Brown defends California bullet train in annual address

SACRAMENTO, Calif./January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Gov. Jerry Brown declared “California is prospering” on Thursday as he kicked off his final State of the State address as leader of the nation’s most populous state. “While it faces its share of difficulties, we should never forget the bounty and endless opportunities bestowed upon this special place,” he said. … Continue reading Brown defends California bullet train in annual address

Democrats buoyed by Trump support for Dreamer’s citizenship

WASHINGTON/January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Democrats said they were heartened Thursday by President Donald Trump’s support for an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, while Republicans were more cautious. Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he was “very encouraged” by Trump’s surprising words, which the president made … Continue reading Democrats buoyed by Trump support for Dreamer’s citizenship

The Latest: Texts from agent kicked off Mueller team found

WASHINGTON/January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog says his office has found missing text messages from an FBI agent removed last summer from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team. Inspector General Michael Horowitz says in … Continue reading The Latest: Texts from agent kicked off Mueller team found

Tiger Woods faces his opening test at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO/January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Tiger Woods is starting his PGA Tour season at Torrey Pines, just like the old days. Only these are far different circumstances. Instead of high expectations for Woods, Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open was more about curiosity. He is returning after fusion surgery on his lower back last April, his … Continue reading Tiger Woods faces his opening test at Torrey Pines

Next Kansas governor seeks to patch up legislator relations

TOPEKA, Kan./January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Incoming Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer begins his tenure needing to mend relations with fellow Republicans in the Legislature, whose clashes with his GOP predecessor intensified in recent months. The ill will stands in sharp contrast to lawmakers’ generally positive mood last fall after President Donald Trump first nominated Gov. Sam Brownback … Continue reading Next Kansas governor seeks to patch up legislator relations

More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread

ATLANTA/ Jan. 25, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Birth defects most strongly linked to Zika virus infection during pregnancy have increased in parts of the United States that have had local Zika virus transmission, according to a report in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Areas with local transmission of Zika – southern Florida, a portion of … Continue reading More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread

Grassley may release Russia interviews of Trump Jr., others

WASHINGTON/January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is finishing its investigation into a June 2016 meeting between Russians and President Donald Trump’s campaign, and the Republican chairman of that panel says he wants to release transcripts from closed-door interviews with Trump’s son and others. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said at a committee hearing Thursday that … Continue reading Grassley may release Russia interviews of Trump Jr., others

US expert panel doubts benefits of heated tobacco device

SILVER SPRING, Md./January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. government experts have rejected a proposal from Philip Morris International to sell its “heat-not-burn” tobacco device as a lower-risk alternative to cigarettes that reduces disease. But the panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration endorsed a lesser claim that the product reduces exposure to harmful chemicals in … Continue reading US expert panel doubts benefits of heated tobacco device