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The Latest: McConnell praises new effort to repeal Obamacare

The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising a last-ditch Republican bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare" — the latest sign the GOP's repeal effort may be back from the dead. McConnell calls the bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham "an intriguing...


Obama goes from White House to Wall Street in less than 1 year

Obama goes from White House to Wall Street in less than 1 year

Last month, just before her book "What Happened" was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group, one of the world's biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he'll give a keynote speech at investment...
Republican governors get into the 'news' business

Republican governors get into the 'news' business

Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the...
4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West. It was Aug. 30 — the day a storm brewing in the Atlantic got named Irma. Duchene, 22, was actually waiting to board her Florida-bound flight from Albany International Airport when she saw the news that the newly named tropical storm was headed toward the Keys. She got on the plane, not only moving to Florida as a powerful hurricane...
Post-vigil protest for slain Georgia Tech student; 3 arrests

Post-vigil protest for slain Georgia Tech student; 3 arrests

Three people were arrested during a protest that followed a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said. Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said. Georgia Tech issued alerts urging...
Military budget would swell under Senate bill

Military budget would swell under Senate bill

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the budget year that begins Oct. 1...
At UN, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea

At UN, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd at the U.N. that "it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront"...
Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math. Of the states that opted in after the standards were introduced in 2010 — 45 plus the District of Columbia — only eight have moved to repeal the standards, largely due to political...
Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that's given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead earlier this summer. McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill would let states "implement better health care ideas by taking more decision-making power out of Washington...
America 2nd: Traditions mean Trump must wait his turn at UN

America 2nd: Traditions mean Trump must wait his turn at UN

America second. It's a rare consideration for President Donald Trump, who has boasted of a new foreign policy formed around the idea of strength and unabashedly putting his nation's interests first. But his No. 2 billing will be the tradition he must respect when leaders deliver their messages to the world at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Brazil has opened the annual gathering of presidents...
AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city's ship channel. The reported spills, which have been...
Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users. The world's biggest social network has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads. That's after it took months to acknowledge its outsized role in influencing the U.S. election by allowing...
Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual. The company said the proceedings are a way for Toys 'R' Us to work with its creditors on restructuring the debt beleaguering it. And it emphasized that its stores...
Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business

Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business

When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded. The unrest that followed Friday's ruling closed large corporate offices, shut down restaurants and bars and even forced U2 to call off a concert that would have drawn 50,000 fans into the heart of the city...
More St. Louis protests expected Tuesday after quiet night

More St. Louis protests expected Tuesday after quiet night

Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those arrested during demonstrations that turned ugly over the weekend, but there was no new vandalism overnight. Demonstrators outside the jail late Monday criticized authorities for keeping some of those arrested in jail for nearly 24 hours after they were...
Veteran who fought library attacker among 18 Carnegie Heroes

Veteran who fought library attacker among 18 Carnegie Heroes

An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners on Tuesday. James O. Vernon , 75, was in a conference room at the Morton Public Library with 17 children and four women...
3 arrested during protest at Georgia Tech after vigil

3 arrested during protest at Georgia Tech after vigil

Three people were arrested Monday night during a protest after a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said. Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said. Georgia Tech sent out alerts...
Clinton won't rule out questioning Trump's legitimacy

Clinton won't rule out questioning Trump's legitimacy

Hillary Clinton says she won't rule out questioning President Donald Trump's legitimacy depending on what official inquiries uncover about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the 2016 Democratic nominee said Monday during an NPR interview that she knows of no constitutional grounds to challenge the actual election results, regardless of what investigators find. Clinton told...
4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
Seattle councilman becomes the city's 3rd mayor in a week

Seattle councilman becomes the city's 3rd mayor in a week

Seattle on Monday got its third mayor in less than a week following the resignation last week of Ed Murray amid allegations he sexually abused teenage boys decades ago. The City Council named Councilman Tim Burgess, a former Seattle police detective, to serve as mayor until voters elect a replacement in November. "I promise to work every day for the next 71 days to help heal and move the city...
The Latest: Senate approves $700 billion defense policy bill

