Gingrich: Trump dropping drain the swamp

"Drain the swamp" was a refrain of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, but Newt Gingrich says the president-elect "doesnA t want to use it anymore" now that heA s knee-deep in alligators. "IA m told he now just disclaims that.

Prosecutors: Livermore Lab scientist sought fame, not riches

A former Lawrence Livermore Laboratory scientist was sentenced to 18 months in prison this week for faking research results in a scheme that prosecutors said was to win promotions and glory - not to get rich. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, of Lafayette, cost the federal government more than $3.3 million from 2008 to 2012 because his quantum computing research project produced empty results and phony data, according to the U.S Attorney's Office.

Do liberals really want Obama to “permanently” ban new offshore…

Read Jazz's post from yesterday for background on this if you missed it. Briefly, a law passed in 1953 grants the president power to negotiate drilling rights in U.S. waters, but it also grants him the power to designate some of those areas off-limits: "The President of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the outer Continental Shelf."

AP Poll: US election voted top news story of 2016

This Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 file photo shows the front pages of various British newspapers in London reporting on Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Widely viewed as a long shot, with an unconventional campaign featuring raucous rallies and pugnacious tweets, he outlasted 16 Republican rivals.

The Latest: Senate, gay rights leaders lament session

Opponents of House Bill 2 hold signs outside the House chambers gallery as the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for a special session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. ... . State Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake, speaks on the senate floor during a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly called to consider repeal of NC HB2 in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Kansas amputee gets surprise holiday gift: electronic hands

A southern Kansas woman whose hands and feet had to be amputated after she was shot during a robbery got an early Christmas gift - new electronic hands worth $260,000, courtesy of a businessman and his wife. Julie Dombo of Derby showed off her new hands Tuesday with her husband, a day after receiving them as a present from Koch Industries' general counsel Mark Holden and his wife, The Wichita Eagle reported .

Supreme Court nominations will never be the same

The story of the Supreme Court in 2016 can be summarized in a statistic: It's been 311 days since Justice Antonin Scalia died on Feb. 13, and his seat remains unfilled. That's not the longest Supreme Court vacancy in the modern era, but it's about to enter second place - and it will become the longest if Donald Trump's nominee isn't confirmed before the end of March.

Shipping Confidence Improved: Moore Stephens

Shipping confidence improved for the third successive quarter in the three months to end-November 2016, says a report by Moore Stephens, an accounting and advisory network in UK. In November 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.6 out of 10.0, equalling the highest rating since August 2015.

Disgraced ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appeals prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a U.S. appeals court to nullify his 14-year prison term and order a third sentencing hearing, with a lawyer arguing on his behalf that the Democrat's model behavior behind bars and other factors justified a reduction in his sentence. Attorneys for the Chicago Democrat filed the appeal late Tuesday night with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Values plummet as more than 20 Woods Cross homes sink

Another home was once valued at $265,000 and another at $222,000. The Davis County Assessor's Office recently reappraised those houses at $100,000 and $89,000 respectively - sliced by more than half their values because of a chilling phenomenon that's leaving many homeowners feeling helpless.

George Washington on a the insidious wiles of foreign influencea

How seriously should we take Trump's singing the praises of Putin and calling on the Russians to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails? How concerned should we be that Trump appointed as his secretary of state an Exxon CEO who was not only involved in a $500 billion deal with Putin but was also given Russia's “Order of Friendship”? Perhaps the best response to Trump's Russian connection is to heed the words of George Washington.

