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Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political ...

New US-Mexico border barrier charts tricky course near homes

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ALONG THE SAN DIEGO-TIJUANA BORDER (AP) — For all practical purposes, the purple-and-white stucco shrine that Jose Arias built to celebrate his recovery from a heart attack and honor his family lies in Mexico. The only way in and out of his plywood shack ...

Anti-abortion bills: Odds good in GOP states, not Congress

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme ...

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker and ...

Senate panel set to approve Trump’s attorney general nominee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general Thursday in a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr ...

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration

By JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside "revenge, resistance and retribution" and end "ridiculous partisan investigations" in a State of the Union address delivered ...

Trump launching campaign to end HIV epidemic in US by 2030

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. His move is being greeted ...

High court upholds texting suicide manslaughter conviction

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The involuntary manslaughter conviction of a young woman who encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself was upheld Wednesday by Massachusetts' highest court. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed with a lower ...

Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and ...

Blackface photo reopens long history of bigotry in medicine

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school on his way to become a ...