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Tuesday 12/10/2019
Bill Cosby loses appeal of sexual assault conviction
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:47 am

Bill Cosby lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction Tuesday, as an appeals court ruled in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Pelosi announces agreement on North American trade pact
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

'We must act;' Democrats unveil Trump impeachment charges
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:47 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he threatened the integrity of the U.S. election system and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine.

Merriam-Webster declares 'they' its 2019 word of the year
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A common but increasingly mighty and very busy little word, “they,” has an accolade all its own.

Finland gets world's youngest prime minister, a woman age 34
Posted: December 10, 2019 - 10:02 am

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland became the country with the world's youngest sitting head of government Tuesday when the Nordic country's parliament chose a 34-year-old woman with liberal views and a down-to-earth style as prime minister.

Arms control on tap for Trump, Pompeo's meeting with Lavrov
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arms control, Ukraine and Syria are headlining President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meetings Tuesday with Russia's foreign minister, who is making his first trip to Washington since May 2017.

Nobel winner Abiy says 'hell' of war fueled desire for peace
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:17 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier fueled his determination to seek an end to the long conflict with a neighboring country.

Stocks open lower on Wall Street ahead of US tariff deadline
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slipped on Wall Street in early trading Tuesday as investors considered reports that the U.S. will delay a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods as the nations continue negotiating a trade deal.

The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien. The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

UK's Johnson wants to talk about Brexit, not health care
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:01 am

LONDON (AP) — With two days until polling day, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought Tuesday to get his election campaign back onto Brexit after coming under fire for his lack of empathy for looking away from an image of a child sleeping on a hospital floor while seeking treatment.

National Spelling Bee will have fewer wild cards next year
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:47 am

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants next year. Whether it will have fewer champions remains to be seen.

Wray: Report on Russia probe found 'unacceptable' problems
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 8:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation identified problems that are “unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution,” FBI Director Chris Wray says in detailing changes the bureau plans to make in response.

Global stocks sink ahead of US tariff deadline
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 7:31 am

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets around the world fell sharply Tuesday as nervous investors watched a rapidly approaching deadline for more U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports.

Give the Gift of Ancestry DNA Kits This Holiday Season and Help Bring Justice for Families of Cold Case Victims
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 7:32 am

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Scientific Breakthrough in Healthy Lighting Hits the Marketplace
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 7:32 am

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The heart of Pensacola: City has strong ties with naval base
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 6:03 am

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — There’s a message board in Gary Yetter’s brewery, located near Naval Air Station Pensacola. The idea is, a customer buys a beer for a friend who isn’t there, puts their name on it and when the friend comes in, they have a free beer waiting for them.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 6:03 am

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

Ecobot Receives Additional Investment, Launches in App Store
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 5:30 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - December 10, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Federal watchdog: FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 5:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been the target of a “witch hunt.”

Column: Russian doping would have made El Chapo envious
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 5:01 am

Russia cranked up a state-sponsored, industrial-scale doping operation ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games that would have turned El Chapo green with envy.

FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 12:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been the target of a “witch hunt.”

Monday 12/09/2019
Consulting firm allows Buttigieg to release names of clients
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:32 pm

The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm said Monday that it will allow Pete Buttigieg to identify the clients he served more than a decade ago while the Democratic presidential contender also pledged to open his fundraising events to the news media and provide the names of key fundraising organizers.

Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump.

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — with an announcement expected early Tuesday.

AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:16 pm

MIAMI (AP) — For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs and peering through the diplomatic compound's curtains for fear of surveillance.

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:03 pm

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region.

George Laurer, inventor of ubiquitous UPC, dies at 94
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 6:46 pm

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94.

Report: US misled public on progress in Afghanistan war
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government across three White House administrations misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn't exist, according to thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Washington Post.

2020 newcomer Bloomberg stepping onto international stage
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg launched his campaign less than three weeks ago, but he is already making his first foreign trip as a presidential candidate.

Pensacola gunman got around a ban on foreigners buying guns
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 9:03 pm

Generally, foreigners are not allowed to buy guns in the United States. But there are exceptions written into federal law, which may explain how the Saudi flight student who shot three servicemen to death at the Pensacola naval base was able to purchase a weapon.

Amazon says Trump's 'improper pressure' doomed Pentagon bid
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm

Amazon says President Donald Trump's “improper pressure" and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract.

Too much of a Greta thing? Activist urges focus on others
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 3:33 pm

MADRID (AP) — With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way.

Led by 'Marriage Story,' Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A Netflix wave swept over the 77th Golden Globe nominations, where the streaming company dominated with 34 total nominations, including four films up for best picture and four series nominated for the top television awards.

Broadcast TV shut out of Globe nods, Netflix edges HBO
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Globe TV nominations were most striking not for what they included, but what they didn't: The traditional broadcast networks were completely shut out in all 55 nominations.

CORRECTION: Healthcare Solutions Holdings, Inc., a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Healthcare Solutions Management Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: VRTY), Announces Dr. Antonio Rozier as Member of the Medical Advisory Board
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK - December 9, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Correction: Opioids-Sacklers-Tufts story
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 3:32 pm

BOSTON (AP) — In a story December 5, 2019, about Tufts University's decision to cut ties with the Sackler family, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by Tufts, erroneously reported that Richard Sackler is a current board member of Purdue Pharma. Richard Sackler left the board in July 2018.

AP OPINION: Impeachment hearing draws too-simple answers
Posted: December 09, 2019 - 1:25 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debating the grounds for impeachment, Republicans said there's nothing here. Democrats said it's a slam dunk.

PerfX Wireline Services Officially Launched Their New Activ8-41 Wireline-Safe Acid
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 1:03 pm

DENVER - December 9, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 12:30 pm

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses, challenges and sex abuse scandals complicating their lives and those of their fellow priests across the United States.

Ex-Fed Chair Volcker dies, tamed inflation with recession
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm

Paul Volcker, who as Federal Reserve chairman in the early 1980s elevated interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died, according to his office.

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 11:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 11:32 am

Des Moines Register. Dec. 6, 2019

A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 11:32 am

The Detroit News. Dec. 4, 2019

Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund Launched With $4 Million Seed Investment From Utah Tech Leaders
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:32 am

SILICON SLOPES, Utah - December 9, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

NRMP Medical Specialties Matching Program Matches Nearly 5,000 Applicants to Fellowship Positions
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 11:32 am

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) has released the results of the 2019 Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP). The MSMP encompasses nearly all Internal Medicine subspecialties, and the 2019 Match (for appointment Year 2020) surpassed the 2018 Match to become the largest in history. Specifically, the 2019 MSMP included 6,286 applicants submitting certified rank order lists (a 6.9% increase), 1,957 programs submitting certified rank order lists (a 6.4% increase), 5,576 positions (a 6.9% increase), and 4,909 positions filled (a 7.2% increase).

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack was an act of terrorism.

Sordoni Golf Outing Raises $30,000 for Saint Peter's University
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 8:32 am

BEDMINSTER, N.J. - December 9, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Voltus First to Deliver Demand Response to Southwest Power Pool
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:46 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - December 9, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Walk Through Metal Detector Receives Patent for New Design
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:30 am

MINOOKA, Ill. - December 9, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:02 am

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.

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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