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01/18/2017 06:53 PM
Alaska volcano erupts again, sends ash cloud to 31,000 feet
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska volcano active since mid-December has erupted again.

01/18/2017 06:53 PM
Ice storm paralyzes parts of Oregon, Washington state

Icicles, formed by freezing rain and stiff winds, hang from a road sign along Interstate 84 in Troutdale, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. An ice storm shut down parts of major highways and interstates Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed the hardest hit towns along the Columbia River Gorge with up to 2 inches of ice coating the ground in some places. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — An ice storm shut down major highways Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed towns in the Columbia River Gorge with up to 2 inches of ice at the same time rising temperatures in Portland raised the prospect of flooding after the largest snowstorm in years.



01/18/2017 06:51 PM
Jennifer Lopez: NBC's 'Bye Bye Birdie' evokes stage roots

Jennifer Lopez attends the NBCUniversal portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Lopez says NBC's version of "Bye Bye Birdie" will bring the musical back to its stage roots.



01/18/2017 06:51 PM
Paul McCartney files lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonged.

01/18/2017 06:51 PM
Prosecutor: SC lawmaker took wife's phone, bit her nose

Suspended South Carolina Rep. Chris Corley, left, talks to his lawyer, John Delgado, right, at the Aiken County courthouse in Aiken, S.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2016. A judge set a $50,000 bond for Corley on a more serious charge of domestic violence. Corley was originally charged with second-degree criminal domestic violence, but an Aiken County grand jury indicted the 36-year-old Republican earlier this month on the more serious charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker remained jailed Wednesday on the state's most serious domestic violence charge as prosecutors disclosed new details of an alleged attack, saying he bit his wife's nose and took her cellphone so she couldn't call for help.



01/18/2017 06:46 PM
Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Manning's prison term

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Pfc. Chelsea Manning. For most Americans, Manning has been a hero or villain based on how they view her decision to leak classified material. For transgender people, she has another dimension _ serving as a potent symbol of their struggles for acceptance. With the commutation of her prison sentence by President Barack Obama, now set for release in May 2017, she and will re-enter a society bitterly divided over many aspects of transgender rights. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq.



01/18/2017 06:46 PM
Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of FameJeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short. Steroids-tainted stars Barry ...



01/18/2017 06:44 PM
To avoid more 'Daily Show' ridicule, Arizona kills bills
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker's proposal to penalize colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies classes has essentially died after getting widely panned by Democrats and liberal commentators across the nation.

01/18/2017 06:41 PM
The Latest: Florida Rep. Rutherford still in hospital

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the White House budget office, failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household worker more than a decade ago, prompting the Senate’s top Democrat to issue a statement saying the lapse should disqualify his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):



01/18/2017 06:40 PM
Steelers WR Antonio Brown apologizes for livestreaming video

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) breaks a tackle by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) after making a reception during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown insists he didn't mean to disrespect his coach or create a distraction when the All-Pro wide receiver livestreamed the raucous aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers' playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week.



01/18/2017 06:39 PM
So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at TrumpWASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV.



01/18/2017 06:39 PM
In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoaxDonald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements. In response to questions ...



01/18/2017 06:38 PM
The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

Inside view at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):



01/18/2017 06:36 PM
Vegemite being bought by Australian dairy company

Vegemite being bought by Australian dairy companyVegemite, the salty spread beloved in Australia, is being sold by the maker of Oreo cookies to an Australian dairy company. The spread and other grocery products are being sold by Mondelez to Bega Cheese ...



01/18/2017 06:36 PM
Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Hall of Fame
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were named Wednesday as the newest Baseball Hall of Fame members while steroid-linked stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens edged nearer to selection. Players needed 75 percent support, or 332 of the 442 votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, to be elected among the sport's icons. Long-time San Diego pitcher Trevor Hoffman, an ace reliever with 601 career saves, just missed with 74 percent backing with Vladimir Guerrero next at 71.7 percent.

01/18/2017 06:34 PM
JPMorgan settles mortgage discrimination lawsuit

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. logo is displayed at their headquarters in New York. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, it was announced that JPMorgan Chase settled charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against black and Hispanics customers seeking home mortgages. While the $55 million settlement is not a big financial dent to the giant bank, the cases emerged from the housing crisis, illustrating the depth of the quagmire that has trailed banks for a decade. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase will pay $55 million to settle federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crisis.



01/18/2017 06:34 PM
Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

This Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, photo, shows Netflix on a tablet, in North Andover, Mass. Netflix reports financial results Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service.



01/18/2017 06:33 PM
Netflix adds a third more subscribers than expected; shares jump eight percent

FILE PHOTO - The Netflix sign on screen on an ipad in EncinitasStreaming video pioneer Netflix Inc added over a third more subscribers than expected in the last quarter of 2016, a sign of success for its ambitious global expansion that sent its shares up 8 percent in extended trading. Netflix signed up 7.1 million new subscribers globally, far more than the 5.2 million analysts had expected, according to research firm FactSet, beating targets at home and abroad even as it raised prices. Original shows like "Marvel's Luke Cage" and British drama "The Crown" performed strongly around the world, Netflix said, noting that competitors were adapting to compete.



01/18/2017 06:31 PM
How to improve your sex life without breaking the bank

FILE - This Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, file photo shows a display of prescription medicines for impotence and sexual problems at a doctor's office in San Diego. For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires prescription help, but prices of the most popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled over the past seven years. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty.



