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Study: UW athletes in better mental shape than classmates

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...

 

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

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....

 

Trump administration seeks to dismiss cities' ACA lawsuit

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...

 

Feds: Pilot used illicit drugs before deadly Missouri crash

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...

 

No beds in psychiatric hospitals for patients without crimes

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...

 

Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink

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...

 

Despite #MeToo, rape cases still confound police

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...

 

National Guard from 4 states will help with cyber operations

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...

 

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

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...

 

Indonesia raises alert, widens danger zone around volcano

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...

 

Nancy Grace Roman, involved with Hubble telescope, dies

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...

 

Gray wolf arrives at New Mexico zoo for recovery program

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...

 

Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

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...

 

US fossil fuel exports spur growth, climate worries

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...

 

Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song

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...

 

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

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,...

 

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

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....

 

2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

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...

 

Court records detail Spacey's encounter with teenager

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...

 

Trump's presidency has changed Washington, defied convention

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...

 

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

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...

 

Some victims dissatisfied with Tate Publishing plea deal

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...

 

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

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...

 

Police say 2 critically wounded in shooting at Tulsa home

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,...

 

Some federal workers in Oklahoma feel pinch of shutdown

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...

 

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