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Military base cuts affect schools, target ranges, more

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will cut funding from military projects like schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities to pay for the construction of 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting a total $3.6 ...

Official: Feds search home for link to gun in Texas shooting

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says ATF agents have executed a search warrant at the Lubbock, Texas, home of a man they believe was involved in the "transfer" of an AR-style rifle to the gunman who killed seven people in a Labor Day weekend ...

‘This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,’ surgeon general says

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. Health and Human ...

Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday. The watchdog office said Comey broke ...

Big NJ water agency failed in scandal when Booker was mayor

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press Months after Cory Booker took office as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, he cleared the way for his former campaign treasurer and law partner Elnardo Webster to wield influence at the nonprofit that supplied water to the city. Over the next seven years, Booker's ...

‘A big deal’: Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian

By FREIDA FRISARO and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Florida residents picked the shelves clean of bottled water and lined up at gas stations Thursday as an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Dorian threatened to broadside the state over Labor Day weekend. Leaving ...

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan “faltering” pace of FDA action

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths ...

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining. The court said Friday the tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the ...

California town devastated by fire turns to football to heal

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A high school football team in a Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire is a year ago is playing its first game since the blaze. The Paradise High School Bobcats are scheduled to play Williams High School on ...

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 ...