For third-straight time, Earth sets hottest year record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press

Army plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army says it's planning to study the potential environmental impact of routing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri River in North Dakota, although a judge could stall the study.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

US consumer prices up moderate 0.3 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices, driven up by rising energy costs, rose moderately in December, closing out a year in which consumer inflation rose at the fastest pace in five years.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

Pointed questions await Trump's pick for health secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his selection as health secretary.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press