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In President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul finds a like-minded ally

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky certainly has his differences with President Donald Trump. They were once Republican rivals for the White House. But on a cornerstone issue — a resistance to U.S. intervention abroad — they have common ground. Both Trump and the senator have little interest in seeing the U.S. stick to its traditional role as the world's top cop. But few others in Washington share...
FDA asks: Is almond milk or soy milk really even milk?

FDA asks: Is almond milk or soy milk really even milk?

In a blow to plant-based milk enthusiasts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday announced a crackdown on “standards of identity” for non-dairy milks. “An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” Gottlieb said in a keynote address at Politico’s Pro Summit, citing the FDA’s standards that reference milk as coming from...
Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at President Donald Trump's tax returns? At least one Democratic activist says yes, and it's through a New York state investigation into Trump's charity. State attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout held a news conference in front of Trump Tower on Wednesday calling on the governor to grant authority to state prosecutors pursuing a civil case against the Trump Foundation...

AP News Guide: Chicago police releasing videos more quickly

When a white Chicago police officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, it took more than a year for video of the shooting to be released under court order. When a black man armed with a gun was fatally shot by a white officer on Saturday, it took a day. The stark contrast shows a city that once engaged in a months-long legal battle to keep the McDonald video under wraps, now is moving...
Employees remember Good Sam as a place that felt ‘like home.’ These are their stories.

Employees remember Good Sam as a place that felt ‘like home.’ These are their stories.

Good Samaritan President Eloise Broner said that a decade ago, when she first had the opportunity to work at the hospital, she asked former president Jim Pancoast what she should expect. “I will always remember his response. He said to me, ‘You will be there for one week and it will feel like home. It is a family.’ I will tell you no truer words have ever been spoken,” she...
State Department: Russian claims against Americans 'absurd'

State Department: Russian claims against Americans 'absurd'

The State Department threw cold water Wednesday on an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans, including former government officials, accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. Even as the White House said the offer, made by Putin to President Donald Trump at their summit in Helsinki on Monday...
Atlanta students take home top prizes at Harvard University debate competition

Atlanta students take home top prizes at Harvard University debate competition

A high school student from Atlanta took home the top prize at a prestigious international debate competition at Harvard University over the weekend.  Jordan Thomas, who attends Grady High School, took home first place at the annual Harvard Debate Council tournament, where scholars from all over the world come together to debate social and political issues.  Thomas was one of a group of 25...
McDonald’s giving away free french fries through the end of the year

McDonald’s giving away free french fries through the end of the year

McDonald’s is giving away free french fries for the remainder of 2018. Every Friday until December 30, you can get an order of medium fries for free, McDonald’s announced as part of a promotion for National French Fry Day. >> Read more trending news  In order to get the free fries, customers have to download the McDonald’s app to get the deal’s coupon. Customers...
Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels in Columbus, Ohio dropped, reports say

Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels in Columbus, Ohio dropped, reports say

Update 5:30 EDT July 18: The charges against the two strippers arrested with adult film star Stormy Daniels last week in Columbus, Ohio, have been dropped, according to BuzzFeed News. >> Read more trending news  Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda were taken into custody along with Daniels early last Thursday at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club. Daniels, who was charged with three counts...
Meet Kroger’s new president for Dayton, Cincinnati

Meet Kroger’s new president for Dayton, Cincinnati

Kroger has named a new president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division. Scott Hays, who is currently the president of the Michigan Division, has been promoted to run the Dayton and Cincinnati regions for the grocery chain, which is one of the largest retailers and employers in the area. Hays started at Kroger as vice president of operations for the company’s Fry’s division before he was promoted...
AmEx 2Q profits rise, but there are worry spots on lending

AmEx 2Q profits rise, but there are worry spots on lending

American Express said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 21 percent from a year ago, as the credit card giant saw more customers spending on its namesake cards and a much lower tax rate. But it had to set aside more money to cover potential bad loans, and saw its delinquency rate rise noticeably. It's a potential sign that some of American Express' customers — typically the most creditworthy...

