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Museum showcases relics from Hatfield & McCoy feud |May 26, 2017

Hatfields and McCoys mingle peacefully in the mountainous region where their families waged one of America's most famous feuds.Now a museum near the Kentucky-West Virginia border is showcasing artifacts bringing the feud back to life. The...

How the AP-NORC poll on long term care was conducted |May 26, 2017

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on long-term care was conducted March 2-29 by NORC at the University of Chicago, with funding from the SCAN Foundation. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 1,341...

Report: More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home |May 25, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) One in 4 Alzheimer's deaths in the United States are now occurring at home a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes, according to a report released Thursday.Alzheimer's deaths in hospitals...

List of Dr. Beach's top 10 beaches for 2017 |May 25, 2017

Here is the 2017 list of top 10 beaches in the U.S., compiled by Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach.1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida2. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii3. Ocracoke Beach, Outer...

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets |May 25, 2017

People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions could be facing higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is...

Skydiver wearing a wingsuit crashes, dies in California |May 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The skydiver who fell to his death in a California vineyard was wearing a specialized jumpsuit that resembles a flying squirrel and undertaking an extreme but growing sport that can send people soaring through the air at...

Feds try to seize property of business accused of fraud |May 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Federal authorities have filed a series of lawsuits that seek to seize property bought with proceeds from an alleged visa fraud scheme by a Los Angeles-area business.The U.S. attorney's office said in a statement Thursday that...

Gold Star father Khizr Khan plans book for young people |May 25, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national celebrity after speaking at last year's Democratic National Convention, has a book planned for young readers.Khan's "This Is Our Constitution" comes out Nov. 14, Alfred A....

Attempt to rebrand Harlem as 'SoHa' leaves residents fuming |May 25, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Community activists in New York City say an attempt to rebrand a section of Harlem as "SoHa" short for South Harlem is insulting and another sign of gentrification run amok.NY1 reports (http://bit.ly/2rTh9i0) that community...

Correction: Snowy Plover Chick story |May 25, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. The state bans dogs from all active nesting areas.A...

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in US |May 25, 2017

SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP) Florida's Siesta Beach has been named America's best beach on an annual top 10 list compiled by coastal science professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach.The Florida International University professor ranks...

Student's service dog gets own headshot in class yearbook |May 25, 2017

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) A Virginia high school student who attends school with a service dog found himself side-by-side with his canine in the school's yearbook photos.Andrew Schalk has Type 1 diabetes and uses his dog, Alpha, to alert him...

Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC |May 25, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City.Dating back as far as the eighth century B.C., the artifacts were...

Audit: Iowa athletics IT director submitted false invoices |May 25, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa athletics department's information technology director spent school money on personal items for his home and then submitted false invoices to cover his tracks, according to a state audit released...

New nurse being credited with saving life of plane passenger |May 25, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey nurse who has only been on the job for nine months is being credited with saving the life of a fellow airplane passenger in a medical emergency.Twenty-two-year-old Courtney Donlon was awakened on a...

No link found between cancer and conditions at Guantanamo |May 25, 2017

MIAMI (AP) U.S. military health experts found no link between several cases of cancer and environmental conditions in an area used for legal proceedings at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, according to a report released Thursday by the...

How do you move 40,000 bees? Carefully, with just 3 stings |May 25, 2017

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) With just three stings and no serious injuries, two beekeepers have safely removed an estimated 40,000 bees that bedeviled a Virginia townhouse community.The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/2rCfkZo ) the...

Facebook's Zuckerberg to give Harvard graduation speech |May 25, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Mark Zuckerberg is giving a commencement address at Harvard, where he dropped out 12 years ago to focus on Facebook.Zuckerberg, 33, follows another famous Harvard dropout, Bill Gates, who spoke before its graduates a decade ago....

Jaguar scaled walls to escape enclosure at Texas zoo |May 25, 2017

ABILENE, Texas (AP) Officials at a West Texas zoo say a jaguar scaled a 12-foot-tall artificial rock wall and forced her way under netting that topped her enclosure to escape the exhibit last week.Officials at the Abilene Zoo said Wednesday...

Teen takes terminally ill grandmother to high school prom |May 25, 2017

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) After learning of his grandmother's cancer diagnosis, a 17-year-old wanted to give her a night to remember.Stephen Vigil took his grandmother to Stafford High School's prom on Saturday the eve of Julia Jarman's 92nd...

The Latest: Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 cheese bag |May 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Latest on a botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese dip sold at a California gas station (all times local):4:35 p.m.California health officials said a botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese sauce appears limited to an...

Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 nacho-cheese sauce bag |May 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A deadly botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese sauce confiscated from a California gas station appears to be limited to an opened bag of the sauce, state health officials said Thursday.The state Department of Public Health...

Former Knicks exec, Mariners PR man Childs dies at age 84 |May 24, 2017

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) Hal Childs, a former assistant general manager for the New York Knicks and public relations director for the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Mariners, has died of complications from heart disease. He was 84.Childs' wife,...

Interactive experiences a big part of casinos' futures |May 24, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Getting new customers involved in more interactive experiences is going to be a big part of the future for casinos in the United States and around the world, participants in a major gambling conference predicted...

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike |May 24, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals.Lampkin, 35,...

Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries |May 24, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided...

Major sponsor pulls support from Alaska's Iditarod race |May 24, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The world's most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors like Wells Fargo outside the state.Wells Fargo spokesman...

Drugmaker paying $33M over recalled nonprescription meds |May 24, 2017

Johnson & Johnson has reached a $33 million settlement with 42 states, resolving allegations the health care giant sold numerous nonprescription medicines that didn't meet federal quality requirements for a couple of years.The settlement was...

Hyundai Ioniq: 2017's top fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid |May 24, 2017

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid is Hyundai's fuel-efficient challenger to the Toyota Prius, America's best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid.With a base retail price, including destination charge, of $23,035, the Ioniq Hybrid has a lower starting retail...

Georgia firefighter dies after weekend accident on job |May 24, 2017

MONTEZUMA, Ga. (AP) A firefighter in Georgia has died after suffering a traumatic brain injury from an accident on the job.The Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2rgsPy9 ) 29-year-old Macon County firefighter Darrell Plank died on Tuesday. He...

Warrant issued for Bikram founder beset by legal woes |May 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) A California judge has issued an arrest warrant for the founder of Bikram yoga, who's been ordered to hand over proceeds from his global fitness business to satisfy a $6.8 million judgment won by a former legal adviser.Los...

FDA: Controller for heart pump recalled over deaths |May 24, 2017

Federal regulators say nearly 29,000 controllers for implanted heart pumps are being recalled after reports of 26 deaths linked to malfunctions.The recall covers the external power supply controller for the HeartMate II, made by Abbott...

Same sex couple says Southwest discriminated against them |May 24, 2017

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) A Florida man says a Southwest Airlines employee refused to let him board a flight as a family with his husband, their three children and a grandparent.Grant Morse tells USA Today (https://usat.ly/2qTGTgk ) he was in the...

Forecasters: Pacific hurricane season depends on El Nino |May 24, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) Forecasters say the central Pacific region around Hawaii can expect a normal or slightly above-average hurricane season, depending largely on the presence of El Nino conditions.Chris Brenchley, director of the National Oceanic and...

Clarification: Serena Williams-Silicon Valley story |May 24, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a story May 24, The Associated Press reported that tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles. The figure includes 14 for doubles and two for mixed doubles. She has 23 singles titles.

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made |May 24, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise.Scott said...

The Latest: Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill |May 24, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Latest on Vermont's governor vetoing a marijuana legalization bill (all times local):2:40 p.m.Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is vetoing a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state and is sending it...

2 addiction counselors at halfway house die of drug overdose |May 24, 2017

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) Authorities say two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house have died of opioid overdoses.Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, "If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has...

TSA tests screening larger electronic devices separately |May 24, 2017

Travelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined more closely.The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it has been testing the...

'Hamilton' star to perform at Boston July 4th celebration |May 24, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Tony Award-winning actor and musician Leslie Odom Jr., who starred in the Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton," will be among the guest artists at Boston's iconic July Fourth concert and fireworks celebration.The Boston Pops announced...

Drug company Teva to pay $1.6 million over opioid marketing |May 24, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A drug company has agreed to pay $1.6 million for substance abuse treatment to settle a lawsuit from two California counties alleging misleading marketing practices, officials announced Wednesday.The settlement also...

Fact Sheet: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Limited |May 24, 2017

2017 Hyundai Ioniq LimitedBASE PRICE: $22,200 for Blue; $23,950 for SEL; $27,500 for Limited.AS TESTED: $31,335.TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, gasoline-electric hybrid hatchback.ENGINE: 1.6-liter, double overhead cam,...

Attorney charged in $22 million urine-testing fraud scheme |May 24, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) A Bakersfield attorney has been accused in a $22 million medical insurance fraud scheme.KBAK-TV and KBFX-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2qMu2Md ) Tuesday that the Orange County District Attorney's Office is charging Phil...

Science Says: What's known and not known about marijuana |May 24, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A new marijuana study joins a limited record of scientific knowledge about the harms and benefits of pot.The research published Wednesday is the first rigorous test of a marijuana compound in treating a certain form of severe...

Trump hotels won't ask if stays paid with foreign govt money |May 24, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The Trump Organization says it will not ask guests at its hotels and resorts if they are using money from foreign governments to pay their bills, setting up a possible showdown with Democrats who accuse the president of violating...

No Joke: Unconscious man rode on car's trunk for miles |May 24, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) When police pulled over a Tennessee couple and told them a body was lying on the trunk of their car, they thought it was a joke until they got out to look.They found an unconscious man who had somehow remained on the trunk...

Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools |May 24, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses.The company has been testing the tool, which is similar to online...

Trump wants $108M for deeper ports; Corps adds $56M boost |May 24, 2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by...

Fires targeting property of police, firefighters in Arkansas |May 24, 2017

COTTON PLANT, Ark. (AP) Authorities in a small Arkansas town say local police and firefighters are being targeted by suspicious fires and vandalism.No suspects have been arrested for the fires and property damage in Cotton Plant that began in...

Wildfire forces evacuations at Washington state tourism spot |May 24, 2017

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) A wildfire that started at an old log-storage site has prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state and hiking and skiing destination, officials said Wednesday.The fire was burning on...