Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners....

Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead....

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Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections loomed as Congress' nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama's law....

EU fines Google a record 2.4 billion euros in antitrust case

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union slapped a record 2.42 billion-euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business....

Inmate details 4 prison killings: 'I did it for nothing'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry; Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills....

Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network's credibility Tuesday....

What's next for Brazil's Temer following corruption charge?

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Embattled in Congress and unpopular on the streets, President Michel Temer has now been charged with corruption by Brazil's top prosecutor in the wake of a plea bargain signed by executives of meatpacking company JBS. It is the first time that a sitting Brazilian president has been charged, but Temer has pledged to stay in office. In less than two months, he could be suspended from office, raising even more doubts about Brazil's future until October 2018 g...

Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting _ bear hugs

NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India's prime minister, an unabashed hugger....

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock....

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Q&A: Murkiness follows Supreme Court's action on travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) -- On again, off again, off again, off again and now, partly back on: That's the peculiar route of President Donald Trump's travel ban after a Supreme Court decision Monday allowing a limited version to take effect....

Inmate details 4 prison killings: 'I did it for nothing'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry; Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills....

Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago....

Alaska lauds black soldiers' work on famed WWII highway

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Leonard Larkins and nearly 4,000 other segregated black soldiers helped build a highway across Alaska and Canada during World War II, a contribution largely ignored for decades but drawing attention as the 75th anniversary approaches....

AP PHOTOS: Black soldiers toiled on Alaska's first land link

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska is commemorating 75 years since nearly 4,000 segregated black soldiers toiled in harsh weather and terrain to help build a highway across the state and Canada....

Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network's credibility Tuesday....

Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Several prospective jurors have been excused from the federal securities fraud trial of an ex-pharmaceutical company executive because they claimed they couldn't be impartial....

New limbs for growing bodies: Mutilated albinos get refitted

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baraka Cosmas, 7, is missing half his right arm. Mwigulu Matonange, 14, lost his left arm. Emmanuel Festo, 15, lost his right, plus the fingers of his left hand. Pendo Sengerema, 16, had an arm severed at the elbow....

Who can get around the travel ban?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as it allowed a limited version of the Trump administration's travel ban to take effect for now, the Supreme Court carved out a major exception....

Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer....

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Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections loomed as Congress' nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama's law....

Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other proponents of school voucher programs are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Lutheran church was wrongly denied a state grant for its preschool playground. But opponents say the ruling is far from an endorsement of the use of public money for religious schools....

Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners....

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock....

Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are out to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump, the richest man to call the White House home, is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers. The party is hoping that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republicans are raising concerns that the GOP health-care plan could hurt the poor....

Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead....

These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing -or not yet supporting - legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing to bring to a vote this week....

CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund....

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

MUNICH (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over....

Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Slightly more Europeans now view the United States unfavorably under President Donald Trump than favorably, according to a survey of public attitudes in three dozen countries that comes as Trump prepares for a return visit to the continent early next month....

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Nolasco ends winless drought, Angels end Dodgers' win streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco was pitching well while holding the big-hitting Dodgers scoreless. The only thing that stopped him was a liner that hit him in the shin and ended his night....

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards

NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA....

Baylor confirms NCAA investigation after sex abuse scandal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The NCAA is conducting an "ongoing, pending investigation" into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president, the school's lawyers confirmed in a federal court filing....

Franklin not trying to be a better Missy, but a happy Missy

Missy Franklin is so upbeat, so full of energy, so dang positive all the time, it's hard to imagine her ever going to a dark place....

Column: Tebow or the fight might not be great, but so what?

The odds keep dropping on Conor McGregor, though it's more because UFC fans love him than his actual chances of winning a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr....

LEADING OFF: Nationals take a look at K-Rod, Yankees ailing

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Down 7 and missing Francona, Indians rally to top Texas 15-9

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians trailed by seven runs and were without manager Terry Francona by the fourth inning Monday night. Coming off a disheartening sweep to a division rival, Cleveland badly need a few runs....

With a year to go, Russia's World Cup faces challenges

MOSCOW (AP) -- After years of controversy, Russian officials think their World Cup has weathered the storm....

Cubs hold on after Nationals rally for 4 in 9th, win 5-4

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a nail-biting victory over the NL East leading Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon still cringed to consider what could've happened....

Sale gets 9 Ks, Moreland hits HR as Red Sox beat Twins 4-1

BOSTON (AP) -- The way Chris Sale and the Boston relievers were pitching, the Red Sox didn't need to score a lot....

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