WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term next week in a holding pattern while waiting for a ninth justice. After the next president takes office in January, it may be on the cusp of a historic transformation.
A victory in November for Democrat Hillary Clinton would give the court a majority of Democratic appointees for the first ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- A new study suggests a significant relationship between caffeine and dementia prevention, though it stops short of establishing cause and effect.
The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, found higher caffeine intake in women age 65 and older was associated with reduced...Read more
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Marina Carpenter had just purchased Chinese-made shoes at a Payless ShoeSource in this city northeast of Atlanta when she pondered what would happen if the coming presidential election led to a double-digit price increase.
Like many Americans, she doesn't have lots of extra income and said she'd be forced to cut back if ...Read more
NEW YORK -- One of the suspicious objects turned out to be a typewriter. Another was a bundle of cardboard tubes from rolls of paper towels. There was a battery charger. A discarded modem. A stool. An empty suitcase.
Then there was the strange object found on 27th Street that was made out of a pressure cooker. That one actually was a bomb.
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- When it comes to campaigning in Wisconsin, Donald Trump is following the advice of former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.
Speaking to more than 1,000 supporters gathered Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Trump said that Thompson told him during a previous visit, "Don, I really like you. Get the hell out of ...Read more
SEATTLE -- A Mount Vernon woman says she encountered accused gunman Arcan Cetin making his way into a movie theater at the Cascade Mall through an exit door about 20 minutes before he allegedly killed five people Friday in the nearby Macy's department store.
"I was basically eye-to-eye with him ... and I was rude to him," the 50-year-old woman ...Read more
Once again, Gary Johnson has drawn a blank.
Appearing on MSNBC on Wednesday night, Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president, was repeatedly pressed by "Hardball" host Chris Matthews to name his favorite foreign leader, but couldn't cough up a name.
"I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment," Johnson said, a nod to his notorious space-out when...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After weeks of partisan bickering and snail-paced negotiations on a spending package to keep the government funded, it took a failed Senate procedural vote on Tuesday and the prospect of yet more gridlock for the winds to abruptly shift.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's unsuccessful bid to advance a Republican continuing ...Read more
East of MeccaSheila Flaherty
A story of love and betrayal, the power of sisterhood, and the ultimate price of oppression. Sarah and Max, seduced by promises of a glamorous expatriate lifestyle in Saudi Arabia, relocate their family to the shores of the Persian Gulf. Locked inside the heavily guarded compound, Sarah ...
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A fraternity at the University of Missouri has been suspended while officials investigate reports of racial and sexist slurs.
University officials and the Delta Upsilon national organization suspended the chapter of the fraternity Wednesday after members were accused of shouting slurs at black students late Tuesday.
Two black ...Read more
MIAMI -- A four-year-old lawsuit between a pair of star doctors who had a falling out at the nation's No. 1 ranked eye institute, Miami-based Bascom Palmer, was finally unsealed on Wednesday -- revealing allegations of "false claims" for procedures billed to Medicare based on "fabricated" patient evaluations.
Dr. Philip Rosenfeld, a retinal ...Read more
TEL AVIV, Israel -- As the world mourns former Israeli President Shimon Peres, the eulogies will be clouded by concern that the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation he had envisioned remains as remote as ever.
"At a time when he is leaving us, the idea of the two states is going through its worst days ever," said Alon Liel, a former aide to Peres...Read more
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Donald Trump resumed his attack on a beauty pageant winner he had criticized for gaining weight, saying she had "a lot of difficulties" as Miss Universe and that now "a lot of things are coming out about her."
Alicia Machado, who won the beauty contest in 1996, has emerged as a symbol of what critics of the Republican ...Read more
TEHRAN -- An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a 16-year prison sentence for a prominent Iranian human rights advocate.
Narges Mohammadi had been sentenced in May on charges of violating national security and acting against the Islamic government through her support of an anti-death penalty campaign.
As vice president of the Defenders ...Read more
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Matthew will likely become a hurricane by Friday as it pushes across the Caribbean Sea, posing a serious threat to vulnerable islands in a region prone to deadly flooding and mudslides.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Matthew was located about 90 miles west of St. Lucia and had slowed to ...Read more
Philando Castile case turned over to Minn. county for charging consideration
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has turned over its investigation of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Philando Castile to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for charging consideration.
Castile, an African-American, was fatally shot ...Read more
For African-American boys, the presumption of guilt starts before they have entered a kindergarten classroom, new research shows.
In a study presented Wednesday to a meeting of education policy officials, researchers found that pre-K educators who were prompted to expect trouble in a classroom trained their gaze significantly longer on black ...Read more
Families huddle terrified in basements, stalked by staggeringly powerful explosions shaking the streets above. Wounded children writhe untreated on dirty clinic floors. Hospitals and rescue centers -- a ravaged city's last ragged line of defense -- crumble daily into rubble, often appearing to have been methodically targeted.
Even by the brutal...Read more
DURHAM, N.H. -- With polls showing a tightening presidential race, Hillary Clinton's campaign is playing defense against third-party candidates to keep them from widening Donald Trump's path to victory.
Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein are drawing enough support, particularly from millennials, to threaten ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are heading back to Yosemite National Park in coming days, as their probe of park management picks up speed.
Prompted by a National Park Service request, the investigation that formally began Aug. 29 is digging into myriad Yosemite employee complaints about the work environment fostered under Superintendent ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has ended its statute of limitations for rape cases after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation filed in the wake of sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.
Senate Bill 813, filed by Democratic State Sen. Connie Leyva amends the penal code so that some sex crimes, including rape, ...Read more
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