Pentagon objects to GOP rider blocking protection of birds

The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. The Defense Department says in a position paper made public Wednesday that the environmental measure inserted by House Republicans is unnecessary. The House-approved language...
Growing fire shows potential for explosive Northwest season

Growing fire shows potential for explosive Northwest season

A fast-moving grass fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest has forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare an emergency Wednesday. The flames near the city of The Dalles started Tuesday and expanded overnight to more than 45 square miles (117 kilometers), bringing back memories of a devastating wildfire last summer that chewed through a scenic...
Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

If you couldn’t get a ticket to Bruce Springsteen’s lauded appearances on Broadway, at least there’s the TV version. Netflix will launch “Springsteen on Broadway” on Dec. 15, the same night as the artist’s final show of what will be a 236-performance run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. >> Read more trending news  Springsteen’s historic...

Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

A measure that would divide California into three parts won't appear on the ballot in November, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday. The justices ordered the secretary of state not to put the ballot initiative before voters, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. The court will now consider the merits of a challenge brought by an environmental group. The Planning and...
Parents charged with murder after 4-month-old son suffocates while in ‘timeout’

Parents charged with murder after 4-month-old son suffocates while in ‘timeout’

A New Jersey couple is accused of smothering their 4-month-old with a comforter by putting the boy in a “timeout” when he would not stop crying, authorities said.  William Herring, 42, and Brianna Brochhausen, 22, of Mahwah, are each charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. According to a news release from the Burlington County Prosecutor&rsquo...
Prime Day 2018 breaks records: Here’s the breakdown

Prime Day 2018 breaks records: Here’s the breakdown

With more than 100 million products purchased during the 36-hour sale Monday and Tuesday, this year’s Prime Day surpassed all other days as the largest shopping event in Amazon’s history. When comparing 36-hour periods, Prime Day 2018 reached higher sales than Cyber Monday, Black Friday and the previous Prime Day. It was also the biggest event for Amazon devices ever, with the Amazon Fire...

Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City

Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump will head to Kansas City on Tuesday to address the gathering. Trump has made care for veterans a priority of his administration, although the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently without a permanent...
Trump says Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

Trump says Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover. Trump says the familiar baby blue color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a red, white and blue color scheme. Updated models could be in service before the end of a potential Trump second term. "Air Force One is going to be incredible," Trump told CBS News. "It's going to be top of the line, the top...

President Trump insults tiny country visited by LePage

The country that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been visiting in hopes of strengthening ties is the subject of a jab from President Donald Trump over NATO. Trump questioned on Fox News Channel whether the military alliance's mutual defense pact might conceivably let tiny Montenegro start World War III. He also says the country is home to "very aggressive people." The governor's four-day stay...
Texas murder suspect violated probation but wasn't sought

Texas murder suspect violated probation but wasn't sought

Authorities didn't search for a Texas man who cut off his ankle monitor in violation of parole terms until a week later when he was linked to a violent rampage that included three shooting deaths over four days, according to state and county officials. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, was among more than 500 parolees with a violent history living in the Houston...
Cory Monteith’s mom says he was on pain medication for dental work before overdose death

Cory Monteith’s mom says he was on pain medication for dental work before overdose death

Corey Monteith’s mother revealed the “Glee” actor was taking pain medications for “massive” dental work before he died of a heroin overdose in 2013. Ann McGregor told People she believes the pain medication derailed Monteith’s struggle with sobriety. McGregor told People that Monteith checked into a rehab center in April 2013. Between the months of May and...
911 calls detail aftermath of deadly New Mexico bus crash

911 calls detail aftermath of deadly New Mexico bus crash

Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly weekend bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway. "There's children bleeding, there's people unconscious," a female caller tells a dispatcher. "They're pulling them out of the bus right now. The bus flipped over." Authorities on Tuesday released 911 recordings...
Close call: Woman finds venomous black widow spider crawling in grapes she and son were eating

Close call: Woman finds venomous black widow spider crawling in grapes she and son were eating

A Connecticut woman is warning others about a close call she and her son had with a venomous black widow spider. >> Read more trending news  Laurie Fitzgerald, from Branford, told WVIT-TV that she and her son were eating the grapes Monday shortly after she bought them when they discovered the spider. “It makes you nervous,” Fitzgerald said, according to WVIT. “It makes...

Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

President Donald Trump endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia governor Wednesday, just days before voters decide the contentious Republican runoff. Trump tweeted his support, noting Kemp's tough stance on illegal immigration and support for gun rights. The winner of Tuesday's runoff battle will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the general election in November. "...
City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels

City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels

The state law that police cited in porn actress Stormy Daniels' arrest should not be enforced, an Ohio city attorney said.  Future charges filed under that law will not be prosecuted, wrote Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Wednesday in a memo to the city's police chief. Klein also dismissed charges brought against two other employees arrested with Daniels.  The 10-year-old law states dancers...
Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections...
US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes would save utilities roughly $30 million annually. The move represents the latest action by Trump's...

AP Sources: Charlotte poised to host 2020 GOP convention

Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host the Republican Party's 2020 presidential nominating convention. The national GOP's site selection committee voted behind closed doors Wednesday to recommend Charlotte, according to Republican officials with direct knowledge of the vote who were not authorized to address the situation publicly. Republican National Committee members from across the country...

Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim

A man who says he was sexually assaulted as a child by a Roman Catholic monk in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit accusing a priest of trying to conceal the abuse and refusing to help pay for his mental health treatment. The man says in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was raped by Brother Joseph Martin while he worked at Saint Benedict Abbey in the 1970s. The man says Abbot Francis Xavier Connelly...
Lawyer attacks allegations against Indiana attorney general

Lawyer attacks allegations against Indiana attorney general

A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said Wednesday that calls for the Republican's resignation over allegations that he drunkenly groped a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers are "pure hysteria" based on a flawed initial investigation. Attorney Kevin Betz said "false and malicious" information about Hill was in a confidential memo prepared for legislative...
2 kids bitten in separate shark attacks off Long Island shore

2 kids bitten in separate shark attacks off Long Island shore

Two young people were bitten by sharks Wednesday afternoon in two separate attacks, WABC reports. A 13-year-old boy was apparently bitten by a shark off the Atlantique shoreline on Fire Island while boogie boarding, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Emergency crews found a tooth in the teen’s leg, according to WABC. Wildlife officials are trying to determine what kind of...
Hot dogs, salami, other cured meats associated with manic episodes, scientists say

Hot dogs, salami, other cured meats associated with manic episodes, scientists say

There are several genetic and environmental elements associated with mental health issues, and certain types of meat may be another factor, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news   Researchers from John Hopkins Medicine recently conducted a study, published in the Molecular Psychiatry journal, to explore foods that could be linked with mania, a mental illness...
Mom of Indiana girl killed in '88 hopes defendant gets death

Mom of Indiana girl killed in '88 hopes defendant gets death

The mother of an 8-year-old Indiana girl who was abducted, raped and killed in 1988 wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused of the crimes. Allen County prosecutors on Tuesday declined to discuss whether they'll seek the death penalty against John D. Miller in the killing of April Tinsley. But the girl's mother, Janet Tinsley, told the Journal Gazette that she wants to be...
Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans are pushing back, saying Kavanaugh's comment is being distorted. The independent counsel law, which took the hiring and firing of prosecutors...
White House: Trump didn't mean to say Russia no longer targeting US

White House: Trump didn't mean to say Russia no longer targeting US

White House officials denied that President Donald Trump expressed his disagreement Wednesday with U.S. intelligence officials who have said that the threat from Russia is ongoing. “Thank you very much. No,” Trump said after a reporter asked during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday if Russia was still targeting the U.S. The comment came one day after he corrected a separate statement in which...
Woman warns of wild parsnip burns after she is sent to hospital with painful, large blisters

Woman warns of wild parsnip burns after she is sent to hospital with painful, large blisters

First it was giant hogsweed, now another plant could cause painful burns and blisters to humans who come in contact with it.  Charlotte Murphy has learned how dangerous the small, delicate yellow flowers can be. Murphy and her boss were driving near Bennington, Vermont, when they stopped at an area alongside the road that had been cleared and had picnic tables, WPTZ reported. That&rsquo...
Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of weeks." But it could take months or years to positively identify the bones as those of specific American servicemen...
Back to school 2018: Here is where teachers can get discounts on supplies

Back to school 2018: Here is where teachers can get discounts on supplies

They could be the three words that parents most love to hear: back to school. >> Read more trending news For many, August will see children heading back to classrooms for the start of a new school year.  For teachers, it means getting a classroom stocked and ready as their students return. It can also mean a hit to a teacher’s wallet. A growing list of retailers are offering teachers...
Lay’s releases 8 new potato chip flavors inspired by ‘local cuisine’ of America

Lay’s releases 8 new potato chip flavors inspired by ‘local cuisine’ of America

Lay’s is releasing 8 brand new potato chip flavors this month inspired by food favorites from across the United States. Each flavor of the “Taste of America” collection is inspired by a regional favorite, based on customer feedback from different regions, a representative of Frito Lay told USA Today. Starting July 30, the eight flavors will be available in the regional markets...
Florida mayor apologizes for fight over 'Starry Night' home

Florida mayor apologizes for fight over 'Starry Night' home

A Florida mayor apologized Wednesday to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home's exterior painted to emulate Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night." The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep the blue-and-yellow paint swirled on their walls in the style of van Gogh's masterpiece...

