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Trump Pushes Pause on Deciding Rosenstein’s Fate

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had suggested wearing a ...

Bill Targets Size of Seats, Leg Room on Airplanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of ...

Dog Show Champ Uno Dies at 13

(AP) — Uno, the sweet, baying beagle who became perhaps the most popular show dog ever, has died. He was 13. Uno died Thursday at a ranch in Austin, Texas. Uno was the first beagle to win the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2008. He was clearly the crowd favorite that night at ...

Iranian Leader Blames U.S. For Attack

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people. Hassan Rouhani’s comments came as Iran’s Foreign Ministry also summoned Western diplomats over them ...

A Maelstrom of Insincerities

The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulted by 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who categorically denies this ...

Failing to Move Public Opinion

Despite enormous media coverage and intense discussions in official Washington, the allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have had little impact on public opinion (so far). Before his confirmation hearings, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 48 percent of ...

Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh in the #MeToo Era

In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least one other woman ...

Trump To Double Down on ‘America First’ During U.N. Visit

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to “America First” on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies ...

As Aid Checks Go Out, Farmers Worry That Bailout Won’t Be Enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t ...

U.S. May Limit Green Cards For Immigrants on Benefits

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards to prove they will not be a burden — or ...

Student Journalists in Vermont Fight Censorship and Win

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Armed with a new Vermont law that protects student journalists, four high school editors have stood up to censorship and won, prompting their school to revamp its media policy. The Burlington High School students had posted a story on the school newspaper website that ...

Pompeo: No End to Sanctions Without Denuclearization

NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won’t be reduced until it completes “denuclearization” after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North’s main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a ...

Mix of Setbacks, Gains Unsettle Many Transgender Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks. The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a transgender candidate in Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial ...

Aretha Franklin Exhibit Opens to Public Tuesday

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin’s public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention. Billed as a ...

‘House With a Clock In Its Walls’ Ticks to No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — The gothic family fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore’s Donald Trump-themed documentary, ...

South Carolina Braces for More Flooding

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of coastal residents remained on edge Sunday, told they may need to leave their homes because rivers are still rising more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, ...

Cause of Many Calif. Wildfires Remains a Mystery

The Associated Press California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month’s huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state. But causes for many of California’s ...

Trump Getting Bad Advice On Afghanistan From Advisers

Despite his generally good instincts, U.S. President Donald Trump is proving that his biggest weakness is on the foreign affairs front, an area where his background is lacking. This forces him to rely on unelected advisers, many of whom seem to be peddling their own agendas. Take, for ...

Tariffs Harm U.S. Chemical Industry

The Trump administration’s announcement of a new round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods has dangerous repercussions for the rapidly growing U.S. chemicals sector. This huge U.S. industry has opposed the “tariff-first” trade policy of the administration, as the ...

Price Gouging Can Help People in the Wake of Disasters

Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for “price gouging.” People who engage in “excessive pricing” face up to 30 days jail time, said North Carolina’s attorney general. South Carolina passed a “Price Gouging During Emergency” law that imposes a ...