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Anti-smoking advocates bemoan “faltering” pace of FDA action

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths ...

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining. The court said Friday the tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the ...

California town devastated by fire turns to football to heal

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A high school football team in a Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire is a year ago is playing its first game since the blaze. The Paradise High School Bobcats are scheduled to play Williams High School on ...

Illinois patient’s death may be first in US tied to vaping

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials said Friday that a patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, which could make it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and ...

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79

By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was ...

For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rank-and-file Democrats appear to be shifting to the middle on health care, worried about what's politically achievable on their party's top 2020 issue. While "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, the ...

Survivors retell the story of Quake Lake 60 years later

By MICHAEL WRIGHT Bozeman Daily Chronicle EARTHQUAKE LAKE, Mont. (AP) — Anita Painter Thon remembers the dinner she ate the night everything changed. She and her twin sister — they'd just turned 12 — wanted hot dogs, but they couldn't convince their parents. Instead, it was steak and ...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

By JEFF MARTIN and JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of ...

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio clips

By MAE ANDERSON and RACHEL LERMAN AP Technology Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns for a company with a history of privacy lapses. The practice was, until recently, common in the tech ...

Army veteran pleads not guilty in anthem assault on teen

SUPERIOR, Mont. (AP) — An Army veteran pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 13-year-old boy who the suspect said refused to remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo in Montana. Attorney Lance Jasper has told the Missoulian that defendant Curt Brockway, a 39-year-old veteran with a ...