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  • Report: Lack of leadership led to Kansas player’s death

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A scathing report following an independent investigation into the heatstroke death of a 19-year-old football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice at a Kansas community college found “a striking lack of leadership.” Braeden Bradforth, a 315-pound (140 kilogram) defensive lineman for the Garden City Community College, was […]
  • GOP senators confronted Erdogan over video, participants say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a contentious Oval Office meeting, a band of GOP senators rebuffed the effort by Turkey’s president to depict anti-Islamic State Kurd forces as terrorists, with White House allies taking a harder line against Recep Tayyip Erdogan than did President Donald Trump. Participants said Erdogan played a propaganda video for Republican senators […]
  • Health dangers emerge at growing migrant camp on US border

    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures that recently dropped to freezing. […]
  • Report: State Department employee wrongly removed from job

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department employee working on Iranian policy was improperly removed from her post by officials who took into account her ethnic background, perceived political views and prior role in the Obama administration, according to a report Thursday from the agency’s inspector general. The internal watchdog’s report recommends internal discipline for officials […]
  • Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker has admitted that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he says he will seek drug treatment. The state police say that airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping the envelope bearing his official state letterhead […]
  • Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study. The project has already determined 91% of a handful of wells are contaminated […]
  • Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

    A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Thirteen of the areas […]
  • US chickens headed to China after Beijing lifts 5-year ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China is lifting a five-year ban on U.S. poultry, a goodwill gesture at a time when the world’s two biggest economies are trying to finalize a tentative trade deal. China had blocked U.S. poultry imports a month after an outbreak of avian influenza in December 2014, closing off a market that bought […]
  • N Carolina Congress remap proposal threatens 2 incumbents

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators have unveiled a new congressional district map that could endanger the political future of two GOP incumbents. House Republican leaders unveiled their proposal in committee on Thursday. It’s meant to address a court order blocking use of the current U.S. House districts for the 2020 elections. Judges […]
  • At least 10 men charged in more than $1.5M romance scam

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — At least 10 men in multiple states have been charged in a Nigerian romance money laundering scheme that swindled victims out of more than $1.5 million. The Tulsa World reports that U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced Wednesday during a news conference in Tulsa that many of the victims targeted were seniors. […]
  • These employers chip in on your student loans

    Trilogy Health Services, a Louisville, Kentucky-based operator of senior living facilities, has paid $100 a month toward each eligible worker’s student loans over the past four years. Its total outlay: roughly $3 million. That money has made a big difference for Trilogy’s nurses, therapists and staff, says Todd Schmiedeler , the company’s senior vice president […]
  • US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.75%

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week amid optimism over prospects for the U.S. economy. Rates remain at historically low levels, however, as an incentive to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 3.75% from 3.69% last week. By contrast, the benchmark […]
  • Feds: South Dakota doc made millions on unneeded surgeries

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a South Dakota neurosurgeon made millions of dollars by performing unnecessary and dangerous surgeries, including one that left a patient partially paralyzed. The Department of Justice alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Dr. Wilson Asfora enriched himself by using medical devices he invented during surgeries and […]
  • AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday […]
  • Huntsman announces GOP bid to return as Utah governor

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. is making a play to reclaim his old seat as Utah governor. Huntsman announced his candidacy in a statement Thursday, ahead of a scheduled kickoff swing through southern Utah. Huntsman served in the office from 2005 to 2009, before leaving to serve […]
  • Judge rejects written testimony from Iowa murder suspect

    MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A judge won’t consider written testimony from a man who claims he was unaware of his legal rights when he allegedly confessed to killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Judge Joel Yates ruled Thursday that he will not allow lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera to submit a written affidavit from […]
  • The Latest: School shooting suspect in custody

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Southern California high school (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells KNX radio the suspect in the Saugus High School shooting is in custody. The sheriff says the suspect is a student and was one of several people […]
  • Multiple injuries reported, 1 dead in LA-area high school shooting

    At least one person has died and three others were injured Thursday during a shooting at a Southern California high school. A suspect was in custody, authorities in Santa Clarita said.
  • The Latest: Walmart where mass shooting occurred reopens

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the reopening of a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 22 people (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Customers have returned to a Walmart in Texas that had been closed since a gunman fatally shot 22 people there in August. About 50 shoppers lined up […]
  • The Latest: Canada asks US to detain man for 1987 abduction

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a Canadian man facing sentencing in the U.S. for abducting his son in 1987 (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Canadian officials have asked U.S. authorities to continue detaining a man wanted for the 1987 abduction of his toddler son while they prepare a formal extradition request. U.S. prosecutors […]

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