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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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Friday 08/23/2019
For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:46 am

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.

DOJ: Immigration jail shouldn't have to pay minimum wage
Posted: August 23, 2019 - 11:41 am

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.

APNewsBreak: US government unveils final Utah monument plan
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:46 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government's final management plan for land in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn't include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year.

Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vaping
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:46 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials are reporting what could be United States' first death tied to vaping.

US stocks fall sharply as US-China trade war escalates
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:46 am

Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street Friday after President Donald Trump called on U.S. companies to consider alternatives to doing business in China. He also said he would respond to Beijing's latest tariff increase.

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.

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died Friday at 79.

Powell says Fed will aid economy, but Trump escalates attack
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Friday that the Fed stands ready to cut interest rates further if the economy needs it but wasn't clear about when or by how much.

Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 11:16 am

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge on Friday named a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett that accused him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.

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.

Authorities probe Sacramento light rail crash, 27 injured
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 10:31 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a crash that injured 27 people when Sacramento light rail commuter train struck a maintenance train.

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.

Memorials for former governor Blanco move to her Cajun home
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 8:46 am

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region.

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

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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):

Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed in Florida
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:31 pm

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison.

Today in History
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Fans choose sides in the 'Chicken Sandwich War' of our time
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 8:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time politics isn't at the heart of it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry.

Key Mueller cooperator Gates testifies in trial of DC lawyer
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 8:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, testified Thursday against a prominent Washington attorney accused of concealing information from the Justice Department about work done for the government of Ukraine.

California sails toward biggest salmon harvest in years
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 8:16 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon.

FAA puts out a call for pilots to test changes in Boeing jet
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 8:03 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Federal safety officials are recruiting pilots from airlines around the world to test changes that Boeing is making to the flight-control software on the grounded 737 Max jet, according to two people briefed on the situation.

Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 8:03 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an abortion dispute with the Trump administration.

The Latest: 7 go to hospital after Hawaii emergency landing
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 7:32 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a Hawaiian Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after reports of smoke in the plane (all times local):

Atlanta-based company execs survived California plane crash
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 6:03 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight executives of an Atlanta-based package company were among the 10 people who escaped when a plane burst into flames at a small Northern California airport, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

As global economic picture dims, solutions seem out of reach
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 7:49 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — As global leaders gather on two continents to take account of a darkening economic outlook, this is the picture they face:

North Dakota agency disregarded policy on spill reporting
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 4:46 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department disregarded its own policy in updating the volume of a 2015 pipeline spill at a natural gas processing plant, and it remains unclear whether promised quarterly inspections of the site have been done in the past two years as cleanup continued.

US stock indexes end mixed ahead of Fed chairman speech
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 4:32 pm

A wobbly day on Wall Street left stock indexes mostly lower Thursday as investors turned cautious ahead of a widely anticipated speech by the Federal Reserve chairman.

Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 4:32 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms.

Gas leak prompts closure of San Diego zoo
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 4:16 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A broken gas line has prompted the evacuation and closure of the San Diego Zoo for a day while crews work to repair it.

Kodak Black pleads guilty to federal weapons charges
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 3:47 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May.

Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 3:17 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars.

Sanders, Harris set for showdown in delegate-rich California
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 3:02 pm

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has promised to win the California presidential primary in March, but home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is defending her turf — putting the two on a collision course in a state both see as a critical steppingstone to the White House.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces run for 3rd term
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 3:02 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, announced Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor.

Man dubbed 'Boy Next Door Killer' found sane by jury
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors on Thursday found a man prosecutors have dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" was sane when he fatally stabbed two women and tried to kill a third inside their Southern California homes.

Carolinas amusement park closes new coaster after injury
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 1:47 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An amusement park located in both North and South Carolina has closed its newest roller coaster after someone suffered a thumb injury.

Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported.

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says he's running for Senate
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:17 pm

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 10:17 am

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages.

Plane crash into California ocean was no stunt, pilot says
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 10:03 am

The pilot of a small plane that went down in the waters off Northern California is a self-professed thrill-seeker whose stunts have sometimes gotten him in trouble with authorities.

Hatch Assembles Advisory Board for First-Time-Ever Aquaculture Seed Fund
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 8:16 am

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All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans restored
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 7:45 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line.

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Updated: August 22, 2019 - 7:32 am

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