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High Court to mull abortion clinic law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outcome of a fight over a Louisiana law regulating abortion providers could signal whether a fortified conservative majority on the Supreme Court is willing to cut back on abortion rights. The high court is expected to decide in the next few days whether the state can ...

Two dead, two burned when plane parts hit California house

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Two people died and two others injured after a small plane apparently came apart, dropping parts that scattered across a suburban neighborhood and ignited a house fire before landing in a backyard, witnesses and authorities said Sunday. The crash shook the Yorba ...

EMS director in West Virginia suspended after Facebook post

BECKLEY (AP) — An emergency services director in West Virginia says a deputy director has been suspended after a post on social media about a proposed border wall drew outrage. News outlets report Raleigh County 911 director John Zilinski says in a statement that deputy director Mark Wilson ...

Northam still under fire for blackface photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office Sunday amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it. The ...

U.S., South Korean officials meet ahead of Trump-Kim event

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Senior U.S. and South Korean officials met Sunday to discuss an expected second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump’s special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in South Korea earlier amid reports that ...

Pentagon sending another 3,750 troops to Southwest border

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Sunday it will send 3,750 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to put up another 150 miles of concertina wire and provide other support for Customs and Border Protection. The additions will bring the total number of active-duty troops on the border to ...

Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ...

TSA officer jumps to his death at airport in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida’s busiest airport Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for hours and caused serious delays. Panicked passengers rushed past ...

Powerful storm hits Southern California, flooding highways

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for ...

Virginia’s Northam says that wasn’t him in racist photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor on Saturday vowed to remain in office despite widespread calls for his resignation after a racist photo surfaced on a school yearbook page. His refusal to step down could signal a potentially long and bruising fight with his former supporters. Gov. ...

Democrats have dangerous ideas on fighting inequality

Leftist Democrats eyeing the White House in 2020 are plotting new ways to confiscate Americans’ hard-earned money and give it away. Claiming economic inequality is a national crisis, they want to take money from those they say have too much. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing a ...

Killing two birds with one millstone around America’s neck

Wisconsin Republican congressman Sean Duffy recently introduced a bill to give President Trump new powers to raise tariffs in response to actions taken by other individual countries on American goods. This effort to expand the president’s power should make the White House happy, since Trump ...

If the army backs Maduro, what is Plan B?

“Pay the soldiers. The rest do not matter.” This was the deathbed counsel given to his sons by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in A.D. 211. Nicolas Maduro must today appreciate the emperor’s insight. For the political survival of this former bus driver and union boss hangs now upon ...

Buying a home by age 35 is worth it

Nicole Christianson, a 26-year-old sales rep, was tired of writing big checks for tiny apartments. And she wanted to do more with her cash than stash it in a savings account. One night, she and her husband Thure, 28, took a look at their newly combined finances and uncovered a pleasant ...

14-year-old’s FaceTime bug discovery could rattle Apple

It took a 14-year-old boy to discover Apple’s shocking FaceTime bug, which allowed just about anyone to turn an iPhone into a live microphone. Grant Thompson, a high school freshman in Tucson, Arizona, says he and his mom emailed, called tweeted and even faxed Apple. He says it took nine ...

Employers add robust 304K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shrugged off last month’s partial shutdown of the government and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. The healthy gain the government reported Friday illustrated the job market’s durability nearly a ...

Lawsuit: Park’s Halloween scares went too far

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman and her teen daughter are suing a Pennsylvania amusement park, saying the costumed ghouls at its Halloween attraction were too terrifying. The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Shannon Sacco and her daughter are seeking more than $150,000 from Dorney Park ...

New, simpler lifestyle sparks anger among family, friends

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I decided a couple of years ago that we wanted to live a simpler, slower-paced life. We decided to get rid of our TV, tablets and social media accounts and trade our smartphones in for flip phones, among other changes. Since then we have been focusing more on our ...

Huntington investigating multiple fires

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Fire officials say they’re investigating after responding to nearly a dozen structure fires in five weeks. According to Huntington Fire Marshal Capt. Matt Winters tells WCHS-TV that there have been 11 fires so far in 2019, with nine of those fires occurring in vacant ...

Officials say jail in NYC will have power by Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday that work to restore power to a detention center in New York City where inmates have gone without heat and electricity for a week will be completed by Monday. But a congresswoman who visited the Metropolitan Detention Center in ...