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Cries in the night

“Where’s my mommy?” asked a little 2-1/2 year-old girl through tear-filled eyes and sobs. The grandmother, grandfather, and father wrestled with struggling emotions on how to tell and explain to the child her mother was with Jesus and that she would not see her again in this life. As ...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump’s skepticism of technology marks a sharp contrast from Obama, whom he’ll replace Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump sees risks in embracing technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed. Not included in the modernization ...

College in Canada? More weigh it after Trump win

For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling. Colleges from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump’s victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped ...

Year defined by division, with no middle ground

Fed up with Europe’s union across borders? Reject it. Disgusted with the U.S. political establishment? Can it. The news in 2016 was filled with battles over culture and territory that exposed divisions far deeper than many realized. But people confronting those divides repeatedly rejected ...

What it means if Trump names China a currency manipulator

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to name China a currency manipulator on his first day in the White House. There’s only one problem — it’s not true anymore. China, the world’s second-biggest economy behind the United States, hasn’t been pushing down its ...

AP Explains: Did Trump just create 8,000 jobs?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump gave himself kudos for the creation of 8,000 new U.S. jobs by a Japanese tech mogul, saying it was proof of “the spirit and the hope” stirred by his presidential win. But for those particular jobs, Trump was basically taking a bow for the second time. The ...

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP, left, with boxing promoter Don King as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump takes questions on jobs, Russia, Israel

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 had with journalists since before the ...

Kerry rips Israel over settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu ...

Analysis: GOP divided on replacing health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are united on repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, but ideologically and practically speaking, they’re in different camps over replacing it. Getting the factions together won’t be easy. Some Republicans would revise and rebrand ...

Trump appoints Bush-era veteran, policy newcomer to advisor posts

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump appointed an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era to his national security circle Tuesday and a figure from the Trump Organization to make international deals. Thomas Bossert will become as assistant to the president for ...

AP poll: Americans hope for a better year in 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A ...

Trump says UN a ‘club’ to ‘have a good time’

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 east Jerusalem, The ...

Recounts or no, US elections are still vulnerable to hacking

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 little chance of detecting potential fraud or error in the vote — there was basically ...

GOP: Cut taxes, change brackets; but what about the deficits?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy ...

In this April 18 file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, center left, dressed as a Boston Police officer, watches runners cross the finish line as he films a scene for the "Patriot's Day" movie at the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon will be released nationwide Jan. 13. (AP file photo)

Lawyer says Wahlberg movie unfair to Boston bomber’s widow

A lawyer for Katherine Russell, widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers, says the new film “Patriots Day” is unfair because it suggests she knew something was up before the attack and then didn’t cooperate with the investigation afterward. “It’s just not true,” lawyer Amato ...

Luther’s message on ‘the real meaning of Christmas’

Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Not if it’s a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world’s richest person could pay for and which is even ...

Trump family drops access offered for charity donations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s children may see his move to the White House as a way to raise money for their favorite causes. Two recent fundraising pitches featuring the incoming first family were meant to benefit charities, but they also raised questions among ethics experts the ...

AP: No proof of voter fraud in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — A widely shared story that claimed in headlines that Michigan had mass Democratic voter fraud and more than half of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Detroit vote faces disqualification is false. State election officials say there is no proof to back up either ...

Revolt fizzles as Trump wins electoral vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for an Electoral College revolt. Despite weeks of lobbying and a day of protests, President-elect Donald Trump won all but two of the Electoral College votes he claimed on Election Day, ensuring he will become America’s 45th president. There were more protest ...

A MAN WALKS outside a currency exchange office in Cairo. AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File

Why a stronger US dollar could hinder Trump’s economic plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump’s ambitious plans to revive exports, return jobs to the United States and increase oil drilling are running up against a home-grown threat: The surging U.S. dollar. Since the Nov. 8 election, the dollar has shot up 5 percent. An index that ...