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US warns nations not to allow Iranian oil tankers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning other countries not to allow Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters or ports, saying such access may run afoul of U.S. sanctions and not only incur penalties, but also result in...

 

Tech and health care lead US stock surge after midterms

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied Wednesday as investors were relieved to see that the U.S. midterm elections went largely as they expected they would. Big-name technology and consumer and health care companies soared as the S&P 500 index closed at it...

 

Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control...

 

The votes have been counted, the results are (mostly) in: What's next for health care?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Ever since the legislative battle over the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care has dominated the...

 

With split Congress, prospect for economic deals looks dim

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump floated the idea Wednesday of partnering with the newly Democratic-led House on two ideas that could prove popular with voters: Increasing spending on America's infrastructure and limiting drug prices. Yet...

 

Michigan eyed as bellwether for legal pot in Midwest

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and...

 

Many red state voters embrace liberal-backed ballot measures

Even in deep-red states, voters embraced an array of liberal-backed ballot measures in Tuesday's election — expanding Medicaid, targeting gerrymandering, boosting minimum wages, legalizing marijuana use. The results heartened left-of-center...

 

Rollout of medical marijuana will take several months

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri has joined the long list of states allowing medical marijuana, but it'll likely be late next year at the earliest before people with cancer, HIV and other serious ailments will be able to obtain it. Missouri became the...

 

Marijuana expands into 3 more states, but nationwide legalization still unlikely

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Daniel J. Mallinson, Pennsylvania State University and Lee Hannah, Wright State University (THE CONVERSATION) The midterm elections...

 

Texas prosecutors, death row inmate agree in high court case

HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County prosecutors have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to determine that a Texas appeals court was wrong to rule that a death row inmate is not intellectually disabled. The filing Tuesday by the Harris...

 

Power shift: What House Dems plan to do with their majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats set to run the House for the first time in eight years have a brimming list of priorities to tackle, topped by election laws and ethics rules, prescription drug prices and infrastructure. But with the 2020 presidential...

 

Flu lasts for more than an hour in air and on surfaces – why cleaning can really help

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Seema Lakdawala, University of Pittsburgh and Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech (THE CONVERSATION) Leer en español. Influenza, or flu, viruses...

 

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens...

 

Facebook blocks fake accounts but election battle goes on

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's recent disclosures on blocking suspicious accounts show that the company's efforts to root out election meddling are working — to a point. What's not known is how much the company isn't catching and whether this...

 

Oldest known animal drawing found in remote Indonesian cave

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found the oldest known example of an animal drawing: a red silhouette of a bull-like beast on the wall of a remote Indonesian cave. The sketch is at least 40,000 years old, slightly older than similar animal...

 

Concussion prevention: Sorting through the science to see what's sound

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As his helmet collided violently with his opponent’s shoulder, Luke Kuechly looked like a life-size bobblehead...

 

Experiments with optical tweezers race to test the laws of quantum mechanics

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Mishkat Bhattacharya, Rochester Institute of Technology and Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester (THE CONVERSATION) One might think t...

 

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub. The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called...

 

GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Despite being labeled a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica," a Republican candidate won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia. Denver Riggleman won handily over Democrat Leslie Cockburn (COE'-birn) in Tuesday's race for...

 

Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side. Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, each...

 

Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other. The Fresno Bee reports Wednesday that BaoKou Yang went into labor first on Sunday. Shortly after, her sister BaoNhia Yang told her she was experiencing...

 

Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to overse...

 

Trump mocks GOP losers who kept their distance from him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rejecting any hint of a setback, President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked members of his own party who were defeated in the midterm elections after distancing themselves from him and suggested that the Republicans' loss of a...

 

Minority candidates see both success and veiled racism

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the many successes among candidates of color, the midterm elections also proved to some the enduring power of racism, with minority politicians' intelligence and integrity called into question by their opponents and...

 

Migrants in caravan shrug over US vote, eye change at home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The migrants in a caravan used by President Donald Trump as a campaign issue were almost universally unaware of the results of the U.S. midterm elections. The Central Americans were more concerned with the dangers of northern...

 

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