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New highway stripes are crooked, paint is staining cars in Ketchikan

New highway stripes are crooked, paint is staining cars in Ketchikan

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — New yellow highway lines painted in Alaska's Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked, and the paint that's been used by state transportation officials has...
Portland-area bureaucrat retires amid allegations of systemic racism

Portland-area bureaucrat retires amid allegations of systemic racism

PORTLAND, Ore. — The director of a Portland-area health department retired weeks after she directed a manager who is black to step down, which resulted in allegations of systemic...
Salem, Oregon, rejects sit-lie ordinance

Salem, Oregon, rejects sit-lie ordinance

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council rejected a proposal to outlaw sitting or lying on city sidewalks during the day. The council instead voted Monday to establish a task...
Trump says he’ll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

Trump says he’ll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he'll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Maria. Trump announced the visit after the administration was...
Dems criticize Interior chief over employee loyalty comments

Dems criticize Interior chief over employee loyalty comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are criticizing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and...
NBC’s Megyn Kelly says she’s ‘done with politics’ on debut

NBC’s Megyn Kelly says she’s ‘done with politics’ on debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly made her debut as an NBC morning TV host on Monday with the declaration that she's "kind of done with politics for now." The former Fox News Channel...
Oregon pension managers shift to age-based investment funds

Oregon pension managers shift to age-based investment funds

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's public pension managers have voted to undertake a major shift in the way they invest members' money, turning to age-based investment funds for...
Democrat Vinehout promises free tuition as governor

Democrat Vinehout promises free tuition as governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a farmer from western Wisconsin who has spent the last decade in the Legislature, launched her run for governor...
Memo to GOP: Red states also among losers in health bill

Memo to GOP: Red states also among losers in health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memo to Republican senators: Many of the states President Donald Trump won last year would lose significant federal financing under the last-ditch Republican...
Violent crime in U.S. up for second year in row

Violent crime in U.S. up for second year in row

Among reasons that have been cited for the increase: a profusion of handguns, poverty and social isolation; warring gangs involved in the drug trade; and police officers who are...
Black lawmakers ponder Trump agenda at annual gathering

Black lawmakers ponder Trump agenda at annual gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, "What the hell do you have...
Odd allies seeking changes to Nebraska’s job-licensing rules

Odd allies seeking changes to Nebraska’s job-licensing rules

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's job-licensing requirements will face renewed scrutiny in next year's legislative session if a lawmaker and two unlikely allies have their way, but...
With no special session, what’s next for Iowa budget?

With no special session, what’s next for Iowa budget?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers will not return to the state Capitol for a special session following news last week that a projected budget shortfall was drastically smaller...
Vulnerable NJ Republican navigates messy Trump era politics

Vulnerable NJ Republican navigates messy Trump era politics

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — This is not President Donald Trump's dinner party. Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, standing in the middle of Ferraro's dimly lit restaurant dining room, says...
France: Macron’s party faces likely blow in Senate elections

France: Macron’s party faces likely blow in Senate elections

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's unconventional political party is fighting to make its mark on the Senate in elections Sunday for half the seats in the upper house...
Trump’s comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

Trump’s comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted...
Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, dozens of athletes respond to Trump’s rant against NFL player protests

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, dozens of athletes respond to Trump’s rant against NFL player protests

President Donald Trump condemned NFL player protests at a rally on Friday. By Saturday morning, many NFL players had responded....
At Florida nursing home, many calls for help, but none that made a difference

At Florida nursing home, many calls for help, but none that made a difference

After the home lost power for its air conditioning, 11 of its residents died. A review of what happened discovered a preventable descent into chaos....
EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won’t say from where

EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won’t say from where

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste...
Schuette eyes smooth path in GOP primary as Calley mulls bid

Schuette eyes smooth path in GOP primary as Calley mulls bid

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Attorney General Bill Schuette's march toward the Republican nomination for governor may be smooth because it is now uncertain if his presumptive...
NFL commissioner, players’ union denounce Trump

NFL commissioner, players’ union denounce Trump

SOMERSET, N.J. — The National Football League and its players’ union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during...
Trump says he’s putting political neck on line in Ala. race

Trump says he’s putting political neck on line in Ala. race

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to convince Alabama conservatives that the establishment choice in a Republican runoff for Senate shares their revulsion of...
1 year later, nearly all 103 Great Danes have forever homes

1 year later, nearly all 103 Great Danes have forever homes

FREEPORT, Fla. — When Alaqua Animal Refuge staff mobilized to rescue scores of Great Danes this time last year, it was all hands and paws on deck. "We called it Hurricane Danes,"...
Election officials: Russian hackers probed Oklahoma system

Election officials: Russian hackers probed Oklahoma system

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's state computer network was unsuccessfully targeted by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 general election, state election officials confirmed Friday....
State Sen. Dino Rossi says he’s running for 8th District seat to replace Rep. Reichert

State Sen. Dino Rossi says he’s running for 8th District seat to replace Rep. Reichert

The Washington State Republican Party said Dino Rossi made the announcement about running for the 8th District seat during the party's annual dinner....
California hits Gatorade in court for “anti-water” videogame

