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House Passes Bill to Drop Legal Protections for Gray Wolves

Proctections Were Secured in the 1970s

WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves…

Judge: White House Must Return CNN’s Jim Acosta’s Credential

The Order was Made on Friday Morning

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision following a hearing in Washington. The judge said Acosta’s credentials would be returned immediately and reactivated to allow him access to…

Couple, Homeless man Charged in Charitable Scam

The Couple Raised Over $400,000 on Go Fund Me

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday. Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina announced criminal charges against the couple who…

FDA to Crack Down on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Vapes

Flavored E-Cigs Have Been Blames for Increased Teen Vaping

NEW YORK – A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes. Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed the plans on Thursday. The move represents a major step to further push down U.S….

Sheriff Asks Hunters to Look for Evidence in Disappearance

Closs has Been Missing Since October 15

BARRON, Wis. – The Wisconsin sheriff leading the investigation into the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl and the fatal shootings of her parents is asking hunters for help. The state’s nine-day gun deer hunt begins early Saturday and runs through Nov. 25. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald asked deer hunters Wednesday to report anything suspicious, such as clothing or weapons…

CNN Sues Trump, Demanding Return of Acosta to White House

The Lawsuit was Filed on Tuesday

NEW YORK – CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be returned. The administration revoked them last week following President Trump’s contentious news conference, where Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn’t want to hear anything more from him. The lawsuit was filed…

Students Pledge To Not Text & Drive

"It Can Wait Campaign" Focuses On Texting While Driving, With A Distracted Driving Simulator At Marshall School

DULUTH, Minn. — “It can wait” campaign highlighted the dangers of distracted driving to the students of Duluth Marshall School. About 250 attended and watched a video telling the true stories of Caleb and Forrest, who were killed by smartphone distracted driving. After the presentation students were encouraged to try out the distracted driving simulator and put their skills to…

Firing of Sessions Sparks Protest in Duluth

Group Protests Outside Courthouse

DULUTH, Minn.- Anti-Trump protesters took to the steps outside the St. Louis County Courthouse. The group was not happy about President Trump’s firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Overall, the protesters were making their voices heard because they say the Trump Administration is not above the law. Thursday night’s cold weather didn’t stop more than a dozen men and…

Subaru Recalls Nearly 400K Vehicles to fix Stalling Problems

DETROIT – Subaru is recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix two problems that can cause them to stall. The first recall covers about 229,000 Outback and Legacy vehicles from the 2018 model year. Government documents say a software problem can stop the low-fuel warning light from illuminating and make the miles-to-empty display inaccurate. The problem can cause…

Ginsburg, 85, Hospitalized After Fracturing Three Ribs in Fall

The Fall Occurred Wednesday Evening

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital. The court says the justice went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight. The court says the fall occurred Wednesday evening. Ginsburg was admitted to the…

Thirteen Dead Including Gunman in Shooting at California bar

The Shooting Happened on College Night at a Country Music bar

(RMG News via AP)THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded gunman dressed all in black opened fire during “college night” at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in terror, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead. Authorities said the motive for the attack Wednesday…

Radinovich: Many More Precincts to Go

DFL Candidate Not Conceding

BAXTER, Minn.- Despite falling behind in votes, DFL Candidate for Minnesota’s 8th District, Joe Radinovich, announces in a speech that he is not conceding the race. As of 11:30pm, Radinovich’s 83,111 votes trail behind Stauber’s 106,026. The DFL Candidate said in his speech that there still many more precincts to go, and that he will continue fighting for working families….

Wisconsinites Head To The Polls To Deliver Their Verdict On The Midterms

Election Day In Wisconsin Brings Quick Lines With Numerous Volunteers Helping

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The race is on to the polls! The main concern for Wisconsin polling places are to keep the lines short to increase voter turnout. Superior election officials are dividing the tasks of election registrations at breakneck speed as numerous volunteers are helping out. The Chief Inspector in Douglas County Pamela Brokaw said, “It’s been very busy, there’s been…

Minnesotans Waste No Time And Hit The Polls Early

The Secretary of State says more than 600,000 ballots have already been cast in Minnesota through the absentee process, putting Minnesota on pace to have the highest voter participation rate in the country.

