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Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said....

CIA publishes guidelines for handling Americans' info
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two days before Donald Trump takes office, the CIA on Wednesday published for the first time its guidelines for how it collects, stores, searches and shares information about Americans. New rules put limits on those who can search it and require they give a reason....

Virginia man convicted of 2006 slaying of family is executed
JARRATT, Va. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year's Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday....

Suspect in Florida officer's killing released from hospital
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities asked the courts on Wednesday to deny bond for the suspect in last week's fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer as he was hospitalized for most of the day with injuries he got during his arrest....

Washington tries to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to offer five weeks of paid time off for new parents. But the law that once offered hope to working parents quickly turned into an empty promise because state lawmakers never came up with a way to pay for the benefit, resulting in an indefinite delay of its implementation....

Chelsea Manning: a potent symbol for transgender Americans
NEW YORK (AP) -- For most Americans, Chelsea Manning has been a hero or villain based on how they view her decision to leak classified material. For transgender people, she has another dimension - serving as a potent symbol of their struggles for acceptance....

First of 3 more storms hits California as drought retreats
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much of the state since the fall and were lining up again Wednesday....

Trump's America: Rural-urban divide in Georgia
LULA, Ga. (AP) -- Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business....

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota....

1st US rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver
DENVER (AP) -- Denver started work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries....

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