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Thursday 09/19/2019
Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people.

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for stockbrokers.

Official: Fetal remains found in garage nearly 2 decades old
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Illinois authorities on Thursday said that more than 2,200 preserved fetal remains found stacked in the garage of a deceased doctor's home were from abortions performed in Indiana nearly two decades ago and it's up to authorities there to determine if crimes were committed.

Who are the Sacklers, the family behind maker of OxyContin?
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

For a family with its name on a wing of one of the world's most famous museums and a school at a prestigious university, members of the Sackler clan have done a remarkable job of vanishing from public life.

Rose Garden setting for Trump's second state dinner
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — It'll be an alfresco Rose Garden soiree for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as the White House throws its first state dinner in more than a year.

Airbnb says it will go public in 2020
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Airbnb Inc. said Thursday it plans to go public in 2020, a long-awaited move by the home-sharing company that is both loved and reviled for its disruption of the hotel business.

'Middle of the herd' no more: Amazon tackles climate change
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels.

Recording details synagogue shooting suspect's 911 call
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:47 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man suspected of opening fire at a Southern California synagogue last spring told a 911 operator in the moments after the shooting that he did it to save white people from Jews, according to a recording played Thursday at a preliminary hearing to determine if the case should proceed to trial.

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies.

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a federal court Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns as part of a criminal investigation, opening another front in the president's efforts to keep his financial information private.

House chairman: Whistleblower complaint may involve Trump
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's director of national intelligence is refusing to turn over to Congress a whistleblower complaint that reportedly concerns Trump making an unspecified promise to a foreign leader. It's a matter of urgent concern, the intelligence community's inspector general said.

Trudeau can look to US politicians amid brownface scandal
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:47 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau need only look to the United States for lessons on how to survive the furor over a photo of him in brownface at a costume party nearly two decades ago.

Trump closes doors to immigrants, some US citizens open them
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — As news of immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border filled headlines last summer, Vivien Tartter became distraught.

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:47 pm

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism.

US vaping illness count tops 500, but cause remains unknown
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — North America's skies are lonelier and quieter as nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, a comprehensive study shows.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier parks allow e-bikes
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:32 pm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials say motorized electric bicycles are now allowed in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks, along with Wyoming's National Elk Refuge.

Melania Trump cuts ribbon on reopened Washington Monument
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump cut the ribbon Thursday as the Washington Monument reopened to the public for the first time in three years.

Possible 'Storm Area 51' crowds worry Nevada desert towns
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:16 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for "Storm Area 51" are from Earth, not outer space.

The Latest: Schiff says whistleblower's claim still unclear
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a reported whistleblower allegation that President Donald Trump made an unspecified "promise" to a foreign leader (all times local):

DreamWorks, Shanghai studio hope 'Abominable' suits China
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:45 pm

For the new animated movie "Abominable," bringing a big city in China to life with accuracy means that even the trash has to look right. Chinese animators collaborating with DreamWorks animators urged them to dump metal trash cans from backdrops because "we don't have metal trash cans."

US awards $3M to fill gaps in medical marijuana research
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm

The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.

Folake Olowofoyeku hearts life in the television comedy lane
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A funny thing happened to Folake Olowofoyeku on the way to a career in law: She became a theater major against her parents' wishes and headed straight into the business after earning her undergraduate degree.

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' make last Emmy Awards stand
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Game of Thrones" has dominated the Emmy Awards with the formidable power of, say, your average fearsome, flame-belching dragon. Same goes for "Veep," but picture a cutthroat politician instead.

How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work.

From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousin
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they've deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA.

The Latest: Labor nominee Eugene Scalia cites 'public trust'
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 9:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department (all times local):

AP source: Joe Kennedy to challenge Sen. Markey in primary
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 9:02 am

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's most storied political families, is set to announce he will challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the state's Democratic primary in 2020.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 8:16 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Despite his tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 6:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A president with few ideological constants, Donald Trump has consistently been leery of getting entangled in overseas military engagements. It's a stance shaped by his belief that wars in places like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq have drained America's resources at home and its reputation abroad.

Sanders still wants a revolution, but now he's got company
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 6:46 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary.

Baylis Medical Announces Presentation Lineup for Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapies 2019 Conference
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 5:32 am

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Baylis Medical announced today key activities that will be featured at Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2019, the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's 31st annual conference and premier interventional cardiovascular medicine educational meeting, in San Francisco, CA from September 25-29.

Air pressure issue causes Delta to divert flight to Florida
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 5:02 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Delta Air Lines diverted an Atlanta flight headed to Florida after an unknown issue caused the cabin's oxygen masks to be released.

Trump calls new border wall a 'world-class security system'
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:01 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump signed his name Wednesday on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a "world-class security system" that will be virtually impenetrable.

Trump threatens EPA action against San Francisco
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:31 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened to unleash the Environmental Protection Agency on San Francisco Wednesday after a California visit during which he blamed the homelessness crisis on "liberal" policies.

Wednesday 09/18/2019
Asian shares mixed following Fed's decision to cut rates
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Tokyo and Sydney logging modest gains after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year, citing slowing global economic growth and uncertainty over U.S. trade conflicts.

Today in History
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

NOT REAL NEWS: Trump promotes false video of Rep. Omar
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 10:46 pm

President Donald Trump on Wednesday used Twitter to share an edited video made by a conservative comedian that falsely accused Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of dancing and partying last week on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Tropical Storm Lorena becomes a hurricane just offshore the coast of Colima, Mexico
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 10:46 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Lorena becomes a hurricane just offshore the coast of Colima, Mexico.

No truce: Trump keeps up feud with California during visit
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 11:04 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump remains on a war footing. With California.

The Latest: Trump accuses SF of environmental violations
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 10:02 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump in California (all times local):

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 8:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser.

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution.

Washington Monument reopens after 3-year closure for repairs
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-year closure, the Washington Monument is reopening to the public.

Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America's most advanced weaponry failed to fill.

Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 7:08 pm

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling.

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 6:03 pm

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police used their vehicle sirens to drive a 2-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays Wednesday morning.

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year.

Sanders' Iowa political director leaves his 2020 campaign
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 5:40 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders' Iowa political director has departed his 2020presidential campaign, leaving him without a key staffer in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

AP source: US Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts set to announce Democratic primary challenge to US Sen. Edward Markey
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 5:40 pm

BOSTON (AP) — AP source: US Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts set to announce Democratic primary challenge to US Sen. Edward Markey.

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