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Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto's Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, ...

For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army ...

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic ...

Compound suspects built in tiny off-the-grid community

By MORGAN LEE and MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press TAOS, N.M. (AP) — They arrived at the start of winter to set up makeshift living quarters on the high-desert plains of northern New Mexico, amid a tiny community of off-the-grid homes on 10-acre lots. For a time, the newcomers appeared to ...

Video shows massacre suspect punching self, speaking softly

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday released hours of video interrogation of Florida's school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to speak louder and punching himself in the ...

14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San ...

History shared but unreconciled in city’s Confederate statue

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black ...

GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it's becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump's pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to ...

Manafort’s ‘right-hand man’ testifies in fraud trial

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his "right-hand man" — the person defense attorneys blame for any ...

Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the ...