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Estimate: ‘Space force’ would cost $13B over five years

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a “space force” would cost nearly $13 billion over five years and require a sweeping reorganization of parts of the Pentagon and intelligence community – including shifting the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, Calif., into the new military service – according to an internal Air Force memo.

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Tuesday 09/18/2018
In landmark study, doctors say test identifies people most likely to get Alzheimer’s disease
Posted: September 18, 2018

MIAMI – The beginning was the worst. It frustrated Janet Parkerson when her father started to forget what he had done that day or the day before.

Monday 09/17/2018
U.S. slaps tariffs on additional $200 billion more in Chinese goods; retaliation likely
Posted: September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threw his biggest punch yet at China, imposing tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports and gambling that American consumers are willing to pay more for popular products to wring trade concessions from Beijing.

Florence pounds flooded Carolinas as death toll rises to 23
Posted: September 17, 2018

Florence, the once-powerful hurricane that swept across the Carolinas in recent days, has prompted a widespread emergency across all of North Carolina, from the ocean east to mountain west. Floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and could spur life-threatening landslides as the storm's remnants move west.

Friday 09/14/2018
Florence makes landfall in North Carolina, slamming state with 'life-threatening' rainfall
Posted: September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence continued sweeping across part of the southeastern United States on Friday, making landfall in North Carolina and bringing with it powerful winds along with forecasts warning of "life-threatening" storm surge and rainfall.

Thursday 09/13/2018
Hurricane Florence's poised to unleash punishing wind and rain
Posted: September 13, 2018

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, a large and dangerous Category 2 storm, landed on the North Carolina coast Thursday morning. Sea water was already surging ashore along the Outer Banks, washing over roads. It marks the beginning of a prolonged assault from wind and water, which - by the time it's over - is likely to bring devastating damage and flooding to millions of people in the Southeast.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Household incomes rise to new high, but rate of health coverage flattens
Posted: September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — With unemployment steadily declining and more people working full-time in year-round jobs, household incomes in the United States rose moderately last year, and the poverty rate fell to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to new federal government data.

Tuesday 09/11/2018
Families gather at ground zero to mark 17th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
Posted: September 11, 2018

NEW YORK — It was another Tuesday morning in September, this one beneath grey skies, as the loved ones of the 2,753 New York victims of 9/11 marked the 17th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Thursday 09/06/2018
Trump is 'livid' over 'resistance' op-ed piece
Posted: September 06, 2018

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and his aides reacted with indignation Wednesday to an unsigned opinion column from a senior official blasting the president's "amorality" and launched a frantic hunt for the author, who claims to be part of a secret "resistance" inside the government protecting the nation from its commander in chief.

Tuesday 09/04/2018
Obamacare returns to court in a new test for the 2010 law and millions who rely on it
Posted: September 04, 2018

WASHINGTON — The long national legal war over the Affordable Care Act will resume in a Texas courtroom Wednesday as a federal judge hears arguments in a new lawsuit seeking to wipe out the 2010 law, often called Obamacare.

Friday 08/31/2018
‘One of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced’
Posted: August 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain was eulogized by the leaders of Congress as “one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced,” during a memorial service Friday in the U.S. Capitol’s grand rotunda.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
Against Trump’s wishes, Mexican professionals keep visas in new trade deal
Updated: August 29, 2018 - 1:10 pm

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of Mexican professionals who come to work in the United States will be able to keep their visas as part of the new U.S.-Mexico trade agreement, the Mexican government says, delivering a political loss to the Trump administration, which sought to slash the number of visas as part of NAFTA re-negotiations.

Trump brings limited firepower to fight over Google news feed
Posted: August 29, 2018

President Donald Trump's call for action against Google and other internet companies over the way they display news is likely to run up against a hard fact: there may be little he or Congress can do.

Monday 08/27/2018
Federal judge rules against Trump administration on 3-D gun blueprint case
Posted: August 27, 2018


Friday 08/24/2018
Hurricane Lane lumbers closer to Oahu, while 'catastrophic flooding' hits Big Island
Posted: August 24, 2018

Over two-and-a-half feet of rain have fallen on Hawaii's Big Island as Hurricane Lane unloads an unrelenting deluge. The downpours have spread over Maui, Oahu and Kauai, where conditions are predicted to further deteriorate.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports "catastrophic flooding" on the Big Island, which is expected to continue and possibly spread. "Excessive rainfall associated with this slow moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to catastrophic and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides," it said early Friday.

