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Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

By HOPE YEN, LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary on Thursday, saying "false allegations" against him have become a distraction. In a statement the White House issued ...

Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote Thursday on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job — legislation that has split Republicans as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russia ...

EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to be peppered with questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan ...

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food. The genetic analysis is being used to ...

Ex-policeman charged with decades-old serial killings

By DON THOMPSON and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused Wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of California's most feared serial killers and rapists in the ...

APNewsBreak: Feds’ delays imperil migrant children

By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The U.S. government risks placing migrant children in the custody of human traffickers because federal agencies have delayed crucial reforms needed to keep the children safe, according to the findings of a Senate subcommittee obtained by The Associated ...

Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After Travis Reinking allegedly stole a BMW from a Nashville area car dealer last week, police say they found it outside the apartment where he lived. Authorities recovered the car but didn't figure out who had stolen it until too ...

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its ...

Spokesman: George HW Bush is eager to get well, go to Maine

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said. Jim McGrath said Monday on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "responding to ...

Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, has maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach for decades after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually ...

Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department. The ...

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most ...

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

By CAROLE FELDMAN and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn’t contacted her

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during his father's 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency says special counsel Robert Mueller hasn't contacted her and she thinks he isn't interested in finding the truth. Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr., the ...

4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man wearing nothing but a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee and shot four people to death before dawn Sunday, according to police, who credited a customer with saving lives ...

In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, ‘hookers’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of a top adviser, asked about the possibility of ...

Wells Fargo to pay $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in a wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant. However, it appears that none of the $1 billion will go ...

Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady. Bush ...

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans largely fear the country's relationship with Russia and China will get worse in the coming year, and despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons, nearly half say the same about ...

Suspended fraternity: Offensive video was ‘satirical sketch’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fraternity suspended at Syracuse University over an offensive video said in an apologetic statement on Friday that the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch" depicting an uneducated, intolerant person. "Each semester our new members are given the opportunity ...