Survey: 1 in 4 college women report unwanted sexual contact

Written by Julie Carr Smyth,
AP writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 04:22

Nearly a quarter of undergraduate women surveyed at more than two dozen universities say they experienced unwanted sexual contact sometime during college, according to a report.

New 'In God We Trust' decals on Texas cop cars draw complaints

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 September 2015 19:30

A police department in a Texas Bible Belt community has placed large "In God We Trust" decals on its patrol vehicles in response to recent violence against law enforcement officers, drawing criticism from a watchdog group that says the decals amount to an illegal government endorsement of religion.

Indian and Chinese immigrants to U.S. are outpacing those from Mexico

Written by Jamie Stengle,
AP writer
Monday, 31 August 2015 17:39

Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master’s degree at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

Happy birthday and many more: Social Security turning 80

Written by The AP Monday, 10 August 2015 09:01

As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government's largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history.

Relatively modest changes to taxes and benefits could still save it for generations of Americans to come, but Congress must act quickly, and even limited changes are politically difficult.

Illinois governor severely restricts medical uses of marijuana

Written by Carla K. Johnson,

AP Medical writer
Friday, 11 September 2015 19:06

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration issued a broad rejection Thursday of expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with medical marijuana in Illinois, refusing to add osteoarthritis, migraine, post-traumatic stress disorder and eight other health problems.


Finalist Sword and Plough repurposes military surplus into “rugged yet refined bags, packs and accessories. We employ veterans directly and through our suppliers; all products made in USA. We donate 10% of profits to veteran support organizations.” —PHOTO: Screen capture

Cookie and clothing makers, a fitness studio and an old-fashioned five-and-dime retailer have made the cut in a competition to win a Super Bowl ad.

Hottest ticket in Washington is pope's Sept. appearance at the Capitol

Written by Donna Cassata
and Andrew Taylor,
AP writers
Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:18

Rep. Peter Welch’s sister, Maureen, had better intelligence than the five-term Vermont congressman about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the United States and his historic address to Congress.

Bearded brotherhood clubs making a difference in their communities

Written by Andy Kerstetter,
Gillette News Record
Saturday, 08 August 2015 05:58

The style of beard doesn't matter.

Goatee. Chinstrap. Muttonchops. Soul Patch. French fork. The Phil Robertson.

Calls for stronger gun laws follow on-air shootings

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 10 September 2015 20:18

The on-air slayings of a TV journalist and her cameraman in Virginia brought renewed attention to gun violence in the United States, which has the highest percentage of privately owned guns in the world, followed at a distance by Serbia and then Yemen.

Each day, an average of 89 people die of gunshot wounds in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 58 of those deaths are suicides. Most of those who die are white and male.

For the record: Journalism groups challenge government press restrictions

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 17:36

The 49th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act arrived this summer with dozens of newspaper groups challenging policies and orders keeping government affairs out of the sunshine and shielded from public review.

Fetal tissue is critical for medical researchers

Written by AP Tuesday, 11 August 2015 06:05

For decades, U.S. scientists have been using cells from aborted fetuses in medical research to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS.

Woman turns Texas cattle ranch into vegan animal sanctuary

Written by Ian Goodrum,
The Facts
Monday, 03 August 2015 15:06

Renee King-Sonnen -PHOTO: Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

For generations, Sonnen Ranch has been a place for raising livestock — where animals, though treated humanely, were destined to be used for meat or dairy products. Now, after several rounds of fundraising, the ranch has been transformed into Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, a safe haven for farm animals, allowing the creatures to live out their lives without distress.