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Senate OKs Resolution Blaming Saudi Crown Prince

(AP) – The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.   Senators unanimously passed a resolution Thursday in a direct rebuke to the crown prince. It calls for the Saudi Arabian government to “ensure appropriate accountability.”   It’s unclear whether the House will […]

US Appeals Court Blocks Trump Birth Control Coverage Rules

(AP) – A U.S. appeals court has blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.  A divided, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday states were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama’s […]

With OK From Congress, US Hemp Market Set To Boom

(AP) – Hemp is about to become legal nationwide.  A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats it like a regular crop.  President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law next week.  Hemp is a type […]

Boy Scouts Exploring “all options” To Address Fiscal Woes

(AP) – The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring “all options” to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.  “I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that […]

Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space On Test Flight

(AP) – Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 50 miles high, which the company considers the boundary of space.  Virgin Space Ship Unity was released from a carrier aircraft over California’s Mojave Desert early Thursday and ignited its rocket engine.  The spacecraft with two test pilots at the controls quickly hurtled […]

Hatch Laments Loss Of Civility For US Senate In ‘Crisis’

(AP) – Outgoing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the disappearance of political civility, kinship and cross-party collaboration during a farewell speech where he called the Senate a legislative body in “crisis.” The 84-year-old Hatch spoke Wednesday on the Senate floor in Washington. He will step down next month as the longest-serving Republican senator […]

SeaWorld Says DOJ Probe Into ‘Blackfish’ Statements Is Over

(AP) – SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says it has been notified that the U.S. Department of Justice is ending its probe into whether company officials misled investors about the negative impact the documentary “Blackfish” was having on its business. In September, SeaWorld and two former executives agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle federal […]

Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

(AP) – American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. University of Miami doctors published details of those earliest exams in a medical journal Wednesday – but the report sheds no new light on a possible cause of symptoms […]

Jones Says Farmers Scared By Trump’s Tariffs

(AP) – Democratic Sen. Doug Jones says President Donald Trump’s talk of tariffs is sparking questions and anxiety back home in Alabama, including from soybean farmers who are “scared to death.” Jones said Wednesday in an Associated Press interview that even in deep-red Alabama people are starting to question whether Trump’s “nationalistic approach” on tariffs […]

Former Trump Lawyer Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is being sentenced to three years for tax and campaign finance violations. Before sentencing, Judge William Pauley said “each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States.” Cohen told the judge his blind loyalty to Trump “led him to darkness” and time and time again he […]