The Latest: GOP using immigration vote to slam Democrats

The Latest on congressional immigration proposals (all times local): 3:32 p.m. A divided House has approved a symbolic Republican measure that praises U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement and ridicules Democratic efforts to abolish the agency. The measure is an election-year effort by the GOP to use the immigration issue against Democrats. A few liberal Democrats had introduced an earlier bill...
Clues to Confederate mystery: Sub's crew never dumped weight

Clues to Confederate mystery: Sub's crew never dumped weight

Scientists studying the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship said Wednesday that the doomed Confederate crew did not release an emergency mechanism that could have helped the vessel surface quickly. The 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) of what are called keel blocks would typically keep the H.L. Hunley upright, but also could be released with three levers, allowing the sub to surface quickly...
Wife of former Trump adviser appears on Capitol Hill

Wife of former Trump adviser appears on Capitol Hill

The wife of former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was on Capitol Hill Wednesday speaking to Democrats on the House intelligence committee. Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos was doing the interview with Democrats who are frustrated that the GOP-led House intelligence committee would not call more witnesses before it completed its Russia investigation earlier this year. Papadopoulos pleaded...

New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday. Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure, said Shawn McIntosh, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sugar Free Kids advocacy group. Seven California cities and Lafayette...
Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges

Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the central bank has tools it can use to cushion the potential economic fallout from a trade war. But he told Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply. If the retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries slowed U.S. economy, Powell said the Fed could employ its normal tools, such as lowering...
Deputy loses dance-off after accidental 911 call turns into competition

Deputy loses dance-off after accidental 911 call turns into competition

An accidental call to 911 ended with a dance showdown near Los Angeles. Vic Ekanem, a patrol deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, responded to the 911 call that turned out to be an accident. The call could have been quick, but Ekanem was challenged by a young man at the home to a dance-off.  According to the sheriff’s department, Ekanem, who works out of the Palmdale...

US judge throws out suit over health subsidy cuts

A U.S. judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies. The ruling by Judge Vince Chhabria on Wednesday came after California and other states that sued said a workaround was largely succeeding in protecting consumers from higher costs. The states had asked Chhabria to put the lawsuit on hold, although they also gave him...
Trump's diagnosis for critics: 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

Trump's diagnosis for critics: 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

President Donald Trump and his supporters have a new buzz phrase to diagnose his critics: "Trump Derangement Syndrome." The term is supposed to describe voters who are so angry and opposed to the U.S. president that they are incapable of seeing any good in what he does. "TDS" has popped up on Fox News in recent weeks and was cited by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in interviews this week...

Vatican-OK'd journal strikes out again at US evangelicals

A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed "prosperity gospel" as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years. Two of Pope Francis' top communications advisers — an Italian Jesuit and an Argentine Protestant pastor — penned "The Prosperity...
Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities looked at more than two decades of data on ozone pollution at 33 parks — from Shenandoah to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite...

Woman faces retrial on charges of suffocating husband

Bail has been set at $1 million for a New Jersey woman facing a retrial on charges she killed her ailing husband by smothering him with a plastic bag and tried to kill her daughter the same way. Jenny Tran was convicted of aggravated manslaughter and received a 50-year prison sentence. But a state appellate court overturned that conviction last month, citing trial-related errors. Bergen County prosecutors...
Hawaii officer dies after shooting as police hunt suspect

Hawaii officer dies after shooting as police hunt suspect

A police officer on Hawaii's Big Island died after a shooting during a traffic stop Tuesday night and a manhunt is underway for the suspect, officials said. Hawaii County Police say the shooting happened near Mountain View, a community about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Hilo. Bronson K. Kaliloa and other officers approached the vehicle. Officials say the suspect exited the driver's seat and fired...
Clark’s take: MGM sues victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

