ATLANTA – Lawmakers will hit pause and take more time to review an environmental issue left unresolved by a 2015 court ruling.
ATLANTA – Would-be donors are waiting on state lawmakers to sweeten a tax credit benefiting fragile rural hospitals, says a legislator pushing for changes.
WASHINGTON - Last Thursday night, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., got a small taste of the emotions that some members of Congress have encountered back home.
PRYOR, Okla. —A long-time substitute teacher in a small Oklahoma city is facing felony charges for exposing junior high students to pornography in class.
Wearing a fitness tracking device could earn you cash from your health insurance company. At first, this sounds lucrative for the people who participate, and good for the companies, who want healthier insurance customers. But it’s not quite so simple.
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump toyed with the idea of deploying a "deportation force" to round up and deport undocumented immigrants. Then he waffled on that proposal for a few months.
Police in Indiana have served a search warrant, but have not yet made any arrests in the murder of two teenage girls who disappeared while hiking Monday.
WASHINGTON - Upscale Washington, D.C., restaurants canceled long-standing reservations. A ubiquitous fast-casual chain closed due to staffing shortages. And teachers posted pictures on social media of empty classrooms.
The organizers behind the Women's March on Washington are calling for a general strike next month to show the country what a day without women would look like.
Described by President Ronald Reagan as “classrooms of democracy,” our country’s presidential libraries were established in 1955 by Congress as places that preserve and make accessible presidential materials including papers, records, and audio and video recordings.
AUSTIN — It’s not every day that polarized lawmakers cross the aisle, but Republicans may be finding common cause with Democrats in a bid to rewrite the state’s forfeiture laws.
WASHINGTON - Rigo Rivera, who was illegally brought to the United States from Mexico at age 9, takes Uber as much as he can because he worries about being stopped by immigration agents.
Personalized medicine, which involves tailoring health care to each person’s unique genetic makeup, has the potential to transform how we diagnose, prevent and treat disease. After all, no two people are alike. Mapping a person’s unique susceptibility to disease and targeting the right treatment has deservedly been welcomed as a new power to heal.
A week after council members in an Indiana town voted to suspend its police reserve program, the municipality’s top law enforcement official says the town isn’t safe.
The Cabinet is made up of 15 department heads who are each in the line of succession to the presidency — after the Vice President, Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
Luck may play a role in determining who ends up taking prescription opioids long-term, according to a study released Wednesday that found a link between the prescribing habits of hospital emergency room doctors and extended use of narcotic painkillers.
BEVERLY, Mass. —A former student at a small private college in rural Massachusetts, who served jail time after committing a series of violent attacks, has filed a lawsuit claiming the college is to blame for his actions three years ago.Dillon Destefano, now 22, pleaded guilty in 2014 to randomly punching three students in one night at Endicott College, in Beverley, leaving one student with a broken and dislocated jaw that had to be wired shut, another with a broken orbital bone and sinus, and a third with a split lip.During his sentencing hearing, Destefano blamed not only the alcohol he’d consumed that night at a party on campus but also the performance-enhancing drugs he was taking.He was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on assault and battery and witness intimidation charges. He was paroled last year and has returned to his hometown, River Vale, New Jersey.Now, Destefano is citing Massachusetts' social host liability law, which says it is illegal for anyone over the age of 21 to supply alcohol or knowingly condone underage drinking. Destefano is claiming that the school tacitly approved of underage drinking on campus, which goes against the law and the school’s duty of care to protect its students from harm.The suit says the failure of the college and President Richard Wylie to enforce the legal drinking age of 21 on campus caused Destefano to “become so extremely intoxicated that he lost the capacity to conform his actions to the requirements of the law.”The suit was filed by Salem, Massachusetts attorney Stephen Lovely on Feb. 1, three years to the day after Destefano’s crimes occurred, just as the statute of limitations was about to expire.His attorneys in the criminal case, Tom Kiley and Martin Weinberg, also suggested that Endicott was “not the bucolic campus” that had been portrayed to parents of prospective students.“Underage drinking is a real problem there,” Kiley said during Destefano’s sentencing in June 2014. “It was a real problem for Dillon Destefano and his friends.”In the lawsuit, Destefano and his current attorney focused the blame on the college and Wylie. Before the assaults, the lawsuit says, Destefano had an “exemplary record” at Endicott and was “widely known as a quiet, peaceful, sociable and caring individual.”But on the night of the incidents, Destefano and other students “consumed an inordinate amount of alcoholic beverages” at two dorm parties and campus police failed to intervene, according to the lawsuit.Drinking, the suit says, had lowered Destefano’s inhibitions and caused him to respond violently to several perceived provocations, including a snowball being thrown at him.The suit also says the school had a special duty to protect students, and that it was negligent in supervising them. Destefano’s roommate was 21, of legal drinking age, and was allowed to keep alcohol in his dorm room, the suit says, despite Destefano’s being 19 at the time.The suit seeks damages for the loss of Destefano’s reputation and for pain and suffering.The school and Wylie had not been served with the complaint and declined comment. Lovely also declined to comment.Leighton and Manganis write for the Salem, Massachusetts News.
