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  • Study: UW athletes in better mental shape than classmates

    Dec 28, 2018

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new study finds University of Wisconsin-Madison Division 1 athletes are in better mental shape than their classmates. UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health had 842 athletes and 1,322 undergraduates complete a survey of their physical and mental health in 2016. The athletes' mental health scores were substantially higher than any of the four levels of physical activity the undergraduates self-selected, including club athletics, intramural sports, regular exercisers and physically inactive. Traci Snedden, a n...

  • Isabella, Noah are top names in 2018 for New Mexico newborns

    Dec 28, 2018

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The top names for New Mexico babies born in 2018 are Isabella for girls and Noah for boys. Isabella was fourth last year but this year pushed Mia down to second, while Noah supplants Elijah, which is ranked third among boys. After Isabella and Mia, the other top names for girls are Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Sofia, Ava, Amelia, Camila and Mila. After Noah, the top names on the boys list are Liam, Elijah, Logan, Mateo, Daniel, Mason, Sebastian, Benjamin and Julian. The state Department of Health says Mia has been among the t...

  • Trump administration seeks to dismiss cities' ACA lawsuit

    Dec 28, 2018

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by several cities for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. The Daily Record reports that the defendants argued in a motion filed Monday that the dispute is a political disagreement outside federal court's jurisdiction. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in August on behalf of Baltimore, Chicago and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. A Charlottesville, Virginia, couple is also part of the lawsuit. The complaint asserts the a...

  • Feds: Pilot used illicit drugs before deadly Missouri crash

    Dec 28, 2018

    BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials say a small plane pilot who crashed last year in central Missouri, killing himself and a passenger, was under the influence of illicit drugs and was nearly blind in one eye. The National Transportation Safety Board says 67-year-old Charles McCutcheon, of Fayette, tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, the sedative clonazepam and the antihistamine ingredient diphenhydramine. He was making the final descent into Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport near Boonville in April 2017 when he his Bellanca 1...

  • No beds in psychiatric hospitals for patients without crimes

    Dec 28, 2018

    DENVER (AP) — People who have not been charged with a crime now will not be given a bed at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan in Denver for the foreseeable future. KUSA-TV reports the Colorado Department of Human Services announced that patients discharged from the hospital are being replaced with someone in the criminal justice system as of Christmas Eve. The Disability Law Colorado Director of Legal Services Alison Butler says Colorado is focused on a "short-minded solution" by giving more beds for people in the criminal j...

  • Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink

    Dec 28, 2018

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Many CenturyLink customers across the U.S. were without internet Thursday amid a lengthy outage that stretched from New York to California. The outage began early in the day and continued into the evening. CenturyLink's network was "still experiencing a disruption," but the telecommunications company was working to restore services, Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink said in a statement. The statement provided no other details, including the cause of the problem and how many customers were affected. Jessica Rosenworcel, a...

  • Despite #MeToo, rape cases still confound police

    JIM MUSTIAN and MICHAEL R. SISAK|Dec 28, 2018

    NEW YORK (AP) — The #MeToo movement is empowering victims of sexual assault to speak up like never before, but what should be a watershed moment for holding assailants accountable has coincided with a troubling trend: Police departments in the U.S. are becoming less and less likely to successfully close rape investigations. The so-called "clearance rate" for rape cases fell last year to its lowest point since at least the 1960s, according to FBI data provided to The Associated Press. That nadir may be driven, at least in part, by a greater w...

  • National Guard from 4 states will help with cyber operations

    Dec 28, 2018

    DENVER (AP) — National Guard soldiers from Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah are deploying to Fort Meade, Maryland, as part of a cyber protection team supporting U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. The Colorado guard said Thursday Cyber Protection Team 174 will help the Defense Department with network security and cyber defensive operations. The deployment will last a year. The team's assignment is to help commanders operate freely in the cyber domain as well as on the ground while denying adversaries that ability. The C...

  • Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

    Marcia Dunn|Dec 28, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) soon after the stroke of midnight. One billion miles beyond Pluto and an astounding 4 billion miles from Earth (1.6 billion kilometers and 6.4 billion kilometers), Ultima Thule will be the farthest world ever explored by humankind. That's what makes this deep-freeze target so e...

  • Indonesia raises alert, widens danger zone around volcano

    SYAWALLUDIN ZAIN and NINIEK KARMINI|Dec 28, 2018

    CARITA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone. The country's volcanology agency on Thursday increased the Anak Krakatau volcano's alert status to the second-highest and more than doubled the exclusion zoneto a 5-kilometer (3-mile) radius. The eruption on Saturday evening caused part of the island in the Sunda Strait to collapse into the sea, apparently generating tsunami waves of more than 2 m...

  • Nancy Grace Roman, involved with Hubble telescope, dies

    Dec 28, 2018

    GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA and who helped with development of the Hubble Space Telescope, has died. Laura Verreau, a cousin, confirmed Thursday that Roman died on Christmas Day after a prolonged illness. She was 93. The NASA webpage said Roman was the first chief of astronomy in the office of space science at NASA headquarters and was the first woman to hold an executive position at the agency. She had direct oversight for the planning and development of astronomy-based p...

  • Gray wolf arrives at New Mexico zoo for recovery program

    Dec 28, 2018

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's zoo has received another Mexican gray wolf as part of an international recovery effort that includes breeding the endangered animals in captivity to ensure their genetic viability. The ABQ BioPark said Thursday it received the wolf earlier this month from the Binder Zoo in Michigan. The animal will be a mate for a 4-year-old female wolf already at the Albuquerque zoo. The transfer stemmed from a coordinated effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, the Association of Z...

  • Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

    Dec 28, 2018

    PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially constructed barrel capsule, designed to use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 4,500-kilometre (2,800-mile) journey to the Caribbean in about three months. Savin will drop markers from his three-meter (10-foot) long, 2.1-metre (seven-foot) wide resin-coated plywood capsule along the trip to assist oceanographers in their s...

  • US fossil fuel exports spur growth, climate worries

    MICHAEL BIESECKER and KIM TONG-HYUNG|Dec 28, 2018

    GEOJEDO, South Korea (AP) — In South Korea's largest shipyard, thousands of workers in yellow hard hats move ceaselessly between towering cranes lifting hulks of steel. They look like a hive of bees scurrying over a massive circuit board as they weld together the latest additions to the rapidly growing fleet of tankers carrying super-chilled liquefied natural gas across the world's oceans. The boom in fossil-fuel production in the United States has been matched by a rush on the other side of the Pacific to build the infrastructure needed to r...

  • Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song

    Dec 28, 2018

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby. And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre would like to see the 2019 Legislature declare the "Hippy Hippy Shake" Montana's official rock and roll song. It was written in 1959 by Chan Romero when he was a 17-year-old student at Billings Senior High School. Romero, who now lives in Southern California, tells the Great Falls Tribune his song has been featured in seven or eight movies and has been recorded by about 20 groups, including The B...

  • Man held after using front-end loader to make get-away

    Dec 28, 2018

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police have arrested a 42-year-old Anchorage man suspected of stealing a front-end loader and using it as his get-away vehicle after a burglary. Police say Brian Petross was held Wednesday on suspicion of vehicle theft, burglary, theft, reckless driving and criminal mischief. Online court documents do not list his attorney. A person walking a dog Wednesday morning reported a broken door at a west-side hair salon. Officers determined someone drove a front-end loader to the salon, picked up a frozen planter, smashed t...

  • Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

    Philip Issa|Dec 28, 2018

    BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces. "Arrogant" and "a violation of national sovereignty" were but a few examples of the disapproval emanating from Baghdad following Trump's meeting Wednesday with U.S. servicemen and women at the al-Asad Airbase. Trips by U.S. presidents to conflict zones are typically shrouded in secrecy and subject to s...

