Los Angeles hospital settles over leaving patient on street

AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fourth Los Angeles-area hospital in less than three years has settled a lawsuit over a chronic problem in the nation’s second-largest city – turning homeless patients out on the streets after they have been...

Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20 a deeply symbolic move

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing up in Oklahoma, Becky Hobbs noticed some of her Cherokee elders wouldn’t even touch a $20 bill because they so despised Andrew Jackson. To this day, the 66-year-old songwriter pokes him in the face whenever she gets one. For Hobbs and many...

Judge is weighing New Hampshire killer’s bid for freedom

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge says he’ll rule at a later date after hearing from a convicted killer on his bid to have his sentenced reduced to the 10 years he has already served. Eric Windhurst was 17 when he fatally shot a friend’s stepfather,...

Criminal charges in Flint water crisis raise stakes

DETROIT (AP) — Flint’s water crisis has taken a dramatic turn with criminal charges being filed against two state employees and a city worker. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleges the three men knew that a lack of corrosion control in drinking water was a...

Arkansas House backs plan to save Medicaid expansion program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have approved a plan to preserve the state’s first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that will require a veto from Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson to save the program covering more than...

Phoenix area has 5 of 15 rail crossings with most accidents

PHOENIX (AP) — Crossings along a roughly 4-mile stretch of track in metro Phoenix account for five of the top 15 U.S. road-railroad crossings with the most accidents in the past decade. The Federal Railroad Administration says many of the crossings on a list released...

911 call helps convict former Louisiana district attorney

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six years ago, a woman made a desperate call to 911. Now, a longtime Louisiana prosecutor called a sexual predator by federal authorities faces a possible three years in prison. Records released Thursday reveal that sheriff’s...

Firms that paid for Clinton speeches have US gov’t interests

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are...

Ex-prosecutor accused of soliciting sex from defendants

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former district attorney in south Louisiana repeatedly abused his power to prey on vulnerable women, offering them leniency from his office in exchange for sex, authorities said Wednesday after the veteran prosecutor pleaded...

APNewsBreak: No more ties? Spelling Bee to get harder words

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik WASHINGTON (AP) — After two straight years of ties, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding more sting: The championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder. The bee, now televised in prime time by ESPN, has exploded in...