- Price says affordability, access key to health care reform
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday that access and affordability were his goals for revamping health care, and he offered assurances that the new administration is not planning to launch a Medicare overhaul.Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at the start of a confirmation process that at times turned contentious.
- Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump's unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the new American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge.One leader has raised with Trump the prospect of a U.S.-European Union summit early this year, and the head of NATO — the powerful military alliance Trump has deemed "obsolete" — is angling for an in-person meeting ahead of Putin as well. British Prime Minister Theresa May is working to arrange a meeting in Washington soon after Friday's inauguration.
- When it comes to inaugural crowds, does size matter?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president.Exactly how many people actually show up for both events will likely never be known.
- Former President George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara hospitalized
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman.The 92-year-old former president was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to "address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.
- Regional troops move toward Gambia amid political standoff
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia headed late Wednesday toward a midnight showdown between a president who refuses to leave office and a president-elect who insists he will take power, while a regional force moved toward the country's borders in a threat to intervene.Hours before the end of President Yahya Jammeh's mandate, legislators voted to extend his term by three months. Jammeh, who declared a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday, is challenging his loss in December's election, citing voting irregularities.
- High-octane offenses in title games. This should be fun.
This should be fun.The conference championship teams feature big-time offenses — yes, we know, the Steelers didn't look like one in the red zone last weekend — that could turn the scoreboards into tote machines.
- A look at events and attractions surrounding Super Bowl LI
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston is the nation's fourth largest city, a sprawling metropolis larger than some small states. But the good news for those visiting for Super Bowl LI is that most of the events surrounding the game will be concentrated downtown, making it easy to visit a number of attractions.There are thousands of hotel rooms downtown where fans can stay, and from there it's about 11 miles to NRG Stadium , home of the Houston Texans, where the Feb. 5 game will be played.
- Steelers WR Antonio Brown apologizes for livestreaming video
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has apologized for livestreaming video from the team's locker room following its win over Kansas City.Brown posted a message late Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter saying that he let his "emotions and general excitement get the best of" him. Brown's 17-minute long livestream caught coach Mike Tomlin using a handful of profanities during his postgame speech, including a derogatory term for AFC championship game opponent New England.
- Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court raised doubts Wednesday about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive.The justices heard arguments in a dispute involving an Asian-American band called the Slants that was denied a trademark because the U.S. Patent and Trademark office says the name disparages Asians.
- Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting
NEW YORK (AP) — The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s.Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting is announced Wednesday night. Ivan Rodriguez, eligible for the first time, and Trevor Hoffman also could make it.