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Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a ...

Prosecutor: Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of ...

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and ADAM BEAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less ...

Biden’s abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one of the first stress tests of Joe Biden's presidential campaign: A sudden reversal of his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions. The move seemed sure to hurt the former vice president with Catholics, ...

Protest likely to greet Trump fundraising trip in California

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making a rare visit to California, a Democratic stronghold where he is expected to rake in millions of dollars during a series of fundraisers for his reelection effort that are almost ...

Only on AP: Popular pot vape gets makeover to counter fakes

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's ...

House Judiciary Committee to hold 1st impeachment hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation. Corey Lewandowski, Trump's outspoken, loyal former ...

Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. ABC broke into network ...

A re-energized Hurricane Dorian rakes the Southeast US coast

By MEG KINNARD Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Re-energized at 115 mph, Hurricane Dorian raked the Southeastern U.S. coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday, knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses as it pushed northward toward North ...

Carolinas coast braces for flooding, hazards from Dorian

By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press As Hurricane Dorian blows off the coast of the Carolinas, forecasters are predicting high storm surges and drenching rains that could trigger flooding and unleash environmental hazards in areas still recovering from last year's Hurricane Florence. The ...

Analysis: Black votes will define electability for Democrats

By ERRIN HAINES AP National Writer For all the strategic calculations, sophisticated voter targeting and relentless talk about electability in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential nomination will be determined by a decidedly different group: black voters. African Americans will ...

Military base cuts affect schools, target ranges, more

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will cut funding from military projects like schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities to pay for the construction of 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting a total $3.6 ...

Official: Feds search home for link to gun in Texas shooting

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says ATF agents have executed a search warrant at the Lubbock, Texas, home of a man they believe was involved in the "transfer" of an AR-style rifle to the gunman who killed seven people in a Labor Day weekend ...

‘This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,’ surgeon general says

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. Health and Human ...

Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday. The watchdog office said Comey broke ...

Big NJ water agency failed in scandal when Booker was mayor

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press Months after Cory Booker took office as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, he cleared the way for his former campaign treasurer and law partner Elnardo Webster to wield influence at the nonprofit that supplied water to the city. Over the next seven years, Booker's ...

‘A big deal’: Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian

By FREIDA FRISARO and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Florida residents picked the shelves clean of bottled water and lined up at gas stations Thursday as an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Dorian threatened to broadside the state over Labor Day weekend. Leaving ...

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan “faltering” pace of FDA action

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths ...

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining. The court said Friday the tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the ...

California town devastated by fire turns to football to heal

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A high school football team in a Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire is a year ago is playing its first game since the blaze. The Paradise High School Bobcats are scheduled to play Williams High School on ...