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  • How Trump’s new intel chief stacks up against predecessors

    President Donald Trump’s new acting director of national intelligence is facing criticism that he doesn’t have the right experience for the job. Richard Grenell is the American ambassador to Germany and he’s served as a spokesman in various roles in government. But he has little background in intelligence or in running the sprawling bureaucracy of […]
  • NC soldiers return home from sudden Middle East deployment

    Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, instantly deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home. By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On […]
  • Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made it his new year’s resolution […]
  • As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas’ attention

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as Virginia, Minnesota and California are pursuing goals for eventually getting all […]
  • Oklahoma police lieutenant to stand trial in fatal shooting

    PERRY, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police lieutenant has been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree manslaughter charge for killing a woman who shot at other drivers, including another police officer. A grand jury indicted Blackwell police Lt. John Mitchell in November in the fatal shooting of 34-year-oldMichealAnn Godsey during a car chase in […]
  • New Mexico sues Google over collection of children’s data

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers […]
  • Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St. Peter’s Square. They were among the victims of […]
  • Feds nab 2 men through new anti-‘sanctuary’ policy campaign

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration officials in Massachusetts say a newly launched campaign to alert the public of immigrants living in the country illegally who have been released by local officials under “sanctuary” policies is having an impact. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Boston office said late Wednesday it arrested two men — one from […]
  • College student dies of flu before 911 rescuers can find him

    TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A college student was found dead in his home of the flu after a garbled 911 call left rescuers with no means of locating him, authorities said. Police and firefighters in Troy, New York, spent 45 minutes on Feb. 10 searching the City Station apartment complex where Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate […]
  • Ukraine happy impeachment is over, wants to advance US ties

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine is happy that impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, which the country got dragged into, are over and it now wants to “advance” relations with the United States, Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday. Vadym Prystaiko told reporters he will be pursuing this when he goes to Washington on Friday to […]
  • Authorities: 3 killed in rural West Texas small plane crash

    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Three people were killed when a plane crashed Thursday in a rural area of West Texas as the pilot tried to return to an airport because of an electrical problem, authorities said. Authorities said all three people aboard the plane died, but have not released their names. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman […]
  • Wrestler adds to abuse allegations against university doctor

    ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — An Olympic wrestler on Thursday accused a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and said the physician’s reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates. Andy Hrovat, who competed for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics, told The Associated […]
  • Texas plans to close 2 state prisons amid population decline

    DALLAS (AP) — Texas will close two of its more than 100 state prisons amid a yearslong decline in the incarcerated population and serious understaffing at some facilities, officials said Thursday. The closures of a prison in South Texas and another in suburban Houston will result in annual savings of about $20 million, according to […]
  • Syracuse University lifts suspensions of racism protesters

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has lifted the suspensions of 30 student protesters to allow the university to “step back from the edge” and address reports of racist graffiti and other bias-related incidents on campus, he told the university’s governing body. As Syverud spoke Wednesday evening, a sit-in that began Monday […]
  • Judge OKs settlement over western Michigan contamination

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful “forever” chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. Wolverine Worldwide did not admit liability, but it agreed to pay $69.5 million […]
  • AP-NORC poll: More Americans worry about flu than new virus

    A wide share of Americans are at least moderately confident in U.S. health officials’ ability to handle emerging viruses, and more express concern about catching the flu than catching the new coronavirus, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The findings are encouraging to those banking on Americans’ trust […]
  • Transco back again, seeking permits for Eastern gas pipeline

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — A hotly contested proposal to build a pipeline to take natural gas to customers in New York City and Long Island is back before New Jersey regulators. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would add to the existing Transco pipeline and would carry enough gas to heat 2.3 million homes. It would […]
  • US expert says 5G tiff could affect information exchanges

    MADRID (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy says he welcomes European Union moves toward recognizing the risks at stake in 5G technology, but warned that the U.S. will not be able to share top-level information with countries that choose “untrusted” vendors, such as China’s Huawei. Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber […]
  • New enforcement operation focuses on meth trafficking hubs

    ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities are targeting methamphetamine “transportation hubs” around the country in an effort to block the distribution of the highly addictive drug, officials announced Thursday. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon visited Atlanta to announce the launch of Operation Crystal Shield. Atlanta is one of eight cities the agency has […]
  • In rough US flu season for kids, vaccine working OK so far

    NEW YORK (AP) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK. The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor’s office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said […]

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