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Tennessee drug overdose deaths rise again in 2017 to 1,776

Aug. 21, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of Tennessee residents who died of drug overdoses has risen more than 8 percent, setting another record in 2017. The state Health Department said 1,776 Tennesseans died from overdoses last year, the most since reporting began. The number was up from 1,631 in 2016, also a...

42 weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital

Aug. 21, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a beautiful morning, according to New Zealand's minister for women, so after 42 weeks of pregnancy she decided to hop on her electric bicycle and ride to the hospital to give birth to her first child. Julie Anne Genter on Sunday posted a picture of herself outside an...

UK asks for more US sanctions on Russia after poisoning case

Aug. 21, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom is asking the Trump administration to impose further sanctions on Russia in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain. In advance excerpts from his first speech in the U.S. as the U.K.'s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt...

Official: Man detained in US wanted for murder in Mexico

Aug. 20, 2018 9:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An immigrant in the U.S. illegally who was picked up while taking his wife to a hospital to give birth is wanted for a killing in Mexico, a Mexican government official said Monday after the man's lawyer suggested authorities have the wrong person. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths

Aug. 20, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered Michigan's health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city's tainted water scandal. Nick Lyon is accused...

UK asks for more Russia sanctions after poisoning case

Aug. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom is asking the Trump administration to impose further sanctions on Russia in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain. In advance excerpts from his first speech in the U.S. as the U.K.'s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt...

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Aug. 20, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer...

Kentucky governor loses another round in Medicaid fight

Aug. 20, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor lost another round Monday in a legal fight over his efforts to revamp the state's Medicaid program to require poor people to get a job to keep their benefits. The latest setback for Gov. Matt Bevin came in his home state when a federal judge dismissed...

Minnesota man charged with aiding wife's suicide

Aug. 20, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man was charged Monday with aiding the suicide of his wife, who was reportedly suffering from unexplained pain that could not be relieved with medication. Thomas Houck, 61, of Eden Prairie called 911 last Thursday to report that he woke up in the middle of the night...

Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

Aug. 20, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana. Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen....