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Top Gymnastics Board Members Resign In Wake Of Abuse Case

The chairman, vice chairman and treasurer of USA Gymnastics have resigned. Paul Parilla, Jay Binder and Bitsy Kelly announced they were stepping down Monday after calls for their ouster by gymnasts who have testified they were abused by ex USAG sports doctor Larry Nassar, whose sentencing hearing continues this week in Michigan. Former Olympians and dozens of others have testified…

Hospital Groups Creating Company To Make Cheap Generic Drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price hikes for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive…

Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break To Farmers Who Sell To Co-ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. The provision from Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Hoeven of North Dakota surfaced in the final days of the…

Tillerson Signals Deeper US Military Commitment In Syria

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it’s crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent the Islamic State group’s resurgence. In a speech at Stanford University, Tillerson signaled a deeper American commitment to the Mideast nation. He says the Trump administration won’t repeat President Barack Obama’s “mistake” in Iraq when…

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Young Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration is appealing a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Tuesday that they were appealing to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOJ in a separate news release said it…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation’s prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an…

IRS Rolls Out New Income Tax Withholding Guidelines

The Internal Revenue Service is making changes to the guidelines that help workers determine how much of their paycheck is withheld by their employer as income taxes. The IRS rolled out new income-tax withholding tables Thursday as it begins to adapt to changes in the tax law enacted last month. The guidelines require employers to use new withholding tax rates…

Trump Open To US-NKorea Talks ‘Under Right Circumstances’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is telling South Korea’s president that he’s open to U.S.-North Korean talks “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.” That’s according to a White House readout of the president’s call Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The phone call comes after the Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years. North…

Trump Suggests 2-Phase Immigration Deal For ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases – first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system. Trump on Tuesday held a lengthy meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration. The president says he would need…

3 Native American Tribes Sue Opioid Industry Groups

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. Defendants include drug manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical…

Apple Investors Urge Action To Curb Child Gadget Addiction

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools…

2 GOP Lawmakers Want Sessions To Quit, Say He’s Lost Control

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Republican House members are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, and they’re criticizing his Justice Department for not cooperating with Congress and for leaks related to its Russia investigation. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio are making their views known in an opinion column published Thursday on the Washington Examiner’s…