• Venezuela sets deadline to US to slash embassy staff

    Updated: 16 min ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has given the U.S. two weeks to slash its diplomatic mission here to less than 20 percent of its current size as tensions between the two nations rise. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez made the announcement Monday after a rare meeting with the top...

  • Ex-Guardsman gets 15 years for role in sex trafficking case

    Updated: 18 min ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former officer in the New Hampshire National Guard has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and bounced from the guard for his role in a San Antonio sex trafficking ring. Lt. Col. Raymond Valas was among four people sentenced Friday in U.S. District...

  • Concern over big-ticket spending as Senate takes up tax cuts

    Updated: 18 min ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Billions of dollars in promised tax cuts getting fast-tracked by Republican leaders drew bipartisan concern Monday over whether enough money will remain to build new roads, ramp up border security and plug a benefits shortfall for retired teachers. New woes over...

  • Idaho House approves new medical abortion regulations

    Updated: 31 min ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Republican-controlled House voted Monday to prohibit doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine —a practice not even offered in the state— on a party-line vote. Under a 55-14 vote, the House's GOP members endorsed requiring...

  • Veterans Affairs secretary visits Delaware VA hospital

    Updated: 46 min ago

    ELSMERE, Del. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he is eager to get a series of investigations regarding long wait times and other issues at VA facilities around the nation behind him. McDonald joined members of Delaware's congressional delegation Monday for a tour...

  • Iowa woman accused of faking pregnancy to bilk couple

    Updated: 47 min ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police arrested an Iowa woman for allegedly faking a pregnancy to bilk a couple out of some money, and investigators said Monday that it's not the first time she has carried out such a scam. Tracy Leann Bess, of Ankeny, was charged Friday with fourth-degree...

  • Jordan, other NBA owners join Forbes' billionaire list

    Updated: 57 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jordan and some other NBA owners have reached new heights, landing on Forbes world list of billionaires. Forbes released its list on Monday and noted that Jordan's net worth is estimated at $1 billion, thanks to his well-timed investment in the Charlotte...

  • Ex-nursing home manager gets prison for embezzling $460,000

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A nursing home business manager who stole $460,000 from residents of the Oakland County facility has been sentenced to between two years, four months and 20 years in prison. Forty-four-year-old Tina Binkley of Almont pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to one count of...

  • Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 poll

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The stability of The Associated Press Top 25 these past several weeks blew up during a tumultuous week of big victories and upsets. Kentucky, Division I's only undefeated team, remained entrenched at No. 1 after two routs. The Wildcats (29-0) were a unanimous choice for the fifth...

  • Joe Biden in Guatemala to talk Central America funding

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Guatemala for a two-day visit with Central American presidents to discuss funding priorities aimed at slowing migration. Last month, President Barack Obama included $1 billion for Central America in the budget request...

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