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Trump won’t get House OK of health bill before his 100th day

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won’t be shut down — for at ...

Dear Annie: He’s interested but wife isn’t

Dear Annie: My wife’s sexual desire disappeared with menopause, although there was little desire even before then. I still like, need and enjoy sex. We have had many discussions about this conflict between us but have been unable to resolve it on our own. Apparently, one of us will be ...

No motive in trooper’s shooting

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — About 20 hours after he fatally shot a state trooper, a Delaware man was shot to death after an overnight standoff with police, but authorities haven’t given a motive for his actions. Law enforcement officers shot Burgon Sealy Jr. when he emerged from his home ...

NC gov, GOP leaders in court

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Judges are hearing whether North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers are acting constitutionally as they again seek to neuter the new Democratic governor’s oversight of state and local elections. Lawyers for Gov. Roy Cooper and legislative leaders are due back in court ...

Timeline scrutinized after Arkansas executes 4th inmate

VARNER, Ark. — Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state’s efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a ...

Wisconsin GOP looks to discipline hecklers at college speeches

MADISON, Wis.— University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issues under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week. The bill comes as free speech issues have grown more contentious on ...

State Senate approves ‘Choose Life’ plate bill

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING — Michigan drivers might soon be able to ride around the state with a “Choose Life” license plate. New legislation passed in the Senate would allow drivers to purchase a plate for $35 with some of the proceeds going to the Choose Life ...

House passes ballot changes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Names and logos of political parties no longer would be allowed on election ballots under two bills approved by Michigan’s state House. The legislation passed Thursday in Lansing and now heads to the GOP-controlled state Senate. Opponents of the current bills say ...

Man gets jail time for fraud

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing nearly $195,000 in Social Security payments after his mother died in 2003. The benefits should have been cut off after Emmett Long’s mother died. He claims he informed the government, but the money ...

Domino’s sales growth streak continues

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Domino’s Pizza reported another quarter of strong U.S. sales growth as the chain benefited from its delivery model that fits with the growing demand for convenience. The chain said domestic sales rose 10.2 percent during the quarter at established locations, ...

Coulter a no-show at raucous but peaceful Berkeley rally

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ann Coulter did not turn up in Berkeley where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America’s free speech movement. The conservative pundit’s canceled ...

Macedonian demonstrators invade parliament

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called an emergency meeting of political leaders today, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country’s dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers. But it was unclear ...

Jerusalem mayor: City’s diverse residents are ‘all my children’

JERUSALEM — Fifty years after Israel conquered east Jerusalem, the city’s mayor says the upcoming anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city. But like other prominent politicians of the hard-line ...

UK police conduct anti-terror raids

LONDON (AP) — British police said today they had disrupted an active terrorist plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously injured in the police swoop. Police said six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges. The woman, who is in her 20s, ...

Michigan utility selects firm to acquire 2 plants

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A utility company in Michigan has selected a development firm to demolish and redevelop two of its former coal-fired power plants. Consumers Energy filed a request Tuesday for the sale of its 248-acre J.R. Whiting plant in southeast Michigan and its 115-acre B.C. Cobb ...

France: Analysis shows Syrian gov’t behind sarin attack

PARIS (AP) — France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was responsible. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this ...

2 French police officers shot

PARIS (AP) — A man suspected of links to radical Islam shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him Thursday, officials said. The incident is under investigation by national counterterrorism prosecutors. The two officers, from a special national ...

An old flame is still flickering

Dear Annie: I recently reconnected with an old girlfriend. We had not spoken, texted or seen each other in almost five years. She broke my heart about five years ago, and my mother was killed shortly after that. I’ve not dated or wanted to have a serious relationship since. About three ...

State briefing

Lawmaker, no-show recorded DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors say they have a recorded conversation between a Michigan lawmaker and a woman who is described as a no-show employee on his Senate payroll. The government made the disclosure Wednesday in the criminal case against Sen. Bert Johnson, a ...

Michigan bill would halt legal sex between cops, prostitutes

LANSING, Mich. — Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation making its way through the Legislature. Michigan is the last state left in the U.S. that gives police immunity from prosecution in such ...