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Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

NEW YORK (AP) — For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from...

Merck says new type of cholesterol drug worked in big study

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. said Tuesday that a new type of cholesterol drug reduced heart attacks, deaths and other complications of heart disease in a huge, late-stage study. ...

Cosby lawyer casts doubt on comedian’s ‘town hall’ events

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Bill Cosby's so-called town hall tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday. ...

Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Workers have installed a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol, two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the statue on state grounds. ...

The Latest: Provocateur targets CNN with hidden camera video

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on CNN's retracted Russia story (all times local): 10:55 a.m. ...

Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections proliferated after Congress' nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would...

The Latest: Ryan has faith McConnell can save health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT): 10:25 a.m. ...

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An Iraqi officer says counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City — the last IS stronghold in...

Germany: Merkel’s challenger sees quick vote on gay marriage

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left rivals said Tuesday they would seek a parliamentary vote this week on legalizing gay marriage after the German leader backed off her conservatives' long-standing refusal to budge...

Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other proponents of school voucher programs are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Lutheran church was wrongly denied a state grant for its preschool playground. But...

German leaders, lawmakers pay tribute to Kohl at Berlin Mass

BERLIN (AP) — German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country's reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin's Roman Catholic...

Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting...

Dozens of prospective jurors beg off ‘Pharma Bro’ case

NEW YORK (AP) — Several prospective jurors have been excused from the federal securities fraud trial of an ex-pharmaceutical company executive because they claimed they couldn't be impartial. ...

Asian stocks mostly higher after Wall Street closed mixed

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in range-bound trade on Tuesday after Wall Street closed mixed. KEEPING...

CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the...

Trump pushes ‘energy week’ and goal of exporting resources

WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources. ...

China’s jailed Nobel Peace laureate given medical parole

BEIJING (AP) — Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, authorities and his friends say. ...

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP...

London’s fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

LONDON (AP) — The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy. ...

Prosecutors use Joe Arpaio’s immigration talk against him

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal trial opened Monday over his defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking the most aggressive effort to hold the former lawman of...

‘Like bombs’: Bankrupt company’s air bags still out there

Takata's lethally defective air bags proved to be the company's undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around the world. ...

Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

LONDON (AP) — Arconic, the metal products maker that was once part of Alcoa Inc., said Monday it will stop selling one type of aluminum composite paneling for use on high-rise buildings after speculation...

AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as...

Baylor says NCAA investigation is ‘ongoing, pending’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The NCAA is conducting an "ongoing, pending investigation" into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and...

US lawyer: US entitled to seize Iran-tainted skyscraper

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says the U.S. government jumped to false conclusions in deciding that a New York skyscraper was secretly run by Iran. ...

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs. ...

Pharmacy head to be sentenced in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) — The co-founder of a pharmacy is set to be sentenced Monday in a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more. ...

GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within...

Swedish government announces release of hostage in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday. ...

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding...

Federal judge considers fate of Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ law

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday heard arguments before he decides whether a new Texas "sanctuary cities" crackdown backed by the Trump administration can take effect. ...

13 still missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

GUATAPE, Colombia (AP) — Scuba divers on Monday continued searching for bodies in a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin where a tourist boat packed with more than 150 passengers capsized, leaving at...

Police: Girl’s actions caused her to fall from NY park ride

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — As authorities tried to determine exactly how a 14-year-old Delaware girl managed to fall from a New York amusement park ride, one industry expert said even the strictest safety guidelines...

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump...

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the...

Judge considering national freeze on Iraqi deportations

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for Detroit-area Iraqi nationals who fear they could be tortured or killed if they're kicked out of the U.S. asked a judge on Monday to extend his freeze on their...

GOP senator to block arms sales over crisis with Qatar

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Republican senator said Monday that he'll withhold approval of U.S. weapons sales to several Middle Eastern allies until there is a clear path for settling a diplomatic crisis with...

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes. ...

Westbrook set to learn if his historic season was an MVP one

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant stunned the league by leaving Oklahoma City for...

China sentences 3 Australian Crown Resorts staff to prison

SHANGHAI (AP) — Australian and Chinese employees of a casino company on Monday pleaded guilty to charges relating to gambling and the three Australians were sentenced to nine or 10 months' imprisonment, an Australian...

‘Pharma Bro’ defies advice to keep quiet before fraud trial

NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" just won't keep his mouth shut. Even with his federal securities fraud trial set to...

Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S. on Monday, saying it was the only way to ensure it could carry on supplying replacements for faulty air...

Joe Arpaio on trial over immigration actions echoing Trump’s

PHOENIX (AP) — The immigration rhetoric and crackdowns pushed by President Donald Trump have a familiar ring in Arizona, where former Sheriff Joe Arpaio once used similar tactics to become a national figure. ...

Dozens missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

GUATAPE, Colombia (AP) — A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and...

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to...

Man catches teen falling from park ride: ‘It’s OK to let go’

NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew Howard Sr. was just leaving a New York amusement park Saturday evening with his family when he heard someone screaming for help. ...

Scott Dixon spoils Penske party to win at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Scott Dixon spoiled Team Penske's party at Road America. First, his Chip Ganassi Racing team had...

Burling, Team New Zealand reach match point in America’s Cup

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand's Peter Burling wheeled his 50-foot catamaran into controlling position in the prestart of Race 8 of the America's Cup and then gave a quick wave with...

Once-homeless sisters mingle with track stars at nationals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The three once-homeless sisters recited all the athletes they met at nationals and the souvenirs they received as they slurped shaved ice. ...

Posada makes Old Timers’ debut; Raines honored ahead of HOF

NEW YORK (AP) — Jorge Posada peppered line drives around the Yankee Stadium outfield, first from the left side, and then the right. ...