Colin McDonough will be working in the kitchen at the restaurant he owns on Thursday while nearly his entire kitchen staff is out for the day. McDonough said that to keep his restaurant open, he and a co-owner will flip burgers and make chicken wings themselves, sticking to the basic menu items they feel confident preparing.
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders are pressing the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate whether officials "mishandled" classified information, including leaked communications between members of the Russian government and the Trump administration that brought about Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser.
WASHINGTON - Efforts of congressional Republicans to reach consensus on how to replace the Affordable Care Act got more complicated Wednesday.
AUSTIN - Despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year overturning the state's abortion restrictions, Texas lawmakers rejoined a battle over the procedure in the state Senate on Wednesday.
MERIDIAN, Miss. — Patients in Mississippi previously turned away for heart surgery may have another option in the Impella 2.5, the world's smallest heart pump — now available for elderly, unstable or bypass recipient patients.
DELPHI, Ind. — Law enforcement officials have identified two bodies found Tuesday near an Indiana riverbank as the two girls who were reported missing Monday.
On Feb. 8 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed course and issued an easement allowing the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. That decision followed a presidential memorandum indicating that construction and operation of the pipeline would be in the “national interest,” and set the stage for a final showdown over the pipeline’s fate.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Leo Lopez left his home in Cuba sixteen years ago. He traveled across the ocean for 13 hours on a homemade raft, spent a year and a half detained in Guantanamo and made his way to Indiana where he is now a successful restaurant owner and living the “sueño Americano” – the American Dream.
KOKOMO, Ind. – For parents of children with autism, finding ways of effective communication can be a struggle. But an app developed at Purdue University could ease some of that stress for both parents and children.
Questions about ties between President Donald Trump's team and Russian intelligence agents deepened Wednesday after new reports of extensive contacts between the two, which are sure to fuel Republican calls for a deeper look at Trump's links to the country.
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky state Senate unanimously condemned the “dealing in death” by heroin traffickers Tuesday by classifying trafficking in any amount of heroin sales as a Class C felony.
Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence really simplifies a more complex story.
WASHINGTON - Republicans are taking aim at a rule scheduled to go into effect later this year that gives new protections to people who buy increasingly popular prepaid debit and credit cards.
GREENSBURG – Two “severely mistreated” dogs are on the road to recovery after animal shelter personnel said they found them undernourished, filthy and without adequate shelter earlier this month.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Cynthia Sanford would love to expand her McAlester medical clinic so that she can treat as many as 20,000 more children a year.
DERRY, N.H. — Two women face charges of trafficking women for sexual purposes as part of an online escort service operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Neighboring states are pushing for Missouri to create a prescription drug monitoring program, claiming their unwillingness to do so is contributing to the opioid crisis in their states.
BOSTON — Environmentalists want the state of Massachusetts to phase out fossil fuels by accelerating a shift to renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind and solar over the next three decades.
Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Donald Trump, resigned late Monday over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials.
Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of the former Penn State assistant who was convicted in the school's child sexual-abuse scandal, was arrested Monday by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
ALBANY, N.Y. – The civilian seamstress who helped two killers escape from New York’s largest maximum security prison near the Canadian border in June of 2015 was denied parole Monday.
President Donald Trump recently pledged to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, a 63-year-old law that bans charities from engaging in political activities.
Out of fear that he would be persecuted for his bisexuality, Seidu Mohammed fled from Ghana in an attempt to find a new home in the U.S. The 24-year-old man was denied asylum in late 2016. Mohammed and another Ghanaian native, Razak Iyal, decided to illegally cross from the U.S. into Canada, as the AP reported recently. The two took a bus from Minneapolis to Grand Forks.
A Missouri man who identified himself as the leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter has been found dead several days after he was reported missing, officials said.