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Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer. The jury ruling Thursday night for 62-year-old Lois Slemp, of Wise, Virginia, comes after three previous ...

Trump to weaken IRS rule against church political activity

By CATHERINE LUCEY and RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, in a long-anticipated executive order on religious freedom that ...

GOP revives struggling health care bill and plans House vote

By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support ...

Top Kansas court to revisit death penalty in Wichita murders

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is considering for a second time whether to spare two brothers from being executed for four murders in what became known as "the Wichita massacre" after earlier rulings in the men's favor sparked a political ...

What to know as Texas nears passing ‘sanctuary city’ law

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — What to know about a Texas bill targeting so-called 'sanctuary cities' that is heading to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has pledged to sign the measure that immigrant-rights activists say will lead to profiling and ...

Family of boy killed on Kansas waterslide to receive $20M

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The family of a 10-year-old boy who died on a giant waterslide at a Kanas water park will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments, according to court documents. The largest payment to Caleb Schwab's family, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water ...

Health bill teeters on the brink as House OK’s budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their health care bill teetering on the brink, House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump intensified their already-fierce lobbying Wednesday to save the long-promised legislation, agreeing to changes that brought two pivotal Republicans back on board. Democrats ...

House passes $1.1T government spending bill, sends to Senate

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with ...

A way forward on health care bill? Key GOP rep has $8B plan

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans scrambling to prevent another collapse of their push to repeal much of the Obama health care law may have found a way to win over some moderate GOP holdouts. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., an influential centrist who'd ...

State charges still possible for Baton Rouge officers

By SADIE GURMAN and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Justice Department's decision not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the shooting death of a black man may not be the final legal chapter in a case that reverberated far beyond Louisiana's ...

Senators to hear from Comey amid FBI’s Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey is facing hours of questioning from a Senate committee — and he's bound to be asked about the bureau's investigation into potential coordination between President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia. It's not clear how much of that ...

No trial balloons: Trump flips script with startling ideas

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington policymakers have a time-tested method for rolling out new ideas: float a trial balloon. Spread rumors of a policy change or selectively leak it to the press, then see how it plays and proceed only if it looks doable. President ...

Family want officer who shot black teen charged with crime

By CLAUDIA LAUER and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Police in suburban Dallas fired the officer who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy riding in a vehicle leaving a party, and family members of the teenager said they want criminal charges filed against the ...

Police: Motive unclear for University of Texas stabbings

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A student with a large hunting knife stabbed at least four people on the University of Texas campus, killing one and seriously wounding the others before surrendering to police, authorities said. There was no immediate word about a ...

Overcoming Opioids: When pills are a hospital’s last resort

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — A car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before and panicked at the ...

Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production. The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers Guild of ...

Ford, GM, Toyota report April US sales drops as demand slows

By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers DETROIT (AP) — Ford, General Motors and Toyota all reported U.S. sales declines in April, strong signs that demand for cars, trucks and SUVs is starting to slow after seven straight years of growth. Ford's sales fell 7.2 percent, dragged ...

Trump: US needs September ‘shutdown’ to fix Senate ‘mess’

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the nation "needs a good 'shutdown' in September" to fix a "mess" in the Senate. The president says on Twitter that the country needs to "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 ...

Lawmakers settle on $1T plan to avoid US gov’t shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic ...

Man opens fire at San Diego pool party; 1 victim, gunman die

By GREGORY BULL, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man sat calmly with a gun on his lap and opened fire on seven people enjoying a birthday party at an apartment complex pool near the University of California, San Diego, killing one woman before officers fatally shot him, witnesses and ...