Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nat for Sun. 171231

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nat for Sun. 171231

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AIDS activists denounce firings by Trump

Organizations that work on issues related to HIV-AIDS are denouncing President Donald Trump's firing of the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV-AIDS. A half-dozen members resigned a month ago in protest of the administration's position on health policies. Activists claim that much of the progress in the global fight against AIDS was made in part because of support from the Oval Office. Trump's approach leaves many worrying that the progress could be undone. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Florida takes new look at texting while driving * Florida, with some of the nation's deadliest roads, is one of the last states to not fully ban texting while driving, but the Legislature will soon consider a bill that would. Currently, Florida law says texting by noncommercial drivers is a secondary offense law enforcement officers must see another violation such as speeding or an illegal lane change before they cite a driver for texting. Forty-three states already make texting while driving a primary offense. Three besides Florida Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota list it as a secondary offense. There is no state law against texting in Arizona, Montana and, for noncommercial drivers 22 and older, in Missouri.

Russia scuttles senators' trip * The Russian Embassy refused entry to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., because she's on a "black list" created in response to U.S. sanctions. Shaheen and Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., planned to travel to Russia in January, but the trip is now off. Shaheen, who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, has been an outspoken supporter of measures meant to counter Russia's interference in U.S. elections.

15-car crash closes Pennsylvania highway * A major highway in Pennsylvania has reopened after a crash involving as many as 15 cars. …

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