Before Trump’s presidency, US privacy board in disarray

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal oversight board that concluded the NSA's once-secret phone records surveillance program was unconstitutional is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Before Trump’s presidency, US privacy board in disarray

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal oversight board that concluded the NSA's once-secret phone records surveillance program was unconstitutional is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Before Trump’s presidency, US privacy board in disarray

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal oversight board that concluded the NSA's once-secret phone records surveillance program was unconstitutional is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Before Trump’s presidency, US privacy board in disarray

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal oversight board that concluded the NSA's once-secret phone records surveillance program was unconstitutional is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Before Trump’s presidency, US privacy board in disarray

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal oversight board that concluded the NSA's once-secret phone records surveillance program was unconstitutional is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Before Trump’s presidency, US privacy board in disarray

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal oversight board that concluded the NSA's once-secret phone records surveillance program was unconstitutional is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Senators Urge Action to Block Drastic Drug Price Hikes

Angered by skyrocketing drug prices, a pair of senators on Wednesday urged Congress to block companies from cornering the market on old, off-patent drugs. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Claire McCaskill , D-Mo., released findings from a year-long investigation into companies like Turing Pharmaceuticals, which generated national outrage last year after hiking the price of a life-saving anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent.

Senators Urge Action to Block Drastic Drug Price Hikes

Angered by skyrocketing drug prices, a pair of senators on Wednesday urged Congress to block companies from cornering the market on old, off-patent drugs. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Claire McCaskill , D-Mo., released findings from a year-long investigation into companies like Turing Pharmaceuticals, which generated national outrage last year after hiking the price of a life-saving anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent.

Senators Urge Action to Block Drastic Drug Price Hikes

Angered by skyrocketing drug prices, a pair of senators on Wednesday urged Congress to block companies from cornering the market on old, off-patent drugs. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Claire McCaskill , D-Mo., released findings from a year-long investigation into companies like Turing Pharmaceuticals, which generated national outrage last year after hiking the price of a life-saving anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent.

Arrest in ‘Vote Trump’ burning of Mississippi black church

Mississippi authorities arrested a man Wednesday in the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words, "Vote Trump." Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, was charged with first degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain , spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety .

Arrest in ‘Vote Trump’ burning of Mississippi black church

Mississippi authorities arrested a man Wednesday in the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words, "Vote Trump." Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, was charged with first degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain , spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety .

Retiring Sen. Reid to decide on next career in coming weeks

Outgoing Democratic Sen. Harry Reid says he's been offered several jobs and will decide in coming weeks what he'll do after retiring from his 34-year stint in Congress. Reid said in an interview with KNPR on Wednesday that he's been approached by law firms, rich people who want his help and Nevada companies.

Retiring Sen. Reid to decide on next career in coming weeks

Outgoing Democratic Sen. Harry Reid says he's been offered several jobs and will decide in coming weeks what he'll do after retiring from his 34-year stint in Congress. Reid said in an interview with KNPR on Wednesday that he's been approached by law firms, rich people who want his help and Nevada companies.

Retiring Sen. Reid to decide on next career in coming weeks

Outgoing Democratic Sen. Harry Reid says he's been offered several jobs and will decide in coming weeks what he'll do after retiring from his 34-year stint in Congress. Reid said in an interview with KNPR on Wednesday that he's been approached by law firms, rich people who want his help and Nevada companies.

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients. The five-year award was announced Wednesday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen , Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan .

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients. The five-year award was announced Wednesday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen , Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan .

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients. The five-year award was announced Wednesday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen , Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan .

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients. The five-year award was announced Wednesday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen , Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan .

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients. The five-year award was announced Wednesday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen , Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan .

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients. The five-year award was announced Wednesday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen , Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan .

Kremlin calls US-Russian ties ‘frozen;’ unsure about Trump

The Kremlin hopes that Donald Trump's administration will help improve the strained Russia-U.S. ties that it describes as "frozen," but it doesn't expect any immediate breakthroughs, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Wednesday. Dmitry Peskov told Mir TV that the Kremlin expects the new U.S. administration to take a "fresher and more constructive approach," while cautioning against "excessive optimism."

Kremlin calls US-Russian ties ‘frozen;’ unsure about Trump

The Kremlin hopes that Donald Trump's administration will help improve the strained Russia-U.S. ties that it describes as "frozen," but it doesn't expect any immediate breakthroughs, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Wednesday. Dmitry Peskov told Mir TV that the Kremlin expects the new U.S. administration to take a "fresher and more constructive approach," while cautioning against "excessive optimism."