The Latest: Senate approves $700 billion defense policy bill

The Latest on the Senate's passage of the defense policy bill for the 2018 budget years (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The Senate has approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion Pentagon budget. The measure sailed through the chamber, 89-8, even though lawmakers have yet to agree on a plan for waiving restrictions imposed by a six-year-old law to control government spending. The Senate...
SW Florida residents clear sodden homes in scorching heat

SW Florida residents clear sodden homes in scorching heat

Dealing with wrecked belongings and reports of toxic muck, residents of a tiny town where Florida's Everglades meet the Gulf of Mexico cleared their homes Monday in scorching 92 F (33 C) heat with no air conditioning and no electricity except from a few generators. The isolated Everglades City community of about 400 people suffered some of Florida's worst storm surges — up to 9 feet (2.7 meters)...
Convicted church killer wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

Convicted church killer wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian-American. In a handwritten request filed Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, Dylann Roof wrote that his attorneys' backgrounds are "a barrier...
Mattis: Unclear if budget cuts play role in military crashes

Mattis: Unclear if budget cuts play role in military crashes

Senior military leaders are examining whether strict budget constraints have contributed to a recent rash of deadly training accidents and crashes across the armed forces, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. In comments to Pentagon reporters, Mattis said the military services are looking at all the circumstances surrounding the accidents to see if there are any broader cultural, training or...
Photographer who died in Vietnam named honorary Marine

Photographer who died in Vietnam named honorary Marine

The photographer believed to be the first female American journalist killed in a war has become an honorary Marine. Wisconsin native Dickey Chapelle was 47 when she was killed by shrapnel from an exploding land mine while covering the Vietnam War in 1965. She also covered the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II. Her connection to the Marines began when she first visited the front lines...
Cops: Ammo, manifesto seized in school shooting suspect home

Cops: Ammo, manifesto seized in school shooting suspect home

Guns, ammunition, a Molotov cocktail and a school yearbook with pictures of faces marked with X's were seized by police from the home of a Washington state high school sophomore accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding three other students, according to court documents filed in the case. Investigators last week also found a "manifesto" in the home of 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe...
Who loves a parade? Trump wants to showcase military might

Who loves a parade? Trump wants to showcase military might

Who doesn't love a parade? To a city that already offers many, President Donald Trump wants to add one that showcases U.S. military might. It would take place on July 4 in Washington with, as Trump envisions it, tanks and planes rolling down and streaking above Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump talked up the idea Monday as he sat down with French President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted the president and first...
Officer in nurse arrest was reprimanded for sex harassment

Officer in nurse arrest was reprimanded for sex harassment

A Utah officer caught on video dragging a nurse from a hospital and handcuffing her was previously reprimanded for sexually harassing a female co-worker, according to police documents released amid investigations into the arrest that became a flashpoint in the debate over police use of force. Internal affairs investigations by Salt Lake City police confirmed allegations that Detective Jeff Payne harassed...
GOP lawmakers: Move Appalachian agency out of Washington

GOP lawmakers: Move Appalachian agency out of Washington

Two powerful Kentucky Republicans have an idea to boost an economic development agency that helps Appalachia: Move it out of the nation's capital. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and veteran Rep. Hal Rogers are sponsoring a bill they say will refocus the Appalachian Regional Commission to invest more in the poorest communities in 13 Appalachian states. The bill, introduced Monday in the House...
Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously. Clearly, not everyone was laughing, however. For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there's also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral damage. The former White House press secretary's cameo was Colbert's idea...
These single women don’t want a man who’s still ‘With Her’

These single women don’t want a man who’s still ‘With Her’