Over some of Hawaii's high terrain, rainfall totals could top 40 inches.

In addition to the extreme rainfall, dangerous surf conditions and strong winds are likely as the powerful storm tracks closer to the Hawaii's central islands.

While uncertainty in the storm track is very high, it has become more likely Lane will remain offshore, rather than striking the islands head-on. However, the storms effects are expected to be serious and officials are urging residents not to let their guard down.

"It is vital that you do not focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Lane, and remain prepared for adjustments to the forecast," the hurricane center said. "Even if the center of Lane remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realized as they extend well away from the center."

The Category 2 hurricane, packing winds of 110 mph, is positioned about 180 miles southwest of Honolulu and is crawling to the north around 5 mph. The peak winds are on a down trend which is expected to continue. Rain - more than wind - has proven to be the storm's greatest menace, so far.

The Big Island's Hakalau Station, in the mountains west of Hilo, has registered over 31 inches of rain. A flash flood warning remains in effect for the eastern half of the Big Island, where floodwaters have closed roads and turned mild streams into raging rivers.

Hilo has picked up nearly 20 inches of rain from the storm, pushing its August rainfall total to second most on record.

Rainfall totals on Kauai and Maui have reached as high as 3 to 5 inches, while most reporting stations in Oahu have received less than one inch.

Fanned by tropical-storm-force winds, a brush fire has spread on in Lahaina on Maui, forcing evacuations.

Peak wind gusts on the islands have reached 35 to 67 mph. Honolulu clocked a gust to 43 mph just before 5 a.m. local time Friday.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Oahu and Maui, while a tropical storm warning covers the Big Island. Kauai is under a hurricane watch.

A day ago, it wasn't obvious whether Lane would be pulled north and slam into Maui and/or Oahu, or take more of a westerly course, remaining well offshore. It now appears more likely the storm will take the offshore track.

Even so, the turn to the west may not occur until Saturday, and the storm is still edging closer to the islands. In other words, conditions should continue to deteriorate with heavy rain and wind picking up - especially by late Friday afternoon and Friday night in Oahu and Maui. Even if the storm center remains offshore, the islands are positioned to be affected by the storm's wettest and windiest northwest side.

In Oahu and Kauai, where the storm will be last to depart, conditions may not improve until Sunday or Monday, when the storm should be pulling away.

Over the next 48 hours, at least, dangerous amounts of rainfall are likely.

"Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with localized amounts up to 40 inches possible over portions of the Hawaiian Islands," the hurricane center said.

The Hawaiian Islands' high terrain has a history of being the recipient of some of the world's most extreme rainfall (one location on Kauai received nearly 50 inches in 24 hours in April). In the case of Hurricane Lane, some areas may receive multiple feet of rain (and some already have).

The storm's peak winds are on a down trend, which should continue, but if the storm center gets close enough to Maui and/or Oahu, hurricane-force gusts would be possible Friday night, especially in the high terrain and in the upper floors of high-rise buildings.

Should hurricane-force winds materialize, they would result in "considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings," severe damage to mobile homes, "many large trees snapped or uprooted," "impassable" roads, and power outages, the Weather Service said.

However, there is a higher probability of tropical-storm-force winds, which could still cause tree damage, minor structural damage and power outages. These winds, which have already started to affect parts of the Big Island, Maui and Oahu, may affect Kauai by Friday night or Saturday.

As the storm churns to the north-northwest, it will push massive waves into the coastline.

"Surf heights for the Big Island are forecast to range from 10 to 15 feet along the southwest facing shores, with 6 to 10 feet for east facing shores," the National Weather Service said. "Surf heights for Maui County, Oahu and Kauai County will rise 15 to 25 feet by [Friday] afternoon."

The battering waves are expected to bring "significant beach erosion and overwash onto vulnerable coastal roadways through Saturday as Lane makes its closest approach, particularly around the time of the normal high tide cycles," the weather service added.

