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Blood pressure drug recall expands again

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says another heart medicine is being voluntarily recalled after tests showed that it was tainted with a potential cancer-causing chemical.

Sheriff: 6 more bodies found; total of 29

Authorities have reported 6 additional deaths in a Northern California, raising the death toll to 29 and making it the deadliest wildfire on record in California history.

Florida recounts begin as tensions escalate across state

More than three days after the polls closed in Florida, the secretary of state announced on Saturday afternoon that the razor-thin races for governor, senator and agriculture commissioner will be reviewed in a series of recounts.

News From The Associated Press

Car crashes into Social Security office; several people hurt

EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a car has crashed through the front of a Social Security office in New Jersey, injuring roughly a dozen people. Egg Harbor Township police say the crash happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday. They say the driver was attempting to park when the car crashed into the building, entering a lobby where many people were waiting. It wasn't immediately clear how serious the injuries were, though officials say a female passenger in the vehicle appeared to be critically hurt. Two children also were in the vehicle but they appeared to escape serious injury. The cause

The Latest: Democrat calls voting-system suit 'an affront'

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging Maine's voting system (all times local): 11:50 a.m. The campaign manager for Democratic congressional candidate Jared Golden says a lawsuit aimed at blocking Maine's voting system is "an affront to the law and to the people of Maine." Jon Breed said Tuesday that Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin knew the ranked-choice voting rules going into the election and that the people of Maine's 2nd Congressional District voted "in accordance with the law." Poliquin, one of the plaintiffs, received more first-place votes than Golden on Election

The Latest: New York officials praise Amazon move

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Amazon's second headquarters (all times local): 11:50 a.m. New York officials are cheering Amazon's decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he'd be willing to change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, "one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history." The state offered Amazon more than $1.5 billion in incentives if it creates 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.

The Latest: Newest abortion court fight opens in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a federal trial over a lawsuit challenging a Kentucky abortion law (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Attorneys for Kentucky's socially conservative governor and the state's only abortion clinic have opened their latest legal fight over an abortion-related law passed by the state's Republican-run legislature. This time, the fight is over a federal lawsuit challenging a state law aimed at a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. During opening statements Tuesday, ACLU attorney Alexa Kolbi-Molinas said the law would essentially ban abortions for

Renowned former drum corps leader charged with sex assault

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The longtime former leader of a champion Pennsylvania-based drum and bugle corps has been charged with sexually assaulting two women. Sixty-two-year-old George Hopkins of Mechanicsburg was charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual assault. His attorney, Tom Bergstrom, says Hopkins "absolutely, unquestionably" denies the accusations. Hopkins led The Cadets to renown and a slew of national and world championships. He resigned from the Allentown-based group after reported in April that nine women had accused him of sexual harassment or abuse. The criminal

Schneiderman accuser: Donate campaign funds to help women

NEW YORK (AP) — One of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's accusers is urging him to donate millions of dollars left in his campaign coffers to programs that help abused women. Michelle Manning Barish, a Democratic activist and writer, reiterated her demand Tuesday on CBS. The National Organization for Women is advocating with Barish to have the money earmarked for assisting abused women. Barish says it would be a "great step toward healing." Schneiderman's campaign said in July that remaining funds would be donated to "worthy and appropriate causes." His representative had

Woman pleads guilty in death of infant in hot Michigan home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman charged in the death of her 6-month-old son who was left in a car seat in a sweltering home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Twenty-three-year-old Lovily Johnson entered the plea Tuesday. An agreement with prosecutors says she's expected to get a minimum sentence of 15-25 years in prison. Sentencing is Jan. 10. A Kent County judge declared a mistrial in September after five days of jury deliberations didn't reach a verdict. The Wyoming, Michigan, woman was charged with child abuse and first-degree murder. Police say Noah Johnson

Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall dies

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A gray wolf relocated this fall from the Minnesota mainland to Isle Royale National Park has died. The male wolf was among four taken to the Lake Superior island park from the Grand Portage Chippewa reservation. It's part of a multi-year effort to rebuild the Isle Royale wolf population, which has fallen sharply in recent years. Officials said Tuesday that the male wolf's collar had been sending false mortality signals since it was released on the island, despite evidence the animal was alive and on the move. But late last month, the collar indicated the wolf was

The Latest: Electoral reformer decries 'sore loser lawsuit'

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging Maine's voting system (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The leader of an electoral reform group that pressed for a 2016 referendum in which Mainers approved a new voting system is decrying a "sore loser lawsuit." Rob Richie from FairVote said Tuesday he believes a federal judge will rule in favor of Maine's "ranked-choice voting" system, which was used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate races. Republican Rep. Poliquin, one of the plaintiffs, received the most first-place votes on Election Day and believes he should be declared

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators are giving food companies two years to remove six artificial flavors from their products, even though they say the ingredients are safe in the trace amounts used. The move highlights tension between consumer advocates, who want to know more about what exactly is in our food, and the food industry, which does not divulge the specific contents of ingredients listed only as "natural flavor" or "artificial flavor" on packages. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision came after a lawsuit by consumer groups that cited a 60-year-old regulation that prohibits