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Illinois patient’s death may be first in US tied to vaping

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials said Friday that a patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, which could make it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and ...

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79

By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was ...

For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rank-and-file Democrats appear to be shifting to the middle on health care, worried about what's politically achievable on their party's top 2020 issue. While "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, the ...

Survivors retell the story of Quake Lake 60 years later

By MICHAEL WRIGHT Bozeman Daily Chronicle EARTHQUAKE LAKE, Mont. (AP) — Anita Painter Thon remembers the dinner she ate the night everything changed. She and her twin sister — they'd just turned 12 — wanted hot dogs, but they couldn't convince their parents. Instead, it was steak and ...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

By JEFF MARTIN and JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of ...

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio clips

By MAE ANDERSON and RACHEL LERMAN AP Technology Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns for a company with a history of privacy lapses. The practice was, until recently, common in the tech ...

Army veteran pleads not guilty in anthem assault on teen

SUPERIOR, Mont. (AP) — An Army veteran pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 13-year-old boy who the suspect said refused to remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo in Montana. Attorney Lance Jasper has told the Missoulian that defendant Curt Brockway, a 39-year-old veteran with a ...

The typically calm bond market is alarmed about the economy

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Compared to the free-swinging and sometimes emotional stock market, the bond market is supposed to be the sober and measured one. It's getting more alarmed. Bonds sounded their loudest warning bell yet of recession on Wednesday, when the ...

El Paso, with deep Mexican American past, rallies amid pain

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS and JOHN L. MONE Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The massacre that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso struck a city that has long been the cradle of Mexican American culture and immigration and suffered through bloody episodes of racial violence in the ...

Bipartisan ‘red flag’ gun laws plan has support in Congress

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite frequent mass shootings, Congress has proved to be unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation, largely because of resistance from Republicans. But a bipartisan proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard ...

Cross-border ties still strong despite El Paso mass shooting

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Chatting with friends and carrying his lunch cooler, Carlos Carrillo was among hundreds packing the international bridge as they returned to Mexico from their jobs across the border. The construction worker has dual ...

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. "l was ...

Cyntoia Brown is released from Tennessee women’s prison

By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released early Wednesday from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex ...

El Paso opens healing center as it prepares for Trump visit

By ASTRID GALVAN and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso officials opened a grief center on Tuesday to help people cope with last weekend's mass shooting at a Walmart, in which 22 people, nearly all with Latino last names, were killed and many others were ...

Prosecutor who sent Manson followers to prison looks back

By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Kay was a fresh-faced prosecutor just 27 years old and three years out of law school when circumstances handed him the Charles Manson "family" murder case . Over the next half-century, it would come to define his career and lead to ...

Abuse prevention experts: Ex-cardinal letters raise red flag

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by "Uncle T." or "Your uncle, Father Ted." But taken in context, the correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore ...

No, there’s still no link between video games and violence

By MAE ANDERSON AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Do video games trigger violent behavior? Scientific studies have found no link. But the persistent theory is back in the headlines following Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas . An online manifesto thought to be authored by the ...

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the ...

NYPD judge recommends firing officer in Eric Garner death

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a reckoning five years in the making, an administrative judge on Friday recommended firing a New York City police officer over the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed black man whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fueled a national ...

Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and ...