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Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

Apr. 24, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Police in Canada's biggest city were piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video on Tuesday to determine why a 25-year-old man plowed a van into a busy stretch of sidewalk on a sunny afternoon in one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the country's history. Witnesses and...

Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack

Apr. 24, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant. Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car...

Trump praises strength of US-French alliance

Apr. 24, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Praising the strength of America's oldest alliance, President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House Tuesday with a pomp-filled ceremony on the South Lawn, opening a day of talks on the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis in Syria. Trump said...

AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

Apr. 24, 2018 8:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've made changes to how you use social media since Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you're not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of online adults who've heard of the scandal — revelations...

Ahead of summits, US tones down war games with S. Korea

Apr. 24, 2018 7:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Spring on the Korean Peninsula is normally the season of D-Day-style beach landings with big guns thumping in the distance and skies crisscrossed by the contrails of fighter aircraft. But as the North and South prepare for their first summit in more than a decade this Friday,...

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

Apr. 24, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications used to treat opioid...

Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

Apr. 24, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department. The hearing for Ronny Jackson, Trump's White House...

Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah

Apr. 24, 2018 9:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A mummified body discovered near the site of a former royal mausoleum in Iran may be the remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty and the father of the country's last shah. The recent find of the gauze-wrapped body — and the speculation it...

Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark

Apr. 24, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Accompanied for the first time by his wife of more than 50 years, Bill Cosby walked into a courthouse Tuesday morning ahead of closing arguments in his sexual assault retrial. Camille Cosby had been absent from the courtroom as prosecutors called a series of women to the stand who...

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927

Apr. 24, 2018 4:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927. A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he's selling it at auction. PSA/DNA, one of the leading sports memorabilia...

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Democrats seek subpoena for info relating to 2020 Census

Apr. 24, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are seeking a subpoena for documents concerning the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Democrats have voiced concerns immigrants will dodge the survey, diluting...

Newcomer hopes for upset in race for Arizona's US House seat

Apr. 24, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Democratic newcomer is looking to pull off an upset victory for an open U.S. House seat in Arizona that has been held by Republicans since the early 1980s. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician and a cancer research advocate, is hoping to replicate Democratic wins in Pennsylvania,...

Earnings reports lift stocks; 10-year yield hits 3 percent

Apr. 24, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are higher Tuesday morning as investors applaud strong first-quarter results from companies including machinery maker Caterpillar, appliance maker Whirlpool and Fifth Third Bancorp. Smaller companies made big gains in an optimistic sign for the U.S. economy. Bond yields continue...

Syrian troops target IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

Apr. 24, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government launched a new operation Tuesday targeting tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, state TV said, while shelling by the extremists on a government-held neighborhood left at least four dead. The TV said the aim of the operation is to destroy...

Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

Apr. 24, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Police in Canada's biggest city were piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video on Tuesday to determine why a 25-year-old man plowed a van into a busy stretch of sidewalk on a sunny afternoon in one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the country's history. Witnesses and...

Ask Brianna: You know you're a financial adult when .

Apr. 24, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Ask...

Whale freed from entanglement in Cape Cod Bay

Apr. 24, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Animal welfare officials in Massachusetts say a humpback whale previously entangled in Cape Cod Bay is now swimming free. A Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises vessel reported the entangled whale Sunday about six miles off Provincetown, prompting a response from a Center for Coastal...

AP Interview: Chile abuse whistleblower has message for pope

Apr. 24, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The key whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal has arrived in Rome for his audience with Pope Francis and said Tuesday he will urge the pope to get rid of the "toxic" bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited abuse survivors around the world. In an interview in...

Commission investigates Florida high school massacre

Apr. 24, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) — The chairman of a commission examining the Florida high school massacre told his members Tuesday that they need to push aside ideology and base their final report solely on whatever facts they uncover. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the 16 commission members as they...

US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

Apr. 24, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. The Commerce Department says sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000. The two prior months had their sales revised upward with the annual rate being 667,000 in...