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After bananas and nooses on campus, here’s how a student body president copes

WASHINGTON — There is so much to Taylor Dumpson. She is a law and society major at American University, originally from a small community. She has her sights set on law school, and has dreams of one day opening a nonprofit community center, kind of like a one-stop shop that brings resources together. She likes to paint. She likes to draw. That is not what you'd find if you Google her, though...


After Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, worries shift to Virgin Islands

After Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, worries shift to Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto...
Mike Pence works the trenches

Mike Pence works the trenches

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are the most effective pitchers in the Republican bullpen. The president has the starpower and gets the headlines, but the vice president's emerging role could be just as valuable. Trump is the flame-throwing closer with one pitch: his signature sharp rhetoric that metaphorically is his political fastball. But Pence's recent public appearances showcase his role as the in-the-trenches...
Rare GOP species runs for New Jersey governor: A moderate

Rare GOP species runs for New Jersey governor: A moderate

The Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey sat on a plush beige couch in the Republican mayor’s condo, surrounded by Republican county officials and politicians, and offered up her plan to stem what is perhaps the state’s most daunting challenge — its deepening property tax crisis. She adopted it, she said, from an unexpected source. “This is a page out of the Democratic...
Without Clinton or Obama, Pelosi becomes GOP's top target

Without Clinton or Obama, Pelosi becomes GOP's top target

Nancy Pelosi boasted last week she was "worth the trouble," even when congressional candidates were negatively tied to her, the National Republican Campaign Committee ironically sang its own praises for the House minority leader. "We couldn't agree more!" was all an email blast read that included a clip of Pelosi's point of view. That came the same day President Donald Trump tweeted...
Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court

Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has undergone historic change over the past year or so. It lost its most distinctive voice, added a new justice after an unprecedented political battle and now faces rumors about swing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's impending retirement. Yet one thing remains constant on a dynamic Supreme Court: corporations and business interests win. The term ending Monday lacked the sort of high-profile...
Koch network treads carefully around Trump, plays inside game

Koch network treads carefully around Trump, plays inside game

The wealthy donors who finance the conservative Koch network have many reasons to celebrate five months into Donald Trump's presidency. Justice Neil Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court, and a slew of other pro-business judges have been nominated. Major regulations enacted under Barack Obama have been rescinded. Environmental rules have been scaled back. A bill signed into law Friday, which makes it...
Pentagon: 'active preparations' by Syria for chemical attack

Pentagon: 'active preparations' by Syria for chemical attack

The Pentagon on Tuesday said it detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out such an attack. The U.S. accusation and ominous warning marked a further escalation of tensions in a country where the U.S. is using Syria Arab and Kurdish...
Trump says US on brink of become net exporter of energy

Trump says US on brink of become net exporter of energy

With U.S. exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources. Trump is highlighting what he calls "energy dominance" as the White House hosts a series of events focused on jobs and boosting U.S. global influence. The self-proclaimed "energy week" follows similar policy-themed weeks...
Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over. Describing American reassurances to Turkey that the U.S. will take back weapons given to the Syrian Kurds after the IS fight, Mattis said it depends on when or where the next mission is. And he also sounded...
Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump

Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump

Slightly more Europeans now view the United States unfavorably under President Donald Trump than favorably, according to a survey of public attitudes in three dozen countries that comes as Trump prepares for a return visit to the continent early next month. The Pew Research Center survey released Monday also found scant confidence outside the U.S. in Trump's leadership on the world stage, with many...
Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections proliferated after Congress' nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama's law. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to staunch his party's rebellion...
Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

Democrats are out to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump, the richest man to call the White House home, is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers. The party is hoping that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republicans are raising concerns that the GOP health-care plan could hurt the poor...
Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

The Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead. The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they would hold a full hearing on the case in October. In the meantime, the administration can bar...
Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

The court, by a 7-2 vote, sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. "We should all celebrate the fact that programs designed to help students will no longer be discriminated against by the government based solely on religious affiliation," DeVos said after the justices ruled Monday that Missouri...
These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing to bring to a vote this week. These lawmakers range from moderate to conservative Republicans, and include senators who were just re-elected and a...
Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock. The federal-state program for low-income people has long been stigmatized as substandard. But over time it has grown and changed to become a mainstay for hospitals...
Utah wildfire grows as 2 powerful California blazes spread

