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Increased activity on New Zealand volcano stymies recovery

Dec. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Experts said geothermal activity on a New Zealand volcanic island increased significantly on Wednesday, dealing a blow to relatives waiting for crews to recover the bodies that remain there following a deadly eruption two days earlier. Volcanic tremors rose in the morning,...

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public...

Democrats agree to North America trade pact: What's in it?

Dec. 10, 2019 2:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of political wrangling, House Democrats agreed Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s revamped version of a 25-year-old North American free trade agreement. But they pried some concessions out of the Trump administration before saying they’d go along....

Pilots, flight attendants sue Frontier for discrimination

Dec. 10, 2019 2:25 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A group of Frontier Airlines pilots and flight attendants filed two lawsuits on Tuesday claiming the company discriminated against them during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The lawsuits said the eight women “found themselves faced with mounting obstacles once they became pregnant...

Prosecutors: Man threatened Trump, Putin, vowed to kill kids

Dec. 10, 2019 2:10 PM EST

An Alabama man with a history of mental illness is accused of threatening to “destroy” President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and kill the children of U.S. officials. Deryke Matthew Pfeifer also used Facebook to video himself in a hotel room with two handguns as he berated a...

Justices seem to favor insurers' Obamacare claims for $12B

Dec. 10, 2019 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to rule that insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Several justices indicated their agreement with arguments...

UK's Johnson pushes his Brexit message as election nears

Dec. 10, 2019 12:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With two days until Britain's election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's final push to drive home his key message about Brexit was overshadowed Tuesday by criticism of his ham-fisted response to the image of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor and allegations that he exploited a terrorist...

Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions

Dec. 10, 2019 10:44 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A cut to the tax coal companies pay to fund a trust for sick miners will cost taxpayers at least $15 billion by 2050, according to a new report from a national watchdog group. An excise tax rate on mined coal that funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund expired at the beginning of...

Hepatitis A outbreak over in northern Kentucky

Dec. 10, 2019 4:10 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — The hepatitis A outbreak in northern Kentucky has been declared over by local health officials. No new cases have been reported in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties in the last four months, the Northern Kentucky Health Department said Monday in a statement. The outbreak began...

Massachusetts lab to pay $26M for scheme with Texas doctors

Dec. 9, 2019 6:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation agreed to pay nearly $27 million to settle claims that it allegedly paid doctors in Texas and waived patient co-payments in exchange for lab tests it then billed to federal healthcare programs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday....