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2017 Not Hottest Year On Record, But It Was Close

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they’ve seen without an ...

Death Toll Climbs to 15 in Frozen South

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The deep freeze that shut down much of the South began to relent Thursday as crews salted and cleared roads after a slow-moving storm left ice and snow in places that usually enjoy mild winters. At least 15 people died in accidents and frigid weather. Even after the ...

Sen. Cory Booker and His Foolish Crocodile Tears of Rage

Sen. Cory Booker made a fool of himself Tuesday. In a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee at which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified, Booker loudly professed shock and indignation at the allegations that President Trump had referred to certain countries as ...

Daily Doses of President Trump

The world fell on Donald Trump’s head — yet again — when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get immigrants from Norway rather than s---hole countries in the Third World. The media has treated Trump’s remarks, made in a heated exchange with senators over a ...

Our Lost Trust in Government

Is there anything more depressing than a cheerful liberal? The question is prompted by one such, historian David Goldfield, who has written a large-hearted book explaining that America’s problems would yield to government’s deft ameliorating touch if Americans would just rekindle their ...

Ex-Coal CEO Kicks Off Senate Bid With Town Hall

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company executive who went to prison for charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades kicked off his U.S. Senate bid Thursday evening, telling an audience he backs President Donald President Trump as a real opportunity for West ...

Amazon Sweepstakes Narrowed Down to 20 Competitors

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. Or it could be in the Midwest, say, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio. Or the company could go outside the U.S. altogether and set up shop in Toronto. Those six locations, ...

Haitians Face Hurdles After Delays In Renewal of Their Protected Status

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump’s administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists ...

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty In 1985 Death of 15-Year-Old

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Illinois man has pleaded guilty in the 1985 death of a teenage girl who left her suburban Chicago home to go to the store and never returned. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin says 64-year-old Michael Jones of Champaign entered the plea ...

Trump’s Immigration Debate

President Trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. ... I cannot believe ... any president has ever spoken the words that I ... heard our president speak yesterday.” So wailed Sen. Dick Durbin after departing the White House. And what caused the minority leader ...

‘Feministsplaining’ Sex to Men

There’s a word that has become popular in feminist circles these days: “mansplaining.” The word is a mashup of “man” and “explaining” and refers to men who condescendingly explain the facts of life to women. So, for example, if a man believes a woman doesn’t understand ...

We Should (Maybe) Give a Big Round of Thanks to China

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the ...

A Look at Grammy Fashion Through the Decades

(AP) — May 4, 1959, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Autry and other musical luminaries sat down to formal dinners and golden statues in Los Angeles and New York simultaneously for the very first Grammy Awards. “As I recall, no one objected to dressing black-tie back then, though like ...

Trump Honors Bob Dole

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Donald Trump. The two shared a stage under the Capitol Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service and decades ...

At Least 10 Dead as Snow, Ice and Record Cold Grip South

ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby in ...

Navy Ship Crashes Prompt Rare Criminal Charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy’s decision to charge five officers with negligent homicide for their involvement in two fatal ship crashes marks a rare legal move that, if proven, could send them to jail for up to three years. U.S. Navy officials and other experts struggled Wednesday to ...

Russia Probes Come Up Against Claims Of Executive Privilege

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with ...

U.S. Allies From Korean War Meet on North Korean Nuke Threat

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America’s side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. The 20-nation gathering on ...

Slow-Moving Winter Storm Leaves Lingering Effect in South

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Several Southern states were dealing today with the lingering effects of a slow-moving winter storm that dumped up to 12 inches of snow in central North Carolina, dusted the Deep South and killed at least 10 people. From Charlotte to Raleigh, North Carolina’s five most ...

Haitians Face Hurdles With Protected Status Delays

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump’s administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists ...