New trouble in hardscrabble town: Blood tests for chemical

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — In this chronically struggling city along the Hudson River, residents beset by poverty, high crime and boarded-up homes now have an entirely new worry — that their tap water may have exposed them to a chemical linked to cancer.

  • Written by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

3 arthritis pain drugs prove equally safe for the heart

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new study gives some reassurance to arthritis sufferers who want pain relief but are worried about side effects. It finds that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain pills that are much tougher on the stomach.

  • Written by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

New Zealand plans rescue of tourists stranded by earthquake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is planning to send in military helicopters and a navy ship to rescue about 1,000 tourists and hundreds of residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake on Monday cut off train and vehicle access.

  • Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press

Iraqi troops enter town of famed ancient ruins near Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops entered a town south of Mosul on Sunday where Islamic State militants destroyed artefacts at a nearby ancient Assyrian archaeological site, while special forces fended off suicide bombers during a cautious advance into the northern city.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press

Trump names Priebus, Bannon to senior White House roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments on Sunday, one an overture to Republican circles by naming GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, the other a shot across the bow of the Washington establishment by tabbing Breitbart news executive Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press