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George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday. The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, spokesman Jim ...

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning’s sentence

By JOSH LEDERMAN and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Obama became ...

Pointed questions await Trump’s pick for health secretary

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his ...

Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse. The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be ...

Final Ringling Bros. show at Nassau Coliseum sells out

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey say the iconic traveling circus' final show at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island is sold out. An announcement was made last week that the "Greatest Show on Earth" would be shutting ...

DeVos likely to advance school choice as education secretary

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. Betsy DeVos, Trump's choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice ...

Interior nominee Zinke to be quizzed on public lands, coal

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, a crucial stance in his home state of Montana and the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct. Zinke feels so strongly that ...

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess. Now he believes he has a ...

Trump tries to calm tensions after Lewis squabble

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect's squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader. "He said that he is going to represent ...

Police: Child dies after being hit by MLK Day parade float

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a child has died after being struck by a float during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Louisiana. Police say the child was hit by the float sometime after the parade started in Abbeville on Monday morning. Officials have not released the child's ...

Orlando nightclub gunman’s wife faces charges tied to attack

By ERIC TUCKER and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen faces a court hearing in California after being arrested there in connection with his Florida shooting rampage that left 49 people dead. Noor Salman, 30, is scheduled ...

Activists relate to King’s shift from dreamer to radical

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For Abdul Aliy-Muhammad, the Martin Luther King Jr. he learned about as a child was a man of love, peace and racial harmony, a gifted orator. It wasn't until Aliy-Muhammad became an activist that he came to know, and appreciate, ...

AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional ...

Women have many motivations for DC inauguration protest

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10. When throngs of women from around the nation converge on Washington for a march on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, they will arrive driven by a multitude of ...

Military going ahead with plan for low-level fighter jets

By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposal to lower the flight ceiling for noisy fighter jets has dragged on for so long that residents can be forgiven if they've put it out of their minds. But the Air National Guard is pressing forward with the plan with a goal of ...

King’s legacy celebrated as Trump, Lewis duel lingers

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights leaders and activists are gathering at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. On the same day that Americans celebrate King's legacy, his son is scheduled to meet President-elect Donald Trump. Martin ...

Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony. The tough-talking Republican questioned ...

Anti-Trumper John Kasich to doubters: I’m no lame duck

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In less than a year's time, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has gone from an "adult in the room" alternative in a fractious Republican presidential field, to a potential convention spoiler in Cleveland, to now facing a hostile new president ...

Chicago pledges improvements after scathing police report

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are pledging to revamp the city Police Department following a scathing federal report, but a change in presidential administrations could spell uncertainty for the critical next step in the ...

Early win on budget pressures GOP to deliver on health care

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now with Donald Trump a week from taking the presidential oath, achieving that goal is possible, but the ...