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  • Oklahoma GOP leaders to push ‘triggered’ abortion ban

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in Oklahoma said Thursday they want to join at least five other states in automatically banning abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. GOP Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat said a bill will be drafted and considered next week that […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Senator makes false national emergency claim

    Sen. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, claimed this week that members of Congress are opposing President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration because they dislike the president. Trump announced the declaration last week to help finance a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that House Democrats are expected to try to block through a […]
  • Rural Kansas lawmakers push Farm Bureau health coverage plan

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Rural state lawmakers are pushing a plan to allow the Kansas Farm Bureau to offer health insurance coverage to members without having to comply with federal Affordable Care Act mandates in hopes that the influential agriculture group can offer a lower-cost product. But the proposal is drawing strong criticism from Democrats […]
  • Plea hearing delayed again for suspect in teen’s rape, death

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who admitted to the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl has been taken to the hospital for high blood pressure, and his plea hearing was interrupted again. Jacob Sullivan was in the courthouse Thursday when he complained of a headache. Medical personnel rushed him to the […]
  • North Dakota’s 1st medical marijuana dispensary set to open

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open next week, the culmination of a nearly two-year effort by the state Health Department to establish a distribution system for the drug. New York City-based Acreage Holdings plans to open The Botanist in Fargo on Feb. 28, selling drugs produced by […]
  • Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela’s needy

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela’s borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own troops. Nurses, doctors, engineers and homemakers have volunteered by the thousands to distribute the food and medicine in the face of […]
  • German parliament approves compromise in abortion dispute

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved legislation to loosen, but not scrap, a ban on doctors “advertising” abortions. The dpa news agency reported Thursday parliament voted for the compromise measure proposed by the country’s governing parties. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior partner, the center-left Social Democrats, wanted to remove the ban from Germany’s criminal code […]
  • 4-year-old inspires with trampoline act in his wheelchair

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota charity event turned into worldwide inspiration when a 4-year-old boy performed his favorite trampoline act in his wheelchair. Wyatt Burggraff was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that prevents the spinal column from forming properly. That doesn’t keep him off the trampoline at Fargo’s TNT Kid’s Fitness […]
  • Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths. According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak began in September. Those most […]
  • Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

    LONDON (AP) — Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies. That’s the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine why zebras have stripes. The researchers found that fewer horseflies landed on the cloaked horses than on […]