Relationships are all about compromise, but everyone has lines that they just can't cross. And since the election of Donald Trump, political divides have been even more contentious than usual.   For many straight liberal women ( and some queer women, too ), avoiding Trump voters is yet another hurdle to modern dating. While the majority of unmarried female voters cast their ballots for Hillary...
Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business

Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business

When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded. The unrest that followed Friday's ruling closed large corporate offices, shut down restaurants and bars and even forced U2 to call off a concert that would have drawn 50,000 fans into the heart of the city...
Chappelle and Oliver make #DCPublicSchools an internet hit

Chappelle and Oliver make #DCPublicSchools an internet hit

It started as a fun onstage throwaway line at the Emmy Awards and turned into an unexpected Sunday night flood of attention for the Washington DC public school system. Comedian Dave Chappelle, a DC native and graduate of the District's Duke Ellington School of the Arts, issued a "Shout out to DC public schools" before he started reading the teleprompter to give out an award. But what tipped...
The Latest: Ryan rooting for Senate GOP health care overhaul

The Latest: Ryan rooting for Senate GOP health care overhaul

The Latest on congressional health care legislation (all times local): 7:05 p.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is encouraging every Republican senator to vote for the latest, last-ditch effort in the Senate to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Ryan spoke to reporters during a stop in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He says the bill from Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy is the "last...
Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration. The Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management illegally failed to consider potential consequences of hydraulic...
Mattis: No need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles

Mattis: No need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles

The U.S. has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan's direction, but a future missile launch that threatens U.S. or Japanese territory will "elicit a different response from us," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. He also said, without elaboration, that the Trump administration has military options against North Korea that would not put Seoul at risk...
Pelosi confronted by DACA recipients protesting her agreement with Trump

Pelosi confronted by DACA recipients protesting her agreement with Trump

Protesters angrily confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday about her emerging agreement with President Trump to provide legal protections to young undocumented immigrants.   Pelosi and Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., appeared at an event in her home town of San Francisco to call on Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act, bipartisan...
Young immigrants shout down Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

Young immigrants shout down Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, was shouted down Monday by young immigrants at an event in her hometown of San Francisco where she planned to drum up support for legislation that would grant legal status to immigrants like those who protested. The demonstrators were angered by Pelosi's recent talks with President Donald Trump about the federal program that shields from deportation...
Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, an effort that still faces an uphill climb and just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, senators would be in the dark about the bill's impact on Americans, since the Congressional Budget Office says crucial estimates won't be ready in time for a vote. Democrats backed by...
Cuomo endorses rival and fellow Democrat de Blasio for mayor

Cuomo endorses rival and fellow Democrat de Blasio for mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday picked up the endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his fellow Democrat and frequent rival. Cuomo voiced his support for the mayor during an interview on WNYC radio's Brian Lehrer Show. De Blasio, who is seeking a second term, won last week's five-way primary. "The mayor won the Democratic primary. I am a Democrat," Cuomo said while explaining his...
AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city's ship channel. The reported spills, which have been...
The Latest: US, Cuban diplomats to discuss health incidents

The Latest: US, Cuban diplomats to discuss health incidents

The Latest on the investigation into unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Havana (all times local): 1:20 p.m. The United States plans to discuss concerns with Cuba over American diplomats harmed in unexplained incidents in Havana during a meeting in Washington on Tuesday. The meeting comes as the Trump administration considers shuttering its Embassy in Havana out of concern...
'Not a friend of democracy': Trump's past UN criticism

'Not a friend of democracy': Trump's past UN criticism

"Utter weakness and incompetence." ''Not a friend of democracy." ''Just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time." As President Donald Trump visits the United Nations, a look at some of his past tough comments about the world body: — "Why is the UN condemning @Israel and doing nothing about Syria? What a disgrace," he tweeted in October 2011...
US immigrants sue over Trump's end of deportation protection

US immigrants sue over Trump's end of deportation protection

Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleged the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to...
Trump lawyers clash over how much to cooperate with Russia inquiry

