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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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Thursday 06/20/2019
Biden's words on segregationist senators draw rivals' fire
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 5:31 am

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is dismissing calls to apologize for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 5:02 am

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

Biden not apologizing for remarks on segregationist senators
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 3:00 am

Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed.

Hicks rebuffs questions on Trump White House in interview
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 2:58 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks refused to answer questions related to her time in the White House in a daylong interview with the House Judiciary Committee, dimming Democrats' chances of obtaining new or substantive information about President Donald Trump in their first interview with a person linked to his inner circle.

Public to weigh in on revised California vaccine bill
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:31 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on changes to a California measure that would give state public health officials oversight of doctors who grant a high number of medical exemptions for vaccinations and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Man says fire Phoenix officers who aimed guns at his family
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:15 am

PHOENIX (AP) — The young black man shown in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns and yelling obscenities at him and his pregnant fiancee told the City Council on Wednesday that he wants the officers fired.

Asian shares gain, Shanghai up 2.6%, on Fed rate cut talk
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:02 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were higher on Thursday, with the Shanghai benchmark up 2.6%, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed that it's prepared to cut interest rates if needed to shield the U.S. economy from trade conflicts or other threats.

Police shooting poses Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge yet
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:03 am

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg stood before newly sworn police officers to welcome them to the city's ranks, just as he has more than a dozen times since taking office. But this time he was a Democratic candidate for president, speaking just days after a white officer fatally shot a black man the officer said was armed with a knife.

Today in History
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 11:31 pm

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UN health agency to remove controversial opioid guidelines
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 10:46 pm

The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports.

McDonald's Kansas City burger in UK starts barbecue feud
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 9:02 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — McDonald's has started a trans-Atlantic barbecue feud with the introduction of a Kansas City-themed hamburger in the U.K.

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 8:01 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners.

Amid urgent climate warnings, EPA gives coal a reprieve
Posted: June 19, 2019 - 7:42 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scientists' increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America's sagging coal industry.

Self-help guru convicted in lurid sex-trafficking case
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 7:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted heiresses and Hollywood actresses was convicted Wednesday of turning his female devotees into his sex slaves through such means as shame, punishment and nude blackmail photos.

The Latest: Diesel fuel spilled in NV derailment; no hazmat
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 7:16 pm

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment that closed U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada for more than an hour (all times local):

Correction: California-Vaccination Legislation story
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 7:16 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 18 about changes to a vaccinations bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the group Educate. Advocate. remains opposed because the legislation now calls for using an existing state immunization registry instead of creating a separate database for vaccination exemptions. In fact, the group says it opposes any government database of children's private health records.

Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 7:05 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's not America's Top 40, but it's a cutting edge song.

Seattle campaign finance program gives voters $100 to donate
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 6:16 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — On a muggy spring morning, Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami weaves through front yards and porches, knocking on doors in a gritty but gentrifying neighborhood.

Correction: Phoenix Airport-TSA Officers Injured story
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 5:45 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story June 18 about a man who tried to rush through a security checkpoint at the Phoenix airport, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two federal officers were injured as they tried to subdue him. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says five TSA officers were treated for injuries. The AP also reported that two TSA officers and Phoenix police officers arrested him. Dankers says TSA officers have no arrest authority, and the man was arrested by Phoenix police.

Fed leaves its key rate unchanged but hints of future cuts
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 5:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday but signaled that it's prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the U.S. economy from trade conflicts and other threats.

AP-NORC poll: Majority worry about 2020 foreign meddling
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 5:16 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A majority of Americans are concerned that a foreign government might interfere in some way in the 2020 presidential election, whether by tampering with election results, stealing information or by influencing candidates or voter opinion, a new poll shows.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:45 pm

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

'Toy Story' lives on, but should it have?
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 11:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Like "Casablanca," ''Toy Story 3" concluded with the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Correction: Boy Fatally Shot-Wisconsin story
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — In a story June 18 about a 5-year-old Wisconsin boy who was left at a hospital with a fatal gunshot wound, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the child's grandfather said one of the two men who dropped off the boy was the child's father. Curtis Cannon said the men were his sons, but he didn't identify either as the boy's father and police confirmed that neither man was.

Pilots criticize Boeing for mistakes on its grounded jet
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

Airline union leaders and a famed former pilot said Wednesday that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so pilots could train for it.

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad:

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 4:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed.

The Latest: Fed sees no risk to dollar from cryptocurrencies
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

Train derails near Nevada-Utah line, closing interstate
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — A 60-mile stretch (96 kilometers) of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada has been closed while emergency crews respond to a train derailment. Authorities were investigating whether any hazardous materials were aboard the train.

Correction: Pregnant Woman Slain-Baby Taken story
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — In a story June 18 about a hospital being largely cleared for its handling of a Chicago woman accused of cutting a baby from a mother's womb, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Chicago Sun-Times, misattributed a quote to Jassen Strokosch, a Department of Children and Family Services spokesman. Despite Figueroa showing "no signs consistent with a woman who had just delivered a baby" should have been attributed to prosecutors.

Self-improvement guru whose teachings seduced actresses and heiresses is convicted in New York sex trafficking case
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-improvement guru whose teachings seduced actresses and heiresses is convicted in New York sex trafficking case.

Biden anti-cancer groups could pose influence concerns
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was on friendly turf when he appeared in January 2018 at a San Francisco health care conference to tout the work of his Biden Cancer Initiative, the nonprofit that has been his defining venture since leaving the Obama White House more than two years ago.

Text of the Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Old spy images reveal Himalayan glaciers are melting fast
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to.

The legacy of Denzel: Key moments from Washington AFI honors
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 12:45 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A night dedicated to an artist as prolific as Denzel Washington is bound to be an emotional one. The Oscar-winning actor, director, and producer is the face of some of the best-known films of the last few decades, including "Fences," ''Training Day," ''Malcolm X," and "Philadelphia." Naturally, he's touched a few lives along the way.

Senate panel approves emergency aid for migrant refugees
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A modified version of President Donald Trump's $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at the southern border swept through a key Senate panel on Wednesday after senior lawmakers removed "poison pills" that Democrats objected to.

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats 'radical'
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 11:32 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 as he kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a possible second term.

Study Links Use of the Baylis Medical RF Transseptal Needle to Procedural Cost-Savings
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

TORONTO, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - A cost-effectiveness analysis completed by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Baylis Medical has shown that use of Baylis' RF transseptal needle results in cost savings per procedure, compared to use of a mechanical transseptal needle.

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert.

The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.

Trump administration rolls back Obama rule targeting coal-fired power plants, issues less ambitious replacement
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 10:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration rolls back Obama rule targeting coal-fired power plants, issues less ambitious replacement.

Edmunds: Fun-to-drive new cars for a quarter-life crisis
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 9:31 am

You're likely familiar with the stereotype of a middle-aged person who impulsively splurges on an expensive new car. But there's also a similar experience at a different life stage: buying a flashy and fun vehicle right after you get your first well-paying job. You might call it a quarter-life crisis car.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 7:16 am

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

$4.5M in settlements over deaths tied to doc in murder case
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached nearly $4.5 million in settlements so far over the deaths of patients who allegedly received excessive painkiller doses ordered by a doctor now charged with murder.

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 3:16 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second term.

The Latest: Trump protesters rally at Orlando gay bar
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on planned protests of President Trump's reelection announcement in Florida (all times local):

The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Active shooter scare at Honolulu airport delays flights
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 1:33 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Flights were being delayed and hundreds of people were waiting to go through security screening at Honolulu's airport on Tuesday after an active shooter scare.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 11:46 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert.

Today in History
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

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