Payless shoe company to restructure under Chapter 11 &nbsp

Payless ShoeSource announced 400 “immediate” closures across the United States and Puerto Rico Tuesday as part of a restructuring effort pursuant to Chapter 11 proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.    More...

Posted 4/5/2017 05:42 PM

Being a White House kid comes with pluses and minuses &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — If it's tough being a kid, try being a "first kid" — the child of an American president.Just ask President Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea. Or President George W. Bush's twins, Jenna and Barbara. More...

Posted 2/6/2017 08:42 PM

Trump: Allow those into US who 'want to love our country' &nbsp

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. More...

Posted 2/6/2017 08:23 PM

Binge Eater: Black hole taking over decade to devour star &nbsp

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have detected a black hole that's taken a record-breaking decade to devour a star — and it's still chewing away. More...

Posted 2/6/2017 07:20 PM

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, as legalized marijuana takes hold &nbsp

PORTLAND, Maine — It was a green Monday in Maine.The first tangible results of state voters' decision to legalize marijuana were felt as possession and home growth of marijuana became legal. More...

Posted 1/30/2017 09:16 PM

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate? &nbsp

CHICAGO — Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 06:28 PM

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he has prostate cancer &nbsp

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 06:42 PM

Trump moves to pull US out of Pacific Rim trade deal &nbsp

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama's legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his fi More...

Posted 1/23/2017 06:27 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

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

Americans reflect on Presidents Day &nbsp

PROVIDENCE, R.I. More...

Posted 2/20/2017 10:19 PM

A guide to celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans &nbsp

NEW ORLEANS — Revel in the bawdy French Quarter or catch a parade? Which parade?Do you plan to wear a costume on the big day? Politically themed? Historic? Risque? All of the above? More...

Posted 2/6/2017 08:30 PM

Woman captive for decade hopes new TV role helps the missing &nbsp

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman who escaped a home where she and two others were held captive for a decade is joining a Cleveland television station to bring attention to other missing-persons cases in a daily segment.As the new host of the segment on WJW-T More...

Posted 2/6/2017 08:18 PM

George HW Bush released from Houston hospital, returns home &nbsp

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was released Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital where he received treatment for pneumonia for more than two weeks.  More...

Posted 1/30/2017 09:23 PM

Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court nominee next week &nbsp

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will announce a candidate next week to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.Trump had said earlier this month he would choose a nominee within two weeks of his inauguration. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 06:36 PM

Mom who lost 6 children in house fire released from hospital &nbsp

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fire officials say a woman who lost six of her nine children in a house fire in Baltimore has been released from the hospital. The fire department said in a news release Tuesday that Katie Malone was released on Friday from the More...

Posted 1/24/2017 06:39 PM

Oscars go gaga for 'La La Land' with record-tying 14 nods &nbsp

The candy-colored love letter to musicals "La La Land" landed a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations on Tuesday, while a notably more diverse field of nominees brushed off two straight years of "OscarsSoWhite" backlash. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 06:31 PM

Bush ready to leave intensive care, wife Barbara goes home &nbsp

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is still suffering from pneumonia, but is well enough to leave the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, doctors said Monday. More...

Posted 1/23/2017 06:31 PM

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

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