Promises, subdued pomp and protests as Trump sworn in &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. More...

Posted 1/20/2017 07:49 PM

Twain children's story, recently discovered, coming in fall

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a century after his death, Mark Twain's publishing life continues. More...

Posted 1/20/2017 07:59 PM

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome &nbsp

HONOLULU — Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace. More...

Posted 1/20/2017 07:41 PM

Denver starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US &nbsp

DENVER  — Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. More...

Posted 1/18/2017 06:48 PM

Airlines increase on-time arrivals, reduce canceled flights &nbsp

The chances that your flight will be on time and won't get canceled appear to be looking up. The federal Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 86.5 percent of U.S. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 06:32 PM

Airport shooting suspect ordered held without bond &nbsp

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport has been ordered held without bond. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 04:31 PM

Orlando nightclub gunman's wife faces charges tied to attack &nbsp

SAN FRANCISCO — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman has been charged with helping her husband in the months leading up to the June massacre that left 49 people dead, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 04:25 PM

Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82 &nbsp

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," has died. He was 82. NASA announced that Cernan died Monday surrounded by his family. More...

Posted 1/16/2017 09:06 PM

Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort &nbsp

CANCUN, Mexico  — A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen on Monday left five people dead, including two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian, authorities said. More...

Posted 1/16/2017 07:58 PM

National park visits hits record high for 3rd straight year &nbsp

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Visits to U.S. More...

Posted 1/16/2017 07:43 PM

MLK 'war room' is the heart of a new national monument &nbsp

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A motel room once used by Martin Luther King Jr. to plan civil rights protests is the centerpiece of a new national monument in Alabama. More...

Posted 1/13/2017 05:42 PM

No pocket change: Man delivers 300,000 pennies to DMV &nbsp

LEBANON, Va. (AP) — Now, that's a lot of change. A Virginia man used 300,000 pennies to pay sales tax on two cars at the Department of Motor Vehicles. More...

Posted 1/13/2017 04:01 PM

Trump denies, denounces reports on Russia ties: 'a disgrace' &nbsp

NEW YORK  — Opening his first news conference since the election, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday responded to suggestions that U.S. More...

Posted 1/11/2017 04:55 PM

Ryan: GOP will work on repealing, replacing health law &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — Republicans will work on unraveling and replacing the health care law at the same time, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday as GOP leaders struggled to align their zeal to rapidly erase one of President Barack Obama's proudest ach More...

Posted 1/10/2017 05:52 PM

More rain and snow slam soaked Northern California, Nevada &nbsp

FORESTVILLE, Calif. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 04:58 PM

California's famous 'drive-thru' sequoia toppled by storms &nbsp

ARNOLD, Calif. (AP) — A massive storm has toppled a giant California sequoia famous for a "drive-thru" hole carved into its trunk, causing fans of the mighty tree to mourn its loss. More...

Posted 1/9/2017 09:19 PM

Second VW employee arrested over emissions scheme &nbsp

DETROIT  — The Volkswagen executive who once was in charge of complying with U.S. More...

Posted 1/9/2017 08:00 PM

Parents, save up: Cost of raising a child is more than $233K &nbsp

WASHINGTON — Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.    More...

Posted 1/9/2017 07:55 PM

Shooting at Florida airport leaves multiple people dead &nbsp

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — Authorities say a lone shooter opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport Friday, killing "multiple" people before he was taken into custody. More...

Posted 1/6/2017 07:30 PM

Atlanta aims to avoid repeat of epic, icy traffic jam &nbsp

ATLANTA — Panicked shoppers emptied shelves of bread and milk, road workers began working 12-hour shifts, and governors in Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergencies ahead of a winter storm stalking the South. More...

Posted 1/6/2017 07:21 PM

Bat-friendly tequila, research play role in species recovery &nbsp

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wildlife officials say it might be time for a toast now that a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila is making a comeback. More...

Posted 1/6/2017 06:56 PM

Hearts, intestines ripped out in Brazil prison killing spree &nbsp

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thirty-three inmates were slain Friday in northern Brazil, some with their hearts and intestines ripped out, during a prison killing spree led by the country's largest gang, authorities said. More...

Posted 1/6/2017 06:53 PM

'Daddy's dead?' Chilling 911 call played in church case &nbsp

CHARLESTON, S.C. — For about 20 harrowing minutes, Jennifer Pinckney huddled under a desk with her 6-year-old daughter, her hand clasped over the girl's mouth to keep her quiet as Dylann Roof opened fire. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 04:50 PM

As Obama leaves office, goal on homeless veterans goes unmet &nbsp

PROVIDENCE, R.I. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 04:21 PM

US official says Russia undoubtedly meddled in US election &nbsp

WASHINGTON — The nation's top intelligence official said Thursday Russia undoubtedly interfered in America's 2016 presidential election but stopped short of the explosive description of "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call isn't within the More...