California hits Gatorade in court for “anti-water” videogame

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gatorade has agreed not to make disparaging comments about water as part of a $300,000 settlement reached Thursday with California over allegations it...
Consumer packaging group to reduce confusing food labels

Consumer packaging group to reduce confusing food labels

NEW YORK (AP) — "Sell by?" ''Display Until?" ''Best Before?" These food date labels intend to help shoppers figure out what to throw away, but they're also mixed up with deadlines...
Pence making tax reform case in Indiana with eye on Donnelly

Pence making tax reform case in Indiana with eye on Donnelly

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will make the Republican case for a federal tax code overhaul during a speech Friday in his home state of Indiana. His choice of...
Civil rights commission: Discrimination risk in city fines

Civil rights commission: Discrimination risk in city fines

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Thursday said the Justice Department should continue an Obama administration effort to rein in abuses in the use of court...
Arkansas panel OKs cutoff date for herbicide’s use next year

Arkansas panel OKs cutoff date for herbicide’s use next year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas regulators gave initial approval Thursday to banning an herbicide for part of next year after the weed killer prompted complaints here and in...
Supreme Court’s Gorsuch touts conservative role for judges

Supreme Court’s Gorsuch touts conservative role for judges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch espoused a limited role for the judiciary in a speech Thursday in the hometown of the powerful Kentucky lawmaker who...
A test for Trump’s political muscle in Alabama Senate runoff

A test for Trump’s political muscle in Alabama Senate runoff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It's Trump versus Trumpland. President Donald Trump's political muscles are getting a workout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama that has an awkward...
Trump’s latest nickname: ‘Rocket Man’ for Kim Jong Un

Trump’s latest nickname: ‘Rocket Man’ for Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump, a good enemy deserves a good nickname. In his debut appearance before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Trump embraced his latest label —...
Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff...
Sessions: Sanctuary cities undermine law’s moral authority

Sessions: Sanctuary cities undermine law’s moral authority

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday criticized sanctuary cities that try to protect immigrants in the country illegally as places that "undermine...
Words With Friends adds 50,000 pop-culture words

Words With Friends adds 50,000 pop-culture words

Game developer Zynga said that it is adding 50,000 internet slang words — including BFF, fitspo, delish, FOMO, hangry, kween, smize, TFW, turnt, werk and yas — to the game that has...
Tucson’s giant cactus gift rejected by Amazon in bid for HQ

Tucson’s giant cactus gift rejected by Amazon in bid for HQ

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Amazon has rejected the 21-foot (6.4-meter) Saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to...
Kohl’s to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

Kohl’s to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and...
Cellphone, distracted driving law brings bigger fines, jail

Cellphone, distracted driving law brings bigger fines, jail

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon drivers soon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other "hands-on"...
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sips a ‘Nuke Waste’ during low-key visit to Kitsap

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sips a ‘Nuke Waste’ during low-key visit to Kitsap

The Trump Administration official made an under-the-radar visit to Kitsap County and its submarine-themed bar Horse and Cow, where he tried its signature cocktail....
Republican governors get into the ‘news’ business

Republican governors get into the ‘news’ business

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media...
Chappelle and Oliver make #DCPublicSchools an internet hit at Emmys

Chappelle and Oliver make #DCPublicSchools an internet hit at Emmys

WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a fun onstage throwaway line at the Emmy Awards and turned into an unexpected Sunday night flood of attention for the Washington D.C. public-school...
Sources: Trump encouraged Corker to run for Senate again

Sources: Trump encouraged Corker to run for Senate again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is encouraging Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee to run for another term, according to two people familiar with a meeting between the two...
Judge: Mining company in contempt for Idaho water pollution

Judge: Mining company in contempt for Idaho water pollution

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge is holding the Atlanta Gold mining company in contempt of court for allowing arsenic and iron to enter a tributary of the Middle Fork of the...
Saving Multnomah Lodge: ‘We didn’t want Oregon to lose that’

Saving Multnomah Lodge: ‘We didn’t want Oregon to lose that’

Most people have returned home and I-84’s westbound lanes opened last week, but the Eagle Creek fire continues to burn, just 32 percent contained. Here’s how crews saved the Oregon...
Water agency chief: Gold Butte boundary change could be good

Water agency chief: Gold Butte boundary change could be good

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reports that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing to cut the size of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada drew condemnation from environmentalist...
GOP wants to cut popular tax breaks to finance its sweeping tax overhaul

GOP wants to cut popular tax breaks to finance its sweeping tax overhaul

WASHINGTON — Republicans straining to find about $1 trillion to finance sweeping tax cuts are homing in on two popular deductions that are woven into the nation's fiscal fabric —...
Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government...
Washington state school reopens after 1 killed, 3 wounded

Washington state school reopens after 1 killed, 3 wounded

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — Students who ran in fear last week from a Washington state high school where a shooting left one dead and three wounded returned on Monday, with a counselor...
Family faces future where son will always feel hungry

Family faces future where son will always feel hungry

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Brenneman doesn't know it yet, but there will come a day when he will be hungry, and no matter how much he eats, he will never feel full. Natalie Brenneman...