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Report: Welsh climber killed in Yosemite tried to save wife

LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper is reporting that the Welsh climber killed by falling rock in Yosemite National Park this week died while trying to shield his wife. The Times says Andrew Foster's wife, Lucy, told her husband's aunt that he jumped to cover her as tons of rock came cascading ...

Trump seeks new health chief after Price resignation

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking a new health secretary to take the place of Tom Price, ousted after an outcry over flying on costly private charters for official travel. The Health and Human Services chief oversees a $1 ...

Oceanographer’s ashes going to sea aboard rescued sea turtle

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — A rescued green sea turtle will be released this weekend back into the Gulf of Mexico, carrying the ashes of a self-taught Texas oceanographer who founded the rehabilitation center that nursed it back to health. Thousands are ...

For GOP women in politics, a needle that’s not moving

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer The president of Emily's List rose to the podium at a recent New York fundraiser to make a proud announcement: More than 18,000 women had contacted the group since Election Day, looking to explore running for office — "an explosion," she called it. Of ...

Mormons tune in to hear guidance from top leaders

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons around the world will tune in Saturday to hear guidance from the religion's top leaders during a twice-yearly conference in Utah. For the first time in more than a half-century, they won't hear from Thomas S. Monson, The ...

Equifax CEO retires in wake of damaging data breach

By KEN SWEET and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax CEO Richard Smith retired effective immediately on Tuesday, as the credit reporting agency tries to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million ...

GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

By MARCY GORDON and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy ...

Trump says he’ll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next Tuesday. Trump announced the visit after the administration came under criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than 3 million U.S. citizens. The island has been ...

Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder

By KRISTIN M. HALL and JOHN RABY, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Witnesses and police described a chaotic scene as a masked attacker armed with two guns shot seven people, killing one, in a Tennessee church before he was subdued. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva ...

McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a "very poor prognosis" as he battles brain cancer. McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate ...

Memo to GOP: Red states also among losers in health bill

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Memo to Republican senators: Many of the states President Donald Trump won last year would lose significant federal financing under the last-ditch Republican health care bill headed for a possible showdown in the Senate this ...

Health care bill teeters, GOP adds money to woo dissidents

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they're pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week. Yet their path to succeeding in their last-gasp effort has grown narrower, ...

McCain’s moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

By JULIE PACE and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain faced a choice that balanced friendship, party loyalty and his convictions. He made the decision some of his closest advisers expected. Looking at the twilight of his career and a grim cancer diagnosis, the ...

Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact. Today, health care is based on averages, what worked best in short ...

GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the ...

Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump is test driving his political clout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama as he stumps for the establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart beloved by many of his own most ardent ...

Texas asks court to allow its ban on ‘sanctuary cities’

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With immigrants and their advocates chanting and beating drums outside, a federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it should allow a Texas law aimed at combatting "sanctuary cities" to immediately take effect. Under the ...

Doctor gets 32 years in prison for killing Yale physician

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A mentally ill doctor who shot a Yale University physician to death and narrowly missed wounding the victim's pregnant wife was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison, ending a seven-year legal drama over the gunman's sanity that included forcibly medicating him so he ...

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education ...

Florida family looks forward after losing home to sinkhole

By DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A Florida family will soon be searching for a new place to gather after their home of nearly five decades was lost to a sinkhole. Elena Hale said cracks began appearing in the wall of her grandparents' Apopka home Monday night, and the wall ...