Utah wildfire grows as 2 powerful California blazes spread

The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. Firefighters battled high winds as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles (184 square kilometers) and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said. Some flames...
Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will appear on a list California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. A year later, the listing could come with warning...
California father accused of killing son to appear in court

California father accused of killing son to appear in court

Detectives believe a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for two months was killed by his father after a family trip to Disneyland. But despite weeks of intensive searches, investigators have not yet found the boy's body. Still, prosecutors say they are confident they can secure a murder conviction. Legal experts say so-called "no body cases" can result in convictions, but they...
Sentencing of 'Baby Doe' mom delayed until July 12

Sentencing of 'Baby Doe' mom delayed until July 12

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on a Boston Harbor island is expected to remain behind bars for two more weeks. Rachelle Bond was to be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact in the death of her daughter, Bella Bond. Instead, the judge reset the date for July 12 because no beds were available...
Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case

Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case

Several prospective jurors have been excused from the federal securities fraud trial of an ex-pharmaceutical company executive because they claimed they couldn't be impartial. Jury selection will continue Tuesday morning in Brooklyn. During jury questioning Monday, several potential jurors said they couldn't ignore Martin Shkreli's reputation for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent...
Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion around 1974 when she was 15. The hearing comes less than two weeks after...
Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. Firefighters battled high winds Monday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles (184 square kilometers) and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said. Some...
The Latest: Car accident sparks major wildfire in California

The Latest: Car accident sparks major wildfire in California

The Latest on a major wildfire burning in Utah and others burning across the U.S. West. (all times local): 9 p.m. A wildfire sparked by a traffic accident on a remote highway 80 miles east of Los Angeles has grown to nearly two square miles (over 500 hectares) in just a few hours. Firefighters working in high temperatures are battling the wildfire in the Beaumont area of Riverside County, where residents...
The Latest: Trump says US-India relationship never better

The Latest: Trump says US-India relationship never better

The Latest on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have capped off an upbeat meeting with dinner at the White House. Trump says it is "such an honor" to have Modi at the White House, where the two held several hours' worth of meetings and events. The president says...
White House warns Syria's Assad against chemical attack

White House warns Syria's Assad against chemical attack

The White House issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night as it claimed "potential" evidence that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack. In an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. had "identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack...
Official: Los Angeles officer had dozens of illegal guns

Official: Los Angeles officer had dozens of illegal guns

A Los Angeles police officer who was arrested last week and suspected of having sex with a teenage cadet had dozens of illegal guns in his home, a law enforcement official said Monday. More than 100 weapons were found Thursday when investigators searched Officer Robert Cain's home, including several assault rifles, a non-functioning grenade launcher, and inert grenades, according to the official....
Trump pushes 'energy week' and goal of exporting resources

Trump pushes 'energy week' and goal of exporting resources

With U.S. exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources. The White House is launching its "energy week" with a series of events focused on jobs and boosting U.S. global influence. The events follow similar policy-themed weeks on infrastructure and jobs. The previous weeks were largely...
Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous

Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous

Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will appear on a list California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. A year later, the listing could come with warning...
Poll: Scant global confidence in Trump on foreign affairs

Poll: Scant global confidence in Trump on foreign affairs

The reviews from around the globe are in and they show scant confidence outside the United States in President Donald Trump's ability to do the right thing on international affairs, with fewer than 3 in 10 respondents expressing confidence, according to a Pew Research Center survey of attitudes toward Trump in more than three dozen countries. Most of those surveyed also disapprove of Trump's major...
Trump, Modi exchange hugs during Rose Garden statements

Trump, Modi exchange hugs during Rose Garden statements

So much for handshakes. President Donald Trump found out Monday that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hugger. Modi swooped in for two big bear hugs with the U.S. president during their joint statements in the Rose Garden, wrapping his arms around Trump's midsection and ending their first embrace with a lingering handshake that stretched the president's arm between their two lecterns. After...
Q&A: Murkiness follows Supreme Court's action on travel ban

Q&A: Murkiness follows Supreme Court's action on travel ban

On again, off again, off again, off again and now, partly back on: That's the peculiar route of President Donald Trump's travel ban after a Supreme Court decision Monday allowing a limited version to take effect. The high court said the president's 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced pending arguments scheduled for October as long as those visitors...
Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

Wisconsin attorneys asked a federal appeals court Monday to keep an inmate featured in the Netxflix series "Making a Murderer" behind bars while they fight a second ruling overturning his conviction. The state Department of Justice's filing argues Brendan Dassey should remain in prison because his case is far from settled. The agency will appeal the ruling to the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court...
Baylor confirms NCAA investigation after sex abuse scandal

Baylor confirms NCAA investigation after sex abuse scandal

The NCAA is conducting an "ongoing, pending investigation" into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president, the school's lawyers confirmed in a federal court filing. Baylor officials acknowledged the investigation while asking a judge to protect the school's communications with the...
The Latest: Abbe Lowell joins Jared Kushner's legal team

The Latest: Abbe Lowell joins Jared Kushner's legal team

The Latest on the investigations into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia (all times EDT): 6:20 p.m. President Donald Trump's son-in-law is turning to a prominent defense lawyer, Abbe Lowell, to represent him in Russia-related investigations. Jared Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, says that Lowell has been added to the team representing Kushner. Gorelick's law firm, WilmerHale...
Feds looking into Bernie Sanders' wife over real estate deal

Feds looking into Bernie Sanders' wife over real estate deal

Federal investigators are looking into the finances behind a real estate deal for a now-defunct college put together by the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and she has hired a lawyer to look after her interests, a family spokesman confirmed on Monday. The investigation, first reported by the news website VTDigger.org, is looking into allegations that Jane O'Meara Sanders made fraudulent claims and...
'Like bombs': Bankrupt company's air bags still out there

'Like bombs': Bankrupt company's air bags still out there

Crushed by lawsuits, fines and recall costs, the Japanese auto parts supplier filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo and Delaware and will sell most of its assets for $1.6 billion to a rival company. A small part of Takata will continue to manufacture replacements for the faulty air bag inflators. The problem, though, is that 100 million of the Takata inflators worldwide have been recalled, 69 million in the...
Arkansas inmate on lam for 32 years visiting mom when caught

Arkansas inmate on lam for 32 years visiting mom when caught

The mother of an Arkansas prison escapee who had been on the run for more than three decades said she has been in contact with her son since soon after his escape and that he was visiting her when he was arrested. Steven Dishman, 60, was arrested Sunday at a home in Springdale in northwest Arkansas by local law enforcement and state troopers, according to the state Department of Correction. Shirley...
CBO: Senate GOP health care bill would leave 22M more people uninsured by 2026

CBO: Senate GOP health care bill would leave 22M more people uninsured by 2026

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans' bill to erase major parts of the Affordable Care Act would cause an estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured in the coming decade - about 1 million fewer than similar legislation recently passed by the House, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  The forecast issued Monday by Congress' nonpartisan budget scorekeepers also estimates that the...
In defense, Trump seeks to redefine meaning of obstruction

In defense, Trump seeks to redefine meaning of obstruction

President Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets Monday in which he tried to place the blame for Russian meddling in U.S. politics on former President Barack Obama and deflect charges of obstruction and collusion onto his predecessor. Trump wrote that Obama did "NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling" because he expected Hillary Clinton to win. Trump added that...
Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially. But just weeks after arriving at the University of Illinois, the 26-year-old visiting scholar in agriculture sciences...
Baylor says NCAA investigation is 'ongoing, pending'

Baylor says NCAA investigation is 'ongoing, pending'

The NCAA is conducting an "ongoing, pending investigation" into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president, the school's lawyers confirmed in a federal court filing. Baylor officials acknowledged the investigation while asking a judge to protect the school's communications with the...
The Latest: Baby Doe's mother to be sentenced this week

The Latest: Baby Doe's mother to be sentenced this week

The Latest on the murder conviction of a Massachusetts man in the killing of his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, who came to be known as Baby Doe (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The mother of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains were found on a Boston Harbor island will be sentenced this week in connection with the girl's death. Rachelle Bond is scheduled to be sentenced...
President's media strategy creating friction

President's media strategy creating friction

White House press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing with reporters turned testy on Monday, with CNN's Jim Acosta interrupting President Donald Trump's chief spokesman to demand he explain why television cameras were ordered off. Trump's relations with the media — never strong to begin with — have taken another sour turn with dwindling opportunities for on-camera engagement with the president's...
Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

