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FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2018, file photo a person uses a soda fountain dispenser at the Back Bowl bowling alley in Eagle, Colo. A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales but whether they influence health remains unclear. The new results were published Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
May 14, 2019 - 11:16 am
A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in...
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Emergency response crews transport an injured passenger to an ambulance at the George Inlet Lodge docks, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. The passenger was from one of two sightseeing planes reported down in George Inlet early Monday afternoon and was dropped off by a U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot response boat. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
May 14, 2019 - 11:10 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A team of federal airplane accident investigators was expected to arrive in Alaska on Tuesday to investigate the cause of a midair collision between two sightseeing planes that killed at least four people. The four died when the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists...
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Manila City public workers remove the campaign posters, mostly that of incumbent Mayor and former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada around the Manila City Hall, a day after the country's midterm elections Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Estrada lost his third term mayoral bid along with four of his children who ran in local polls, ending his 50-year-dominance in two metropolitan cities in the country. Two of his sons, who ran for senators, are also clinging to the last senate slot in initial results, which were dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
May 14, 2019 - 8:19 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte's allies appeared to have overwhelming leads in elections for the Philippine Senate, one of the opposition's last bulwarks against a brash populist leader accused of massive human rights violations. Preliminary results comprising 94% of returns...
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Emergency response crews transport an injured passenger to an ambulance at the George Inlet Lodge docks, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. The passenger was from one of two sightseeing planes reported down in George Inlet early Monday afternoon and was dropped off by a U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot response boat. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 11:54 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three people were killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in midair Monday near a southeast Alaska town, the Coast Guard said. Three others are missing after the collision about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Ketchikan, Coast Guard Lt...
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First-time voter Shaina Cervantes, poses to show the indelible ink on her forefinger as proof that she had voted in the midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and an opposition fighting for check and balance under a leader they regard as a looming dictator Monday, May 13, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying for about 18,000 congressional and local posts in Monday's elections in one of Asia's most rambunctious democracies. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
May 13, 2019 - 8:01 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipinos voted Monday in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they regard as a looming dictator. Nearly 62 million...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian army soldiers prepare to launch a mortar towards insurgents in the village of Kfar Nabuda, in the countryside of Hama province on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces are now in control of nine villages forming an L shape at the far southern corner of the rebel stronghold. The villages include the strategic village of Kfar Nabuda and the elevated Qalaat Madiq, giving the government troops an advantage over the insurgents. (SANA via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 11:42 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces expanded their ground offensive in northwestern Syria, pushing Saturday into the last rebel stronghold and regaining control of a number of villages along its southern corner, activists and media said, despite calls for honoring a cease-fire put in place in...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF JUSSIE - Former State Appeals Court Judge Sheila O'Brien walks out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after a hearing about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Cook County State's Attorney's office handling of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's case, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 1:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago says another judge will decide if a special prosecutor is needed to investigate why the state prosecutor's office dropped charges accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. insisted Friday he was merely...
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Members of a Roma family leave after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Angry protesters on Wednesday insulted the mayor of Rome for providing a home for a 14-person Roma family in the city's Casal Bruciato neighborhood. The protest follows other recent cases of verbal abuse and violence against the minority as municipal authorities sought to place them in public housing. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 4:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met and prayed Thursday with hundreds of people from Europe's Roma and Sinti communities, telling them he suffers when he reads about abuse and prejudice directed at the minority groups. Francis' meeting came a day after protesters insulted the mayor of Rome for...
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May 09, 2019 - 12:26 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances voted on Thursday to extend its power and bring all of the U.S. territory's 78 municipalities under its supervision for the first time. The board announced that it also will require fiscal plans and budgets...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, a migrant family waits with others before being transported by Mexican authorities to the San Ysidro port of entry to begin the process of applying for asylum in the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico. People in overextended Mexican border cities voiced concern over their government’s silence about a U.S. policy that will continue making Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States wait south of the border, after a U.S. federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, May 8, that the Trump administration can make migrants wait in Mexico for their immigration hearings while the policy is challenged in court. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
May 09, 2019 - 12:00 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — People in overextended Mexican border cities are voicing concern over the continuation of a U.S. policy that makes Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States wait south of the border. A U.S. federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can...
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