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Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade. The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since ...

Trump ignores AG Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, COLLEEN LONG and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ignored his attorney general's public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, saying he had the legal right to ask the agency to intervene in a criminal case ...

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Investigators found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl who lived in his neighborhood inside his trash can, authorities said. Three days after Faye Marie Swetlik's ...

Prosecutor: Weinstein saw victims as ‘complete disposables’

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein considered himself such a big shot in Hollywood that he thought he could get away with treating aspiring actresses like "complete disposables," a prosecutor told a jury in closing arguments Friday at his New ...

Michael Avenatti is convicted of trying to extort Nike

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned Friday by a federal ...

New Hampshire hopes to clarify unsettled Democratic contest

By STEVE PEOPLES, KATHLEEN RONAYNE, THOMAS BEAUMONT and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Democrats are hoping that voters in New Hampshire will reset the party's presidential nomination fight on Tuesday and bring clarity to a young primary season that has been marred ...

Changing electorate could affect New Hampshire’s primary

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press New Hampshire has been holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary for 100 years, but a significant number of Tuesday's ballots could be cast by newcomers to that storied tradition. New Hampshire has one of the nation's lowest percentages of ...

Trump campaigns as a 2nd Amendment warrior

By AAMER MADHANI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After the Parkland school shooting in Florida two years ago, President Donald Trump chided Republican lawmakers for being too "scared" of the National Rifle Association to tighten gun laws — then backed away from the idea. After ...

Justice Department brings new suits over sanctuary policies

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ratcheted up legal pressure Monday on local governments over "sanctuary" policies that hinder federal immigration officers, bringing two new lawsuits and launching a coordinated messaging campaign ...

Big question as Weinstein trial winds down: Will he testify?

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers are set to rest their defense case Tuesday, but not before answering the big question looming over his New York City rape trial: Will he take the risk of testifying? So far, they say, Weinstein ...

Trump faces accusers: What to watch during his big speech

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's clapping now? On the brink of his Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing "relentless optimism" during his third State of the Union address, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive for ...

What happened in Iowa and what’s next after caucus mess

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The political universe has been turned upside down by the failure of the Iowa caucuses. Traditionally the event provides the first concrete tally after months of speculation about the presidential primary. But Monday night's Democratic caucuses ended ...

Tech problem with mobile app caused Iowa caucus delay

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new mobile app was supposed to help Democratic officials quickly gather information from some 1,700 caucus sites throughout Iowa. Instead, a "coding issue" within the app is being blamed for delays that ...

Senate so far split neatly along party lines on impeachment

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is so far cleaving neatly along party lines in advance of Wednesday's virtually certain votes to acquit President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges, with just two or three undecided members even considering breaking with ...

Changing counts reveal inexact science of calorie labels

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food & Health Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Almonds used to have about 170 calories per serving. Then researchers said it was really more like 130. A little later, they said the nuts may have even less. Calorie counting can be a simple way to help maintain a healthy weight ...

Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly rejecting Democratic demands to summon ...

Dems kick off Iowa caucuses amid worry over beating Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES, THOMAS BEAUMONT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic campaign that has cost more than $1 billion, dashed the ambitions of veteran politicians, forced conversations about race, gender and identity and prompted fierce debate over health ...

Iowa in Focus: Democrats open 2020 with hope, anxiety

By The Associated Press undefined Hopeful but also afraid. Uncertain but still focused. Iowa's Democrats will arrive at their 2020 kickoff caucuses on Monday with a mix of emotions and one urgent mission: voting President Donald Trump out of office in November. For months, Associated Press ...

Klobuchar: Not aware of questionable evidence in teen’s case

By ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that she was not aware of questionable evidence and police tactics used to send a young black teen to prison for life when she was a top Minneapolis prosecutor. But much of what The Associated Press found ...

Bernie Ebbers, ex-CEO convicted in WorldCom scandal, dies

By MALLIKA SEN Associated Press The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers was 78. The Canadian-born former telecommunications executive died Sunday in ...