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U.S. virus death toll rises to 11 with California victim

By GENE JOHNSON, CARLA K. JOHNSON and MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 11 on Wednesday with a victim succumbing in California — the nation's first reported fatality outside Washington state — as officials, schools and ...

Noose placed on Wisconsin brewery shooter’s locker in 2015

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Someone placed a noose several years ago on the locker of a Wisconsin brewery employee who last week opened fire on his co-workers, the brewery operator said Wednesday, confirming at least one instance of racial harassment against him as ...

Supreme Court divided in 1st big abortion case of Trump era

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with its first major abortion case of the Trump era, leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the likely deciding vote. Roberts did not say enough to tip his hand in an hour of spirited ...

Doctors try 1st CRISPR editing in the body for blindness

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Scientists say they have used the gene editing tool CRISPR inside someone's body for the first time, a new frontier for efforts to operate on DNA, the chemical code of life, to treat diseases. A patient recently had it done at the Casey Eye ...

Tornadoes devastate Tennessee, killing at least 22 people

By TRAVIS LOLLER and KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee as people slept early Tuesday, shredding at least 140 buildings and killing at least 22 people. Authorities described painstaking efforts to find survivors in piles of rubble and ...

Virus spread prompts Fed to slash rates in surprise move

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point Tuesday in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus. Chairman ...

Biden, Bernie’s Super Tuesday brawl to shape Democratic race

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of voters from Maine to California headed to the polls on Super Tuesday, the delegate-rich prize in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination that's shaping up as a contest between two ...

High Court debates presidential power on ‘Super Tuesday’

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with whether to make it easier for the president to fire the head of the agency that enforces federal consumer financial laws, a decision that could ultimately impact a vast range of agencies. The high ...

Medication fog can mimic or worsen dementia in the elderly

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Claire Dinneen's daughters thought that worsening dementia was causing her growing confusion, but her doctor suspected something else. Dr. Pei Chen asked them to round up medicines in the 89-year-old woman's home and they returned with a huge ...

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

By STEVE PEOPLES, ALEXANDRA JAFFE and MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night ...