Lawsuit: Duke, UNC agreed to not hire each other’s doctors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The basketball rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina battle is legendary, but a federal lawsuit says the two elite institutions have agreed not to compete in another prestigious area: the market for highly skilled medical...

U.S. stocks start 2018 with gains as technology leads again

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are starting the new year higher thanks in part to gains in technology and health care companies, some of the market’s biggest winners from 2017. Retailers are up as well. Natural gas prices are rising as cold weather continues to grip much of...
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Ted Thompson out as Packers GM, now senior adviser

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Ted Thompson is out as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, but will remain as senior adviser of football operations. It’s a big change after one of the league’s most successful teams missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record...

South Korea offers talks with North on Olympic cooperation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers...

Iran’s top leader blames protests on meddling by ‘enemies’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday blamed the protests roiling the country on “enemies of Iran” who he said were meddling in its internal affairs, as state television reported that overnight clashes between protesters and security forces killed...

Trump accuses DOJ of being part of ‘deep state’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department Tuesday of being part of the “deep state” and urged prosecution against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. He also claimed that U.S....

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on ‘Today’

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. Kotb, 53, will...

Deadly, bone-chilling cold grips wide swath of U.S.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to several deaths that authorities attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures. The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze...

1 of 4 inmates who escaped Berlin prison turns himself in

BERLIN (AP) — One of four inmates who broke out of a prison in Berlin last week turned himself in Tuesday, a city official said, promising a review of security precautions at the facility after an embarrassing series of lapses. On Thursday, four men used a hammer to break down...

California starts recreational pot sales, clients jam stores

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — From a pot shop in Santa Cruz that hung a banner proclaiming “Prohibition is Over!” to one in San Diego handing out T-shirts showing the first moon landing and declaring a “giant leap for mankind,” the Golden State turned a shade...