Earlier, as it moved within 300 miles of the islands, Hurricane Lane became the closest Category 5 storm on record to approach Hawaii before it began to weaken. The next-closest storm of such strength to approach the islands was John in 1994.

It is only the sixth storm to reach Category 5 intensity in the Central Pacific on record, joining Patsy (1959), Emilia (1994), Gilma (1994), John (1994) and Ioke (2006).

The storm's central pressure dropped as low as 929 millibars, making it the most-intense hurricane (as measured by pressure) since Patricia in 2015 in the eastern half of the North Pacific Ocean.

In large part due to Lane, the Northeast Pacific Ocean has generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy, a measure of storm intensity and longevity, on record for the month of August.

Thursday 08/16/2018
Aretha Franklin dies at 76: ‘Queen of Soul’ transformed American music
Posted: August 16, 2018


Wednesday 08/15/2018
‘The school looks like a prison’: First day of school at Marjory Stoneman
Posted: August 15, 2018

PARKLAND, Fla. — A new era opened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, the first day back at school after summer break.

Monday 08/13/2018
California wildfires headed to Capitol Hill
Posted: August 13, 2018


Wednesday 08/08/2018
Homeland Security officials seeing decrease in legal attempts to cross US-Mexico border
Posted: August 08, 2018

The number of people who were apprehended trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally did not decrease significantly after the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy began this year — but the number who attempted to cross legally did, according to government figures released Wednesday.

Thursday 08/02/2018
Trump’s EPA formally launches rollback of fuel economy standards
Posted: August 02, 2018


Friday 07/20/2018
Cohen secretly recorded Trump discussing hush money
Posted: July 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – For years, Donald Trump entrusted Michael Cohen with some of his most personal secrets; only now is he beginning to confront how dangerous that practice may have been.

17 killed when duck boat sinks during storm in Missouri
Updated: July 20, 2018 - 9:47 am

The duck boat was coasting through the waters of Table Rock Lake on Thursday night when the weather began to pick up. It had been a nice summer day in southern Missouri, recalled one person who was on a nearby boat, before the storm suddenly moved in.

Tuesday 07/17/2018
Trump seeks to quell outcry over remarks
Posted: July 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke at his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, and meant to say that he does in fact see Russia as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.

Friday 07/13/2018
Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016
Posted: July 13, 2018

WASHINGTON - A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new indictment in the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Wednesday 07/11/2018
U.S. starts denaturalizing immigrants with criminal records
Posted: July 11, 2018

MIAMI – The United States government has long used its power to revoke citizenship in the rarest of cases, going after the likes of war criminals, child rapists and terrorist funders.

Monday 07/09/2018
Trump picks DC veteran Brett Kavanaugh for critical Supreme Court opening
Posted: July 09, 2018

WASHINGTON – In choosing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump went with a well-credentialed Washington insider who compiled a long record as a reliable conservative and won the respect of White House lawyers and the outside groups that advise them.

Saturday 07/07/2018
To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows 5 healthy habits, study finds
Posted: July 07, 2018

Mothers lead the way for their children. And new research finds that the paths that moms walk (or the couches they sit and smoke on) make a powerful difference in their children’s propensity to become obese.

Monday 07/02/2018
Majority of U.S. adults are not ‘extremely proud’ to be Americans, survey finds
Posted: July 02, 2018


Friday 06/29/2018
Newsroom shooting suspect barricaded exit doors as part of a pre-planned attack
Posted: June 29, 2018

BALTIMORE — The 38-year-old Laurel man who gunned down five employees of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis used a pump-action shotgun purchased legally, and had barricaded the exit doors as part of a pre-planned attack, authorities said Friday.

Thursday 06/28/2018
5 dead, others ‘gravely injured’ in shooting at Maryland newspaper
Updated: June 28, 2018 - 2:16 pm

 BALTIMORE — At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.

Pence defends ‘zero tolerance’ toward Central American immigrants
Posted: June 28, 2018


Wednesday 06/27/2018
Supreme Court deals blow to unions
Posted: June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court dealt labor unions a sharp defeat Wednesday, ruling that teachers, police officers and other public employees cannot be forced to pay dues or fees to support their unions.

