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AP source: Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

By Michael Balsamo The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a ...

‘Zombie cells’ buildup in your body may play role in aging

By Malcolm Ritter AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can ...

Man pleads guilty in mall attack against boy, faces 19 years

By Jeff Baenen The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who reportedly told investigators that he went to the Mall of America "looking for someone to kill" pleaded guilty Tuesday to throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony and faces 19 years in prison. Emmanuel ...

Trade row deepens as China ups tariffs on $60B in U.S. goods

By Joe McDonald The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets spinning, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest hike in U.S. tariffs on its exports. The Finance Ministry said ...

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97. In recent years, Day had ...

White House expects China to retaliate over trade tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is awaiting retaliation from China over increased tariffs, after talks in Washington ended without a deal on trade, the president's chief economic adviser said on Sunday. "The expected countermeasures have not yet materialized. We may know more today or even this ...

Texas prosecutor: Dogs detected decomposition in missing girl case

By Juan A. Lozano The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in the vehicle of a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old Texas girl, according to a prosecutor. Derion Vence, 26, remained jailed Sunday on a $1 ...

Maduro’s foes fill embassies in Venezuela as crisis deepens

By Joshua Goodman The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador's residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing ...

AP EXPLAINS: Why send a US aircraft carrier to the Gulf?

By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group is being deployed to the Persian Gulf to counter an alleged but still-unspecified threat from Iran, the latest in a long line of such deployments to the strategic ...

Fallen Ohio police officers’ cruiser doors on display

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The police cruiser doors of two Ohio officers shot and killed in the line of duty are on display in Washington, D.C., during National Police Week. Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering, of the Columbus suburb of Westerville were fatally shot in February 2018 ...

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in U.S.

By Tom James The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than ...

More ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest

By Russ Bynum The Associated Press If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a ...

N. Korean cargo ship seized by U.S. arrives in American Samoa

By Fili Sagapolutele The Associated Press PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A North Korean cargo ship seized by the U.S. because of suspicion it was used to violate international sanctions arrived at the capital of this American territory, where it will undergo inspections. The Wise ...

Pelosi pledges methodical action on ‘constitutional crisis’

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro and Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a "constitutional crisis" over President Donald Trump's resistance to congressional investigation, and she promised a methodical, if ...

Uber, Lyft drivers protest across the U.S., overseas

By Cathy Bussewitz The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Demonstrations took ...

Trump invokes ‘privilege’ over the full Mueller report

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House invoked executive privilege Wednesday, claiming the right to block lawmakers from the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller on his Trump-Russia probe and escalating the battle between ...

Science Says: Why biodiversity matters to you

By Seth Borenstein AP Science Writer You may go your entire life without seeing an endangered species, yet the globe's biodiversity crisis threatens all of humanity in numerous unseen or unrecognized ways, scientists say. A massive United Nations report this week warned that nature is ...

In marriage market, Pakistani Christian girls lured to China

By Kathy Gannon and Dake Kang The Associated Press GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back in her home country, pregnant and ...

5 ways to save on an RV road trip

By Lauren Schwahn NerdWallet Heading out on a road trip in a recreational vehicle allows travelers an opportunity to explore the nation while enjoying some comforts, too. "It's not so much about just getting to where you're going and stopping when you're there, but you really get to enjoy ...

North Korea tests new missile — and Trump’s resolve

By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — North Korea appears to have tested a new short-range missile — and President Donald Trump's resolve to keep it from doing more of the same in the future. The test early Saturday was quickly played down by Trump and his top advisers, ...