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Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may ...

Sanders, GOP push banner health care bills

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to unveil his bill for starkly reshaping the country's current hodge-podge health care system into one where the government provides medical insurance for everybody. Republican senators are preparing to ...

Man accused of killing his mom in hospital to be arraigned

By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused of fatally shooting his mother in the intensive care unit of New Hampshire's largest hospital was set to be arraigned Wednesday on murder charges. Travis Frink signed into the visitor center at ...

Willie Nelson, Raitt to headline Texas storm benefit concert

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are among the stars headlining a benefit concert next week to help Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Organizers said the "Harvey Can't Mess With Texas" concert will be held in Austin on Sept. 22. It ...

Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. Kristi Goss was set for trial this ...

Democrat on voter fraud commission defends panel’s existence

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner defended both his role on President Donald Trump's election fraud commission and the panel's existence Tuesday as it began its second meeting amid persistent criticism that its ultimate ...

Defense: Girl accused of stabbing classmate was delusional

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin girl who told investigators she helped stab a classmate was convinced the crime would protect her and her family from a fictional horror character called Slender Man, her attorney told jurors Tuesday. The defense is ...

Irma kills 2 in Georgia and 2 in South Carolina

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. and RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's international airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - to cancel nearly 200 flights early Tuesday. The storm also claimed two lives in Georgia and two in South ...

Suicide of teen who made sex video shows dilemma for schools

By MICHAEL TARM and MARTHA IRVINE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Staff at a suburban Chicago high school called 16-year-old Corey Walgren to the dean's office to ask about a video he made of himself having sex with a classmate. A few hours later, the teen walked to the top of a five-story ...

J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Abrams is returning to "Star Wars," and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of "Episode IX." Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday a week after news broke of Trevorrow's departure. After several high-profile exits ...