Putin critic says he narrowly escaped death after poisoning

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian opposition leader critical of President Vladimir Putin says he narrowly escaped death after being poisoned with a substance his doctors still haven't been able to identify. Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. says his survival shows there are "near misses" in the Russian government's campaign to silence its political opponents. He says the official diagnosis was toxic action by an undefined substance.

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BRITAIN-BREXIT-THE LATEST The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain has not received a multi-billion dollar exit bill from the European Union. EU officials have said Britain will have to pay as much as 50 million euros ($63 million) before it leaves to cover EU staff pensions and other obligations.

Muslim immigrant to join California lieutenant governor race

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving Obamacare, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed "Donald Trump's hate." "I am a proud Muslim and I love America," Dr. Asif Mahmood said at a news conference in front of the downtown federal building that houses a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday.

Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere, about one-fifth of the 3.45 million premature deaths from air pollution.

Trump's top health official gets bipartisan grilling

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's top health official got strong pushback Wednesday from lawmakers of both parties about deep cuts the White House is pressing in medical research, public health and social service programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also dodged repeated attempts by Democrats to flush out the administration's next move on the Obama-era health insurance law.

Attorney to probe mental illness in Vegas bus shooting case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A court-appointed attorney says he'll investigate whether mental illness is a possible defense for a man accused of shooting and killing one man and wounding another on a double-decker transit bus on the Las Vegas Strip last weekend. Attorney Will Ewing said outside court Wednesday he'll probe 55-year-old Rolando Cardenas' competency before a preliminary evidence hearing on April 27. Police have said Cardenas may have had "mental issues.

Restrained patient's death may end hospital's Medicare

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Federal officials have told a South Carolina hospital it will lose its contract to treat Medicare patients in mid-April unless it corrects problems found in an audit after an emergency room patient who was attacking people died when he was strapped faced down on a gurney. Donald Smith's death in March at Greenville Memorial Hospital led to an investigation of the hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late Tuesday after a large study found it slowed progression of the neurological disease and reduced symptoms.

Parents' lawsuit says son was baptized against their wishes

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The parents of a developmentally disabled boy in Ohio have sued his former court-appointed guardian, a minister and the child's mentor claiming he was baptized at an evangelical church last year against the couple's wishes. A Geauga (jee-AH'-guh) County judge on Wednesday said the family's court involvement ended 14 months before the baptism, something the lawsuit failed to note. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S.

Trump, Christie pledge to combat nation's opioid addiction

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's opioid addiction crisis, and he's tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday with Christie, members of his Cabinet, law enforcement chiefs, recovering addicts and advocates.

Trump says he expects a health care deal soon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he expects to make a deal on health care, even though his first attempt failed just a few days ago. Trump is hosting a reception for senators and their spouses at the White House. It attracted both Republicans and Democrats. He says the bipartisan crowd is "a very good thing" and predicts a deal on health care will happen "very quickly.

Iowa Republicans back 'fetal heartbeat' abortion legislation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are backing newly filed legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which would be the strictest ban in the country if enacted. A GOP-led House committee had been set to vote on the provision Tuesday night but lawmakers later adjourned without a decision. It's expected to be taken up again Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: Cyanide device on US land broke agency policy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A cyanide device for killing coyotes that spewed the poison on a boy and killed his dog was set up on public land in Idaho in February despite a decision months earlier by federal officials to halt use of the devices on all U.S.-owned land in the state, officials said Tuesday.

Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders' repeal effort in Washington. The bill would expand the state's Medicaid program for the poor, disabled and elderly so that it would cover up to 180,000 additional adults who aren't disabled. It now heads to conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retired star gymnasts testified before Congress on Tuesday that they were sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics doctor and recommended a bill that requires tougher sex-abuse reporting for Olympic sports. Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and three-time national champion rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard recounted their experiences before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They told the committee of their abuses by Dr.

Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers. The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders -- and that may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with possible future superintelligent computers, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing unnamed sources.