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  • US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional audit says the federal government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. It finds that the government lacks effective coordination and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment. The report by the Government Accountability Office was obtained…

  • How the AP-GfK Poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on drones was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from respondents recruited by phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to participants who…

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption after a high profile trial. The property magnate Thomas Kwok was Friday convicted of conspiracy for making HK$8.5 million of payments to former city official Rafael Hui. At the time of the offenses,…

  • Md. calls revamped health care exchange a success

    Maryland’s public health secretary is calling the state’s revamped health-insurance exchange a success as the second enrollment period hits a milestone. Thursday was the deadline for obtaining coverage starting Jan. 1. The enrollment period began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15. As of Tuesday, 30 days into the process, the exchange had enrolled about…

  • Colorado vows to defend pot law against states’ challenge

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state’s historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states. The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing…

  • Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans say they are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that by a 2-1 margin those who had an opinion…

  • Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country’s past and its Arab Spring revolution. Tunisians must decide Sunday between Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old…

  • EPA expected to treat coal waste like garbage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material. The EPA is expected to issue a rule Friday, ending a six-year effort that began after a massive spill at a Tennessee power…

  • Michael Phelps’ DUI trial set Friday in Baltimore

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges. The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving the Horseshoe Casino when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say…

  • Weird weather lingers in Alaska’s largest city

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska’s largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you’d expect to see equipment making snow. “We want Santa to bring snow, soon,” Terry Goodwin said as she hit a ski trail in Anchorage on Thursday near snowmaking machines churning out the white…

  • Quotations in the News

    “These events are extremely distressing for everyone of course and police officers aren’t immune from that — we’re human beings as well.” — Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar after eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city. _____ “A society that has lived in…

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

    ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ – Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit with 24-120mm lens): I couldn’t find anything to complain about the D750 after spending a few weeks with it. The…

  • Parity abounds among women’s hoops elite

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there’s more parity than ever at the top of women’s basketball and her Gamecocks likely won’t remain No. 1 for long. Staley and the Gamecocks (10-0) are the top-ranked women’s team in the land for the fourth consecutive…

  • ‘Annie’ isn’t the only ‘Imitation Game’ in town

    WASHINGTON — Christmas is almost upon us, bringing TV airings of Ralphie using his “Little Orphan Annie” decoder pen to crack an anti-climactic Ovaltine code in “A Christmas Story” (1983). It’s an annual reminder of the rich history of “Little Orphan Annie,” starting as an 1885 poem, 1924 comic strip and 1930 radio program before…

  • Best of the season’s 39 bowl games

    The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year’s three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one. There’s still a bit of controversy just like there was in the BCS — ask Baylor and TCU — but most college football fans believe the…