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Trump leads all-out GOP drive to save Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans mounted a combative, coordinated drive Monday to salvage Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination as they fought to keep a second woman’s allegation of long-ago sexual misconduct from derailing his confirmation. President Donald Trump leapt to his defense, ...

AP investigation: Drug prices rise despite promise by Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump made reducing drug prices a key promise during his election campaign, repeatedly accusing drugmakers of “getting away with murder.” At the end of May, he promised that drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary drug price cuts within ...

Scrabble dictionary adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play

NEW YORK (AP) — Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few. Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” Monday, four years after the last ...

Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps again

WASHINGTON — Three people whose legs were paralyzed for years can stand and take steps again thanks to an electrical implant that zaps the injured spinal cord — along with months of intense rehab, researchers reported Monday. The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working ...

Atrial fibrillation is a common disturbance

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m writing about atrial fibrillation. In April, I had a one-time 17-hour stint of it. I was not aware of anything happening at the time. When I had a device check (heart pacemaker), I was told of this occurrence, and it was recommended that I see my heart specialist. As a ...

Why do folks say ‘I apologize,’ not ‘I’m sorry’?

Dear Annie: What’s with people saying “I apologize” instead of “I’m sorry”? The former is just used to tell somebody that you know you did something wrong. When you tell somebody that you apologize, to me it means nothing. But when you go up to somebody and say you’re sorry for ...

Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in prison

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Declaring Bill Cosby doesn’t deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while the defense argued that he is too old and ...

Family fights university for using endowment for raising funds

COLUMBUS (AP) — The family of an Ohio State University alumnus who endowed over $30 million to the school is fighting to keep the school from draining the money for fundraising purposes. Attorney and Ohio State alumnus Michael Moritz donated $30 million to the university in 2001 to endow ...

US, China hike tariffs as trade row intensifies

BEIJING — China and the United States imposed new tariff hikes on each other’s goods Monday and Beijing accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that is weighing on global economic growth. U.S. regulators went ahead with a ...

Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense system missiles

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Monday it will supply Syria’s government with sophisticated S-300 air defense systems after last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions. The Russian ...

US warns Russia over missile defense system for Syria

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves. National security adviser John Bolton said ...

Iran’s politics go topsy-turvy, 40 years after revolution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hard-liners batter President Hassan Rouhani over his faltering nuclear deal, sending his popularity plummeting. Women in the streets film themselves removing their mandatory headscarves, or hijabs, in protest. Meanwhile, state television airs moments from a major ...

Mandela’s widow urges world: Put egos aside and end violence

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the “senseless violence” plaguing too much of the world. “History will judge you should you stagnate too ...

Why the ‘gig’ economy may not be the workforce of the future

WASHINGTON — The “gig” economy might not be the new frontier for America’s workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work — task-oriented work offered by online apps — has been promoted as providing the flexibility and independence that ...

Congress is tackling the opioid crisis — finally

Can I get a round of applause for our United States Congress? Yes, indeedy, ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Democrats and Republicans! They miraculously have come together to approve one of the only major pieces of legislation set to become law this year. Amazing. It was a ...

Next cold war? US-China trade war risks something worse

President Donald Trump is making good on his pledge to escalate the trade war with China by imposing tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. The Chinese government, for its part, already is retaliating with new taxes on $60 billion of American imports. If you’re curious why China’s ...

Fatal drug ODs in Ohio hit record

COLUMBUS (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses increased to a record 4,854 last year in Ohio, a 20-percent rise compared with the previous year, according to information reported to the state. Data on unintentional drug deaths provided to the Ohio Department of Health show 2017 was the eighth year in ...

Newton too much for Bengals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera wanted a little something more from his offense, which is why he turned to his old boss Norv Turner as the team’s new coordinator this season. Rivera, who once coached under Turner in San Diego, said he got exactly what he was hoping for ...

Once again, Woods is a winner

ATLANTA (AP) — A comeback not even Tiger Woods saw coming a year ago. A chaotic celebration that golf hasn’t seen even in the best of times. Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from four back surgeries Sunday with a performance that felt like the old days. He left ...

Farmers worry aid checks not enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States soon are to begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t ...