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Minnesota Governor To Name Franken’s Replacement Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will name his pick to replace Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday. Franken announced his resignation last week amid a growing cloud of sexual misconduct allegations. The second-term Democrat’s official resignation date has not yet been set. Dayton’s pick will serve through next year’s election, when voters will pick a candidate to…

Trump Wants To Send Man Back To Moon, On To Mars

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon – and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.” The move, Trump said, “marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first…

‘On Point’ NPR Host Ashbrook Facing Misconduct Allegations

BOSTON (AP) – The host of one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs has been placed on leave while he’s investigated for allegations of wrongdoing including engaging in “creepy” sex talks and unwanted contact with 11 mostly young women and men. The allegations against “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook include unwanted hugs and neck and back rubs to other…

Treasury Says GOP Tax Bill Will Generate $1.8T In Revenue

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is now estimating the Republican tax bill will generate about $1.8 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years by boosting economic growth. But that’s a lot more than nonpartisan congressional analysts have projected. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that growth stimulated by the anticipated tax cuts will generate some $409 billion in…

NYPD Commissioner: Pipe Bomb Was Terror-Related

NEW YORK (AP) – Police Commissioner James O’Neill says the device that exploded in the New York City subway was a terror-related incident. A 27-year-old man had a crude pipe bomb strapped to him and it went off in a passageway from Seventh and Eighth Avenues near Times Square. Three people suffered minor non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was also injured…

Net-Neutrality Fans Speak Up As FCC Set To Strike Down Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – Everyday folks are talking about net neutrality, a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission will vote next Thursday to gut Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what…

State Dept Says Trump Travel Ban Fully Implemented

WASHINGTON (AP) – The State Department says President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week to allow enforcement of the ban as it is challenged in lower courts. The department said it began fully implementing the ban at…

Trump Warns That Wells Fargo Penalties ‘Will Not Be Dropped’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo “will not be dropped” and is warning that they could be “substantially increased.” The president is writing on Twitter following a report that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking at whether Wells Fargo should pay millions of dollars in fines over allegations of mortgage lending…

Trump Signs Proclamation Marking Pearl Harbor Day

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation declaring Thursday to be National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Trump signed the proclamation at a White House ceremony attended by six veterans of the attack. They engaged in banter with the president during the event. Trump called the men “heroes” and said, “All American hearts are filled with gratitude for…

More Evacuations As Fire Churns Along California Coast

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – Residents are being ordered to evacuate a tiny beachfront community northwest of Los Angeles where a huge wildfire is churning down hillsides toward seaside homes. A California Highway Patrol officer drove through Faria Beach Thursday announcing the evacuations through a loudspeaker as surging winds roiled smoke through the streets. Residents used garden hoses to spray palm trees…

Sheriff: 3 Dead In New Mexico School Shooting

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say three people are dead following a shooting at a New Mexico high school. San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters that three people believed to be students died Thursday at Aztec High School. He says the shooter also was dead but didn’t say if the suspect was among the three. Authorities said they…

Michigan Sports Doctor Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes, one of three criminal cases against a man who also admits assaulting female gymnasts. Larry Nassar worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Federal Judge Janet Neff followed the government’s recommended sentence Thursday….

Sen. Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is resigning amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Once a rising star in the Democratic Party, Franken made the announcement in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor. The two-term lawmaker has repeatedly apologized as several women stepped forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate behavior, from groping to forcibly trying to kiss them….

Keillor Says MPR Wrong To Dismiss Him Without Investigation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio shouldn’t have dismissed him last week without fully investigating what the radio station has called “multiple allegations.” Jon McTaggart, CEO of MPR’s parent company APMG, told employees Wednesday that the allegations against the 75-year-old former “A Prairie Home Companion” host covered an extended period of time. He provided no…

Franken To Make Announcement Thursday Amid Calls To Resign

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing growing demands for him to resign, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement on Thursday. That’s the word from the Democrat’s office on Wednesday. Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats is collapsing as a host of female Democratic senators called upon him to quit. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Mazie…

Trump: Government Shutdown Could Happen Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says a government shutdown “could happen” Saturday, and he is blaming it on Democrats’ stance on immigration. Speaking Wednesday before a Cabinet meeting, Trump blamed Democrats for opposing his border security and hardline immigration plans. He says they are “looking at something that is dangerous for our country.” Some Democrats have called for a…

ATF Anticipates Control Over Bump Stock Devices

WASHINGTON (AP) – The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says his agency anticipates being able to exercise regulatory control over devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster. Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the ATF and the Justice Department wouldn’t have initiated a review of whether bump stocks should…

‘Silence Breakers’ Named Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

NEW YORK (AP) – The “Silence Breakers” have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Women have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted in the wake of revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile men. The announcement was made Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was recently fired amid harassment allegations. Time…

Exxon Mobil Appeals Order To Turn Over Climate Info To State

BOSTON (AP) – Exxon Mobil is asking Massachusetts’ highest court to block an order that the company hand over documents related to a state investigation into whether the company misled the public about the impact of fossil fuels on climate change. A lawyer for Exxon Mobil argued before the Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday that Massachusetts lacks jurisdiction because the…