Kremlin calls US-Russian ties ‘frozen;’ unsure about Trump

The Kremlin hopes that Donald Trump's administration will help improve the strained Russia-U.S. ties that it describes as "frozen," but it doesn't expect any immediate breakthroughs, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Wednesday. Dmitry Peskov told Mir TV that the Kremlin expects the new U.S. administration to take a "fresher and more constructive approach," while cautioning against "excessive optimism."

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

Founder of pro-Clinton Pantsuit Nation defends book deal

The founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook site is defending her decision to write a book after attracting widespread criticism from fellow group members. Libby Chamberlain has a deal with Flatiron Books for a compilation based on postings on Pantsuit Nation, a private site on which members share personal stories about sexism and other kinds of intolerance.

The Latest: Trump to meet with Boeing, Lockheed execs

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... The CEO of Boeing is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago just weeks after a public flap over the cost of the Air Force One project.

The Latest: Trump to meet with Boeing, Lockheed execs

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... The CEO of Boeing is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago just weeks after a public flap over the cost of the Air Force One project.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Zinke Accepts Nod to Oversee Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke announced Dec. 15 that he has accepted the offer to serve as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. In remarks announcing Zinke's nomination, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Montana native's positions, ranging from regulations and forest management to energy development and public land use.

Trump: Muslim ban proposal ‘proven to be right. 100 percent correct’


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Trump's memory lapse on Wednesday, in which he appeared unaware of the inflammatory statement he released the day before about the attack in Berlin, was just a start to the crazy. Because Trump isn't going to wait to find out the motive behind the attack.

Trump: Muslim ban proposal ‘proven to be right. 100 percent correct’


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Trump's memory lapse on Wednesday, in which he appeared unaware of the inflammatory statement he released the day before about the attack in Berlin, was just a start to the crazy. Because Trump isn't going to wait to find out the motive behind the attack.

Dylann Roof was not ‘self-radicalized.’ He was part of a racist community.

In this June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene, in Charleston, S.C. CREDIT: AP/Stephen B. Morton Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot nine African Americans at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June, was found guilty of 33 separate federal charges last week. He faces the death penalty.

Dylann Roof was not ‘self-radicalized.’ He was part of a racist community.

In this June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene, in Charleston, S.C. CREDIT: AP/Stephen B. Morton Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot nine African Americans at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June, was found guilty of 33 separate federal charges last week. He faces the death penalty.

Dylann Roof was not ‘self-radicalized.’ He was part of a racist community.

In this June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene, in Charleston, S.C. CREDIT: AP/Stephen B. Morton Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot nine African Americans at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June, was found guilty of 33 separate federal charges last week. He faces the death penalty.

Dylann Roof was not ‘self-radicalized.’ He was part of a racist community.

In this June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene, in Charleston, S.C. CREDIT: AP/Stephen B. Morton Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot nine African Americans at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June, was found guilty of 33 separate federal charges last week. He faces the death penalty.

Obamacare 2017 enrollment hits record, despite Trump’s threat to repeal


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Though President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare next month, a record number of people have signed up for coverage for 2017. Nearly 6.4 million Americans have selected Obamacare policies through the federal exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Obamacare 2017 enrollment hits record, despite Trump’s threat to repeal


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Though President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare next month, a record number of people have signed up for coverage for 2017. Nearly 6.4 million Americans have selected Obamacare policies through the federal exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Obamacare 2017 enrollment hits record, despite Trump’s threat to repeal


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Though President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare next month, a record number of people have signed up for coverage for 2017. Nearly 6.4 million Americans have selected Obamacare policies through the federal exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Obamacare 2017 enrollment hits record, despite Trump’s threat to repeal


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Though President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare next month, a record number of people have signed up for coverage for 2017. Nearly 6.4 million Americans have selected Obamacare policies through the federal exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1, federal officials announced Wednesday.