Supreme Court deals sharp defeat to public employee unions, banning mandatory fees
Posted: June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt labor unions a sharp defeat Wednesday, ruling that teachers, police officers and other public employees cannot be forced to pay dues or fees to support their unions.

Tuesday 06/26/2018
Supreme Court upholds travel ban
Posted: June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed President Donald Trump the most significant legal victory of his presidency, upholding the administration’s ban on foreign visitors and immigrants from several mostly-Muslim countries.

Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban, bolsters president’s power to block new arrivals
Posted: June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld President Trump’s ban on foreign visitors and immigrants from six nations, ruling that the chief executive, acting on his own, has the power to target foreign nations and block their citizens from entering this country.

Monday 06/25/2018
Who’s right? U.N. says 18.5 millions Americans are in ‘extreme poverty;’ U.S. says just 250,000
Posted: June 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says the United Nations is overestimating the number of Americans in “extreme poverty” by about 18.25 million people, reflecting a stark disagreement about the extent of poverty in the nation and the resources needed to fight it.

Friday 06/22/2018
Powerful forces collide at U.S.-Mexico border
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 11:27 pm

TIJUANA, Mexico – To Carmen Palma, a Salvadoran migrant waiting at a shelter just south of the border, her 6-year-old daughter’s life depends on getting asylum in the United States. She and hundreds of thousands of others have staked their lives on getting there.

Trum: Republicans are 'wasting their time' trying to pass immigration bills before November elections
Posted: June 22, 2018

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Friday that Republicans should stop "wasting their time" on immigration, suggesting they put off efforts to pass legislation until after the November elections, when he predicted more GOP members of Congress will be elected.

Thursday 06/21/2018
Trump administration and California clash in court over state’s ‘sanctuary’ law
Posted: June 21, 2018


Wednesday 06/20/2018
Trump orders end to his family-separation policy amid national furor
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 11:28 pm

WASHINGTON – In a rare retreat to dispel outrage about his “zero tolerance” policy at the southern border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end a 6-week-old practice of separating children from parents illegally crossing into the United States.

Tuesday 06/19/2018
U.S. officials likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children
Posted: June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, thousands more than lawmakers were alerted to last month, according to a McClatchy review of federal data.

Republicans outline their latest strategy to roll back Obamacare
Posted: June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — In a bid to revive the Republican effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act, a group of leading conservative health care advocates is proposing a new strategy to overhaul the law.

Monday 06/18/2018
For space, Trump seeks sixth branch of armed forces
Posted: June 18, 2018

President Donald Trump signed a space policy directive Monday aimed at coordinating federal and industry efforts to manage space traffic and debris ahead of the expected launch of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites.

Backlash builds against Trump’s policy splitting families at border
Posted: June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump faced a growing backlash Monday over his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that since April has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents crossing the southern border, even as he continued to falsely blame Democrats for the hard-line actions.

Thursday 06/14/2018
Inspector general blasts James Comey
Posted: June 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department inspector general on Thursday castigated former FBI Director James Comey for his actions during the Hillary Clinton email investigation and found that other senior bureau officials showed a “willingness to take official action” to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

Feds won’t transfer some immigrant suspects to California custody, citing ‘sanctuary state’ law
Posted: June 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES — As California moves ahead with policies to limit law enforcement cooperation on immigration-related offenses, U.S. authorities are responding in kind.

Friday 06/08/2018
Trump says he is likely to support ending federal ban on marijuana
Posted: June 08, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.

Thursday 06/07/2018
Trump: No need for summit prep
Posted: June 07, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump unabashedly confirmed reports that he’s not doing much to prepare for next week’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, unlike his predecessors who spent hours with advisers and briefing books before such high-stakes meetings.

Suicide now the 10th leading cause of death in US, CDC says
Posted: June 07, 2018


Monday 06/04/2018
1968 – A People Divided, A Country On Edge: Part 4: Americans were looking at different realities
Posted: June 04, 2018

Americans in 1968 looked around their country and saw different realities.

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