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US health chief says overdose deaths leveling off

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health secretary Alex Azar says the number of drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic. Azar cautioned in a speech Tuesday it's too early to…

Honey Smacks returns to shelves with new recipe after recall

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Kellogg's Honey Smacks is returning to shelves following a voluntarily recall after salmonella infected 100 people in 33 states. The company announced on Monday the cereal will return next month in limited quantities with "a…

Trump wants to push middle-income tax cut through Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he wants to push a new middle-income tax cut through Congress after the midterm elections. Trump says he's looking to cut middle-income taxes about 10 percent after signing a tax bill last year.…

Trump 'not satisfied' with Saudi explanation

ISTANBUL (AP) - President Donald Trump says he's not satisfied with the explanations he's heard about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family living in Virginia in the United States, died Oct.…

Fury over reported federal plan targeting transgender people

WASHINGTON (AP) - LGBT leaders are reacting furiously to a report that the Trump administration is considering a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans. Activists are pledging legal challenges…

Company takes step toward boosting Dakota Access capacity

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is gauging the interest among oil shippers in moving more crude through the Dakota Access pipeline. The $3.8 billion pipeline moves North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping…

Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month's midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It's believed to be the first federal case…

Trump renews fiery immigration rhetoric as midterms near

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was defined by his fiery immigration rhetoric. Now, with weeks to go before the midterm elections, Trump is returning to the hot-button issue as he looks to stave off Democratic gains…

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B as drawing nears

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger. Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday…

Trump: 'Severe' consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration…

Trump: 'Certainly looks' like Saudi writer dead

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Trump did not say Thursday what he based his conclusion on. But he says the consequences for the Saudis "will have…

Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M as drawing approaches

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing.…

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook is showing off its new "war room," a center for combating fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections. It's the social network's latest public signal that it takes election interference seriously…

Trump ask Cabinet to cut next year's budgets by 5 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he's asking every Cabinet secretary to trim their next-year budgets by 5 percent, dubbing it the "nickel plan." Trump says there's a lot of "waste" and "fat" in the federal budget and he…

Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million. Lottery officials raised the estimated prize Wednesday, less than a day after another drawing without a winner increased the prize to $868 million. Officials say…

US probes Ford pickup tailgates opening unexpectedly

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickup trucks can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into F-250…

No winning Mega Millions ticket; jackpot climbs to $868M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the estimated jackpot climbs to $868 million. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667…

US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is formally notifying Congress that it plans to pursue trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and Britain. The announcement comes two weeks after the administration reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to…

Trump escalates his attack on Fed: 'My biggest threat'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is calling the Federal Reserve "my biggest threat" because he thinks it's raising interest rates too quickly. Trump says he doesn't speak with Chairman Jerome Powell because of the Fed's independence, but "I'm not…

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