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U.S. preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

CHICAGO (AP) - Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 - … more

United Nations: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

GENEVA - A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million from a year earlier - and an overall total that would amount to the … more

Slavery reparations debated by authors, policitians and more

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers on Wednesday held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United … more

33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest U.S. drug busts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds, or 15,000 kilograms, of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia's port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history. They said the haul could have been worth … more

Billions of mosquito lookalikes plague New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks. They're aquatic midges, often called "blind mosquitoes." They … more

U.S. Navy: Mine used in tanker attack bears hallmarks of Iran

U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates - The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines seen in Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert … more

Tornadoes in Texas, flooding in Northeast, 200K without power

ATLANTA — Potent thunderstorms have left more than 200,000 people without power across the southern United States — and fierce winds are expected to wallop parts of several states … more

Newtown parents score win in growing fight against hoaxers

HARTFORD, Conn. - The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened - the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been … more

Trump threatens to deport millions starting next week

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump threatened to remove millions of people living in the United States illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will "begin the … more

Tree that some think inspired Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' topples in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some think was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" has fallen in a coastal San Diego park. Officials are investigating why the … more

U.S. restores some aid to 3 Central American countries

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those … more

Italian woman who was Europe's oldest person has died at 116

MILAN (AP) - A 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world has died. The Italian news agency ANSA said Giuseppina Robucci died Tuesday in the southern Italian town of Poggio … more

Ohio farmer survives soybean entrapment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The sea of shifting soybean kernels had risen to Jay Butterfield's knees inside a tall grain bin on his Ohio farm. "I knew I was in trouble then," the 70-year-old said. "Because it's just like being in quicksand or … more

Kansas boy survives knife impaling his face

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A 15-year-old Kansas boy got a large knife to the face, and doctors say he's extremely lucky. Jimmy Russell said her son, Eli Gregg, was playing Thursday evening outside of their home in Redfield, about 90 miles south of … more

20 years after Columbine, a debate on bulldozing the school

DENVER (AP) - Two decades after the name "Columbine" became synonymous with a school shooting, the suburban Denver community surrounding the school is debating whether it's time to tear down a building that also became a beacon for people obsessed … more

Investigation shows many U.S. jails fail to stop inmate suicides

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry and desperate. She'd called every day that week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. At 25, Fillmore had long struggled with mental illness, … more

Thou shalt not steal thy neighbor's camera

HAUGHTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities say a burglar effectively caught himself red-handed, unwittingly livestreaming his theft of a neighbor's new surveillance camera. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says the neighbor watched the crime … more

Huawei says U.S. sanctions will cost it billions in revenue

SHENZHEN, China - Huawei's founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant's revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast during the next two years, as he compared the company to a "badly damaged plane" as a result of U.S. government … more

Hunt begins for the cause of huge South American blackout

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The lights were back on Monday across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after a huge blackout that affected tens of millions of people, but authorities remained in the dark about the cause of the grid collapse and continued … more

Record number of African migrants coming to Mexico border

PORTLAND, Maine - Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol … more
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