GOP Congressman says Trump’s conflicts of interest are OK because George Washington kept his house

Donald Trump's aides are reportedly floating the idea that instead of putting his considerable business assets and holdings into a blind trust a S-a Ssomething other presidents have used to avoid conflicts of interest a S-a She might put his funds into a not-actually-blind-at-all "half-blind trust." Rep. Tom Cole said on Wednesday that he does not think Trump needs to disentangle himself.

Sources of Flint’s Water Disaster Run Deep


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The committee's assessment: the federal Environmental Protection Agency is to blame more than Michigan's own leaders. to the House Appropriations Committee closing the investigation, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, found that the "federal regulatory framework is so outdated that it sets up states to fail."

Sources of Flint’s Water Disaster Run Deep


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The committee's assessment: the federal Environmental Protection Agency is to blame more than Michigan's own leaders. to the House Appropriations Committee closing the investigation, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, found that the "federal regulatory framework is so outdated that it sets up states to fail."

Sources of Flint’s Water Disaster Run Deep


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The committee's assessment: the federal Environmental Protection Agency is to blame more than Michigan's own leaders. to the House Appropriations Committee closing the investigation, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, found that the "federal regulatory framework is so outdated that it sets up states to fail."

Pa. woman, husband, 2 sons speak in Taliban hostage video

A Pennsylvania woman held hostage in Afghanistan for four years appeared in a video Monday with her husband and two children - both born in captivity -- and pleaded to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to secure their release. Caitlan Coleman, 31, of York County, appeared in the video with her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their boys.

Pa. woman, husband, 2 sons speak in Taliban hostage video

A Pennsylvania woman held hostage in Afghanistan for four years appeared in a video Monday with her husband and two children - both born in captivity -- and pleaded to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to secure their release. Caitlan Coleman, 31, of York County, appeared in the video with her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their boys.

Pa. woman, husband, 2 sons speak in Taliban hostage video

A Pennsylvania woman held hostage in Afghanistan for four years appeared in a video Monday with her husband and two children - both born in captivity -- and pleaded to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to secure their release. Caitlan Coleman, 31, of York County, appeared in the video with her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their boys.

Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Visitor Center Renderings on Display at Mall

Renderings of the planned 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center are up at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall. The renderings, located next to the elevator bank in the food court area, show the vision for the gleaming center, with a wall of glass allowing visitors to see the side of the Pentagon that was struck by Flight 77 on 9/11/2001.

Rogue Elector Uses Vote to Highlight Dakota Access Pipeline

A member of the Electoral College from Washington state went rogue Monday and voted for a Native American tribal leader from South Dakota over Hillary Clinton, who had won the state in the presidential election. By casting his vote for the tribal leader, the elector said he had hoped to shed light on the importance of protecting the environment and empowering indigenous people around the country.

Rogue Elector Uses Vote to Highlight Dakota Access Pipeline

A member of the Electoral College from Washington state went rogue Monday and voted for a Native American tribal leader from South Dakota over Hillary Clinton, who had won the state in the presidential election. By casting his vote for the tribal leader, the elector said he had hoped to shed light on the importance of protecting the environment and empowering indigenous people around the country.

Rogue Elector Uses Vote to Highlight Dakota Access Pipeline

A member of the Electoral College from Washington state went rogue Monday and voted for a Native American tribal leader from South Dakota over Hillary Clinton, who had won the state in the presidential election. By casting his vote for the tribal leader, the elector said he had hoped to shed light on the importance of protecting the environment and empowering indigenous people around the country.

Tilley: No commercial logging in LBL

There will be no commercial logging to clear storm damage at Birmingham Ferry or Cravens Bay in Land Between the Lakes. Tina Tilley, area supervisor at LBL, issued a final decision on the proposed project shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.

Fiscal Court considers franchise agreement attorney for data towers

Trigg County Text ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colormagistrates John Gray, Larry Lawrence and Jon Goodwin listen to a presentation on data towers Monday during a regularly scheduled fiscal court meeting in Cadiz. Magistrates are considering enlisting services from an outside attorney to negotiate franchise agreements for data towers on county right-of-ways.