Trump lawyers clash over how much to cooperate with Russia inquiry

President Donald Trump’s legal team is wrestling with how much to cooperate with the special counsel looking into Russian election interference, an internal debate that led to an angry confrontation last week between two White House lawyers and that could shape the course of the investigation.   At the heart of the clash is an issue that has challenged multiple presidents during high-stakes...
APNewsBreak: US nixes proposal to let Turkey guards buy guns

APNewsBreak: US nixes proposal to let Turkey guards buy guns

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons, a congressional official said Monday, following violence against protesters during Erdogan's visit to Washington this spring. Earlier this year, the administration told Congress that it planned to allow New Hampshire gunmaker Sig Sauer to sell the...
Republicans demand another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act

Republicans demand another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act

Just when the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appeared to be dead, a last-ditch push to obliterate the law could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate, and a handful of Republicans insist they are closing in on the votes.   The leaders of the latest repeal effort, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, say their drive is gaining momentum. But it...
Trump’s divisive presidency reshapes a key part of his private business

Trump’s divisive presidency reshapes a key part of his private business

For two years, a shelter for victims of domestic violence called Safe+Sound Somerset held its fundraiser golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.   They loved it.   Then they quit it.   "Beautiful golf course. Beautiful facilities. We were treated well. But we couldn't go back," said Debbie Haroldsen, the charity's acting executive director...
Who is Samuel Johnson? Google honors dictionary pioneer, lexicographer

Who is Samuel Johnson? Google honors dictionary pioneer, lexicographer

Today would have been dictionary pioneer Samuel Johnson’s 308th birthday and to honor his important innovations, Google created an animated Google Doodle just for him. Here are 5 things to know about Samuel Johnson: Before there was the renowned Oxford Dictionary (published in 1884), there was “A Dictionary of the English Language.” Johnson spent nine years working on the...
If Trump weren’t president, would he get kicked off Twitter?

If Trump weren’t president, would he get kicked off Twitter?

Sunday morning: Church bells and bird calls. Coupon-stuffed newspapers. "Meet the Press." And, in America in 2017, a tidal wave of bizarre internet activity courtesy of the leader of the free world.   True to form, President Donald Donald Trump jump-started his week Sunday with a string of 140-character thought-bursts aimed at his 38.5 million followers. The lineup included minting...
Legal defense fund created for Michael Flynn in Russia probe

Legal defense fund created for Michael Flynn in Russia probe

The family of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has established a legal defense fund for him as he is scrutinized by investigators looking into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. "The various investigations arising out of the 2016 presidential election have placed a tremendous financial burden on our brother Mike and his family," Flynn's brother Joe Flynn and sister Barbara...
2 Baton Rouge slayings add to an already bloody year there

2 Baton Rouge slayings add to an already bloody year there

The deadly ambushes of a homeless man on the street and a dishwasher walking to work ramped up the anxiety in Louisiana's capital at a time when the city already was in the grips of a surge in violence. Police are investigating whether race was a motive for the unprovoked attacks on the two black men who were shot to death in similar fashion within two days of each other. Ballistics evidence linked...
Trump lawyers spill beans after terrible choice of restaurant — next door to the New York Times

Trump lawyers spill beans after terrible choice of restaurant — next door to the New York Times

It is every Washington reporter's dream to sit down at a restaurant, overhear secret stuff, and get a scoop. It rarely happens.   Still, everyone in town important enough to have secrets worth keeping knows that secrets are not safe on the Acela train and in Washington restaurants.   This is especially true in eateries next door to a major newspaper.   Yes, Ty Cobb and...
The Latest: Ivanka Trump pursues her own agenda at UN

The Latest: Ivanka Trump pursues her own agenda at UN

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Ivanka Trump is meeting with foreign officials as the United Nations General Assembly gathers in New York this week. A White House official says President Donald Trump's daughter — and senior adviser — is holding a series of meetings on issues she has prioritized, including women's economic development. She met Monday with...
World as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

