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Saturday 08/24/2019
New plan cuts more than $1B off New York rail tunnel cost
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 12:15 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New York and New Jersey submitted a new plan for a rail tunnel project under the Hudson River that cuts nearly $1.5 billion off the previous cost estimate, as officials seek to break a funding impasse with the federal government that has stalled progress in recent years.

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 12:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there.

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 12:01 pm

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out.

Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 10:46 am

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana enters the upcoming school year back among the handful of states without publicly funded preschool, and the unions and education groups that are otherwise staunch allies of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock are a big reason why his fledgling pre-kindergarten program fizzled.

Books not bets: Nevada casino hotel to serve as college dorm
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 10:46 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — University of Nevada, Reno officials knew it was a bit of a gamble when they agreed to lease a downtown casino hotel tower for a year and turn it into a college dormitory.

Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 bid
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 7:03 am

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible.

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 6:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, according to the Supreme Court.

Friday 08/23/2019
The Latest: Trump defends ordering companies to leave China
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 12:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies (all times local):

Today in History
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Is Trump's economic team up for a trade war?
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office.

'Our bigger enemy': Trump escalates attack on Fed chief
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a furious and highly personal Twitter attack Friday against the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jerome Powell, fuming that the Fed once more "did NOTHING!" and wondering who is "our bigger enemy" — Powell or China's leader.

US stocks tumble as US-China trade war rattles investors
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 9:45 pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 600 points Friday after the latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China rattled investors. The broad sell-off sent the S&P 500 to its fourth straight weekly loss.

Authorities probe Sacramento light rail crash, 27 injured
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 8:17 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An investigation was underway Friday to determine why a Sacramento light rail commuter train struck a maintenance train, injuring 27 people.

Hundreds pays respects to former Louisiana Gov. Blanco
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 8:17 pm

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco at a public visitation Friday evening in Cajun country.

Kansas hiking group overwhelmed in Arizona heat
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 7:32 pm

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A group of fitness coordinators from Kansas became overwhelmed while climbing a mountain trail near metro Phoenix in sweltering temperatures and two members had to be airlifted to safety, authorities said Friday.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:47 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts:

International traveler with measles visited Disneyland
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 7:05 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood tourist hot spots and the beach this month had measles and may have exposed others, public health agencies announced Friday.

Correction: Cyber Fraud-Money Laundering story
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:47 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about federal authorities breaking up an international theft ring, The Associated Press reported erroneously the suspects are accused of stealing at least $46 million. The alleged thefts actually totaled $6 million, and authorities say the suspects attempted to steal another $40 million.

The Latest: New Zealander with measles visited Disneyland
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:32 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a New Zealand girl who may have exposed Southern Californians to measles (all times local):

Candidate: Michigan city should be as white 'as possible'
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:32 pm

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan said Friday she has no plans to end her campaign after shocking a public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white "as much as possible."

Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:16 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he staged to get attention.

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:03 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago.

Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vaping
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 5:36 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died and that they consider it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and young adults.

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles poured a fortune into right-wing causes, transforming the American political landscape and shaping U.S. policies on such issues as climate change and government regulation, died Friday at 79.

The Latest: Fed vice chairman made no time for Trump tweet
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (all times local):

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:46 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record.

Correction: Nicholas Sparks-Lawsuit story
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:46 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about a lawsuit against novelist Nicholas Sparks by the former headmaster of the school the author founded, The Associated Press, citing testimony from Sparks, erroneously reported that Saul Hillel Benjamin received a severance of more than $150,000. While a lawyer for Sparks told jurors that Benjamin agreed to the offer, Benjamin's law firm said he didn't accept or receive the payment.

Clarification: Nicholas Sparks-Lawsuit story
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:46 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Aug. 21 about a lawsuit against novelist Nicholas Sparks by the former headmaster of the school the author founded, The Associated Press, citing testimony from Sparks, reported that former headmaster Saul Hillel Benjamin accepted severance of $150,000 to resign. While a lawyer for Sparks told jurors that Benjamin agreed to the offer, Benjamin's law firm said he didn't accept or receive the payment.

Trump announces new retaliatory tariffs against China, bumping up taxes by 5 percentage points
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump announces new retaliatory tariffs against China, bumping up taxes by 5 percentage points.

Markets Right Now: Markets shudder as trade tensions flare
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 3:47 pm

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

The Latest: CDC: Nearly 200 in 22 states sick after vaping
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 3:31 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a possible vaping-related illnesses around the U.S. (all times local):

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate not going for 'nice guy'
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 3:01 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves was a 29-year-old banker and political novice when he won his first statewide office in Mississippi in 2003. After two terms as treasurer and the next two as lieutenant governor, Reeves now has his sights set on becoming governor.

Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg treated for malignant tumor; no further treatment needed at this time
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg treated for malignant tumor; no further treatment needed at this time.

Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75B of US goods
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 12:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he had "hereby ordered" American companies with operations in China "to immediately start looking for" an alternative after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory tariffs.

Mom had boasted of kids on social media before shootings
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 12:45 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman who is believed to have fatally shot her grown son and daughter before killing herself had bragged about her children on social media not long before the bodies were discovered.

DOJ: Immigration facility shouldn't have to pay minimum wage
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 7:48 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration detention center pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do.

For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 12:02 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rank-and-file Democrats appear to be shifting to the middle on health care, worried about what's politically achievable on their party's top 2020 issue.

The Latest: Foxx pledges cooperation with special prosecutor
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:46 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the appointment of a special prosecutor to look at the dropping of charges in the Jussie Smollett case (all times local):

Lawyers bringing lawsuits claiming decades-old sex misconduct by Ohio State team doctor say number of accusers tops 300
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:32 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers bringing lawsuits claiming decades-old sex misconduct by Ohio State team doctor say number of accusers tops 300.

Trump calls on US companies to consider alternatives to business in China in response to new tariffs
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 10:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump calls on US companies to consider alternatives to business in China in response to new tariffs.

The Latest: Trump attacks Powell Fed after chairman's speech
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 10:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (all times local):

Chicago judge names special prosecutor to investigate the dropping of charges against actor Jussie Smollett
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 10:16 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago judge names special prosecutor to investigate the dropping of charges against actor Jussie Smollett.

USS Arizona Memorial repairs progress, no reopening date yet
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 9:31 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu are progressing, but officials have not yet set a date to reopen the tourist attraction.

New lab trains welfare workers who probe child abuse claims
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 7:46 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real: dangling exposed wires, open pill bottles near a sleeping baby and a kitchen strewn with dog feces and cockroaches.

Light rail train derailment injures dozens in California
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 6:02 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say more than two dozen people have been injured in a light rail train derailment in Northern California.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 5:32 am

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

Democrats see opening on economy, resist cheering recession
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 3:00 am

PROLE, Iowa (AP) — Campaigning under the stifling August sun, Joe Biden assailed President Donald Trump's trade war with China, accusing him of squandering a strong economy and putting Americans' financial security at risk.

Making a case to women: Trump female defenders go on offense
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters: It's time to come out of hiding.

7 sent to hospital after smoke fills cabin of Hawaii flight
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 1:47 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Seven people were taken to the hospital Thursday after smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from California to Hawaii.

Thursday 08/22/2019
The Latest: Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:31 pm

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Execution-Serial Killer(all times local):

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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