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Mueller Concludes Russia Probe, Delivers Report to AG Barr

WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump. The Justice Department says Mueller delivered his final report Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who is reviewing it. Mueller’s report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next steps are…

North Dakota Gov.Burgum Signs ‘Abortion Reversal’ Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it’s possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Opponents claim there is no medically accepted evidence that a drug-induced abortion can be interrupted. Lawmakers approved the “abortion reversal” legislation…

Trump Reversing New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration’s decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump “likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.” Trump says in a tweet that, “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large…

Watchdog: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data of Victims in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government watchdog has found the Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was working with a contractor that helps provide temporary housing…

Special Evaluations Can Help Seniors Cope With Cancer Care

Cancer care for older Americans is getting a makeover. When the elderly learn they have cancer, doctors have often assumed they’re too frail for treatment. Or they instead recommend harsh therapies tested only in younger patients. But there’s a move afoot to change that with special age-related fitness exams. New guidelines from cancer specialists recommend the evaluations before making treatment…

Tyson Recalls Chicken Strips Due to Metal Fears

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds (31,297 kilograms) of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by date of Nov. 30, 2019. The products have…

Survey: Bankers Losing Confidence in 10-State Farm Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region’s farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters. The Rural Mainstreet survey for March shows the survey’s confidence index dropping to 45.7 from February’s 48.5. Any score…

First Artificial Intelligence Google Doodle Features Bach

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Thursday’s animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody. Google says the Doodle uses machine learning to “harmonize the…

Poll: More Americans Say Too Little Government Spending on Health

WASHINGTON (AP) – A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. Americans want to spend more on many government functions, according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of government spending since the 1970s….

Trump to Order Colleges to Back Free Speech or Lose Funding

Brendan Smialowski / AFP – Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants. Trump initially proposed…

Trump’s Criticism of McCain Raises Ire of Some Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump took time in a speech in Ohio celebrating the American economy to revisit his grievances against the late Sen. John McCain. The president’s latest tirade against the war hero who died last year came after several leading Republicans defended the longtime Arizona senator. One of them, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, said that not…

US Experts: Medicines for Opioid Addiction Vastly Underused

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation’s top medical advisers say medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report Wednesday that found only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Americans addicted to opioids are receiving medications. The influential group’s conclusions echo similar reports from the U.S….

Trump Says Tariffs on China Could Stay to Ensure Compliance

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says if the U.S. gets a trade deal with China, tariffs could stay in place for some time to ensure Beijing “lives by the deal.” Trump said Wednesday the White House was discussing keeping tariffs for a “substantial period of time,” adding that China has had “problems living by certain deals.” Trump said administration…

Rapid City Diocese Publishes List of Accused Priests

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Diocese has published a list of 21 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. The list includes priests who were credibly accused while in schools, churches, hospitals and on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations from 1951 to 2018. Bishop Robert Gruss wrote in a letter posted on the diocese’s website that publishing the…