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  • Florida doctor facing long Medicare fraud sentence

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is likely to sentence a politically prominent Florida eye doctor to about two decades in prison for stealing $73 million in one of history’s largest Medicare frauds. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra will sentence Dr. Salomon Melgen in West Palm Beach on Thursday for 67 crimes including […]
  • Asian stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock indexes fell Thursday, tracking Wall Street’s decline after the latest Fed report rekindled fears about inflation and rising bond yields. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index sank 1.1 percent to 21,736.44 and South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.6 percent to 2,414.28. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.9 percent […]
  • Police: Narcotics officers hit armed man in gunfire exchange

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say police officers investigating drug activity in Mississippi exchanged gun fire with an armed man, injuring him. Jackson police Sgt. Roderick Holmes tells news outlets that narcotics officers came into contact with two people, one of whom had a gun, on Wednesday afternoon. Holmes says the officers tried to stop […]
  • Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

    In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed “he would have shot and that would have been the end of it.” Revisiting an idea he raised in his campaign, Trump’s comments in favor of allowing teachers to be […]
  • Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won’t be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States in a trip aimed at building stronger relationships with America’s governors. While he’ll […]
  • Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared “victory” for getting changes that benefited them in the tax […]
  • Florida students pushing for gun regulations face pushback

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The students who swarmed Florida’s state capitol in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre want the Legislature to enact stricter limits on guns. What that might entail remains debatable — if any changes are forthcoming at all. The 100 Stoneman Douglas survivors who traveled 400 miles to Tallahassee […]
  • For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was […]
  • Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called “Medicare Extra for All,” the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized Democrats more options to achieve […]
  • Palestinians’ envoy to US faces silence from White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A few miles down the road from Israel’s gated embassy, the Palestinian envoy to Washington sits in his office wrestling with a unique diplomatic dilemma: how to advance his people’s cause when relations with the United States are so distant that he hasn’t even spoken to the White House in months. Palestinian […]
  • Texas governor weighs parole board’s advice on inmate’s fate

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A condemned Texas inmate set for execution is awaiting word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott will accept the state parole board’s rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner’s life at the urging of his father. Thomas “Bart” Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday evening for masterminding the fatal shootings of […]
  • Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black “Parkland Strong” T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida’s state Capitol on Wednesday. They hadn’t been invited and the lawmakers they were intruding upon were in the middle of a meeting. Timid yet determined, they stood their ground. And they […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Answers to Trump’s tweets on Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — By its nature, the special counsel investigation of Russian activities in the U.S. election is casting a wide net in its search for malfeasance. At the same time, it’s not a leaky enterprise — little is coming to light except what the prosecutor, Robert Mueller wants out. That hasn’t stopped President Donald […]
  • Tearful student asks Trump, ‘How do we not stop this?’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America’s school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. “I turned 18 […]
  • Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation’s highest court. The filing made late Wednesday asked Justice Samuel Alito to intervene, saying the state Supreme Court overstepped its authority in imposing a new […]