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Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a...

 

Manhunt underway for gunman in Maryland office park shooting

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers, authorities said. Three of them wer...

 

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they'll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump's stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to arm's-length and the plan's...

 

Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. The Republican proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state...

 

Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

NEW YORK (AP) — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wedn...

 

Sessions defends Comey firing, dodges questions on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, but at a Senate hearing Wednesday repeatedly declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal,...

 

Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees

NEW YORK (AP) — Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues. They create a blue halo, apparently to attract the bees they need for pollination, scientists reported Wednesday. Bees are drawn to the color blue, but it's hard for flowers to m...

 

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

ROME (AP) — Malta, a tiny archipelago nation in the southern Mediterranean, is so attractive to those looking to shelter funds or operate under the radar of authorities that it's got a nickname to prove it: "treasure island." Malta's reputation as...

 

Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says health insurers have been "enriched" by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. So why are companies pulling back from the law's insurance marketplaces? __ TRUMP: "I won't do anything to enrich...

 

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. Mustafa Bali, spokesman...

 

The Latest: States ask court to force health care subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Nineteen state attorneys general are asking a federal judge in California to force the Trump administration to make health care subsidy...

 

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him. The...

 

The Latest: Sessions won't say if he'll jail journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is refusing to pledge that he won't seek to jail journalists for doing...

 

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is vowing to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweetstorm that the company is not doing enough to protect its users. The company has spent the last two years...

 

Poll: Big partisan gap in views on gender equality in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — Does the United States still have hard work ahead of it in enabling women to attain equality with men? The answer, according to a new large-scale survey, may depend on whether it's coming from a Democrat or a Republican. The...

 

IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine. The agency says on its website that it will automatically...

 

Pink diamond that was a French crown jewel to be auctioned

GENEVA (AP) — A 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers is going up for auction for the first time in 130 years, Christie's announced Wednesday. The legendary "Le Grand Mazarin"...

 

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national...

 

UN judges to deliver verdicts next month in Mladic trial

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. war crimes tribunal will deliver its verdict next month in the long-running trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who faces a possible life sentence if convicted of charges including gen...

 

UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan

YEI, South Sudan (AP) — Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S....

 

In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the head of a wooden statue, likely belonging to a female regent who ruled the country more than 4,000 years ago. Wednesday's statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the artifact was found...

 

Oklahoma to slash mental health, drug abuse programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs for 189,000 Oklahoma residents, including some addicted to opioids, will be eliminated or slashed on Nov. 1 because of state budget cuts, the state mental health agency dire...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 19, 2017

Oklahoma vs Kansas St pits oldest, youngest FBS coaches

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Bill Snyder coached his first game as Kansas State's head coach in 1989. At the time, Lincoln Riley had just turned six. Now, they will match wits. Kansas State's Snyder is, at 78, the oldest coach in the Football Bowl...

 

Ex-Oklahoma cop in murder trial: 'It was either him or me'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former Oklahoma police officer on trial for the fourth time in the 2014 killing of his daughter's black boyfriend told jurors Wednesday he had no choice but to shoot the young man. Former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler...

 

Emergency agency's chief executive resigns in Oklahoma

STROUD, Okla. (AP) — An emergency medical services company in Oklahoma has accepted the resignation its CEO amid an ongoing kickback lawsuit. Emergency Medical Services Authority, which manages ambulance services in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, has...

 

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