Posted 1/5/2017 04:17 PM

Ailing George H.W. Bush, wife showing improvement &nbsp

HOUSTON — Doctors removed former President George H.W. Bush's breathing tube on Friday and he was breathing well on his own at a Houston hospital, his spokesman said. More...

Posted 1/20/2017 08:20 PM

With hopes and fears, a divided America watches inauguration &nbsp

ADRIAN, Mich. — In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation's 45th president on Friday, with many eagerly anticipating the historic transition and others deeply fearing it.   More...

Posted 1/20/2017 08:06 PM

Former President George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara hospitalized &nbsp

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. More...

Posted 1/18/2017 07:11 PM

With job announcements, firms appear to seek Trump approval &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — From Wal-Mart to General Motors to Amazon, a growing number of the world's largest companies appear to be trying to get in step with President-elect Donald Trump's demand that employers hire and keep jobs at home. More...

Posted 1/18/2017 06:54 PM

Turkey: Istanbul nightclub attacker confessed after capture &nbsp

ISTANBUL — The accused perpetrator of a New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul has confessed and his fingerprints are a match, Turkish authorities said Tuesday. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:19 PM

GM to add or keep 7,000 jobs, make $1B factory investment &nbsp

DETROIT  — General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 04:33 PM

Reports: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 caught

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish media reports say police have caught the alleged gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations. The private Dogan news agency and other media say the suspect was ca More...

Posted 1/16/2017 09:47 PM

Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question. More...

Posted 1/16/2017 08:23 PM

US official says Orlando shooter's widow has been arrested &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the attack, a U.S. More...

Posted 1/16/2017 07:48 PM

Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse &nbsp

CHICAGO — Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice Department announced Friday afte More...

Posted 1/13/2017 05:50 PM

Trump shrugs off contradictions from Cabinet picks &nbsp

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is shrugging off contradictions with his own Cabinet picks that have been on display during Senate hearings this week. "All my Cabinet nominee are looking good and doing a great job. More...

Posted 1/13/2017 04:07 PM

Angry, forgiving families confront Dylann Roof at hearing &nbsp

CHARLESTON, S.C.  — Family members of nine slain church worshippers confronted Dylann Roof on Wednesday, one of them shouting at the condemned killer as he stared ahead emotionless during his formal sentencing hearing. More...

Posted 1/11/2017 05:06 PM

Zero-emissions boat prepares for round-the-world odyssey &nbsp

PARIS — The first self-sufficient boat powered only by emission-free energy will start a six-year trip around the world in the spring. More...

Posted 1/11/2017 04:48 PM

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park becomes reality &nbsp

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — Federal parks officials have formally established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in upstate New York. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 05:03 PM

Prosecutor: Dylann Roof's 'hateful heart' deserves death &nbsp

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dylann Roof went to a historic black church in Charleston with a gun and a "hateful heart" and should be put to death for opening fire on people who had gathered for Bible study, a prosecutor said Tuesday. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 04:53 PM

Life or death legal journey for airport shooting suspect &nbsp

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 04:47 PM

Manhunt underway for suspect in killing of Orlando officer &nbsp

ORLANDO, Fla. — A massive manhunt was underway Monday in central Florida as authorities searched for a man accused of shooting and killing an Orlando police officer. More...

Posted 1/9/2017 08:30 PM

Trump son-in-law Kushner to take senior White House role &nbsp

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump's influential son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will join the White House as a senior adviser, according to two people briefed on the decision. More...

Posted 1/9/2017 07:49 PM

Spacewalking astronauts upgrade station with new batteries &nbsp

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — Spacewalking astronauts hooked up fancy new batteries Friday on the International Space Station's sprawling power grid. More...

Posted 1/6/2017 07:26 PM

SeaWorld: Tilikum, orca that killed trainer, has died &nbsp

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tilikum, an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010 and was profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity at SeaWorld parks, has died. More...

Posted 1/6/2017 07:05 PM

Hate-crime charges filed in attack on mentally disabled man &nbsp

CHICAGO — Four black people were charged with hate crimes Thursday in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a More...

Posted 1/5/2017 07:44 PM

Fire burns on oil platform in Gulf of Mexico &nbsp

The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said Thursday morning.  The blaze was reported around 2:30 a.m. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 03:45 PM

Tillerson leaving Exxon with $180 million retirement package &nbsp

NEW YORK — Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million retirement package from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 03:52 PM

Giving peanut-based foods to babies early prevents allergies &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 03:58 PM

Floods hit San Francisco, heavy snow expected in mountains &nbsp

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Highways flooded in San Francisco Wednesday after more than an inch of rain fell overnight, setting off mud and rock slides in the nearby Santa Cruz mountains. More...

Posted 1/4/2017 04:55 PM