Trump threat to cut aid raises stakes in UN Jerusalem vote


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump's threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital raised the stakes in Thursday's U.N. vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail.

  • Written by By EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

Internal watchdog to probe FEMA contracts to tiny firm


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog is investigating how a fledgling Florida company won more than $30 million in contracts for desperately needed disaster relief supplies in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

  • Written by By TAMI ABDOLLAH , Associated Press

Long-term US mortgage rates blip higher this week


WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remain lower than they were a year ago. The five-year adjustable-rate mortgage rate hit the highest level since mid-2011.

  • Written by By PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer

Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths

CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them:

  • Written by By LINDSEY TANNER , AP Medical Writer