Trump hits hard at 'Obamacare' after gloomy report DORAL, Florida (AP) - Hoping for a potent late-campaign issue against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump declared Tuesday that "Obamacare is just blowing up" after the government projected sharp cost increases for President Barack Obama's health care program. Just two weeks before Election Day, the New York businessman addressed the health care development during an appearance at one of his Florida golf resorts that highlighted the extraordinary intersection of his business and political interests. His message in a state he described as a "must-win," was somewhat scattershot, leaving questions of how well he and his party can capitalize on a revived emphasis on "Obamacare."
APNewsbreak: Voter group says dead people likely registered INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A data analysis firm hired by a voter registration group said on Tuesday that its analysis of Indiana's voter database found thousands of people over the age of 110 who would likely be deceased and are still registered to vote. TargetSmart conducted a review of the state voter file maintained by Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson's office on behalf of Patriot Majority, a voter registration group with deep ties to the Democratic Party, which has been the focal point of a state police probe of possible voter fraud. But Patriot Majority said the data firm's findings show that the statewide voter database is riddled with errors and this does not mean there was fraud.
With every turn of a wrench, Jordanian woman breaks barriers ZARQA, Jordan (AP) - It is graduation day, and Maryam Mutlaq is celebrating her transformation from stay-at-home mom to licensed plumber. The training took 18 months. Now, Mutlaq and her 29 course mates - all veiled, most middle-aged - take turns presenting a business plan at the March ceremony. Mutlaq, 41, speaks with a clear, strong voice and stands out for her detailed vision. She will open a storefront plumbing business, she tells the other women. From there she plans to sell pipes and other spare parts, and book house calls. She's even picked out a name, Challenge, and a location in an up-and-coming neighborhood in this otherwise drab, impoverished city of more than 1 million people.
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Pakistani cadets ran, jumped from windows to flee militants QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Survivors of an overnight attack that killed 61 people at a Pakistani police academy described chaotic scenes of gunfire and explosions, with militants shooting anyone they saw and cadets running for their lives and jumping from windows and rooftops. A Taliban splinter group and an affiliate of the Islamic State group made competing claims of responsibility for the four-hour siege late Monday at the Police Training College on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta. Most of the dead and the 123 wounded were recruits and cadets, said Wasay Khan, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
Iraqi forces battle IS in western town, far from Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote western town far from the Mosul offensive, but the U.S.-led coalition insists the militants have not succeeded in diverting resources from the fight to retake Iraq's second largest city. The assault in Rutba, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the south of Mosul in the western Anbar province, is the latest in a series of what U.S. officials are calling "spoiler attacks," aimed at stretching Iraqi forces and sowing fear far from Mosul's front lines. The White House envoy to the coalition battling IS insisted the militants' strategy was failing, saying there had been "no diversion whatsoever" of forces taking part in the Mosul operation, which is expected to take weeks, if not months.
DIVIDED AMERICA: Yearning for unity, enduring divisiveness Though they live about 1,730 miles apart, though they've never met, though they are of different races and backgrounds, Lauren Boebert and Dorothy Johnson-Speight speak almost in unison when they lament the fracturing of America. Americans must "come together, be non-judgmental about people and their opinions," says Johnson-Speight. Americans must "come together as one," says Boebert. And yet these two women stand squarely at the epicenter of American acrimony - territory explored by The Associated Press in "Divided America," a series of stories that surveyed a United States that is far from united. --- EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the final installment of Divided America, AP's exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.
What Volkswagen owners can expect from the diesel settlement DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Volkswagen AG and about 475,000 owners of diesel cars that don't meet U.S. emissions standards. Volkswagen admitted last year that the cars were programmed to cheat on emissions tests. The German automaker will spend up to $10 billion to either buy the cars back or fix them and compensate owners. Here are answers to questions about the deal, which is the largest class-action settlement in the history of the American auto industry: --- Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE? A: The deal covers 475,000 VW models with 2-liter diesel engines dating to 2009.
Manhunt for Oklahoma decapitation suspect continues OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Authorities have been hunting for more than 24 hours for an Oklahoma man they say posted live videos to social media while running from police during a violent rampage that included shooting two police officers, armed car thefts and killing his aunt and uncle, apparently attempting to cut off their heads. Michael Dale Vance Jr., a 38-year-old man from Chandler, Oklahoma, is wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder. Police say he was last seen early Monday about 30 miles from the Texas border in western Oklahoma - 165 miles away from where the manhunt began Sunday night in Wellston.
Next year here: Lovable losers Cubs, Indians meet in Series CLEVELAND (AP) - The last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series, Dewey led Truman in the polls. The Chicago Cubs' last title was 13 days after the first Ford Model T car was completed. Lovable losers known for decades of defeat meet in this year's championship, a combined 174 seasons of futility facing off starting Tuesday night at Progressive Field. Cleveland's last title was in 1948, when 16 teams from the East Coast to St. Louis competed in a just-integrated sport. The Cubs are trying to win for the first time since 1908 , a dead ball-era matchup at a time home runs were rarities along with telephones.
Anger still flares after judge OKs Volkswagen emissions deal SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history Tuesday, giving nearly half a million Volkswagen owners the choice between selling their cars back or having them repaired so they don't cheat on emissions tests and spew excess pollution. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said the nearly $15 billion deal "adequately and fairly" compensates consumers and gets the polluting vehicles off the road as soon as possible. The German automaker acknowledged last year that about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audis with 2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engines were programmed to cheat on emissions tests. The settlement calls for the company to spend up to $10 billion to buy back or repair those vehicles' engines and pay their owners an additional $5,100 to $10,000 each.