Clark’s take: MGM sues victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

MGM Resorts International is facing intense backlash after the company filed a lawsuit against the victims of a Las Vegas mass shooting, according to news reports. The suit, filed against hundreds of the victims who were outside the Mandalay Bay hotel when Stephen Paddock shot 58 people to death in October 2017, states that MGM has “no liability of any kind.” MGM’s representatives...
Tennessee zipper company in crosshairs of buy-American laws

Tennessee zipper company in crosshairs of buy-American laws

Robert Kwasnik has a zipper problem — and it has come to the attention of the highest levels of the U.S. government. Kwasnik is president of Dunlap Industries, a small manufacturing company in Appalachia that for more than 15 years made zippers for U.S. military uniforms — until last year, when a competitor complained that not all of the parts the company was using were from the U.S. The...
Chicago judge orders serial stowaway's release from jail

Chicago judge orders serial stowaway's release from jail

A Chicago judge has ordered the release from jail of a woman dubbed a "serial stowaway" for repeatedly trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket. The Cook County State's Attorney office says Cook County Judge Maura Slattery-Boyle determined Wednesday that Marilyn Hartman is fit to stand trial and allowed her to be transferred to a private facility called "A Safe Haven."...

Frustrated US lawmakers threaten action on Trump's tariffs

Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs. A senior Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump's trade actions, and other senators joined him on Wednesday in promising a complementary bill. Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional...
Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the FBI of “implementing a political put-up job” after authorities arrested a Russian national over the weekend on allegations that she illegally acted as an unregistered foreign agent. Authorities on Sunday arrested Mariia Butina, a 29-year-old Russian citizen living in Washington, D.C., on suspicion of “conspiracy to act as an agent...
Clown car: Driver uses clown masks to try to get into HOV lane

Clown car: Driver uses clown masks to try to get into HOV lane

You may have names for the commuters who share the road during rush-hour traffic. Clown may be the safest one to go with.  But one driver in New York may live up to that moniker. A driver in the high occupancy lane on FDR Drive in New York City tried to beat the law by adding clowns, to his convertible to qualify for the HOV lane, WNBC reported.  Masks were added to some of headrests...

Schumer: Measures needed to reduce toddler drownings in US

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a new report shows the number of drownings involving toddlers in the U.S. has increased in recent years, with young boys dying at twice the rate as girls. Schumer is calling on the federal government to take steps to help prevent drowning deaths. The Senate minority leader from New York says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2014-2016 shows 1,300 children...

Regulators seek end to stricter oversight of Zions Bancorp

A panel of federal regulators is proposing lifting the strict government oversight imposed on Zions Bancorp, a big regional bank that received a taxpayer-funded bailout during the 2008 financial crisis. The unanimous decision by the Financial Stability Oversight Council announced Wednesday is the latest example of a push, under the Trump administration, to relieve regulatory restrictions that were...

Man pleads not guilty to killing his older brother

An upstate New York man has been charged in the stabbing death of his older brother. State police say 37-year-old John Ferguson is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Daryl Ferguson early Tuesday morning. Ferguson spoke quietly in answering the judge's questions during his arraignment Tuesday where he was ordered to be held without bail. The suspect is scheduled...
Trump, Melania Trump mourn fallen Secret Service agent

Trump, Melania Trump mourn fallen Secret Service agent

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects Wednesday to the family of a Secret Service agent who died in Scotland while supporting their overseas trip. Special Agent Nole E. Remagen suffered a stroke Monday during Trump's trip to Belgium, England, Scotland and Finland. The 19-year veteran died in Scotland on Tuesday, surrounded by immediate family and Secret Service colleagues...
Wisconsin governor downplays interaction with Russian

Wisconsin governor downplays interaction with Russian

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interaction with a woman accused of being a Russian operative who used sex and deception to forge connections, saying Wednesday that they only met one time in 2015 when she showed up at a National Rifle Association convention and had her picture taken with him. Maria Butina was charged Monday with being a covert Russian agent who gathered intelligence on...
Scenic California highway near Big Sur reopens after slide

Scenic California highway near Big Sur reopens after slide

A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic Wednesday, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive landslide, officials said. The newly built, two-lane stretch of road in Big Sur opened two days ahead of schedule, the California Department of Transportation said. Big Sur, with miles of rugged coast, cliffs and wilderness about 150 miles...
Rep. Jim Jordan interviewed in doctor sex abuse inquiry

Rep. Jim Jordan interviewed in doctor sex abuse inquiry

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who used to coach wrestling at Ohio State University, was interviewed by a law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead team doctor sexually abused male athletes there decades ago, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The Ohio Republican spoke Monday morning with the firm looking into allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss and how the school responded to any complaints about...

