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Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill |Mar 25, 2017

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because...

Bigfoot in the Blues? Oregon man to search in Blue Mountains |Mar 25, 2017

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) There's a plaster cast of a footprint on the wall of Scott Violette's basement and it's the sort of thing that could give a kid nightmares for weeks.Violette, who lives in Baker City, Oregon, is wearing a camouflage cap...

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught |Mar 24, 2017

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.Officials say residents called Animal Control to report the cat Thursday morning. Animal Control says officers arrived and...

Chastain, MacMillan inducted into US Soccer Hall of Fame |Mar 24, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Brandi Chastain looked at the assembled crowd in a tent under the rain and addressed former coach Tony DiCicco, who had just introduced her at the induction ceremony for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame."Thank you,...

3-time Oscar-winning cinematographer being honored |Mar 24, 2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer is being honored by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, for his work with such Hollywood icons as Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty.Vittorio Stararo will be...

Officials: Death of student who fell from roof an accident |Mar 24, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut medical examiner has ruled the death of an 18-year-old college student who fell from the roof of a building that housed a Hartford bar an accident.State Medical Examiner James Gill says that Taylor Lavoie,...

Vegas doctor, 93, convicted in opioid pill mill conspiracy |Mar 24, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) A 93-year-old Las Vegas doctor faces up to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of illegally writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other painkillers that ended up in the hands of drug addicts and dealers.A federal court...

Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban |Mar 24, 2017

McLEAN, Va. (AP) In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban.The ruling Friday by U.S. District...

Judge: Case alleging Ohio 'segregates' disabled can proceed |Mar 24, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A federal judge has rejected requests by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and several state officials to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the state has effectively segregated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in...

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack |Mar 24, 2017

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.Faced with more than 40 feet (12 meters) of snow, the Mono County community...

Investor flips Trump childhood home for 50 percent profit |Mar 24, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A real estate investor who bought President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York City for $1.39 million in December has flipped it for a 50 percent profit.The New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/2mzQyYo ) that investor...

Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses |Mar 24, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called "pain-capable" fetuses.If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting pain-capable fetuses.The...

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps |Mar 24, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.She was born at the zoo in...

Mayo Clinic expansion set to receive $585M in public funds |Mar 24, 2017

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) Millions of dollars in state aid for the Mayo Clinic's expansion is expected to begin arriving in Rochester, Minnesota, this fall.The Legislature pledged about $585 million in tax money for the Destination Medical Center...

Judge blocks Louisiana law that kept refugee from marrying |Mar 23, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage.Vo is 32. He's been a Louisiana resident...

Missing Texas girl found after 300-mile ride on coal train |Mar 23, 2017

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Authorities say a Texas teenager who went missing while on vacation with her family in Colorado was discovered by a farmer when she hopped from a coal train after running out of Skittles.Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado,...

Spillway flows begin after California lake fills with runoff |Mar 23, 2017

PORTOLA, Calif. (AP) Officials warned residents on a Northern California watershed that a major lake has filled with runoff and they should be prepared for increased water flows from a dam's spillway for the first time in more than two...

Student stranded for 5 days near Grand Canyon grew desperate |Mar 23, 2017

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) A Texas college student stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon says she was making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help.Arizona authorities say 24-year-old Amber VanHecke was well-equipped...

Kentucky's abortion law faces attacks in court |Mar 23, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, and then try to show fetal images to the pregnant women, came under withering attack Thursday in federal court.An American Civil...

4 dead in Sacramento home, suspect detained in San Francisco |Mar 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Police said they found four people dead in a Sacramento home early Thursday, and a suspect likely known to the victims was being held in San Francisco.The four were found when police broke into the home after a relative...

Correction: Whitney Biennial-Emmett Till Protest story |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) In a story March 23 about a protest at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Associated Press erroneously reported the length of the demonstration. Artist Parker Bright spent two days standing in front of a painting of lynching...

Body of second boater found off Florida's west coast |Mar 23, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Sheriff's officials say they've recovered the body of a second yacht crew member who disappeared while swimming in rough water off Florida's west coast last week.In a news release, Pinellas County Sheriff's officials...

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.A look at...

Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet |Mar 23, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account.A group of investors led by...

Cathedral City tightens short-term rental regulations |Mar 23, 2017

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) Prompted by complaints from residents, another Coachella Valley city has moved to tighten regulations on short-term vacation rentals.The Desert Sun newspaper (http://desert.sn/2nrJCvA) reports Cathedral City leaders...

Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs anger |Mar 23, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on one of the state's medical marijuana companies whose former executives have been charged with illegally shipping $500,000 of marijuana oils to New York, pushing legislation allowing...

Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US |Mar 23, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah's governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard...

Verdict reached in trial over deadly US meningitis outbreak |Mar 22, 2017

BOSTON (AP) A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Massachusetts pharmacy co-founder charged in a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened 700 others in 2012.Barry Cadden is charged with 25 counts of second-degree...

Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age |Mar 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age?A new survey suggests you need only wait: Many pessimistic feelings held by people earlier in life take an optimistic turn...

