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Trump’s pollution rules rollback to hit coal country hard

GRANT TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — It’s coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out ...

Driven by policy and climate, fire reshapes West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, ...

Stare decisis? Roe? A Supreme Court confirmation glossary

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is about to get its first extended look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Viewers just tuning into the battle over the 53-year-old appellate judge’s nomination should expect to see ...

Biden feels push to run in 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Shortly after Joe Biden boarded a recent flight from Washington to New York, a string of passengers began stopping at his seat in coach to deliver some version of the same message: Run, Joe, run. “We’re with you,” one said, according a Democratic strategist ...

Don’t like what I write? Maybe you’ll try to get me deported

The email looked innocuous enough, sent to my personal account and with a real name attached to the sender: Asher Thompson. But the first few sentences told me something was awry: “Israel is building a wall, refusing refugees, deporting Africans. Yet, you are silent about this. You only ...

Getting away with murder in US becoming more likely

Turn on prime-time television any night of the week and it’s likely you’ll find a show about a cold case murder. The program will feature an intrepid detective or two who dig in and — voila! — solve the most perplexing cases. The reality, however, is very different. Statistics reveal ...

Meyer returns — sort of — to Ohio State

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday for the first time in a month, arriving before dawn for a staff meeting. Under the terms of his suspension by Ohio State, Meyer can be on campus, talk to assistants and conduct practice, but ...

DeChambeau makes it 2 straight wins in FedEx Cup playoffs

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau plays golf differently from everyone else and is getting the results everyone wants. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out. For the second straight week in the richest part of the PGA Tour season, DeChambeau took down one of the strongest ...

Keslowski puts aside struggles to emerge victorious

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski took nearly the entire season to break through to victory lane. Kyle Larson will have to wait a little bit longer. Keselowski overtook Larson’s dominant car by a few feet coming out of the pits on the final caution, then took off on the restart to ...

The offspring decision is revisited

Dear readers: I am always fascinated to hear diametrically opposed yet equally valid viewpoints. Such was the case with the following two letters, which both appeared in my inbox on the same day in response to “Undecided in Ohio,” who isn’t sure whether she wants kids. Read on. Dear ...

Both blood pressure numbers matter

Dear Dr. Roach: Decades ago, I served in the Marines and was wounded in action in the Korean War. While recuperating in the naval hospital, I was told by several doctors that the more important reading of blood pressure (which they took frequently) was the bottom number. Now I am told by my ...

Patchwork of programs serve child sex-trafficking victims

DALLAS (AP) — Not long after the last time Cecilia Roberts was sent to an Atlanta hotel to be sold for sex, the then-17-year-old was in a residential facility for girls like her, recovering from the trauma of trafficking as she helped prosecutors convict two adults she had turned to when she ...

Pot seen as way to treat opioid addicts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Leanne Barbee says she spent much of her adulthood treating her chronic illnesses with opioids. Desperate to kick those drugs, the Newark, Ohio, woman turned to marijuana five years ago, and today, “I am a whole different person.” “My entire family was completely ...

Election security: As voting nears, what is the risk of Russian meddling?

Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites. The sites mimicked a portal for U.S. senators and their staffs. Emails to Senate users urged them to ...

Legislature may stymie 2 Michigan ballot drives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later. The strategy is being pushed ...

Aretha’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won’t have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will. As her ...

Hinting marriage, undercover cop elicits slaying confession

CLEVELAND (AP) — There wasn’t much doubt in the minds of police in the Ohio village of Hartville, best known for its fertile muck farms, that Phil Snider killed his wife of 53 years. But it took an undercover female officer who played her role so convincingly that the 73-year-old man ...

Group uses new technology to track endangered Ohio salamanders

LOUDONVILLE (AP) — The group scanned the river, searching for signs of the slimy, dirt-colored salamanders from its muddy banks. To actually see an elusive Eastern hellbender salamander, though, they’d have to flip the large, flat boulders that shield their underwater living spaces and ...

Trump: Canada ‘will be out’ of trade deal unless it’s ‘fair’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Canada Saturday it “will be out” of a revised North American trade agreement unless it’s “fair” to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should Congress “interfere” with the negotiations. “There is no ...

A look at Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He’s a team player — the ...