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Boyhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd brothers is now historic site

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The house where rockers Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up is officially one of Florida's historic sites. A marker noting the home as a Florida heritage site will be unveiled during a ceremony in Jacksonville on Saturday. The plaque notes Ronnie Van Zant's ...

Chatter grows about Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize prospects

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama won it. So did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Now, President Donald Trump's supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize — a move that's being met by smirks and ...

AP sources: WH aide dismisses McCain view, says ‘he’s dying’

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official dismissed Sen. John McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's CIA nominee, saying "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," two people in the room told The Associated Press. Kelly Sadler ...

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in US for 2017

By TERRY TANG, Associated Press Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. Liam pushed last ...

Trump plan for drug prices won’t include direct negotiations

By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to unveil his long-awaited plan for reducing drug prices after more than a year of bold promises to tackle pharmacy costs that are squeezing millions of Americans. But the strategy to be outlined in a ...

Jury selection begins in trial of Missouri governor

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appeared in court Thursday as jury selection got underway in a criminal trial accusing him of taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair. The Republican governor faces the ...

Hawaii volcano could spew boulders the size of refrigerators

By SOPHIA YAN and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — If Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in ...

Nurse charged in death of former Trump adviser’s father

By ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL and MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A nurse was charged Thursday in the death of the father of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser after authorities said she failed to give him a series of neurological exams following his ...

Oldest person in US dies; Pennsylvania woman was 114

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home. The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday. Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now ...

House bill would revive mothballed Nevada nuclear waste dump

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is moving to approve an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers. Supporters say a bill slated for a vote Thursday would help solve a ...

Scientists: Explosive eruption risk rises for Hawaii volcano

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago. Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive ...

Insight or influence? Trump attorney’s business scrutinized

By JEFF HORWITZ, CATHERINE LUCEY AND JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Already under investigation for a payment to a porn star, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney is facing intensifying legal and ethical scrutiny for selling his Trump World experience and ...

Maryland gubernatorial candidate, county exec dies at 60

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland and longtime leader in local politics, died early Thursday at age 60. Kamenetz, Baltimore County's two-term executive, died following a cardiac arrest, according to a news release from Baltimore County ...

Texas suit could speed DACA’s path to Supreme Court

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three judges have ordered the Trump administration to continue a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Now, a lawsuit filed last week in Texas seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for ...

Oklahoma teen convicted in 5 killings set for sentencing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma teenager convicted in the fatal stabbings of five family members is set for sentencing Thursday, when jurors will consider whether he should spend the rest of his life behind bars. Michael Bever was 16 when he and his then-18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, ...

Trump defends CIA nominee, says she is ‘tough on terror’

By ZEKE MILLER and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday defended Gina Haspel, his nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, dismissing debate over her involvement in a harsh interrogation program and arguing Democrats want her out because ...

Giuliani’s media blitz defending Trump is off to rough start

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump's stance toward the special counsel's Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment. Giuliani's confounding and ...

Military seeks to limit Congress on fixing child sex assault

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and REESE DUNKLIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials have sought to ward off congressional efforts to address child-on-child sexual assaults on bases, even as they disclose that the problem is larger than previously acknowledged. Members of ...

Monday hearing could have big implications in Greitens’ case

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge on Monday will consider whether the pivotal witness in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' criminal trial — a woman involved in an affair with him — should be prohibited from testifying. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison will preside over the ...

Hawaii volcano destroys dozens of homes, forces evacuations

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER PELTZ and SOPHIA YAN, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced. In revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County ...

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