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  • Gene Powell Jr. joined the Odessa American as assistant managing editor in March 2002. The Odessa native was promoted to managing editor before leaving the OA in December 2010 to become a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Saturday 01/18/2020
Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:16 pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake.

Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration.

ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are turning to a new tactic in the escalating conflict over New York City's so-called sanctuary policies, issuing four “immigration subpoenas” to the city for information about inmates wanted for deportation.

Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team issued a fiery response ahead of opening arguments in his impeachment trial Saturday while House Democrats laid out their case in forceful fashion, saying the president had betrayed public trust with behavior that was the “worst nightmare" of the founding fathers.

Newly released texts tie Nunes aide closer to Ukraine plot
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — New documents released by House Democrats suggest that Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, was more deeply involved than was previously known in efforts by allies of President Donald Trump to dig up dirt in Ukraine on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” what he calls “doctored video” that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare.

Boy arrested after shooting that killed 4 in small Utah town
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

A boy armed with a gun killed three children and a woman inside a Utah home, then accompanied a fifth victim to a hospital, where he was arrested, police said Saturday.

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 5:16 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what's expected to be an unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists.

National Archives: 'We made a mistake' altering Trump photos
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The National Archives said Saturday it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in an exhibit on women's suffrage.

UK treasury chief: Some businesses may hurt after Brexit
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 3:30 pm

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result.

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 3:31 pm

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — As a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters.

Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What’s it mean for 2020?
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 2:03 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Days after President Donald Trump killed an Iranian general and said he was sending more soldiers to the Middle East, about 100 protesters stood on a pedestrian bridge over Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive with an illuminated sign that read “No War in Iran.”

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment.

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 10:16 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar trans students from participating on school sports teams of the gender they identify with.

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states.

Putin's moves leave Russian opposition with few options
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 9:16 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time.

Venezuelan theater becomes Plan B in lawmakers' turf battle
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 8:45 am

EL HATILLO, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition lawmakers are expected in the coming days to make their third attempt to get inside the legislative chamber in downtown Caracas, after twice this month being blocked by forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro.

AP OPINION: Trump's compulsive claims of 'biggest' ever
Posted: January 18, 2020 - 7:10 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does.

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:04 am

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species may not recover. For others, they are trying to throw lifelines.

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 3:30 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.

Friday 01/17/2020
How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, it's a trial — but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV.

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 12:15 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that raises concerns of hacking or glitches.

Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will deliver constitutional arguments meant to shield Trump from allegations that he abused his power.

US to screen airline passengers from China for new illness
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Three U.S. airports will screen passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens, killed two and prompted worries about an international outbreak, health officials said Friday.

Ex-US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 10:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump to be president was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed.

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 8:47 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him Friday.

Virginia's highest court upholds weapons ban at gun rally
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 9:03 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state's capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists.

Iowa Democrats treat Warren-Sanders dust-up as 'Who cares?'
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 8:02 pm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ann Stromquist watched this week’s Democratic presidential debate like the research scientist she is. She studied the candidates' answers carefully, looking for something to help her make a final decision between supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren when Iowa holds the nation’s first caucus in a few weeks.

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 9:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.

Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong but that he had an obligation to evaluate and investigate the matter.

3 more linked to neo-Nazi group arrested in Georgia
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three men linked to a violent white supremacist group known as The Base were charged with conspiring to kill members of a militant anti-fascist group, police in Georgia announced Friday, a day after three other members were arrested on federal charges in Maryland and Delaware.

Tome Sans Specimen.pdf
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 6:12 pm

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AP Exclusive: AT&T under pressure to defy Maduro's censors
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 5:47 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC.

PURA D'OR Argan Oil Now at CVS Stores
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 5:47 pm

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What you need to know before 2020 Census starts in Alaska
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 5:16 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. Dillingham planned to spend time Friday at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage, giving students a lesson on statistics. Additional outreach is planned throughout the weekend.

Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 4:32 pm

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 7:19 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:

Eleven US troops flown to medical centers after Iran strike
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 7:19 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven U.S. troops were flown out of Iraq for evaluation of concussion-like symptoms in the days following an Iranian missile strike that President Donald Trump had said caused no harm to American forces, officials said Friday.

Boeing is working on a new software issue on the 737 Max
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 7:19 pm

Boeing is working to fix a newly discovered problem with software powering up on the 737 Max, adding to the list of tasks the aircraft maker faces to get the grounded plane back in the air.

Report: Disney dropping the 'Fox' from movie studio names
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 8:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports.

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 4:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women.

Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 3:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

ICE leader blames 'sanctuary' policies for NYC killing
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's top immigration official blamed the “sanctuary policies” of New York City on Friday for the sexual assault and killing of a 92-year-old woman, while the mayor's office decried such rhetoric as “fear, hate and attempts to divide.”

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 1:46 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy.

Foley Family Wines Partners With Vistaar for Its Pricing Excellence Initiative
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 12:47 pm

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Primate Research Center Alpha Genesis Expands Research Program
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:45 am

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HTL-STREFA, Inc's. Prevent® DropSafe™ Safety Pen Needles are the 2019 New Product of the Year
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:45 am

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Genwave Technologies Acquires GWI Telecom
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 11:16 am

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Students reinstated amid hazing probe at Michigan school
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 10:15 am

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Three Detroit-area high school students who were suspended during an investigation of hazing by football players are back in class, a lawyer said.

Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 7:16 am

Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal.

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