01/18/2017 06:30 PM
Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is seen on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The Supreme Court is expressing doubts about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups.



01/18/2017 06:26 PM
CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans
By Jonathan Landay LANGLEY, Va. (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time. The guidelines are designed "in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people," CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government's surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.

01/18/2017 06:21 PM
Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

FILE - This Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, shows a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline under construction near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the oil pipeline, asked a a federal judge on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.



01/18/2017 06:21 PM
FBI investigating threats to Jewish centers
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities say they're investigating threats to Jewish centers nationwide.

01/18/2017 06:17 PM
CIA publishes guidelines for handling Americans' info
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before Donald Trump takes office, the CIA on Wednesday published for the first time its guidelines for how it collects, stores, searches and shares information about Americans. New rules put limits on those who can search it and require they give a reason.

01/18/2017 06:17 PM
Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

FILE - In this July 26, 2016 file photo, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy.



01/18/2017 06:14 PM
Ray Liotta finds career on upswing with TV police series
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ray Liotta knows that he's firmly cemented in the public's mind as the real-life mobster in played in the 1990 movie "Goodfellas."

01/18/2017 06:14 PM
Celta inflict shock Cup defeat on Real Madrid

Celta Vigo players celebrate after scoring their second goal during their Spanish Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 18, 2017After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu. All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo's reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win. "I am not worried," insisted Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.



01/18/2017 06:13 PM
FBI probing wave of fake bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centers
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twenty-seven Jewish community centers in 17 U.S. states reported receiving false telephone bomb threats on Wednesday, prompting evacuations and an FBI probe into the second wave of hoax attacks to target American Jewish facilities this month. The JCC Association of North America, a network of health and education centers, said the threatened organizations were working with police and many had resumed operations after no bombs were found nor injuries reported, as was the case after the earlier series of threats on Jan. 9. No one claimed responsibility for the calls on Wednesday nor nine days ago, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has not named any suspects nor described a likely motive.

01/18/2017 06:12 PM
Orlando gunman's widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband

This June 20, 2016, photo released by the City of Orlando shows bullet holes and openings where police officers breached a wall of the Pulse nightclub to free hostages trapped in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history on the night of June 12, 2016. Forty-nine people were killed and dozens were injured after gunman Omar Mateen entered the gay nightclub and opened fire last June. (City of Orlando via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.



01/18/2017 06:12 PM
The Latest: George HW Bush, Barbara, in hospital overnight

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara, are greeted before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit, and Barbara was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):



01/18/2017 06:11 PM
Alanis Morissette manager admits to $4.8M theft from singer

FILE - This June 20, 2014 file photo Alanis Morissette arrives at the 4th Annual Production Of The 24 Hour Plays After-Party in Santa Monica, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a business manager who embezzled more than $6.5 million from Morissette and other entertainment and sports figures has agreed to plead guilty. Jonathan Todd Schwartz agreed Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 to plead guilty in Los Angeles federal court to two felonies that carry a maximum of 23 years in federal prison. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $6.5 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.



01/18/2017 06:07 PM
Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals.

01/18/2017 06:03 PM
Carlson starts strong at Fox News Channel
NEW YORK (AP) — In his first week, Tucker Carlson moved seamlessly into Megyn Kelly's time slot at Fox News Channel without skipping a beat in the ratings.

01/18/2017 05:59 PM
Video captures woman's rescue from snowy California ridge
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a woman is recovering after a harrowing rescue caught on tape when she slid down a snow-covered ridge while hiking in Southern California.

01/18/2017 05:52 PM
West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight

West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnightAfter more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a midnight military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation ...



01/18/2017 05:51 PM
Bush senior in intensive care, wife Barbara also hospitalized

Former US President George H.W. Bush (L) and his wife Barbara, pictured in 2009, are both hospitalized in HoustonFormer president George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit Wednesday suffering from pneumonia, highlighting concerns about the health of a political dynasty's patriarch just as a new US leader prepares to enter office. Bush, 92, was initially hospitalized Saturday for shortness of breath, but was moved to intensive care "to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," Bush's office said in a statement. Early Wednesday, Bush's wife, the former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, also was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital "as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing," it said.



01/18/2017 05:48 PM
Foreclosed mall once valued at $190M is auctioned for $100

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, the flare from the gas burn off from a Marcellus shale well is seen over the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Tarentum, Pa. The Pennsylvania mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million has been auctioned off for $100. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million has been auctioned off for $100.



01/18/2017 05:47 PM
Trump health pick defends stocks, says Americans won't lose insurance

Rep. Tom Price testifies on his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary in Washington.By Toni Clarke and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defended his stock holdings and proposals to dismantle Obamacare on Wednesday, saying Americans would not suddenly lose health insurance. Representative Tom Price told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, one of two that oversee the health department, that there was no connection between his purchase of certain health company stocks and his promotion of legislation that would have helped the companies.



01/18/2017 05:47 PM
In Wyoming, campus guns are more about safety than politics

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren't a punch line.



01/18/2017 05:47 PM
US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others

FILE - This June 18, 2012, file photo shows Oracle headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. In a statement issued Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, Oracle called the lawsuit "politically motivated, based on false allegations and wholly without merit." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, claiming that the technology giant has a "systemic practice" of paying white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles.



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