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Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Nov. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a U.S. government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The experiment...

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Nov. 18, 2019 1:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the high-stakes dispute. Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint...

Regulators stop sale of Montana mine waste `Bag O’Slag’

Nov. 18, 2019 1:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund cleanup of pollution from decades of smelter...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

Nicaragua files weapons charges against opposition activists

Nov. 18, 2019 1:22 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan lawyer says prosecutors have charged 16 opposition activists with allegedly transporting weapons. The accused include 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to bring water to hunger strikers protesting the incarceration of relatives they say are political...

AP Exclusive: US softens position on Israeli settlements

Nov. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce on Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. Pompeo plans to repudiate a 1978...

Dutch court sentences Pakistani of threat to kill Wilders

Nov. 18, 2019 1:13 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court sentenced a Pakistani man Monday to 10 years in prison for plotting a terror attack on anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. The 27-year-old man, whose identity was not released by The Hague District Court, was given a higher sentence Monday than the six years...

FBI arrests central Indiana mayor amid city investigation

Nov. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana mayor has been arrested by FBI agents amid an ongoing federal investigation that's resulted in the city's former building commissioner pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud. An FBI spokeswoman says Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested at his home Monday...

Massachusetts Senate to debate plastic bag ban at stores

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is preparing to debate a bill to create a statewide ban on all carry-out plastic bags at checkout from retail stores. The bill would require retailers to charge at least 10 cents for a recycled paper bag. Five cents would go to the city or town for enforcement of the...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

Nov. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing away from the idea of banning most flavored e-cigarettes. Trump announced a proposed ban in September, saying he wanted parents to be aware of what a problem vaping had become among teens. He made the announcement in the presence of first lady Melania...