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  • Oregon state senator: Sexual harassment common in Capitol

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A female state senator who accused a male colleague of inappropriate touching said Monday she’s heard accounts from other women in the Oregon State Capitol of such behavior by men and insisted “the culture needs to change.” Democratic Sen. Sara Gelser said the accounts were relayed to her over the weekend, […]
  • GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades. A Government Accountability Office report released Monday said the federal government has spent more than […]
  • New York real estate developer buys Trump drawing at auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York real estate developer and former business partner of President Donald Trump has bought a sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by Trump for $16,000 at an auction. Elie Hirschfeld, president of Hirschfeld Properties, purchased the 12-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper at […]
  • California Senate plans outside investigation on harassment

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate announced Monday that it has hired a law firm to investigate sexual harassment allegations as pressure builds for lawmakers to deal more aggressively with what hundreds of women working in and around the Capitol describe as a culture of sexual intimidation. No male lawmakers have been accused by […]
  • JetBlue plane strikes birds, makes safe emergency landing

    NEW YORK (AP) — A JetBlue plane from Boston to Las Vegas that struck some birds shortly after takeoff has made a safe emergency landing in New York. JetBlue Airways Corp. spokeswoman Sharon Jones says Flight 877 landed safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport just before 7:30 p.m. Monday. Jones says the plane was […]
  • Mitsubishi recalls 161,167 vehicles in US, Canada

    DETROIT (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling 161,167 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because electric relays can cause the engine to stall or overheat. The recall affects the 2015-2017 Outlander SUV, the 2015-2017 Lancer sedan and Outlander Sport, and the 2015 Lancer Evolution sport sedan. Most are in the U.S. but 28,615 are […]
  • Silver mine opponents ask Montana to suspend permits

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists have asked Montana regulators to suspend permits for two silver mines citing concerns over the track record of the president of the company behind the proposals. Attorneys for Earthworks, the Clark Fork Coalition and three other groups on Monday pressed officials to enforce a state law that blocks individuals who […]
  • Ex-US official: I didn’t view Menendez remarks as a ‘threat’

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former State Department official testified Monday he didn’t feel threatened by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez during a 2012 meeting about a port security contract in the Dominican Republic, casting some doubt on one of the key assertions in the government’s bribery case against the New Jersey Democrat. Prosecutors allege Menendez […]
  • The Latest: Senate sets up disaster aid vote for Tuesday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package (all times EDT): 8:55 p.m. The Senate has given preliminary approval to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash. The 79-16 procedural vote sets the stage for a final vote, most likely Tuesday. […]
  • ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2’ scares away competition at box office

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” opened in first place this weekend with $21.2 million from North American theaters, beating out spectacle and star-driven newcomers like “Geostorm,” ”Only the Brave” and “The Snowman.” The disaster epic “Geostorm” flopped with $13.7 million against a reported $120 million production budget in its […]