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Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids....



New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains....



Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life....



Nebraska man accused of helping Florida girlfriend kill self
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Investigators say a Nebraska man facing an assisted suicide charge in his Florida girlfriend's death believed she had stage-four cancer, but an autopsy didn't find any tumors....



Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million award to a woman who claimed talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her ovarian cancer....



APNewsBreak: Official: Call led to arrest of serial killer
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A suspected serial killer was arrested in Louisiana last week after he called a sheriff's office and claimed responsibility for a string of shootings that killed three men and wounded a fourth, according to a law enforcement official....



Trump to call families of slain soldiers, questions Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday will call the families of four soldiers killed this month in Niger, the White House says, as Trump again casts doubt on whether his predecessor appropriately consoled the families of military personnel who died in war....



Authorities suspend search for missing worker after blast
KENNER, La. (AP) -- Authorities have suspended the search Monday for a Texas man who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured in the Sunday night blast and fire, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said....



Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl
BOSTON (AP) -- A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl....



Correction: Confederate Monument-Protest-Lawsuits story
In a story Oct. 12 about two lawsuits filed against white nationalists and other groups who descended on Charlottesville in August, The Associated Press erroneously reported a request in one of the lawsuits. The suit filed in federal court does not seek a ban on similar gatherings, but asks the court to prohibit the white nationalists and other groups from committing further civil rights violations....