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North Dakota oil and gas production hit new highs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota set oil and gas production records in September, but a slowdown is expected in the coming months due to a sharp drop in oil prices. The state's director of mineral resources, Lynn Helms, said Friday that oil...

 

Political 'veteran' at age 36 eyed for Trump chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Ayers could almost be confused for a college fraternity brother as he flashes a broad grin in a selfie taken with Mike Pence just moments after the Indiana governor was named Donald Trump's running mate. In fact, the...

 

AP Explains: Workers try to decipher intent in hand recount

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sometimes voters put a check next to a candidate's name instead of filling in an oval that a voting machine can read. Other times, they mistake the abbreviation for "Republican Party" with the abbreviation for "Reform Party"...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump puts fighting words in Macron's mouth

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put fighting words in his French counterpart's mouth this past week and assailed the special counsel's Russia investigation with a familiar and false characterization of the man leading it. Also familiar,...

 

Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. "You're going to have...

 

Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days. And another commercial delivery should be on its way in a couple weeks. "What an outstanding launch," said...

 

Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home. Workers in Breckenridge used a chainsaw and backhoe to remove the 15-foot...

 

Homeless Aussie who helped thwart attack charged with theft

SYDNEY (AP) — A homeless Australian man who shot to fame after using a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries. Michael Rogers was hailed as a hero and dubbed...

 

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Several people who fled the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century clustered around a television set at an evacuation center Saturday and watch President Donald Trump survey what remained of their Northern California community....

 

New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called "Dynamite Hill" because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and '60s. Now, after becoming the first black...

 

Wyoming student faces 9 counts of attempted murder

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The 14-year-old junior high student who brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to a Wyoming school and threatened to shoot another student and staff members faces nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. Each...

 

Criticized deputy refuses to testify about school massacre

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — For months, members of the panel investigating Florida's high school massacre have called the sheriff's deputy assigned to guard the campus "a coward" for hiding and not rushing inside in an attempt to stop the shooter. Given...

 

Dartmouth sued following professor misconduct allegations

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College was sued Thursday for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. Seven...

 

Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

BEIJING (AP) — Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend. Three recent graduates of the elite Peking...

 

Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency's new chief pledged Thursday that she will "do everything in my power to...

 

Why we have globalization to thank for Thanksgiving

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving Day feasts, some may recall the story of the “Pilgrim Fathers” who...

 

South Dakota turkeys head to White House seeking pardons

HURON, S.D. (AP) — A pair of South Dakota turkeys will make their way to the nation's capital in the hopes of receiving presidential pardons and avoiding ending up as Thanksgiving dinner at the White House. Tourism officials in the birds' hometown...

 

US fails to weaken UN references to sexual health

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has failed in an attempt to water down references to "sexual and reproductive health" in a proposed U.N. resolution despite support from China and many Islamic countries. The General Assembly's human rights...

 

UN says 8 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in Congo's northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the U.N. Security Council said late Thursday....

 

A vaccine that could block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Wei-Chiao Huang, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and Jonathan Lovell, University at Buffalo, The State...

 

Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy,...

 

FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. The pro...

 

Corrected study: Building, mining have high suicide rates

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen...

 

Study: 85 percent of Utah firearm deaths are suicides

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A recent study says about 85 percent of all firearm deaths from 2006 to 2015 in Utah were the result of suicide. The study, conducted by Harvard researchers and overseen by the Utah Department of Human Services, was presented...

 

Experts seek ways to boost extreme wildfire survival rates

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to expe...

 

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