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Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu...

R Kelly evicted from 2 Georgia homes over $30K unpaid rent |Feb 20, 2018

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Court documents show R&B singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta-area homes over unpaid rent.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Feb. 13 filings with the Fulton County magistrate court show Kelly...

Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes |Feb 20, 2018

Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand...

Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid |Feb 20, 2018

The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drugstore chain.Albertsons Companies is offering either a share of its stock...

New rules for nursing homes after Irma deaths move slowly |Feb 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) New rules for Florida nursing homes after 14 people died from heat exposure in an unpowered center after Hurricane Irma are moving slowly.The Tampa Bay Times reports that after the deaths, Gov. Rick Scott announced...

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.Diners can still ask specifically for...

Jimmy Carter 'deathly afraid' as wife underwent surgery |Feb 19, 2018

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) Former President Jimmy Carter says he was "deathly afraid" as his 90-year-old wife underwent surgery over the weekend.Rosalynn Carter is recovering in Atlanta after surgeons removed scar tissue from a portion of her small...

Officials: No dog meat on the menu at Los Angeles restaurant |Feb 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles restaurant doesn't have permission to kill as many as three dogs a day and serve the meat to customers, despite claims in a widely shared false story this week. Health officials say the restaurant doesn't exist.A...

Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling effort targets parade trash |Feb 19, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins.This year two New Orleans organizations aimed to change...

The Latest: Twitter account says no affiliation with senator |Feb 19, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) The Latest on Sen. Dan Foreman getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):7:30 p.m.The tweet that led to an ethics complaint against state Sen. Dan Foreman came from an unverified account, which has since...

Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family |Feb 19, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children couldn't come with him...

Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee rural California |Feb 19, 2018

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said.The blaze...

2 bears badly burned in wildfire are back home in forest |Feb 18, 2018

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) Two female bears badly burned in a wildfire are back home in the Los Padres National Forest.KABC-TV reports recent photos and GPS tracking show the bears are moving around and in good health in the forest after suffering...

"Shy kid" Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves |Feb 18, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) Karen Chen found herself in a room full of athletes, and she froze.The 18-year-old American figure skater describes herself as a "shy kid," and her nerves were getting the best of her again. She was there hoping to...

Buffalo gores camper on Southern California island |Feb 18, 2018

AVALON, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a buffalo has gored a man camping on Southern California's Catalina Island.Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say the man was sitting on a log Saturday evening and the buffalo was grazing nearby.Sgt. Ray...

At museum, current and ex-inmates create art and futures |Feb 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia are collaborating on a program where current and former prison inmates will work on public art projects.They will create panels for a future mural, as well as a body of work...

Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta |Feb 18, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital.Carter, 90, had surgery on Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine, The Carter Center said in a statement. The...

Plane lands on California highway median; no one injured |Feb 18, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a small plane has landed on the median of a Northern California highway but no injuries have been reported.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot reported engine trouble before...

Penn State students raise more than $10M in dance marathon |Feb 18, 2018

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon.The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the...

Lakers' Channing Frye has appendectomy in Cleveland |Feb 17, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.The team announced Saturday that its new acquisition had the laparoscopic procedure Friday night in Cleveland.The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns...

Ruling opens possibility trans teen will get hormone therapy |Feb 17, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) A transgender Ohio teen's grandparents have been granted custody and will be allowed to decide whether the 17-year-old can pursue hormone therapy at a hospital after he's evaluated by a psychologist not affiliated with the...

Dozen day care workers say parent's cookies made them high |Feb 16, 2018

BANGOR, Maine (AP) The director of a Maine day care says cookies dropped off by a parent as a Valentine's Day treat left about dozen staff members feeling high.Police were called to the Watch Me Shine day care in Bangor on Wednesday and seized...

APNewsBreak: Caesars to check 'Do Not Disturb' rooms daily |Feb 16, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) One of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob.Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press Friday it...

Police: Man crashes truck into Planned Parenthood clinic |Feb 16, 2018

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) A Massachusetts man has been accused of deliberately crashing a stolen bakery delivery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey, injuring a pregnant woman and two other people.Marckles Alcius faces numerous...

Stone Brewing sues MillerCoors for Keystone Light branding |Feb 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Craft brewing company Stone Brewing Co. is suing MillerCoors LLC over the rebranding of Keystone Light beer.The Roanoke Times reports that Stone Brewing, based in California with a brewery in Richmond, filed the lawsuit on...

San Francisco firefighters rescue 2 dogs from cliff |Feb 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) It's usually cats in trees that need a firefighter's help but not Friday, when two dogs were rescued by San Francisco firefighters after sliding halfway down a cliff.San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Lt. Jonathan Baxter...

New York Botanical Garden names first female president |Feb 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Botanical Garden has named its first female president.Carrie Rebora Barratt, a career administrator and curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells The New York Times she is excited to apply her scholarship and...

Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules |Feb 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge's decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing women no-cost birth control.Lawyers filed the...

Poodle dashes off, stops New York subway line |Feb 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) It doesn't take much to slow down the New York subway system.On Friday afternoon, one bundle of fur stopped train service on a transit line between Brooklyn and Manhattan.Officer George Tsourovakas (tsoo-roh-VAH'-kahs) says a...

Denver moves closer to sparking up at legal marijuana club |Feb 15, 2018

DENVER (AP) A Colorado business is closer to becoming one of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs.Owners of the Coffee Joint plan to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own marijuana space, where customers can vape or eat products.A...

Dog food is withdrawn over concerns about euthanasia drug |Feb 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties...

The Latest: DA urges reforms after police-shooting acquittal |Feb 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the acquittal of a police officer in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman (all times local):12:30 p.m.A New York City prosecutor, expressing disappointment over the acquittal of a police officer in the...

Creationist's speech back on at university in Oklahoma |Feb 15, 2018

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) The founder of a Kentucky creationism museum will appear at an Oklahoma university, after all, after the student body president initially canceled the event over objections of female and LGBTQ students and their...

Afrojack, Diplo to play at Electric Daisy Carnival in May |Feb 15, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Diplo, Marshmello and Kaskade and will perform in May at the annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.Organizers on Thursday released the lineup for the three-day music festival, which will run May...

California officials warn of pesticide-tainted cactus |Feb 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California officials are warning people not to eat the Mexican cactus known as nopales sold at certain stores over concerns they may be tainted with unapproved pesticides.The Department of Public Health said Wednesday...

Family of woman who died after surgery blunder gets no money |Feb 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) An 81-year-old woman with a sore jaw died just weeks after a breathtaking mistake: Doctors at a Detroit-area hospital performed brain surgery on her because of a records mix-up.A jury awarded $20 million to Bimla Nayyar's...

Ban on abortions due to Down syndrome challenged in lawsuit |Feb 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, saying claims it is an anti-discrimination...

Los Angeles airport people mover project advances |Feb 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) The long-sought goal of being able to get in and out of Los Angeles International Airport via an automated people mover instead of by car or bus has taken a step forward with a recommendation by the city airports department on...

Oregon lawmakers move to ease scrubbing of racist provisions |Feb 15, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) When Oregon lawmaker Julie Fahey and her husband bought a house, the deed said that only whites could live there unless the person was a domestic servant.Across America, many home owners and buyers of older properties like...

California Latinos make up small fraction of mortgage market |Feb 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California but a new analysis reveals they make up just a fraction of people applying for conventional home loans and were more likely to be denied loans in two rural Northern...

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will work to make sure people with mental illness do not get guns |Feb 15, 2018

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will work to make sure people with mental illness do not get guns.

NTSB: Human error likely main cause of South Carolina crash |Feb 15, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Human error is likely the cause of a collision between an Amtrak train and a freight train in South Carolina that killed two people and injured dozens of others earlier this month, according to a preliminary report by...

FBI: Partygoer stole museum statue's left thumb after selfie |Feb 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Federal authorities say a Delaware man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.According to an arrest affidavit filed Friday, 24-year-old Michael Rohana was attending an Ugly...

3rd new case of Legionnaires at vets home where 13 died |Feb 15, 2018

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) A third new case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans' home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened dozens more, state...

NY lawmaker: Bar pet stores from buying from puppy mills |Feb 15, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Pet stores in New York state would be prohibited from buying dogs or cats from puppy mills and other large commercial breeding facilities under a legislative proposal announced Thursday.The legislation sponsored by Democratic...

Flu kills first Delaware woman without underlying illness |Feb 15, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Delaware health officials say the flu has killed the first person in the state who didn't have an underlying condition.The New Journal of Wilmington reports the 47-year-old woman who died this week did not have this year's...

'Unseen' museum exhibit to depict glow-in-the-dark creatures |Feb 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Feel as though you're in the dark when it comes to the underwater world?New York's American Museum of Natural History is working on just the solution: a floor-to-ceiling installation depicting creatures that glow.Photographers got...

New Hampshire bill targets soda on kids menus |Feb 14, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire restaurants would no longer be allowed to offer soda as a beverage choice for children's meals under a bill before a state House committee.The bill would apply to restaurants that serve children's meals that...

Wisconsin father charged in diabetes death of teenage son |Feb 14, 2018

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) A Wisconsin father is accused of failing to manage and treat his teenage son's diabetes, leading to the boy's death.Forty-nine-year-old Robert Glazner of Wausau is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of...

Venezuelan girl to live with Utah mother of jailed American |Feb 14, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A 7-year-old Venezuelan girl has made it to the United States after a long effort to get her out of the turbulent South American nation where her jailed mother and American boyfriend work to win their freedom.U.S....