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States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies |Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A workaround by states to counter Trump administration cuts to Affordable Care Act subsidies has largely succeeded in protecting consumers from higher costs, California and 17 other states said.The assessment came late Monday...

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law |Jul 17, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women...

Mom blames teen's death on packaging for peanut cookies |Jul 17, 2018

WESTON, Fla. (AP) A Florida mother blames the death of her 15-year-old daughter on what she calls confusing packaging for Reese's Chips Ahoy cookies.In a July 12 Facebook post, Kelli Travers-Stafford wrote that her daughter Alexi mistakenly ate...

Manager: Asking Muslim kids to leave pool not discrimination |Jul 17, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) A Delaware pool manager who asked Muslim children to leave a pool because of their clothing says her action was not discriminatory.The News Journal reports that Glenda Pinkett, a seasonal city employee, says she was...

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom at Michigan garden |Jul 17, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Visitors are flocking to a Michigan botanical garden to get a whiff of the unpleasant-smelling "corpse flower" that's in full bloom for the first time in 18 years.The Amorphophallus titanium, also known as the "corpse...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store |Jul 17, 2018

App Store Official Charts for the week ending July 15, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi5. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.6. iSchedule,...

The Latest: 1 dead, 2 hurt in small plane crash near Tahoe |Jul 17, 2018

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe (all times local, PDT):10:20 a.m.One person has been killed and two people injured in a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe.The Placer County sheriff's office confirmed the...

Health officials: California baby dies from whooping cough |Jul 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California health officials say an infant has died from whooping cough the first such infant death in the state since 2016.The Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the baby was from San Bernardino County but...

Site work begins for opposed oil refinery near national park |Jul 17, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A company has begun site work for an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.Meridian Energy Group says it's hired a Minnesota-based company to handle such work...

Woman suffers head injuries in bear encounter |Jul 17, 2018

GROTON, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says a 71-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries from an encounter with a bear in her home.The department says the bear somehow got inside the woman's home about 1:15 a.m....

FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs |Jul 17, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription.The agency proposed new guidelines Tuesday for drugmakers who want to switch prescription drugs to over the counter.In a...

Study: Blowhole spray can provide fast data on whale health |Jul 17, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales.A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientists can quickly obtain hormonal data by collecting the spray...

Search lengthens for missing Joshua Tree National Park hiker |Jul 17, 2018

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) Trackers with dogs are combing part of Joshua Tree National Park in search of a Canadian man missing since heading out for a hike Friday morning.The search for 51-year-old Paul Miller is focusing on the 49...

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom |Jul 17, 2018

Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air.It's been his routine since he was diagnosed with a condition called sleep apnea. While it helps, he doesn't like wearing the...

'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses |Jul 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) At an unassuming storefront on a busy Brooklyn street, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb an overdose crisis.Waiting his turn, a man named Robert is frank about why he's there, instead of one of the...

San Francisco bans tour buses from 'Full House' residence |Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Tour buses will no longer be swinging by a San Francisco house made famous in the popular 1990s sitcom "Full House."The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to ban commercial vehicles from Broderick...

JBS USA suspends shipments from Kentucky farm after video |Jul 17, 2018

DENVER (AP) JBS USA, the U.S. branch of the world's largest meat producer, says it has suspended shipments from a pig farm where workers were shown hitting, kicking and throwing pigs on undercover video.The Colorado-based company said it made...

Sharp teeth: Jaguar may have bitten through steel cable |Jul 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A zoo official in New Orleans says a jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat.Kyle Burks of the Audubon Zoo told...

Pro sports leagues say racetrack lawsuit is frivolous |Jul 17, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Lawyers for the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA say an attempt by a New Jersey horse racing association to collect betting revenue that was lost as the leagues fought to block legalized sports betting is...

2 dead, 1 critical in small plane crash near Lake Tahoe |Jul 17, 2018

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) A small airplane crashed near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, killing the pilot and a passenger and critically injuring the only other person on board the single-engine aircraft.The 60-year-old pilot from suburban Sacramento, who...

Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program |Jul 17, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology.The Portland Press Herald reports Washington-based transportation technology firm Inrix announced Tuesday that...

The Latest: California pilot killed in crash near Tahoe |Jul 17, 2018

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe (all times local, PDT):4 p.m.Authorities have identified the 60-year-old pilot from suburban Sacramento who died in a small airplane crash near Lake Tahoe.The Placer County...

Historical society unearths letters from President Cleveland |Jul 17, 2018

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) A New Hampshire historical society has discovered 13 boxes of business letters and handwritten messages from former President Grover Cleveland.WMUR-TV reports officials with the Conway Historical Society discovered the papers...

Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe |Jul 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in...

Pierogi festivals settle over trademark dispute |Jul 16, 2018

WHITING, Ind. (AP) A northwestern Indiana city that hosts an annual festival built around a popular Polish delicacy has reached a settlement in its trademark dispute with a rival festival in Pennsylvania.Federal court records don't include...

The Latest: California woman expected to survive bee attack |Jul 16, 2018

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a Southern California woman stung hundreds of times by bees (all times local):9:50 p.m.A Southern California woman who was stung hundreds of times by bees is expected to survive.Orange County fire Capt....

