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AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KEVIN S. VINEYS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama's health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from ...

Gymnastics doctor scandal goes beyond prison sentences

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Larry Nassar's final sentence for serial sexual assault now turns the scandal's spotlight toward major institutions, including Michigan State University, where many of his abuses occurred. The former sports doctor was sentenced Monday to 40 to ...

Democratic memo on Russia probe under White House review

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A memo written by Democrats on the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation of Russian election interference was under review Tuesday at the White House, where President Donald Trump will decide whether ...

Hawaii emergency worker threatened after misleading photo

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state's emergency management agency office where he works as an ...

Markets waited a while for a pullback. Then, pow!

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The long, smooth, record-setting ride on Wall Street is over. The stock market pullback that experts had been saying was long overdue has finally come. Investor fears about higher interest rates escalated into rapid, computer-generated ...

High Fives and a black eye: Scenes from Oscar Nominees Lunch

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX, SANDY COHEN and LINDSEY BAHR, AP Entertainment Writers BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscar nominees luncheon brings together A-listers and rising stars — artists from every aspect of filmmaking — for an afternoon of celebration and mutual fandom. With little on ...

US investigators say deadly Amtrak train crash preventable

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in South Carolina. But they already know what could have prevented ...

Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at ...

Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl

By DAVE ZEITLIN, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory set off a celebration that has been 58 years in the making. Just as Nick Foles and the Eagles clinched a surprising 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis for the team's ...

Era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is making a comeback

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. Talks on a budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping increases to both the ...

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and ...

Ram truck ad using MLK speech draws backlash

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash. The ad shows people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King's speech, which urges people to be "great" by serving the greater good rather ...

Reaction to Trump’s immigration offer casts doubt on a deal

By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's State of the Union offer of a "down-the-middle compromise" on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with ...

FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

By CHAD DAY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald ...

Trump infrastructure plan seeks to shift burden to states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment in his State of the Union address, he didn't pledge that the federal government actually would provide that much money for roads, bridges, rail and ...

Rose McGowan to Harvey Weinstein: There was no consent

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rose McGowan says it's time for Harvey Weinstein to drop his story about a "consensual" relationship. "He can fall off the planet," the activist said during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. "My statement is truth. My ...

Michigan police department to apologize regarding Nassar

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A police department in the Lansing, Michigan, area missed an opportunity to pursue criminal charges in 2004 against Larry Nassar and will publicly apologize to the victim who accused the doctor of molesting her during treatment for an abnormal ...

In State of Union, Trump to make his case on economy

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to move past the shadow of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump intends to use his first State of the Union address to cite economic progress under his watch while pushing for bipartisanship with Democrats on issues such ...

Bruno Mars crashes rap’s big party at the Grammys

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music's showcase event — until Bruno Mars crashed the party. The song-and-dance man from Hawaii won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the ...

GOP senators call on Trump to show restraint in Russia probe

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be wise to keep a public silence on an independent investigation into his 2016 campaign's contacts with Russia in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special ...