World as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

A few years ago, NASA senior space scientist David Morrison debunked an apocalyptic claim as a hoax. No, there's no such thing as a planet called Nibiru, he said. No, it's not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of the theory suggest. No, it's not on a collision course toward Earth. And yes, people should "get over it." But the theory has been getting renewed attention recently...
The Latest: WH name rep for historically black colleges

The Latest: WH name rep for historically black colleges

The Latest on a White House meeting of presidents for historically black colleges and universities (all times local): 9:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has named a new executive director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Jonathan M. Holifield says he looks forward to increasing the universities' contribution to the American economy and workforce. He spoke...
Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion or more. While the federal government is expected to pay most of that, the affected state and local governments have to start paying for...
White House aide unamused by political Emmy Awards

White House aide unamused by political Emmy Awards

A top White House aide is offering a lackluster review for the politically-charged Emmy Awards. Speaking Monday on "Fox & Friends," White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway says "America is responding by tuning out." Conway added people have a right to speak freely, but said "you're showing the world you're so easy with the insults about our leader." Politics was a theme...
APNewsBreak: California wants millions to fund water project

APNewsBreak: California wants millions to fund water project

Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers would be on the hook for building two giant tunnels to carry Northern California's water southward under new plans to shore up funding for Gov. Jerry Brown's $16 billion project. The proposal that expands who pays for the state's biggest water project in more than a half-century could mean higher rates for millions of Californians who already...
Charter bus barrels into NYC bus, killing 3 and injuring 16

Charter bus barrels into NYC bus, killing 3 and injuring 16

A charter bus owned by a company with a record of safety problems barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then plowed across a sidewalk into a building Monday, killing three people. The wreck, which was captured by a security camera, ripped away the facade of a fried chicken restaurant and started a small fire. The video appeared to show the charter bus racing through the intersection...
Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones

President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and fulfill its mission. But he pledged U.S. support for the world body he had excoriated as a candidate, and his criticisms were more restrained than in years past. "In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential due to bureaucracy and mismanagement...
US to press concerns over incidents in meeting with Cubans

US to press concerns over incidents in meeting with Cubans

The Trump administration will press its concerns about unexplained incidents harming American diplomats in Cuba during a meeting this week in Washington, as the United States considers shuttering its recently re-opened Embassy in Havana. U.S. diplomats will host Cuban official Josefina Vidal, who has been the public face of Cuba's diplomatic opening with the U.S., and other Cuban officials, a State...
Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military

Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1...
White House, black college heads to meet amid strained ties

White House, black college heads to meet amid strained ties

President Donald Trump on Monday named a lawyer and former NFL player as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as the administration faces criticism from those institutions of promises unkept. Jonathan Holifield, who also writes and consults on the topics of innovation and inclusiveness, told leaders and students that HBCUs must contribute...
Dem senator tells Trump

Dem senator tells Trump "grow up" after potshot at Clinton

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein told President Donald Trump to "grow up and do your job" in response Monday to his retweeting of a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that —in the next frame — strikes Hillary Clinton in the back before she stumbles and falls down. Trump retweeted the brief video on his official Twitter account Sunday. It appears to be a doctored version...
Fierce storms haven't slowed growth along US coastlines

Fierce storms haven't slowed growth along US coastlines

Nothing seems to curb America's appetite for life near the sea, especially in the warmer climates of the South. Coastal development destroys natural barriers such as islands and wetlands, promotes erosion and flooding, and positions more buildings and people in the path of future destruction, according to researchers and policy advisers who study hurricanes. "History gives us a lesson, but we...
Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

More than 1 million Americans are awaiting a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait of nearly two years — longer than some of them will live. All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where the outcome of a case often depends on who decides it, most people who complete...
Cuba mystery: What theories US investigators are pursuing

