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Cream can’t rise in debatable ‘debate’

The so-called "debates," among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times.No one expects these televised sound bites and "gotcha" questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the ...

Last race war ended with nuclear option

He wanted to start a race war.That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.No, that's not how one typically thinks of ...

Joe Biden: Still in the wings

WASHINGTON - A report in the New York Times has stirred new speculation that Vice President Joe Biden, who up to now has remained aloof from the 2016 Democratic presidential race, may be edging closer to entering it. If so, it would be a course correction from his declared position ever since ...

‘So long, ladies,’ says GOP

It's nice to already know the Republicans' strategy as they lurch toward the long and bumpy road to someone else's presidency. Removes the mystery.Their new mantra, in GOP-speak: So long, ladies.I'll give them this: They're no longer pretending to care about us. Yay for them for ending that ...

Obama keeps campaign promise with climate change plan

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama said: "...if somebody wants to build a coal power plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them..." He added that under his now-defeated cap and trade bill, "electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."In 2010, cap and trade ...

Obama: GOP opposing Iran deal over politics

CHILMARK, Mass. - Brushing off criticism from a majority in Congress, President Barack Obama said Republicans are reflexively opposing the Iran nuclear deal because his name is on it.Ahead of next month's deadline for a vote that could derail the agreement, Obama argued in two interviews ...

Evacuation orders lifted in Arizona blaze

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities lifted evacuation orders for most of the 1,000 homes threatened by a wildfire near the Arizona-California line, one of several blazing across the tinder-dry West.The fire in Arizona's Mohave Valley area chewed through 10 square miles and remained ...

Grizzly attack victim identified; tests pending on captured bear

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 63-year-old Montana man was identified Monday as the victim of a fatal bear attack in Yellowstone National Park as officials awaited results of DNA testing to determine if a grizzly captured nearby was responsible.Seasonal park employee Lance Crosby of Billings was ...

10 things to know today: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. FERGUSON, MISSOURI, AGAIN ON EDGEPolice arrest nearly two dozen people during a fourth consecutive night of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old ...

Actress to run for congress

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Former "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert is running for Congress in Michigan.The 51-year-old Democrat announced her candidacy Monday for the 8th District, a three-county seat stretching from the northern Detroit suburbs to Lansing. It's held by first-term ...

Study sought on waste plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Members of Congress from Michigan announced a new effort Monday to prevent the burial of Canadian nuclear waste near the Lake Huron shore, calling for a study by an agency that represents both nations in boundary waters disputes.Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and ...

Biker killed in hit-and-run

MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A reward is being offered for information after a 50-year-old Detroit-area woman participating in a group bicycle ride across Michigan's Lower Peninsula died in a hit-and-run accident.Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler tells The Muskegon Chronicle Saturday's ...

Shipping lock closure extended

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Officials say they have extended the estimated time a navigation lock at Sault Ste. Marie will be closed for emergency repairs.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District said Monday it expects the MacArthur Lock will reopen on or about Aug. 19. Officials ...

Man shot after waving gun

PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) - A 77-year-old man on a motorized scooter who pointed what appeared to be a handgun at police officers and refused their demands to drop it was shot by them and was killed, authorities said.Robert Patrick Quinn had been waving the realistic-looking pellet gun around outside ...

Possible missile parts found at MH17 site

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday they have found what they believe could be parts of a Buk missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last year.The announcement represents the first time prosecutors have confirmed ...

91-year-old Sydney man charged with importing cocaine

SYDNEY (AP) - A 91-year-old retired surgeon has been charged with importing cocaine hidden in soap into Australia, prompting police to warn travelers to beware they are not tricked into becoming drug mules.Victor Twartz, of Sydney, was released on bail when he appeared in Sydney's Downing ...

Hong Kong police raid Uber office after arresting 5 drivers

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police searched Uber's office in the Asian financial center on Tuesday, in the latest legal headache for the fast-growing company that's meeting resistance from regulators and traditional taxi businesses worldwide.The raid came after officers posing as customers arrested ...

Japan committed to nuclear power despite Fukushima fiasco

TOKYO - With the pull of a lever, control rods were lifted Tuesday from the reactor core at a plant in southern Japan, ending a ban on nuclear power following meltdowns at Fukushima in the northeast that forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes, most of them for good.Crowded, ...

Iraq parliament approves reform plan

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved an ambitious reform plan that would cut spending and eliminate senior posts, including the three largely symbolic vice presidencies, following mass protests against corruption and poor services.Lawmakers approved the plan without ...

Cameroon military releases 70 people illegally held

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) - Cameroon's military has freed about 70 people, including children, held illegally in the north for periods ranging from eight months to four years.Abakar Ahamat, the governor of the Adamawa region, said Tuesday that the owner of the camp, Mallam Danlatti, was detained ...