Sharply different reactions to State of the Union address

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 13 January 2016 09:07

The president delivers his final State of the Union address.

In a polarized Washington, President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address drew sharply different partisan reactions, with a few exceptions.

Remembering David Bowie, who has died at 69

Written by Reuters Monday, 11 January 2016 07:36

wo women stop at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, Jan. 11.
REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Politicians, musicians and fans around the world — from the Vatican to the International Space Station — paid tribute to David Bowie on Monday, following his death at 69 from cancer.

Judge: Monkey cannot own selfie photos copyright

Written by Olga R. Rodriguez,
AP writer
Friday, 08 January 2016 16:09

—PHOTO: Naruto

A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos, a federal judge has ruled.

Clinton outlines plan for addressing autism, expanding screening

Written by Reuters Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:44

Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Jan. 5 outlined her plan for dealing with autism, which affects millions of Americans and their families, calling for nationwide screening and a ban on the use of physical restraints in schools.

Ringling to retire all circus elephants in May

Written by Tamara Lush,
AP writer
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:53

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May.

Legendary rock star David Bowie dies at 69 after battle with cancer

Written by Paul Sandle
and Guy Faulconbridge
Monday, 11 January 2016 07:22

Legendary British rock star David Bowie has died aged 69 after a secret battle with cancer.

Sandra Bland’s mother: Trooper perjury charge ‘not justice’

Associated Press writer
Friday, 08 January 2016 11:24

The mother of a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop in July expressed outrage this week that the white state trooper who pulled her over was only charged with nothing more than perjury. And even on that misdemeanor, Sandra Bland’s anguished mother said she had little confidence in the prospect of a conviction.

Geneva Reed-Veal told reporters in Chicago the trooper should have been charged with assault, battery and false arrest.

US repeals meat labeling law after trade rulings against it

Associated Press
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 11:48

It’s now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.

After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the animal’s country of origin on packages of red meat. It’s a major victory for the meat industry, which had fought the law in Congress and the courts since the early 2000s.

Democrats furious over immigration raids

Written by The AP Monday, 11 January 2016 12:40

Congressional Democrats confronted White House officials over holiday-season raids seeking Central American immigrants for deportation, accusing the administration of spreading terror through immigrant communities.

Cut sugar, limit salt, look for lean: New food guidelines released

Written by The AP Saturday, 09 January 2016 04:54

Better cut down on sugar, especially those 16-ounce drinks, and limit your salt. But you might not need to worry quite as much about eggs.

The Obama administration's latest dietary guidelines, released Thursday, seek to help Americans reduce their likelihood of disease and obesity through a more healthful diet. The newest guidance comes down hard on sugar that's added to food and drinks but says lean meat is a healthy protein and more eggs may be OK, despite years of advice to the contrary.

Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood dies at 81

Associated Press
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:55

Robert Stigwood, the impresario who managed the Bee Gees and produced 1970s blockbusters “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” has died. He was 81.

Stigwood’s office said he died on Jan. 4. The cause of death was not announced.

Obama announces executive action to reduce gun violence Jan. 5: The fact sheet

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 05 January 2016 05:52

On Jan. 5, in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama announced new executive actions to reduce gun violence.