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Sunday 10/13/2019
The Latest: Louisiana governor says he expects GOP onslaught
Updated: October 13, 2019 - 2:53 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' fight to retain his seat in primary (all times local):

Trump says he's an 'island of one' on Syria
Updated: October 13, 2019 - 2:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is an "island of one" for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria.

Saturday 10/12/2019
Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral
Updated: October 13, 2019 - 12:18 am

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold.

Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff
Updated: October 13, 2019 - 12:18 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' quest for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch over another month, as voters denied him an outright primary win Saturday and sent him to a runoff election.

Hotel collapse in New Orleans leaves 2 dead, 1 missing
Updated: October 13, 2019 - 12:18 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans' historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing two people and injuring more than 20. Rescue workers searched the largely unstable building for one person still unaccounted for.

The Latest: 2nd person dead in building collapse
Updated: October 13, 2019 - 12:00 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans (all times local):

Today in History
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 11:32 pm

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying into the soil that has sustained his family for five generations.

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been forced into a runoff election against Republican Eddie Rispone
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 10:46 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been forced into a runoff election against Republican Eddie Rispone.

Runoff election will decide if Louisiana's John Bel Edwards wins second term as Deep South's only Democratic governor
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 10:33 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Runoff election will decide if Louisiana's John Bel Edwards wins second term as Deep South's only Democratic governor .

Trump backs Giuliani, but some aides wish he would cut ties
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 10:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday stood behind personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, one of his highest-profile and most vocal defenders, amid reports that federal prosecutors in the city Giuliani led as mayor are eyeing him for possible lobbying violations.

California governor signs fur sale, circus animal bans
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 9:31 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 9:31 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke across a swath of neighborhoods.

Polls close in Louisiana primary race that Deep South's only Democratic governor hopes to win outright
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 8:31 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Polls close in Louisiana primary race that Deep South's only Democratic governor hopes to win outright.

Andrew Johnson back in spotlight for 1868 impeachment brush
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 4:32 pm

The president traveled the country, fanning racial animus. He viewed the Congress with disdain. He also tried to undo some of the most important achievements of his predecessor, using executive power.

The Latest: Famous figures pay tribute to Jessye Norman
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 4:32 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the public funeral for international opera star Jessye Norman (all times local):

New California law bans most animals from circuses
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 1:30 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law banning most animals from circuses.

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 11:16 am

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 10:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric.

Pregnancy discrimination continues, 41 years after US ban
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 3:01 pm

For 41 years, federal law has banned pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. But the stories tumbling out this week show it's far from eradicated.

Agency eyes big revamp of Wall Street whistleblower program
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 10:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency is moving with little fanfare to revamp one of the most successful whistleblower programs in the government, alarming advocates who warn the changes will set back efforts to police Wall Street and punish corporate fraud.

Illinois' automatic voter registration delays worry experts
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 3:01 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered voters: more civic participation, fewer barriers to the ballot box and modernized systems. But Illinois hasn't lived up to its promise, rolling out automatic voter registration far behind schedule and struggling with other changes the law made.

Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump's presidency
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump's 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry , and as many eyes that saw what he said.

Former Ukraine envoy testifies Trump pushed to oust her
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 9:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.

After static summer, Democratic race enters a chaotic fall
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 9:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic presidential race that had been largely static through the summer has tumbled into a chaotic fall, shaped by unpredictable events and the deepening impeachment crisis surrounding President Donald Trump.

The Latest: US suspends tariff hike in limited China deal
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 1:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local):

California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 12:46 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Friday 10/11/2019
California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 11:30 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires.

Today in History
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 11:16 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local):

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 10:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job.

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 10:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said.

Former envoy defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 10:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.

Trump gripes about impeachment, media at Louisiana rally
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 10:02 pm

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday pressed his argument that the House impeachment inquiry is nothing more than a new attempt to overturn his election based on "a lot of crap."