'Baby Buttons': Widow gives birth to son of slain officer |Mar 22, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The widow of an officer killed in an ambush last summer in Baton Rouge has given birth to their son.WAFB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2o5kQ1q ) that Dechia (DESH-uh) Gerald wears her husband's wedding ring on a necklace. She...

Judge: Louisiana law violates refugee's right to marry |Mar 22, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A year ago, a state law blocked a U.S. citizen born in an Indonesian refugee camp from getting married in Louisiana. A court victory Wednesday means the man and his fiancee are free to make wedding plans.Viet Anh Vo and his...

2017 Kia Forte sedan is updated, retains value for money |Mar 22, 2017

Kia's compact Forte sedan retains its value-for-the-money status for 2017 while adding refined new styling, upgraded seat fabric, more features and a new, fuel-efficient engine.Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination...

7 inches of new snow at Tahoe-area ski resorts |Mar 22, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) The first spring storm in the Sierra dropped about a half foot of snow at ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and up to a half inch of rain around parts of Reno and Sparks.A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m....

Indiana lawmakers scrap plan to set aside school prayer time |Mar 22, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana senators scrapped a proposal Wednesday that would've mandated time for public prayer during assemblies, sports competitions and other school events, amid questions about how such a policy would affect non-Christian...

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming |Mar 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings.Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to...

'Sex-selection' abortion ban gets final OK in Arkansas House |Mar 22, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A proposal to impose fines and prison time on doctors who perform abortions that are based solely on whether the mother wants to have a boy or girl has received final passage from the Arkansas House.The measure was passed...

Senior seal celebrates birthday at Aquarium of the Pacific |Mar 22, 2017

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Shelby the seal is now a senior citizen of Southern California's Aquarium of the Pacific.Dozens of children and adults wearing party hats sang "Happy Birthday" to Shelby. She turned 21 on Wednesday and was served a...

Rare frog discovery has researchers hopping for joy |Mar 22, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) A discovery involving a rare California frog has researchers hopping for joy.The National Park Service says egg masses from the California red-legged frog were found last week in a stream in the Santa Monica Mountains...

Pharmacy co-founder acquitted of causing deaths of 25 people in US meningitis outbreak but convicted of racketeering |Mar 22, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Pharmacy co-founder acquitted of causing deaths of 25 people in US meningitis outbreak but convicted of racketeering.

Judge allows California high-speed rail funding to continue |Mar 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A judge rejected opponents' latest attempt to stall California's $64 billion high-speed rail project Wednesday, but will consider their arguments before the state issues voter-approved bonds next month.Sacramento County...

The Latest: Louisiana lawmaker promises to fix marriage law |Mar 22, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Latest on a challenge of Louisiana's marriage law (all times local):4:45 p.m.A Louisiana lawmaker says she's drafting legislation to fix the law that kept a U.S. citizen born in an Indonesian refugee camp from getting a...

Fact sheet: 2017 Kia Forte EX |Mar 22, 2017

2017 Kia Forte EXBASE PRICE: $16,600 for LX manual; $17,600 for LX automatic; $19,300 for S; $21,300 for EX.PRICE AS TESTED: $26,685.TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, compact sedan.ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam,...

FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants |Mar 22, 2017

Nine deaths from a very rare kind of cancer have been linked to breast implants, indicating a very low but increased risk in women with implants, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The FDA said it now agrees with the World Health...

Chance the Rapper to play Lollapalooza in Chicago hometown |Mar 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is planning a return to his hometown of Chicago this summer to headline the Lollapalooza music festival.Other headliners announced Wednesday morning on Lollapalooza's website include The...

Kentucky Derby to celebrate Man o' War with exhibit |Mar 22, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Kentucky Derby Museum says it is planning a new exhibit next month on one of thoroughbred racing's most famous horses: Man o' War.The museum says in a statement that the interactive exhibit will open on April 8 and...

Former shelter dog helps save girl, 3, left naked and alone |Mar 22, 2017

RAPID RIVER, Mich. (AP) A former shelter dog in Michigan is being credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old girl who was found naked and alone in freezing weather.The Delta Animal Shelter shared a letter on Facebook from the family of...

Patients' reports may aid prostate cancer treatment choice |Mar 21, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Men with early-stage prostate cancer face a dizzying quandary over which treatment to choose but two new studies on side effects may make those decisions a bit easier.The research bolsters evidence that sexual problems and urinary...

Baby born with extra legs thriving after surgery |Mar 21, 2017

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) Doctors say a baby girl from Africa who's recovering from a risky surgery at a Chicago-area hospital should be able to lead a normal life.Ten-month-old Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast with a not-fully-developed...

Federal judge defers ruling on Missouri abortion rules |Mar 21, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Planned Parenthood pressed a federal judge Tuesday to block abortion-restricting Missouri rules similar to Texas ones struck down last year by the U.S. Supreme Court, while an attorney for Missouri countered that undoing...

Bird flu confirmed in 2 poultry flocks in north Alabama |Mar 21, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama officials have confirmed bird flu in two poultry flocks, just a week after three commercial breeders had to kill their chickens across the state line in Tennessee.The state veterinarian announced that chickens are...