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Trump hotel starts 'inaugural tradition' amid ethics concern

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 22nd - 1:20am

Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight in "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised.

At least 23 killed, 50 injured as train derails in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:41pm

At least 23 people were killed and 50 others injured after a passenger train derailed in southern India, railway officials said Sunday.

Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:21pm

In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There's even a diamond-studded, gold-gilded Roor that goes for nearly $4,000.

Families lobby Malaysian minister to resume search for MH370

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:51pm

Relatives of passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysian airliner plan to present the Malaysian transport minister in Australia with letters urging that the search resume.

$1.23 million penalty issued against Idaho nursing home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 4:40pm

An Idaho nursing home is nearing a deadline to pay a $1.23 million penalty issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

NY gov requires insurance companies to cover contraception

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 3:31pm

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday said he was requiring health insurance companies to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost to women, a move that further protects and safeguards coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

How Trump's executive order impacts future of 'Obamacare'

Julie Pace and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:51pm

President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good.

George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara, recovering from illnesses

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:22pm

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, continued to improve Saturday as they recover from illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital, a family spokesman said.

Energy companies respond to spiking ozone levels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:41am

For the first time in about six years, state regulators this week have invoked special conditions that require energy companies to reduce pollution from oil and gas fields in southwest Wyoming.

Trump White House ringed by 'swamp' denizens despite pledge

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:31am

Mike Pence has returned to Washington. So has his closest political ally, Bill Smith.

Utah lawmakers return to take up medical marijuana and more

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:54am

A three-year push to pass some kind of comprehensive medical marijuana law in Utah could come to a head when state lawmakers start their annual session Monday.

Indiana residents hope Pence keeps their interests in mind

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:52am

When Fort Wayne needed expensive airport improvements, its mayor contacted an influential Indiana native — then-Vice President Dan Quayle — to help secure federal funding.

How student loan servicers affect tens of millions of people

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:50am

They aren't well-known. Their names are odd. And what they do — well, it's complicated.

Chinese express doubts about US relations under Trump

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 6:21am

People in Beijing expressed doubts Saturday about President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations, underscoring concerns over trade, Taiwan and other issues.

Trump takes office, vows to stop 'American carnage'

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:21am

Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

Vietnam to allow locals in casinos under 3-year test project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:30am

Vietnamese gamblers will soon be allowed into local casinos under a three-year pilot project.

WNBA players starting to invest in food industry

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:11am

Whether it's to plan for their future once basketball is done, promote healthy living or just to have some fun, WNBA players such as Sue Bird and Maya Moore are getting involved in the food industry.

Trump executive order first strike at ending 'Obamacare'

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:40pm

In an opening salvo against "Obamacare," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at undoing the unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines.

Review finds no previous signs of abuse of slain child

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:51pm

A review released Friday by child welfare officials shows there were no indications of previous abuse involving a New Mexico girl who was strangled on her 10th birthday and whose dismembered remains were found inside the home she shared with her mother and two other people.