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  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong on judges, ‘plummeting’ poverty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the midterm elections draw near, President Donald Trump’s tendency to declare his campaign promises fulfilled when they aren’t has come into starker relief. He insists poverty in the U.S. is “plummeting,” even though the number of poor people has barely declined under his watch and income inequality is climbing. Jousting with […]
  • UMass fraternity charged after student got alcohol poisoning

    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been indicted about a year after a student suffered alcohol poisoning. The Northwestern district attorney’s office says the Theta Mu chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was charged this week with hazing and procuring alcohol for a minor. Office spokeswoman Mary […]
  • Georgia jury awards $31M over boy’s botched circumcision

    JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A law firm says a Georgia jury has awarded $31 million to a boy for a botched circumcision he received as a newborn. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the award was handed down Friday in northern Georgia’s Clayton County. A lawsuit filed by the boy’s family says he was 18 days old […]
  • Court to hear arguments over 1966 Spain H-bomb accident

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments involving U.S. veterans who say they were denied disability benefits after becoming ill from radiation exposure while responding to a 1966 accident involving American hydrogen bombs in Spain. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is scheduled to hear the […]
  • Swiss reject bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday roundly rejected two proposals aimed at protecting Swiss farmers and ensuring that food from both domestic and foreign producers is healthier, more environmentally sound and animal-friendly. About 61.3 percent of voters rejected the “Fair-Food Initiative,” which would have required the government to promote environmentally sound, animal-friendly and fairly […]
  • Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams. The Rincon Valley Union School District in […]
  • UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

    GENEVA (AP) — Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. In a new report Friday, the agency […]
  • Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

    ROME (AP) — Italian parents have more time before having to produce proof to schools that their children have received 10 mandatory vaccinations. The Italian Senate has extended until March a requirement that families provide vaccination documentation so their children can attend nursery school or kindergarten. The certification requirement was supposed to have kicked in […]
  • Lawsuit alleges Party City denied job to woman with autism

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who was hoping to land a sales job at Party City was turned down after a manager realized she has autism, according to a federal lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire. The woman, Ashley Waxman, was […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s errant claims on Kavanaugh, economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Juggling a suddenly hot-potato Supreme Court nomination and midterm-election jousting, President Donald Trump flubbed facts across a broad front over the past week. His comments about nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser betrayed a misunderstanding of how the process works. His claim to be in the league of George Washington when it comes to […]