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."
Celebrities of all types are fanning out for Clinton DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For television actress Busy Philipps, campaigning for Hillary Clinton isn't always glamorous. The star of "Dawson's Creek" and "Freaks and Geeks" pitched in recently in Iowa. But she wasn't addressing giant rallies or hosting big-ticket fundraisers. Instead, the exuberant blonde spoke to about 20 women in the cavernous Des Moines skywalk, encouraging them to vote early on their lunch break. "Listen, I'm not George Clooney," she said, after praising Clinton, posing for selfies and doing two local television interviews. "But I'm happy to show up." With Election Day approaching, a celebrity strike force is fanning out for Clinton.
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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Militants attack Pakistan police academy, killing 61 QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing 61 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. The four-hour siege - one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's security forces in recent years - also wounded 123, mainly police trainees but also some paramilitary troops, according to Wasay Khan, a spokesman for the elite Frontier Corps. Some of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition. The assault caught many of the recruits asleep in their dorms and forced cadets and trainers to jump off rooftops and run for their lives to escape the attackers.
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.
APNewsbreak: Voter group says dead people likely registered INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A data analysis firm hired by a voter registration group says its examination of Indiana's voter database has found thousands of people over the age of 110 who are likely deceased and still registered to vote. The analysis was conducted for Patriot Majority, a group affiliated with the Democratic Party that state police are investigating. Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson last week flagged "thousands" of changes to voter information that she said could suggest fraud, but later acknowledged those changes could be legitimate. Lawson's office says it took control of database maintenance in 2014 and is updating it in compliance with federal law.
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.
Maduro's opponents fan flames of Venezuela birther debate CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A birther debate is heating up in Venezuela as President Nicolas Maduro's opponents seek to push the embattled socialist leader from office at any cost. On Tuesday, the opposition-controlled congress began debating Maduro's "constitutional situation" in which lawmakers vow to present evidence that he's a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office. The birther argument and allegations that Maduro has abandoned the presidency - basically that he's not doing his job - have been gaining momentum after the opposition last week declared itself in open rebellion and called for mass demonstrations over the government's decision to suspend a recall referendum seeking the president's removal.