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Impeachment Focus Back on W.Va. Court

CHARLESTON (AP) — Now that an impeached and suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice has resigned, lawmakers are turning their attention to a panel of justices that had cut off pending impeachment trials. After Justice Allen Loughry’s resignation, the state Senate wants to revisit an ...

Get Election Stories Right

This election should remind us how vital and necessary local journalism is to factual reporting. National media outlets routinely fell for stories about topics outside their knowledge base — stories specially crafted by political operatives wanting to shape narratives about campaigns. All ...

Open Borders a Loser for Dems

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada. In the United States, President Trump and his Republican allies vilified the “caravan” of Central Americans ...

Make It Easier for More People to Participate in Voting

Phew. The midterm elections are over! You voted, right? Yes? Great. For those who did not join the record-breaking throngs who either cast an early ballot or turned out on Election Day, you missed out. Voting is one of America’s greatest civil rights, and it gloriously brings us all ...

Catholic Bishops Weigh Anti-Abuse Strategies

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding ...

Authorities Announce Arrests in Slaying of 8 Family Members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A family of four was arrested Tuesday in the gruesome slayings of eight people from another family in rural southern Ohio two years ago, the first break in a case that left a community reeling and surviving family members wondering if answers would ever come. Arrested ...

CIA Considered Potential Truth Serum for Terror Suspects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to ...

A Universe of Flawed Heroes: Lee Was Ahead of His Time

(AP) - It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth’s angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade. But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far ...

With Help From J.K. Rowling, Jude Law Builds a New Dumbledore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Jude Law met with J.K. Rowling about portraying the younger version of Albus Dumbledore, the two discussed how to rebuild the fan-favorite character from the “Harry Potter” films. Law spent an afternoon jotting down notes from Rowling who talked to him about ...

U.S. Analysts Locate N. Korea Missile Sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang. The administration has said it is ...

Actor Douglas Rain Dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who played some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” has died at 90. The Stratford Festival ...

Will Moment Seize Dems?

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, ...

America Just Deserves Better

By KEN BLACKWELL For Town Hall Another critical election. Another electoral failure in Florida. Another vote counting disaster in Broward County. Some Americans suspect fraud; the latest ballot debacle may be a result of carelessness or incompetence, rather than fraud. But election ...

Split Election Result Sends Polarized Politics Toward 2020

The Republican president suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in the Senate. His leverage on domestic issues is reduced, but he retains the initiative on foreign policy and ...

Marvel Comic Book Genius Stan Lee Dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at ...

Favorites To Land Amazon HQ2 Are in Midst of Reinvention

NEW YORK (AP) — The communities said to be favored to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers. But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island ...

Fla. Judge: Tone Down the Rhetoric on Recount

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge on Monday told lawyers representing the warring sides in the Florida recount that they need to “ramp down the rhetoric” after Republicans alleged illegal activity, because the unsubstantiated accusations are eroding confidence in the election for ...

Wildfire Toll Rises to 42, Now Deadliest in Calif. History

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small ...

Congress Returns to New Dynamic, Old Government Shutdown Threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House ...

Democrats Running for Senate Paid Price for Kavanaugh Smears

Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate. And ...