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  • Florida ‘pill mills’ were ‘gas on the fire’ of opioid crisis

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did much about it even […]
  • Iran tanker seizure linked to earlier act by UK marines

    LONDON (AP) — Taken on its own, Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz may seem like a brazen act of aggression, a provocative poke in the nose to both Britain and its ally, the United States. But Iran seems to view the armed takeover of the Stena Impero as […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn’t make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump’s North Carolina rally, overshadowing distortions in rhetoric that came from […]
  • Campaigning from behind: Lower-tier 2020ers seek comeback

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — As her campaign bus trundled along Interstate 80 toward the Michigan-Ohio border, Kirsten Gillibrand was offering wedding planning advice to one of her presidential campaign staffers who recently got engaged. The New York senator recommended a Christmas wedding, preferably on a Caribbean island, until a senior aide intervened — reminding Gillibrand […]
  • Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer

    ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — At 79 years old, Art McManus says he’s still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan. His children have gone on to start lives of their own, though he gets some help running his farmers market from […]
  • Hawaii officials want a peaceful end to telescope protests

    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii said Friday that they will not call up additional National Guard troops or use force on peaceful telescope protesters blocking access to the state’s highest peak. Gov. David Ige said that his priority is to keep everyone in the community safe, including the activists at the base of Mauna […]
  • Following Trump’s orders, Herman takes Barbasol lead

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jim Herman took the Barbasol Championship lead — with some help from President Donald Trump. Trump’s regular golf partner while working as an assistant professional at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, Herman changed to a conventional putting grip and clubhead at the president’s suggestion. “He gave me a good talking […]
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ cast talks divisive finale, water bottles

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Game of Thrones” may be over but the cast can’t seem to get away from stray coffee cups. Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and others took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Friday evening for a goodbye panel and found some waiting at their places. It was […]
  • Florida woman accused of assault over pizza slice

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman in Florida who they say tried to attack another woman with a knife when she was denied a slice of pizza. The St. Augustine Record reports 22-year-old De’Erica Cooks is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. The St. Johns […]
  • Work on old oil well may have caused California spill

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Chevron says an 800,000-gallon oil spill in Central California may have started when crews tried to recap an abandoned well. KQED News says the company held a briefing Friday about the seepage that began in May in a Kern County oil field west of Bakersfield. Chevron says it believes the spill […]
  • Biden’s son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden’s son Hunter made his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut with his father Friday, two weeks after the former vice president praised him for battling through “tough times,” including years of drug and alcohol abuse. The younger Biden’s appearance at a fundraiser in Southern California on Friday was a sign […]
  • The Latest: Subway suspension caused by computer failure

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the suspension of seven New York City subway lines (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a failure in the computer system that powers the signals on seven New York City subway lines caused a suspension of more than an hour on those lines. Communications […]
  • The Latest: Facebook mulls response to private posts ruling

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California Supreme Court ruling on defense lawyer access to private social media postings (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Facebook says it’s deciding how to respond to a California Supreme Court ruling that says defense lawyers in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private social media postings. The […]
  • Black lawmaker: White man said ‘Go back where you came from’

    MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — A pregnant African American lawmaker in Georgia said she was verbally attacked in a supermarket Friday by a middle-aged white man who used profanity, called her vulgar names and told her to “go back where you came from” as her 9-year-old daughter looked on. Rep. Erica Thomas, a Democrat from Austell, […]
  • The Latest: US citizen charged with training IS detained

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. citizen from Kazakhstan who’s been charged with terrorism crimes (all times local): 7:35 p.m. A U.S. citizen from Kazakhstan who became a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State group has been detained without bail. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov appeared Friday in a federal court in […]
  • Man given 4 life sentences for 2010 murders

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man who killed four people during a series of home invasion robberies has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. Sixty-two-year-old John Ewell was sentenced Friday to four life terms for invading homes in Los Angeles and neighboring Hawthorne in 2010. Prosecutors say he strangled […]
  • The Latest: Troopers identify man killed in Alaska plane

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on fatal plane incident in Alaska (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Alaska authorities say a passenger killed when a floatplane’s takeoff was aborted was a Maryland man. Troopers say 57-year-old Joseph Patenella died in the Friday incident at the mouth of Tutka Bay south of Homer. Troopers say a […]
  • 2 Utah polygamous group members plead guilty in tax scheme

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group have pleaded guilty to charges filed in what prosecutors have called a $511 million tax credit scheme, according to documents made public Friday. Washakie Renewable Energy once described itself as the largest producer of clean burning […]
  • Mother convicted of deaths of 2 girls found on Colorado farm

    DENVER (AP) — A jury in southwest Colorado has convicted a mother of two girls who died after they were banished to a car without food or water by members of a doomsday religious group because the girls were thought to have been impure. Nashika Bramble was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of first-degree […]
  • The Latest: Drugmaker: Email does not reflect company stance

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on filings in a case in which local governments seek to hold the drug industry accountable for a nationwide opioid crisis (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A drugmaker says an email from a former employee telling a distributor to order more opioids even if they weren’t needed is antithetical […]

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