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Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the procedure.

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Starbucks rolls out delivery service for coffee drinkers

Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles in coming weeks. It tested the idea in 200 Miami stores last fall. Starbucks says 95 percent of its core menu will be available for order using the Uber Eats mobile app. There will be a $2.49 booking fee. In December, company executives laid out plans to expand deliveries in the U.S. and China this year.

Police: 1 person killed at Illinois mall, shooter at large

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed at a suburban Chicago mall and the suspect remains at large. Orland Park police say the 19-year-old was shot in the center of Orland Square Mall and ran away before collapsing outside a clothing store Monday evening. The man later died at the hospital. Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell says a bystander suffered a graze wound to the leg and was being treated at another hospital. Mitchell says security video showed a male shooter fleeing the mall but it's unclear if he continued on foot or got into a vehicle. Mitchell calls

Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry

Gunmakers and dealers are gathering this week for the industry's largest annual conference as they grapple with slumping sales. At the same time, there's been a shift in politics that many didn't envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office. Some of the top priorities for the industry remain in limbo and prospects for expanding gun rights are nil for the foreseeable future. Instead, fueled by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government banned bump stocks and newly in-charge U.S. House Democrats introduced

Pelosi 'playing chess on 3 boards' with health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to "Obamacare" and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. "Medicare for all" will get hearings. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address high drug costs. But her plans to broaden financial help for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to find takers among Republicans. Either way, Democrats believe voters gave them a mandate on health care in the midterm elections. Pushing her agenda, Pelosi

Trump's proposal to break budget deadlock falls flat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to break through the budget deadlock appears to be gaining little traction. Despite the fanfare of the president's announcement and the rush to release the legislative package late Monday, voting in Congress is not expected to unfold until later in the week. Even then it seems doubtful that the measure will pass swiftly. Democrats say they are unwilling to negotiate any border security funding until Trump re-opens the government. Meanwhile, the impact of the shutdown continues to ripple across the nation as it stretches into its 32nd day.

Starbucks rolls out delivery service for coffee drinkers

Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles in coming weeks. It tested the idea in 200 Miami stores last fall. Starbucks says 95 percent of its core menu will be available for order using the Uber Eats mobile app. There will be a $2.49 booking fee. In December, company executives laid out plans to expand deliveries in the U.S. and China this year.

Judge weighs GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge is considering a demand to order the victory of the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race despite an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. A trial judge in the state's capital of Raleigh hears arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit by Republican Mark Harris, who narrowly led Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th District race before the investigation started. Lawyers for McCready and the state elections board want the lawsuit dismissed. They say a completed investigation and planned

Memorial set up outside house of slain Oregon family

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears was set upside outside a house where authorities say a man killed four members of his family - including his infant daughter - at the Oregon home they shared. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old Mark Leo Gregory Gago killed his parents, his girlfriend and their daughter Saturday night before deputies fatally shot him. Authorities have not yet released the victims' causes of death and were continuing to investigate Monday. The sheriff's office identified the victims as Olivia Gago, 9 months, Shaina

Memorial set up outside house of slain Oregon family

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears was set upside outside a house where authorities say man killed four members of his family - including his infant daughter - at the Oregon home they shared. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old Mark Leo Gregory Gago killed his parents, his girlfriend and their daughter Saturday night before deputies fatally shot him. Authorities have not yet released the victims' causes of death and were continuing to investigate Monday. The sheriff's office identified the victims as Olivia Gago, 9 months, Shaina

Police: 1 person killed at Illinois mall, shooter at large

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed at a suburban Chicago mall and the suspect remains at large. Orland Park police say the 19-year-old was shot in the center of Orland Square Mall and ran away before collapsing outside a clothing store Monday evening. The man later died at the hospital. Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell says a bystander suffered a graze wound to the leg and was being treated at another hospital. Mitchell says security video showed a male shooter fleeing the mall but it's unclear if he continued on foot or got into a vehicle. Mitchell calls

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