Investigators suspect the father of a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for two months killed the child after a family outing at Disneyland in a plot to get back at his estranged wife during a bitter separation, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Monday. The body of Aramazd Andressian Jr. has not been found and investigators would not release specific details of what led to the...
Crews begin dismantling Confederate monument in St. Louis

Crews begin dismantling Confederate monument in St. Louis

Crews on Monday began dismantling a divisive Confederate monument in a sprawling park near downtown St. Louis after the city and the Missouri Civil War Museum reached an agreement to have it moved. As part of the deal, the museum will pay for the removal of the 38-foot-tall, 103-year-old granite monument, which depicts a Confederate soldier leaving his family for the Civil War with an angel hovering...
What the Supreme Court's travel ban ruling means

What the Supreme Court's travel ban ruling means

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decision to allow portions of President Donald Trump's travel ban to take effect is a win for the administration - but the impact will be far less severe than Trump's first iteration of the measure. That is because the high court effectively allowed Trump to ban from coming to the U.S. only citizens of six mostly Muslim countries "who lack any bona fide relationship...
Someone made a ridiculous video about NASA finding aliens. News outlets took the bait.

Someone made a ridiculous video about NASA finding aliens. News outlets took the bait.

The headlines sounds thrilling. One might say they bait a click. "ANONYMOUS SAYS NASA HAS EVIDENCE OF ALIEN LIFE. DOES IT?" — Newsweek "The world's biggest hacking group thinks NASA is about to announce alien life." — the Independent It's June 2017 — still early days in a century full of scientific promise and information revolutions. Maybe you...
AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking

AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking

The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria, China's downgrade is to be announced Tuesday at the State Department when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveils the annual Trafficking in Persons Report to Congress...
CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund. The story was posted on the network's website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci...
Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

A civil rights historical marker in Mississippi has been vandalized, obliterating information about black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. The slaying galvanized the civil rights movement when Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, had an open-casket funeral in Chicago to show how her 14-year-old son had been brutalized while he was visiting the Mississippi Delta. Allan Hammons...
Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride

Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride

A teenage girl's actions, not mechanical malfunctions, caused her to slip under a restraining bar on an amusement park gondola ride before falling into the arms of bystanders below, police said Monday. Warren County sheriff's Lt. Steven Stockdale told The Post-Star of Glens Falls (http://bit.ly/2s9pG46 ) that "human error" on the part of the 14-year-old Delaware girl caused her to slip out...
No immediate ruling on fate of Texas' 'sanctuary cities' law

No immediate ruling on fate of Texas' 'sanctuary cities' law

A federal judge Monday questioned the reach of a new Texas "sanctuary cities" law supported by the Trump administration but that four of the nation's largest cities, some police chiefs and immigrant-rights groups are trying to stop taking effect in September. Hundreds of protesters, waving flags and carrying signs that read "Stop Separation of Families," packed the plaza outside...
World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday. Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank, says the future of global food security relies on making farming in...
2 GOP lawmakers take seats after special election wins

2 GOP lawmakers take seats after special election wins

The Republican winner of the most expensive House race ever took her seat representing Atlanta's outskirts Monday evening, along with a South Carolina Republican who claimed a narrower-than-expected victory to retain a strongly Republican seat. The dual swearing-in ceremony returned Republicans to full strength in the chamber at 241 seats after the party won four special elections to replace GOP lawmakers...
Police: Ohio man overdoses on heroin in church

Police: Ohio man overdoses on heroin in church

DAYTON — City officers issued drug-related citations to a 24-year-old man after receiving reports he overdosed on heroin inside the Son of Light Church on Sunday, according to a Dayton police incident report.  Dayton police were dispatched around 12:26 p.m. for a reported drug overdose. John Morgan, of Dayton, was on the church bathroom floor when officers arrived, according to the...
The Latest: Supreme Court orders re-argument in 2 cases

The Latest: Supreme Court orders re-argument in 2 cases

The Latest on the final day of the Supreme Court term (all times local): __ 11:30 a.m. The Supreme Court is ordering new arguments in two cases involving immigrants or foreigners that will give new Justice Neil Gorsuch the tie-breaking vote. The cases were both argued before Gorsuch came to the court in April and apparently left the other eight justices evenly divided. Chief Justice John Roberts announced...
The Latest: 3 GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill

The Latest: 3 GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT): 7:15 p.m. Threats of opposition from three Republican senators are casting doubt on whether GOP leaders have enough support to move ahead on the Senate health care bill. The Senate has to hold a procedural vote to move forward, most likely on Wednesday. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine tweeted after the Congressional...
US lawyer: US entitled to seize Iran-tainted skyscraper

US lawyer: US entitled to seize Iran-tainted skyscraper

A U.S. government lawyer told jurors Monday that a monthlong trial has revealed the secret long-time owner of a Manhattan skyscraper: Iran. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Lockard expressed confidence that the government had proven through witness testimony, documents and other evidence in Manhattan federal court that the Alavi Foundation must give up its 60 percent stake in the 36-story office tower...
New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published last week. A University of Washington team studying the law's effects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked, The Seattle Times reported (https://goo...
GOP senator to block arms sales over crisis with Qatar

GOP senator to block arms sales over crisis with Qatar

An influential Republican senator said Monday that he'll withhold approval of U.S. weapons sales to several Middle Eastern allies until there is a clear path for settling a diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that "recent disputes" among members of the Gulf Cooperation...
The Latest: Trump travel ban takes effect Thursday

The Latest: Trump travel ban takes effect Thursday

The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision on the Trump administration's travel ban (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The State Department says it will start implementing President Donald Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries 72 hours after it was partly reinstated by the Supreme Court. That means the temporary ban will go into effect Thursday morning. State Department spokeswoman Heather...
Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

A man was convicted Monday of murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island. Michael McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, his girlfriend's daughter. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions of people on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to...
Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump hailed the decision as a "victory for national security," but it's likely to set off a new round of court disputes over anti-terror efforts and religious discrimination. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case...
Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs. But the justices stopped short of saying whether the ruling applies to school voucher programs that use public funds to pay for private, religious schooling. By a 7-2 vote, the justices sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia...
Supreme Court sides with same-sex couples in Arkansas suit

Supreme Court sides with same-sex couples in Arkansas suit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of same-sex couples who complained that an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them, reversing a state court's ruling that married lesbian couples must get a court order to have both spouses listed on their children's birth certificates. Justices issued an unsigned order siding with a Pulaski County judge who struck down part of the...
Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

A Colorado clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states. Baker Jack Phillips is challenging a Colorado law that says he was wrong to have turned away a same-sex couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their 2012 wedding. The justices said Monday they will consider Phillips' case...
Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a section of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel — trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best at the tallest dam in the U.S. for a spillway torn apart during heavy winter rains that triggered the evacuation of 200,000 people living downstream. The sound of rushing water is deafening...
Philando Castile's family reaches $3M settlement in death

Philando Castile's family reaches $3M settlement in death

The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile, who is the family's trustee, was announced Monday and comes less than two weeks...
Trump and Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger US-India ties

Trump and Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger US-India ties

Hugging outside the White House Monday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a "global terrorist." Trump declared he was "true friend" of India and said relations between the two largest democracies have never been better. But there were...
Marines rekindling old Afghan relations in Helmand Province

Marines rekindling old Afghan relations in Helmand Province

In Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province, U.S. Marines are rekindling old relationships and identifying weaknesses in the Afghan forces that the Trump administration hopes to address with a new strategy and the targeted infusion of several thousand American forces. Returning to Afghanistan's south after five years, Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner already knows where he could use some additional...
Can Trump destroy Obama’s legacy?

Can Trump destroy Obama’s legacy?

