The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Phoenix police chief vows change amid civil rights claim

PHOENIX (AP) — Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national outcry.

Billions of mosquito lookalikes plague New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.

They're aquatic midges, often called "blind mosquitoes." They don't bite and they're good for the environment, but they sure can be a nuisance.

GM seeks to avoid Takata recalls for 4th straight year

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is trying to avoid recalling potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators in thousands of full-size pickup trucks and SUVs for the fourth straight year, leaving owners to wonder if vehicles are safe to drive.

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Dems 'radical'

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 as he kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a possible second term.

EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution.

4 charged with 2017 downing of MH17 jet

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — Four people, including a prominent eastern Ukrainian separatist commander, were charged with murder Wednesday in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine that killed 298 people.

Officer accused of taking thousands in fake overtime pay

EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — A veteran East St. Louis police officer has been accused of taking thousands of dollars in fraudulent overtime pay.

A federal grand jury indictment alleges Mario Fennoy of Lebanon obtained overtime compensation from the East St. Louis Police Department for nearly a year.

Dems interview former Trump aide Hope Hicks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks is refusing to answer questions related to her time in the White House in an interview with the House Judiciary Committee, according to several frustrated Democrats who have been in the meeting.

HIV prevention drug services expanding in some counties

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Southern Seven Health Department are working to expand HIV prevention drug services to people in some rural areas.

U.S. Navy expert: Tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines

U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday, stopping short of directly blaming Tehran for the assault.

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