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Afghanistan's pollution may be deadlier than war

KABUL, Afghanistan - Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn't escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air … more

Michigan teen who vaped received double-lung transplant

DETROIT - A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double-lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday. Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit described to … more

Psychiatrists conflict over rehabilitation for teenage shooter

COLUMBIA - A teen who killed his father at home before fatally shooting a first-grader on a South Carolina elementary school playground is either a traumatized son who can be rehabilitated or a dangerous and pathological liar with no remorse, … more

Arctic blast spreads from Maine to Deep South after storm

PORTLAND, Maine - An arctic blast that sent shivers across the Midwest spread to the eastern U.S. on Wednesday, with bitter weather establishing new records from Mississippi to Maine. Cold temperatures that stretched to the Gulf Coast followed a … more

Takeaways from 1st day of Trump impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON - Wednesday's start of public impeachment hearings in Congress marked the first time that the American public could watch and listen to the witnesses whose testimony is at the core of the Democrats' investigation. In several hours of … more

Americans tune in as 1st public impeachment hearing begins

DENVER - Cattle rancher Jeffery Gatzke in South Dakota was listening in as he worked on his tractor in his workshop. The first public hearings on impeaching President Donald Trump are political show, he thinks, but he wanted to follow along … more

U.S. budget deficit surges to $134.5B

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury … more

Israel kills Islamic Jihad leader, setting off fierce clash

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel launched airstrikes Tuesday against two senior Islamic Jihad commanders, killing one in Gaza but missing another in Syria in a sharp escalation of Israel's regional conflict with Iran, which backs the Palestinian … more

Mulvaney won't sue over impeachment, declines to cooperate

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that he no longer plans to sue over the House impeachment proceedings and will instead follow President Donald Trump's directions and decline to cooperate. It's the … more

U.S. largest milk company files for bankruptcy amid drop in demand

Dean Foods, America's biggest milk processor, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday amid a decades-long drop-off in U.S. milk consumption blamed on changing trends and a growing variety of alternatives. The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the … more

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest planes

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines says it will speed up inspections of dozens of used planes it bought from foreign airlines after federal regulators threatened to ground the jets because they might not meet all safety standards. The Federal … more

What you get for $7-a-month Disney Plus subscription

NEW YORK - Disney Plus subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That's expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five years, as existing deals with rival streaming services expire. The service … more

Disney Plus streaming debuts

NEW YORK - Disney sprinkled its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuted with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to … more

Record cold follows snowstorm over much of the eastern U.S.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Snow and cold records fell as an arctic airmass that started in Siberia spilled over a big chunk of the eastern half of the U.S., including the normally mild South, on Tuesday. The mid-autumn taste of winter brought record … more

Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports U.S. national

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to … more

Former S.C. Gov. Haley alleges disloyalty among some on the Trump team in new memoir

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina's former governor, Nikki Haley, alleges in her upcoming memoir that two administration officials who were ultimately pushed out by Trump once tried to get her to join them … more

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
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