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Tariffs take toll on whiskey exports in last half of 2018

By BRUCE SCHREINER The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Retaliatory tariffs caused a sharp downturn in American whiskey exports in the last half of 2018 as distillers started feeling the pain from global trade disputes, an industry trade group said Tuesday. Exports to some key ...

Police: Aurora attacker used gun he shouldn’t have owned

By DON BABWIN and CARYN ROUSSEAU The Associated Press AURORA, Ill. — The man who opened fire and killed five co-workers including the plant manager, human resources manager and an intern working his first day at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse, took a gun he wasn’t ...

The death of Democrats?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Both of America’s great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity — racial, religious, ethnic, cultural — as its own and as America’s “greatest strength.” Understandably so, for the party is ...

Nobody likes to see us as kids

By CONNIE SCHULTZ Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever. David Hogg, a survivor of last year’s Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, comes to mind. He was 17 when, sitting in his AP environmental science class at Marjory ...

New Green Deal equals more taxes

By MARC A. THIESSEN Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the “FAQ” to NPR, The Washington ...

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

By JOSEPH PISANI The Associated Press NEW YORK — In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and ...

Amount for border wall not determined

By BOB BURNS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump’s border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. ...

Potential privacy lapse found in 2010 census data

BY SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency ...

Tatum, Harris, Diallo win titles at All-Star Saturday

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Boston’s Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O’Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn’s Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden ...

Thomas leaves Riviera with 1-shot lead and long day ahead

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods had Riviera rocking with cheers that could be heard a half-mile away, three birdies and an eagle in his opening four holes for his hottest start on the PGA Tour in nearly 10 years. On the other side of the course, and still ...

No. 1 Baylor women roll to Big 12 win

By The Associated Press WACO, Texas — Chloe Jackson scored a season-high 24 points and top-ranked Baylor rolled to its 36th consecutive Big 12 Conference victory, 87-53 over Oklahoma on Saturday night. The Lady Bears (23-1, 13-0) are closing in on their ninth Big 12 regular-season ...

Littler, U.S. Amateur and Open champ, dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gene Littler, whose fluid swing carried him to 29 victories on the PGA Tour and a U.S. Open title at Oakland Hills, has died. Littler died Friday night with his family at his side, son Curt Litter said Saturday. He was 88. Littler held his own among the golfing greats to ...

Fresh faces, new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front row ...

No. 5 Kentucky ends No. 1 Tennessee’s 19-game win streak

By The Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 5 Kentucky got the strong start it sought against No. 1 Tennessee and for a moment was blowing out the Volunteers. Most important was that the Wildcats finished off the Vols on a national stage, just what they needed days after letting one slip ...

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 ...

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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 ...