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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Eva Stough opens the door to her tiny house, where she lives with her partner and baby, at a homeless encampment in Seattle. In the absence of legislation to incentivize the acceptance of Section 8 vouchers, politicians and advocates have been scrambling to keep up with the surge of unsheltered residents in the state. One answer in Seattle has been the so-called tiny houses, portable 120-square-foot shacks of simple wood construction, which now include seven villages with a capacity to house 350 people since its start in 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 06, 2018 - 4:11 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mindy Woods fought her way out of homelessness. It's a success story state lawmakers and advocacy groups are trying to replicate by targeting perhaps the biggest challenge faced by the homeless: rejection. Woods, 52, slept on friends' couches for eight months and had eight property...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Manuela Barela passes crosses set up to honor those killed during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. A $31.5 million victims' fund that started as an online GoFundMe effort plans to pay $275,000 to families of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas Victims Fund announced Friday, March 2, 2018, that the maximum $275,000 also will be paid to 10 other people who were paralyzed or suffered permanent brain damage in the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
March 02, 2018 - 7:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $31.5 million victims' fund that started as a GoFundMe effort announced plans Friday to pay $275,000 to the families of each of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas Victims Fund said the maximum $275,000 also will be paid to 10...
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FILE - This Sept. 20, 2011, file photo shows a box of General Mills' Fiber One cereal, in Philadelphia. General Mills is buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. in a deal valued at about $8 billion. General Mills Inc. will pay $40 per Blue Buffalo share. That's a 17 percent premium to the pet food company's Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 closing price of $34.12. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 23, 2018 - 1:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Cheerios also wants to fill dog bowls. General Mills said Friday that it plans to buy high-end pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion. It's a return to the pet business for the more than 150-year-old company, which used to sell food for cats, dogs and birds back in...
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United States' Meghan Duggan, from left, Hilary Knight, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Maddie Rooney pose for photos with their gold medal in women's hockey at a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Twenty years after taking gold when the sport was added to the Olympics, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight golds on Thursday. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
February 23, 2018 - 4:05 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Americans Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Gigi Marvin and Kacey Bellamy have a luxury their predecessors lacked after finally capturing the nation's first Olympic gold in women's hockey in two decades...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 22, 2018 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday called for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children. The idea is part of Trump administration's focus on expanding school choice — alternatives to...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb 15, 2018, about the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 15, 2018 - 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump's latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump’s budget even as the sickest patients save money. That may make it harder to sell the complex plan to Congress in an election year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 13, 2018 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year. In budget documents,...
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February 08, 2018 - 9:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said Thursday. A senior administration official outlined the plan on...
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February 06, 2018 - 2:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple may issue refunds to customers who paid full price to replace the batteries on older iPhones before the company offered a $50 discount as part of its apology for secretly slowing down the devices. No details about the potential rebate were included in a five-page letter...
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February 06, 2018 - 12:57 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Years of contention and threatened electric rate increases ended Tuesday as utility regulators approved a settlement declaring how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for their share of a troubled $7.5 billion power plant. Once touted as a model for the future of...
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