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‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee railed against her Alabama hometown for trying to exploit her success in a letter that helps explain later legal battles involving commercialization of her novel. The writer’s bitter assessment of Monroeville came in a three-page letter that is being sold with other items by … Continue reading ‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland

Osaka wins, Djokovic match delayed by rain at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world’s No. 1 player on track to defend her title. Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s player, held serve to win his opening game against Philipp Kohlschreiber in their … Continue reading Osaka wins, Djokovic match delayed by rain at Indian Wells

Oakley calls Knicks owner a ‘bully’ for fan altercation

Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley says team owner James Dolan is a “bully” for threatening to ban fans from Madison Square Garden. Oakley, a longtime NBA enforcer and rebounding machine, said Dolan was wrong to mouth off at a fan who told him to sell the team during a loss at MSG. Oakey … Continue reading Oakley calls Knicks owner a ‘bully’ for fan altercation

Alaska, Norwegian mushers battle for Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaskan and a Norwegian are running neck-and-neck in the world’s most famous sled dog race. GPS trackers show Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, Alaska, and defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, are within a mile of each other as the mushers near the finish line in … Continue reading Alaska, Norwegian mushers battle for Iditarod lead

US communities reach out to homeless as liver disease surges

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and “Wormtown.” Among them was this less-known medical moniker: “Hepatitisville.” Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering disease, including one that sidelined 90 members of a college football team in 1969. … Continue reading US communities reach out to homeless as liver disease surges

US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February, pushed up slightly by higher gasoline and housing costs even as the prices for autos and clothing slumped. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose a modest 1.5 percent last month from a year ago. Inflation has been muted despite … Continue reading US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February

Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

Trump budget proposal counts on optimistic growth, deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with Congress, Trump wants more than $8 billion for the barrier … Continue reading Trump budget proposal counts on optimistic growth, deep cuts

Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of species of sea slugs, jellyfish and other marine life from toastier southern waters migrated into the Northern California region over an unusually long two-year period of severe heatwaves, says a new scientific report. The 67 species identified in the report include a carnivorous sea slug that preys on other … Continue reading Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves

UnitedHealthcare broadens consumers direct rebate program

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — The nation’s largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications. Beginning next year, all employer-sponsored health care plans that use UnitedHealthcare must give point-of-sale discounts directly to consumers. Insurers typically get rebates from pharmaceutical companies to help offset high … Continue reading UnitedHealthcare broadens consumers direct rebate program

Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year. Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi … Continue reading Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

A state Senate race in Iowa draws presidential hopefuls

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A month ago, Eric Giddens was just a member of the Cedar Falls school board thinking about maybe, someday, running for higher office. Today, he feels like the most popular Democrat in Iowa. California Rep. Eric Swalwell called to congratulate him the day he won the nomination for a surprise … Continue reading A state Senate race in Iowa draws presidential hopefuls

Pelosi rejects Trump’s proposed budget cuts as ‘cruel’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with Congress, Trump wants more than $8 billion for the barrier … Continue reading Pelosi rejects Trump’s proposed budget cuts as ‘cruel’

Kansas tries to forget regular-season flop in Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just about the only good thing that comes with failing to win at least a share of the Big 12 title for the first time in 15 years is Kansas knows its first-round opponent in the league tournament. It’s not much. But it’s something. The No. 3 seed Jayhawks, who … Continue reading Kansas tries to forget regular-season flop in Big 12 tourney

New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. The idea for state-run … Continue reading New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

Reds’ Lorenzen pitches an inning, moves to center field

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP)— Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun the Cincinnati Reds’ mound-to-outfield experiment, pitching one inning and then moving to center field Monday in a game against the Cleveland Indians. It didn’t take long for the ball to find him. Lorenzen chased Jose Ramirez’s leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a … Continue reading Reds’ Lorenzen pitches an inning, moves to center field

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

9-year-old Los Angeles area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

LOS ANGELES (AP)— Investigators have identified a Los Angeles-area girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case. The coroner’s office determined the girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones and ruled her death a homicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department … Continue reading 9-year-old Los Angeles area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP)— The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, for allegedly trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at Cuba and Russia for continuing to support Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and contributing to … Continue reading US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

NEW YORK(AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman Democrat’s wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering. Fox said it “strongly condemned” Pirro’s Saturday night commentary and said it had addressed the matter with her. Pirro … Continue reading Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

US stocks move broadly higher on tech strength; Boeing drops

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday, led by a rally in technology shares. A sharp decline in Boeing stemmed the gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Stocks are coming off their worst week since December. Still, the major indexes are enjoying gains of 9 percent or more for … Continue reading US stocks move broadly higher on tech strength; Boeing drops

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher, but Boeing sinks Dow

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Technology stocks are powering broad gains on Wall Street, although a drop in Boeing is weighing on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Apple is up 3.2 percent after an analyst upgraded the stock, while Nvidia is gaining 4.7 percent … Continue reading Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher, but Boeing sinks Dow

Authorities identify 9-year-old girl found in duffel bag

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators have identified a girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case. The Sheriff’s Department said late Sunday the coroner’s office determined the girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones and her death was ruled … Continue reading Authorities identify 9-year-old girl found in duffel bag

North Carolina sued again over transgender rights

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is being sued again over its treatment of transgender people, as state employees argue their health plan violated federal law by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures. The new lawsuit comes amid unresolved litigation over North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill and the law that replaced it. The lawsuit filed … Continue reading North Carolina sued again over transgender rights

The Latest: Trump 2020 budget seeks $8.6B for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s proposed 2020 budget (all times local): 8:25 a.m. President Donald Trump’s budget chief confirms that the president will ask Congress for $8.6 billion for his proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico as part of his 2020 budget proposal. Russ Vought, the acting director of … Continue reading The Latest: Trump 2020 budget seeks $8.6B for wall

US retail sales up just 0.2 pct. as consumers stay cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market. Retail sales increased just 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, after a sharp fall of 1.6 percent in December, the biggest drop in 9 years. … Continue reading US retail sales up just 0.2 pct. as consumers stay cautious

Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

DENVER (AP) — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the industry. Backed by a federal judge, they have a chance this week to ask state regulators … Continue reading Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

Levi Strauss plans to raise up to $587M in IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Levi Strauss plans to raise up to $587 million in an initial public offering of company shares. The San Francisco company said Monday that it’s offering approximately 9.5 million shares, while selling stockholders are offering about 27.2 million shares. The stock is expected to be priced between $14 and $16 each. … Continue reading Levi Strauss plans to raise up to $587M in IPO