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  • Federal Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the […]

  • Woman Fatally Shot By Arkansas Police During Standoff

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police in Jonesboro say a woman who shot a maintenance worker at an apartment complex has died after being shot by officers to end a five-hour standoff. A police news release on Wednesday says 56-year-old Rhonda Thomas died at a hospital where she was taken following the shooting Tuesday night. Police say 41-year-old Dennis Mardis was shot and wounded by Thomas as he checked on her welfare Tuesday afternoon. Mardis was taken to a hospital in […]

  • Johnson & Johnson Hammered By Report It Knew Of Asbestos In Baby Powder

    NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media report that it knew for decades about the existence of trace amounts of asbestos in its baby powder. The report by the Reuters news service sent the company’s shares into a tailspin, suffering their worst one-day sell-off in 16 years. Reuters cited documents released as part of a lawsuit by plaintiffs claiming that the product can be linked to ovarian cancer. The New Brunswick, New Jersey company […]

  • Trump Picks Mulvaney To Be Acting Chief Of Staff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search for a new chief of staff that had been inching forward with the feel of an unfolding reality TV show. Trump tweeted that Mulvaney “will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction.” “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump posted. […]

  • Arkansas AG Wants Regulators To Review Plant Settlement Over Coal Use

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general is asking state regulators to review an agreement between the state’s largest electric utility and environmental groups to eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state Public Service Commission Thursday to review the settlement Entergy Arkansas announced last month with the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association. Under the deal, Entergy says it will stop using coal […]

  • Toyota Recalls Pickups, SUVs To Fix Air Bag, Brake Problems

    DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 143,000 SUVs and pickups worldwide to fix airbag and brake problems. The first recall covers about 96,000 Toyota Land Cruisers and Lexus LX570 SUVs from 2008 through 2019. Toyota says a seat belt tension sensor can malfunction and deactivate the passenger’s front, knee and side airbags. That would increase the injury risk in a crash. The company is developing a fix and will notify owners by mid-February. The other recall affects about 47,000 […]

  • Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Abortion Restriction Next Year

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state’s past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights. Two abortion measures have already been filed ahead of the session, while anti-abortion groups say they’re talking with legislators about several other new restrictions. Abortion opponents said President Donald Trump’s appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court offer them hope that new restrictions […]

  • Jury Convicts West Virginia Man Who Claimed He Accidentally Sexually Abused Toddler

    PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A jury took less than 30 minutes to convict a West Virginia man who told police he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl by accident. Mercer County prosecutor George Sitler tells news outlets that 26-year-old Henry Vincent Bennett was found guilty Thursday of first-degree sexual assault and other charges. Prosecutors say Bennett told detectives that he twice mistook the toddler for his wife after she climbed into his bed. Bennett’s lawyers said his admission to Bluefield police […]

  • House, Senate Reach Agreement On Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations in Congress. The bill updates the decades-old Congressional Accountability Act, which governs how lawmakers and aides report sexual misconduct claims. The law has been widely criticized as confusing, cumbersome and unfair to victims of harassment and abuse. The push for the legislation took on new urgency in the past year, as more than a half-dozen lawmakers resigned […]

  • Watchdog: No Evidence FBI Tried To Destroy Text Messages Involving Hillary Clinton Email Investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, the inspector general faulted an FBI-wide software failure that has resulted in large portions of FBI text messages not being archived. Thursday’s report examines a gap in messages from December 2016 through May 2017 from the phones of former FBI agent Peter Strzok (struhk) and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The FBI […]

  • President Trump Invokes ‘Advice-Of-Counsel’ Defense In Campaign Probe

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a simple defense Thursday to accusations he broke campaign finance law by directing attorney Michael Cohen to orchestrate hush-money payments to conceal Trump’s alleged affairs: He was following terrible advice from a bad lawyer. “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,'” Trump wrote on Twitter. The advice-of-counsel defense is a real thing. […]

  • Target, Walmart, Importer Sued Over Lead In Toy Jewelry

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two of the nation’s largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children’s toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in the lawsuit filed in an Albany court Thursday that Walmart, Target and Randolph, New Jersey-based LaRose Industries, importer of the “Cra-Z-Jewelz” jewelry-making kits, “committed thousands of violations” of state laws regulating the […]