Uncategorized

Trump declares national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for ...

Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

By MARK SHERMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money. The ...

Year in space put astronaut’s disease defenses on alert

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists ...

New guidance on handling child bride petitions

By COLLEEN LONG The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new rules Friday to scrutinize petitions to bring in underage spouses to the U.S. after data showed thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides had been approved. U.S. ...

Omar’s edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — As Ilhan Omar’s political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they ...

People in the news

Allred contacted law about R Kelly tape CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Gloria Allred tells The Associated Press she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R. Kelly ...

Pope OKs miracle needed for Briton’s sainthood

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican convert, a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, beatified Newman during a visit to Britain in 2010. In the Catholic ...

100 days after Paradise burned, the stories of the victims

By JOCELYN GECKER and JANIE HAR The Associated Press On that frantic morning, TK Huff was calm. The 71-year-old amputee sat in his wheelchair, pointing a garden hose at what quickly became the deadliest wildfire in California history. Nobody knew at the time, early on Nov. 8, how bad ...

France leading change at NASCAR from the shadows

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jim France is running NASCAR the same way he lives his life — quietly, in the background, away from the spotlight he never craved. The youngest son of NASCAR’s founder carved his own path in the family business and left the ...

No female drivers in Daytona 500, but pipeline has potential

By MARK LONG The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hailie Deegan spent more time at Daytona 500 media day than any other driver. The 17-year-old was a guest host for NASCAR.com, trading in her firesuit for a microphone and interviewing one Cup Series star after another. It was the ...

Knaus starting over in 2019 with Byron

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chad Knaus got his first big break at Hendrick Motorsports when he was picked to build a team from scratch around a rookie driver who had yet to prove he belonged at NASCAR’s top level. The driver was Jimmie Johnson. Once ...

No. 25 Buffalo tops Toledo

By NOAH TRISTER The Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Buffalo is still in a bit of a 3-point shooting funk — except for Nick Perkins, who lifted the Bulls to an impressive victory in a Mid-American Conference showdown with Toledo. Perkins matched his career high with 26 points — ...

Postseason prospects for SEC women’s teams on shaky ground

By STEVE MEGARGEE The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — This hasn’t been a typical season for Southeastern Conference women’s basketball, and the league could feel the consequences when the NCAA Tournament bracket comes out. When the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee ...

Thomas, Scott share lead at rain-delayed Riviera

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Justin Thomas was playing well enough to want to keep going, with six birdies in a seven-hole stretch before it was too dark to continue Friday at the Genesis Open. It also was raining. It was cold. And he already had been slogging ...

NHL Roundup: Rangers rout Sabres

BUFFALO (AP) — Rookie Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots, including 13 in the final period, and the New York Rangers rolled to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice in the final four minutes, while also adding an assist. Jesper Fast and Boo ...

Hill earns Truck victory at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Hill blocked his way to his first career Truck Series victory in a crash-marred season-opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. With only nine of the 32 trucks still running in the second overtime, Hill had to block Grant Enfinger for most of ...

Logano and Harvick lead Ford sweep at Daytona

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 qualifying races in a pair of Ford sweeps that have the new Mustang positioned for a strong showing in “The Great American Race.” Harvick won the first of the 150-mile ...

Dillon, Wallace try and rekindle Daytona 500 magic

By DAN GELSTON The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon would fly home from another miserable race last year — say, a 35th-place finish at Talladega or a 37th at Chicagoland — and try and comfort himself with thoughts of when he was feeling sky high. “Every time ...

Boone hopes Yankees ‘get to top of the mountain’ in 2019

By MARK DIDTLER The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Boone kept tuning into postseason games, even after his New York Yankees were eliminated by Boston, and he watched the Red Sox win the World Series. “I don’t know if it was to torture myself or what,” the New York manager ...

Islanders beat Blue Jackets, 3-0

By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night. Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist, and Nicklas ...