Trump, security adviser to meet after attacks abroad

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser in the aftermath of violence abroad as the process of filling top jobs in his administration presses on, marked by some infighting among advisers. Trump's meeting Wednesday with retired Lt.

Trump, security adviser to meet after attacks abroad

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser in the aftermath of violence abroad as the process of filling top jobs in his administration presses on, marked by some infighting among advisers. Trump's meeting Wednesday with retired Lt.

Death penalty falls to new low as voters seek resurgence


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Use of the death penalty in the United States fell to a historic low in 2016, even as voters in three states passed ballot initiatives in support of capital punishment, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center . Thirty death sentences are expected to be imposed by the end of the year - a 39 percent decrease from 2015 - marking the lowest number of executions in a single year since 1972, the beginning of a four-year moratorium on capital punishment.

Death penalty falls to new low as voters seek resurgence


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Use of the death penalty in the United States fell to a historic low in 2016, even as voters in three states passed ballot initiatives in support of capital punishment, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center . Thirty death sentences are expected to be imposed by the end of the year - a 39 percent decrease from 2015 - marking the lowest number of executions in a single year since 1972, the beginning of a four-year moratorium on capital punishment.

Continue reading Exxon’s Rex Tillerson brings the Trump and Bush worlds together

Now, they're finding common cause with Trump over his pick to lead the State Department: Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has long orbited their same political, philanthropic and business worlds. Former President George W. Bush, who has largely avoided politics since leaving office in 2009, heaped praise on Tillerson in a recent phone call to Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee lawmaker who will oversee the secretary of state confirmation hearings.

Continue reading Exxon’s Rex Tillerson brings the Trump and Bush worlds together

Now, they're finding common cause with Trump over his pick to lead the State Department: Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has long orbited their same political, philanthropic and business worlds. Former President George W. Bush, who has largely avoided politics since leaving office in 2009, heaped praise on Tillerson in a recent phone call to Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee lawmaker who will oversee the secretary of state confirmation hearings.

San Francisco names LAPD veteran as new police chief

San Francisco named a new police chief, an African-American police veteran who officials and community activists hope can reform a troubled department marred by fatal police shootings of minorities. The 27-year police veteran's appointment comes at a critical time for the San Francisco Police Department, which faces a daunting list of reforms recommended by the Department of Justice.

Top StoryWatch Live: North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

North Carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. House and Senate members planned to meet in the capital Wednesday for a special session two days after the Charlotte City Council gutted an ordinance that in March led the Republican-controlled General Assembly to pass House Bill 2, known by some as the "bathroom bill."

It’s a day ending in a ‘y,’ so of course Trump is obsessing over losing the popular vote


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Unpresidented-elect Trump just cannot get over losing the popular vote by millions. Here's how he spent his Wednesday morning: Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote.

The Latest: Gingrich says Trump dislcaims ‘drain the swamp’

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... A leader of Donald Trump's transition says the president-elect is no longer interested in his catch phrase "drain the swamp" of Washington.

The Latest: Gingrich says Trump dislcaims ‘drain the swamp’

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... A leader of Donald Trump's transition says the president-elect is no longer interested in his catch phrase "drain the swamp" of Washington.

The Latest: Gingrich says Trump dislcaims ‘drain the swamp’

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... A leader of Donald Trump's transition says the president-elect is no longer interested in his catch phrase "drain the swamp" of Washington.

‘You both stink,’ say N.J. voters to Dems, Republicans

TRENTON -- 'You're both awful,' seems to be the message Garden State voters are sending the two major political parties, with about half saying they think the parties are "so misguided as to threaten the nation's well-being," according to a new FDU Public Mind poll. The survey found 48 percent of New Jerseyans said they considered a cold shower in winter more appealing than the Republican Party, according to the new survey of registered voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

CT: DOT Asks for Patience on Walk Bridge Replacement

The Connecticut Department of Transportation acknowledged Tuesday that its impact report for the Walk Bridge replacement project lacks detail about how to ease the construction pains. But detailed mitigation plans for boaters, motorists, businesses, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and other stakeholders will be put forward as the project moves from the preliminary design to the permitting stage, DOT officials told the Norwalk Harbor Management Commission during a special meeting at City Hall.

