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Coal tax cut endangers federal black lung fund

Coal tax cut endangers federal black lung fund

COEBURN, Va. — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration.
Dutch prosecutors consider terror motive in tram shooting

Dutch prosecutors consider terror motive in tram shooting

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Dutch investigators probing the deadly tram shooting in the city of Utrecht sharpened their focus Tuesday on a possible extremist motive, as judicial authorities revealed that the main suspect was released from jail this month

Jury: Roundup weed killer major factor in man's cancer

SAN FRANCISCO — A jury in federal court in San Francisco has concluded that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer.

Maine House OKs switch to Indigenous Peoples Day

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to trade the Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans has received initial approval in the Maine House. The House voted 88-51 Tuesday in support of the bill, which faces further votes. Democratic Rep.

Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin

LANSING, Mich. — In a sign of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the Michigan Legislature is expected to honour the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation. The Michigan House voted 101-6 on Tuesday to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L.
Heat records falling twice as often as cold ones, AP finds

Heat records falling twice as often as cold ones, AP finds

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows.
Pope nixes French cardinal resignation after coverup

Pope nixes French cardinal resignation after coverup

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after he was convicted of failing to report a known predator priest to police, the Vatican said Tuesday.
Kazakhstan's president to step down after 30 years in power

Kazakhstan's president to step down after 30 years in power

MOSCOW — President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after three decades in power, raising uncertainty over the future course of the Central Asian country.
Tyler Perry steps in to help 4 children of slain single mom

Tyler Perry steps in to help 4 children of slain single mom

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has lent his support.
Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

NEW YORK — Novelist Tommy Orange keeps winning awards. PEN America announced Tuesday that the author of "There There," the most honoured literary debut of 2018, has received the PEN/Hemingway award for "distinguished" new novel.