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Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise...

 

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found. It's unclear why, but some mental health experts think...

 

On surprise Russia trip, Assad and Putin talk post-war Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — On a surprise trip to Russia, Syria's Bashar Assad discussed potential new peace initiatives for post-war Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin who declared that Russia's two-year military campaign in Syria is wrapping up, the...

 

FCC chairman sets out to repeal 'net neutrality' rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a...

 

AP source: Authorities believe border agent may have fallen

DALLAS (AP) — Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in West Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot (4-meter) culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, has no memory of what...

 

US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for...

 

Myanmar treatment of Rohingya called apartheid in new report

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination and persecution that amounts to "dehumanizing apartheid," Amnesty International said Tuesday in a report that raises questions about what those who have fled a...

 

Report details Zetas total control over Mexican prison

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officially it was a Mexican prison, but inside it hid another reality: a center of operations where the Zetas drug cartel modified vehicles, manufactured uniforms, locked up kidnapped victims and cremated bodies using diesel...

 

Venezuela arrests Citgo chief in anti-corruption dragnet

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities detained the acting president of Citgo, the state-owned oil company's U.S. subsidiary, and five other executives for their alleged involvement in a corruption scheme, officials said Tuesday. Jose Per...

 

TransCanada: Keystone oil leak a sudden, 'immediate' event

BRITTON, S.D. (AP) — A TransCanada Corp. official says he believes an estimated 210,000-gallon oil leak discovered last week in South Dakota from the Keystone pipeline was a sudden and "immediate" event. The American News reports that Erik...

 

Stone Energy merges with Talos Energy

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Houston-based offshore oil and gas firm Talos Energy says it's acquiring Lafayette-based Stone Energy in a merger worth nearly $2 billion. The deal means that Talos, a private equity firm, will go public on the New York Stock...

 

Tribal leaders take aim at oil and gas development

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders from throughout New Mexico are taking aim at oil and gas development — this time spurred by a proposed ordinance that would regulate drilling across hundreds of square miles of one sparsely-populated...

 

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors. That's less than commonly-cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new...

 

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

NEW YORK (AP) — "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. Federal Communications Commission Chairma...

 

Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers

BOSTON (AP) — Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. The federal lawsuit filed in Boston on...

 

Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation. The government's...

 

Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonization

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time. "Weesowee mahkusunash," says teacher Siobhan Brown,...

 

Russia confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination. The Russian...

 

Archeologists find Roman shipwrecks off Egypt's north coast

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered three sunken shipwrecks dating back more than 2,000 years to Roman times off the coast of the city of Alexandria. Tuesday's statement from Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of...

 

Newborn, mother and grandmother all share same birthday

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey family won't have trouble remembering three generations of birthdays. A newborn, his mother and grandmother were all born on Nov. 19. Grandmother Clara Gregory said she had a feeling her grandson was going to be...

 

Crash report turns out to be scene for Billy Crystal film

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A report of a car crashing into a pizza and ice cream shop on Long Island turned out to be a scene for a film starring Billy Crystal. Police in Long Beach tell Newsday that officers and firefighters were dispatched Monday...

 

Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

PRAGUE (AP) — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat. Sporting lime green "mankinis" and...

 

Governor eyes consolidations, elimination of state 'swag'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is issuing a series of executive orders asking public education leaders to develop a plan to consolidate administrative costs and for agency leaders to cut out spending on so-called "swag" items. Fallin issued...

 

Transgender woman awarded $1M in discrimination lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal jury has awarded a transgender woman more than $1 million after finding Southeastern Oklahoma State University discriminated against her and wrongfully denied her tenure. Jurors sided with former English professor Rac...

 

Prosecutor: Mental exam for teen accused in family's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma district attorney has requested that a 19-year-old charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings be compelled to fully participate in a mental health exam. The Tulsa World reports that District...

 

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