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How the Senate health bill compares to House, ‘Obamacare’
WASHINGTON — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans w...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press FULL STORY
No tapes after all: Trump says he didn’t record Comey talks
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn’t have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a monthlong guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controv...
By Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker The Associated Press FULL STORY
Nancy Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss
WASHINGTON — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss. “So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you’re saying?...
By Erica Werner The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officials lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections
HELENA, Mont. — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except...
By Matt Volz The Associated Press FULL STORY
Four-hundred more homes evacuated by growing fire in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate has doubled in size in high winds and drove out residents of 400 additional homes, authorities said Thursday. The blaze is one of several burning in the U.S. West as extreme heat makes it dif...
By Brady McCombs The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ex-Mexican lawmaker arrested at U.S. border on drug charges
SAN DIEGO — A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January. Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, a former representative in t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California AG bans state travel to Texas, three other states
SACRAMENTO — California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year. Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Parole denied for Manson follower Krenwinkel in California
SACRAMENTO — Officials denied parole Thursday for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel — a follower of cult leader Charles Manson — after considering whether battered women’s syndrome affected her state of mind at the time of the notorious murders nearly five decades ago in California. Kre...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Cindy weakens but still stirs weather over wide swath
NEW ORLEANS — A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide — two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in ’formal declaration of defeat’
MOSUL, Iraq — With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret. The mosque, destroyed Wednesday night, would have been a symbolic prize in the fight for Ira...
By Balint Szlanko and Sinan Slaheddon The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘You can hear the screams’: Inside Yemen’s secret prisons
MUKALLA, Yemen — They call it the “grill”: The victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. It is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in Yemen who are routinely beaten with wires and were kept in filthy shipping containers, blind...
By Maggie Michael The Associated Press FULL STORY
California beehive heists lead to felony charges
FRESNO — Two California men have been charged with a string of felony counts stemming from a criminal case that created a buzz among beekeepers across the country, authorities said Thursday. The men charged with possessing more than 1,200 stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jai...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce
ROME — The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can’t get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce. Genoa’s airport is letting travelers take as much as 500 grams of pesto in their carry-on lug...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave
LONDON — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated gray slacks. Photos in British ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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