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Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis

Oct. 17, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital's neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical issues on her plane. Her flight was forced to return to a Washington-area military...

Waterfront changes proposed to protect city from rising seas

Oct. 17, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor is proposing transforming the city's booming but low-lying waterfront to protect it from climate change and rising sea levels. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh announced his "Resilient Boston Harbor" plan Wednesday in his annual speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The...

DeWine not alone in GOP facing pre-existing conditions push

Oct. 17, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Richard Cordray is barraging his Republican opponent in Ohio's governor's race as someone who wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has reached back to a U.S. Senate debate from 1994 to...

Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

Oct. 17, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while...

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

Oct. 17, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign...

Mexico Beach residents return home 1 week after Michael

Oct. 17, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach began returning home for the first time Wednesday since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the...

Twitter airs election meddling data

Oct. 17, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is releasing all known accounts and posts related to "information operations" dating back to 2016, when it was first learned that foreign operators were using social media to meddle in U.S. elections. Twitter has already disclosed the account numbers, but is now releasing the actual...

US criticizes EU for moving too slowly in trade talks

Oct. 17, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Wednesday criticized the European Union for moving too slowly in trade talks and warned that President Donald Trump's patience with the Europeans might soon run out. Amid rising trans-Atlantic tensions and fears of an all-out trade war, Trump and EU...

The Latest: Sales figures show strong demand for Canada weed

Oct. 17, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Canada's legalization of recreational marijuana (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Sales figures on the first morning under Canada's new legalized pot regime suggest there's considerable demand for cannabis products across the country. Shopify is powering many of the provincial...

New deal keeps open facility that detains immigrant families

Oct. 17, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has quietly reached a new agreement to keep open a 2,400-bed detention facility used to detain immigrant mothers and children, in a lucrative arrangement for a private prison company and the tiny South Texas town where it's located. U.S. Immigration and Customs...