Trump’s D.C. hotel fights to unionize as his Las Vegas workers win their first contract

More than a year after winning a union election, about 500 workers at Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel announced Wednesday that they have successfully bargained their first contract. While specific details are not yet available, the Culinary Workers Union says the four-year agreement "will provide the employees with annual wage increases, a pension, family health care, and job security."

Letters: Free speech goes both ways

Re: "OCC should fire bully professor" [Opinion, Dec. 18]: Shawn Steel seems to live in a "morally fluid, post-modern world" of his own as evidenced by his recent opinion piece in the Orange County Register. He offers a variety of characterizations and claims, which are, at best, distortions and double standards.

Letters: Free speech goes both ways

Re: "OCC should fire bully professor" [Opinion, Dec. 18]: Shawn Steel seems to live in a "morally fluid, post-modern world" of his own as evidenced by his recent opinion piece in the Orange County Register. He offers a variety of characterizations and claims, which are, at best, distortions and double standards.

Swalwell meets with troops, diplomats during overseas trip

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell had lunch with U.S. service members from Northern California while visiting South Korea on a House Intelligence Committee trip last week. Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell returned last weekend from a congressional trip to Japan and South Korea as part of a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence delegation.

Swalwell meets with troops, diplomats during overseas trip

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell had lunch with U.S. service members from Northern California while visiting South Korea on a House Intelligence Committee trip last week. Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell returned last weekend from a congressional trip to Japan and South Korea as part of a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence delegation.

AP Poll: US election voted top news story of 2016

The turbulent U.S. election, featuring Donald Trump's unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, was the overwhelming pick for the top news story of 2016, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The No.

USDA Blog: ‘Minneapolis School Embraces Family-Style Dining’

"What if school lunchtime was more than just a wait in line and a race to find a seat and eat, but instead was more like a traditional family meal a time when friends gather to enjoy their food, engage in meaningful conversation, build relationships and gain important life skills?" That's the question posed by the principal of a Minneapolis public elementary school in a blog posted Tuesday on the Agriculture Department website. The principal explains that her school decided to abandon the typical chaotic and impersonal lunchroom experience and create a family-style dining program.

The oilman who brought Trump and the Bush world together

Throughout the presidential campaign, the Bush family and many of its Republican allies turned their backs on Donald Trump. Now, they're finding common cause with Trump over his pick to lead the State Department: Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has long orbited their same political, philanthropic and business worlds.

After violence abroad, Trump meeting with security adviser

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser in the aftermath of a rattling day of violence around the world. Trump appeared to jump ahead of investigators in blaming Islamic terrorists for deadly incidents Monday in Turkey and Germany and vowing anew to eradicate their regional and global networks.

North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

North Carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. House and Senate members planned to meet in the capital Wednesday for a special session two days after the Charlotte City Council gutted an ordinance that in March led the Republican-controlled General Assembly to pass House Bill 2, known by some as the "bathroom bill."

Bank Mergers Spread in Mideast as Low Oil Signals Boom Days Over

Oil's more than 50 percent plunge over the past two years is forcing countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to cut state spending, tap reserves and combine some of their largest banks to reduce costs and duplication. International Bank of Qatar QSC said this week they are in talks to create the country's largest sharia-compliant bank and the third-largest such lender in the Middle East, with assets worth more than 160 billion riyals . Talks are at an early stage, according to the banks, which didn't give details on the structure of the possible deal.

Eugene Robinson:Who in the Gop will stand up to Trump?

President-elect Donald Trump's victory tour was more than just an opportunity to strut and preen around the country like a peacock with a comb-over. It was a warning to Republican leaders in Congress that Trump intends to be in charge -- and that there will be consequences if the party establishment does not fall in line.

