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  • Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie is Trump’s third pick […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Monday, July 23, the 204th day of 2018. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1829, William Austin Burt received a patent for his “typographer,” a forerunner of the typewriter. On this date: In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of […]
  • Chinese premier orders investigation of vaccine makers

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader has ordered an investigation of its vaccine industry after violations by a maker of rabies vaccine for humans prompted a public outcry. Premier Li Keqiang’s order followed the disclosure that Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. was accused of fabricating production and inspection records for its rabies vaccine. Li […]
  • Bus crash leaves more than 20 ballet students injured

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A crash involving two buses in downtown Pittsburgh has left more than 20 ballet students injured. Authorities say the crash happened around 6 p.m. Sunday when one bus rear-ended another bus. Many students have been hospitalized with minor injuries. The buses were carrying students associated with a summer ballet program at Chatham […]
  • Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. Aldrin said he didn’t attend Saturday’s Apollo Celebration […]
  • More than senior moments: better dementia detection is urged

    CHICAGO (AP) — Too few people with signs of mental decline or dementia are getting checked during routine medical visits or told when a problem is found, says a panel of Alzheimer’s disease experts who offered new guidance Sunday. The idea is to get help sooner for people whose minds are slipping — even if […]
  • Hero grandma, couple on 45th anniversary among boat victims

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The 17 people killed when a tourist boat capsized in a Missouri lake included nine members of one family, a couple celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary and a grandmother who family members say saved her granddaughter’s life. A memorial service was scheduled for Sunday afternoon for those who died when the […]
  • Art dealer buys storage locker for $15,000, finds treasures

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for. He found half a dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of […]
  • Author tells of kidnapping by pirates he’d gone to interview

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Scott Moore is walking a bit gingerly these days, but it has nothing to do with the 2½ years he spent imprisoned by Somali pirates, the beatings he suffered, his time spent in chains or the lousy food that caused him to lose 40 pounds. “I got thumped by a […]
  • Kenyan school children using slingshots to plant trees

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — School children in Kenya are helping to fight deforestation by planting seeds using slingshots. It’s part of an initiative by the company SeedBalls Kenya, which makes and sells seedballs globally. It encourages children to have slingshot competitions using the charcoal-covered seeds instead of stones. About 2 million seedballs have been planted […]