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CDC: Bad flu season appears to ‘level out’

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK — Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the season appears to already be peaking. It’s been a rough few weeks: Hospitals have set up tents to handle patient overflow. Doctors are putting in double and...

Mudslide-stricken Calif. town is all but empty

By KRYSTA FAURIA and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press MONTECITO, Calif. — Most residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito were under orders to clear out Friday as the search for victims dragged on and crews labored to repair power, water and gas lines as well as clean up massive...

1st trial date set in Oklahoma suit over opioid epidemic

By KEN MILLER Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The first trial date has been set for a lawsuit by a state against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic, according to Oklahoma’s attorney general. Oklahoma, one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against...

Zabo, De La Rosa Spark Kent State To 70-69 Victory

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Zabo scored 24 points and Adonis De La Rosa scored on a jump hook with 21 seconds remaining to lead Kent State past Ohio 70-69 on Friday night. Kent led 37-31 at halftime before Ohio (8-8, 1-3 Mid-American) rallied and tied it at 67-all with 2:40 remaining...

Everything is going Roethlisberger’s way

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — The words that threatened to define Ben Roethlisberger’s season were uttered almost as an afterthought and with more than a hint of frustrated sarcasm. It just didn’t read that way as it made the rounds on social...

Diplomats try to smooth over Trump’s remarks

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON — American diplomats scrambled Friday to salvage their nation’s bonds with Africa, Haiti and even the celebrated “special relationship” with Britain after President Donald Trump, in the span of a few hours, deeply...

For first time, Saudi women allowed into stadium to watch soccer

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi women were allowed into a sports stadium for the first time Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams — though they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with...

Trump: No trip to London since new embassy site is a ‘bad deal’

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy in the British capital, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents. Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in...

Saved by the sausage: British butcher escapes freezer

LONDON (AP) — A British butcher who got locked in a freezer says he was saved by a frozen sausage that he used as a battering ram. Chris McCabe says he became trapped in the walk-in freezer at his shop in Totnes, southwest England, last month when wind blew the door shut. The...

Hockey: Big 2nd period lifts Canucks past Columbus

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS — Sven Baertschi sparked a four-goal second period for Vancouver, Jacob Markstrom had 27 saves and the Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Friday night. Seth Jones put Columbus up 1-0 during a strong first period, but Vancouver...