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US health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

Oct. 23, 2018 11:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it's too soon to declare victory. "We are so far from the end of the epidemic, but we are perhaps, at the...

Trial delayed against ex-police chief, ex-prosecutor wife

Oct. 23, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge said the medical records of a former Honolulu prosecutor convinced him that a trial against her and her retired police chief husband must be delayed. U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi said he reviewed Katherine Kealoha's confidential medical records filed under seal and...

UN chief says prospects for Cyprus settlement 'remain alive'

Oct. 23, 2018 11:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he believes prospects for a comprehensive settlement that will reunify Cyprus "remain alive" and he will prepare the way for negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume. Guterres said in a report to the U.N. Security Council...

Category 3 Willa hits Mexico's coast, starts to weaken

Oct. 23, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico's Pacific mainland with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday night, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the dangerous Category 3 storm hit near...

US seeks to stop NY trial over census citizenship question

Oct. 23, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Department of Justice sought late Tuesday to block a New York trial next month over challenges to putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census, contending that it's got the U.S. Supreme Court on its side. The Justice Department filed papers ahead of a hearing scheduled in New York...

The Latest: Analyst says aid cut for CentAm could backfire

Oct. 23, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States (all times local): 3:10 p.m. An analyst with Moody's Analytics says that if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on cutting or reducing aid to Central America, it could backfire by...

Noem, Sutton spar over income tax claim in governor debate

Oct. 23, 2018 10:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican Kristi Noem repeatedly sought to banish Democratic challenger Billie Sutton's moderate image Tuesday during their first South Dakota governor's race debate, even as Sutton rebuffed claims that he supports an income tax in the heavily conservative state. Noem, a four-term...

Abrams, Kemp spar over voting access in Georgia debate

Oct. 23, 2018 10:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Charges of voter suppression and counterclaims of encouraging illegal voting dominated the first debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp in the race for Georgia governor. Disputes over voting access took center stage at Tuesday evening's debate, highlighting Abrams'...

Meghan rushed through Fiji market filled with royal-watchers

Oct. 23, 2018 10:19 PM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji's capital Wednesday due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space. Meghan chatted with one vendor and briefly greeted others at Suva Market, where throngs of...

Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave

Oct. 23, 2018 10:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all. Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of...