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Saturday 06/15/2019
Today in History
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Police: Store shooting took place after man hit officer
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 11:31 pm

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — An off-duty police officer opened fire inside a Costco Wholesale warehouse store, killing a man who had attacked him and wounding two others, the Corona Police Department said.

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 9:16 pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election.

Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 9:31 pm

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property.

Former student who reported rape says college betrayed her
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 9:02 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The warnings came in text messages from her friends: He's outside the dorm. He's at the student center. He's at Starbucks.

National Atomic Testing Museum in Vegas looking for new home
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 6:04 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas has outgrown its space east of the Las Vegas Strip, according to museum officials, who are looking for a new location to expand the facility's nuclear testing exhibits.

Wyoming airport rated top 'tiny airport' in US by Fodor's
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 4:01 pm

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Fodor's Travel has rated Jackson Hole Airport in northwest Wyoming as the best "tiny airport" in the United States.

Family of slain ex-Arkansas lawmaker "sickened" by arrest
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 3:45 pm

The family of a former Arkansas state senator who was found dead outside of her home says they are "sickened and upset" by the thought that one of her friends could have been involved in her killing.

Census says more than 60% of US men are fathers
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 7:30 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40.

Utah-Detroit Delta flight makes emergency Wyoming landing
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:02 pm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Delta flight has made an emergency landing in Wyoming after instruments detected a possible fire in the plane's cargo area.

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 11:01 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story also erroneously reported an $11 million award for compensatory damages was made June 12. It was June 7.

Weld takes GOP bid to oust Trump to NH. Voters are confused.
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:46 pm

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Bill Weld jokes about not kissing the back of a child's head because he doesn't want to be accused, like Joe Biden, of making people uncomfortable. He tells voters they wouldn't know how obese Americans truly are until they go to county fairs, where "those overalls are working overtime." And he believes his opponent's policies are trending in the direction of Adolf Hitler.

'Like quicksand': Ohio farmer survives soybean entrapment
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:46 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sea of shifting soybean kernels had risen to Jay Butterfield's knees inside a tall grain bin on his Ohio farm.

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 10:15 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding.

Planned Parenthood builds Ala. clinic despite abortion law
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:46 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage of a near-total ban on abortions.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misfires on Iran, trade and that wall
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries "death to America," the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted off the backs of farmers, the remains of U.S. soldiers from North Korea are coming home and China is opening its wallet to the U.S. treasury for the first time in history.

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 6:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area.

Friday 06/14/2019
Today in History
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020 campaign
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:02 am

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics.

Rash of child killings angers, frustrates St. Louis leaders
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:01 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gunfire that has long haunted St. Louis streets has taken an even more disturbing turn, with a rash of shootings involving children that has left the city's police chief angered and frustrated by the lack of cooperation of witnesses.

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 7:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 7:45 pm

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity.

FAA proposes $715,000 fine for Allegiant over engine work
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 6:05 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety regulators have proposed a fine of more than $715,000 against Allegiant Air, saying the discount airline failed to properly fix an engine that put out hotter-than-normal exhaust fumes.

Some of nearly 200 rescued dogs almost ready for adoption
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 5:45 pm

MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 200 dogs that were rescued from a former award-winning breeder's property are recovering well, and some will be available for adoption as soon as Saturday, according to a veterinarian facility.

Kansas high court says education funding is adequate
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 5:16 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared Friday that the state finally is spending enough money on its public schools under a new education funding law but refused to end a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago because it wants to monitor future funding by the Legislature.

Flint water decision shows legal complexities of disaster
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:45 pm

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A surprise decision by Michigan prosecutors to drop all pending charges in the Flint water crisis and restart a three-year investigation is a reminder of the legal complexities surrounding the disaster.

Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman's womb dies
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:45 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman's womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said.

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:45 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area.

20 years after Columbine, a debate on bulldozing the school
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:31 pm

DENVER (AP) — Two decades after the name "Columbine" became synonymous with a school shooting, the suburban Denver community surrounding the school is debating whether it's time to tear down a building that also became a beacon for people obsessed with the killings.

Stocks post small losses; investors look ahead to Fed
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a choppy week of trading with modest losses Friday as investors look forward to getting more clues about the direction of interest rates.

The Latest: Dogs seized from breeder's home nearing adoption
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:16 pm

MADISON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on nearly 200 dogs that were rescued from a former award-winning breeder's home (all times local):

Trump says he'd 'of course' tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shifted gears Friday on election interference, saying "of course" he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent.

Dad sentenced to die, but executions rare in South Carolina
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 4:02 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A father who killed his five children will be a new resident on South Carolina's death row, where the population has dropped by 25% in eight years — but not because of executions, since the state hasn't put anyone to death in that time.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says no more 'death to America' in Iran
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 9:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still cry "death to America" in Iran.

Markets Right Now: Stocks fall on fresh concerns about trade
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 3:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Police: Woman was drunk, but no DUI for toy truck joy ride
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 2:16 pm

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.

US Naval War College is getting its 1st female president
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 7:31 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam will be the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College, the Navy announced Friday, days after removing the college president who came under investigation over questionable behavior.

NOAA: 279 dolphins dead on Gulf Coast, triple usual number
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 2:01 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least 279 dolphins have stranded across much of the U.S. Gulf Coast since Feb. 1, triple the usual number, and about 98 percent of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday.

Lurid testimony wraps up in case against self-help guru
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 2:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Friday wrapped up their sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere, the former spiritual leader of the self-improvement group NXIVM.

Correction: River-Fish Kill story
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 1:30 pm

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — In a story June 13 about a waste water spill in Alabama, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the company responsible for the spill. The company is Tyson Foods, not Tyson Farms.

Emails: Trump official pressed NASA on climate science
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 1:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a skeptic about climate change, Jim Bridenstine came around to the prevailing view of scientists before he took over as NASA administrator. That evolution did not sit well with a Trump environmental adviser, nor a think-tank analyst he was consulting, according to newly disclosed emails that illustrate how skepticism of global warming has found a beachhead in the Trump White House.

Trump taps former immigration official as his border czar
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 1:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday said he was bringing a longtime lawman and enthusiastic supporter out of retirement to serve as "border czar" as his administration struggles with a worsening crisis that his hard-line immigration policies have failed to stem.

Correction: Gun Pointed At Black Child-Protest story
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:31 pm

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — In a story June 13 about planned protests outside a Utah police agency after an officer pointed his gun at a black child, The Associated Press reported erroneously that his mother is black. She is white.

The Latest: NBC announces 1st 2020 Democratic debate lineups
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democrats' first 2020 presidential debates later this month (all times local):

AP NewsAlert
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:15 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — 1st female leader of US Naval War College is picked to replace president who was removed after AP report.

The Latest: Districts' lawyer vows to monitor school funding
Posted: June 14, 2019 - 10:29 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Supreme Court's newest ruling in a protracted lawsuit over funding for public schools (all times local):

What's so bad about processed foods? Scientists offer clues
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 1:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there's something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us.

Kansas Supreme Court approves public school funding increase but refuses to close lawsuit against state
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 10:02 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court approves public school funding increase but refuses to close lawsuit against state.

Trump says he won't fire Conway over Hatch Act violations
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after a federal watchdog agency recommended her removal for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers.

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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