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Many shades of meaning behind ‘Medicare-for-all’

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare-for-all" can mean different things to different people. For some, it's a single government-run health insurance plan for the whole country. To others, it's giving consumers a choice to buy into Medicare or keep their private insurance. But whatever the form, ...

Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and DAVID CRARY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in ...

Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea - As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington's decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake. Much ...

Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT Associated Press BOSTON — The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family. In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War II. One of the last surviving WWII tank gunners, Smoyer was ...

Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY - Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect ...

Charges possible in North Carolina over House seat

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With a new election ordered in North Carolina's disputed congressional race, a key question remains unanswered: Who could face criminal charges after a state elections board hearing exposed evidence of ballot fraud? Among those in potential legal trouble are the central ...

Why do zebras have stripes?

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) - Zebra stripes are dazzling - particularly to flies. That's the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to ...

Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight

By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Virgin Galactic's rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crewmember to evaluate the long-awaited ...

Mexico to help “El Chapo” family seek US humanitarian visas

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he has instructed his government to assist the family of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the convicted drug trafficker in the United States. During a visit last week to Guzman's ...

Arizona marshal faces backlash over dustup with kid reporter

PHOENIX (AP) — A confrontation between an intrepid 12-year-old reporter and an Arizona marshal has ignited a debate about press freedom, with social media mostly branding one brave and the other a bully. Marshal Joseph Patterson, who serves the border town of Patagonia, said Friday that he ...

At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4 billion write-down

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and said it will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion, major setbacks for a company trying to revitalize its stable of household-name brands. A wave of bad news, which also ...

Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar

By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute while swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York's Madison Square Garden is the ...

California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture, abuse

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to torture and years of abuse that included shackling some of their 13 children to beds and starving them to the point they stopped growing. David and Louise Turpin will spend at least 25 years in prison after entering the ...

A bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most tumultuous Oscar season in memory might pale in comparison to the aftermath. The best picture race to Sunday's 91st Academy Awards remains unpredictable, but odds makers peg Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" as the film most likely to triumph at the end of the night. That ...

Aircraft, submarine project money may be at risk, Casey says

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Federal money for submarine manufacturing in Philadelphia, aircraft construction in Pittsburgh and other military construction projects in Pennsylvania could be at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall, U.S. Sen. ...

Virginia Republicans invite Fairfax’s accusers to testify

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans announced plans Friday to hold a public hearing where Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the two women who have recently accused him of sexual assault can testify, a move that will likely inflame a partisan battle over the General Assembly's role in ...

R. Kelly charged with abusing 4 victims over 10-plus years

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, was charged Friday with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and ...

Hundreds of students march in Paris for climate action

PARIS (AP) - Hundreds of French students have taken to the streets of Paris to call for more action to fight climate change, one day after a similar march in Brussels. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who is being hailed as her generation's voice on climate change, joined ...

Swede gets 4 ½ years in prison for royal jewels heist

By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A 22-year-old Swede was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted of stealing 17th-century Swedish royal treasures estimated to be worth 65 million kronor ($7 million) ...

Russian court extends detention for alleged American spy

MOSCOW (AP) - A Moscow court on Friday extended the detention for the American arrested at the end of December for alleged spying. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was detained in a Moscow hotel at the end of December. His arrest raised speculation that he could be swapped for one of the ...