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10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever |Nov 19, 2017

The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before.The Rhodes Trust on Sunday...

Magnitude 3.7, 2.9 quakes rattle Oklahoma town early Sunday |Nov 19, 2017

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes that struck near a central Oklahoma town.Both temblors hit just east of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond early Sunday. The first quake had a preliminary magnitude of...

Air Force awards $50M contract to research cybersecurity |Nov 19, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a nearly $50 million contract to a defense contractor to research ways to protect weapons systems from cyberattacks.The Dayton Daily News reports that Colorado-based Ball Aerospace...

APNewsBreak: Neurologist faces sex allegations in 3 states |Nov 19, 2017

A prominent neurologist who is already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic is facing a growing number of accusations that he assaulted women at medical facilities in three states. The Associated Press has learned at least 17...

Some Massachusetts towns going to pot, after all |Nov 19, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — They may not be mad about reefer, but a growing number of Massachusetts communities are leaving their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses, bucking a wave of bans and moratoriums that followed voter approval of legal...

Trader Joe's recalls packaged salads over contamination fear |Nov 19, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — Trader Joe's says it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier said there may be shards of glass or hard plastic inside.The grocery chain said Saturday on its website that packages of white meat chicken salad, curried...

Santa's in town? You need an appointment this year |Nov 19, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him.At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time...

List of US students named as Rhodes scholars for 2018 |Nov 19, 2017

The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes scholars for 2018, as provided by the Office of the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust:Tania N. Fabo, Saugus, Massachusetts (Harvard University)Samarth Gupta, Acton, Massachusetts (Harvard...

Woman says she was harassed by New York state employee |Nov 19, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York woman struggling to find a place to live and a job after ending an abusive relationship said a state employee helped her, only to use it as an excuse to sexually harass and assault her, and the governor's...

Washington state delays Dungeness crab season |Nov 18, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state say they're delaying the start of Dungeness crab season by two weeks because of harmful algae.KING-TV reports (http://kng5.tv/2hAYDHh) that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced...

GOP's Sasse likes tax bill, but won't call it key to 2018 |Nov 18, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections.The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group...

Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP |Nov 18, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — A popular deduction targeted in the GOP's overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states. That includes many states led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their...

New US weather satellite launched |Nov 18, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California.The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 lifted off from Vandenberg...

States ranked by claims for state and local tax deductions |Nov 18, 2017

The percentage of federal individual income tax filers claiming a deduction for state and local taxes paid in 2015, ranked by state:1. Maryland: 45.7 percent2. Connecticut: 41.3 percent3. New Jersey: 41.2 percent4. Virginia: 37.3 percent5....

Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip |Nov 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched.The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the...

Widow of Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer auctions rare items |Nov 18, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band.Hal and Jesse Kant's memorabilia collection includes signed artwork by the band's...

Unions: Power plant contractors violating Navajo labor laws |Nov 18, 2017

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Unions that represent Navajo workers in northwestern New Mexico say the tribal members are being passed over for jobs at a local power plant in violation of tribal labor laws.The coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant is...

Family sues after child, 5, killed in rotating restaurant |Nov 18, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy killed when he became caught in a rotating Atlanta restaurant is suing the company, saying it failed to prevent a "longstanding safety hazard."The lawsuit comes after Charlie Holt died in the Sun...

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly |Nov 17, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years.The report, issued Friday...

Top 20 onshore US petroleum spills since 2010 |Nov 17, 2017

The spill of an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil in South Dakota on Thursday from TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline is one of the 20 largest onshore oil or petroleum product spills since 2010. Here are the top 20 spills during that period as...

The Latest: Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):7:15 p.m.Ryan Seacrest is disputing an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with an employee at E! News nearly a decade...

Country's oldest black college to remain accredited |Nov 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation's oldest historically black college will remain accredited after a state commission decided to work with the school, citing "significant progress" after a two-year probationary period.Cheyney University has grappled...

Lawmaker may lose influential post over harassment claims |Nov 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Senate leader said Friday that state Sen. Tony Mendoza should lose his committee chairmanship and other influential posts following allegations that he acted inappropriately toward women.Senate President Pro...

Monsanto asks Arkansas judge to halt state's herbicide ban |Nov 17, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and...

Markets Right Now: S&P 500 has second straight weekly loss |Nov 17, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, led by drops in technology companies, as the market gives back some of its big gain from a day earlier.Intel lost 2.2 percent Friday...

