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Impeachment Testimony Wraps Up After 5 Hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - Testimony in the House's first public impeachment hearing has ended, with more hearings to come. State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent testified for more than five hours Wednesday about their concerns with President Donald Trump's…

Facebook Says it Removed 3.2B Fake Accounts in 6 Months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months. Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had…

Disney Plus Hits 10M Subscribers in 1 Day

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations. Disney's mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears…

Privacy, Consumer Groups Seek to Block Google-Fitbit Deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google's $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns. They say in a Wednesday letter to the…

South Dakota Tribe Wants 1863 Removal Law Changed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota tribe is asking for the state's help to change an 1863 federal law that technically keeps them from owning land in Minnesota. The law removed Dakota people from Minnesota and relocated them to…

Google's Health Care Ambitions Now Involve Patient Data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant. The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but…

Number of Homeless Veterans Declines Across United States

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs say the number of homeless veterans nationwide has declined slightly. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told reporters Tuesday in New Hampshire that the number…

Top Democrat Assails Trump's $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A top Democrat says President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen.…

Disney Plus Suffers Some Technical Difficulties at Launch

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney's brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success. The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m.…

Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Against NY Over Tax Returns

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump against New York officials aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns. The judge ruled that the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,…

Cholesterol Levels Dropping in US, But Many Still Need Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's some good health news: Cholesterol levels are dropping in the U.S. Researchers examined records of people taking cholesterol-lowering medicine between 2005 and 2016, a few years after a big change in treatment guidelines. They found encouraging…

Is My Kid Too Young for Contact Sports? Advice Still Unclear

New guidance on concussions shows there isn't enough solid evidence to answer some of parents' most burning questions about contact sports. That includes what age is safest to start playing them. Pediatric experts in sports medicine and brain science evaluated…

Poll: Many Say High School Diploma Enough to Succeed

A new poll finds that most young Americans believe in the value of a college degree, but many also say a high school diploma is enough to succeed. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll comes amid a…

Thousands Face Life-Threatening Floods from Aging Dams

America's dams, most of which were built more than half a century ago, are in a state of decay that is endangering thousands of people who live downstream. An investigation by The Associated Press, based on federal data and records…

Possible Chemical Culprit Found in Vaping Illness Outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials are reporting a breakthrough in their investigation into the cause of an outbreak of vaping illnesses. A government lab found the same chemical compound in lung fluid from 29 patients. The compound -…

Court Rules Against Life Inmate Who Says He Died Already

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against a convicted killer who says he "died" during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence. Wapello County court records say Benjamin Schreiber has been serving the…

Juul Halts Sales of Mint, its Top-Selling E-Cigarette Flavor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Juul Labs says it will halt sales of its best-selling mint-flavored electronic cigarettes. The company said in a statement Thursday the move is in response to new research. The studies released this week showed that mint was…

More Than 2,000 in US Diagnosed in Vaping Illness Outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) - New government figures show more than 2,000 people have been diagnosed with vaping illnesses in the still-unsolved U.S. outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said 2,051 confirmed and probable cases have been…

Study Says School Shooters Showed Warning Signs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most of the students who commit deadly school attacks were bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others, but wasn't reported. That's according to a study by the U.S. Secret Service's National Threat…

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