Idaho sequoia in way of expansion to be moved 2 blocks away

AP Photo/TROY MABEN BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A sequoia seedling that naturalist John Muir sent to Idaho more than a century ago and was planted in a doctor’s yard has become a massive tree and an obstacle to progress. The sequoia planted in 1912 is in the way of a Boise...

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater...

Mike Vick, Steve Smith, Justin Forsett ready for retirement

AP Photo/John Bazemore Life after football hits some NFL players harder than others. Michael Vick, Steve Smith and Justin Forsett are adjusting to their post-NFL careers in different ways. Vick, the dynamic four-time Pro Bowl quarterback who was honored with a retirement ceremony...

Chiefs sign Andy Reid to extension, part with GM John Dorsey

AP Photo/Ed Zurga KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have given coach Andy Reid a contract extension and parted ways with general manager John Dorsey, making two massive decisions on what is typically a quiet week in the offseason. The 59-year-old Reid was entering the...
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Ex-detainees: Detention center's practices border on slavery

AP Photo/David Zalubowski DENVER (AP) — Every day, immigrants are told to clean their living areas in a privately run Colorado detention center or risk being put in solitary confinement. Some also volunteer to do jobs as varied as landscaping, more cleaning and cutting...

Colbert goes to Russia, vows to search for Comey 'tapes'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia. The host of CBS’ “The Late Show” is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network said Thursday. Colbert, whose steady political wisecracks have been accompanied by a rise in his...
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Judges affirm 'Making a Murderer' confession was coerced

AP Photo/Morry Gash MILWAUKEE (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was improperly obtained and he should be re-tried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan...

560K Signatures Submitted Toward Ohio Victims’ Rights Effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment giving crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused say they’ve delivered enough signatures to Ohio’s elections chief to make the fall ballot. About 306,000 of the 560,000...

Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride parade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis’ first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday’s annual event due to tensions over the police...

US judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret Muslim vetting program

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge says a class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones on Wednesday denied the Justice Department’s...