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World shares slump after Trump announcement on virus plans

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:38pm

someone in California who appears not to have the usual risk factors of having traveled abroad or being exposed to another patient.

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

Lauran Neergaard and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:24pm

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming.

Michigan adoption fraudster sentenced to 10 years in prison

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:51pm

A Michigan woman who ripped off dozens of couples seeking to adopt children while spending their money on luxury handbags, jewelry and household upgrades was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison, although a judge said a life term would be more appropriate.

Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:49pm

Facebook said Wednesday that it is banning ads that make false claims about products tied to the new coronavirus.

Police: 6 dead, including shooter, in attack at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors brewery complex

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:41pm

Police: 6 dead, including shooter, in attack at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors brewery complex.

US forest chief: 'Tough choices' to fund wildfire prevention

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:30pm

The U.S. Forest Service has been working with states and other partners to treat more acres every year in hopes of reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire, but Forest Chief Vicki Christiansen acknowledged that a budget proposal for the next fiscal year reflects “tough choices and trade-offs” that could mean no funding for some programs.

Trump campaign sues NY Times for defamation over Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:18pm

The campaign to reelect President Donald Trump sued The New York Times for defamation Wednesday, saying it was responsible for an essay by a former executive editor for the newspaper that claimed the campaign made a deal with Russian officials to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

US says resuming coal sales has little impact; critics balk

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:56pm

The Trump administration said Wednesday a resumption of coal sales from public lands that had been blocked under former President Barack Obama will result in a negligible increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Arizona's largest newspaper quits candidate endorsements

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:53pm

The Arizona Republic, which drew global attention in 2016 for endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in its history, will stop endorsing candidates for public office, newspaper leaders wrote Wednesday.

Kansas struggles with details of legalizing sports betting

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:34pm

Kansas lawmakers who want to legalize betting on sports events and allow online sales of lottery tickets are struggling to agree on the details and facing criticism that they're being too generous toward companies already managing casinos for the state.

Milwaukee mayor: Multiple people dead in shooting at Molson Coors' corporate complex

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:40pm

Milwaukee mayor: Multiple people dead in shooting at Molson Coors' corporate complex.

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

Lauran Neergaard and Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:49pm

President Donald Trump faces a critical challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: Asking Americans to believe him after he and top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat.

Lowe's disappoints on 4Q sales, full-year outlook

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:35pm

Lowe's Cos. on Wednesday reported weaker-than-expected sales for its fiscal fourth quarter and offered an annual forecast that came below Wall Street expectations.

Microsoft says supply chain slowed by virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:34pm

Microsoft says its supply chain is being hurt by the virus outbreak in China and the company will return to normal operations at a slower pace than expected.

AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness

Lauran Neergaard and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:33pm

Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.

New lawsuit: Mississippi prison has 'abhorrent conditions'

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:24pm

The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman is a violent, rat-infested place where inmates live in “abhorrent conditions” and their medical needs are routinely ignored, attorneys say in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of 152 prisoners

US adds leader of Iraqi militia to terrorism blacklist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:04pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday added the head of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia responsible for attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq to its terrorism blacklist.

How auto insurers use your nondriving habits to raise prices

Kayda Norman Of Nerdwallet, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:36pm

like your magazine subscriptions or what groceries you buy.

Soundtrack City: How Nashville is awash in film, game scores

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:30pm

Nashville is already known as Music City, but a new wave of music being recorded there for video games, TV shows and movies could earn it a new title as Soundtrack City.