The Latest: Trump calls Little Leaguers to stage at rally
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 9:16 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's rally in Louisiana (all times local):

Esper: US is not abandoning Kurds in face of Turkish attack
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 9:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt.

The Latest: Fire witness reports sparks near electric lines
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 9:03 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

Boeing, FAA both faulted in certification of the 737 Max
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 8:17 pm

A panel of international aviation regulators found that Boeing withheld key information about the 737 Max from pilots and regulators, and the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system implicated in two deadly crashes of Max jets.

US officials say a small number of American forces have vacated a Syria outpost after coming under fire from Turks
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials say a small number of American forces have vacated a Syria outpost after coming under fire from Turks.

Shepard Smith leaves Fox News Channel
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 8:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump, abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast on Friday.

The Latest: US Syria outpost vacated after coming under fire
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to Turkey's offensive into Syria (all times local):

US-China issues of dispute remain vast despite trade truce
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China declared a temporary truce Friday in their 15-month trade war. Yet the grievances that led them to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods remain largely unresolved.

Judges block green card denials for immigrants on public aid
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 7:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits, dealing a setback to one of the president's most aggressive moves yet to cut legal immigration and make it more based on employment skills than family ties.

Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its owners
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 7:32 pm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge is pushing for a settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits facing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with a decision Friday to pause litigation against the company and members of the wealthy Sackler family that owns the company.

President Donald Trump says acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 7:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down.

US says troops in Syria came under Turkish fire; says area was 'known by the Turks' to have Americans present
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 7:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — US says troops in Syria came under Turkish fire; says area was 'known by the Turks' to have Americans present.

With warming, get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 7:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say.

The Latest: Third judge blocks policy for green card denials
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 6:13 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on court rulings that temporarily block a Trump administration policy that denies legal residence to many immigrants who receive government benefits (all times local):

The Latest: Lawsuits paused against Purdue Pharma, Sacklers
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 5:15 pm

The Latest on the Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case (all times local):

Milwaukee Public Museum launches a live spiders exhibit
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 5:15 pm

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee's natural history museum is hoping its new live spiders exhibit can educate visitors instead of scaring them away.

Monday 02/02/2009
JOHNSON: The weekend's most important sport event didn't involve a bowl
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I spend a lot of time putting together these weekly columns. Days, sometimes weeks of walking to and from lunch, kicking rocks down the street. Hours scribbling in various notebooks, then a night getting all of them together and typed into a computer file.

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Tuesday 01/27/2009
JOHNSON: Drugs are bad, but they’re good enough
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

There's an interesting debate going on now about the nature of our drug laws.

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Tuesday 01/20/2009
JOHNSON: Two things are constant: Change and the Constitution
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Today president-elect Barack Obama gets to drop the "elect" and become president-proper. Whether he'll make a proper president, no one knows for sure, but everyone except bigots and professional partisans certainly has to be hoping he will, out of self-interest if not patriotism.

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Tuesday 01/13/2009
JOHNSON: Remember, it's only toilet humor if you laugh at it
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

When I was in high school, I played a football game at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. It was a JV match, so very sparsely attended, and other than the fact that it was very cold, and we won, I don't remember much else about the game apart from the halftime.

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Tuesday 01/06/2009
JOHNSON: The Arabs have a proverb: All sunshine makes a desert
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

It's only natural when the New Year comes to start to think of all things new and yet to come.

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Tuesday 12/30/2008
JOHNSON: Should have been a super year for Cowboys
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The Cowboys lost Sunday and didn't make the playoffs.

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Tuesday 12/23/2008
JOHNSON: Some light reflections on the Christmas season
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I hate Christmas lights.

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Tuesday 12/16/2008
JOHNSON: Sometimes delaying the inevitable makes the pain worse
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I saw an article the other day about tapes from the Lyndon Johnson presidency being released. 

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Tuesday 12/09/2008
JOHNSON: The reason why Bill & Ted's adventure was excellent
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I've heard it said that the essence of music is to make people enjoy patterns without realizing it. As far as I can tell, this is true. I can't grasp music, whether I hear it, see a sheet of notes or play Guitar Hero. It's beyond me, but I like to listen.