Nevada refusing Pfizer demand for return of execution drugs |Nov 17, 2017

A Nevada prisons official said Friday the state is refusing pharmaceutical company Pfizer's demand to return a drug it manufactured and not use it in a planned lethal injection execution.Nevada received a letter Oct. 4 similar to one received by...

Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot |Nov 17, 2017

SARVER, Pa. (AP) — A couple who say they were handcuffed for hours in a police patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana are suing the police and an insurance company.Edward and Audrey Cramer say in a lawsuit filed...

Highlights of House, Senate GOP bills to overhaul tax code |Nov 17, 2017

The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill that differs from legislation approved by the Senate Finance Committee. A comparison of the Republican-written measures:—Personal income tax rates: House bill condenses current seven brackets to...

The Latest: Nevada won't return execution drug to Pfizer |Nov 17, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a pharmaceutical company's demand that states not use drugs it made for lethal injection executions (all times local):5:30 p.m.An official says Nevada doesn't plan to return one of the drugs obtained for use in...

How major US stock indexes fared on Friday |Nov 17, 2017

Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to the previous day's gains.On Friday:The Standard & Poor's...

US stocks step back after a big gain; retailers climb |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are dipping Friday morning, a day after the market made its biggest gain in two months. Technology companies are returning some of their recent gains and banks are down along with interest rates. Retailers including...

Prosecutor declines to charge pilot accused of having gun |Nov 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Southwest Airlines pilot arrested after Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis Lambert Airport will not face criminal charges, a Missouri...

Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them |Nov 17, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fisheries biologists in Idaho say they think they know why a relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the...

Mitsubishi recalls small cars; air bags may not inflate |Nov 17, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 84,000 small cars in the U.S. because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.The recall covers certain Mirage models from 2014 through 2018. The company says the safety restraint computer can...

California unemployment rate dips |Nov 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in October, down from 5.1 percent in September and 5.3 percent in October 2016.The state Employment Development Department said Friday that employers added 31,700...

US probes effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall |Nov 17, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver's air bag from inflating in a crash.The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety...

Shares of online styling service Stitch Fix has flat debut |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, had a lackluster first day on the stock market Friday.Its shares rose as much as 24 percent after their debut, but ended the day at $15.15, a 1 percent gain from where they started....

Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018 |Nov 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season.The delay announced Friday means Apple's HomePod speaker won't be available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia until early...

The Latest: Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):7:15 p.m.Ryan Seacrest is disputing an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with an employee at E! News nearly a decade...

The Latest: Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):7:15 p.m.Ryan Seacrest is disputing an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with an employee at E! News nearly a decade...

Lawyers: Former Atlanta fire chief fired for religious views |Nov 17, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney for a former Atlanta fire chief argued in court Friday that his client was let go for his religious beliefs, but lawyers for the city disputed that.Kelvin Cochran wrote a book called "Who Told You That You Were Naked?"...

The Latest: Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):7:15 p.m.Ryan Seacrest is disputing an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with an employee at E! News nearly a decade...

The Latest: Gov. Fallin vetoes budget bill with shortfall |Nov 17, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a budget bill passed by the Oklahoma Legislature meeting in special session (all times local):8:45 p.m.Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have raided cash reserves and cut deeper...

$1.6B Canada-New England hydropower project wins key permit |Nov 16, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has granted a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to energy markets in southern New England.The awarding of a presidential permit Thursday would let the...

Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil in South Dakota |Nov 16, 2017

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don't believe the leak...

The Latest: Witness says soccer bribes totaled $160 million |Nov 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA soccer trial (all times local):6:30 p.m.A former marketing executive from Argentina has testified at a New York trial he arranged to pay 30 soccer officials about $160 million in bribes since the early...

FCC approves changes to phone subsidies on tribal lands |Nov 16, 2017

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal regulators approved major changes Thursday to a program that discounts phone service for low-income residents on tribal land.About 12.5 million people nationwide use Lifeline, a program created more than 30 years...

Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Ridge hospitalized in Texas |Nov 16, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is in critical condition after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin, Texas.Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron says the 72-year-old Ridge,...

Virginia regulators approve carbon cap-and-trade plan |Nov 16, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia would regulate carbon emissions from power plants and become the first Southern state, its officials say, with a carbon cap-and-trade program under a proposal that won preliminary approval from state regulators...

Federal utility: $900M to move power plant ash to landfill |Nov 16, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility's top executive estimated Thursday that it would cost $900 million and take 24 years to comply with a court order to move coal ash from unlined and leaking pits and ponds to a lined landfill on the site...