Eagles QB Wentz weds girlfriend in lakeside ceremony |Jul 16, 2018

PERKASIE, Pa. (AP) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz married his longtime girlfriend Maddie Oberg in a lakeside ceremony that thrilled some fans in boats.The two were wed at the Lake House Inn in Bucks County on Sunday, and kayakers...

Errant tweet inspires "National Blue Cheese Dressing Day" |Jul 16, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The founder of Buffalo's annual chicken wing festival is offering foodies another reason to indulge with the creation of National Blue Cheese Dressing Day.The inaugural celebration is Monday.Founder Drew Cerza, known as...

London woman impaled by beach umbrella on New Jersey shore |Jul 16, 2018

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) Police say a London woman was impaled by a beach umbrella on the New Jersey shore.The Asbury Park Press reports 67-year-old Margaret Reynolds was at Seaside Heights Monday afternoon when part of the umbrella pierced...

AP editor Sue Manning dies; gave world LA's biggest stories |Jul 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Sue Manning, an editor in the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press who for decades coordinated coverage of some of the nation's biggest news including the Los Angeles riots, the Northridge earthquake, the death of Michael...

Showdown looms as Washington Metro workers approve strike |Jul 16, 2018

FORESTVILLE, Md. (AP) A showdown looms in Washington now that Metro's largest union has overwhelmingly authorized a potential transit system strike, just as thousands of tourists arrive in the nation's capital for this week's Major League...

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends |Jul 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and...

Lava flies through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 13 |Jul 16, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) An explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off Hawaii's Big Island, injuring at least 13 people Monday, officials said.A 20-year-old woman suffered major leg trauma, and other passengers had burns and scrapes,...

Court: Drug users can be jailed for relapsing on probation |Jul 16, 2018

BOSTON (AP) Judges in Massachusetts can order people with addiction to remain drug free as a condition of probation and jail defendants for failing to do so, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a case that garnered national attention amid...

Hawaii officials: Explosion sends lava flying through roof of tour boat off Big Island, injuring at least 13 people |Jul 16, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii officials: Explosion sends lava flying through roof of tour boat off Big Island, injuring at least 13 people.

How major US stock indexes fared Monday |Jul 16, 2018

U.S. stocks slipped Monday as investors bought banks but sold shares of most other types of companies, including health care and technology stocks. Energy companies sank along with oil prices.On Monday:The S&P 500 index slid 2.88 points, or 0.1...

Man in Disney World wave pool has heart attack, dies |Jul 16, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A 70-year-old man with a pre-existing heart condition died after having a heart attack while in a wave pool at Walt Disney World.The unnamed man's death was listed Monday on a quarterly report of injuries at Florida's largest...

APNewsBreak: State gets 5 more sports betting applications |Jul 16, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) New Jersey regulators have received five additional applications from gambling companies seeking to start offering sports betting before football season starts in September.David Rebuck, director of the state Division...

Chinese find suggests human relatives left Africa earlier |Jul 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Stone tools recovered from an excavation in China suggest that our evolutionary forerunners trekked out of Africa earlier than we thought.Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside Africa came from 1.8...

Seventh animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat |Jul 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A seventh animal has died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.NOLA.com reports the fifth alpaca died overnight Sunday after the male jaguar killed four alpacas, one emu and one fox early...

Average price of US gas slips a penny, to $2.94 a gallon |Jul 15, 2018

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.94.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the average price is 63 cents...

Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire |Jul 15, 2018

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received...

Woman survived 7 days after driving off California cliff |Jul 15, 2018

MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a couple on a camping trip came upon a missing Oregon woman who survived nearly a week after her car went over a cliff in coastal California.The Sacramento Bee reports Chelsea and Chad Moore were hiking...

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies |Jul 15, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the...

Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire |Jul 15, 2018

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received...

City of Salem promises to spruce up witch trials memorial |Jul 15, 2018

SALEM, Mass. (AP) A city in Massachusetts is promising to spruce up its witch trials memorial that some people have complained is already starting to look shabby just a year after it was unveiled.About a dozen young trees at the memorial for 19...

Nurses at Vermont hospital back at work after 2-day strike |Jul 14, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Nurses at Vermont's largest hospital are back on the job after a two-day strike.The strike of 1,800 nurses from the University of Vermont Medical Center ended at 7 a.m. Saturday after 48 hours.Hospital administrators...

U of Kansas leaders: altered flag to remain museum display |Jul 14, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) University of Kansas leaders say they will keep an altered U.S. flag on display in a school museum, despite demands from the governor and his top election rival to remove it from campus.The Capital-Journal reports that...

The Latest: Firefighter killed fighting blaze near Yosemite |Jul 14, 2018

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park (all times local):1:10 p.m.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says a firefighter has been killed while battling a wildfire...

2-year sentence for woman who faked cancer to raise $51,000 |Jul 14, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A woman who collected $51,000 in donations by claiming she was dying of cancer has been sentenced in New York to two years in federal prison.The Journal News reports Vedoutie Hoobraj apologized to the community and to...