Author: Associated Press

Colt Suspends Production of AR-15 for Civilian Market

In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15. Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is…

Walgreens, Google Affiliate to Test Drone Deliveries

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. Snacks like Goldfish Crackers or gummi bears as well as aspirin for sick kids will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone flying as fast as 70 miles per hour, the companies said Thursday….

Facebook CEO Visits Washington Amid Push for Tech Oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Washington to discuss potential regulation of the tech industry with lawmakers, particularly when it comes to the collection of users’ personal data on their platforms. Congress has been debating a privacy law that could curtail the ability of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to collect and make money off…

Key Senate Panel Approving $250 Million for Election Security

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key Senate panel is approving $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky Republican announced Thursday in a floor speech in advance of an Appropriations Committee vote that he would support…

I-29 Remains Open in Iowa, Nebraska Despite Missouri River Flooding

1/5 Vehicles drive on Interstate 29 near Honey Creek, Iowa, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, past flooded fields from the swollen Missouri River. The Iowa Department of Transportation warned drivers that if the river continues to rise they might have to close a portion of Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Rising…

From DNA, Scientists Create Skull of Neanderthal Cousin

This image provided by Hebrew University in Jerusalem shows a statue reconstruction of a juvenile female Denisovan based on a skeletal profile reconstructed from ancient DNA methylation maps. Scientists say they’ve recreated a skull and some other features of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female…

Airbnb Says it Will Go Public in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – Home-sharing company Airbnb Inc. says it plans to go public in 2020. It’s a long-awaited move for the company, which was founded in 2008 in San Francisco. Airbnb is one of the largest home-sharing platforms. It has more than 7 million listings in 100,000 cities worldwide. Airbnb said earlier this week it made $1 billion in…

Iowa Judge Orders Jury to Resume Work on 1992 Murder Case

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ordered a jury to return to deliberations Thursday about an Iowa woman accused of killing of her former boyfriend in 1992. The Muscatine Journal reports that the jury leader told the judge Wednesday that the jury was having difficulty reaching a unanimous verdict in the murder case against Annette Cahill. Prosecutors say she…

Joint Funeral Held in Woonsocket for Three Teens Killed in Crash

WOONSOCKET, S.D. (AP) – A joint funeral is being held for the three boys killed in a crash near Woonsocket last weekend. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Klich, his 14-year-old brother, Dylan Klich, and 14-year-old Kristian Kesary died when their car collided with an SUV and another vehicle last Saturday night on Highway 37. A joint service is being held on Woonsocket High…

House Set to Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House is set to pass a government-wide temporary spending bill to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30. The bipartisan measure would give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to pass and negotiate $1.4 trillion worth of annual agency spending bills. Those bills would fill in the details of this summer’s budget and…

Ex-Minnesota Gophers Coach Reaches $1M Deal with Hospital

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Former Gophers linebackers coach Mike Sherels has reached a $1 million settlement with the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview involving treatment that left him in a coma in 2016. The Star Tribune says the university disclosed the settlement Wednesday in response to a data request. Sherels signed the settlement with the Board of Regents in May….

Study Finds Air Pollution Reaches Placenta During Pregnancy

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don’t…

‘Jeopardy!’ Host Trebek Says He’s Resumed Chemotherapy

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) – “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again. Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his “numbers shot up” and doctors ordered him back on the treatment. The…

Federal Settlements in South Dakota Wildfire Exceed $700K

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota landowners have been awarded more than $700,000 in a lawsuit accusing a federal agency of burning their properties in April 2013, when a prescribed fire blazed out of control. The U.S. Forest Service had aimed to eliminate grass, weeds and dead vegetation from about 200 acres (80 hectares) of federally owned land on…