported that Russian TV stations and reporters were present as cameras caught Putin dunking and crossing himself in Lake Seliger in the northwestern region of Russia. The lake was frozen and a hole was cut...
Flu virus spread by breathing, study finds

Flu virus spread by breathing, study finds

Most people believe that the influenza virus is spread through the coughs and sneezes of infected people, but new research published Thursday suggests that the flu virus is spread more easily than previously thought. Medical professionals believe that the virus is spread most often by “droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk,” according to the Centers for Disease Control...
Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold

Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold

There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold. The Alexander McQueen fashion house mixed in flashes of red to an otherwise dark display of menswear. Some highlights to the fall-winter shows: A RAINBOW AT MAISON MARGIELA John Galliano studied the science of the rainbow for a...
What won't get done during a government shutdown

What won't get done during a government shutdown

Although the government won't actually close if Congress fails to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington agrees on a budget plan. In the event of a shutdown, U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal...
Prince William debuts new haircut, people suggest beard

Prince William debuts new haircut, people suggest beard

Prince William debuted a lower haircut while visiting Evelina London Children's Hospital on Thursday. The heir apparent to the British throne has been visibly losing his hair for years, and it appears this new, very low cut is the 35-year-old’s way of embracing it. >> Read more trending news  E! News reported that the royal was supporting the Step Into Health program that works to...
Moldy comforter among latest product recalls

Moldy comforter among latest product recalls

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.    The Hudson comforters by UGG under recall were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and may contain mold which could pose a risk of infection or respiratory issues in people with a mold allergy or compromised...

House blocks Democrat from seeking to impeach Trump

The House has voted to block a Democratic lawmaker from seeking to impeach the president. Democratic congressman Al Green of Texas had offered articles of impeachment based on comments by President Donald Trump. Green said Trump had incited "hate and hostility" by reportedly using a vulgarity to describe African countries last week. The House voted to table the impeachment resolution on...
2 arrested after infant, 4-year-old dumped along freezing roads

2 arrested after infant, 4-year-old dumped along freezing roads

Authorities have captured two teens they say stole an SUV with two children inside before abandoning them in below freezing temperatures. Khyree Swift, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old have been charged with kidnapping, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators said they tracked a stolen iPad to the home of one of the suspects, WSB-TV reported. Swift was arrested Friday...
St. Paul's School says lawsuit settled in sex assault case

St. Paul's School says lawsuit settled in sex assault case

The elite St. Paul's School has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a girl who was sexually assaulted by a fellow student as part of a conquest ritual. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but Chessy Prout, now 19, said Friday that what began as an effort to speak up for herself in her case against Owen Labrie has grown into "standing up against a 162-year-old institution...

US likely to designate embassy in Jerusalem as early as 2019

The Trump administration is expected to approve a plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as next year, rather than waiting for several years, Trump administration officials said Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been considering several options since President Donald Trump, late last year, declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital and announced the United States would...
The Latest: VP Pence takes off on trip to Middle East

The Latest: VP Pence takes off on trip to Middle East

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Middle East (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has departed for the Middle East, despite the looming threat of a government shutdown. Pence took off Friday night on a trip that will take him to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. He's scheduled to refuel in Ireland after midnight before proceeding to Cairo. The vice president's spokeswoman...
Trump cancels Florida trip as government shutdown looms

Trump cancels Florida trip as government shutdown looms

President Donald Trump will not make a planned trip to Mar-a-Lago today because of a looming federal government shutdown, a White House official told The Palm Beach Post on Friday morning. Trump was scheduled to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport tonight for a weekend trip that included a Saturday fundraiser for his 2020 re-election campaign at Mar-a-Lago. The official who confirmed...
The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 1:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." Trump spoke Friday via video from the White House Rose Garden to thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered for the annual March for Life. He says he is the first president...
Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way." In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." The moment marked...
Mom, wife who had 2nd online life found slain

Mom, wife who had 2nd online life found slain

Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month. West, 42, was found dead outside her home near Birmingham, and authorities are now faced with a question: Did West's online activities play...
How to use the new & improved Google Flights to save money

How to use the new & improved Google Flights to save money

The air travel industry has face some turbulent times lately, with factors like rising fuel costs and tightening corporate travel policies presenting particular challenges. That’s not to say that the sky is falling: Most air carriers are still enjoying big profits and in 2017 airlines enjoyed their safest year on record, as no fatalities involving jets were reported, according to the global...
Amazon raises price of Amazon Prime monthly memberships

Amazon raises price of Amazon Prime monthly memberships

Amazon Prime memberships are about to get more expensive. The online retail giant announced today that the Amazon Prime monthly fee is increasing from $10.99 to $12.99 in the U.S., an increase of 18 percent. That’s approximately $156 annually. However, the annual Prime membership will stay at $99. “Prime provides an unparalleled combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment benefits...
Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday. The online retailer had added the monthly payment option about two years ago as a way to hook shoppers — especially during the holiday season — who wanted faster free shipping, but didn't want to commit to an annual fee...
US stocks close higher as market sets latest record high

US stocks close higher as market sets latest record high

Investors shrugged off the potential for a federal government shutdown Friday, driving U.S. stocks higher and setting new milestones for several of the indexes. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, Nasdaq composite and Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks finished at record highs as the market bounced back from modest losses a day earlier. The S&P 500 has now posted a weekly gain in nine of the...
Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world. Laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense Department, Mattis warned...

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France: Unions approve 1,300 job cuts at Peugeot maker PSA

Unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group have agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by President Emmanuel Macron. Five of six unions at PSA signed the deal with company management Friday. Hard-left union CGT refused to sign, arguing it is a veiled way to get rid of older workers and shut down factories even as the company is expanding and turning profits. It's the biggest...

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. The European Commission says diplomats voted Thursday to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center's backup site from Swanwick to Spain. In a statement Friday, the commission said it was "a consequence of the U.K. withdrawal from the EU." Spain welcomed...
James Comey to teach ethical leadership course at College of William & Mary

James Comey to teach ethical leadership course at College of William & Mary

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach an ethical leadership course for his alma mater, Virginia’s College of William & Mary, starting in the fall, the school announced Friday. Comey, who was dismissed as director of the FBI by President Donald Trump in May 2017, was named an executive professor in education at William & Mary on Friday. School officials said he will teach ethical leadership...
Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new name

Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new name

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, announced an initial list of retail stores that are scheduled to open in 2018. Camping World Holdings Inc. was chosen as the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for certain acquired assets of Gander Mountain and the sale was approved in a bankruptcy court hearing in May 2017. Dozens of Gander Mountain stores closed after the company filed...
Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison. More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing...
Man who dove off his fishing boat when motor boat crashed into his vessel files $372k lawsuit

Man who dove off his fishing boat when motor boat crashed into his vessel files $372k lawsuit

A fisherman who had to jump into the Columbia River to avoid being crushed in a boating crash has filed a lawsuit against the person who was captaining the other vessel. Clatsop County Sheriff’s Department said that the motor boat driver, Marlin Lee Larsen, 75, was sitting down while driving his boat and that he couldn’t see over the dash when he crashed into the fishing boat that Bryan...
Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that's likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent...
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