Trump on Presidency: ‘I Thought It Would Be Easier’

President Donald Trump, reflecting on a first 100 days in office that has featured no major legislative wins and low approval ratings, said Thursday he thought the job would be easier. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Department of Veterans Affairs before signing an Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection on April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images) “I loved my previous …

He tried to cool a city's anger, only to watch helplessly as it burned during the 1992 riots

Three days before the rioting began, the Rev. Cecil L. Murray took to the pulpit for his Sunday sermon. “Be cool,” Murray implored. “Even in anger, be cool.” For weeks, the 62-year-old pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church had watched anger and distrust grow in his community with each replaying of the video — the inescapable footage showing Los Angeles police officers cruelly beating Rodney King. “And if …

Crews to inspect damage from Alabama storms

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service is sending out teams to look for damage and confirm where tornadoes might have touched down in the state. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/2oPhpMm ) that the weather service planned to send survey teams to Montgomery, Lee, Pike and Barbour counties. Strong storms that moved across south Alabama prompted tornado warnings on the sixth anniversary of a deadly tornado outbreak. The National Weather Service …

Elgin's Olde Towne Inn marks 90th year

A spot along Bluff City Boulevard that might be Elgin’s oldest bar — and at which at one time was frequented by Elgin’s current mayor — will be marking its 90th year in business Saturday. Patsy Maple of Villa Park bought the Olde Towne Inn in July 2015, her first venture into the bar business. The bar is at the northeast corner of Bluff City Boulevard and the end of …

Former KC postal worker sentenced for drug plot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City, Missouri, postal carrier has been ordered to spend three years in federal prison for her role in distributing PCP. Carol Barfield, 65, was sentenced Thursday in Kansas City, where she pleaded guilty last November to conspiring to distribute the drug. A co-defendant, Michael Garrett, 57, of Victorville, California, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to the drug-trafficking …

Trump wants South Korea to pay for $1 billion missile system

President Trump wants South Korea to pay for a U.S. missile defense system it’s installing in the country to protect it against North Korea. The President, in an interview with Reuters, said he thinks South Korea, a key U.S. ally, should pay for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which experts said costs more than $1 billion. “I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they …