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U.S. health officials identify 'strong culprit' in vaping illnesses

NEW YORK - U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a "very strong culprit." The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 … more

Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show next week, parading across the sun in view of most of the world. The solar system's smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly … more

Amnesty official: U.S. asylum system is on trial in Canada

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. - In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York as Canadian law enforcement officers … more

Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to hospital equipment

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk … more

Trump pushes back on reports U.S. will remove China tariffs

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official's assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it's imposed on Chinese … more

In fading ritual, WWII rescuer reunites with Jews she saved, relatives

JERUSALEM - One by one, the 40 descendants of a group of Israeli siblings leaned down and hugged the elderly Greek woman to whom they owe their very existence, as she sat in her wheelchair and wiped away tears streaking down her wrinkled … more

Congress approves bill expanding animal cruelty law

WASHINGTON - Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts … more

Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a report that he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a July phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to … more

Secret Service study: School shooters showed warning signs

WASHINGTON - Most students who committed deadly school attacks during the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service … more

Doctors try CRISPR gene editing for cancer, a 1st in U.S.

The first attempt in the United States to use a gene-editing tool called CRISPR against cancer seems safe in the three patients who have had it so far, but it's too soon to know if it will improve survival, doctors reported Wednesday. The doctors … more

Childhood trauma linked to adult illness

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials estimate that millions of cases of heart disease and other illnesses are linked to abuse and other physical and psychological harm suffered early in life. In a report released Tuesday, the Centers for Disease … more

Use digital wallets such as Apple Cash with caution

NEW YORK - My desperation to see Ariana Grande in concert created the perfect trap. Instead of seeing her sing about love and loss, I got sucked into an online ticket scheme that cost me $75 and a big chunk of my pride. Con artists often get … more

U.S. child survivors of Mexico ambush saved by courage, mother

GALEANA, Mexico - The eight children, some mere infants, who survived the ambush in northern Mexico not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers, but also managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help … more

Erdogan: Turkey captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of … more

Democrats promise swift action after win in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam promised Wednesday to ride a wave of voter dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to turn the Old Dominion into a state where gun laws are stricter, the environment is cleaner and cities have … more

Prosecutors charge man, 61, with hate crime in acid attack

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 61-year-old white Milwaukee man accused of throwing acid on a Hispanic man's face will be charged with a hate crime, increasing the possible sentence he may receive if convicted, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Prosecutors … more

U.S. growth of Islam creates need for religious scholars

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. - "Brothers and sisters," the seminary instructor tells his class, don't believe in God because of your parents' beliefs but because "you know why God exists." The challenge spurs a discussion about beliefs. But more … more

Wine cellar in space: 12 bottles arrive for year of aging and study

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A dozen bottles of fine French wine arrived at the space station Monday, not for the astronauts, but for science. The red Bordeaux wine will age for a year up there before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how … more

Appeals court agrees Trump tax returns can be turned over

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's tax returns can be turned over to state criminal investigators by his personal accountant, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Monday. The ruling by the … more

Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

MONTREAL (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an … more
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