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Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:39pm

NASA's latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote.

'Dance Moms' star Miller has cancer, underwent spine surgery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:39pm

Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.

Arkansas Ten Commandments display to be installed next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:28pm

A Ten Commandments monument will be installed outside Arkansas' Capitol next week, months after the original display was destroyed.

Russia says US visa delays could halt direct flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:25pm

The Russian Foreign Ministry says increasing delays by the United States in issuing visas could result in flagship airline Aeroflot ending flights to the U.S.

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:20pm

A Texas company that owns an oil pipeline that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude along the California coast faces a criminal trial three years after the disaster.

Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

Emily Schmall and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:19pm

Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators.

The Latest: Suspect in Vegas picnic gunfire used getaway car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:09pm

The Latest on the arrest of a former casino dealer accused of a deadly shooting at a company picnic (all times local):

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:39pm

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

A willingness to fix the euro's flaws is fading fast

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:32pm

When Angela Merkel was re-elected as Germany's leader in March, the way looked open for European nations to finally patch the remaining cracks in the euro — the structural flaws that threatened to break apart the shared currency in 2010-12.

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

David Koenig and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:31pm

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

Control board meeting to OK austerity plans for Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:18pm

New austerity measures are coming for Puerto Rico as a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory's finances meets Thursday to approve several fiscal plans that will serve as the island's economic blueprint for the next five years.

Suspect in Vegas casino picnic shooting arrested in Texas

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:54am

A former Las Vegas Strip casino dealer on the run for days after authorities say he opened fire on a picnic for a group of fellow employees, killing one, was arrested Thursday in Texas.

British cybersecurity expert faces key hearing in US case

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:49am

A British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus is due in a Milwaukee courtroom Thursday, where he will ask the judge to toss statements he made to the FBI after his arrest for allegedly writing and distributing malicious software use to steal banking passwords.

New Hampshire House kills bill to protect drunken drivers

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:43am

The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected a measure to protect intoxicated people from drunken-driving charges while they are sobering up in their cars.

Boston business that helps blacks hit by racist graffiti

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:27am

A Boston business that helps nurture black entrepreneurs has been struck by racist graffiti just days before its spring opening.

US Officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:22am

Two senior U.S. Treasury officials say finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize assets arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders.

Power largely restored across Puerto Rico after blackout

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:19am

Puerto Rico's power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Study shows TV employment exceeding newspapers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:14am

For what is believed to be the first time, the number of journalists working in local television newsrooms exceeds that of people in newspaper offices.

Musk's LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:13am

A committee of the Los Angeles City Council has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system.

US easing rules on sales of armed drones, other weaponry

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:13am

The Trump administration moved Thursday to make it easier for U.S. defense contractors to sell armed drones and other conventional weapons to foreign governments.