Cuba mystery: What theories US investigators are pursuing

There must be an answer. Whatever is harming U.S. diplomats in Havana, it has eluded the doctors, scientists and intelligence analysts scouring for answers. Investigators have chased many theories, including a sonic attack, electromagnetic weapon or flawed spying device. Each explanation seems to fit parts of what's happened, conflicting with others. The United States doesn't even know what to call...
Activist urges walrus rafts in absence of Arctic sea ice

Activist urges walrus rafts in absence of Arctic sea ice

An environmental activist is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider placing anchored rafts in the ocean as resting platforms for walruses after stampedes killed 64 animals on Alaska's northwest coast. Rick Steiner, an environmental consultant and former University of Alaska marine conservation professor, pitched the idea two years ago. The Fish and Wildlife Service concluded it...
Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development. Zinke's recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who...
Organizers end Monday protests; more set for Tuesday

Organizers end Monday protests; more set for Tuesday

Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours Monday night to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars. Police said more than 120 people were arrested during Sunday's protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect. Demonstrators outside the jail criticized authorities...
Trump's childhood home becomes showcase for refugees

Trump's childhood home becomes showcase for refugees

President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York had some new occupants over the weekend — refugees who shared their stories as a way to draw attention to the refugee crisis as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week with Trump in attendance. The three-story Tudor-style home in Queens that Trump's father, Fred, built in 1940 is now a rental available on Airbnb that anyone can...
Interior secretary recommends shrinking 6 national monuments

Interior secretary recommends shrinking 6 national monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed. A leaked memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends that two Utah monuments - Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante — be reduced, along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou. Two marine...
Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some vegetables they grew during their mission. The crew of four men and two women are part of a study designed to better...
Veteran Albuquerque TV reporter killed in helicopter crash

Veteran Albuquerque TV reporter killed in helicopter crash

A longtime reporter-videographer at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed and burned in a field near a New Mexico ghost town, authorities said Sunday. Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police. The Bell B206 helicopter was destroyed, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn...
APExclusive: Chelsea Manning says she not a traitor

APExclusive: Chelsea Manning says she not a traitor

Chelsea Manning said Sunday she is not an "American traitor" as her critics have claimed, and that she did what she thought was right. Manning made the remarks at a conference in Nantucket that was one of her first public appearances since being released for a military prison in May. The Associated Press was the only media outlet in attendance. "I believe I did the best I could in my...
Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead. Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did...
Trump hypes mock video of golf ball seen striking Clinton

Trump hypes mock video of golf ball seen striking Clinton

President Donald Trump took another swing at Hillary Clinton in the latest sign that his campaign fury hasn't faded, retweeting a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that — in the next frame — seemingly strikes her in the back before she stumbles and falls down while boarding a plane. Trump retweeted the brief video on his official Twitter account early Sunday, which appears...
Top US diplomat says closing embassy in Cuba 'under review'

Top US diplomat says closing embassy in Cuba 'under review'

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. Tillerson's comments were the strongest indication to date that the United States might mount a major diplomatic response, potentially jeopardizing the historic restart...
2 Louisiana slayings likely racially motivated, police say

2 Louisiana slayings likely racially motivated, police say

The slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge last week were likely racially motivated, police said Sunday, and a suspect — a 23-year-old white man — was in custody. In both shootings the gunman fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times. The suspect, Kenneth Gleason, was being held on drug charges and was given a $3...
Fed-up Illinois legislators head for the exit in big numbers

Fed-up Illinois legislators head for the exit in big numbers

Illinois residents aren't the only ones throwing up their hands at the gridlock and increasingly polarized politics that have defined state government in recent years. More and more, fed-up and frustrated Illinois legislators are heading for the exits. More than two-dozen legislators — about 15 percent of the General Assembly — have either resigned months into the current session or said...
Harvey recovery czar faces limits to 'future-proofing' Texas

Harvey recovery czar faces limits to 'future-proofing' Texas

The man tasked with overseeing Texas' Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as "future-proofing" before the next disaster, but he isn't empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state's vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006. Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp will face the same political and bureaucratic challenges that...
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