Nashville Notes

Cities across the U.S. are heightening security after a series of deadly incidents abroad, including an attack in Berlin where a truck plowed into a crowd at a b... -- At least 29 people were killed and more than 70 people injured after an explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico Tuesday, according to the governor of the st... WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosyste... SEWARD, Neb. - A mainstay in the NAIA coaches' top 25 rankings this fall, the Concordia University football team can officially close the book on the 2016 season.

Who Changed the Game in 2016? Robin Roberts Tells Us Tonight

Cities across the U.S. are heightening security after a series of deadly incidents abroad, including an attack in Berlin where a truck plowed into a crowd at a b... -- At least 29 people were killed and more than 70 people injured after an explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico Tuesday, according to the governor of the st... WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosyste... SEWARD, Neb. - A mainstay in the NAIA coaches' top 25 rankings this fall, the Concordia University football team can officially close the book on the 2016 season.

Paul McCartney and the “Sing” Cast Join Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for “Wonderful Christmas Time”

Cities across the U.S. are heightening security after a series of deadly incidents abroad, including an attack in Berlin where a truck plowed into a crowd at a b... -- At least 29 people were killed and more than 70 people injured after an explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico Tuesday, according to the governor of the st... WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosyste... SEWARD, Neb. - A mainstay in the NAIA coaches' top 25 rankings this fall, the Concordia University football team can officially close the book on the 2016 season.

Inside the Card Trick Behind Alleged $10 Million Casino Scam

Cities across the U.S. are heightening security after a series of deadly incidents abroad, including an attack in Berlin where a truck plowed into a crowd at a b... -- At least 29 people were killed and more than 70 people injured after an explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico Tuesday, according to the governor of the st... WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosyste... SEWARD, Neb. - A mainstay in the NAIA coaches' top 25 rankings this fall, the Concordia University football team can officially close the book on the 2016 season.

Scientists name new fish species after Obama

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: HONOLULU - While scuba diving among the Pacific's deep-sea corals in June, marine biologist Richard Pyle spied a tiny fish the size of a toy race car. Googly-eyed and blush pink, the creature wore a prominent splotch of bluish red on the rear of its dorsal fin.

Stocks set to shine; Coca-Cola deal; Watching the banks

The Dow Jones industrial average and Nasdaq hit fresh all-time highs on Tuesday and they look set to continue lighting up Wall Street on Wednesday. 2. Coke's Africa move: Coca-Cola announced Wednesday it's paying nearly $3.2 billion to Anheuser-Busch InBev to buy the beer giant's majority stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.

Sound Off for Dec. 21: Greener pastures

Now that the electoral vote is in, I would like to quote from a notorious American patriot: "At this point, what difference does it make?" Are you hearing footsteps, Coach Payton? There are jobs open in Jacksonville and Los Angeles. Better dust off your resumA .

Obama makes final push on key legacy areas

President Barack Obama, as his tenure draws to a close, is deploying his legal authority in a last-minute bid to cement the areas of his legacy threatened by Donald Trump's incoming administration. Obama has tasked his staff with locating as many areas as possible where his top agenda items could be calcified and protected from Trump's wrecking ball, according to officials.

Trump’s still going wrong on Twitter

When the President-elect speaks, people listen - and governments, businesses and ordinary citizens scramble to parse, interpret and, given his power, make snap decisions about how to act and respond. The post-election, pre-presidential Donald Trump has used social media with the same abandon as his campaign self - yes, to get his message out, unfiltered by the media he loathes, but also as a bludgeon against critics, a tool for disseminating misinformation and, as he nears the inaugural, and an outlet for breeding confusion in business and international relations, purposefully or not.

German christmas market attack suspect a Tunisia

The wanted photo issued by German federal police on Wednesday, shows 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri who is suspected of being involved in the fatal attack on the Christmas market in Berlin. The Tunisian man suspected in the Berlin Christmas market attack left Tunisia seven years ago as an illegal immigrant and spent time in prison in Italy, his father and security sources told Tunisia's Radio Mosaique on Wednesday.

