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Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Before sunrise Friday morning, ...

US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research. Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase ...

‘Morning Joe’ host Scarborough officially leaves GOP

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough has made his departure from the GOP official. The "Morning Joe" anchor said on Twitter on Thursday that he became an independent and he added a picture of himself with an elections official in New Canaan, ...

Man cited for painting over mural designed by children

LONDONDERRY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been cited for unlawful mischief after he painted over a public mural designed by students in the town of Londonderry. The Bennington Banner reports that 74-year-old Ed Brown, a restaurateur, says he acted on principle when he painted over the ...

Trump said to disparage but not bolt from Iranian nuke deal

By MATTTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won't withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. ...

Calling it a beginning, Trump signs health care order

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine "Obamacare," the program he's ...

Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan

By KEN THOMAS and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday lambasted high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, arguing the rest of the country is "propping up profligate, big-government states" even as they pay billions more in ...

NYC, London police taking fresh look at Weinstein claims

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. New York Police Department spokesman Peter Donald said Thursday that investigators are ...

Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released

By JILL COLVIN, LOLITA C. BALDOR and MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a group that has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the ...

3 adults shot dead, 1 stabbed; missing-child alert canceled

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities investigating three fatal shootings and a stabbing at a pair of southern Ohio residences canceled a missing-child alert for an 8-year-old boy from one of the homes but continued searching Thursday for a man they called a ...

FBI director: Motive in Las Vegas shooting still unclear

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI director says investigators haven't yet determined a motive behind a mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, but they're still digging. Speaking to reporters Thursday following a ribbon-cutting for the FBI's new Atlanta ...

California wildfires reduce years-long dreams to embers

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California. Garnica, who moved to the ...

A cigarette, a car backfire: Small sparks can make big fires

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car's backfire or a chainsaw's pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. "Every spark is going ...

How Trump tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Each year, taxpayers subsidize America's homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San ...

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Joanna and Chip Gaines talk show’s end

NEW YORK (AP) — The couple behind HGTV's "Fixer Upper" is opening up about the reasons for ending the show after its fifth season, which premieres next month. In an interview with People magazine, Chip and Joanna Gaines cite a grueling 11-month production schedule as a reason for the show's ...

Hotel questions revised timeline of Las Vegas massacre

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press A day after authorities revised the timeline of events on the night of the Las Vegas mass shooting, the hotel where the gunman was staying is casting doubt on the changes. Police said earlier this week that they believe Stephen Paddock shot a hotel ...

National legal network formed to combat sex discrimination

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent women's rights advocacy group has recruited more than 70 attorneys from 15 states to form a national legal network intended to assist women and girls who are victims of sex discrimination. Fatima Goss Graves, president of the ...

Weinstein accused of raping 3 women in New Yorker story

NEW YORK (AP) — The New Yorker reported Tuesday that Harvey Weinstein has previously raped three women, significantly intensifying the scandal surrounding the disgraced movie mogul. A representative for the mogul vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine. The expose, ...

Fires destroy at least 2 California wineries, damage others

By HAVEN DALEY and JANIE HAR, Associated Press NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Workers in Northern California's renowned wine country picked through charred debris and weighed what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards and destroyed at least two wineries and damaged many ...

Bob Dole returns home after 3-week hospital stay

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has returned home after being hospitalized for three weeks with low blood pressure. Dole spokeswoman Marion Watkins said in an email Tuesday that the 94-year-old former Kansas senator was ...