New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

This Aug. 3, 2017 photo provided by Human Rights Watch shows Laurel Cline during a visit to her mother Lenora, who has Alzheimer's disease, in a nursing home in Whittier, Calif. Laurel says her mother, during stays at three different nursing homes in recent years, was sometimes left neglected for hours at a time in her wheelchair after being given antipsychotics. "Instead of seeing what's wrong with her, they just want to drug her up," said Cline. (Ed Kashi/Human Rights Watch via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify.

Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, a device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. Some states and cities are taking the lead on banning bump stocks as efforts stall in Washington. The controversial device was used in the Las Vegas shooting, allowing a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic firearm. Gun-control advocates say the push fits a pattern in gun politics: inaction in Washington that forces states to take charge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns.

AP WAS THERE: The Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 1968, file photo, South Vietnamese forces escort suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem (also known as Bay Lop) on a Saigon street early in the Tet Offensive. Moments later, Lem was executed by Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the national police. Early on the morning of Jan. 31, 1968, as Vietnamese celebrated the Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known locally, Communist forces launched a wave of coordinated surprise attacks across South Vietnam. The campaign, one of the largest of the Vietnam War, led to intense fighting and heavy casualties in cities and towns across the South. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE — Early on the morning of Jan. 31, 1968, as Vietnamese celebrated the Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known locally, Communist forces launched a wave of coordinated surprise attacks across South Vietnam. The campaign — one of the largest of the Vietnam War — led to intense fighting and heavy casualties in cities and towns across the South.

Justice Ginsburg signals her intent to work for years more

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. In different circumstances, Ginsburg might be on a valedictory tour in her final months on the Supreme Court. But in the era of Donald Trump, the 84-year-old Ginsburg is packing her schedule and sending signals she intends to keep her seat on the bench for years. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In different circumstances, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might be on a valedictory tour in her final months on the Supreme Court. But in the era of Donald Trump, the 84-year-old Ginsburg is packing her schedule and sending signals she intends to keep her seat on the bench for years.

Strong health sign-ups under Obamacare encourage Democrats

In this Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, photograph, 27-year-old Caleb Jackson of Greeley, Colo., is shown outside a classroom building of the University of Colorado by Larimer Square in lower downtown Denver. Jackson, who has a neurological condition covered by the Affordable Care Act, is a graduate student in urban and regional planning at the Denver campus. Officials in several of the 11 states and the District of Columbia that run their own health care exchanges are reporting strong enrollments this year despite shortened sign-up periods, higher premiums and repeated efforts by Republicans in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is helping people such as Jackson. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Republicans on the campaign trail this year will be eager to tout the potential benefits of their tax cut plan.

Case of shackled kids revives home-school regulation debate

In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 photo, artist and author Maybeth Morales, left, leads a home school art class for her grandchildren as her daughter Chemay Morales-James, right, and son-in-law Shane, center, watch in Watertown, Conn. Reports that 13 malnourished siblings allegedly held captive by their parents were home-schooled has others who educate their children at home bracing for calls for more oversight of the practice, a reaction they say would unfairly punish families. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Just over a week after California officials found 13 siblings allegedly held captive and younger children apparently not missed by schools because they were being home-schooled, home-schooling advocates say they are bracing for calls for stricter oversight of the practice.

A woman, an investigator, and a quest for justice in China

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file image taken from video, Chinese labor activists Hua Haifeng, center, carries his son Bo Bo, and Li Zhao, second from left, as he leaves a police station after being released in Ganzhou in southern China's Jiangxi Province. Apple Inc. and Ivanka Trump's brand both rely on Chinese suppliers that have been criticized for workplace abuses. But they've taken contrasting approaches to dealing with supply chain problems. When Apple learned thousands of student workers at an iPhone supplier had been underpaid, it helped them get their money back. After three men investigating labor abuses at factories that made Ivanka Trump shoes were arrested last year, neither Ivanka Trump nor her brand spoke out. (AP Photo/Gerry Shih, File)

XIANGYANG, China (AP) — The young woman, new to the grind of Chinese factory life, knew the man who called himself Kalen only by the photo on his chat profile. It showed him with a pressed smile holding a paper cup in a swank skyscraper somewhere late at night.

How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013, file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. There’s plenty that won’t get done if thousands of federal employees are barred from working until dysfunctional Washington agrees on a plan to restore funding. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Desert tortoise faces uncertain future amid Bundy conflict

FILE - In this May 16, 2006, file photo, a Mojave Desert tortoise walks near a deserted section of old U.S. 93, east of the Coyote Springs, Nev., development site, about 55 miles north of Las Vegas. In 1990, federal officials listed the Mojave Desert species as threatened across its range, touching off a series of new regulations and initiatives aimed at saving the long-lived reptile. One of the people caught up in the effort to save the tortoise was a Bunkerville rancher named Cliven Bundy, who didn’t take kindly to being told to limit the number of cows he was grazing on public land in northeastern Clark County. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File_

LAS VEGAS — It all began with the tortoise.

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