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U.S., Japan plan new talks on ‘fair and reciprocal’ trade deal

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. and Japan said Wednesday they've agreed to start talks to develop what President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe described as a new "free, fair and reciprocal" trade deal between the two ...

Cosby’s star witness says accuser spoke of plot to frame

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NORRISTOWN — The chief accuser at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key defense witness testified Wednesday as the TV star's lawyers began putting on their ...

No bids received for sixth Pa. mini-casino

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania received no bids for a sixth mini-casino license on Wednesday, leaving state regulators to decide whether to open five remaining licenses to bidding by out-of-state casino operators or non-casino businesses. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board officials said ...

Southwest pilot lauded for handling of crisis

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the ...

Senate OKs anti-hazing bill drafted after Penn State death

HARRISBURG (AP) — Criminal penalties for hazing would become more severe under a bill — approved Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Senate — that was inspired by the death last year of a Penn State pledge after a night of heavy drinking. Senators voted unanimously to send the House a ...

Barbara Bush praised for her dedication

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and TERRY WALLACE Associated Press Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy. President Donald Trump said among Mrs. Bush’s greatest achievements “was recognizing the importance ...

Pulitzer winner captured Charlottesville tragedy

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A photographer who captured the moment a car struck several people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on his last day of work for a Virginia newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography Monday. Working for The Daily ...

‘Wolfman’ Washington’s album is deeply New Orleans

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press Walter "Wolfman" Washington, "My Future Is My Past" (Anti-Records) Inside a New Orleans studio, Walter "Wolfman" Washington takes a sip of his drink, puts the glass down — ice cubes percussively chinking — and strums an acoustic guitar while ...

Liquidation firms win bid for The Bon-Ton Stores

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bon-Ton Stores, which operates 260 department stores in the U.S., is expected to go out of business after two liquidation firms became the highest bidders at an auction for the bankrupt company's assets Tuesday. A bankruptcy court hearing was scheduled Wednesday to ...

Former first lady Bush dies at age 92

By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press HOUSTON — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. Mrs. Bush brought a ...

Trump welcomes Abe, gives ‘blessing’ to Koreas talks

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries "wouldn't be discussing anything." At Mar-a-Lago ...

Chemical arms experts in Syria go to site of alleged attack

By BASSEM MROUE and PHILIP ISSA Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria — International chemical weapons inspectors Tuesday entered Douma, the Syrian town that was the site of a suspected poison gas attack that led to Western airstrikes against the Syrian government, state media reported. The ...

Man with three faces: Frenchman gets his second face transplant

By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer LONDON — In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient — who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. Dr. Laurent Lantieri of the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris first ...

Bills to curtail LGBT rights are failing in U.S. legislatures

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted ...

IRS payment site fails on tax day, but you still have to pay

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL AP Personal Finance Writer Last-minute filers got a rude surprise on tax day: The IRS website to make payments and access other key services is down. But the agency still expects Americans to pay their taxes on time. The IRS did not give an immediate ...

U.S. seeks to cancel deportation protection for immigrant

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE — Immigration officials forced by a court order to reinstate a Mexican man's participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the United States illegally as children are again trying to revoke it. Daniel Ramirez Medina, 25, drew ...

1 dead after jetliner apparently blows an engine in flight

By ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL and DAVID KOENIG Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities ...

Bill Cosby’s graphic testimony could undercut his defense

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NORRISTOWN — Bill Cosby's own words from 2005 might have undercut his defense on sexual-assault charges. Prosecutors on Tuesday sought to maximize the impact of Cosby's graphic deposition, in which he testified about his sexual encounter with chief ...

Work mandate OK’d for ‘able-bodied’ Medicaid recipients

HARRISBURG (AP) — "Able-bodied" adults enrolled in Medicaid would have to work at least 20 hours a week, look for a job or participate in job training under a bill passed Tuesday by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 115-80 for a bill that ...