  • 2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

    Amanda Lee Myers|Dec 28, 2018

    A British adventurer was close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible. Louis Rudd's expedition blog on Thursday showed that the 49-year-old has only has about 50 miles (80 kilometers) left on the journey across the continent and is expected to finish Saturday. If Rudd — a Hereford, England, resident and captain in the British Army — completes the journey, he'll become the second man to do so aft...

  • Court records detail Spacey's encounter with teenager

    Dec 28, 2018

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who says he was groped by Kevin Spacey at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016 caught part of his encounter with the actor on video, according to court records. The then 18-year-old man sent a video via Snapchat to his girlfriend that allegedly showed Spacey touching the front of his pants, according to a state police report filed in Nantucket District Court and obtained by the Cape Cod Times . Spacey's lawyers said at a show-cause hearing last week the video shows someone's hand touching another person's shirt, b...

  • Trump's presidency has changed Washington, defied convention

    Jonathan Lemire|Dec 28, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mr. Trump went to Washington. And he changed it. In his first two years in office, President Donald Trump has rewritten the rules of the presidency and the norms of the nation's capital, casting aside codes of conduct and traditions that have held for generations. In Trump's Washington, facts are less relevant. Insults and highly personal attacks are increasingly employed by members of both parties. The White House press briefing is all but gone, international summits are optional, the arts are an afterthought and e...

  • No. 4 in 2018 – OC's Clift earns All-America honor, finishes season with flurry

    Dec 28, 2018

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 28, 2018) – Already established as a prolific scorer at the NCAA Division II level, Oklahoma Christian's Addy Clift took it to another level in 2018. A late flurry by Clift helped earn her All-America honors to cap her junior season, which ranks No. 4 among top Oklahoma Christian athletic stories for 2018. Clift already had secured the Heartland Conference's scoring title as the Lady Eagles entered their final three regular-season games of the 2017-18 campaign. Just for good measure, though, Clift had one of her best g...

  • Some victims dissatisfied with Tate Publishing plea deal

    Dec 28, 2018

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Many people defrauded by an Oklahoma publishing company doubt they'll get fully reimbursed and are upset with the owners' plea deal. Attorney General Mike Hunter's office recently accepted a plea deal settling numerous felony charges against 70-year-old Richard Tate and his son, 38-year-old Ryan Tate, who owned Tate Publishing Co. They were accused of defrauding thousands of authors and musicians by transferring money from book and music sales to their personal checking accounts. The company agreed to make monthly p...

  • Alabama set for Oklahoma, with a title-game berth at stake

    Tim Reynolds|Dec 28, 2018

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Nick Saban knows Alabama cannot win every game. The Crimson Tide merely come close. This is the fifth year of the College Football Playoff, and the fifth Alabama appearance in the four-team tournament to decide the national champion. The latest quest toward another title, which would be the school's third in the last four years, resumes Saturday when the top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) take on fourth-ranked Oklahoma (12-1) in the semifinals at the Orange Bowl. "It's a good problem to have," said Oklahoma quarterback K...

  • Police say 2 critically wounded in shooting at Tulsa home

    Dec 28, 2018

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say two people were shot after an altercation at a home in Tulsa early Friday. Tulsa Police Cpl. Jeremy Lawson says officers responded shortly before 2:30 a.m. and found a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds, plus another man who was not injured. Lawson says the uninjured man told officers he was the ex-husband of the woman who lived at the home and that his ex-wife had invited him to come over. The ex-husband told police he opened fire when another man tried to force his way into the home. The second man, w...

  • Some federal workers in Oklahoma feel pinch of shutdown

    Dec 28, 2018

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some federal workers in Oklahoma are feeling the effect of the partial government shutdown that is poised to enter a second week. Visitor centers at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and the Chickasaw National Recreational Area will remain closed, although visitors can still access both parks. Officials at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum say the memorial will continue to operate, because it is privately owned and operated, but National Park Service Rangers won't be on site. The shutdown is a...

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