When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and his diplomatic opening to Cuba. That was then. Five months after leaving office, Obama watches mostly in silence as his successor takes...
Key Democrat agrees with Trump: Obama should have acted on hacks

Key Democrat agrees with Trump: Obama should have acted on hacks

Rep. Adam Schiff and President Donald Trump don't agree on much about Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, but they agree on this: former President Barack Obama should have done more to stop Moscow from intervening. Obama made a "very serious mistake" in not doing more about Russia's intervention in the presidential election campaign, Schiff of California, the top ranking Democrat...
Trump to call for US 'dominance' in global energy production

Trump to call for US 'dominance' in global energy production

President Donald Trump will promote surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas during a week of events to highlight the country's growing energy dominance. Trump also plans to emphasize that after decades of relying on foreign energy supplies, the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas, coal and other energy resources. As with previous White House policy-themed weeks, such as...
Democrats field glut of candidates, but remain divided on how to win

Democrats field glut of candidates, but remain divided on how to win

The largest number of Democratic congressional candidates in decades are putting into play dozens of House districts across the country, raising the possibility of a bitterly contested midterm election cycle next year as the party and its activists try to take advantage of President Donald Trump's unpopularity to win a majority in the House. Yet these candidates and their supporters are also waging...
Trump's agenda: Approving private projects, including those of allies

Trump's agenda: Approving private projects, including those of allies

Just four days after he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump delivered a clear message that he would use his office to help industry friends and political allies. He signed a Jan. 24 executive order that assured completion of the Dakota Access pipeline, which will transport oil fracked by various companies, including one owned by Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm, his longtime friend and energy adviser...
They were smokejumpers when CIA sent them to Laos; they came back in caskets

They were smokejumpers when CIA sent them to Laos; they came back in caskets

Their families didn't know they were in Laos, and didn't know that they'd started working for the CIA in addition to their jobs with the U.S. Forest Service. They were young firefighters-turned-CIA operatives working thousands of miles from home in a remote corner of Southeast Asia. David W. Bevan, Darrell A. Eubanks and John S. Lewis, all in their mid-20s, were on a mission to drop supplies for anti-Communist...
Bloomberg’s next move: $200 million program for mayors

Bloomberg’s next move: $200 million program for mayors

Michael Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics. Bloomberg intends to announce the initiative Monday in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach, where he will castigate federal officials...
Trump zigs, Tillerson zags, putting him at odds with White House

Trump zigs, Tillerson zags, putting him at odds with White House

When Rex W. Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, arrived in Washington five months ago to become the secretary of state, his boosters said he brought two valuable assets to a job that had usually gone to someone steeped in government and diplomacy: a long history managing a global company, and deep relationships from the Middle East to Russia that enabled him to close deals. But his...
Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes. Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well. "Get Obamacare repealed and replaced...
Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections. Many administration officials believe...
Armed Services panel chairman seeks $696 billion DOD budget

Armed Services panel chairman seeks $696 billion DOD budget

Declaring the U.S. military in dire need of rebuilding, an influential House committee chairman pressed his case Monday for $696 billion defense budget in 2018 — more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, who heads the Armed Services Committee, argued the sharp increase is badly needed to address shortcomings that have driven...
Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn't said

Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn't said

The last day of the Supreme Court's term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn't. There had been speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could reveal his retirement from the court Monday. But the court recessed without any retirement announcement from Kennedy. The justices did make a number of significant rulings. They decided to allow a limited version...
Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban

Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban

The focus is on the Supreme Court as the high-stakes legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban awaits action by the justices. The court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Trump rolled out a travel ban just a week after his Jan....
Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week. Minutes after the report's release, three GOP senators threatened to oppose a pivotal vote on the proposal this week, enough...
Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald Reagan, though he also raised them. Why is President Donald Trump, who has promised the largest tax cut ever, having so much trouble accomplishing one of his main initiatives? Some...
Melania Trump takes to Washington in her own understated way

Melania Trump takes to Washington in her own understated way

Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly. Not that she hasn't been busy fulfilling her duties as first lady and first mom. Her top priority has been settling in 11-year-old son Barron — the first boy in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. more than 50 years ago. Even the smallest details...
Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards

Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards

CHANCE'S GOOD WORK At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper was honored as a humanitarian during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, with accolades from the Obamas to Kendrick Lamar. Former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a taped message for the rapper, saying he was an "outstanding role model" she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, had known...
Ex-CEO's reputation precedes him, affects jury selection

Ex-CEO's reputation precedes him, affects jury selection

Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin "Pharma Bro" Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn't be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 percent. At jury selection in a Brooklyn courtroom, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto questioned the...
Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 years

Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 years

The co-owner of a pharmacy responsible for the deaths of 76 people was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he tearfully apologized to victims who described watching their loved ones die or enduring excruciating physical pain from a 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids. "I am so sorry for your extraordinary losses," Barry Cadden said, wiping...
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