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House race in heavily GOP Kansas surprisingly competitive

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic civil rights attorney running in the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory has made the race surprisingly competitive for a Kansas House seat held by a Republican for more ...

Prostate cancer tests are now OK with US panel, with caveats

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft guidelines released Tuesday echo ...

Dragging of United passenger sparks outrage, anger

By CARYN ROUSSEAU and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Several minutes after a passenger recorded a video watched around the world that showed security officers dragging another passenger off an overbooked United Express flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a smaller ...

Jury deliberating for 3rd day in ex-NFL star’s murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has started its third day of deliberations. Jurors began deliberating at around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Since Friday, the jury has spent about 12 hours deliberating first-degree murder charges against Hernandez. The ...

Gorsuch takes Supreme Court seat after divisive confirmation

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is about to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in Monday after a bruising fight that saw ...

Once opposed to intervention, Trump says he can be flexible

By JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the aftermath of President Donald Trump's surprise strikes on Syria, his allies and adversaries have searched for some broader meaning in his decision. Is Trump now a humanitarian interventionist, willing to wield ...

New York lawmakers approve free middle class college tuition

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students. The tuition initiative is part of a new state budget approved Sunday by the state Senate, a day after the Assembly approved it. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) ...

Deputies shoot Florida man who’d tried to drown wife

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy shot and injured a man who authorities say refused to put down his pistol after trying to drown his wife in a swimming pool at their home. Volusia County Sheriff's officials tell news outlets the shooting happened early Monday after the couple ...

Police hunt for gun theft suspect with manifesto for Trump

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a Wisconsin gun store who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump and has threatened to carry out an unspecified attack is still on the run. The Rock County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old ...

Judge to consider Arkansas’ plan to execute 7 in 11 days

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is preparing to execute seven death row inmates in 11 days because it wants to carry out the sentences before its supply of an execution drug expires May 1. Judge Kristine Baker, who was appointed to U.S. District Court ...

California governor declares historic drought over

By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Thirsty California lawns faded to brown from a lack of water in four extraordinarily dry years have revived to bright green in neighborhoods across the state. Dry riverbeds of sand and tumbleweeds that snake their way through farmers' ...

Impeachment report gives look into Alabama governor scandal

By KIM CHANDLER and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley won a court fight to halt his looming impeachment hearings but couldn't prevent the release of an investigative report that describes his paranoia and obsession over trying to keep his ...

Filipino Bataan Death March survivors mark 75th anniversary

By JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ramon Regalado was starving and sick with malaria when he slipped away from his Japanese captors during the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines, escaping a brutal trudge through steamy jungle that killed hundreds of ...

Retail store job cuts deepen as more buyers migrate online

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Retail stores are cutting jobs at the sharpest pace in more than seven years, evidence of a seemingly inexorable shift away from employee-heavy stores as Americans increasingly shop online. A combined 60,600 retail job losses over the ...

Seattle mayor denies sex abuse claims – ‘simply not true’

By MARTHA BELLISLE and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Ed Murray led a long campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, toiled for nearly two decades as a state lawmaker and won his biggest personal political victory in 2013 when he unseated Seattle's ...

Trump, Xi meet again – in shadow of missile strikes on Syria

By VIVIAN SALAMA and JULIE PACE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with U.S. missile strikes on Syria adding weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of China's ally, ...

Pace of US hiring tumbles, yet jobless rate hits 10-year low

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. jobs report for March report delivered a mixed message Friday as hiring fell to its slowest pace in nearly a year. Yet at the same time, the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade. Employers ...

New York police set to deploy 1,200 bodycams around the city

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is set to deploy the first body cameras to officers after resolving some of the thorniest issues on when to switch on the camera, how long to keep the tape and when to tell the public they're being ...

Lawmakers slam Trump for bypassing Congress on Syria strike

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid measured support for the U.S. cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base, some vocal Republicans and Democrats are reprimanding the White House for launching the strike without first getting congressional approval. The politically ...

Rickles: The man was sweet, but oh that on-stage bite

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Rickles kept the nice inside, his friends say. Lucky us. Offstage, the self-described "shy and frightened kid" was invariably kind and caring, fellow celebrities said after his death Thursday at age 90. So are many other worthy ...