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5 things to know about Tax Day: refunds are up, audits down

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday is Tax Day, that dreaded day when millions of procrastinators rush to fulfill their civic duty by filing state and federal tax returns. But for most, it's not that bad. Sure, the forms are complicated and yes, there is math. ...

In or out? Trump aides to huddle on climate accord Tuesday

By JILL COLVIN and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top aides will huddle Tuesday to discuss whether or not the U.S. should remain part of the Paris Climate accord — a global effort to cut down on climate-warming carbon emissions. Officials will ...

Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program

By CATHERINE LUCEY and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an ...

Trump, GOP face referendum in Georgia; Dems aim for upset

By KATHLEEN FOODY and BILL BARROW, Associated Press ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a ...

Canada glacier melt rerouted in rare case of ‘river piracy’

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call "river piracy" and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to ...

‘Infowars’ host Jones disputes persona in custody dispute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona, according to a lawyer defending the "Infowars" broadcaster in a child custody battle. Attorney Randall Wilhite said at a ...

Affidavit: Doc prescribed Prince meds under friend’s name

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A doctor who saw Prince in the days before he died had prescribed the painkiller oxycodone under the name of Prince's friend to protect the musician's privacy, according to court documents unsealed Monday that revealed nothing about how the ...

Texas woman awarded $760K for skydiving accident in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Texas woman has been awarded $760,000 after she was badly injured in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Mackenzie Wethington was 16 in January 2014 when her parachute malfunctioned and she fell more than 3,000 feet to the ground in Chickasha. Her injuries included ...

ence: North Korea ‘provocation’ shows the risk to military

P By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that North Korea's "provocation" underscored the risks faced by American and South Korean service members, hours after the North conducted a failed missile launch shortly before Pence's ...

Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched through streets across America demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign ...

Wait is over for April the giraffe, YouTube star and new mom

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The wait is over for April the giraffe and the legions of fans who watched a New York zoo's livestream for signs that the long-legged internet star was in labor. April gave birth to a healthy male calf Saturday at the privately-owned Animal Adventure Park before an ...

Liz Weston: 4 tax hacks you might not know

By LIZ WESTON, NerdWallet You know to contribute enough to your 401(k) to get the full company match. Maybe you've even adjusted your withholding so you're not giving Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. Yet you may feel the need to do even more, especially if you're making the last big push ...

5 things to know about US Vice President Mike Pence

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is embarking on a 10-day, four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific this weekend, arriving in South Korea after a failed missile launch by the North. His visit comes amid tensions over North Korea's aggressive flaunting of its nuclear ...

Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack 75 years later

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, Cole recalls the excitement of ...

Lawyer: Dragged passenger will need reconstructive surgery

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines and the city of Chicago may find themselves the target of lawsuits by the man who was dragged off a United plane in Chicago last week after refusing to give up his seat. One of Dr. David Dao's lawyers, Thomas ...

Jury begin 6th day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez trial

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations. The former New England Patriots tight end is accused of killing two men in 2012 after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him at a Boston nightclub. His lawyers ...

A survivor, now a dad: Virginia Tech tragedy, 10 years later

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kevin Sterne has spent 10 years trying not to let himself be defined by the mass shooting that nearly killed him at Virginia Tech. But now that he's a new father, Sterne grapples with knowing that one day he must tell his son ...

Supplier: Drug sold to Arkansas not intended for executions

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge was weighing Friday whether to block Arkansas' seven upcoming executions, set to begin next week, as a medical supplier said one of the three drugs the state plans to use to put the prisoners to death wasn't sold to be used ...

Man accused in theft of guns arrested in Wisconsin

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — A fugitive accused of stealing numerous weapons from a Wisconsin gun store and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House was arrested Friday after nine days on the run, sheriff's officials said. Joseph Allen Jakubowski was ...

Pruitt tells miners `regulatory assault’ is over

SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the ...