AP FACT CHECK: Misplaced blame for nomination failure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt withdrawal of the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary brought swift blame from press secretary Sean Spicer, who said Democrats had "a double standard" for his party's president and former President Barack Obama.

  • Written by JIM DRINKARD , Associated Press

They're not dentists. Would you let them fill your cavities?

BOSTON (AP) — Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job.

  • Written by BOB SALSBERG , Associated Press

China carfentanil ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic

SHANGHAI (AP) — So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic.

  • Written by ERIKA KINETZ , Associated Press