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s finally election day and Minnesotans wasted no time in hitting the polls early! The Secretary of State says more than 600,000 ballots have already been cast in Minnesota through the absentee process, putting Minnesota on pace to have the highest voter participation rate in the country. But that didn’t stop many Northlanders’ from voting the old…

USOC Moves to Shut Down USA Gymnastics After Nassar Scandal

The Organization has Made Repeated Mistakes

(AP) – The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an open letter to the gymnastics community Monday,…

Trump Says State Spokeswoman Might be Next UN Ambassador

Trump may Make a Decision Next Week

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is “under very serious consideration” to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump says he will “probably” make a decision on the nomination next week. Nauert was a reporter for Fox News Channel before she became State Department spokeswoman under former secretary Rex Tillerson. She would…

Synagogue suspect pleads not guilty as more funerals planned

Bowers was Issued a 44 Count Indictment

PITTSBURGH (AP) — With two more funerals set for Thursday, the anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could put him on death row. Robert Bowers, 46, was arraigned one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing…

US Home Price Gains Weaken for Fifth Straight Month

There is a Broad Weakening in the Housing Market

WASHINGTON – U.S. home price gains slowed for the fifth straight month in August as higher mortgage rates have lowered home sales. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 5.5 percent in August compared with a year earlier, down from a 5.9 percent gain in the previous month. The deceleration reflects a broader weakening in the nation’s housing…

FBI Says Package was Intended for CNN in Atlanta

All Maill to CNN has Been Screened Offsite Since Last Week

MIAMI (AP) – The FBI has confirmed that a suspicious package recovered at a post office in Atlanta was addressed to CNN and was “similar in appearance to others.” The statement sent via the agency’s Twitter account confirms the announcement earlier in the day by CNN President Jeff Zucker, who said a suspicious parcel being sent to the network had…

Male Student Shot at NC high School by Fellow Student has Died

A Student Shot a Fellow Student Monday Morning

MATTHEWS, N.C. – North Carolina police say a male student shot by another student at a high school has died. Capt. Stason Tyrrell of the Matthews Police Department announced the news late Monday morning. Officials said earlier in the day that the Butler High School student had been brought to a hospital in critical condition. Tyrrell didn’t release the victim’s…

Harrowing Tales Emerge From Synagogue; Suspect due in Court

Statistics Show Anti-Semitism has Been on the Rise in the U.S.

PITTSBURGH – A rabbi who helped alert authorities to the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people says it was because of recent security training that he had a cellphone on him and was able to make the call. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he hadn’t always carried…

Sessions Says Bomb Suspect Appears ‘Partisan’

FBI Director Says too Early to Discuss a Motive

WASHINGTON -Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he doesn’t know why pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats and CNN but says a Florida man charged in the case “appears to be a partisan.” Sessions and other law enforcement officials are declining to speculate on whether the current divided political climate in America and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric emboldened the man….

One in Custody in Connection With Package Bombs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says a person has been taken into custody in connection with a series of package bombs sent to prominent Democrats. Spokeswoman Sarah Flores says a news conference is scheduled for later Friday. The person’s name was not immediately released. Officials have located 12 devices addressed in recent days to Democratic figures including former President…

More Suspicious Packages Found, These to Booker, Clapper

A Total of 12 Devices Have now Been Recovered

(ABC News via AP)WASHINGTON — Suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper — and similar in appearance to pipe bomb devices sent to other prominent Democrats — have been intercepted, the FBI said Friday, as investigators scrambled from coast to coast to locate the culprit and motives behind a bizarre plot…

Officials Planning to Move Canadian Wolves to Isle Royale

The Move Will Take Place This Winter

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) – Officials plan to relocate several gray wolves from the Canadian province of Ontario to Isle Royale National Park this winter. It’s the next step in rebuilding the depleted wolf population at the Lake Superior park. Only two remained until crews took four more wolves to the island from Minnesota this fall. Plans call for transporting 20-30…

No big Powerball Winner; Jackpot now up to $750 Million

No one has won the Powerball Jackpot Since August 11

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – No one has won the big Powerball prize, so the estimated jackpot now grows to $750 million – potentially the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The next drawing will be Saturday. On Wednesday night, when it was at $620 million, the Powerball jackpot looked sort of puny given all the attention lavished on the…

Police: Multiple People Shot in Kentucky Grocery Store

Authorities Have not Released Extent of Victims' Injuries

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Multiple people were shot at a Kroger grocery store Wednesday on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, and one suspect was detained, police said. A dispatcher with the Jeffersontown Police Department who spoke to The Associated Press did not give details on the extent of the victims’ injuries and would not give his name. He also did…

Update: Suspicious Packages also sent to Eric Holder and Rep. Maxine Waters

The Investigation is Still Ongoing

WASHINGTON (AP) – A device intended for former Attorney General Eric Holder is among those intercepted in recent days. That’s according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss an ongoing investigation. One of the people says the device was sent to the wrong address. It was then sent back to what was…

Explosive Devices Sent to Obama, Clintons; CNN Evacuated

Neither Clinton or Obama Received the Packages

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted a bomb that was addressed to Hillary Clinton and also discovered a possible explosive that was sent to former President Barack Obama. Also Wednesday, a police bomb squad was sent to CNN’s offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package. A U.S….

Agents nab Possible Explosive Devices Sent to Obama, Clinton

Authorities Believe the Explosives are Linked to Another Device Found Monday

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Secret Service says agents have intercepted packages containing “possible explosive devices” addressed to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The agency says neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages, and neither was at risk of receiving them because of screening procedures. It says the devices were discovered late Tuesday and early Wednesday….

