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House Dem, treasury chief bicker over Trump tax info

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat on Saturday ratcheted up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them. The government’s failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into ...

Dems defend Omar after Trump retweets video against her

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats on Saturday rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on U.S. soil. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for using ...

U.S. flag on police cars divides town

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An American flag graphic on the side of freshly painted police cars is dividing a small coastal city in Southern California. Some people in Laguna Beach feel the flag design is too aggressive while others are astonished that anyone would object to the American ...

GOP lawmakers propose bill to separate Chicago from Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the ...

50-year low in jobless claims but not just from layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fewest people in nearly 50 years sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of a strong job market and an unusually low level of layoffs. Yet the decline in applications for jobless aid isn’t due solely to a tight employment picture. Many states have imposed ...

Macy’s unveils new store experience in 36 locations

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after buying startup Story, Macy’s is bringing the retail concept to life in 36 stores in 15 states including its Manhattan flagship. The concept, which curates merchandise around a theme and rotates every two months, comes at a time when department stores like ...

Mom taking care of everyone has no time

DEAR ABBY: I am a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful little girls. I appreciate my husband working so I can do this, but I’m very lonely. I have no real friends. I help my mom with all her medical needs, making appointments and getting her to them. I also help my brother with his three ...

WVU board approves slight tuition increase

MORGANTOWN (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved increases for the upcoming academic year that include a $120 rise in annual tuition for in-state undergraduate students in Morgantown. Media report university officials are calling the 1 percent increase the ...

Two children dead, many homes damaged as storms pummel South

DALLAS (AP) — Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree ...

Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday. Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell nearly 40 ...

Cut melon linked to salmonella outbreak recalled

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods ...

Patrol focusing on Move Over law in construction season

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol is focusing on enforcement of Ohio’s Move Over law as construction season starts. The patrol says troopers’ cruisers were involved in 56 crashes in the past five years that appear to have involved violations of that law by motorists. Two ...

Accused test taker in college scandal to plead guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prep school administrator accused of taking college admissions tests for students as part of a nationwide scheme in which wealthy parents bribed school officials for college entrance or arranged rigged entrance exams will change his plea to guilty, according to ...

Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds

NEW YORK (AP) — Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study. Many of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines, raising the risk they could ...

Florida abortion bill would require minors to obtain parental consent

MIAMI (AP) — Stephanie Loraine Pineiro was 17 when she discovered she was pregnant for the second time. She says her parents were livid about her first pregnancy a year earlier, though she never dared tell them she was raped. Her father took her to a clinic for an abortion. On the way home, ...

Police aren’t nearly enough

Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore’s WBAL C4 radio show. Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in ...

Four adults, two kids shot, wounded at baby shower

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who opened fire on a crowd of people gathered for a baby shower, wounding six people, including two children, may have acted in retaliation for an earlier gang conflict, police said Sunday. Authorities have only “shards of information” about what happened at the ...

Senate GOP game plan: More Trump nominees, fewer bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year. But the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the expense of any big legislative priorities. Nearly 100 days into the new Congress, the ...

American Airlines extends Max-caused cancellations

WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights as the troubled 737 Max plane remains grounded by regulators. American said Sunday it is extending the cancellations through June 5 from the earlier timeframe of April 24. The airline ...

Mother takes action against her daughter’s abusive boyfriend

DEAR ABBY: I am 26. My mom recently got my boyfriend sent to jail. We met six months ago. After a month, he started verbally abusing me, which progressed to physical abuse. Each time I was sure I was about to die. He is now locked up for kidnapping, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. ...