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AP Explains: Trump says wall will stop drugs, facts differ

PHOENIX (AP) — In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quant...

 

Ranchers: Government shutdown restricts cattle transactions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota ranchers say the partial government shutdown is stalling some cattle sales because checks from buyers require authorization from the Farm Service Agency. Ranchers who have an FSA loan need an agent to co-sign...

 

Trump administration proposes higher 'Obamacare' premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced proposed rule changes that would lead to a modest premium increase next year under the Affordable Care Act, potentially handing Democrats a new presidential-year health care issue....

 

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family's ties to OxyContin and the painkiller's role in the deadly...

 

DeVos suffered broken pelvis, hip socket in cycling accident

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is recovering from a broken pelvis and hip socket that she suffered in a recent cycling accident. DeVos commented on her injuries Thursday while speaking in Washington at an event for young...

 

Phoenix police: Dead newborn found in Amazon site's restroom

PHOENIX (AP) — A newborn baby girl was found dead in a women's restroom inside an Amazon distribution center and investigators have located and spoken with the mother, Phoenix police said Thursday. Sgt. Vince Lewis said police were not commenting...

 

AP Exclusive: UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were...

 

APNewsBreak: SC inmates to get tablets for movies, calling

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials are hoping to combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device to communicate with family, obtain education and even purchase access to approved...

 

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so...

 

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian Minister

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon. The brouhaha...

 

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The...

 

Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Saturn may have flown solo for billions of years — almost its entire existence — before getting its stunning set of rings, a new study suggests. An Italian-led team reported Thursday in the journal Science that...

 

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 millio...

 

Police seek volunteers to get drunk for them; many respond

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department's request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response. The Kutztown Police Department sought three volunteers to drink hard liquor to...

 

AP Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi's plane?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and...

 

Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional...

 

Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted...

 

Cohen acknowledges rigging polls for Trump in 2014 and 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer is acknowledging that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls. Michael Cohen tweeted Thursday that "what I did was at the direction of and for the...

 

Number of federal workers seeking US jobless aid doubles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department said Thursday that is double the number of...

 

Police: Bullying reported to officials before girl's suicide

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say school officials were told weeks before an 11-year-old girl killed herself that she was being bullied. Anjelita Estrada's death two days before Christmas was ruled a suicide. The sixth-grader...

 

Recordings: Mother reported concerns before daughter slain

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The mother of a University of Utah track athlete who was killed in October by an ex-boyfriend can be heard telling campus police that she was worried for her daughter's safety in audio recordings released Thursday. Jill...

 

Facility where comatose woman gave birth faces new complaint

PHOENIX (AP) — A long-term care facility where an Arizona woman in a vegetative state was raped and gave birth said Friday that it's investigating another patient's allegation of physical abuse. Hacienda HealthCare officials said in a news release...

 

North Dakota begins issuing medical marijuana cards

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota began issuing medical marijuana cards this week to patients and caregivers after nearly two years of work developing and implementing a distribution system for the drug approved by voters in 2016. Medical...

 

Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced Friday. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio...

 

Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — One of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week was a Navy sailor and married mother of two whose father is a high-ranking officer in the New York State Police, officials said Friday. The Pentagon...

 

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