US launches national security probe into uranium imports

The Commerce Department has started an investigation into the impact of uranium imports on U.S. national security, a move that could limit future imports and add another front to the Trump administration's trade fight. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that the United States produces just 5 percent of the uranium it needs for the U.S. military and for electricity generation, down from...
Ohio Burger King restaurant gives free burgers to dog dying of cancer

Ohio Burger King restaurant gives free burgers to dog dying of cancer

A Burger King location in Ohio wanted to help a dog dying of cancer enjoy his last days. A Toledo man’s post on Twitter went viral after he shared the story of his dying dog, Cody. The dog was diagnosed with cancer, and was given one to three months to live. The owner has gone to Burger King every day to get the dog a plain hamburger to eat along with his many medications. When an employee heard...
Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

Authorities say fire severely damaged a giant pyramid home that doubles as a tourist attraction in northern Illinois. Gurnee Fire Department firefighters responded to a report that an elderly man in a wheelchair and his dog were trapped by the fire at the Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials say no people were hurt but the dog died. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says...
Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers that accused her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections. The woman, Maria Butina, was photographed by the FBI dining privately with a Russian diplomat suspected of being an intelligence...
Rep. Jim Jordan wants vote to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein

Rep. Jim Jordan wants vote to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein

Rep. Jim Jordan and House conservatives appear poised to force a floor vote on impeaching U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein even though Rosenstein is supervising the job of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. At a gathering of conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, Jordan, R-Urbana, said “all options are...
Police: Man shoots suspected burglar holding his wife at gunpoint

Police: Man shoots suspected burglar holding his wife at gunpoint

A man opened fire Tuesday night when a pair of would-be home invaders attempted to force his wife into their Houston home at gunpoint, leaving one man injured, according to police and news reports. The incident started around 10:30 p.m., when the two men stole the woman’s purse while she was in the driveway of her home in South Houston, KPRC reported. Police said the men tried to force...
Virginia man calls police over foul during pickup basketball game

Virginia man calls police over foul during pickup basketball game

A game of pickup basketball at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, pivoted quickly when a player called police for being fouled. “Today for the first time in my life ... I experienced someone call the police because they got fouled hard in basketball,” one of the players posted on Twitter. The photo shows two deputies with two of the basketball players inside the fitness center. >>...

Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

A woman was left with severe burns and blisters on her legs after encountering an invasive species of plant in Vermont. Charlotte Murphy says she developed painful blisters overnight after brushing against poison parsnip. Murphy says the blisters got so bad she had to go to the hospital to see a burn specialist. The Essex woman learned her injuries were comparable to second-degree burns and were caused...
Scam alert: Phony letter threatens to reveal extramarital affair

Scam alert: Phony letter threatens to reveal extramarital affair

Criminals are trying to wreck your home life as well as your bank account with a new wrinkle on a very old scam. The latest variation involves sending snail mail to people’s homes and saying: “I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else.” That was part of the letter a writer for the Los Angeles Times received recently in his mailbox. To end the madness...

Alaska spaceport shortlisted for Rocket Lab launch site

A California-based rocket company has shortlisted the spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, as a possible permanent home for its launches. Rocket Lab announced Tuesday that it's seeking to build a launch complex in the U.S. to complement its current site in New Zealand, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported . Alaska's Pacific Spaceport Complex is among four finalists, including Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Wallops...
Trump announces changes to new, $3.9B Air Force One

Trump announces changes to new, $3.9B Air Force One

President Donald Trump has confirmed reports of major updates to Air Force One. In an interview with CBS News Tuesday, he said the plane will have changes inside and out, including a bolder paint scheme. “Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” Trump said. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not...
Black teens terrified by Minneapolis Park Police with guns

Black teens terrified by Minneapolis Park Police with guns

Three black teenagers say they feared for their lives when a Minneapolis Park Police officer pulled a gun on them while responding to a bogus 911 report that they were armed. The July 10 incident at Minnehaha Park drew widespread attention after a bystander recorded part of it and posted a video to Facebook that's been viewed over 2.8 million times. The officers were responding to a female 911 caller...

