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Hull-aballoo: New Navy destroyer's seaworthiness questioned

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 9:42am

The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable.

Hundreds of Russian truck drivers head to Moscow for protest

Irina Titova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 9:30am

Hundreds of the Russian truck drivers who have been protesting around the country were driving their rigs toward Moscow on Sunday to demand that the government cancel a new road tax, one protest leader said.

Russian oil tanker grounded in north Pacific

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 6:20am

Russian emergency services say cleanup operations are underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks.

Black Friday store sales fall as Americans buy more online

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 4:21pm

Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online.

Long wait times plague Social Security disability process

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 3:31pm

Diabetes, arthritis and open-heart surgery have kept Sherice Bennett from working, but she can't afford her medicine and became homeless while waiting for more than two years for a chance to convince a judge that she qualifies for federal disability benefits.

Obama shops at Washington bookstore, popular frozen pop shop

Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 2:11pm

President Barack Obama kept up his holiday tradition of supporting small businesses.

Greek political leaders fail to agree on pension reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 1:51pm

The leaders of five of the seven parties represented in Greece's Parliament have failed to agree on pension reforms after a six-hour meeting, prompting the prime minister to criticize the opposition for being "irresponsible" and "unserious."

Iran lures foreign investors with new oil contracts

Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 12:30pm

Iran unveiled a new model of oil contracts Saturday aimed at attracting foreign investment once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached earlier this year, and said U.S. companies would be welcome to participate.

Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county's water supply

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 12:10pm

Only 1,200 people live in Kansas' smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse.

Dentists in Florida County provide day of free services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 10:20am

Dentist in Indian River County are teaming up to provide a day of free basic dental care for those in need.

Polish shipping official: 5 kidnapped Poles 'safe and sound'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 9:40am

The head of a Polish shipping company says the captain and four other Polish seamen abducted from a ship off Nigeria's coast last week are alive.

Man overcomes cerebral palsy to open business in Selma

Justin Fedich-Journal, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 8:10am

Daryl Thomas was surrounded by family, co-workers, old friends and fraternity brothers on Nov. 21 as he took the first cut into a future he has been working toward since his days at the University of Alabama.

At least 17 high school football coaches get six-figure pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 8:10am

The head coach of Colquitt County's football team is one of at least 17 coaches earning a six-figure salary in Georgia, according to The Moultrie Observer's analysis of state data and requests for public information submitted to dozens of local school districts.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 1:40am

The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho's sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent. The Spokesman Review reports that the plan would eliminate some exemptions and expand the tax to cover most services. The changes would raise $424 million more a year that could be spent on schools. If the measure makes the 2016 ballot, it would give voters a chance to restructure Idaho's exemption-riddled sales tax system.

League of Women Voters seeks to lower sales tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 3:50pm

The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho's sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent and eliminate some exemptions.

Semi rollover leads to oil spill in Provo Canyon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 2:51pm

A semitruck hauling two tankers of crude oil rolled over Saturday, forcing authorities to shut down Provo Canyon.

State wants to hear from insured denied health services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 1:51pm

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says some patients are reporting that providers are not accepting their Community Health Alliance insurance.

In medical marijuana states, 'pot doctors' push boundaries

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 1:20pm

The slogan "WE'ED like to be your doctor!" has attracted hundreds of medical marijuana patients in less than a year to Dr. Bodo Schneider's clinics in Illinois.

Tomah VA Medical Center launches 100-day improvement plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 1:20pm

The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center has adopted another plan to improve patient care at the troubled facility.

Higher education board to address on-campus beer sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 1:00pm

South Dakota's governing body on higher education is mulling whether to allow beer and wine sales on the state's six public university campuses, a move that opponents have said could encourage binge drinking and create additional problems for the schools and surrounding communities.