Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday lambasted high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, arguing the rest of the country is "propping up profligate, big-government states" even as they pay billions more in taxes than they receive in return from the federal government.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS and MARCY GORDON , Associated Press

FDA advisers review gene therapy to treat form of blindness

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. health advisers are reviewing a novel treatment for a rare form of inherited blindness, potentially setting the stage for the launch of a groundbreaking new genetic medicine.


Winds expected to drive next wave of deadly California fires

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Gusting winds and dry air forecast for Thursday could drive the next wave of devastating wildfires that are already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history.

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  • Written by By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER , Associated Press

Questions remain about police response to Las Vegas massacre

A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Written by By MICHAEL BALSAMO , Associated Press