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Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. Governors and local officials in several states declared ...

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state ...

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of ...

Texas bids Bush farewell with country music, funeral train

By WILL WEISSERT, NOMAAN MERCHANT and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — America's final farewell to George H.W. Bush shifted to Texas on Thursday, with his friend and former Secretary of State James Baker addressing him as "Jefe," Spanish for "boss," and celebrating him as a ...

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed ...

2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 dead, 5 missing

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan's coast early Thursday is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military said. The Marine Corps said the other recovered crew member was in fair ...

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird ...

Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes. Thursday marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election. Michigan is now among ...

Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories of George H.W. Bush's underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America's 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once ...

Prosecutors recommend no jail time for cooperative Flynn

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing that ...