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Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

Apr. 26, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew Thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White House doctor, saying the "false allegations" against him have become a...

Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

Apr. 26, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that his personal attorney Michael Cohen represented him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal," after previously denying any knowledge of a payment Cohen made to the porn actress alleging an affair with Trump. Trump spoke by phone Thursday to "Fox...

Kim Jong Un walks south to meet his rival: Can they deal?

Apr. 26, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — There will be plenty to gawk at Friday when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks south across the world's most heavily armed border and stands face-to-face with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Two men who seemed on the verge of war months ago will take a pleasant walk, plant...

EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

Apr. 26, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt testified Thursday in potentially make-or-break hearings on Capitol Hill, where he faced questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster. Pruitt read a prepared statement about his agency's...

Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

Apr. 26, 2018 10:41 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "You did it, Michelle." Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday. Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to catch a man...

Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

Apr. 26, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote Thursday on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job — legislation that has split Republicans as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russia investigation. Two Republicans and two Democrats...

The Latest: Alternate Cosby jurors get time with comfort dog

Apr. 26, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial says the six alternate jurors will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog before being sent back to their hotel. Judge Steven O'Neill said Thursday he...

Jury focuses on Cosby's star witness; his lawyers face heat

Apr. 26, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial began its second day of deliberations Thursday by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a celebrity for the money. The jurors were having Marguerite Jackson's testimony...

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

Apr. 26, 2018 1:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food. The genetic analysis is being used to bolster investigations and — in some cases...

Rwandans shocked by discovery of genocide-era mass graves

Apr. 26, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Mass graves that authorities say could contain more than 2,000 bodies have been discovered in Rwanda nearly a quarter-century after the country's genocide, and further graves are being sought nearby. The new discovery is being called the most significant in a long time in this East...

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Trump says hostilities with North Korea improving

Apr. 26, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that North Korea has already made concessions to the U.S. in advance of a potential summit with Kim Jong Un in the coming months, while the U.S. hasn't given up anything. Trump said the North Koreans had made concessions on denuclearization, testing,...

Sheriff to suspect in deputy killing: 'Turn yourself in'

Apr. 26, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — A Maine county sheriff on Thursday urged a man sought in the killing of a deputy to turn himself in and told a community to stay vigilant during a manhunt in what is believed to be the first killing of a law enforcement officer in Maine in nearly 30 years. The fatal shooting of...

Summer Movie Preview: 'Crazy Rich Asians' changes everything

Apr. 26, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first major Hollywood film to feature a majority English-speaking Asian cast since "The Joy Luck Club" was released 25 years ago. Based on Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel, the film will open in theaters on August 17. Director Jon M. Chu says if the film does...

European Central Bank still confident despite slower growth

Apr. 26, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank says recent signs of weakening economic growth are grounds for caution but not worrisome enough yet to consider changing the bank's stimulus and interest rate policy. Mario Draghi said Thursday that recent data points to "some moderation" in...

Tense Russia ties, Afghan peace hopes top NATO agenda

Apr. 26, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO will hold its last major meeting in its old headquarters, with talks focused on strained ties with Russia, a fresh peace effort in Afghanistan and a new training mission for Iraq. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that allies want to set up a meeting with Moscow's envoy...

Egyptian president offers sympathy after heavy rains

Apr. 26, 2018 11:01 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has expressed sympathy with people affected by the rare heavy rains over the past two days. The downpour had caused flash floods on the streets, leaving parts of the capital, Cairo, and other parts of Egypt impassable. Footage on social media showed...

Mental fitness hearing set for man who fled Hawaii hospital

Apr. 26, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A court hearing is scheduled on whether a man is mentally fit to proceed with trial for escaping from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flying to California. Randall Saito was confined to the hospital after he was acquitted by reason of insanity of a woman's 1979 killing. A judge ordered...

3 student gun control activists to be honored by PEN

Apr. 26, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two survivors of the Parkland school massacre in Florida and the twin sibling of a gun victim from Washington, D.C., will be honored at next month's PEN America gala. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Washington, D.C., high school student...

The Latest: Alternate Cosby jurors get time with comfort dog

Apr. 26, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial says the six alternate jurors will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog before being sent back to their hotel. Judge Steven O'Neill said Thursday he...

The Latest: 70 countries commit to combat terror financing

Apr. 26, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the Paris conference on combating terror financing (all times local): 4:50 p.m. More than 70 countries have committed to reinforcing their domestic and collective efforts to combat financing for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. Participants at an international conference in...