US official: Explosive Device Found at Clintons’ NY Home

The Device was Found in Chappaqua, New York

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. official says a “functional explosive device” was found at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s suburban New York home. The official says investigators believe the explosive is linked to one found Monday at the compound of liberal billionaire George Soros. The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The…

US Probes Ford Pickup Tailgates Opening Unexpectedly

Ford is Cooperating With NHTSA

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickup trucks can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks from the 2017 model year. The agency says In documents posted Wednesday that it has…

Canada now World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace

Sales Started Just After Midnight

(Stephen MacGillivray/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) – Canada has become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Sales started just after midnight local time in Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province. Tom Clarke of Portugal Cove, once an illegal marijuana dealer and now a licensed retailer, was among the first to make a sale. At least 111…

No Winning Mega Millions Ticket; Jackpot Climbs to $868M

Mega Millions is Played in 44 States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the estimated jackpot climbs to $868 million. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667 million prize Tuesday night. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9. The next drawing will…

The Latest: Sheriff Dismisses Miami tip in Missing Girl Case

Jayme was Last Seen Sunday Afternoon

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -Authorities looking for a missing Wisconsin teenager whose parents were found dead in their home say a tip placing the girl’s whereabouts in Miami is not credible. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a Tuesday afternoon briefing that Miami police tweeted the information without consulting with Wisconsin investigators. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs…

Many in Florida Panhandle Still Without Power

12 Deaths Occured in Bay County

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – Six days after Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, nearly 137,000 customers remain without power in an 11-county region that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border. Michael slammed into the region on Oct. 10 and in the immediate aftermath as many as 400,000 customers in the state were…

Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Found Among Kids in 22 States

At Least 62 Cases Have Been Confirmed

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for…

Mega Millions Prize up to $654M, Fourth Largest in US History

The Cash Option is an Estimated $372 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot. Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night’s drawing increases to the fourth-largest in U.S. history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don’t improve. They’re stuck at a miserable…

Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

Allen Owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the…

Sears Files for Chapter 11 Amid Plunging Sales, Massive Debt

Sears is Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

NEW YORK (AP) – The company, inundated by debt and falling sales, said Monday that it would begin liquidation sales and close another 142 stores before the end of the year. The company that dominated the American retail landscape in the 20th century joins a long list of stores ravaged by changing technology and shopping patterns. Some stores have pulled…

Prince Harry and Meghan Expecting Their First Child in Spring

The Royal Couple is Expecting Their First Child

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to catch a…

Toyota Recalls Trucks, SUVs and Cars to fix air bag Problem

Recall Expected to Begin October 22

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota is recalling more than 168,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers 2018 and 2019 Tundra pickups and Sequoia SUVs as well as 2019 Avalon sedans. Toyota says the air bag control computer can erroneously detect a fault when the vehicles are started. With a…

Thousands of Young US Children get no Vaccines, Survey Finds

The Survy did not ask why the Kids Weren't Vaccinated

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. “This…

‘Unimaginable Destruction’: Hurricane Smashes Rows of Houses

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Hurricane Michael Slams Into Florida with 155 mph Winds

The Storm is Expected to Remain a Hurricane as it moves Over Georgia

1/2 (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption   PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 mph, the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly 50…

The Latest: Michael Strengthens Into Category 3 Hurricane

Some Areas Could see 13 Feet of Storm Surge

(Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) – Forecasters say Michael has strengthened into a major hurricane with winds of 120 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says in a Tuesday evening advisory that Michael has become a Category 3 hurricane and is moving north across the Gulf of Mexico at 12 mph. The hurricane is about…

Starbucks Provides Backup Care Benefit to US Workers

Employees Will get up to to Backup Care Days Each Year

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)SEATTLE (AP) – Starbucks’ U.S. employees have a new benefit: subsidized backup care for children and adults. The company says employees will get up to 10 backup care days each year to use when regular care is unavailable. More than 180,000 employees will be eligible. In-home backup care for kids or adults will cost employees $1…

BREAKING: UN Ambassador Haley resigning

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is resigning, The Associated Press has learned. President Donald Trump tweeted that he has a “big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m.” Congressional and Trump administration officials told the AP that Haley plans to resign. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized…

Limo That Crashed Killing 20 Failed Safety Inspection Last Month

The Limo ran a Stop Sign and Slammed into an Unoccupied SUV

(Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP) SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state moved to shut down the owner, Prestige Limousine, as state and federal…

Michael Strengthens Into a Hurricane, Menaces Florida

Michael Could Reach 111mph Winds by Tuesday

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael on Monday is likely to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected strike on Florida’s Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Michael could strengthen into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 mph by Tuesday night before an expected strike Wednesday on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according…