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Lawmakers, governor ready for showdown in divided N Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina legislators begin a new session Wednesday amid rancor with a new governor and deep skepticism about whether they will reach consensus on big issues or remain stuck in a quagmire of state officials' own making....

Despite tornado threat, shelters rare for mobile home parks
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Ten of at least 20 people killed in a weekend tornado outbreak lived in Georgia mobile home parks, yet laws requiring storm shelters in those vulnerable communities are few and far between....

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he has prostate cancer
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, revealing the diagnosis hours after collapsing while delivering his State of the State address the night before....

Water lead-level falls below federal limit in Flint
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan environmental officials said Tuesday was good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have been grappling with the man-made water crisis....

California governor defiant in face of Trump agenda
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown forcefully defended California's efforts to curb global warming, protect immigrants and expand health care, vowing in his State of the State address Tuesday to fight the Trump administration if it tries to roll back the state's accomplishments....

Lawsuit contends N Carolina sex offender law goes too far
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Convicted sex offenders are pushing back against North Carolina laws they contend deprive them of constitutional rights without protecting children....

Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary history
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Despite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing the wage gap between men and women....

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?
CHICAGO (AP) -- Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found....

Arizona man who saved trooper: 'I had to help'
PHOENIX (AP) -- The man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper said Tuesday that he doesn't consider himself a hero and he's grappling with taking someone's life....

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