Spain’s ‘El Gordo’ lottery sparks celebrations across Madrid

The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the... The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the presidential... By The Associated Press The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued its highest level of alert for aviation after what it says was a brief explosion of a volcano on the Aleutian Islands.

FEMA: Hundreds of Emergency Workers Exposed to Ricin in Alabama

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has acknowledged that hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were exposed to a potentially fatal toxin while training at a FEMA facility in Alabama. The federal agency released a statement Wednesday saying that they have received no reports of illness as a result of the ricin exposure.

A Practical Plan on the Israeli-Palestinian Front The next U.S….

Palestinians walk under show umbrellas used to decorate a street in the Old City of the West Bank town of Nablus, Saturday, June 4, 2016. The incoming U.S. administration has an opportunity to increase stability and advance U.S. security interests in the Middle East by outlining a framework for Israelis and Palestinians to make independent, coordinated, and constructive steps toward a two-state solution.

Obama Enacts “Permanent” Ban on Arctic Oil Drilling

In the final stretch of his term President Barack Obama is implementing new environmental protections that stand to thwart Donald Trump's agenda on oil and gas extraction in ways that may prove difficult for the president-elect to roll back. The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it will place an indefinite ban on offshore oil and gas drilling across large swaths of Atlantic and Arctic waters.

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 21


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Dec 21 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 12 points at 7,032 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.4 percent at 7,043.96 points on Tuesday, helped by gains in Carnival and strength in the banking sector as Lloyds rose after a deal to buy a credit card business.

the Buzz 2: Petition Prowess

Jackson residents are accustomed to their opinions carrying weight, on the internet and on the street. Especially when it comes to online petitions and fundraising, Jacksonites are known to unite for community causes.

Trudeau Joins Obama in Freezing Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling

President Barack Obama banned new offshore oil and gas drilling in more than 100 million acres of the U.S. Arctic and undersea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a move certain to provoke a fight with the Republican-led Congress and his successor in the White House. In an announcement coordinated between two of the world's biggest oil producers, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also committed to freeze new offshore leasing in his nation's Arctic waters and review the matter every five years.

Obama Said to Use 1953 Law to Restrict Offshore Oil Drilling

President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in most of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a move that could indefinitely restrict oil production there, according to people familiar with the decision. Obama will invoke a provision in a 1953 law that gives him wide latitude to withdraw U.S. waters from future oil and gas leasing, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Death sentences decline sharply as public attitudes shift

Only 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States this year, the lowest number since the early 1970s and a further sign of the steady decline in use of the death penalty. The number is a sharp drop from the 49 death sentences last year and just a fraction of the peak of 315 in 1996, according to a report from the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that opposes capital punishment and tracks the issue.

Pantsuit Nation members revolt after operator cashes in with book deal :0

Members of an underground pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group are livid after the operator announced she would be cashing in on the page with a book deal. News that Pantsuit Nation founder Libby Chamberlain would be putting out a tome next May based on comments from the popular page - which has some 4 million members - prompted a flood of angry comments calling the Brooklin, Maine, woman a sellout.

Journal Junction for December 21

I see where West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to have EPA rules relaxed for coal surface mining, compared to saving our streams for drinking water, coal still seems to be the number one topic in getting this state going. Are we not smart enough to look for other industry to take its place? I still believe in saving the environment, not destroying it.

Cleveland police monitor seeks court help on equipment plan

The independent monitor overseeing an agreement to reform the Cleveland police department says he will ask a federal judge to address the city's inability to devise a detailed plan on providing equipment like cruisers and in-car computers to officers. A planned court conference next month will be the first time monitor Matthew Barge will ask U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver to directly intervene in Cleveland's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

A powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through Mexico's best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing at least 29 people, injuring scores more and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky. Video of the blast showed a dramatic staccato of rockets exploding in flashes of light, leveling the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec in Mexico State as it bustled with shoppers stocking up on fireworks to celebrate Christmas and New Year's.