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Congress widens private care at besieged VA

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress today expanded private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote on Wednesday, also averting a disastrous...

 

Trump announces US will exit nuclear accord with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced today the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, declaring he's making the world safer but dealing a profound blow to allies...

 

Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa - Bill Cosby was convicted today of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing...

 

'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump declares on Twitter

By ROBERT BURNS, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON - Allied missiles struck at the heart of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal in a show of force and resolve aimed at punishing the...

 

Interior backing away from steep fee hikes at national parks

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks in the face of widespread opposition from elected officials and the public. The plan would nea...

 

Speeches, marches mark Martin Luther King anniversary

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers were marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and...

 

Tribes see improvements, hurdles as they charge non-Natives

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - American Indian tribes have taken greater control over prosecuting non-tribal members who commit some violent crimes in Indian Country five...

 

Student protesters say they're fed up, ready for gun reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Student survivors of the Florida school massacre anchored a massive rally against gun violence Saturday in Washington, D.C., while throngs of young people took to the streets in sister marches across the U.S. Some students also...

 

Zinke defends plan to raise park fees amid flap over travel

By MICHAEL BIESECKER MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled Tuesday under questioning by Democrats about his travel spending as the Trump administration seek...

 

Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, putting an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal...

 

House GOP report says no collusion between Trump and Russia

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, a finding...

 

Blizzard warnings up for 3rd nor'easter hitting Northeast

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press BOSTON — A nor'easter that could bring blizzard conditions and nearly 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England quickly intensified this morning, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens...

 

Sanctions, cyberattack among possible UK moves on Russia

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON — Britain has given Moscow until midnight Tuesday to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent came to poison a former spy in Britain. If no explanation is given, Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia will be h...

 

Hope Hicks leaving as Trump's communication director

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation, leaving a void around a preside...

 

Gunshot at Georgia school ignites debate on arming teachers

By JEFF MARTIN and ALINA HARTOUNIAN Associated Press ATLANTA — Police say they don't know why a popular teacher allegedly fired a handgun inside his classroom Wednesday, causing a chaotic lockdown and evacuation of his Georgia high school. But it i...

 

Sessions pushes back on Trump criticism over handling of FBI

By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Harshly criticized yet again by his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has abandoned his usual stony silence and pushed back against President Donald Trump for saying Sessions' response to Republican...

 

Walmart, Dick's expand corporate rift with gun lobby

By DAMIAN J. TROISE AP Business Writer NEW YORK — The rift between major U.S. companies and the gun lobby is growing. And Americans are taking note, lighting up social media boards with vows to back up the companies with their wallet, or to boycott...

 

GOP still struggling with Trump's remarks on Africa

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON- Republicans are struggling to get their stories straight as President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary became the latest GOP...

 

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hard-line conservatives are threatening to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown and saying GOP leaders lack the votes to push their proposal through...

 

House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

By TOM LoBIANCO Associated Press WASHINGTON - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time...

 

Tillerson warns military action on NK unless diplomacy works

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that if North Korea does not choose to negotiate on giving up its nuclear weapons tha...

 

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel's capital

By MATTHEW LEE  Associated Press WASHINGTON - Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump todayy broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's...

 

FCC chairman sets out to repeal 'net neutrality' rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai followed through today on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a...

 

Bergdahl spared from prison; Trump calls sentence 'disgrace'

By JONATHAN DREW Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan and triggered a search that left some of his comrades severely wounded, was spared a prison sentence by a military judge toda...

 

Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 13 dead, 50 hurt

By BARRY HATTON and JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone today in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district,...

 

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