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US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage and Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in 35 years. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ...

US stocks steady after plunge, but caution still reigns

By Stan Choe AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world remained stuck in the spin cycle Thursday, as worries about a possible recession collided with hopes that the strongest part of the U.S. economy — shoppers spending at stores and online — can keep going. The ...

Hickenlooper ends White House bid, mulls a Senate run in 2020

By Nicholas Riccardi The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, and says he's giving "serious thought" to running for the Senate in 2020. Here's what Hickenlooper says in a video ...

Scientists: July sets global heat record

BERLIN (AP) — July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees ...

Review: ‘Angry Birds’ can’t fly, but this sequel stays aloft

By Jocelyn Noveck AP National Writer It's hard to have huge expectations for a movie called "The Angry Birds Movie 2." After all, it's not even a movie based on a smartphone game. It's a SEQUEL to a movie based on a smartphone game. But now that we've established that nobody's expecting ...

Review: In ‘Blinded by the Light,’ growing up with the Boss

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer After starring roles for Freddie Mercury ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Elton John ("Rocketman") and the Beatles ("Yesterday"), it's Bruce Springsteen's turn to join the mixtape that the movies have lately become. But Gurinder Chadha's "Blinded by the Light" isn't ...

ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

By Nomaan Merchant The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who ...

Ohio State University seeks to trademark the word ‘The’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application ...

Treasury yields invert, warning of possible recession

NEW YORK (AP) — An economic alarm bell has sounded in the U.S., sending warning signs of a possible recession ahead. Yields on 2-year and 10-year Treasury notes inverted early Wednesday, a market phenomenon that shows investors want more in return for short-term government bonds than they ...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

By Jeff Martin and Janet McConnaughey The 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 ...

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink

By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his ...

Tweens invade the raunchy teen comedy in ‘Good Boys’

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer The 12-year-old protagonists of "Good Boys" have mastered the use of lingo like "lit" and "burn," but they are foggier on just exactly what a tampon is and swear that a nymphomaniac is someone who has sex on land and on sea. They are tantalizingly close to young ...

Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia

By Hillel Italie AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1969, dreams of a new society played out in muddy wonder at the Woodstock music festival and in murderous parody during the Manson rampage in Los Angeles. Over a 10-day period in August, hundreds of thousands of young ...

Malaysia police: Family confirms body as that of missing London teen

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Tuesday the family of a missing 15-year-old London girl has positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort where she disappeared over a week ago. Police said rescuers earlier Tuesday found the body of a female Caucasian beside ...

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, a move it says will reduce regulatory burden but critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction. The ...

5 Russian nuclear engineers buried after rocket explosion

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians attended the funerals Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion as they tested a new rocket, a tragedy that fueled radiation fears and raised new questions about a secretive weapons program. The engineers, who died Thursday, were ...

Warren wows in Iowa as candidates’ sprint to caucuses begins

By Thomas Beaumont and Alexandra Jaffe The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chant — "2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents" — started in the back of a massive crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous adulation of her proposed ...

Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories

By David Klepper and Amanda Seitz The Associated Press Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein's ties to princes, politicians and other famous and ...

Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets

By Russell Contreras and Anita Snow The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Michelle Otero arrived at an art show featuring Mexican-American women, the first thing she did was scan the room. Two exits. One security guard. Then she thought to herself: If a shooter bursts in, ...

Puerto Rico braces for more protests against latest governor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans braced for more political turmoil Thursday as the third governor in a week took charge of this U.S. territory still divided over who should lead the economically struggling island of 3.2 million people. The swearing in of Justice Secretary Wanda ...