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  • Mental health exam could loosen restrictions for Hinckley

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will soon undergo a new round of psychological tests. A federal judge on Friday authorized a doctor to determine John Hinckley Jr.’s risk to society. He left a mental hospital to live with his mother nearly two years ago. The doctor’s assessment […]
  • Michigan man who swallowed BBQ grill bristle loses lawsuit

    QUINNESEC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who says he swallowed a stray bristle from a grill brush after barbecuing chicken has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive his lawsuit. Robert Kaminski of the Upper Peninsula had surgery in 2014 to remove the metal bristle. He sued the maker of the grill brush, […]
  • 2 employees sentenced in mental health clinic fraud

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two former employees of a nonprofit mental health clinic have been sentenced for their roles in helping a member of a politically connected Philadelphia family who was convicted of defrauding the clinic out of more than $1 million. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that 72-year-old Sandy Acosta was sentenced to 18 […]
  • UK, EU give glimmer of Brexit optimism amid no-deal warnings

    LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that they would reach a deal to prevent a disorderly U.K. exit from the bloc, saying talks will be intensified and take place “continuously” over the next few crucial months. After meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab in Brussels, chief EU negotiator Michel […]
  • US adds to growing list of sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration added to its growing list of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday as U.S. lawmakers urged tighter economic restrictions on Moscow and Britain’s top diplomat accused Russia’s leader of pursuing policies that are making the world more dangerous. The Treasury Department announced two new actions against Russian targets: blacklisting two […]
  • Correction: Russia Sanctions story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 20 about a speech by British foreign secretary, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Britain was asking the United States to impose further sanctions on Russia. According to excerpts of a prepared speech in Washington, Jeremy Hunt said the European Union should “ensure its sanctions against Russia are […]
  • Minnesota man charged with aiding wife’s suicide

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man was charged Monday with aiding the suicide of his wife, who was reportedly suffering from unexplained pain that could not be relieved with medication. Thomas Houck, 61, of Eden Prairie called 911 last Thursday to report that he woke up in the middle of the night to […]
  • Key moments in lead in water crisis in Flint, Michigan

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Flint, Michigan on Monday ruled that there is enough evidence for the head of Michigan’s health department, Nick Lyon, to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis. He’s accused of not providing timely notification to the public about a Legionnaires’ disease […]
  • Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered Michigan’s health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city’s tainted water scandal. Nick Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely […]
  • Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

    SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer in a row, experts […]