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Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. So-called right-to-work laws could get votes ...

Inaugural speech is Trump’s time to rise to the moment

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment. But bucking tradition, or ignoring it altogether, is what got Donald Trump to his inaugural moment. When Trump ...

George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday. The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, spokesman Jim ...

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning’s sentence

By JOSH LEDERMAN and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Obama became ...

Pointed questions await Trump’s pick for health secretary

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his ...

Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse. The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be ...

Final Ringling Bros. show at Nassau Coliseum sells out

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey say the iconic traveling circus' final show at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island is sold out. An announcement was made last week that the "Greatest Show on Earth" would be shutting ...

DeVos likely to advance school choice as education secretary

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. Betsy DeVos, Trump's choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice ...

Interior nominee Zinke to be quizzed on public lands, coal

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, a crucial stance in his home state of Montana and the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct. Zinke feels so strongly that ...

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess. Now he believes he has a ...