Poll: More Americans want greater spending on health

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans.

Migrants encounter snafus with new U.S. asylum policy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scheduling glitches led an immigration judge to deny the Trump administration's request to order four Central American migrants deported because they failed to show for initial hearings Wednesday in the U.S. while being forced to wait in Mexico.

Powerball jackpot rises to $625 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $625 million.

The jackpot on Saturday would be the seventh-largest in U.S. history, with an estimated lump sum payout of $380.6 million before taxes.

The odds of winning are extremely long, at 1 in 292.2 million, but they do get beaten.

AP Fact Check: Trump takes credit for law named after McCain

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's posthumous slam on Sen. John McCain flips reality on its head when it comes to who gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public expense.

"McCain didn't get the job done for our great vets," Trump said Wednesday. "I got it done."

First AI Google Doodle features Bach

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle.

Thursday's animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody.

New Zealand to ban 'military-style' guns

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The government of New Zealand announced a ban on "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines Thursday, just a week after such weapons were used in attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch that killed 50 people.

Trump's blasts at McCain dismay some Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain , even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.

Area history, March 21, 2019

Today is Thursday, March 21, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, March 21, 2019

Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2019. There are 285 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On March 21, 2006, the social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the first "tweet" by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: "just setting up my twttr."

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Election 2019 | Interim mayor claims 'no one ... will work harder' for Danville

DANVILLE — More than a decade ago, Rickey Williams Jr. moved back to his hometown of Danville with the goal of someday becoming mayor.

After a loss to Scott Eisenhauer in a four-way race eight years ago, the 11th-year alderman didn't give up his dream to someday hold the gavel, presiding over council meetings as the city's top executive.