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NYPD: Police shoot, kill suspect who fought Bronx officers

Oct. 17, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been shot to death by a police officer in New York City for the second time in three days. The latest shooting happened about 3 p.m. Thursday during a traffic stop in the Bronx and involved a man who had initially been pulled over for not wearing a seat belt, police said. The...

Bill to let counselors keep diagnosing is sent to Whitmer

Oct. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to update Michigan's law so that 10,000 counselors can continue diagnosing mental disorders and using psychotherapy techniques amid concerns over regulators' plan to revise licensing rules governing the profession. Licensed professional counselors packed the...

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive. He spoke to lawmakers for...

Protests spread across Lebanon over proposed new taxes

Oct. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon erupted in protests Thursday over the government's plans to impose new taxes amid a severe economic crisis, with people taking their anger out on politicians they accuse of corruption and decades of mismanagement. The protests started with a few dozen people gathering in central...

Appeals court to hear judge appointment law case arguments

Oct. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals has decided to hear arguments in a case in which Democratic lawmakers and lawyers sued Gov. Kim Reynolds to challenge a new law that gives the governor more power over the selection of supreme court and appeals court judges. Chief Judge Thomas Bower said in...

The Latest: Chicago teacher strike to continue into Friday

Oct. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a teachers strike in Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school district (all times local): 6:45 p.m. More than 300,000 Chicago students will miss another day of classes as contract talks between striking teachers and the school district remain at an impasse....

California Senate panel to investigate PG&E power shutoff

Oct. 17, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the California Senate asked a committee Thursday to investigate a utility company's decision to cut off power to more than 2 million people to prevent wildfires. Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins directed the Senate Democratic Caucus to "begin investigating...

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

Oct. 17, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of...

UN: September deadliest for civilians in Yemen but new hope

Oct. 17, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — September was the deadliest month for civilians in war-torn Yemen this year but violence has lessened very recently and there are signs of hope, U.N. officials said Thursday. U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths cautioned in a briefing to the Security Council, however, that the hopeful signs...