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  • Hornets coach Clifford back to work after sleep deprivation

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets coach Steve Clifford has battled headaches for the past two years.

    But when the pain became so intense before a Charlotte home game last December it frightened him, and he couldn’t ignore the problem any longer.

    The 56-year-old Clifford walked away from the Hornets that day to undergo medical testing on his brain and get his life in order. Results revealed no internal problems, but the doctor’s diagnosis was one other workaholic professional and college coaches may want to pay attention to: Clifford was suffering from severe sleep deprivation. And, if he didn’t do something about it, the condition was only going to get worse.

    Clifford returned to practice Tuesday after six weeks off, feeling refreshed. He’ll be back on the sideline Wednesday night following a 21-game absence when the Hornets host the Washington Wizards, the start of a five-game home stand. “It was a scary thing,” Clifford told The Associated Press of the ordeal. Doctors determined that more than […]
  • AP source: House panel wants Bannon to explain Comey firing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump’s thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with what the panel was planning to ask the former White House chief strategist.

    The committee also planned to press Bannon on other “executive actions” taken by Trump that have drawn interest from congressional investigators prying into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about the closed-door session and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

    Those key elements bear directly on the criminal investigation now underway by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is charged with determining if collusion existed between the Trump campaign and Russia and whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey or by taking other actions to thwart investigators. As of early Tuesday afternoon, it appeared possible […]
  • The Latest: Trump doctor says he did well on cognitive exam

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s health (all times local):

    4:15 p.m.

    President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening during his recent physical examination.

    That’s according to his White House physician, navy doctor Ronny Jackson.

    The doctor says he had “absolutely no concerns” about the 71-year-old president’s cognitive abilities, but performed the screening because Trump asked him to do it.

    Jackson says Trump’s overall health “is excellent.” Jackson is providing a more detailed readout Tuesday following Trump’s first physical last Friday at the Walter Reed military hospital. ___ 4:10 p.m. President Donald Trump’s doctor says he’s confident that Trump has a “very strong and a very probable possibility” of completing his presidency “with no medical […]
  • Officials: Small earthquake felt in Missouri, Tennessee

    CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.6 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in southeastern Missouri.

    The survey says the earthquake struck Tuesday more than 2 miles (4 kilometers) southwest of Caruthersville, Missouri.

    No damage has been reported, but the survey reports the quake also was felt in parts of West Tennessee, northeast Arkansas and western Kentucky.

    Caruthersville is in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, where a series of large earthquakes took place from December 1811 to February 1812.

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  • US agency to work with states to ensure proper safety alerts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security will be working with states to ensure they follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts, like Hawaii’s warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday.

    Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said it’s clear that human error initiated the false alert. But she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long, nearly 40 minutes.

    “That seems to point to some communication and other types of failures we ought to be addressing,” Hirono said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining DHS. Hawaii residents received cellphone alerts Saturday warning of an incoming ballistic missile strike. State officials later said someone doing a routine test during a shift change at the […]
  • Man who fled Hawaii psychiatric hospital pleads not guilty

    HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for a man who walked out of a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California has pleaded not guilty on his behalf but acknowledged it’s obvious his client escaped.

    Attorney Michael Green on Tuesday entered the plea to an escape charge against Randall Saito.

    Saito was caught in Stockton, California, in November, days after walking out of Hawaii State Hospital. He was sent there after being acquitted by reason of insanity in a woman’s 1979 killing.

    Green says it’s clear Saito escaped and it’s now a matter of working something out with prosecutors. Prosecutors want to make sure Saito stays behind bars instead of going back to the hospital. Green says he and Saito’s family don’t plan to post bail. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may […]
  • Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report by the group Freedom House says basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts.

    In its annual global assessment, the think tank is slamming the Trump administration for withdrawing from America’s “historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy.” The group is calling it perhaps the most striking on a “long list of troubling developments” around the world in 2017.

    The report criticizes Trump for making false statements, refusing to disclose his taxes and other information, violating basic ethical standards and taking insufficient steps to counter Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into future

    DETROIT (AP) — Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas — and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals — with new prototype vehicles.

    Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public Saturday.

    Concepts are used to test ideas and see how show visitors react. Some elements are glamorous but impractical, with sharply angled headlights or pencil-thin side mirrors that will never actually end up on a production vehicle. But other elements from concept cars do make it onto the road. Lexus’s gaping spindle grilles, now a feature on the automaker’s vehicles, were introduced in 2011 on the LF-Gh concept car.

    “Maybe they don’t develop that concept per se, but it makes a statement about where the brand is going,” says Michelle Krebs, an executive analyst with the car buying site This year’s auto show concepts differ in many ways, but they’re striving for one thing: simplicity. They all have serene interiors with real wood […]
  • The Latest: GOP lawmakers ask Missouri governor to resign

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ admission that he had an extramarital affair (all times local):

    2:30 p.m.

    Some Republican lawmakers are asking Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign in response to an extramarital affair he had and more lurid allegations against him.

    Reps. Marsha Haefner and Steve Cookson on Tuesday said the governor should step down.

    Greitens acknowledged being “unfaithful” in his marriage following a report last week by St. Louis television station KMOV about his affair with a woman in 2015.

    Greitens has denied other allegations against him, including claims that he threatened to release photos of her if she spoke about the affair. The woman’s attorneys say she wants the media and public to leave her alone. Haefner said in a statement that many lawmakers now do not trust or support Greitens. She says he’s […]
  • Lawyers: 4 sue city, UC Berkeley over injuries at riot

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four San Francisco Bay Area residents who say they were injured by protesters during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley filed a lawsuit against the university and the city, their attorneys said Tuesday.

    The plaintiffs say in the suit filed Thursday in federal court in Oakland that officials failed to protect them from being pepper-sprayed and beaten when they were trying to attend a Feb. 1 speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative commentator. They are seeking unspecified damages.

    John Jennings, his wife Katrina Redelsheimer and their friend Trever Hatch, all of San Francisco, say they were at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza trying to verify the event had been canceled when a masked protester struck Jennings in the right temple with a wooden stick. When Redelsheimer tried to help her husband, a group of […]
  • Mother-daughter duo fight off carjackers with hot cocoa, bag

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in Washington’s Virginia suburbs say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa and a dash of resourcefulness entered the mix.

    Prince William County police say in a statement that a 50-year-old woman exited a 7-Eleven convenience store Saturday night with some purchased items when two men, one with a handgun, approached and demanded her vehicle.

    Police say the woman struck one man with her bag before her 22-year-old daughter threw her hot chocolate toward both men, who then fled on foot. No one was injured and no property was taken. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president.

    Public Citizen, which compiled media reports and publicly available government data, cited moves by groups associated with at least three foreign governments — Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait — to book rooms and host events last year at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

    It also counted at least 16 business trade groups and two companies that used Trump properties for meetings and events, while 35 political candidates or organizations — all of them Republican — staffed fundraisers and other events at Trump locations. Then-President-elect Donald Trump moved a year ago to give up direct management of the company […]
  • California suspect calls slain deputy’s partner ‘coward’

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect being tried in the slayings of two Northern California sheriff’s deputies called one slain officer’s partner a “coward” and repeatedly and profanely interrupted the start of his murder trial Tuesday.

    Prosecutor Rod Norgaard was describing in his opening statement how Deputy Scott Brown retreated under heavy fire that killed his partner, Sacramento sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014.

    Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes grinned, then called Brown a “coward” before he was admonished by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White to remain silent, The Sacramento Bee reported . “I wish I had killed more of the mother——-,” Bracamontes told jurors, adding that “I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever […]
  • US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

    NEW YORK (AP) — Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend.

    Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition portrayed the decline as long-term, going back to 2015, and said they would work with the Trump administration to reverse the decline.

    In a conference call Tuesday, coalition representatives said they’re not blaming Trump administration rhetoric and policies, though others in the travel industry have nicknamed the decline the “Trump Slump.”

    Organizers cited factors like the strong U.S. dollar, complex visa requirements and low-cost air travel in other markets. Proposals to reverse the decline include smoother visa processing and more welcoming messages. Statistics cited by the group showed America’s share of global travel has fallen from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]
  • Kentucky governor readies for Medicaid legal challenge

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican governor says he will shut down the state’s expanded Medicaid program, denying its coverage to more than 400,000 people, if the courts stop his plan for some people to work to keep their health benefits.

    Friday, the federal government approved Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients. Bevin also issued an executive order directing his administration to end the program should any part of his plan be struck down by the courts.

    Kentucky expanded its Medicaid program in 2014 to include able-bodied adults of certain income levels. Bevin says it’s too expensive to continue without his changes. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.