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New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show.



Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

The last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town's mayor said this week.



Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers representing the president in the special counsel's Russia investigation.



In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of a top adviser, asked about the possibility of jailing journalists and described a boast from Vladimir Putin about Russian prostitutes, according to Comey's notes of the talks obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday night.



Student says Confederate flag theft sparked protests

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

A student who led a two-day demonstration outside of his central Michigan high school this week said it was in response to the unpunished theft of a Confederate battle flag from his pickup truck.



'That's how she's wired': Pilot lauded for handling crisis

Posted 4/19/2018 in National

The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.



Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion

Posted 4/19/2018 in National

U.S. airline regulators said Wednesday they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off and triggered a fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines jet.



Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

Posted 4/19/2018 in National

The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month.



Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

Posted 4/19/2018 in National

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago.



Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

Posted 4/18/2018 in National

Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.



IRS gives taxpayers extra day to file after website issues

Posted 4/18/2018 in National

Americans are getting an extra day to file their taxes after key elements of the IRS website crashed on deadline day.



Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

Posted 4/18/2018 in National

Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers.



Navy: Training jet flew too low -- for thrills -- before deadly crash

Posted 4/17/2018 in National

The Navy is citing pilot error for a military training jet crash in Tennessee that killed the two aboard, saying it was being flown for thrills and too low.



Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says

Posted 4/17/2018 in National

Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.



FBI probes Trump lawyer Cohen's personal 'business dealings'

Posted 4/14/2018 in National

Federal prosecutors revealed on Friday that their probe of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, involved suspected fraud and the attorney's personal business dealings and was going on long enough that investigators had already covertly obtained his emails.



GOP devotes $250M to midterm strategy: Keep House majority

Posted 4/14/2018 in National

The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party's House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump's first term.



When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

Posted 4/14/2018 in National

Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose.



McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker

Posted 4/12/2018 in National

Some say it's a fight between West and South. Or a battle for President Donald Trump's affections. Or a test of who can woo conservatives.



Ryan retirement sends new ripples of uncertainty through GOP

Posted 4/12/2018 in National

House Speaker Paul Ryan's abrupt announcement that he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress as the steady if reluctant wingman for President Donald Trump sent new ripples of uncertainty through a Washington already on edge and a Republican Party bracing for a rough election year.



Plan would allow drug testing for some food stamp recipients

Posted 4/12/2018 in National

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the safety net program.



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