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Tuesday 12/02/2008
JOHNSON: I experienced my first Black Friday last week
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Actually, until my sister got a job selling cell phones (down in the Sam's store), I was pretty ignorant about the whole idea.

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Tuesday 11/25/2008
JOHNSON: I think I need a new obsession
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I apologize in advance for my column this week. I had a very bad weekend, and the worst thing about it is nothing bad actually happened to me.

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Tuesday 11/18/2008
JOHNSON: The American Dream is alive, oh well
Updated: August 31, 2012 - 5:44 am

I once read that in a single year, California changed the nature of America more than any state ever has, maybe more than all the rest put together.

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Tuesday 11/11/2008
JOHNSON: The story of Robin Hood and his merriment
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The other day I sat down to watch all of the old Disney films I have on VHS.

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Tuesday 11/04/2008
JOHNSON: Christians remember: WWJVF - Who would Jesus vote for?
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

If anything I say here offends you, I wasn't trying to. There are two things you don't talk about over dinner, but if that extended to newspaper columns, I wouldn't have much to write. Religion and politics offend easily, and taken together the problem is even worse. Actually, this is my point, that under no circumstances should we put either at risk by mixing them.

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Tuesday 10/28/2008
JOHNSON: Everyone is permitted to vote, but it isn’t always beneficial
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

By the time Nov. 4 comes and goes, the 2008 election may prove to be the most popular in American history. Even in Texas where the national races should be safely checked off for the Republicans, there's more excitement than usual.

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Tuesday 10/21/2008
JOHNSON: Westboro Baptist Church, and what’s best about America
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

According to the Rev. Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, God hates gays, 9/11 was the result of America's tolerance toward homosexuality, and every dead U.S. soldier is a sign of the Lord's judgment on our depraved national character.

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Tuesday 10/14/2008
JOHNSON: Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

My friend once told me a story of an ant farm of his. For a while they went around digging, eating and digging some more. You know, typical ant stuff. Then they started to die, one after another. Bacteria in the dirt of a closed container - or some such.

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Tuesday 10/07/2008
JOHNSON: You know, ‘plethora’ actually means ‘too much,’ not ‘a lot’
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Because I didn't know that until someone told me to look it up. It has nothing to do with anything, but some people only read headlines, and I wanted to share.

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Tuesday 09/30/2008
JOHNSON: You can learn a lot by watching C-SPAN
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

If you have a basic cable package, you probably have C-SPAN and C-SPAN2. And you probably watch them about as much as if you didn't own TV. But you should watch them more (and by that I mean "some") because when you complain that "nothing is on," C-SPAN is, and you can learn a lot.

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Tuesday 09/23/2008
JOHNSON: So much depends upon a balding tennis ball
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I've recently rediscovered bouncing. Tennis balls, rubber balls, golf balls, toy balls - whatever bounces and fits in my hand, I bounce it, oh how I do.

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Tuesday 09/16/2008
JOHNSON: Speak up! When you ought to be talking, make yourself heard
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I don’t know if you noticed (or remember), but the other day the OA published its weekly poll on the subject of offshore oil drilling. Something like 87 percent of our respondents were in favor of doing it while just 13 percent were against. Not a surprising result for this area, really.

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Tuesday 09/09/2008
JOHNSON: Here's a tip when it comes to customer service
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Another OA writer had a recent column mourning the death of Customer Service. In response, readers offered explanations why we’d reached this sad state where employees are apathetic, have a poor work ethic, are all-around incompetent or some mixture of the above.

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Tuesday 09/02/2008
JOHNSON: A short time spent channeling Yogi Berra
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I was talking to someone the other day about the Odessa American’s online discussion forum. You may not have been aware the OA had any forums, and that’s what we were talking about.

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Tuesday 08/26/2008
JOHNSON: It’s not about gold, it’s about sending a message
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The Olympics have finished, and we finally have a chance for retrospection. The Olympics have finished, and we have lost.

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