A nonbinding immigration bill becomes campaign battlefield

Republicans and Democrats competed to make immigration an election-year issue on their own terms as the GOP pushed symbolic legislation through the House Wednesday extolling a federal law enforcement agency that some liberals have proposed abolishing. The measure, which changes no laws, represents a Republican drive to take advantage of an earlier Democratic bill erasing U.S. Immigration and Customs...
The Latest: Johnson says it's not too late save Brexit

The Latest: Johnson says it's not too late save Brexit

The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson implored fellow lawmakers not to abandon Brexit, urging them to remember the initial enthusiasm for a sharp break from the European Union. Johnson criticized Prime Minister Theresa May's outline for negotiations presented earlier this month at her Chequers retreat, saying it was a plan for Brexit "in name...
The Latest: Powell gets praise for plain speaking

The Latest: Powell gets praise for plain speaking

The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's congressional appearance to deliver the Fed's semi-annual monetary policy report. (all times local) ___ 11:50 a.m. Powell is getting praise from lawmakers for his efforts to avoid economic jargon in explaining what the Federal Reserve is trying to do to manage the economy and also for pushing for more openness at the central bank. Powell tells...
Candidate for Alaska House has never been to the state

Candidate for Alaska House has never been to the state

Carol Hafner is on the Democratic primary ballot for an Alaska U.S. House seat. She doesn't live in Alaska. In fact, she's never been to the state. Hafner, who listed New Jersey and South Dakota addresses in her candidate filing, says she's serious about running, though she doesn't plan to campaign in person. Democratic officials are questioning her authenticity and political affiliation. Under the...
Wright State issues layoff notices: 5 things to know

Wright State issues layoff notices: 5 things to know

Wright State University is beginning to issue layoff notices this week, part of the school’s continued effort to address its budget problems. The layoffs have long been expected but this week the public learned more details about the scope and timing of position eliminations. Here are five things to know about the most recent layoffs at Wright State. The university will be issuing 26 layoff...

Airline group faults Europe traffic controllers amid delays

Noticing more delays at Europe's airports? The leading trade group for global airlines is criticizing air traffic control agencies in Europe for seeking "super-normal profits" instead of investing to improve performance at a time when air travelers are facing longer waits. The swipe by the International Air Transport Association, which called on governments to help resolve the "bottlenecks...
US stocks edge higher as airlines, railroads and banks jump

US stocks edge higher as airlines, railroads and banks jump

Big gains for banks and transportation companies like airlines and railroads took U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Wednesday. Other parts of the market didn't move much. United Continental had its best day in two years after it said strong demand is resulting in higher ticket prices, while railroad company CSX said it's still cutting costs and improving operations. Their competitors also jumped...
The Latest: Industry, experts divided over EU fine on Google

The Latest: Industry, experts divided over EU fine on Google

The Latest on the EU's fine against Google (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Analysts and tech companies are divided over the merits of the European Union's fine against Google for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile operating system. The EU said Wednesday that Google broke the rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps if they wanted...
Walt Disney World serves up giant 2 foot hot dog on National Hot Dog Day at Casey’s Corner

Walt Disney World serves up giant 2 foot hot dog on National Hot Dog Day at Casey’s Corner

Hot Dog! Casey’s Corner in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is serving up a big way to celebrate National Hot Dog Day Wednesday.  For one day only, the restaurant is offering 2-foot-long hot dogs, with a choice of mac and cheese, chili cheese or Casey’s Classic, according Disney Parks Blog.  >> Read more trending news  Casey’s has always offered foot-long...
Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits

Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits

In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors. Tesla was taking $1,000 deposits for its new electric car, the Model 3, priced starting at $35,000. And Reynolds had to have one. He managed to land near the top of the waiting list. Flash forward more than two years, through...

UK investigators probe Russian access to Facebook data

British authorities looking into inappropriate use of data gathered by political consultant Cambridge Analytica from millions of Facebook users say some of the systems that accessed the material appear to be in Russia or a group of former Soviet states. The Information Commissioner's Office, which is investigating data analytics by political campaigns, says in a statement Wednesday that "some...
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