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  • Emirates approves new ‘sin tax’ to boost government revenue

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices. President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved the tax decree Monday. Abu Dhabi’s […]
  • In this March 24, 2014 file photo, Jane Delgado, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, works in her office in Washington. U.S. Hispanics have longer life expectancy, but a new poll finds few older Latinos are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    AP-NORC poll: Hispanics lack confidence in nursing homes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanics in the United States have a longer life expectancy, but a poll finds few older Latinos are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also showed that close to one-half of older Hispanics have faced language or […]
  • Misty Micheau Bushnell looks over the memorial marking the spot where her boyfriend Shawn Vann Schreck died two days before in a homeless encampment where they live along the river in Aberdeen, Wash., Wednesday June 14, 2017. Bushnell, said his death shook her so much she thinks she's ready to move away, someplace inside, and she hopes her methamphetamine addiction won't follow her there. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Battling demons in a community looking to Trump for change

    ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — In Grays Harbor County, a rural community on the coast of Washington state, the rate at which people die from despair — from drugs, alcohol and suicide — is nearly twice the national average. The county embraced Donald Trump’s call to America’s forgotten corners, and flipped Republican in a presidential election […]
  • Forrest Wood, 24, injects heroin into his arm under a bridge along the Wishkah River at Kurt Cobain Memorial Park in Aberdeen, Wash., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Wood grew up here, watching drugs take hold of his relatives, and he swore to himself that he would get out of this place, maybe spend his days in the woods as a park ranger. But he started taking opioid painkillers as a teenager, and before he knew it he was shooting heroin, a familiar first chapter in the story of American addiction. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

    ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene […]
  • FILE - In a Monday, May 8, 2017, file photo, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett speaks during an interview at the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. Sempra said Monday, Aug. 21, that it will also pick up $9.35 billion of the company's debt. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    Sempra Energy bids $9.45B for Oncor, topping Buffett offer

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Sempra said Monday that it will also pick up $9.35 billion of the company’s debt. To gain possession of Oncor, Sempra will acquire the reorganized Energy Future Holdings Corp. Energy […]
  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during an event titled "The Next Pandemic" at the World Health Organization office in Beijing Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Price says China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    US health chief lauds China for help with opioid control

    BEIJING (AP) — China has been an “incredible partner” in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday during a visit to the country considered the source of many of the deadly substances sought by addicts. Price said […]
  • Total expands in North Sea with purchase of Maersk Oil

    LONDON (AP) — French oil company Total agreed Monday to buy the oil & gas division of Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, in a deal that will shore up its position in the deep waters of the North Sea. Total said its purchase of Maersk Oil will position it as the No. 2 […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, a worker walks past Haval SUV models parked outside the Great Wall Motors assembly plant in Baoding in north China's Hebei province. Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to acquire Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, two employees of the Chinese company said Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 in an ambitious new move for the country's fast-growing domestic auto brands. Great Wall has yet to make a formal announcement of its interest in Jeep but a possible acquisition would be in line with chairman Wang Jianjun's goal, announced in February, of becoming the top specialty SUV producer by 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    China’s Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep, but a possible […]
  • UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

    LONDON (AP) — British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people. New guidelines issued Monday outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on […]
  • FILE - In this April 23, 2007 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt speaks during a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington. Don't make things worse. That's the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that "Obamacare" seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, with about 10 million people currently being served through HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

    Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former U.S. health secretaries of both parties say President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress should make stabilizing health insurance marketplaces their immediate goal. Former Health and Human Services secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson tell The Associated Press that calming markets should be the objective now that “Obamacare” […]
  • An American flag is flown off the stern of The USS John S. McCain docked at Changi naval base after its accident Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 in Singapore. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore's naval base with "significant damage" to its hull (blocked by berth) after an early morning collision with the oil tanker Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    The Latest: Pentagon chief confirms Navy probe of accidents

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local): 10:15 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirms that the Navy will conduct a broad investigation into the collision in Southeast Asia between the USS John S. McCain […]
  • The moon is seen as it starts passing in front of the sun during a solar eclipse from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, in Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic US eclipse

    Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. It promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history, with millions staking out prime […]
  • People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors monitored joint military drills between U.S. and South Korean forces and awaited a key meeting of central bankers later this week. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Korea tensions keep a lid on global markets

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Monday as investors awaited a key meeting of central bankers later this week and continued to monitor developments on the Korean peninsula. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was steady at 7,326 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.3 percent to […]
  • FILE - In this May 27, 2010 file photo, a worker looks out through the logo at the entrance of the Foxconn complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca was branded as failing "on all accounts" by a fellow Democrat who was "incredibly frustrated and concerned" with his actions after Barca joined Republicans in voting for a $3 billion tax incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group. Barca was one of three Democrats to vote for the measure Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, with 28 Democrats against. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

    Democrat ‘incredibly frustrated’ with leader over Foxconn

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca was branded as failing “on all accounts” by a fellow Democrat who was “incredibly frustrated and concerned” with his actions after Barca joined Republicans in voting for a $3 billion tax incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that […]
  • FILE - In a Oct. 16, 1977 file photo, comedian Jerry Lewis cuts up during a haircut for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lewis was given a $250,000, the promissory note stipulating that he get his hair trimmed.  Lewis, the comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Las Vegas, according to his publicist. He was 91.   (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)

    Jerry Lewis, Hollywood survivor, showman, dies at 91

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. Through ups and downs in popularity, health troubles and weight fluctuations and the sorts of seismic shifts that take place over decades in the entertainment industry, Lewis always figured out a way to battle back, to reinvent himself, to […]