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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, photo, narcotics detective Paul Laurella retrieves unused medications from the police department's disposal box in Barberton, Ohio. Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in the first federal trial over the nation's opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 16, 2019 - 8:40 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...
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October 16, 2019 - 8:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000...
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This undated photo provided by the Inyo County Sheriff's Department shows 6th lake below Mount Williamson where authorities say the skeletal remains of a person were discovered on Oct. 7, 2019 beneath the state's second-highest peak. The body was discovered by climbers last week who saw what appeared to be a bone beneath boulders. High winds prevented a helicopter from retrieving the body until Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Roper says the body may have been there for decades based on its condition. (Inyo Sheriff's Department via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 7:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The climbers were closing in on the top of California's second-highest peak when they came upon the grisly discovery of what looked like a bone buried in a boulder field. Closer inspection revealed a fractured human skull. Tyler Hofer and his climbing partner moved rocks aside...
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A firefighter walks near the entrance to NuStar Energy fuel storage facility Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 after a Tuesday fire in Crockett, Calif. Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 16, 2019 - 7:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The...
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Shankar Hangud, wearing a personal safety vest, appears in the Placer County Superior Court Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Roseville, Calif. Prosecutors say Hangud faces murder charges for allegedly killing four members of his family in Northern California. (Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)
October 16, 2019 - 7:04 pm
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man facing murder charges for allegedly killing four relatives took their lives over the span of a week across two Northern California counties, prosecutors said Wednesday. Shankar Hangud, 53, killed two relatives Oct. 7 and a third one the next day in the city of...
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Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, left, and Attorney General Phil Weiser, right, announce they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider an appeals court ruling that presidential electors can vote for the candidate of their choice, at a news conference in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Griswold and Weiser insist that presidential electors are bound to cast their votes at the Electoral College according to the popular vote in their respective states. (Jesse Paul/The Colorado Sun/via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 6:24 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Wednesday they want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that presidential electors can vote for the candidate of their choice and aren't bound by the popular vote in their states. The August decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, musher Peter Kaiser, of Bethel, Alaska, leads his team past spectators during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in Anchorage, Alaska. PETA is the biggest critic of the world's most famous sled dog race, but new Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach has started discussions with the animal rights group and plans a sit-down meeting with PETA, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro, File)
October 16, 2019 - 4:28 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska's Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that's devoted to ending the world's most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for...
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Boxer Ivana Habazin's trainer Bashir Ali, right, trash talks with members of Claressa Shields' entourage during a weigh-in Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Flint, Mich. Ali was later punched by a man and fell to the ground bloodied. He was sent to McLaren Hospital in Flint to be treated. Habazin and Claressa Shields are scheduled to fight Saturday for the WBO and WBC super welterweight championships. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 4:26 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has filed an assault charge against the brother of boxer Claressa Shields in connection with an attack on the trainer for Ivana Habazin before the weigh-in for their fight. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton issued a statement Wednesday saying 28-year-old Artis...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 file photo, 6-year-old elementary school students go through the lunch line in the school's cafeteria in Paducah, Ky. Nearly a million students could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that's expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis finding as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis that says as many as 982,000...
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FILE - This Feb. 24, 2019 file photo shows Shonda Rhimes at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world. Rhimes’ company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by iHeartMedia. Rhimes’ company said it signed a three-year podcast deal with iHeartMedia and is launching Shondaland Audio. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
October 16, 2019 - 2:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world. Rhimes' company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by iHeartMedia. Shondaland says it signed a three-year podcast deal...
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