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House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP. Continue reading...

Mayor wins bid to pay $4,000 fine in coins after he agrees to count them himself

MIAMI — A Miami-area mayor won his bid to pay a $4,000 ethics fine with pennies and nickels, but only after he agreed to count and box the coins himself. Continue reading...

Police seek killer of man who washed ashore in 'cement shoes'

NEW YORK — Authorities are searching for the killer of a man whose body washed ashore in New York City wrapped in plastic garbage bags and wearing "cement shoes." Continue reading...

FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

WASHINGTON — New federal rules announced Thursday have the potential to upend the multibillion-dollar electronic cigarette industry just as it is attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Continue reading...

Trump says he would likely replace Yellen

Donald Trump says he has nothing against Janet Yellen but would likely replace her as Fed chair once her term is up. Continue reading...

Woman arrested after refusing to answer questions during traffic stop sues

TRENTON, N.J. — A Philadelphia woman who was arrested after she refused to answer questions during a traffic stop in New Jersey has sued state police, claiming troopers violated basic rules by arresting her for remaining silent. Continue reading...

PHOTO: Man going 112 mph fled crash with pet monkey, police say

BURIEN, Wash. — A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists. Continue reading...

Arkansas GOP says loyal will sign on to Trump bid

Subscriber onlyThe state's Republican elected officials, who previously steered clear of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will rally around the New York businessman now that he's the presumptive nominee, state party leaders predicted Wednesday. Continue reading...

Kasich's exit leaves Trump an open road

Clinton campaign begins wooing GOP’s dissatisfied

Subscriber onlyOhio Gov. John Kasich ended his presidential campaign Wednesday, leaving businessman Donald Trump as the GOP's presumptive nominee. Some reluctant Republicans began to rally around Trump, but others questioned their party's future. Continue reading...

New law in California makes smoking age 21

Subscriber onlyThe governor of California on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. Continue reading...

Open-carry gun bill gains preliminary approval by Oklahoma House panel

Subscriber onlyAn Oklahoma House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation to allow Oklahoma residents age 21 and older to openly carry guns without a license, training or background checks. Continue reading...

Slain SEAL on mission to aid military advisers

Subscriber only A Navy SEAL killed during a firefight in Iraq was part of a quick reaction force that moved in to rescue U.S. military advisers from an Islamic State attack, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Continue reading...

'Got your back,' Obama tells Flint

He sips filtered water, pledges to ensure crisis’s resolution

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama drank filtered Flint water on Wednesday, promising to pressure local, state and national leaders until the water flowing through the Michigan city's pipes is safe. Continue reading...

Law biased, can't be enforced, U.S. tells N.C.

Subscriber onlyA North Carolina law limiting protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people violates federal civil-rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyFired Texan kills ex-colleague, himself KATY, Texas -- A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said. Continue reading...

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