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Trump names lawyer Lighthizer as top trade rep

By JULIE PACE and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will nominate lawyer Robert Lighthizer as U.S. trade representative, picking an experienced trade official who has questioned the conservative movement's commitment to free ...

Hydroelectric engineers find potential in centuries-old mine

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press MINEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Some look at an abandoned, centuries-old iron mine in New York's Adirondacks and see a relic. An ambitious group of engineers sees the shafts in Mineville as a new way to provide a steady flow of electricity in a growing market for ...

Revelers say hello to 2017, goodbye to a year of conflicts

By The Associated Press As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts, deadly attacks at gatherings and deaths of legendary celebrities. Here's a look at how people are ushering in the new ...

New subway line, awaited since the 1920s, is set to roll

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been an on-again, off-again, "believe it when you see it" project since the Jazz Age. Construction started 45 years ago. But New Yorkers' long wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ends Sunday, when a stretch of the new Second Avenue line opens to ...

In red states, businesses gearing up to fight bathroom bills

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee group of businesses is charging into the fiery debate over how to balance LGBT rights and religious conviction. About 300 companies, from health-care giant HCA to FedEx, have joined under the moniker Tennessee ...

Mariah Carey bungles her New Year’s Eve show, stops singing

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey has ushered in 2017 with a botched performance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" on ABC. The singer appeared to have technical difficulties during her live performance Saturday night in Times Square. She even stopped singing her song ...

Illinois law enlists hairstylists to prevent domestic abuse

By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois law that takes effect Sunday aims to take advantage of the trusted relationship between hairstylists and their clients to prevent domestic violence. Stylists, barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders and nail ...

Alexa a witness to murder? Prosecutors seek Amazon Echo data

By JILL BLEED, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker. Amazon said it ...

Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher linked by death

By ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen as she matched steps with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain." Carrie Fisher brought the sarcasm and cynicism of the Baby Boomers to her movies, books and stage ...

Trump holds Q&A, discussing jobs, Russia, Israel

By VIVIAN SALAMA and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump applauded the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailed his transition discussions with President Barack Obama in a series of comments that amounted to the most detailed interaction he's ...

Chicago gang trial jury heads into Day 4 of deliberations

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors haven't indicated if they're close to a verdict in the major racketeering conspiracy trial of six alleged leaders of Chicago's Hobos street gang. The panelists are scheduled to resume deliberations Thursday, the fourth day, in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The ...

Maryland: Deputy and 2nd man shot in exchange of gunfire

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy was shot and critically wounded and another man also was shot in an exchange of gunfire at a home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Queen Anne's County sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Dale Patrick said in a statement that deputies were ...

NYPD to allow Sikhs to wear turbans, grow beards

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is now allowing Sikh (seek) officers to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long for religious reasons. Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the new rules that affect all religious ...

Obama, Japan’s Abe to seek reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of surprise attacks thrust America into World War ...

Trump says UN just a club for people to ‘have a good time’

By VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump is questioning the effectiveness of the United Nations, saying it's just a club for people to "have a good time," after the U.N. Security Council voted last week to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and ...

Winter storm weakens but thousands still without power

CHICAGO (AP) — The fury of the winter storm that swept into the northern Great Plains on Christmas Day weakened heading into Tuesday, but thousands remained without power in the Dakotas and Michigan. High winds and drifting snow continued to make travel hazardous in the Dakotas, even as ...

Mom suffocates baby son, kills self in murder-suicide

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania are investigating after they say a 40-year-old mother intentionally suffocated her 12-month-old son before taking her own life in an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies were found by officers who were dispatched to Sheri Shermeyer's Shrewsbury ...

Cell service at Rainier: Do you want to hear me now?

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — On a recent snowshoeing trip on Mount Rainier, Nancy Spears brought her cellphone along but was happy not to have coverage: It gave her time to connect with her snowy surroundings rather than her social media accounts. Spotty or no cellular ...

Ex-NFL star back in court ahead of double murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is heading back to court for another pretrial hearing ahead of his double murder trial in connection with a drive-by shooting in Boston in 2012. Hernandez is charged with killing 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old ...

Recounts or no, US elections are still vulnerable to hacking

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jill Stein's bid to recount votes in Pennsylvania was in trouble even before a federal judge shot it down Dec. 12. That's because the Green Party candidate's effort stood almost no chance of detecting potential ...