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Scientists spur some activity in brains of slaughtered pigs

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. The brains could not think or sense anything, researchers stressed. By medical standards ...

Monty Python celebrate ‘Life of Brian,’ honor ailing Jones

LONDON (AP) — Celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Monty Python comedy classic “Life of Brian” are being somewhat overshadowed by the health news of member Terry Jones. Jones is “very robust” although “on the downhill slope” due to dementia, according to his friend and ...

Writers guild sues talent agencies in heated Hollywood fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America sued the entertainment industry’s four biggest talent agencies Wednesday in the latest and boldest move in an increasingly bitter and protracted fight between the two sides over the way Hollywood does business. The suit filed in Los Angeles ...

Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for “all people” in the world fulfilled. Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the “Motown 60: A ...

Ex-Black Panther gets new hearing in 1981 police death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer decades ago will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor on Wednesday dropped his opposition to it. Mumia Abu-Jamal, 64, is serving a life sentence after spending ...

Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere — zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road. And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared ...

Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive

LONDON (AP) — Notre Dame in Paris is not the first great cathedral to suffer a devastating fire, and it probably won’t be the last. In a sense, that is good news. A global army of experts and craftspeople can be called on for the long, complex process of restoring the gutted ...

Trump to allow suits over US properties seized in Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Cuba, the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island’s 1959 revolution, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The move marks a change in more than ...

After years of crisis, Venezuelans wonder what is ‘normal’

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A normal country? At first glance, the graffiti reading “Un pais normal?” seems ambiguous in Venezuela’s frayed capital, where the government brandishes slogans like clenched fists and the opposition lobs insults at President Nicol·s Maduro. Actually, the ...

Telemedicine, walk-in clinics cloud role of family doctor

Lisa Love hasn’t seen her doctor of 25 years since she discovered telemedicine. Love tried virtual visits last summer for help with a skin irritation and returned for another minor problem. She doesn’t feel a pressing need to seek care the old-fashioned way, especially since she also gets ...

State/National Briefs

Construction to free up more parking at Columbus airport COLUMBUS (AP) — Officials say a new rental car facility at the airport serving Ohio’s capital city will free up considerably more garage parking for travelers. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday at John Glenn International ...

Columbine survivors send kids to schools altered by attack

DENVER (AP) — Dropping her kids off at school used to be the hardest part of Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson’s day. She would cry most mornings as they left the car and relied on texted photos from their teachers to make it through the day. Now, the mother of four — and Columbine shooting ...

Panel: Pilots won’t need simulator training for Boeing jet

A group of technical experts appointed by federal aviation regulators says pilots won’t need new training on flight simulators to learn how to operate the Boeing plane that was grounded after two deadly crashes involving a new anti-stall system. The group says there should be computer and ...

Niece’s nuptials causing conflict

Dear Annie: I am feeling so conflicted. My niece, “Melanie,” is getting married in June. Melanie is paying for her own wedding with a little help from her mom. She’s 31 and was 5 when her parents (my brother and his wife) divorced. Long story short, things are acrimonious between ...

Mild anemia could have several causes

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 73-year-old male. My recent bloodwork showed a mild anemia. My doctor ordered a second blood test and a cancer screening kit. The anemia was stable, and the screening was normal with no microscopic blood detected. He is not sure why my bloodwork showed a mild anemia and ...

Mom should get her own representation

Dear Annie: My oldest sister has five grown children. Four live out of town, and one lives with his mother. My sister has never been able to stand up for herself very well. The out-of-town children have been trying to get her money. They have even somehow made the court send her a letter to ...

Blood in urine prompts doctor visit — at any age

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 92-year-old man in better-than-average health. I have had two episodes of blood in my urine in the past two months. I know this isn’t normal. At my age, I’d just like to make believe it didn’t happen. What’s my future like? — Anon. Answer: Your future will ...

Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump loves to recount how his 2016 campaign defied expectations to pierce the vaunted Democratic “blue wall.” For 2020, he’s looking to do one better. As his re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it’s exploring opportunities to contest states he ...

Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such infrastructure. He issued a new permit for Keystone XL and insisted this exercise of presidential ...

Morehouse College to take transgender students

The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College ...