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FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart is reporting  disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales. The nation's largest retailer says that sales at its U.S. stores heading into the holiday season were weaker than expected. It also said that social unrest in Chile hurt its business. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

A rare miss for Walmart to end the year

Feb. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales after a sluggish and shortened holiday shopping season. Violent social protests in Chile, where there are hundreds of Walmart stores, cut into international sales. Walmart also delivered a weak profit forecast for the year and...

This undated photo made available by SpaceX in February 2020 shows the Crew Dragon spacecraft undergoing acoustic testing in Florida. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, SpaceX announced it is working with Space Adventures Inc. to take tourists into a high orbit. Ticket prices aren't being divulged but are likely to be in the millions of dollars. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX aims to launch up to 4 tourists into super high orbit

Feb. 18, 2020 1:49 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year. The private company is working with Space Adventures Inc. for the flight, officials announced Tuesday. Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in the millions....

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London.  Johnson has come under pressure to dismiss adviser Andrew Sabisky, who wrote offensive comments about race and intelligence in 2014, it has been revealed Monday Feb. 17, 2020, while a Downing Street spokesman sought to distance the government from the views expressed by advisor Sabisky. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK PM Johnson and estranged wife reach financial settlement

Feb. 18, 2020 7:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached a financial agreement for their divorce, court records showed Tuesday. Lawyers for Johnson and Wheeler attended a brief private hearing at the Central Family Court in London. Judge Sarah Gibbons barred...

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's exaggerations on Roger Stone sentence

Feb. 17, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the Justice Department's handling of the legal case of his confidant, Roger Stone. He's suggesting rampant bias in the department's initial recommendation to a federal court that Stone be sentenced between seven and nine years in prison, claiming...

President Donald Trump displays photos of the border wall under construction as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wall claim is beyond 'redemption'

Feb. 15, 2020 8:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the public that Mexico is covering the cost, just as he promised...

Health system: Costs of doc's murder defense aren't covered

Feb. 14, 2020 1:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan-based health system and its insurer aren't responsible for the costs of an Ohio doctor's defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, the businesses' lawyers argued in court filings this week. Officials in the Columbus, Ohio-area Mount Carmel...

Republican N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu gestures during his State of the State address at the State House in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sununu touts New Hampshire as a bit different, a lot better

Feb. 13, 2020 5:28 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu touted economic, educational and environmental successes in his State of the State address Thursday, while offering a handful of initiatives spanning life stages from pre-birth to old age. Sununu, who is seeking a third term in November, urged lawmakers to...

Connecticut state Sen. Matthew Lesser, D-Middletown, announces new legislation that would cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin and diabetes supplies at $100 a month during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. Lesser was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, residents with diabetes and their families who described how they struggle financially to cover the cost of the life-saving drug. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Bipartisan bill would cap insulin costs in Connecticut

Feb. 13, 2020 4:46 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday announced bipartisan support for new legislation that would place limits on out-of-pocket costs for insulin-dependent diabetics, many of whom have seen the price of the life-saving drug skyrocket in recent years. A group of Democrats and Republicans...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, medical bills and other records are spread out on the kitchen table of a patient in Salem, Va. According to a 2018 national survey released on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, just over 14 percent of people said they belonged to a family struggling with medical bills. That’s a big drop from nearly 20 percent in 2011 but only slightly less than the proportion who reported the problem in 2016 and 2017. (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)

US survey finds smaller decline in medical bill worries

Feb. 12, 2020 2:22 PM EST

The proportion of people in families struggling to pay medical bills is down, but the number isn't dropping like it used to, according to a big government study. In a 2018 national survey, just over 14% of people said they belonged to a family struggling with those bills, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 12, 2020 12:47 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 9 The Winston-Salem Journal on NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch's accomplishments and North Carolina ties: NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch ended a lengthy tenure on the International Space Station this month when she and two colleagues returned...