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Wisconsin conservative talk show host ends 23-year run

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A leading voice in conservative radio who helped promoted the Republican political agenda in Wisconsin but was outspoken in opposing Donald Trump, retired from his popular radio show Monday. Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes said his decision to end a 23-year run at ...

ELECTORAL COLLEGE ELECTOR Brian Fairbrother looks through mail he has received in Shelby Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

Michigan electors in line to vote for Trump

DETROIT (AP) — Electors in Michigan are in line to obey state law and vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. The state requires the 16 members of the Electoral College convening today at the statehouse to vote according to the results of the Michigan’s presidential election, ...

GOP electors cite rural voice in Electoral College

ATLANTA (AP) — As members of the Electoral College prepare to choose Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, some Republican electors say they are defending rural and small-town America against big-state liberalism and its support for national popular vote leader Hillary ...

Trump aides on Russian meddling: He still won

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn’t ready to accept the finding by intelligence agencies that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump. And even if it’s true, they add, Trump still won the White House fair and ...

Make wellness resolutions stick in 2017

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their ...

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin appear together in November after a meeting in the Speaker’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump, Ryan for now learn how to get along

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have put their rocky start behind them and are learning how to get along — for now. One key to their blossoming new friendship: Along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, they are mapping out an agenda for ...

Starbucks and our pursuit of snobbery

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s Thomas R. Marshall, who was America’s vice president 100 years ago, voiced — he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist — one of the few long-remembered utterances to issue from that office: “What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar,” which would be $1.11 ...

The electoral voters speak, and they’re not switching

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican electors have been hounded to abandon Donald Trump, but they appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign’s last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral ...

Pence says Trump has a mandate

When Mike Pence becomes the 48th vice president of the United States next month, he will take on the role of a political lobbyist for Donald Trump’s activist agenda. In an interview I conducted with Pence in his transitional office next to a sandwich shop in Washington, he said he believed ...

Former Texas governor to head Energy Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering “oops” when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” The former Texas ...

In this Dec. 9, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, in Grand Rapids, Mich. In claiming that he scored “a massive landslide victory” in last month’s presidential election, Trump turned history upside down. In fact, his winning margin in the Electoral College is on the other end of the historical spectrum, far closer to the narrowest win in history than to the widest. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Trump’s criticism of Russia hacking claim could haunt him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is underscoring his doubts about the conclusion by U.S. intelligence that Russia sought through hacking to disrupt this year’s election, renewing his skepticism Monday as he pits his judgment against the $52.7 billion espionage and analytical apparatus he’s ...

Reminiscing on Christmas in Caspian, IR

As I sit in my living room reminiscing about Christmases celebrated a long time ago (over 55 years ago to be exact), I remember vividly my family shopping, attending Mass, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts and preparing the traditional Christmas meal of homemade ravioli, noodles and ham. Back ...

Time to lead push for change — and action

Since the election, passions and tensions are running high on university campuses and in the general public. Part of this, of course, is that there were two candidates, both unpopular, and in theory, the more disliked candidate won. But here we are, a new president-elect, a Republican Party ...

Trump: Executives to run businesses with his children

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview Sunday that his executives would run his business empire alongside his children, pushing back against charges his vast real estate holdings would pose a conflict of interest for him in the White House. Trump has said he will ...

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP with Republican National Committee Chairman and incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, right, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence during an election night rally in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Some Trump loyalists still dubious about Priebus

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President-elect Donald Trump tapped Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, Republican leaders cheered the prospect of a close ally having a top White House job. But as Priebus tries to wield his influence and bring more structure to the president-elect’s freewheeling ...

Union president, Trump clash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect Thursday to back up his claim that a deal to discourage Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory would save 1,100 American jobs. “He overreacted, President-elect Trump did,” ...

The right choice for secretary of state: Bolton

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Romney’s severe criticism ...

This Dec. 3, 2016 image released by NBC shows Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, left, and Alec Baldwin as President-elect Donald Trump during "Saturday Night Live," in New York. Trump called the late-night institution unfunny and Baldwin's portrayal of him mean-spirited, suggesting the show wasn't long for the world. Trump has grumbled in tweets about the show three times since October, most recently last weekend after Baldwin and Kate McKinnon appeared in a skit about his Twitter habit. (Will Heath/NBC via AP)

Trump on the attack against ‘SNL’

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief critic-elect of “Saturday Night Live,” Donald Trump, is bashing the show and impersonator Alec Baldwin again — this time prodded into action Wednesday by NBC’s own Matt Lauer. The president-elect called the late-night institution unfunny and Baldwin’s ...

LAUREN BRUNER, ONE of five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona that was attacked in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, holds a 1940 photo of himself, at his home in La Mirada, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

USS Arizona survivor heads to Pearl Harbor 75 years later

HONOLULU (AP) — Lauren Bruner was getting ready for church in 1941 on his battleship, the USS Arizona, when the alarm sounded. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had begun, and Bruner, then 21, scampered up five stories by ladder to the enormous anti-aircraft guns he was responsible ...

Japanese leader won’t apologize at Pearl Harbor

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t apologize for Japan’s attack when he visits the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor later this month, the government spokesman said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that “the purpose of the upcoming visit is to pay ...