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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,...

$3M lawsuit claims meningococcal diagnosis delayed

Dec. 10, 2019 6:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State University student who visited Portland-area medical providers amid a 2017 meningococcal outbreak at her Corvallis campus — but was not immediately diagnosed with the disease — has sued for $3 million. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports then 21-year-old...

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...

Washington investigators to use dental X-rays on remains

Dec. 10, 2019 5:35 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators in Washington state plan to use dental X-rays in an attempt to identify skeletal remains found by hunters, a coroner said. Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said X-rays are the next step in identifying the remains, The Yakima Herald reports. Hunters discovered the skull...

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...